I love being a wedding photographer in North East England and here's why

I’ve been a full time wedding photographer in North East England for over four years, and I have lived here all my life. I’ve drawn on all of that experience to ensure that you find this blog as helpful as possible if you’re considering getting married in North East England.

I was seriously considering leaving my job to become a full time wedding photographer, but all I had experience of in the North East was traditional wedding photography. Staged photographs of the wedding ceremony and the couple afterwards. Endless group photographs. The photographer stopping the couple and their guests from enjoying the wedding day while they prepared the next shot.

I looked further afield for inspiration and found adventurous wedding photographers climbing mountains in the Pacific Northwest of America, Australian wedding photographers on the beach and even English photographers photographing destination weddings in the desert outside Marrakesh.

I cursed them.

If only I had stunning locations on my doorstep, I would be able to produce alternative wedding photography for adventurous couples in the North East.

Then I read The Art of Travel, by Alain de Botton.

Try, before taking off for distant hemispheres to notice what we have already seen.
— Alain de Botton, The Art of Travel

One of the key messages in the book is that travel is not so much a physical activity, but a frame of mind. Going to an exotic place forces us to reset our expectations and we find delight in all the differences we find from our normal lives. If we can look at our normal living environment through those fresh eyes we can rediscover what is special and exotic about where we live.

Looking at the North East of England afresh, I realised how lucky I was to live in this part of the world which is every bit as wonderful as any other part of the globe.

Here are just some of the reasons I think being a wedding photographer in North East England is awesome.

The North East of England has breathtaking scenery

From the wild Northumbrian coast, to the deep woods of Kielder Water and Forest park, and the fells around Hadrian’s Wall, the North East has some of the most beautiful and rugged landscapes in the world.

 Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland

Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland

A twenty minute drive from my front door can take me to deserted golden beaches that stretch for miles in every direction. 20 minutes in the other direction and I can be alone amongst the ancient trees of Chopwell Woods. In half an hour I can be standing on top of the Whin Sill at Steel Rigg, overlooking Hadrian’s Wall.

I have photographed weddings all over the North East of England and they are all unique (especially if you add the unpredictable weather to the mix).

The North East of England is drenched in history

I’ve already mentioned Hadrian’s Wall which dates back to AD 122. Head east to the coast and you’ll find numerous castles proudly studding the cliffs. Lindisfarne Castle is almost 500 years old and you can actually get married in there.

 The industrial heritage of the North East of England makes for a unique alternative wedding backdrop

The industrial heritage of the North East of England makes for a unique alternative wedding backdrop

The North East of England has a more recent history of industry and coal mining and the landscape around the River Tees and Redcar and Cleveland is a stunning alternative backdrop for modern couples.

The North East of England has an amazing range of wedding venues

Whatever your tastes are, the North East of England has a wedding venue perfect for you. Do you prefer the rustic outdoors? I have photographed weddings in castles, stately homes, alternative country halls, and on farms.

 Newcastle Quayside on the Millennium Bridge with the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in the background

Newcastle Quayside on the Millennium Bridge with the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in the background

Are you into the modern and urban? In the city I have photographed weddings in Art galleries and museums, in boutique hotels, in cinemas and music venues.

And I still haven’t experienced all the North East has to offer.

The North East of England has the friendliest people in the country - fact

You can be sure of a warm welcome in the North East.

You’ll have some of the most helpful staff organising your wedding day, fitting your wedding dress, arranging your flowers, baking your cake and applying your makeup.

And of course you’ll be able to work with an outstanding wedding photographer too ;)

As much as you’ll be blown away by the scenery, you’ll leave remembering the people the most.

We know how to party in the North East of England

You’ll not find a more lively dance floor than a wedding in the North East.

 North East wedding guests know how to party!

North East wedding guests know how to party!

We know how to drink and let our hair down. We know how to sing and dance. And because we’ve experienced our share of the bad times, we know how to celebrate the good times!

I always like to stay late at weddings, stick a battered lens on an old camera and get in amongst the carnage on the dance floor.

Photographing weddings in North East England is a real privilege and doesn’t feel like work at all. How could it when this stunning and diverse region is my office?


If you are getting married in the North East and are adventurous and alternative get in touch.

If you’d like to know more about planning an alternative wedding in the north East, check out my extensive guide here - THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO CHOOSING YOUR PERFECT ALTERNATIVE NORTH EAST WEDDING VENUE