It was absolutely thrilled when Sam and Dan asked me to be their Dorfold Hall Wedding Photographer. This is a new venue and my first time visiting. What a wonderful wedding venue it turns out to be. As a wedding photographer I was treated to the most spectacular architecture, as well as beautiful gardens. It is pretty much the perfect place to get married actually. To top it off, Sam, Dan and all their family and friends were just wonderfully fun on the day making for interesting and unique photos.
Wedding Photography at Dorfold Hall
Sam got ready upstairs with all her bridesmaids together. Dan got ready at a local place near to Dorfold Hall, only a short drive away. He and his groomsmen were all together. They were not the luckiest with the weather, as it rained quite a bit earlier on and during the ceremony. I have a secret love for rain at weddings, as umbrellas come out and guests get all excited. The ceremony took place in Dorfold Hall’s barn towards the back, then they had confetti as they walked back down the isle as new husband and wife. The confetti made for one of my favourite wedding photos. I took a low angle, with a 35mm lens and wide aperture, and managed to capture their reactions as newlyweds. The light was also on my side, as the large barn doors let the natural light flood in. All I had to do was compose it and shoot the frame. I love this photo. Take a look below in the gallery.
It was back over to the main hall for the drinks reception and canapés. We did some formal family portraits upstairs by the main fire place as the rain was still falling. The wedding breakfast then took place in the marquee out the back. They had some very emotional speeches, then the party began! My favourite part of the evening was when the beer pong table came out. Again, photographing these wedding photos from a low angle to make the scenes look dramatic. This captured some great moments and reactions. Dorfold Hall really has it all and as a wedding photographer it is a joy to work here. I’m looking forward to return again soon.
Please take a look through just a snap-shot of their wedding photos at Dorfold Hall below.
The History of Dorfold Hall
Wow your wedding guests at spectacular Dorford Hall. A knockout venue, steeped in history, with tons of space inside and out. Secluded and tucked away in the countryside you can create your own opulent world for a day. Said to be one of the most magnificent Jacobean buildings in the county, Dorfold Hall, Cheshire, is a Grade I listed building, that was constructed in 1616. A huge, grand 17th century mansion, the Hall sits in acres of lush, historic Grade II listed English parkland. The famous site of The Battle of Nantwich (1644), Dorfold Hall is also a popular filming location, as well as host to many shows and events. Easy to get to, the M6 and Crewe station are close by, with quick routes to London and Manchester- to keep things hassle -free for your wedding.
Still owned by the descendants of the original Dorfold family, who first purchased the property in 1603 from the prosperous Earls of Derby, this is a family-run venue, managed with an extra touch of warmth and care. Updated and extended in 1861, Dorfold Hall was impressive enough to draw royalty when the red carpets were rolled out for Princess Louise, Queen Victoria’s daughter, in 1896. Its fine Jacobean architecture includes gable roofs, columns, mullioned windows and ornamental facades. All this wonderful architecture makes for interesting wedding photos. The compositions that can be created are just sublime.
This staggering complex of period buildings and expansive grounds, means that you have the choice to use the gardens, the mansion or the Coach House for your wedding ceremony. On the other hand, if you want to exchange your wedding vows in a church, there are plenty of pretty, local churches nearby. Yours for the day, this wonderfully private location will be exclusive to you and up to 250 guests. You may even choose to take up the offer of holding a private dinner before your wedding day. Invite up to twenty people to dine with you on your special night-before. Seated in the lavishly decorated Morning or Drawing Room, topped with opulent plaster ceilings dating back to the mansion’s Jacobean beginnings, exquisite portraits and other impressive period features.
Perfect For Photographing Weddings
The Dorford Hall complex can host up to twenty adults for an overnight’s stay in the rooms and cottages located on sited. For the rest of your guests there are plenty of lovely hotels and B&Bs close by. The Hall has four guest rooms at the Hall, plus a few each in the two cottages across the circular courtyard. Redwood Cottage has space for six, across its three double rooms. Lakeside Cottage can house four, two in each of it two double bedrooms. Both cottages mix contemporary and historic features for a stylish, memorable finish. The luxe King James I Bridal Suite will be yours to enjoy. Originally designed in the 1620s with King James I in mind, there is sumptuous 17th century wood panelling, ornate plaster work, intricate carvings and breathtaking views across the land. Photographing weddings here could not be better.
Outside there are eight hectares of historic parkland, including a beautiful, well-looked after lake. Listed as Grade II by the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens, the space at Dorfold Hall is a huge pull. The tree-lined driveway is the perfect welcome, to the world of Dorfold Hall. Beyond that there is a spectacular mixture of outdoor spaces that make up the grounds. From sweet-smelling hedges filled with flowers to lush lawns, magical dells, splendid statues and astonishing views across rural Cheshire. Who could forget the resplendent Spanish Chestnut tree that is over 1,000 years old, as well as the last remains of the infamous Delamere Forest? The extensive fields even offer up the opportunity to arrive by helicopter or hot-air balloon!
Wedding Photos You Will Love
A sublime backdrop for incredible wedding photos. From the The Drawing Room to the Jacobean Staircase and the array of gardens beyond, you are guaranteed to have beautiful photos that stun. The food on offer is seasonal, local and simply divine. With options for buffet or seated dining in the space of your choice. For evening entertainment there is everything you could ever want. From a huge dance floor to DJs, fireworks or a live band – it is easy to make this a night to remember. With the emphasis on giving you the freedom to create your wedding photos exactly as you imagined, the family team at Dorfold Hall are passionate about ensuring that everything is tailored to suit your requirements. An array of fabulous suppliers will ensure that all the things that you desire are yours for the day.
If you are looking for an unobtrusive natural wedding photographer, then please get in touch to see if I am free for your wedding.