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The perfect venue for your smaller wedding party

Are you looking for a smaller wedding venue?

When searching for wedding venues, a whole plethora of different types, sizes, and budgets appear. These range from region to region according to the type of venue you are looking for. Wedding venues come in various types; barn weddings offer a rustic theme to your wedding and can often be found in rural locations. Barn weddings can also offer some wonderful wedding photography opportunities due to their locations. One of the downsides of barn weddings can be accommodations for your wedding guests. Of course, this is less of a problem with hotel weddings. Hotel wedding venues come in a variety of sizes and locations. From large stately hotels with moats such as Waterton Park Hotel or Oulton Hall Hotel, which allow accommodation for your guests, to city centre hotels,. It is much easier to find a wedding venue for a larger wedding party, but what about when your wedding party is much smaller in size?

For many wedding couples, the idea of being the centre of attention for lots of people is not an ideal way to spend their wedding day. Or maybe you just want a small wedding with those that are closest (and most important) to you, which really matters. Finding a venue that caters to smaller weddings can be a problem. However, I was recently hired to photograph a wedding for a wonderful couple who live in London. Incidentally, they were both from other countries across the world before moving to the UK. The couple were already married, having booked their wedding during COVID, and had a civil ceremony with only 2 guests. Two years later, their real wedding was booked at a small venue the couple had found in York, and I was booked as their wedding photographer. I was really excited about photographing a new venue.

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Middletons Luxury Hotel, part of the Daniel Thwaites Group, is located in the centre of York and, besides being a luxury wedding venue, is situated in an amazing location for you to see the attractions of York too. Middletons Luxury Hotel caters for smaller, more intimate weddings, seating up to 40 people in 3 different locations throughout the hotel. Therefore, finding one to suit your taste shouldn't be a problem. The ceremony can be held in 3 different rooms, each with its own character. The Organ Factory is a stunning small room reminiscent of a modern chapel with its three cathedral type stained glass windows and a round window. The room seats 24 people and is light and airy. Excellent reception photographs are the obvious choice for a micro-wedding. Next is the Sawmill Suite, which can seat up to 40 people. Light and airy with a mix of wood and contemporary creams. Finally, there is the Sun Lounge ceremony room.  Tucked away at the back of the hotel, the Sun Lounge (which is the ceremony room used at the wedding I photographed) seats up to 40 people and shows some of the historic pieces that make up the hotel. With old, bare brickwork on display, old beams, and large paving slabs, the room is lit from above and gives a contrast to your wedding ceremony photographs. For your wedding breakfast, Middletons Hotel offers 3 menu options for you and your guests: Classic, Elegant,  and Fairytale. All 3 menus include delicious starters, mains, and desert options. If you are thinking about having your wedding at the Middletons Luxury Hotel and need a civil ceremony, you can check if it is available by contacting the Superintendent Registrar or the York Register Office for your desired wedding date. The telephone number is 01904 654477, or you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Hackness Grange is a beautiful place by the sea (Part 1)

As a photographer, one question I get asked is, 'Have you worked at our venue?' though this does not happen as much as when I started my business. 

Working at a new venue is a brilliant experience as a wedding photographer. Don't get me wrong, I always love going to a venue where I have previously worked. But there is a certain excitement about arriving at a new venue for the first time.

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This assignment was also exciting, as I had never met the couple before! Hiring a wedding photographer had been a present from the bride's sister.

As usual, I arrived early and began photographing the bridal prep in Hackness Grange's specific bridal prep room. This is one of my favourite parts of the day. From a storytelling point of view, it sets the scene. The day begins when suppliers arrive, and the wedding day starts to unfold. Also, it is an opportunity to be creative, as I am left to my own devices and start to work out the dynamics of the people on the wedding day. Today I was blessed to be in the company of two fabulous, very welcoming families. We had previously met online to discuss their photography plans for the day, but I was free to document the story, the people, and the emotions of the wedding day. 

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