Rossington Hall -what a venue!
Next door to the Northern Racing College with its beautiful fireplaces and staircase, horse paintings and velvet furniture, this 19th Century Grade II listed stately home with 250 acre estate is in my opinion nothing short of fabulous.
Purchased by its current owners in 2011, they have evidently taken a lot of time, care and attention to detail in restoring the building to how it might have looked when it was first built, even down to the wallpapers ordered specifically from America.
Civil Ceremonies at Rossington Hall
There are 3 options for civil ceremonies at Rossington Hall – the Dining Room with its fabulous ceilings and fireplace, the bright and airy library or the amazing ballroom.
The ballroom is the opulent setting for the evening reception, complete with amazing lighting.
It’s not often I will report back about a venue’s facilities but I HAVE to show you these, I was literally speechless when I saw them. Purple velvet and a spiral staircase aren’t your usual lavatorial decoration! See for yourself…
Staying overnight at Rossington Hall
For those lucky enough to book the hall out for their event, there are beautiful, breath-taking rooms for not only the bride and groom but 6 other rooms for their honoured guests.
Although it was a freezing cold January day the gardens still looked lovely and are a wedding photographer’s dream! I particularly liked the wooded areas and fabulous trees.
Rossington Hall itself feels very opulent and luxuious. Dark and atmospheric in areas while bright and airy in others. Beautiful.
I will leave you to have a virtual look around and see what I saw.
GETTING THERE – one word of warning – don’t believe your satnav, mine tried to take me down a dirt track. I found it best to go through Bawtry and follow the satnav for Mount Pleasant and it took me right to the Northern Racing College, where you turn into the drive, pass the Riding for the Disabled, go around the roundabout and follow the signs for the hall car park.
Beautiful wedding venue Hodsock Priory in Nottinghamshire
Just outside of Blyth, Hodsock Priory is a beautiful 19th century house and surrounding 800 acres of woodland, gardens and countryside, Hodsock Priory is famous across the world for its beautiful snowdrops that carpet the gardens.
Today was a beautifully bright, crisp winter day – it was a bit of an icy drive to get there – but the snow on the ground looked beautiful.
George was very welcoming and showed me around the house then let me loose to have a good look around on my own with the camera.
Wedding ceremonies at Hodsock Priory
The Panelled Hall is where the ceremonies take place with room for 100 seated guests and another 20 standing. The beautiful warming fire was at the front opposite a large window overlooking the courtyard.
Alternatively you can hold your ceremony in the Pavilion which can hold 120 for a ceremony and 250 for a reception party. Personally I LOVED the amazing deep blue panels and stunning bright windows, but as a wedding photographer I’m drawn to lots of natural light 😉
After the ceremony
After the ceremony has taken place, guests move into the main areas of the house – there is a beautiful homely library as well as a modern bar area.
Although I couldn’t go too far exploring the gardens I will no doubt be going back when the snowdrops are out so will share photos then. In the meantime, here are some photos of the inside of the house.
I LOVE a fabulous staircase, and Hodsock Priory didn’t disappoint. With pretty murals painted on the walls and a gorgeous piano nestled at the bottom I could just imagine the photos of the bride making her way down the stairs.
At the top of the stairs are the 3 beautiful rooms including the bridal suite. Although they were each stunning in their own right.
Outside is the Courtyard B&B located near the old barns on the estate. There are 10 rooms and each room is a self-contained apartment.
Here are some other photos I took while I was on my wanders;
Sheffield Botanical Gardens
Just down the road from the Royal Hallamshire Hospital are Sheffield’s very own and very beautiful Botanical Gardens.
Covering 19 acres, the gardens first opened in 1836 and have 15 different garden areas with collections of plants from all over the world providing beautiful colours all year round.
One of the main features of the gardens is the spectacular restored Grade II listed curvilinear Glass Pavilions which makes a fabulous backdrop for wedding photos.
Weddings at Sheffield Botanical Gardens
The West Lawn is perfect for having a marquee and you have the option of having a ceremony and a reception in the gardens. They also welcome people by prior arrangement who would like to have their wedding photos taken there.
Wedding photos in the Sheffield Botanical Gardens
There are so many places around the gardens to choose from for your wedding photos – from a beautiful pond area, a fountain, to outside the glass pavilion to the beautiful lawns and even a bear pit! I can imaging the whole wedding party being inside and I can take the photo from above for a quirky, fun formal!
Another delightful added bonus when I went for a walk around were the incredibly tame squirrels, who seemed to appear from nowhere to watch me while I was taking photos. How cute!
Things to think about if you’re planning your wedding at the Sheffield Botanical Gardens;
Vehicles aren’t allowed into the garden, so some forward planning is needed to get people there – there are 3 different entrances you can use to get inside the gardens and once there you will need to walk to the different locations, but it isn’t far and is a beautiful stroll.
As the gardens are open to the public, wedding photo shoots are only permitted in designated locations, and must be not incovenience other visitors or create damage to the plants, landscape or gardens, as you would expect.
We can take photos outside the glass pavilions, but for preservation reasons we’re not allowed to take them inside.
You can hire a marquee for the West Lawn (see a map here)