I’ve had the pleasure of being an Ashridge House wedding photographer lots of times throughout my career and it’s always been one of my favourite places to photograph a wedding. The spectacular neo-gothic house is based in the heart of the Chiltern Hills in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. This is just a short 15 minute drive from my home so I’m very familiar with the area and all the things Ashridge House has to offer. To read what some of my recent couples have said, scroll down to view some testimonials.
MY APPROACH TO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
As a wedding photographer, I like document the in between moments, like a fleeting glance or the touch of a hand, to really capture how you felt on your wedding day. Although I have a documentary approach to wedding photography throughout much of the day, I really love making amazing portraits with dramatic lighting to create something completely unique for the couples I work with. I use a little direction to make sure you look and feel amazing along with movement so you don’t have to hold any awkward poses. Click here to read more about my style of wedding photography.
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY AT ASHRIDGE HOUSE
The thing I love most about working at this amazing venue is that every wedding is completely unique. All nine of the reception rooms are licensed for weddings so you can pick the one that best suits your big day. You get exclusive use of the house so your guests can enjoy all of these elegant spaces throughout the day along with the breathtaking views of Ashridge Estate that each room has to offer.
The weather is one aspect of your day that’s completely unpredictable – especially in the UK. At Ashridge House you know you’re going to get amazing photos at any time of year because of the large windows and spectacular interior. I’ve photographed weddings here in every season and have always found lots of beautiful spots for photos, from the light and bright Loggia leading out to the terrace, to the magnificent staircase with it’s neo-gothic architecture.
WHAT MAKES THIS WEDDING VENUE STAND OUT
THE STAFF – All the people who work at Ashridge House are extremely helpful and friendly. The wedding coordinators do an amazing job to ensure everything is running smoothly on time.
THE FOOD – The caterers at Ashridge are known for their delicious food made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The wedding breakfast is sure to be an element of your day that guests will remember.
ACCOMMODATION – I’s rare to find a such a spectacular venue that offers accommodation all of your guests. The Brownlow Lodges have 179 en-suite rooms and leisure facilities including a pool for your friends and family to enjoy.
GETTING READY AT ASHRIDGE HOUSE
At Ashridge House there is plenty of space for both the bride and groom to get ready and knowing you don’t have to travel between venues on the morning of your wedding definitely helps things run smoothly. Bride’s usually choose to get ready in the Duke’s sitting room. There’s lots of space for you and your bridesmaids to get ready as well as some beautiful large windows which flood the room with natural light – perfect for those bridal prep photos. The room is tucked away from guests whilst only being a short walk from the main hall and a secret staircase that takes you up to the ceremony room so you don’t risk being seen by any of your friends and family before you tie the knot.
THE WEDDING CEREMONY
The grand staircase is one of the many things that draws people to book Ashridge House for their wedding. Couples often choose to have their wedding ceremony here and it’s also a great place for cutting the cake in the evening. If you’re looking to make a grand entrance on your big day, this wedding venue won’t disappoint!
For any couples looking to have a church wedding ceremony, St John The Baptist C Of E Church is located just 5 minutes away opposite the entrance to the Ashridge Estate. There is also the option to use the magnificent chapel for a blessing on your wedding day.
The ornate architecture and tall arches also makes the staircase a great location for some creative night-time wedding photos. Even though I’ve been an wedding photographer at Ashridge House many times before, I always try to create something unique and artistic at every wedding.
Ashridge House is surrounded by acres of perfectly manicured gardens which provide an amazing backdrop for wedding photos on your big day. One of my favourite spots at Ashridge House is the Victoria’s Oak Tree which frames the house beautifully and is a great spot to get portraits at sunset whilst showcasing the venue.
The Rhododendron Walk is another amazing place for some couple photos. This area is a short walk away from Ashridge House and is the perfect spot for photographs when the light gets a bit softer in the evening. This part of the gardens provides a really colourful backdrop for wedding photos in the summer but works well all year round.
WEDDING RECEPTION AT ASHRIDGE HOUSE
There are a couple of spaces you can choose to hold your wedding reception at Ashridge House depending on the number of guests you need to seat. The Lady Marian Alford Room is a spectacular space that boasts marble fireplaces and a beautiful ornate ceiling, perfect for small and medium sized weddings to enjoy their wedding breakfast. Repton Hall provides a great alternative for those with over 100 guests and can seat up to 190 people. Regardless of where you decide to hold your wedding breakfast, the dance floor and evening entertainment will be held in the Wyatt Room. This means you don’t have to include a turnaround time in your schedule and your band or DJ can set up during the wedding breakfast. There is also separate bar and seating area when you need a break from dancing!
JOSIE AND HARRY
Wow! Thank you SO much!
You have captured so many naturally beautiful moments.
We love the album, such a beautiful finish.
KATE & DOMINIC
Thank you SO much for sending these through - we love them!! It's not easy looking at hundreds of pictures of yourself...but the majority of them I like. And the ones of everyone else are stunning. We're going to have a hard time choosing our favourites for the album!
ANDREA AND JONATHAN
We wanted to say a big thank you for all of your hard work on the day at our wedding. The pictures look amazing!
ASHRIDGE HOUSE WEDDING PHOTOS
If you’d like to see more of my work, you can view my portfolio by visiting the wedding gallery page. I also have lots of examples of recent wedding photography up on the blog. If you’re looking for an Ashridge House wedding photographer, I’d love to hear from you! Just get in touch using the contact form below.