Dunchurch Park Hotel
I’ve been invited to photograph a number of weddings in the Coventry area so I thought I’d pick out three of my favourite venues for this blog post and explain why I like them so much.. The first venue is Dunchurch Park Hotel near Rugby, which is where I photographed Natalie and Gareth’s wedding in March last year. Here is the website for the hotel…
Here are some of my shots from the wedding…starting with the room where Natalie had her bridal prep( with her two young children ). It’s always nice as a wedding photographer to have a really nice room for the bridal prep shots, and this was lovely.
The wedding was in March, but they managed to put up a fantastic marquee that was very cosy, and the grounds were spectacular. Here is a group shot from the day. I’d really recommend this place for a medium to large wedding.
The next venue I would recommend based on personal experience is Coombe Abbey ( https://www.coombeabbey.com/ ). I shot Caroline and John’s wedding here this year in the summer and it was spectacular, some parts are like a fairytale castle. I also spent some time over the wedding breakfast chatting to their Master of Ceremonies ( always a handy person to get to know if you are a wedding photographer, as he kept me up to speed with the plan all day ). He was a lovely guy and very on top of everything, I could tell everything was very well organised, but they sometimes have multiple weddings going on, so it has to be! Caroline and John had afternoon tea served as part of their day and it was amazing.
The grounds are also spectacular, there are some bits that are private for the wedding, the wider grounds are open to the public, but still lovely to mooch around in and plenty of space for the kids to play. For this wedding, they had hired someone to create spectacular balloons for the kids and also provided lots of games on the lawn at the back of the house, which worked really well.
My third and final recommendation is Antsy Hall near Coventry ( Antsy Hall ). I shot a wedding there this year and it was great. The rooms inside are spectacular and the grounds outside lend themselves very well to group shots and also shots of the couple. There was a room off to the side for the evening reception that was great, and being off to the side meant that it could be prepared well in advance of the evening reception. The staff there were lovely, really helpful to me and my assistant. Sam ( the bride ) stayed overnight and this meant her bridal prep was in a spectacular room which overlooked where the guests arrived so she could keep an eye on things. Having a nice room for bridal prep makes my job a lot easier..
Here is the rear of the building. It was a lovely warm day so its perfect for the drinks reception and the confetti shots.
The evening reception area had plenty of space for dancing, as well as a photo booth in one corner. Here is one of the dance shots I took of Craig:)
The Granary at Fawsley
I’ve had to update this article as a result of seeing this fantastic venue in the middle of the countryside. Here is their website…https://www.granary-weddings.com/
This is one of the smaller venues in this list, but although it is compact, there is still plenty of room, especially in the main reception area ( a lovely marquee ). I have only been here on a fairly wet spring day but I can imagine in the summer it would be even more amazing.
I was really impressed with how helpful the staff were, nothing was too much trouble. They even laid on extra coffee for me! The ceremony room was beautiful with some nice light for the photos.
I would recommend any of these venues, obviously I was the wedding photographer, not the client, but you get a good sense of how things are run when you photograph a wedding at a venue, as you are often dealing with things behind the scenes. At all these places they went out of their way to make my job easier and I could see how well organised they were. I hope you found this useful if you are looking for a wedding venue in the Coventry area.