WOLLATON HALL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

If you’re a lover of history, grand interiors and beautiful open spaces, Wollaton Hall is the Nottinghamshire wedding venue you’ve been looking for! As a Wollaton Hall wedding photographer with many years of experience, I have put this guide together in order to help you with your wedding planning.

Wollaton Hall is a stunning Elizabethan mansion that’s surrounded by picturesque parkland, but only three miles from Nottingham city centre. The house was built in the 1580s and is Grade 1-listed. Since the 1920s it’s been owned by the city council, who offer it as a wedding venue. It also houses the Nottingham Natural History Museum and Nottingham Industrial Museum.

A horse and carriage brings the bride t Wollaton Hall.

Hi, I'm Mamad! I'm a wedding photographer based between Nottingham and Derby, specialising in natural, unobtrusive coverage of relaxed and informal weddings. I mix this documentary-style coverage with as many group photos as you'd like with your friends and family, and a few creative portraits that will make the most of the amazing light and historic details of Wollaton Hall. I always like to arrange an online planning meeting before you book, so we can get to know each other, and to discuss your plans in further detail.

A view of the Camellia House with wedding guests standing infront.

Thinking that Wollaton Hall looks familiar? It might be because you’ve seen it as Wayne Manor in The Dark Knight Rises, where it was visited by Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine. And to make this showbiz fact even better, Wollaton Hall is just five miles north of the village of Gotham, Nottinghamshire, which is where Gotham City got its name from.

A bride looking out from the grand windows of the Camellia House.

I’ve been a Wollaton Hall wedding photographer on several occasions over the years – in fact, when you head to the wedding section of the venue’s website you can see some of my photos. I also used to live five minutes from the venue so I’ve also photographed lots of engagement shoots in the grounds, and know it very well. I’ve put together this guide to help you plan your ceremony here, and make sure you get memorable Wollaton Hall wedding photographs if you choose to say your I dos at this stunning venue.

A bride and groom have their first kiss in the Prospect Room.

Wollaton Hall ceremony spaces

One of the great things about this venue is the flexibility it offers for your ceremony. For smaller, intimate ceremonies you can opt for the Camellia House (30 guests), the Lady’s Chamber (20 guests) or the Lord Middleton Suite (15 guests). If your guest list is a little longer, the Prospect Room holds up to 50 guests and the Great Hall up to 100.

The Great Hall really is an amazing backdrop for a wedding ceremony. Its original features include a hammerbeam ceiling and hand-carved stone screens, which your guests will be facing as you make your vows. It has that grandeur you’d associate with a church, especially with the massive arched window at the back of the room.

The Prospect Room is on the top floor of Wollaton Hall and has access to a lovely roof space. As you’d expect from a room this high, it has panoramic views right across the park and Nottingham, and the light is second to none as it streams in through the beautiful arched windows. It’s ideal for smaller ceremonies and I can capture some gorgeous photos of you as you say your vows in this beautiful space.

The Camellia House is a cast-iron glasshouse (the oldest in Europe, in fact) and would be a charming ceremony setting for lovers of flowers and gardens. You can also use it for post-ceremony drinks, so you and your guests can sip Champagne while enjoying a walk around the plants. And if your wedding is in winter or early spring, you’ll be surrounded by gorgeous camellia blooms from the 25 different specimens growing there. I absolutely love The Camellia House as it has such spectacular light for photos, and offers so many options for your day.


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A bride and groom walking together on the roof of Wollaton Hall.

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Photographing your wedding reception at Wollaton Hall

The Great Hall is where you’ll have your wedding breakfast and evening reception. As mentioned above, it’s a beautiful historic space and also has the bonus of great acoustics, so everyone will be able to clearly hear the wedding speeches and evening entertainment!

Alongside the Great Hall is the Salon, a smaller space with a bar where guests can get drinks and relax in a quieter area. It also has views across the Formal Garden, which is designed in 17th century-style with flower beds, a Doric temple and statues. Access to the Formal Garden is also included when you book your wedding at Wollaton Hall and it’s a wonderful space for guests to explore, especially in the warmer months. I can capture some lovely impromptu, documentary-style photography here as your guests chat and enjoy the garden.

If you’re planning a wedding with more than 100 guests, there’s the option to put up a marquee or tipi in the venue’s grounds. The Back Lawn is a great spot for marquees, while tipis can go in the Walled Garden for a more informal reception setting. Using these additional spaces means your guest list can be expanded up to 1,000.

Special

Full day Package

A bride stands with her back to the camera in the Prospect Room, with dappled warm sunlight illuminating her dress.
  • meeting (usually on Zoom)
  • full day wedding coverage
  • preview images and highlights slideshow within a few days
  • slideshow (which you can download and keep)
  • online gallery (live for 1 year)
  • high-res files with unlimited downloads from gallery
  • 8x8" Wedding Album

An exclusive offer

You will receive a complimentary 8x8" wedding album (worth £250) with this package .

This offer is not available anywhere else.

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a very special wollaton hall wedding offer

Special Offer

a wedding album open on a double page spread.

Complimentary Album Offer

I am offering a complimentary 20 page spread, 8x8" suede lay-flat album to those who book their weddings through this page.

These albums are soft, smooth, delicate and amazing to touch. You have 18 colours to choose from.

This is a limited time offer and will not be found anywhere else.

Lay-flat Album

(A £250 Value)

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Your outside wedding photographs at Wollaton Hall

Surrounding Wollaton Hall is a 500-acre park with woods and a lake, while photobombing comes courtesy of the herds of red and fallow deer roaming around! As you’d expect from such a historic building and grounds, there are so many wonderful places for romantic couples photographs plus lots of stunning backdrops for your group shots.

As a Nottingham wedding photographer, I’ve had the privilege to visit Wollaton Hall’s park a few times with couples. I like to keep the time spent on the couple's shoot to a minimum, so you can get back to your family and guests. Some of my favourite places in the grounds to take photos include the South side of the building for confetti and group shots, the path leading down to the Camellia House and the large tree covered area just to the East of the Camellia House.

Wedding Timeline

The grand hall with all the wedding guests sat at their tables for the wedding breakfast.
A bride and groom during their ceremony in the Prospect Room.

Having photographed many weddings at Wollaton Hall, this seems to be the general timeline for most weddings. But this can easily be adapted for your ceremony – let’s talk more about the day you want to create at this historic Nottinghamshire venue!

You’d have your ceremony around this time

Your wedding breakfast will be served.

4pm

1pm

2pm

11am

A drinks reception will be held in the courtyard straight after a confetti line up

You will have access to the dressing/make-up room.

The bride mingling with wedding guests outside the Camellia House.
a bride gets her make up done at The West Mill.
A bride and groom during their first dance in the grand hall at Wollaton Hall.
A bride and groom cut their cake in the Camellia room at Wollaton Hall.

Carriages. Time to head to your accommodation for the night.

You will cut wedding cake and then go straight into the first dance.

12.30am

7pm

9pm

6pm

The evening food will be served.

The speeches usually start around this time

Wedding guests dining in the Camellia House.
The best man gives his speech in the Camellia Room.

Planning your Wollaton Hall wedding accommodation

There are plenty of options for staying close by before and after your wedding day at Wollaton Hall. If you’re looking for a few hotel rooms in one place, consider getting ready at The Orchard Hotel and Restaurant, which is just three miles from Wollaton Hall. Or if you want to continue the historic setting of your wedding venue, opt for Hugh Stewart Manor House , a Grade II-listed Gothic manor house that has four suite available to book – perfect for your wedding party.


Here are a few images from previous weddings I’ve photographed at this venue, to give you an idea of what your own wedding there might look like. These also give you a snapshot of my laid back and relaxed wedding photography style at The West Mill.

If you’re getting married at this historic Nottinghamshire venue and looking for a Wollaton Hall wedding photographer, I’d love to hear from you. I've put together a special package that features full day coverage and a complimentary wedding album as an extra.

I always arrange a Zoom chat with couples before the wedding so I can also share any advice with you regarding the best ways to shoot. Get in touch to check my availability for your wedding day, or to arrange a chat.

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