Castle Ashby pre-wedding shoots

Enjoy romantic moments amongst incredible gardens ... just you, me - and my camera!

Just got engaged? Want to get comfy in front of the camera before your wedding? Or perhaps pop the question with a photographer around? Whatever your reason (though you don’t *need* a reason!) Castle Ashby Gardens is a beautiful setting to capture romantic photos of the two of you.

Engagement photos in Castle Ashby Gardens

One of the really brilliant things about having a pre-wedding shoot at Castle Ashby is the huge variety of options for photos. With everything from formal gardens and dramatic architecture, to lakes and woodland to use as a backdrop, we can try loads of different styles of portraits. Because it’s often not until you see yourselves in the pictures that you know what you like best. So that’ll help us find ideas that make you feel comfortable and like you.

You can find out more about pre-wedding shoots, why I recommend one, and how they work on my engagement and pre-wedding shoot photography page.

Couple laughing on a wooden bridge

Your Castle Ashby pre-wedding shoot

It’s as simple as walking, talking, and stopping for some pics along the way. As we wander around, there are a few places that are guaranteed to grab your attention. So we’ll take little detours if you see something you want to explore. 

As we go, I’ll take some classic shots of you under the warm honey-coloured stone archways of the Birmingham Houses. And use the shapes and foliage in the orangery for contemporary, editorial-style images. Those areas are sheltered so we’ll carry on shooting even if the British weather throws us a curveball!

For something more relaxed, you can wander hand-in-hand through the arboretum and alongside the lake. The terracotta bridges with their pretty balustrading are also great for really dreamy, romantic shots.

One of my favourite things about our adventure will be catching glimpses of the countryside, Castle Ashby House, and St Mary’s church through little pockets that open up between the trees. There really is so much to see.

Warning! You’ll want to come back for more

The pretty little village of Castle Ashby is an amazing place. (And it’s just 20 minutes from my front door – so only a short commute after my morning cuppa and bowl of Alpen!) There’s loads to explore in the village itself, with some lovely independent artisan shops in the rural shopping yard, and a deli full of yummy food and snacks. So if you book a Castle Ashby pre-wedding shoot, I highly recommend some extra time to take it all in.

You’ll almost certainly want to come back for another visit! Some of my couples even make a weekend of it, with a short stay at the recently opened hotel and wellness retreat in the village, The Falcon. It’s all about relaxation – with wild swimming, yoga, and meditation to soothe your soul. All things that are especially welcome when you’re planning a wedding. Any excuse for a mini-break, right?!

Real couples

You can have your pre-wedding shoot in Castle Ashby Gardens even if you aren’t having your wedding there. There’s a small location fee to include, but IMO it’s well worth it. Check out some examples of the couples I’ve worked with at this fab little place.

Jim & Fliss

After a long winter, Jim and Fliss enjoyed a beautiful springtime photo shoot. Their confidence in front of the camera grew which was lovely to see. And I think they surprised themselves after saying at the start they didn’t feel like they’d be very photogenic!

Dale & Natalia

A pre-wedding shoot gives us plenty of time to get to know each other. And we’ll also find out what sort of shots you’d like for your wedding too. Dale and Natalia are lots of fun to be with, and their engagement shoot at Castle Ashby gardens gave them a chance to get used to the camera before their wedding.

Danny & Zoe

Danny, Zoe and I met in the Italian garden area of Castle Ashby for their engagement photos, which meant we could use the spectacular orangery as a backdrop. We tried out a variety of portrait styles, which gave us ideas for how to make the best use of their portrait shoot on their big day too.

Tom & Kirsty

If you want to see how to do the coordinated outfit thing, check out Tom and Kirsty’s stylish pre-wedding shoot. Complementary or contrasting colours make such a difference to the end result. It’s also important to wear something that makes you feel confident. Because if you feel good you’ll have more fun, and ultimately look more relaxed and natural in your photos.

Rob & Anna

It’s totally normal to be nervous before a photo shoot (even your resident photographer gets nervous sometimes!). Anna was so nervous she forgot to pack her outfit in the car as they left London and had to buy a new one en route! But don’t fret. There’s so much to see in the gardens that it helps take your mind off things. And I’ll be there to guide you. Rob & Anna soon relaxed, went with the flow, and were literally skipping down the path!

Come and see why I love it here!

I make no secret of the fact I love this place. And I hope you will too! If you’d like to arrange a Castle Ashby pre-wedding shoot then please do get in touch.

Want to know more?

Find out about Castle Ashby wedding photography

Read some of my advice on pre-wedding shoots

Have a nose at my engagement and pre-wedding photography portfolio