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Holdenby House wedding photography

With history and heart, you’ll love how Holdenby House transports you back in time to an era of elegance and refinement.

Oh, Holdenby House, I love you so!

This stunning royal palace turned historical home has an atmosphere of tranquil, quiet decadence that’ll leave you and your guests in awe. From the amazing arched entrance that makes you feel like you’ve “arrived”, through to multiple lush gardens and decadent rich wood panelling … it’s always a good day when someone books me for their wedding at Holdenby House!

The service you’ll receive at Holdenby House, which is nothing short of impeccable, is completely personalised, allowing you to have the wedding you want, rather than the wedding the venue does week in, week out. That personal touch always helps couples be themselves, which is great to capture in photos.

Bride walking down the aisle at Holdenby House
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Five reasons you’ll love Holdenby House for your wedding photography

  • 1 The opportunities for your wedding photos at Holdenby House are endless. And because there are so many options it means I can create something unique for every wedding.
  • 2 20 acres worth of extraordinary grounds and Elizabethan gardens make a magical and romantic backdrop for photos of the two of you, especially when the sun is setting. There’s a reason it’s listed in “1001 Gardens You Must See Before You Die”!
  • 3 For such a grand venue, the atmosphere is unusually warm and welcoming. That homely feeling helps couples to be themselves, which is great for capturing natural moments that are packed with personality.
  • 4 An atmospheric entrance hall with rich panelled walls and 17th century paintings (not to mention fabulous light!) makes for impressive couple shots.
  • 5 A library, complete with books dating back to the 16th century, that’ll look incredible as the background to your drinks reception photos. One for the book-lovers!
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Bride and groom walking to the lily pond at Holdenby House
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My experience at Holdenby House

I looked at (and lusted after) Holdenby House for my own wedding venue, so when I became a wedding photographer it was high on my photography bucket list! It teased and eluded me for a few years, but then, like buses, two came along at once and now it’s happily one of my most regular venues.

Weddings at Holdenby tend to be very relaxed (not to mention really well run) which is my ideal kind of day to shoot, so I’m delighted that they’ve been recommending me since the very first wedding I shot there.

Amazing train of an Eliza Jane Howell dress laid out at Holdenby House
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The gallery

It's no wonder Holdenby House has been on cinema screens. Just look!

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True love stories

Fantasising about a real-life wedding at Holdenby House? Check out the highlights from one of the weddings I’ve photographed there ...

Golden hour in the Elizabethan garden at Holdenby House

Rachael & Fahad

Rachael and Fahad had a summer wedding at Holdenby House with a travel theme to reflect their wanderlust for the world. They had a civil ceremony and then made the most of every inch of Holdenby, so their photos are pretty much a tour of the venue!

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Cosmos flowers in the lily pond garden at Holdenby House
bride and groom at the lily pond at Holdenby House
Lilies on the pond at Holdenby House
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Psst! Did you know *this* about Holdenby House?

  • 1 Holdenby is traditionally spelt ‘Holmby’ which locals pronounce as "home-be".
  • 2 When it was built, Holdenby was reputably the most magnificent house in England. The floorplan was nearly 80,000 square feet.
  • 3 All that’s left now are two the arches in the Arches Field and the kitchen wing which was adapted into the house you see today.
  • 4 Charles I was held as a prisoner at Holdenby after being defeated in the civil war. (I can think of worse places.)
  • 5 Tonnes of earth and weeds were artfully 'dumped' on the front drive to transform Holdenby into Statis House for the BBC adaptation of ‘Great Expectations’