Are you looking for a smaller venue to say “I do?”

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Have you got engaged and have started to look for places to have your wedding ceremony? Not everyone is comfortable saying their I’do’s on a grand stage in front of a large audience, in fact for many this is the most terrifying part of the day. With a rise in couples using celebrants and the approved list of licenced premises to hold marriages, civil marriages and partnerships continually increasing, there is no shortage of beautiful places to hold an intimate ceremony.

Here are a handful of my favourite romantic venues that I’ve photographed more recently, which all offer a romantic setting and may offer some inspiration when planning your special ceremony.

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The Woburn Coffee House – Orangery

Suitable for number of guests 2-50

From May 2018, this exquisite venue in the heart of the historic village of Woburn,  is now licensed to hold marriages within its’ orangery with comfortably up to 50 guests. What I love is that it offers couples an elegant setting to get married in, overlooking a beautifully landscaped garden and located in the heart of a charming quintessential English village. It lends itself perfectly to those couples who want a small intimate ceremony but still with the magic and historical character offered in abundance by the magnificent and grand Woburn Abbey a couple of miles up the road!

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The Private Chapel – Ashridge Estate

Perfect for guests 20-70

Although majestic in height with a breathtaking outside spire, the aisle facing rows and small choir alter the Chapel at the Ashridge Estate lends itself perfectly to smaller ceremonies. There are many wedding venues on estates which have stunning chapels on site offering a religious ceremony as part of an inclusive wedding package.

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Notley Abbey – Bijou Wedding Venues

Suitable for 40-80 guests

 Celebrated as a “home from home” by its hosts Bijou Wedding Venues, Notley Abbey is set within landscaped grounds accessed via a gorgeous private tree-lined driveway. It offers couples and their guests exclusivity and luxury. It’s glamorous past of hosting the private parties of its former owners Vivien Leigh and Sir Laurence Olivier make this a venue perfect for putting on an amazing celebration with newly wedded couples nearest and dearest.

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The Woods!

Suitable for 2 to beyond!!!

Camping chairs, brollies & some form of signage to guide guests to the spot – really thats just about all you need to host a woodland wedding. Celebrants can create the most personal and beautiful humanist ceremony to suit those wanting a truly unique and intimate wedding that is at one with nature.

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Town Hall

Suitable  – 0+

I’ve photographed numerous weddings in registry office’s and Town Halls in London and in my home town Milton Keynes. I know couples who have chosen to formally get married in a historic town hall surrounded by immediate family only and later gone on to celebrate their marriage with a party or larger reception on another date! A couple of weddings I have been commissioned to photograph both days.

Smaller is no lesser and couples who chose to make their vows in the presence of a smaller audience may find that they have a greater variety of venues to choose from. I really like celebrants as they offer couples a truly bespoke and personal service practically anywhere! Safari park? Beach?Roof Top or Football pitch.. whereever you decide, never forget to have the most important part of the wedding photographed!!

With Love

Laura x

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