Finding the perfect location for your wedding shoot in South Yorkshire can be a challenge. There’s a lot to consider. Does the venue complement the theme of your wedding? Does it provide a great backdrop? Is it sufficiently varied to create visual interest? All of these questions are probably running through your mind right now.
The good news is that finding a great location is actually easier than you might think. In this post, we’re going to run through some general rules of thumb for finding a great location and then provide some examples for where you could go, right here in the South Yorkshire area – God’s own country.
Look For A Location With Both Shade And Sun
Ideally, you’d like your portfolio of wedding photos to be varied: some of the pictures in bright sunshine, others in shaded areas. Having this contrast allows you to create a variety of moods: indoor settings for more intimate shots, like the first dance; outdoor areas to celebrate your freedom, love and to capture the full glory of your outfit.
There’s a practical reason for choosing a location with both shade and sun: the Yorkshire weather. You’ll want a shaded area as a backup, just in case it decides to rain.
Consider The Privacy Of The Location
There’s nothing worse than hiring a photographer, finding a beautiful location at your venue, only to discover when you get the photos printed that the background was crawling with random members of the beer-swilling British public. Not good.
Before you settle on a location, find out where the public is likely to congregate. If you’re booking out the entire venue, then great. If not, then ask the managers ahead of time.
Does The Location Offer Variety?
Variety is the spice of life – or so they say. But it’s particularly true when it comes to photography. There’s nothing more boring than looking through an album of photos all taken on the same background. Ideally, you want a variety of location that provide a range of background scenery, like woodland, gardens, rustic brickwork, rolling hills, fountains, and wood panelling.
Where To Go In South Yorkshire
Okay, so now you know the basics, are there any suitable venues in South Yorkshire? Take a look at the following.
Tankersly Manor is a contemporary luxury hotel designed for the tastes of the modern couple. Not only does the venue provide bespoke hosting options for weddings, but it also offers a variety of settings for a great photoshoot. Located just a few miles from Sheffield, the main building dates to the 17th century and the grounds offer views of the Peak District National Park.
Wortley Hall, now hotel and wedding venue, was once a stately home situated in more than 26 acres of stunning grounds and parkland. Wortley Hall is widely regarded as one of the most stunning venues in all of Yorkshire. The manor itself is of traditional Georgian style – a bonus in itself – but what’s great about the site is the grounds. You could find a variety of excellent shoot locations in areas surrounding property, including in the walled garden.
One of the benefits of a Wortley Hall wedding and photoshoot is that the venue has a strict policy of hosting no more than one wedding per day. No more erasing people you don’t know from photos on Photoshop afterwards.
Tapton hall is an impressive 19th-century manor built by industrialist Edward Vickers to house his growing family. The estate has been a part of the Sheffield landscape for more than a century and offers beautiful architectural features you could include in your photo shoot. The hall has a stunning staircase that runs up from the main foyer and curves around as it ascends to the first floor. It’s the perfect indoor setting for an elegant, romantic photo of the bride in her dress. The grounds are small but well-kept and beautiful in the summer.
Wentworth Woodhouse is a Grade I listed building just a few miles from Rotherham and one of the grandest stately homes in all of South Yorkshire. The manor was constructed around 1735 by a wealthy local landowner and has since been extended into a truly giant venue.
For photographers, the open lawns at the front of the house and the grandeur of the building provide a perfect setting for the perfect shoot. The interior is equally stunning, with marble columns and floors and statues inset into the walls.