The above is one of my favourite photographs of Wollaton Hall.

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Wollaton Hall and Deer Park is a spectacular Elizabethan mansion and park set in the heart of Nottingham. Wollaton Hall was built between 1580 and 1588 for Sir Francis Willoughby and is believed to be designed by the Elizabethan architect, Robert Smythson with the intention of impressing Queen Elizabeth I (which didn’t work as she never visited Nottingham). It is a truly stunning venue and Wollaton Hall Weddings can arrange a civil ceremony or civil partnership, you could even use the Hall as a reception venue. The staff at the Hall are amazing people who show a heartfelt love for this iconic Nottingham landmark.

Most Nottingham  people hold this place very close to their heart and it gave me great pleasure when I was selected as one of Wollaton Halls preferred Nottingham wedding photographers. I have been given prime position in their brand new glossy wedding brochure. To mark this occasion I was allowed all access to the Hall with my camera and small team of creatives to shoot an editorial bridal session. I grabbed this with both hands as I had complete access to rooms  that I, and many other Nottingham people have never seen before.

In 2011 the Hall was featured as the latest Wayne Manor in the Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. Scenes were filmed both inside and outside Wollaton Hall and the photography of the Hall was amazing. The Hall asked if I could produce a Batman inspired wedding image for use in the brochure. This was quite a challenge for me as the only image I had in my head was of Delboy and Rodney running away from the hall. I did my best to put these images to one side and thought that the best link for me would be some bats, and so the image below was born.

We really stopped the traffic in Wollaton Hall at times, and even had some visitors joining in the photography fun.

Below is one of the rooms used for Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, where it was covered in sheets. The only thing they changed in the room was the fireplace as Warner Brothers brought in there own.

Its such a brilliant opportunity for any bride and groom to get some amazing photographs on their special day at Wollaton Hall, just check out the shot taken on the roof below. Im really looking forward to working closely with Wollaton Hall and photographing some fantastic weddings at one of the premier wedding venues in Nottingham over the coming years. It was a fantastic opportunity and experience, one I would love to repeat sometime soon.

A big thank-you to everybody involved in the shoot.

Bridal Wear Design:

Wedding Cake Company:

& of course I wouldn’t want to forget the lovely models involved Chloe, Abi and Danielle.

…and most of all, I really need to thank all the staff at Wollaton Hall for making this such a special day for everyone involved.