The beautiful Sculpture Gallery at Woburn is close enough to London to attract affluent ‘urbanites’ wanting a taste of aristocratic English luxury for their wedding, yet easily accessible for discerning couples located in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire, and it’s a dream location to work at capturing such luxury weddings and events, with its stunning landscapes, beautiful architecture and palpable sense of history. It’s a definite ‘Top Ten’ venue for me………
Nestled within impressive grounds, the Woburn Estate has been home to the Russell family since the early 17th Century, and this former orangery once housed the 5th Duke of Bedford’s impressive collection of sculptures, hence its current name. Gloriously opulent, brides and grooms alike fall in love with the romantic Camellia Lake and lush lawns that abound with sunshine bright daffodils in spring and are edged by blowsy perfumed roses in the summer; and that’s before you enter into its domed interiors supported by the striking antique columns……….providing amazing photography opportunities and unabashed romance;
And it’s not just its beauty and location that impress. There’s a level of luxury and service provided to the couples who hold their special day here that gives a feeling of cosy and intimate, but yet it can accommodate 248 of your closest friends and you get the chance to ‘channel your inner aristocrat’ – it’s so good that if you want your day here it really is advisable to book well ahead. As soon as you’re engaged get on that phone to book a viewing!
As the light spills through the Venetian windows, it is easy to imagine celebrating your day here. Feast sat at long tables festooned with flowers, shed a tear or maybe join your guests laughing raucously as the speeches ring out around its pleasing proportions and take your first dance on the specially constructed dance floor watched by your guests, all silently observed by the long gone ancestors of the current 15th Duke of Bedford; no doubt with a nod of approval to such a beautiful building hosting the happiest of days for those lucky enough to have that privilege. And finally, if you are lucky enough to hold your wedding here or even be a guest here perhaps take a moment to step into the grounds and watch night cast its shadow over the beautiful façade. You won’t be disappointed as you watch its gorgeous interior come alive with a sense of magic that puts one in mind of peering into a grand elegant past through those incredible windows, maybe to see your guests relaxed, happy and having fun or maybe a guest will watch as both glide across the dance floor happy and in love and oblivious for just one moment to those around you.
The first time I visited was when I was privileged to be the photographer for Kate and Andy’s nuptials on a beautiful early spring day that was also Easter weekend; an amazing celebration that epitomised everything English, beautiful and elegant.
The thing I love about weddings is that although they all share common ground in the fact there’s a ceremony, speeches, and dancing, ultimately each one is unique by definition of the personality of each couple, their guests and of course by the venue that they choose.
Couples choosing the Sculpture Gallery are choosing history, in its ancestral portraits and beautifully designed Venetian windows that flood this former orangery with incredible light; they are choosing natural beauty provided by immaculate lawns with pretty flowers, private rose gardens and of course a romantic camellia lake; all natural backdrops for adding a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ to an amazing day and providing incredible opportunities for beautiful photography, that will just make you go ‘wow’ whenever you look back on your day….