Welcome, I’m so pleased I found you! I’m guessing you are here before you are considering getting married in our stunning northumberland countryside and possibly looking for a Northumberland wedding photographer? That’s perfect! You are in the right place.
My name is Sarah-Jane Ethan (SJ) and I am an award-winning, fine-art wedding photographer based in Newcastle. Although I am honoured to photograph weddings all over Europe and beyond, I have a special affection for weddings in my own Northumberland backyard. Below you’ll find loads of amazing weddings to look at from our beautfiul region to hopefully get you feeling even more excited to plan your own Newcastle or Northumberland wedding.
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Planning a wedding in Northumberland
As a resident and experienced Newcastle and Northumberland wedding photographer, I might be bias in saying you have made the best choice by choosing to plan a wedding in this stunning corner of the UK. But having photographed over 200 weddings all over Europe and beyond, I honestly find that Northumberland weddings often tops the list of my favourite weddings each year. I regularly photograph weddings in some incredible wedding venues like: Alnwick Treehouse, Brinkburn Priory, Doxford Barns, Newton Hall, Eshott Hall, Blagdon Parlour, Horton Grange Farm, and Ellingham Hall.
Click the images below to out some amazing inspiration from recent, real weddings I’ve photographed in Northumberland:
I’ve got to say that Northumberland is easily one of the most beautiful – and often overlooked – part of the UK. Myself and my husband Matt (and Jeremy our crazy kitten!) are fortunate enough to live in Newcastle so photograph lots of gorgeous places in this wonderful part of the world.
From the College Valley to Druridge Bay, Morpeth to Holy Island, you’d be mistaken for thinking that Northumberland was lifted out of some famous fantasy setting. Even better, all these places have stunning places where you can plan the perfect wedding.
Top Tips from a Northumberland Wedding Photographer
Having worked as a Northumberland wedding photographer for many years I have developed a deep love for, and insight into, getting married in this region. Here are my top tips for planning a wedding in Northumberland.
1) Choose your month carefully.
Don’t be fooled into thinking the classic summer months of July and August will produce an idylic summer wedding. Sadly Northumberland has a way of surprising us and dumping its most disappointing weather right in the middle of peak wedding season! Of course, nothing is guaranteed except the fact that the weather can never be guaranteed, but as a general rule, I have found the month of April to be suprisingly dry and even sometimes baking hot! Equally if you want to plan your Northumberland wedding in May or June, these are a good bet. September and October are also often very workable weather wise. But don’t discount the summer months, the wedding below was photographed in July and the weather was perfect, so I guess the moral of the story is; you never know! But whatever the weather I will make sure you have the wedding of your dreams
If you’re anything like me, this bit is the most fun! I just love styling and design, how everything is going to look, and what atmosphere I can create for my family and friends to enjoy.
Further down this page I’ve featured my favourite past weddings from my favourite Northumberland Wedding venues, with links to more pictures from those past couples so that you can get tons of inspiration – and maybe even ideas for the very venue you’ve booked!
Northumberland Wedding Venues you can’t miss
Frankly, there aren’t many venues that wouldn’t make to a list of my favourite places to photograph weddings in Northumberland (don’t ask me which ones!)… pretty much every single venue could be on this list because they’re all special in some way.
As a wedding photographer in Northumberland, these places are my absolute favourites simply because they have it all. It’s a combination of a stunning location, fantastic service and staff, a beautiful atmosphere and styling all nestled neatly alongside gorgeous light making the photographs extra special.
If you’re still looking for a venue, I’d love for you to check these out, and if you’ve already figured that bit out, hopefully you can get some inspiration for your venue!
ps. If your venue isn’t listed here, it’s simply because I’d be writing forever if I listed everyone one of my favourites! If you browse my ‘Recent Work’ section you’ll almost certainly find a wedding I’ve photographed at your venue!
In my experience, Brinkburn is one of the most professional wedding venues in the country.
The gorgeous 12th-century house is nested alongside the absolutely breathtaking Brinkburn Priory in a secluded valley by the river. It doesn’t get much more magical than that!
David and Rachael’s pretty summer wedding at Brinkburn was a perfect example of how versatile and relaxed Brinkburn is.
The cottage is perfect for bridal prep because it’s absolutely full to the brim with daylight and a bright colour scheme.
You can either use the Priory itself for a religious ceremony, or you can use the beautiful White Room, which I think is one of the nicest intimate ceremony spaces on this list.
Rachael filled the river lawn with hay bails and games which was the perfect use of a beautiful space.
The Parlour Blagdon
I make no apologies for loving The Parlour at Blagdon so much!
Located just north of Newcastle itself, it’s the perfect venue if you or your guests are travelling up from London or elsewhere.
As you can see from Louise and Michael’s wedding at The Parlour, the light, bright feel creates a joyful atmosphere – especially combined with all that bunting!
The inside of the ceremony space is a gorgeous, bright, but intimate space.
The outside is just lovely – a cute colour scheme combined with lots of pretty plants and trees provides that perfect escape to the countryside!
There’s also lots of space to steal away for a few minutes of alone time to capture some beautiful portraits and rest in some newly married bliss.
This is one of my favourite super-relaxed venues – it’s not quite the blank canvas that is Cuddystone Hall, but there’s so much room for you to imprint your vision.
With on-site cottages and amazing ancient barn, modern dining area and even a lake and camping pods – Doxford Barns has a lot to offer.
Kati and Ferg’s sunflower themed wedding at Doxford took full advantage of the beautiful light and rolling countryside.
Even though the Great Barn ceremony space has no natural light, it’s been well lit to have that easy-going, light atmosphere whilst retaining that almost ancient feel – perfect for a Northumberland Wedding Photographer!
They were blessed with great weather so made maximum use of the outside spaces with outdoor games and a cheeky beer-barrow.
Even if you’re planning on a winter wedding, the indoor areas of Doxford Barns are perfectly cosy, especially if it’s inclement outside!
Where to start with The Alnwick Treehouse – since it’s already a world-famous wedding venue, it’s not hard to imagine that everything has already been said.
Amy & Shaun had a beautiful Autumn wedding, making the absolute most of the Treehouse’s setting amongst the warm autumn tones, twinkling fairy lights and crackling fires.
After a gorgeous ceremony inside, it was onto the stunning terrace for a drinks reception to die for – golden leaves accenting the natural feel to this beautiful location.
By the time night rolled in, the Treehouse took a whole new look – absolutely stunning! Warm light, natural wood and an almost Christmassy feel really finished the celebrations off nicely!
South Causey Inn Wedding
Vintage tea dress, bird cage veil, wild pastel flowers and a whole lot of laughter… Martin & Lauren’s wedding at South Causey Inn near Northumberland was an absolutely dream to photograph and a feast for the eyes! As soon as I received their first email I knew I needed to be at this wedding and it did not disappoint!
They said, “After looking at endless amounts of forced and posing pictures from hundreds of photographers, we were struggling to find someone who would help us be happy on our wedding day.
Sarah-Jane’s portfolio burst out of the page – not just because of the brilliant shots she took but because of the natural pictures that looked so full of fun and laughter. That was exactly what we wanted for our day.
From her own beaming smile and infectious happiness when we first met to the joy, to the excitement she showed throughout the day – it was a pleasure to have her there.
We included Sarah-Jane in the seating plan along with our other guests and they commented on how they didn’t even realise she was the photographer as she simply blended in with the rest of the party and caught those natural pictures so seamlessly and surprised us with a lot of them when we didn’t even know Sarah-Jane was watching!
Sarah-Jane is so easy to work with and you literally can’t not smile around her so it was easy to relax and enjoy the experience.
We absolutely love our pictures, we can’t stop looking at them!”