Devon Wedding Photographer

bride and groom holding hands with a salcombe harbour in the background

There are many reasons why I love to work as a Devon wedding photographer. Think Devon and you imagine sandy beaches, fossil cliffs, medieval towns, thatched cottages, farmland, the English Riviera, grand country houses, picturesque harbour towns and moorland national parks.

Some counties only offer some of these things but Devon really does have them all and there are some fantastic wedding venues in all of these places offering fantastic locally produced food and excellent customer service. So, when it comes to planning your Devon wedding you really are spoilt for choice.

Devon beach wedding photography

Think you can only get married on the beach in the Caribbean or the Mediterranean? Think again. There are numbers of Devon venues that are licensed and literally a stone’s throw from the beach. If saying I do barefoot in the sand is for you then you can get legally married in a registry office before and then have your ceremony on the beach.

Some beaches will even allow you to pitch up a marquee nearby for your reception. Excellent wedding venues right on or close to the beach are Chiddlecombe, Ocean Kave, Tunnels Beaches and Sandy Cove.

night shot of wedding couple lit my white umbrella with a sea behind them and lit marquee on the side at polhawn fort
bride and groom on the field with a sun setting behind them Middle Coombe Farm near Tiverton in Devon

Wedding photography on a Devon Farm

Often located on working farms you get all the sights and sounds (and sometimes smells) of authentic rural Devon life. Rustic, outdoors and quintessentially British, farm weddings are popular for couples looking for a more relaxed vibe rather than overly formal or styled weddings.

They are also great for larger weddings and family-friendly weddings as there’s lots of space to spread out. Guests can stay in nearby accommodation or pitch up tents and stay on site. Great Devon farm wedding venues include Middle Coombe Farm, Eggbeer Farm, Dunwell Farm and Little Bidlake Farm.

Devon Barn wedding photography

I love shooting Devon Barn wedding photography because Devon barn weddings offer a truly rustic outdoor feeling to weddings. Barns are really versatile spaces so you can have your wedding done your way and they also offer lots of outdoor space ideal for larger and family-friendly weddings. Also, they can still be really stylish.

Beautiful barns and hi-end marquees can be dressed up to look every bit as stylish as a hotel but stamped with your personalities on. Fantastic Devon Barn wedding venues include Upton Barn, The Great Barn Devon, Hayne Devon, Ash Barton & Corn Barn.

wedding couple holding hands just after their outdoor ceremony at The Great Barn Devon

Devon wedding photography

wedding couple embracing at Gidleigh Park in Datrmoor

Wedding photography at Dartmoor National Park

The vast moorlands of Dartmoor with its free-roaming ponies, craggy landscapes, forest, rivers, wetlands and tors have entranced people for centuries. This historically rich, wild and magical area was the inspiration behind Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous Sherlock Holmes book ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’. So, it’s no wonder that since 1951 it has been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty.  Set against the backdrops of awe-inspiring granite tors there are some beautiful wedding venues. Those wild ponies have been known to make an appearance in the backdrop of wedding photographs. Wedding venues that set within Dartmoor National Park include Gidleigh Park, Bovey Castle, Boringdon Hall and Lewtrenchard Manor.

Devon Country House wedding photography

There are some stunning country houses in Devon and they are highly experienced at offering an amazing wedding venue. The big draw of country houses is exclusive use and space. Along with spectacular interiors and gardens offering a wealth of beautiful and interesting backdrops for your wedding photographs.

Some offer everything in-house. Some allow you to bring in your own suppliers so you can build your wedding your way. Some of the finest Devon Country House’s are Langdon Court, Bridwell Park, Beaconside Country House, Shilstone House, Kingstone Estate & Rockbeare Manor near Exeter.

bridal party in front of Rockbeare manor near Exeter
night shot of couple holding each other at Bickleigh castle in Devon

Devon Castle wedding photography

Castles make fantastic wedding venues. They offer a rich history, a fairy-tale feel and have fantastic backdrops both inside and out for photography. From turrets and keeps, draw bridges, moats, thrones, great halls and pretty walled gardens. Amazing castle wedding venues in Devon includes Huntsham Court, Bickleigh and Powderham in Exeter.

As a Devon wedding photographer, I always love shooting wedding photography in castles. They are often dark spaces so make sure you hire a professional photographer who can work with flash and make the most of any natural light to create perfect images.

"...Martin made us feel like we were working with a friend and that relaxed feel was reflected in our photos..." - Layla & Chris

Unusual Wedding Venues in Devon

Devon really does offer something for everyone and this is certainly the case when planning your wedding in Devon. For rustic foodie types that want to personalise their wedding then you can have your wedding at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s famous River Cottage or at the beautiful Brickhouse vineyard.

For animal lovers, you can choose to get married at a donkey sanctuary or even at a Zoo. Dartmoor Zoo offers you and your guests’ freedom to roam around their zoo and a backdrop of beautiful woodland and exotic animals for your photographs.

wedding couple with the setting sun behind them at Brickhouse vineyard
backlit portrait of wedding couple at night with trees and fairy light behind them at the Anran wedding venue in Devon

For nature and outdoor lovers, there’s an amazing outdoor wedding venue called ‘Ever After’. This luxury wedding venue has a real wow factor feels like it’s part of the natural landscape! Lastly, The Glasshouse at Anran is beautiful and inexplicably special creating a perfect mix of luxury and rural. It is nestled in the beautiful Devon landscape. So if you’re looking for an unforgettable wedding venue that brings something different then Devon does unique and quirky wedding venues to suit all tastes.

So, have fun planning your Devon wedding. If you are looking for creative and unobtrusive Devon wedding photographer then why not get in touch. I’d love to hear about your wedding plans.

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