Heaton House Farm Wedding Photography
It was a few weeks ago when I was the wedding photographer for Chelsea and James. The venue they chose for their wedding was Heaton House Farm in Rushton Spencer in Staffordshire. This wasn’t the first time I had photographed a wedding at Heaton House Farm, it’s a delightful place that I love working at. I am very blessed to work in such unbelievable locations as a wedding photographer. Heaton House Farm is nestled in the countryside and offers spectacular views across the fields, especially if you catch a sunset.
One of my favourite moments of the day was when I was shooting Chelsea getting ready at at home. The small details captured during bridal preparations create the foundation of a happy story. Chelsea’s bridesmaids and family were around during the morning and this created a really happy atmosphere for Chelsea. It was a special moment when I captured the reveal of her dress to her Grandad and Dad.
Classic Wedding Car
Once all the prep had finished Chelsea arrived at the ceremony in a Rolls Royce and took a deep breath as she made her way towards the venue. Chelsea and James decided to celebrate their wedding in the Barn. Friends and family were deeply touched when the newlyweds said their vows. There’s some very lovely light available when shooting in the Barn as the couple face the windows.
Chelsea and James enjoyed spending quality time with their family and friends and loved every bit of their reception. There was an assortment of drinks for guest to choose. All the moments I shot were worth a thousand words. It was truly a special day.
Winter Wedding Photography
I love capturing Winter weddings as the scenery can be spectacular. It was quite a rainy day, but this did not stop Chelsea and James having an extraordinary day, because rain can’t spoil an awesome wedding. At one point the rain stopped and the sky opened up revealing a magnificent sunset. We headed out and although it only lasted around 10 minutes, we were able to take advantage of it to create some magical photography.
After a candid reception, it was time to hear the speeches. The speeches are an integral part of the wedding and a joy to photograph as a wedding photographer. After the fun and laughter of the day, the only thing the guests had not done was dance. So they all took to the dance floor at the sound of some epic tunes.
Chelsea and James’s wedding was one of the loveliest weddings I had shot recently and I’m sure they will be really happy together.
Vanilla In Allseasons – Caterers
Flower Passion – Florist
Venue Perfection – Venue decoration
Krissi B – DJ
Eventech – Photobooth
Salon Shades – Hair
Natalie Shea-Leigh – Make up
Williamson Brothers – Wedding Cars
Enjoy Sweeping Countryside Vistas at Heaton House Farm
Situated just outside Macclesfield in the rolling hills of Cheshire, at the edge of the Peak District National Park, Heaton House Farm comprises nearly 200 acres of stunning English countryside. The Farm has been lovingly updated to fit whatever needs arise on your wedding day, whether your party is composed of an intimate 20 guests or a grand celebration of hundreds.
Amenities and Accommodation at Heaton House Farm
This truly flexible venue can host large gatherings of up to 350 guests, so don’t be afraid to plan big. The Farm’s custom marquee, converted farm buildings, exclusive bar and sprawling grounds offer a wealth of opportunities to explore. Choose an outdoor venue for your vows, or take advantage of ponds, fountains, stone walls, and gardens for photographs. The converted Barn offers an indoor option year-round with beautiful stone walls, hall ceilings and rustic oak beams. The Barn can accommodate 120 guests. In fact, Heaton House Farm offers four different Wedding Venues all licensed for civil ceremonies. Also included are the outdoors Oak Pagoda, which can accommodate 150, and several marquee venues.
In addition to stunning rural vistas and a variety of Wedding Venues, Heaton House Farm boasts in-house catering, the well-named Stable Yard Catering. Design your custom menu with these experienced event caterers. You may choose to keep your family and friends close as well, for Heaton House Farm offers 15 rooms to accommodate your wedding party. Guests will enjoy the rustic charm, high ceilings, exposed beams of this boutique accommodation. Of course, the rooms include a unique Honeymoon Suite, so you don’t have to travel far at all on your wedding night.
Location of Heaton House Farm
Heaton House Farm is in Cheshire and near the border of Staffordshire. The Farm is easily accessible from across the United Kingdom as the Wedding Venue is just off the A523 and near the A53. The Farm is between Stoke-on-Trent and Macclesfield. The nearest train station is located in Congleton. Those flying in for the ceremony will be delighted that Manchester Airport is merely 48 miles and a 40-minute drive away, and the Liverpool Airport is just over an hour’s drive from the Farm. Guests driving from London can reach the Wedding Venue in approximately three and a half hours.
History of Heaton House Farm
Heaton House Farm has been a family-operated business since the 1800s. Currently owned by Mick and Margaret Heath, the Farm boasts multiple event venues, in-house catering and a professional and experienced staff. Farming continues on the land today. The family first converted a cattle barn into an event venue for the summer in the early 1990s; successful diversification for a variety of events has followed.
The nearby town of Macclesfield possesses a rich manufacturing history, from silk, and silk buttons, from the late seventeenth century to pharmaceuticals in the 21st century. At its height of silk production in 1832, Macclesfield had 71 silk mills in operation. Unfortunately, less than 20 years later, a market crash wiped out most of the silk industry in the area. Although silk continued to be manufactured in Macclesfield through the 1980s, production never reached the levels of the 1830s.
A mere nine miles away from Heaton House Farm, the Alexandra Court Hotel is a boutique Victorian hotel with 13 rooms, near the town of Congleton. For a warm and cosy environment, the Lamb Inn Guesthouse in Congleton offers both comfort and homecooked breakfasts. Another option is the Best Western Manor House Hotel outside of Stoke-on-Trent. This hotel can truly accommodate a crowd with a total of 58 rooms.
Nearby Wilmslow is a 30-minute drive from Heaton House Farm and offers several quaint options for accommodation. The Wilmslow Lodge adjacent to the Coach & Four pub is a classic hotel in an 18th century coaching house. Its pub offers traditional English fare along with ales and wines. Spacious rooms with modern amenities and a 24-hour reception mean your guests can rest at ease. Another option is the King William, a quaint pub in Wilmslow, that boasts six guestrooms and a hidden courtyard.
There are many boutique accommodation options for your wedding party and guests in Staffordshire as well. The Stone House Hotel is situated on the Stafford Road in Stone and offers a variety of rooms and suites within easy driving distance as it is only 23 miles from the Hall. The hotel is a traditional country house refurbished with 55 rooms, all en-suite, and includes a gym and heated indoor pool. For an even more elegant stay, guests can stay at Hoar Cross Hall where they can choose from 11 superb rooms in this luxury hotel. Stafford is just over an hour from Heaton House Farm and offers additional options. In Stafford, the Vine Hotel on Salter Street includes a restaurant and pub on the premises; in fact, the hotel is located inside the oldest pub in town. Your guests can enjoy this quaint setting only minutes’ walk from Stafford Train Station. The attractions of Stafford are also easily reachable by walking, including the Shire Hall Gallery, Ancient High House, and Gateway Theatre.
Explore Cheshire and Staffordshire
There’s plenty to see and do in the county of Cheshire in Northwest England – from the markets and food halls of Manchester, to nearby parks including Tatton Park, Dunham Massey and Lyme Park, to outlet shopping, the Chester Zoo and the Peak District National Park is a stone’s throw from Heaton House Farm. If your guests wish to explore stately homes in the area, they can visit both Adlington Hall and Tatton Hall.
Stoke-on-Trent is the largest town in Staffordshire, with a population of around 262,000 people. The town is famous for its pottery and is the ceramics capital of the United Kingdom with multiple museums and galleries still focused on the trade today. Alton Towers, the UK’s largest amusement park, is also a draw to Stoke-on-Trent. Another popular attraction in Staffordshire is the Uttoxeter Racecourse, home to 25 annual meets including the Midlands Grand National. The racecourse is about a 45-minute drive from Heaton House Farm.