The Heath House wedding photography is always a joy to look back at. Diane and George’s wedding there was a fantastic day. I’ve shot weddings at The Heath House a number of times including this great wedding with Anthony and Dan. Diane and George contacted me about a year before the big day to become their Heath House wedding photographer and I was excited to visit the wedding venue again.
The Main House
The Heath House is kind of a split venue. It has a very old and grand house where the wedding ceremony takes place and then thee is a marquee in the gardens a short walk away from the main house. It is a victorian building located in the Staffordshire hills near Tean. There are turrets, tall chimneys and an octagonal viewing tower. When you first walk in to the grand building you find yourself in the hallway, a few more steps and you see the very impressive double staircase. The ceremony room and the lounge then faces you and are filled with beautiful ornaments and pictures which all add to the backdrop of The Heath House wedding photography.
The grounds around The Heath House are nothing short of spectacular. A large garden at the front of the main house provides the perfect location to have your wedding reception and the photographs taken in this section are some of my favourite from George and Diane’s wedding.
Walk around to the left of The Heath House and you can see the Orangery. You can also get married here and I imagine many a summer wedding happening under the ornate roof and tranquil setting of the Orangery gardens. I’m hoping to revist the venue in the future to capture some Heath House wedding photographs at the Orangery.
Natural Wedding Photography
Diane and George were a very expressive couple, which made my job as their Heath House wedding photographer a really easy one. So many smiles, so much love and laughter. All captured in a non invasive documentary way, just like the photographs of their guests hugging them outside the church.
Below are just a few photos from Diane and George’s day, just the highlights to give you a sense of the fun they had. Natural documentary wedding photos is what I am all about, no stopping or posing, just real moments which create real memories. The Heath House wedding photography is a fantastic thing to create and I’m already looking forward to my next visit to The Heath House.
More weddings at The Heath House
If you are looking for a photographer for your Heath House wedding, then please contact me, also, if you would like to discover more then please see some other weddings below I have photographed at this special venue.
The Heath House wedding photography by One Little Daisy Photography © 2015
Host your Wedding at The Heath House – A Magnificent Stone Manor with Heroic Past
Built in 1840 and surrounded by 126 acres of lush grounds, the Heath House is a stately stone manor house that also boasts formal gardens, a quaint stable cottage, and luxurious country home accommodations. This estate has been in the current owners’ family – the Philips family – since it was built and even served as a Red Cross hospital during World War II. From intimate gatherings to celebrations of up to 220 guests, let the Heath House and its dedicated staff host your idyllic wedding.
Wedding Venue Details
The Heath House is built in Gothic Revival style and has four large indoor spaces ideal for receptions or ceremonies, as well as a grand wooden staircase for those wishing to make a bold entrance or take stunning group photographs.
The wonderfully ornate Drawing Room holds a maximum of 100 people. With beautifully decorated high ceilings, exquisite wallpaper, wood flooring, large windows with elegant drapery, fireplaces and chandeliers, the Drawing Room is a spectacular choice for your ceremony. Celebrate your special day in these luxurious surroundings. While civil ceremonies may of course be celebrated at the Heath House, there are also multiple churches nearby should you wish to have a church ceremony followed by a dinner or reception at the House.
If your large party needs to spread out, the grounds are at your disposal. The English gardens are stunning at the Heath House; there are a total of 22 lawns on the property. So, plan a portion of your day outside or even include lawn games in your celebration. A few activities that the Heath House can easily host include croquet, clay pigeon shooting, archery and willow weaving. While the Heath House staff can happily arrange catering and other vendors for you, you are also welcome to bring your own activity coordinators or any other assistance you may need.
The House’s semi-permanent outdoor marquee tent can accommodate up to 220 guests for a celebration – be it dinner, dancing, a reception – or all of the above. The Marquee is also an ideal site for a wedding breakfast, should you desire to have one. The tent is outfitted with heating for the winter and fans for the warmer months as well. Built-in washrooms are located within the facility.
The Heath House is still the current home of hosts Sophie and Justin Philips, who have earned rave reviews and glowing testimonials online for their service. The property is connected to wifi and includes several rooms that can be used as cloakrooms or even meeting rooms, should the need arise. Moreover, up to 50 cars can park on the premises.
Accommodation and Amenities
The Heath House can sleep 26 guests in a variety of rooms in the main manor and an additional six guests in the detached stable yard cottage. All guest rooms include towels, toiletries and hot drink facilities as well as unique furnishings and stunning views of the grounds. From four poster beds to twin rooms, the guest rooms are designed to meet a variety of needs and are sure to make your wedding party feel comfortable.
The stable yard cottage has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, living area and woodburner and even its own private garden. This quaint and charming space is perfect for a large or extended family or group of friends. Dogs are permitted to stay in the cottage, so your furry friends can join the celebration as well.
History of the Heath House
While the current manor was constructed in 1840, the Phillips family has held this estate since the 1680s. The Heath House has an interesting medical and wartime history that makes it unique from many other properties in England. The House was visited by Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War, and it was later transformed into a Red Cross military hospital during World War II. The Phillips family regained the house after the conclusion of the war.
The Heath House has also been the location for several movie shoots as well as been featured on BBC’s Channel 4.
Location of the Heath House
In the midst of the beautiful Staffordshire countryside, the Heath House in Tean is easily accessible by car. The House is located only a 25-minute drive from Stoke-on-Trent’s Railway Station. The drive from Manchester Airport takes around one hour, and Birmingham Airport is around an hour and a half away. Driving from London takes around three and a half hours.
The nearest train stations to Heath House are Blythe Bridge and Uttoxeter. The Stafford Train Station is about a 35-minute drive from the Heath House; trains to London from Stafford Station run around two hours.
Stafford, originally founded around 70 CE, is a picturesque town for your guests to explore before or after the wedding. They can visit Stafford Castle, built around 1090 by the Normans, and St. Chad’s Church, constructed in the 12th century. The Ancient High House is a museum set in the oldest timber-framed townhouse in England. The Shire Hall Gallery, originally built as a courthouse and city offices, is now an art gallery with rotating exhibitions. Stafford was first connected to the rest of England by rail in 1837 and continues to attract visitors today.
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 UK 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 20-minute drive from Heath House