Weston Hall Wedding – Amy and Al


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Weston Hall Wedding Photography

I photographed Amy and Al at the very grand Weston Hall. A joyous day with smiles and happiness throughout. Here’s is their story:

 

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Host your Wedding and Reception in an Elegant Country House

Weston Hall allows you a choice of venues for your special day. The Westminster space contains two fireplaces, exposed oak ceiling beams, and lovely chandeliers. Create the dinner of your dreams in this bright room, arranging your desired floor plan and leaving room for dancing and drinks. The Shrewsbury room is an equally versatile space for a ceremony or dinner, and similar to the Westminster, can be set up with a separate bar and a dance floor. In the Shrewsbury, large windows overlook the grounds and are complemented by elegant curtains and lush carpeting.

The Talbot offers a more intimate setting, with a fireplace, a black and white tiled floor, mullioned windows and a large wooden dining table overhung by a chandelier. The Talbot is ideal for a small civil ceremony or for a casual wedding breakfast, or for whatever you have in mind for this dazzling room. The Conservatory is another smaller space, located adjacent to the Westminster room. It is an airy room with windows out to the grounds. Whether using the Conservatory as a separate buffet space or as a children’s play area, this space is another way that Weston Hall allows you to have as many options as possible in designing your event.

Finally, the Terrace is a lovely outdoor spot with groomed shrubberies and plants, fountains and covered tables for dining and drinks, weather permitting. Relax and unwind with your friends and family in this enchanting outdoor haven.

Accommodation and Amenities

Weston Hall has eight bedrooms available for guests, including a honeymoon suite, so that your wedding party can stay on site if desired. The bedrooms are all on the top floor of the Hall, affording guests literally the best views in the house. The guest rooms are all individually designed and uniquely furnished, with vaulted ceilings, exposed oak beams, fireplaces, seating areas, four poster beds, and more.

Breakfast is served daily for guests. Additionally, your wedding party can enjoy a meal in the Cellar restaurant which uses local meat and produce to serve excellent English fare. Enjoy dishes such as smoked duck breast, baked brie, or scallops and desserts including lemon cheesecake and pecan and toffee bread & butter pudding. The Cellar also serves a cosy Afternoon Tea, with an assortment of savory snacks, sandwiches, scones and pastries. Tea is offered daily until 5 pm. The tea menu can be enhanced with a glass of champagne or beer as well.

History of Weston Hall

Weston Hall’s origins date to 1550 when the property was first built as a Dower House, a dwelling built specifically for the widow of an estate owner. The Hall has undergone many changes since the mid-sixteenth century, all of which add to its rich and interesting history. In 1660, Weston Hall was extended as three high-pitched gable roofs were added. A fourth gable was added in the late nineteenth century when Shrewsbury Settled Estates purchased the property.

In 1950, the property was sold again and converted into multiple flats. By the late twentieth century, it had fallen into disrepair. Restoration work began in the 1990s when a local businessman renovated the building and introduced function rooms and a restaurant. Finally, the current owners opened Weston Hall in November 2012 as a beautifully restored country house with a restaurant, eight guest rooms, and multiple venues for private events, including, of course, weddings.

Location of Weston Hall

Just five miles off the M6, Weston Hall is easily accessible from across the United Kingdom. It is located just outside of the town of Stafford in Staffordshire in the Midlands. In around one hour, one can reach Weston Hall by car from either Birmingham Airport or Manchester Airport. Driving from London takes approximately three hours. The nearest train station is Stafford Station which boasts trains to London in under two hours’ running time and is located a 10-minute drive from the Hall.

Explore Staffordshire

The nearby village of Weston boasts the Saracen’s Head pub which includes an outdoor beer garden and plenty of local ales. The pub is a one-minute walk from Weston Hall, so you shouldn’t get lost on the way. Another local attraction is Amerton Farm & Craft Centre which includes a children’s barn, wildlife centre, gift shop and restaurant. Amerton Farm can be reached within a five-minute drive of Weston Hall.

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 twelfth 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 15-minute drive from Weston Hall.

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