In August 2021, I was invited to provide Olivia and Ilana’s New Hall wedding photography.
New Hall truly is a hidden gem. It’s one of those wedding venues that is seamlessly tucked away in the middle of a built-up area, the kind you never knew was there.
I wonder how many people realise there’s a 13th century manor house in the suburbs of Sutton Coldfield in North Birmingham?
Set within 26 acres of woodland, and with its very own moat and drawbridge, New Hall transports you to a world steeped in medieval history. Being 800 years old, it certainly has the wow factor. It’s right on my doorstep, just two miles away from town. And it was clear, right from the start, why New Hall wedding photography is so popular in the West Midlands. It’s a magical and rather majestic wedding day venue.
My day as a New Hall wedding photographer began in the Rose Arey Suite, a lovely space for getting ready and completing the wedding morning preparations.
Before the main ceremony, Olivia and Ilana had their ‘first look’ moment, along with a relaxed mini pre-wedding photo shoot in the Rose Arey Suite. I then headed downstairs to join the rest of the wedding guests in The Great Chamber. There are several wedding ceremony locations to choose from at New Hall, but this one really captures the majestic essence of the medieval era (and it was also originally built for King Henry VIII’s visit to Sutton Coldfield!)
Olivia and Ilana looked absolutely stunning as they walked arm in arm down the aisle, exchanging rings and wedding vows, before signing the register beneath the intricately painted ceiling.
After celebratory drinks in the garden, it was time for the confetti throwing. Olivia and Ilana’s wedding guests did a brilliant job of flurrying their dried flower petals over the newlyweds. We snapped some great photos!
There are so many wonderful locations to mention when it comes to doing New Hall wedding photography – the grounds are just as exceptional as the interior. Woodland walkways, gravel paths and stone courtyards all add to the authentic medieval aesthetic – not to mention the ancient stone drawbridge.
The bridge over the moat too is a fantastic location, with the striking manor and its crenelated towers in the background, and the moat itself filled with lilies. As a New Hall wedding photographer, I really was spoilt for choice!
Olivia and Ilana were totally natural and relaxed in front of the camera, and we took a few traditional family group photos on the manicured lawn too.