If you’ve chosen Horsley Towers as your wedding venue, or you are considering it for your engagement shoot, I would totally understand if you’re in love with the place. The first time I shot a wedding there, I loved it too. But you might be wondering how to make the most of it and absolutely ace your engagement or wedding portraits at Horsley Towers.

Ace your portraits at these gorgeous locations

The Cloisters

The Cloisters are such a distinct feature. The brown, red and yellow bricks pop right off your photos and the arches frame your photos so beautifully. Couples sometimes add candles along the pathways that add an elegant and luxurious feel. They also let us come back later in the day to make the photos look even more romantic.

Hidden away behind a door within the main house, the cloisters are like a treasure, invisible to anyone outside and completely private to the bride and groom. I love that you get full run of the property and grounds when you book your wedding. They are easily accessible in any season and lead to the equally stand out and wonderful chapel.

Bride and Groom walking through the Horsley Towers cloistersBride and Groom Acing their Wedding Portraits at Horsley Towers | Maria Assia Photography

The chapel

Similar to the cloisters, but candlelit, more open and flooded with beautiful light from the windows, the chapel takes your breath away. The colours in the murals on the walls are distinct and so beautiful.

With its blue and white tiles, the chapel has a slight Moroccan feel to it. The blue and white patterns run along the floor and walls and transport you straight to Marrakech or Essaouira. The only thing missing is the mint tea, the hustle and bustle of the souk and the heat.Bride and groom hugging under the arches at Horsley Towers chapel

The front of the castle

The front of Horsley Towers really has the castle look, wouldn’t you agree? So it makes sense to use this side of it for photos too.

If you’re planning on having a wedding car, you can park it right out front of Horsley Towers. That’s both convenient and a great prop for your wedding photos. But more than that, it will draw attention to the red carpet layed out just for you in the majestic entrance of this beautiful venue.

Sunbathed Horsley Towers wedding venueBride and groom entering the main gate at Horsley Towers

Natural wedding portraits in the woods

At a venue like this there are so many possibilities to ace your wedding portraits. And you don’t have to leave the party for a long time either.

Weather permitting, you can take a stroll off to the side of the building. Framed by leafy greens and the lake to one side, the path is a gorgeous place for wedding portraits and will only take you away from your guests for 5 minutes.

Bride and groom standing by the lake under leafy trees with the bride's veil blowing

The Tower

Just off to the side off the main lawn there is a staircase that leads to one of the towers. It is a gorgeous setting for a wedding portrait, especially on a sunny day with beaming blue sky in the background. While your guests chomp down on a canapé or two, you can ace your wedding portraits by incorporating both the gardens and the venue in your photos.

Natural wedding portrait of the bride and groom kissing in the shade of the Horsley Tower

The lake

If you only have a short amount of time for your wedding portraits, then make this one of your must have spots to go to. The lake at Horsley Towers is as iconic as the Cloisters, and as romantic as the Chapel. When you walk around to it you can easily see why. Most castles would be envious of this view and the beautiful symmetry with which it reflects on the lake. It is just perfect as the background for your photos in the day or at sunset, when the sun is low and the sky full of colour.

Ace your Wedding Portraits at the Horsley Towers lakeSunlit bride standing by a lake with a castle in the background

Take a step back and look great in your wedding portraits

On the way back to your reception, and just a short walk across the lawn shows off Horsley Towers in all its beauty. And you can have it all in the background of your photos. You’ve chosen it as your wedding venue because you love it, so let’s show it off.

Bride and groom holding hands in front of De Vere Horsley Estate Towers Wedding Venue

Come back at a different time

The same spot that was perfect for your group shots earlier in the day can easily double up for a sunset shot just a few hours later. There are so many places to choose from, but if you don’t want to step away for too long, the terrace has a gorgeous view of the setting sun.

Bride and groom silhouette wedding portrait at sunsetIt’s easy to ace your wedding portraits at Horsley Towers, but if you’re uneasy about this part of your day, why not have your engagement shoot there first. It will let you get used to being in front of the camera. It will also let you explore the venue and its beautiful grounds to find your favourite spots.

It’s a beautiful place, so if you’re considering it and have some questions, let’s have chat.


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