If you are looking for powerful and dramatic wedding photography then you need look no further than Tortworth Court Hotel. Although its owned by a national chain of hotels it still maintains its own personality and elegance, probably due to its listed status. The main Mansion House has been carefully restored to an incredibly high standard. The grandeur of the original Mansion House remains the dominate theme both inside and out, even though there are elegant touches of modern art.
Tortworth Court has a resident Master of Ceremonies and we would strongly urge anyone booking Tortworth for their wedding that they use her services. She is well organised and helps to keep you and your wedding party on track as its so easy to get way laid walking in the grounds, sitting in the sumptuous rooms or relaxing at one of the many bars.
Whatever the weather is doing you can be assured of first rate wedding photography at Tortworth Court. Inside the main house there is the grand staircase with an impressive entrance lobby for creating grand and stylish images. There is the Atrium Bar which is a totally glazed high vaulted courtyard space which brings the outside, inside, this is perfect for powerful contemporary wedding photography. There are plenty of indoor locations to provide you with a multitude of photographic opportunities.
Outside, the grounds of the house are breathtaking. You can create magnificent wedding photographs on the terrace in front of the main house, then just turn the couple around and you have a splendid landscape stretching for miles. There are lots of background supports for images like steps, massive Yucca plants, pathways with beautiful border foliage. There is also a flower covered pagoda from April through to September. There is an abundance of locations for creating amazing wedding photography.
From a logistical point of view, if you have never photographed a wedding at Tortworth Court I would strongly urge you to hold a pre-shoot with your couple at the venue because there are so many opportunities you do need to have some kind of plan for the wedding day.
Civil Ceremonies tend to be held in the Orangery which is all glass and is great for capturing the wedding without the need for flash. Within Tortworth Court there are two reception venues. For smaller, intimate wedding receptions there is the Orangery for the Wedding Breakfast followed by the function room in the main hotel for your evening. For larger weddings there is the Marque which opens onto the terrace. This brings me to the one issue that some Bride's may not appreciate. You do not necessarily have exclusive use of the venue on your wedding day. Its unlikely, but you may bump into another Bride in the gardens. The Master of Ceremonies is excellent at maintain each weddings privacy, another good reason for hiring her.
Finally Tortworth Court has extremely helpful staff who understand good service. The venue manager has been excellent every time we've photographed a wedding ensuring we have access and time to do what photography we want wherever we want. The food is excellent, do not be put off by the fact that Tortworth Court is owned by a national chain, their chefs are first class. We have had the same food as the guests and bar meals and both were great.
The only thing to flag up on this review really is the issue of sharing the venue on your big day. It should not be a problems. You are surrounded by professional staff and photographers who understand how to avoid bride's meeting and competing for the same photographic space. I have never found this to be an issue on a wedding day, however it is a possibility.