Search previous shoot galleries by venue name

Hatfield House

Location for Weddings and Social Events

Hatfield House, Old Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 5NQ

  • Max guests for group photographs
  • 160
  • Civil weddings catered for
  • Yes
  • Events photographed by Paul Martin
  • Wedding
  • Last event photographed by Paul Martin
  • 01/03/08

Hatfield House is conveniently situated in Old Hatfield, within easy access, and clear directions from junction 4 of the A1M.
A map is available here and there is a website for this location.

Paul Martin has given Hatfield House a rating of 3 out of 5 for indoor photography and a rating of 4 out of 5 for outdoor photography.
Please note that these ratings only relate to the suitability for photography, and do not in any way relate to other facilities and services that may be provided by the Hatfield House.

Comments from Paul Martin:
Hatfield House is the Hertfordshire home of the 7th Marquess of Salisbury. Built between 1607 and 1611 by Robert Cecil, lst Earl of Salisbury and Chief Minister to James I, Hatfield House has been in the Cecil family ever since.

The State Rooms of this celebrated Jacobean House are rich in paintings, furniture, fine tapestries and historic armour. The extensive garden was originally planted by John Tradescant the Elder in the early 17th century. Lady Gwendolen Cecil, younger daughter of Prime Minister Salisbury, designed the West Garden as it is today. The East Garden was laid out by the 5th Marquess of Salisbury. The present Dowager Lady Salisbury dedicated 30 years to the restoration and improvement of the garden which now bears her indelible imprint. In the garden can be found the Great Hall, the surviving wing of the Royal Palace of Hatfield (1485) where Elizabeth I spent some of her childhood.

Hatfield House, Park and Gardens is the perfect setting for your special day. You will be choosing a magnificent Grade I listed venue and will be given all the help and support you need to ensure a memorable occasion. The Hatfield House Hospitality team is highly experienced in the fine art of hospitality and will be available to help you plan the perfect day.

Photography comments:
I have enjoyed photographing civil marriage ceremonies and wedding receptions at Hatfield House. On my first visit, i photographed a marriage ceremony in nearby St. Ethedreda’s Church, literally, as stone’s throw away.

The surrounding gardens and attractive period buildings and arches at Hatfield house provide some fantastic props/ backgrounds for creative bride and groom portraiture, particularly around the courtyard. Wedding group photographs can be taken on the lawns outside the Great Hall

The Great Hall has much atmosphere, although photographing in evening is quite a challenge, in respect of retaining background detail with flash photography. This problem is due to the fact that the room has little reflectance, owing to the sheer size and very high pitched ceiling. (For the benefit of other photographers covering at this venue, I would recommend use of tripod and very low shutter speed selection, along with flash lighting, so as to allow as much ambient light to record.)

Overall, the results of my photographic coverage at this historic location has been very pleasing. I have been able to produce largely ‘story telling’ sequence of images, and in doing so, have provided my clients with a visual commentary, capturing the spirit and happiness of their special day.

A complete portfolio of photographs of this wedding are available for viewing. Needless to say, I recommend Hatfield House as a fantastic wedding venue, and for memorable wedding photography in Hatfield.