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I am delighted to be listed here as a recommended Milton Abbey Wedding Photographer. Milton Abbey & School combine to offer the most beautiful of wedding venues – it is quite simply a spectacular place to get married!
It’s always with a massive spring in my step that I return to this stunning location. The magnificent buildings, the gorgeous surroundings – landscaped by Capability Brown, no less! – provide a Milton Abbey Wedding Photographer with endless inspiration. Add in the impeccably high-quality service and food all combine to offer a real Rolls Royce wedding experience.
Milton Abbey School lies deep in the Dorset countryside, a few miles West of the town of Blandford Forum and about half an hour’s drive north of Weymouth on the South Coast. The beautiful school buildings are matched by magnificent Milton Abbey which sits right next to it (both looking out over the school’s private golf course to the rolling hills beyond. The location is simply idyllic.
The school is available for use as a high-end, exclusive use wedding venue outside of term times (so you don’t need to worry about loads of schoolchildren running around in the background, although it is worth noting that Milton Abbey is a popular spot for visitors. Anne, the wonderful wedding coordinator, will steer any of those away from your celebrations though).
Both Milton Abbey and the School can play host to your ceremony depending on your preference for a religious or civil service. The school then becomes the focal point for the rest of the day, where you are able to make use of the extensive and beautifully landscaped and maintained grounds, many spots in around the main school building – including the impressive quadrant courtyard – for photos, and then the extremely grand dining room and reception rooms (including manned bar) for the wedding breakfast and evening party.
Milton Abbey itself is an incredibly beautiful building as a wedding venue, and has the added advantage of side aisles bidden away from the main seating, so that I’m able to cover several angles extremely discretely through the course of the service. You really won’t even know I was there!
Beautiful buildings, manicured grounds in every direction leading away to gentle rolling tree-covered hills in the distance, it is a joy to be a Milton Abbey Wedding Photographer. The famous grass steps which scamper up the hill behind the school to the chapel of St Catherine. For group photos, inside the quadrant (including the opportunity for a high vantage point for a large group photo of all of your guests). Gorgeous reception rooms for evening celebrations and which will also work wonderfully for group photos on colder or damper days. Basically, heart-lifting beauty in every direction.
Everything takes place on the ground floor across the two venues so accessibility is good, although there are a few steps to negotiate between some rooms if you’re taking the most direct route.
In-house catering, which has only ever been excellent whenever I’ve seen it (definitely have the sausages as part of your canapes!).
All the car parking you could need on site. New for 2019, and quite the game-changer: on-site accommodation options for the couple and up to 30 guests! Beyond this, nearest rooms are at the very comfortable Hamrbo Arms in the quaint neighbouring village of Milton Abbas. Various inns, B&Bs etc. in the surrounding area, and then further afield you’ve got the larger towns of Blandford Forum and Dorchester.
Milton Abbey School wedding venue is only available on a few select dates each year, outside of term times, so every wedding here has a very exclusive feel. Sunsets are magnificent, as the rooms you will be using in the evening face to the West and out across an enormous view to the rolling Dorset hills. Despite looking on a map like it is in the middle of nowhere (it kind of is!) the school is very easy to find. A full, professional wedding coordinator service provided by the school will guide you through every step of your planning.
Milton Abbey will very comfortably accommodate a couple of hundred guests, but smaller wedding parties do not feel overwhelmed by or lost in the architecture as it retains a very intimate feel.
If you are currently planning your Milton Abbey wedding and would like to know more about my wedding photography services, packages and prices, please do get in touch to check availability and ask me any questions you might have. I’m only too happy to help however I can.