Hatfield House Wedding photo. Portrait of couple in the gardens, with Hatfield House in the background

The Old Palace at Hatfield House

Ellie and Chris’s wedding by Hatfield House wedding photographers, Carol and Paul Tansley. Documentary wedding photographers.

Hatfield House was a natural choice of wedding venue for Ellie & Chris. Ellie had visited Hatfield Park many times as a child and it’s a special place for her and her family. What a venue. This main historic Tudor building is all that remains of the Old Palace built in 1485-1497 by John Morton, Bishop of Ely. It was the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth I. Apparently, the mediaeval brickwork is one of the finest examples of its kind in England. The spectacular Banqueting Hall is now available for weddings and functions and certainly makes an impressive backdrop for the wedding breakfast and later the dancing.

Ellie got ready upstairs at one end of the building and Chris got ready in the Upper Solar at the other end. Their ceremony was held in the magnificent St Etheldreda’s Church which is right next to the venue. It’s nice when weddings are all in one place, so there is no travel involved during the day for the couple or their guests. After the ceremony, the couple and guests walked back to the Palace and through to the raised lawn at the rear, which overlooks the knot garden and both the Old Palace and the new house too.

Award winning wedding photography by Carol & Paul

Hatfield House Wedding Photography

“Since getting our photos back from Paul and Carol, we have not been able to stop looking at them. Words cannot describe how perfectly they captured our wedding day – from the vibrant colours in every photo to the emotions on everyone’s faces, every shot they took is simply stunning. On the day, both Paul and Carol were polite, professional and amazing to work with. We really did forget that they were there! If you are looking for unobtrusive, yet highly professional wedding photographers I wholeheartedly recommend booking the Tansleys – you won’t be disappointed!”

Ellie & Chris

Hatfield House Wedding Photographers

Weddings and events at the Old Palace are run by Hatfield House Hospitality who have two spaces available. The Old Palace shown here and the Riding School which is a more modern building.


Venue – The Old Palace, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
Church – St Etheldreda’s Church, Diocese of St Albans (the church is next door to the Old Palace)
Dress – Prom to Bride, Hertfordshire
Makeup – Renee Stone Beauty

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We would love to be the wedding photographers for your own special day. Click the link above to check our availability. We shoot weddings all over the South of the UK and sometimes further afield too.

The Old Palace Hatfield House in Hertfordshire

Hatfield House is a 500-year-old wedding venue with two unique wedding spaces. Couples can choose between the magnificent Tudor Old Palace & Knot Garden or the historic Riding Schoo. The elegant and peaceful grounds are perfect for intimate or large celebrations.

Old Palace and Knot Garden built around 1485 is rich in history with inspiring stories of royal grandeur and is where Elizabeth I gathered her councillors for her first Council of State as queen. This majestic venue is ideal for hosting large conferences, exhibitions and dining experiences and is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Natural, unobtrusive, story-telling wedding photography

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