Durham Wedding Photographer

Durham Wedding Photographer Simon Hogben can provide professional wedding photography at hotels and venues throughout County Durham.

The City of Durham is steeped in history and set in a beautiful location of the banks of the river Wear. As a wedding photographer, I am fortunate to have worked at many Durham Wedding Venues and would highlight some of the following which are worth looking at.

Durham Castle


If a fairy-tale wedding is top of your list, then Durham Castle will not disappoint you. The jaw-dropping Great Hall, adorned with hand-painted portraits, a sky-high ceiling, and an abundance of natural light, dates from 1284 and is suitable for wedding breakfasts with up to 200 guests. Alternatively, for a smaller and more intimate setting, you may opt for the Senate Room (up to 40 guests) and enjoy a drinks reception in either the Tunstall Gallery or the Courtyard of the Castle. Note, however, because the castle belongs to Durham University, larger weddings with more than 50 guests are only available during University vacations, please see their website for further information about this.

Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County


 Located on the banks of the River Wear in the city of Durham, this wedding venue is perfectly situated for those who desire easy transport links and want to soak in the small historic city of Durham from a Champagne Terrace. Upon arrival, an aged historic black oak staircase greets you in the main entrance and provides the perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs. With 5 event rooms, the Durham Marriott Hotel can accommodate up to 120 guests in its largest space. It also has 149 bedrooms on offer so that all of your guests can stay the night too and share the experience with you.

Emirates Riverside


Are you or your other half crazy about Cricket? With such a quirky and unique venue, you are guaranteed to be the talk of the town by holding your wedding ceremony on the four-acre pitch, home to Durham County Cricket Club and the location of several important international matches. Host your breakfast or night time celebrations in either the Castle View Suite or the Riverside Suite. Maximum capacity sits at 220 during the evening in the Riverside suite. Alternatively, if you like the venue but wish to be wedded away from the pitch, you can host the ceremony itself in the contemporary Cathedral Suite located below Castle View. Note, there is a 120-person wedding ceremony and daytime capacity that rises to 150 at night, and 180 for reception drinks. Why not win your lover’s heart and host your wedding is this picturesque English sporting setting.

Radisson Blu Hotel


With the River Wear visible from your bedroom window, the Radisson Blu Hotel in Durham offers a reminder of the countryside while still being located in Durham’s beautiful city centre. This venue caters fantastically to all manner of wedding party sizes. From hosting an intimate wedding of up to 20 people in their Wedding breakfast oval set up in the Seam Suite to seating up to 220 people for an evening reception in Auger 1 & 2 Suites. Whatever the size of your big day, Radisson Blu Hotel is keen to be there for you. Further, with 207 bedrooms and suites available, all of your guests are welcome to stay the night!. 

The Town House


If you looking to host a smaller wedding in a gorgeous and intimate setting, then look no further. The Town House is a Grade II listed Georgian-era building with secluded garden apartments a mere ten-minute stroll from the city of Durham’s eleventh-century cathedral. The Town House provides private dining for a minimum of 15 people and a maximum of 35 as well as 11 expertly and individually-styled bedrooms in a fantastic central location.  

Hallgarth: The Manor House


Just over 3 miles from Durham, Hallgarth Manor is situated in the small village of Pittington. Once a sixteenth-century residential estate, today Hallgarth Manor House combines its traditional charm with an updated modern interior. Hallgarth hall offers four different settings for weddings - the Mirrorball suite (hosting up to 240 guests), a more intimate restaurant venue (suited for up to 50 guests), an outdoor wedding (amid 4 acres of land), or at the local church, located five minutes away from the Hotel itself. For guests wishing to stay the night, the hotel offers 24 rooms to choose from.


I am happy to work as a wedding photographer at venues throughout the county. If you are looking for a Durham Wedding Photographer then please view my wedding photography page.