Middleton Lodge is a wedding venue I found on Instagram last year and immediately fell in love with. As a wedding photographer new to the North East after leaving London, it was a must-shoot spot. It’s enchanting blend of rural Yorkshire charm and destination wedding vibes won me over immediately.
This summer, I had the opportunity to capture the magic of Middleton Lodge during a workshop for Yorkshire wedding photographers, hosted by My Pretties. I jumped at the chance!
Two kinds of epic Yorkshire wedding venues in one!
Middleton Lodge is a huge estate in Yorkshire, sporting two insane wedding venues – the Georgian main house and the Fig House. Each has its own wild charm. The Georgian House gives off classic vibes with a marquee setup, while the Fig House screams Mediterranean coolness, complete with a lush walled garden.
Since my first stint at Middleton Lodge with My Pretties, I’ve snapped a full wedding here, so let’s dig in and look closer at this unbelievable Yorkshire wedding venue spot.
Middleton Lodge’s Main House wedding venue
Their website hypes it as the ‘Big House in the Country,’ and they’re spot on! Its grand 18th-century house and sweeping views across a 200-acre estate deliver that exact vibe.
Want to have your ceremony here? Take your pick – you can choose from the drawing room, the elegant main hall, or a summer ceremony on the lawn. You can fit 75 of your nearest and dearest in the drawing room, or 120 in the main hall. The main hall offers a cute staircase which you could use for standing guests, or a ceremony musician.
In summer, your guests can enjoy the lawn and terrace for drinks before kicking off a massive marquee reception for 170 people. If you’d like something a bit more intimate you can host in the dining room, with seating for 32 guests.
The Fig House wedding venue
Let’s talk the Fig House! Rustic, intimate, and utterly enchanting. It’s a super unique space and you’ll want to book it for your wedding as soon as you walk through the door. It’s exposed brick and botanical look feels magical every single time I’m in there.
For a Yorkshire wedding photographer like me, it’s a stand out venue. Those floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights? Photographer’s dream.
Exchange vows in the Boiler Room or head to the Walled Garden if the weather’s perfect. The Boiler Room seats 90 for a ceremony, while the Fig House caters to 130 for a feast.
Middleton Lodge’s walled garden
While the Fig House is a showstopper, Middleton Lodge’s ace card is its epic walled garden! Full of colour and secret spots, it’s a wedding portrait paradise.The exterior of the building alone makes a beautiful backdrop for group shots.
On a summer day this would be the most awesome spot for drinks, and in the evening when it gets nippy, you can light the fire pits.
Can’t pick between the Main House and the Fig House? No problem! Exchange vows in the main house and then party down at the Fig House.
Where is Middleton Lodge wedding venue?
Middleton Lodge is a stone’s throw from the A1 near Darlington. It hangs on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, perfect if your guests want to make a weekend of it. The pretty market town of Richmond is also only 5 miles down the road. It’s also just an hour from Newcastle – perfect for this wedding photographer living in the toon.
If you’re looking for a Middleton Lodge wedding photographer and I feel like your perfect style, pop to my enquiry form now. I can’t wait to hear all about it!