Rufford Abbey is set in the countryside of Rufford Country Park, a gorgeous picturesque park set over 150 acres. The park has been run since 1952 by the local council in cooperation with English Heritage.

Rufford Park is not only a very popular wedding destination but also a great day out with the family. With the well preserved remains of the Cistercian abbey, the abbey itself gives the perfect backdrop for amazing wedding photographs. Next to the mill, there are stunning views across the lake which provide a stunning backdrop to your wedding day. There is even a dedicated car park in the mill courtyard and more parking a short walk away. Both are free for wedding guests.

The abbey itself dates back to 1147 and has a rich and colourful history. The English pope gave his blessing for the abbey in 1156 and after it’s dissolution, it was widely rumoured that the abbey was haunted by the ghost of a giant monk carrying a skull!

Rufford Park is one of my favourite locations for engagement photography. Its large park and variety of backdrops gives many photographic opportunities and every time I go, we find new locations for photographs.


The stylish Rufford Mill is a short walk away but still within the grounds of the park. Upstairs, you will find the Talbot Suite. A rustic room decorated to modern standards. It can comfortably seat up to 150 people which is plenty of room for your wedding guests to enjoy the day. Understandably Rufford Abbey weddings are very popular with Nottinghamshire bride and groom’s.

All food is prepared on site in their own dedicated kitchens. For over eight years, Rufford have been hosting weddings for the discerning bride and groom. They clearly have lots of experience in creating the dream wedding for you.

Below are some photographs I’ve taken this year at Rufford Park either at a wedding or engagement shoot. If you are looking for a professional wedding photographer who is very familiar with the venue then Contact me today for a no obligation chat about your wedding plans. Let’s find out if I may be the right photographer for your special day.

Location: Rufford Abbey Country Park, Nottinghamshire, Ollerton NG22 9DF.