Hazel Gap Barn from the air via drone

Stunning Hazel Gap Barn Photographs

Hazel Gap Barn is one of Nottinghamshire's most popular exclusive use wedding venues.  It's striking red-brick barn has been painstakingly restored to keep it's rustic charm whilst boasting modern features that the discerning bride and groom will want to enjoy on their wedding day. If you are thinking of tying the knot in the Nottinghamshire area and looking for a beautiful barn setting then Hazel Gap should definitely be a must visit on your list. Cripps & Co have absolutely smashed it out of the park.

As one of their recommended suppliers, I have had the pleasure of photographing at this beautiful venue many times and have worked in all weathers and all seasons.  Thanks to my extensive experience, I have a good first hand knowledge of how things work and of course as you'd expect  all the best places for photos!

So if you are thinking of choosing Hazel Gap for your wedding celebrations then I hope the advice and tips on this page will answer some of the burning questions you have.  If you've already booked and experienced and recommended Hazel Gap Barn wedding photographer then I'd be honoured to be considered!  Click here or scroll to the end of the page to get in touch.

Wedding speeches at Hazel Gap Barn

About the Venue

Hazel Gap Barn is a stunning building on the Welbeck Estate, Budby deep in the heart of the  Nottinghamshire countryside.

The barn is made of of two buildings. The barn and the farmhouse. The newly built oak room with its full length glass doors means a light and airy room for your wedding breakfast.

Cripps have taken their time and spared no expense to restore this building into one of the premiere wedding venues in the East Midlands.

Since Hazel Gap opened their doors back in 2017 it has quickly become one of the most popular places for engaged couples to tie the knot.  If you are thinking about getting married here then I would strongly suggest you visit the venue early and book as quickly as you can. Especially if you want a peak date!

Getting married at Hazel Gap Barn

When you enter the converted farm barn. You will no doubt be impressed by the red bricks, authentic wooden beams and candle lit candelabra's. This breathtaking room can seat up to 150 guests in comfort.

Hazel Gap Barn ceremony room with new fireplace installed in 2023

Just imagine yourself walking down the long aisle. Your closest friends and family all present as you make your way towards your waiting groom. You take a deep breath whilst your groom wipes a tear away from his eyes. In such a stunning room, it's hard for everyone to keep their emotions in check!

Bride walks down the aisle at Hazel Gap Barn

The Courtyard

After your ceremony, your dedicated wedding coordinator will lead you into the getting ready room where you can spend a few precious minutes with your new husband/wife.

Your guests will be led outside into the courtyard where they will get ready with confetti. Once the deed is done, you can spend some time mingling. Enjoy the sunshine and have a few drinks with your friends and family. Trust me, time will fly on your wedding day so make the most of this time!

confetti at Hazel Gap Barn

In the courtyard, there are mulberry trees and a water fountain in the middle.

However, my favourite feature has to be the real fire pits. Guests always enjoy toasting marshmallow's in the fire pits which can be lit in the evenings.

Bride toasting marshmallow's with her friends at Hazel Gap Barn

It always makes for some great photographs and some funny moments.  This is the sort of natural wedding photography in Nottingham I love to capture!

Wedding photo of guest at Hazel Gap Barn feeding a friend with a marshmallow which was toasted in the firepit
award winning image at Hazel Gap Barn of guests having fun at a wedding

The open space in the courtyard means that you have an enclosed area for children to be able to run around during the day time. The perfect space if you want to put out some outdoor games such as beer pong to entertain. your wedding guests.

Wedding guests playing beer pong in the courtyard at a Hazel Gap Barn wedding

Hazel Gap Barn Wedding Ceremonies

The fact the main ceremony room is a genuine restored barn means that it can be quite a challenge to photograph.

You see, the beautiful archway doors in the middle are both a blessing and a curse. Through these doors, natural light which floods into the room. As you and your bridesmaids walk down the aisle, it presents a wonderful photo opportunity.

However it does mean that the front of the room is much darker. Especially when lit by candles! The doors behind now become the curse by causing an effect known by wedding photographers as backlighting.

Thankfully my extensive experience as a Hazel Gap Barn wedding photographer means I know exactly how to overcome problems like this without becoming a nuisance during the ceremony, as you exchange vows.

Bride has big smile on face as she meets her waiting groom at Hazel Gap Barn

The Food....Oh the Food!!!!

If you like a good barbecue then you will be right at home here! This is where Cripps's experience in running prestigious wedding venues shine through.

Fresh locally sourced meat is cooked on the large open air barbecues at the side of the courtyard.  Here the talented chef's work their magic and create food that will delight your taste buds!

It's no secret with the staff that I adore the Chorizo sausages. I was absolutely gutted when the mixed meat grill was taken off the menu in 2020 but am pleased to say that the food is still very very tasty!

Food at Hazel gap Barn
Toasts during wedding breakfast at Hazel Gap Barn

Of course vegetarians are equally well taken care of with a good selection of vegetarian and vegan friendly meals. I've also had the pleasure of tasting the vegan menu twice and enjoyed it both times. Whilst I do prefer a good BBQ, the vegan Tarka Dahl was still very tasty and didn't disappoint at all.

The Party!!

After the vows are exchanged, the photos taken and the food is eaten. What's next? The party of course! My favourite part of the day! As your guests come out of the Oak room, they can get a drink from the bar, enjoy roasting marshmallow's on the fire pits.

The built in uplighting and best in class music system will mean your DJ or band is given a helping hand in getting the disco going.

Ahh but don't forget before you let your hair down, there's just one little thing left.....the first dance!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Sparklers allowed at Hazel Gap?

Sparkler exits are a tradition which is now popular at weddings in the UK.

The short answer is yes! You are allowed to have sparklers at Hazel Gap Barn.

I always recommend purchasing the long 16" sparklers and making sure you hire an experienced wedding photographer who can shoot a fast action sparkler tunnel whilst walking backwards surrounded by drunk guests waving white hot fireworks! Sparklers are fun and you get great reactions. But they aren't for the faint of heart 🙂

What type of confetti should be used?

Only fresh petal confetti should be used at Hazel Gap Barn. Dried petals are not allowed and definitely not the old fashioned paper confetti that just goes mushy and get slippy. If you aren't sure, please contact the venue who I'm sure would be happy to help.

confetti being thrown in the courtyard at hazel gap

Hazel Gap Barn Wedding Photography

I have quite a few favourite spots where I like to take photographs of just the two of you. I totally understand that most couples are not professional models.

My goal is to capture the natural love and emotion between you. That's why I won't be in your faces disrupting those moments unfold. There's nothing romantic about having a camera shoved in your face and told "OK smile!"

Instead I'll encourage you to interact with each other. Have a little hug, a walk. Perhaps even a little kiss! If he's lucky!

It's important you are doing something you feel comfortable and natural. Otherwise the photos will just look forced and staged. Those photos are no good to anyone.

Here are just a very few of the thousands of wedding photos I've taken over the years at Hazel Gap Barn.

hazel gap barn portfolio slideshow

As a recommended Hazel Gap Barn wedding photographer, I’ve put together some of my favourite images for you to enjoy.

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hazel gap barn videographer

My wife, Daiga is a talented wedding videographer in Nottingham who specialises in creating natural, moment driven wedding films that won’t leave a dry eye in the house. She is also one of Hazel Gap Barn’s recommended suppliers in her own right.

Our combined knowledge and experience of working at Hazel Gap means we are certain to produce a set of photographs and wedding videos which you will treasure forever. Like myself she loves creating documentary style, storytelling films and as a husband & wife team, you can rest assured we work well together.

If a cinematic wedding film is something you’d like to have to remember your wedding day. Do drop us a message and ask us about our exclusive Black Label Package. Hiring us as your wedding photographer and videographer ensures you get an experienced team with a proven track record. It’s one less supplier to have to find and also saves you money!

What’s not to like!?

at a glance

Ceremony Capacity: 150

Reception Capacity: 150

Catering: in-house

Accomodation: No

Exclusivity: Yes

Late License: 1am

recent weddings

As a recommended Hazel Gap Barn wedding photographer, I have the experience to deliver a set of stunning photographs which I hope you will cherish. That one day you will show not just your children but your grandchildren too!

Click on one of the links below to see a full gallery from previous weddings I’ve documented at this fabulous venue.

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contact details

Hazel Gap Barn

Budby Road



NG22 9EY

Tel: 01623 708500

Website: Hazel Gap Barn

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