Portsmouth is a city surrounded by the sea and interestingly is the UK’s only island city. A lovely part of the country, there are lots of wonderful wedding venues only a stone’s throw away. Portsmouth itself is full of attractions and things to do in the lead-up to your wedding day if you’re travelling down for it.
A Bit About Me
Hi, I’m Matt. I was fortunate enough to have grown up in the Caribbean and now live Brighton with my wife, Lara and and our young daughter, India.
When I’m not shooting weddings, I love travelling, snowboarding, seeing my favourite artists playing live and scouting out the latest restaurants and quirky pop ups that Brighton has to offer.
My style of wedding photography is best described as relaxed and natural, capturing the moments throughout the day as they happened. There won’t be any awkward posing and I won’t have you away from your guests and the party for ages taking photos. The only thing that you need to concentrate on is having the best day of your life and I’ll be there to capture it all.
Porstmouth Wedding Venues
Here are a few of my favourite wedding venues near Portsmouth:
Rhinefield House Hotel, New Forrest
Located in the heart of the stunning New Forest, this romantic wedding venue offers everything you can dream of. It is a beautiful and grand 19th-century manor house, surrounded by manicured lawns, gardens and water features.
A truly unique venue with options for an outdoor ceremony in their Doric Temple in the warmer months or inside in their Great Hall which is actually a replica of London’s Westminster Hall. Following the ceremony, you can enjoy your cocktail hour on the lawns with views of the gardens. As the evening comes around you’ll be dancing under the soft glow of chandeliers.
They also offer in house accommodation and have 50 bedrooms available for your guest to stay in.
Holywell Estate is located just 20 minutes outside of Portsmouth in the forest of Bere.
It is a marquee wedding venue surrounded by 900 acres of gardens and fields where you can organise your big day as you wish. How does a stylish tipi in the walled garden sound to you?
The venue offers their own tipis which can accommodate up to 150 people, a bar, a dj, dance floor and a lounge area. The tipi is positioned in their walled garden offering a beautiful backdrop for your cocktail hour. Then in the evening and the temperature drops and you take a break from dancing you can keep warm by the firepits that they provide.
If you’re looking for a DIY wedding venue near Portsmouth then could be a contender. And as part of the package, they include planting a tree in their woodland with your names and your wedding date which is a lovely touch 🙂
The Square Tower, Portsmouth
The Square tower was built in 1494 during Henry VII reign and it is now a family run wedding and events venue.
It is one of the most popular wedding venues in Portsmouth and it also is one of the oldest buildings of the city. If you are looking for a historic wedding venue full of history and extremely unique, this is definitly worth checking out.
For your ceremony, the tower has a capacity of up to 80 people in the upper hall and up to 100 in the lower hall. Following your ceremony, head up to the roof terrace where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Solent. After which to can head back inside for your wedding breakfast and dancing into the night.
Three Choirs Vineyard
Located in the rolling hills of Hampshire just 20 minutes away from Portsmouth, you will find the beautiful Three Choirs Vineyard where you can host your perfect countryside wedding.
It’s one of Englands oldest vineyards and is best described as relaxed, rustic and romantic. Say your vows at their Gazebo with stunning views of the vines before heading inside to the Old Winery for your wedding breakfast and the party.
The Three Choirs has 40 acres of estate and vines, by the Meon Valley, which will give you the most breathtaking backdrop you can imagine for your wedding photography.
With full exclusivity and in house accommodation, it’s a very special place to have your wedding celebrations.
The Spitbank Fort, Portsmouth
Located in the middle of the sea Spitbank Fort may just be one of the most unique wedding venues that I’ve come across. Its panoramic views will make the most romantic and beautiful backdrop for your wedding photos and it’s your own private fortress island for 24h exclusively.
Take your vows in The Crow’s Nest, a contemporary style room with a terrace, capacity for up to 60 guests and floor to ceiling windows with unrestricted views of the Solent. Then enjoy your cocktail hour on the on the top deck and stuning views before heading inside to their quirky and unique restaurant for your wedding breakfast.
How many people can say that they got married on a fortress island?
The Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth
Photo credit: © Waltersalt
Another extremely unique and interesting wedding venue. This observation tower stands 170 metres high and its shape was actually chosen by a selection by Portsmouth’s residents. It is located in the redeveloped Harbour and it will definitely be an original place to celebrate your wedding day.
The ceremony is normally held 105 metres above the harbour with stunning panoramic views as you say your vows. After the ceremony, the wedding breakfast is held on View Deck 1, 100 metres above the ground. Enjoy sunset drinks before heading to the Waterfront Cafe & Bar for the rest of the evening’s celebrations. You can even have the tower illuminated in the colour of your choice.
Here are some of my favourite images from weddings in Portsmouth and across Sussex
If you’re looking for a Portsmouth wedding photographer, I’d love to hear from you.