I've had a lot of fun over the past few months visiting wedding venues all over the country and I'm thrilled to feature another stunning marquee venue today. Once the home of an Italian princess, it’s safe to say that wedding venues rarely get more romantic than Newington House…
Set in the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside, 11 miles south-east of Oxford, Newington House dates from the mid-17th century. The estate was built as a gift for a homesick Italian princess from her British husband and is believed to be a replica of her home in Genoa. Inside, the high-ceiled rooms have been beautifully restored and stylishly furnished to reflect the house’s unique history.
I met the owner, Alexandra Nettleton, for a chat and a look around just before Christmas. For such a grand property, it felt very homely and relaxed. It was lovely to hear that she and her family enjoy seeing how couples make the venue their own.
There are two historic churches close by - St Giles Church, which adjoins the house, and Dorchester Abbey, which is five miles away. Alternatively, Newington House is licensed to hold civil ceremonies and one option could be to have your ceremony outside on the front porch before walking through the elegant entrance hall to the back lawn.
The lawn makes for a magnificent marquee location. In fact, against the backdrop of the house, your guests would be forgiven for thinking they’d been transported to Tuscany! The extensive grounds are a delight to explore and offer many opportunities for stunning photography. There are manicured lawns, beautiful trees and even a river running through the bottom of the garden.
It’s undoubtedly a special venue and well worth a visit…
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Photo credits: Gyan Gurang. Gyan is a wedding photographer based in Surrey. He has a very romantic style and his natural images capture moments and events as they unfold.