A Wedding at The Moat House, Acton Trussell | Sarah & Nick

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I love shooting weddings at Acton Trussell Moat House and have done so for pretty much most years I’ve been at this game which is incredibly exciting as I get to return every year and see how my style has changed and how I go about using the beautiful grounds they have to offer. Nestled next to the canal and almost lost within the country I can’t help but love the endless possibilities for my photography to come alive.

Because of my vast love for the Moat House, my photographs usually appear in their brochures and I’m often invited along to their wedding fayre days which I always love appearing at. You just can’t beat being in the hands of the great team behind the Moat House and I love every return.

 

Being an Acton Trussell Wedding Photographer

I loved being a part of any Moat House wedding at Acton Trussell and would love to do it again. Returning to the same space again and again could seem like it would make my work tired but I’m never at The Moat House more than twice a year and my style changes so much throughout a year that the collection of photographs one couple would receive would be completely different than the other.

My style of wedding photography is built on a great relationship with my couples. All of my weddings are different and unique; even if I was to shoot again at Lytham St Anne’s. Time on your wedding day is really important to me as I’m sure it is for you too? So if I can help it I don’t really want you to miss a thing and would love you to remember as much as possible. This caring and relaxed approach to my wedding photography is the reason why so many couples recommend me. They always say it feels like a friend is taking their photographs and not a photographer.

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A Moated History in Acton Trussell

In South Staffordshire lies the small parish of Acton Trussell which is home to the Moat House. The oldest part of this building was once a farmhouse and is Grade II listed dating back to the 15th century and saw alterations in the 18th century before the current day modernisation to make it into a hotel and restaurant. Sitting parallel to the Staffordshire and Worcester canal this house used to be isolated by its own canal fed moat which was a show of wealth for countryside homes at the time. The Southside of this moat has since been filled in and now features the car park which feeds the hotel and restaurant. The remaining section of the moat has now been cut off and forms a large lake to the roadside and a smaller pond dividing the hotel from the nearby village of Acton Trussell.

Having many prestigious owners in its history the Moat House at Acton Trussell is now independently owned by the Lewis families group, The Lewis Partnership also owns, The Bank House, The Dog & Doublet Inn and The Red Lion. Just minutes away from junction 13 of the M6 motorway you’d be forgiven for thinking you were somewhere else as the rolling Staffordshire countryside unfolds before you. You’re also just a few short miles away from Penkridge and Stafford.

A Wedding Day at The Moat House

Leaving no stone unturned whether you’re getting ready at the Moat House or not their Library is there for you to use as your dressing room to add all of those finishing touches before you walk down the aisle. Being onsite and so close to your service will help to ease all those pre-wedding jitters for sure.

There is no wedding venue in Staffordshire which offers the incredibly diverse offering for your ceremony which The Moat House does. They have something for every guest number and every taste. If you want to be flooded in natural light whilst you say your “I do’s” then you can use The Orangery Restaurant (80 people capacity) for your service or maybe you want the Grade II listed vibe and in that case, it’s the Colin Lewis Suite (70 people capacity) for you which is moody and atmospheric with its oak beams above you. Or maybe it’s Summer and you really want to embrace the English weather and marry outdoors well then the Lakeside is for you and you can have Staffordshire Registrars perform your legal service beneath the Lakeside Pergola (130 people capacity). For bigger days the Acton Suite is capable of holding 130 and still has waterside views through large windows. Finally, the fifth option is to marry before God at St. James’ Church which is a short walk away from The Moat House and is over 800 years old. There really isn’t anything that The Moat House can’t entertain when it comes to your service.

Wedding drinks receptions at the Moat House sure are fantastic as you can choose to take them overlooking the lake at the front of the property or sit and watch the barges glide by at the rear. Where ever you choose to take a rest though The Moat House offers nothing but peace throughout.

With 2 AA Rosettes for their beautiful Orangery Restaurant and Lounge bar, you’re sure to have a mouth-wateringly delicious wedding breakfast served to you whilst you look out over the canal side. James their chef sources their food locally including ribeye steaks from Dunwood Farm making their food something else and the reason their on-site Orangery Restaurant is always so busy. Their Afternoon Tea options are especially appealing and a favourite with returning guests.

When it comes to kicking your shoes off a getting down to boogie The Acton Suite serves as the perfect place holding up to 200 of your evening guests and keeping them all field at the Acton Bar right next to it.

One of the best features of the Moat House is its accommodation with it being a working hotel. It has 41 bedrooms which are enough for even the largest of weddings. The best of it, The Moat House usually includes the prestigious Honeymoon Suite for no extra charge.

Photographing Amongst Staffordshire Countryside

When it comes time to take those natural wedding portraits there is an abundance of opportunities including the beautifully landscaped gardens, the 16th-century farmhouse, quaint canal bridges, snowdrops and bluebell woodland with their incredible horse chestnut tree. There is something for all tastes and styles so it makes being an Acton Trussell Wedding Photographer so incredibly easy.

There’s nothing I love more than escaping for 5 minutes to wander around the grounds with a couple in the Staffordshire evening sun. It really is the greatest feeling.

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