An Albion Farm Gardens wedding is going to be beautiful and spectacular, no matter what style of Hunter Valley wedding you are doing. I have so far, only been there twice. Once when shooting for a colleague and another for the location portraits for a wedding. And both times I found it absolutely stunning in every way.
The photos below are from a recent wedding that I photographed there. The Bride and Groom had their wedding ceremony a fair distance away. Right on the other side of the Hunter Valley. And as weddings do, things ran quite late and we left the ceremony quite late and only had thirty minutes for photos before the sun fully set and we had to go to the reception venue.
But I think these photos give you a good indication of what photos are possible at this beautiful Hunter Valley wedding venue.
About Albion Farm Gardens
Albion Farm Gardens is exactly what its name suggests. It is part farmland and part beautiful manicured gardens. Making it incredibly unique in the Hunter Valley region of NSW.
It is located in the suburb of Woodville, which is close to Newcastle and Maitland. In the Hunter Valley region, about two and a half hours from Sydney. And it is the first farm in the area, which was settled in 1812. So it has huge historical significance to the area.
It has been run by the same family since 1971. So Albion Farm Gardens is truly a family affair and family run business. And they have done a brilliant job of making it what it is today.
It is actually three properties combined from three adjoining farms. Albion Farm, Gracemere and Albion Way. All run by the same amazing family.
The “farm” part of Albion Farm Gardens, has 100-acres of beautiful country farmland. The “gardens” part of 25-acres of pristine gardens. This variety is perfect for wedding photography and for photos as there is so much variety available to you.
There is a small cottage onsite next to The Barn which does offer accommodation. It is a 3-bedroom cottage and is a really good option for morning wedding preparations and even overnight accommodation for the wedding couple.
I always advise on trying to use onsite accommodation for your wedding when possible. It makes it so much easier for you and also far less stressful. It is so much better knowing that all you need to do is walk out your front door and walk to your wedding ceremony.
Wedding Ceremony Options
Wedding ceremonies can take place in either the gardens or in the historic timber barn.
The Gardens have so many options if you are looking for an outdoor wedding ceremony. But the Barn is another option I would definitely consider.
The Barn is located on the farmland side of the property. It is historic to the area, with records dating back to 1823.
It has been fully restored and it can hold 80 people seated and up to 120 with some standing. There is air-conditioning and heating, which is such a bonus and sometimes necessary in the Hunter Valley climate.
What I love about this barn is that it is rustic and full of light. It just looks beautiful. A lot of barn venues tend to be dark and need a lot of decorations to lift it up. You don’t need to do much to this historic barn at all. A few flowers and you are done.
Albion Farm Gardens Wedding Photos
Albion Farm Gardens offers so many locations and opportunities for wedding photos. Your main issue will be that you won’t have enough time to do it all.
Most wedding venues will have a few nice locations on their property for photos. At Albion Farm Gardens there are over ten possible locations and within each of those locations, there are lots of little locations and places within it to shoot.
It really is a wedding photographers paradise. The photos below are just a small sample of what you can get when you have your wedding there.
I could shoot there ten times and still not cover everything. What a place!
Albion Park Farm does not offer a reception service or facility. But they do recommend that you use the Woodville School of Arts hall, which is located directly across the road. And has been at the heart of Woodville community life since 1877 so it has lots of local history.
Woodville School of Arts is a blank canvas type of venue. So with some styling, you can turn the room into whatever your vision and style is.
Albion Farm Gardens is a really special and unique location for a wedding.
What I really love about this place is that you can do the entire wedding, from beginning to the end at Albion Farm Gardens. There is onsite accommodation in the cottage. For the wedding ceremony, you can use the rustic Barn or have an outdoor ceremony in the gardens. There are so many great photo locations to choose from. And after you finish doing your wedding photos, you can walk across the road to Woodville School of Arts for the reception.
An Albion Farm Gardens wedding has all the ingredients needed for an awesome wedding and I highly recommend this beautiful Hunter Valley wedding venue.