The Old Bridge Hotel has an extremely steep car park! I say this because, as a starting point for this post I was thinking about what characterised the Old Bridge in my mind and the car park was the first thing that came to me! I first visited the hotel about, well it must be nearly twenty years ago (yikes!!), in one of my first cars which was an old school black mini (very funny if you have met me as I`m 6′ 5″ tall!) which had seen better days and the handbrake kept slipping! You can guess the rest!
It also has a huge number (considering it`s relatively “bijou” size – love that word!) of different little areas to photograph in ranging from ivy clad corners, a walled garden, a riverside wooded area and overhanging trees outside to stylish big bathrooms, a rather cool contemporary bar area, traditional leather clad sofa sitting rooms and dining room, a bright almost conservatory style restaurant inside to mention but a few!
I have photographed a lot of weddings at the Old Bridge and have always thought of it as being a rather cosy and intimate venue. The staff are very attentive and organised and I have heard several recommendations for the food. In fact one couple I photographed there went there for a meal after they got engaged and booked the hotel for their wedding venue on the strength of the quality of food and service they received that evening! It`s riverside location is fantastic and lightwise, as the wedding celebrations draw into the evening, it is great as the sun warms the gorgeous walled garden during the afternoon and then sets over the river in the evening.
If you are planning a slightly more intimate wedding and are looking for a venue with masses of experience and also a touch of class then I would highly recommend the Old Bridge. You can visit the website here and see some more of my wedding pictures on their website here.