Libby and Dan’s Arnos Vale Wedding


I was thrilled when Dan and Libby asked me to be their Arnos Vale wedding photographer. As far as bucket-list venues go, Arnos Vale has always been right up there for me!

It’s quirky, cool and alternative and has a sort of secret-garden type feel because you’d hardly beleive this special woodland ecosystem existed right in Bristol city. Blink, and you’d miss it. 

There’s an abundance of backdrops for portraits or family photos, three unique wedding venues to choose from and use how you please. This allowed me to get creative and get some really cool shots.

The woodland itself allowed me to play with light and different exposures, which was fun and interesting too. 

I absolutely loved shooting this one and would jump at the chance to shoot at Arnos Vale again.

The Clients Said…

Becky is a wonderful human that I have a lot of time for. Not only is she a fabulous photographer, but she is a very calm person, very organised, super easy to talk to and puts you right at ease.
We actually found Becky through a google search but I have been telling all of my friends and family about this wondeful photographer. Right from the off, Becky was super excited to capture our day as it was at Arnos Vale Cemetary in Bristol.
Becky is a true professional, super friendly, and absolutely has amazing ideas. She was able to capture the emotions and moments of our wedding day in a stunning way. She made us feel comfortable and natural in front of the camera. Her photos are beautiful and artistic, with perfect lighting, angles, and colors. We were overjoyed with the final results.
We are so grateful to have worked with Becky on our special day. She is not only a talented photographer, but also a lovely person. We highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a photographer for their wedding or any other occasion. Thank you so much, Becky!

the couple kiss as their wedding guests shower them in confetti


bridal portraits in Arnos Vale wedding ceremony


the Anglican chapel


the underwood centre


newly weds kiss whilst holding champagne immediately after their Arnos Vale wedding ceremony


the bride and groom within Arnos vale's cemetery woodland


the bride and groom holding hands with their wedding rings, in black and white





the anglican chapel decorations


the anglican chapel decorations


table decorations for the wedding breakfast


wedding decorations



the bride and her new husband along with their cocker spaniel dog and a wedding bouquet


bridal portrait of the bride, groom and their cocker spaniel dog


the couple kiss after being pronounced husband and wife in the underwood centre as their guests look on and clap behind them


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the bride and her groom belly laugh during the bridal portraits


the bride laughs as she talks to wedding guests


the groom hugs his new mother in law






the brides bouquet which contains ferns and ivy


wedding decorations and candles


bride and groom sharing their first dance as newly weds


bride dances joyfully with her bridesmaid


the groom kisses his wife on the forehead as they hold hands


Arnos Vale wedding portrait


wedding guests laugh at the groom's vows



wedding guests get emotion during the wedding ceremony


the father of the bride walks his daughter down the aisle of the underwood centre





the engagement ring







the bride takes the groom's wedding ring out of the celebrants hand


the bride hugs her mother


black and white portrait of the bride


the bride delivers her wedding speech in the chapel at Arnos Vale


brides-person tears up during the bride's speech


first dance between bride and groom




groomsman and brides person dance at the wedding party


the newly-weds laugh during the speeches


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The Wedding Day Story

I met Libby and Dan at an Airbnb they’d rented just a short walk from Arnos Vale in Brislington. The house was a hub of activity as their bridespeople and groomsmen got ready for the morning. Their adorable cocker Spaniel Smudge (also ring bearer) was also present, but spent most of the morning napping, oblivious to the pre-wedding excitement!

Once hair and make-up had been completed, suits donned and brides-people’s outfits put on, it was time for Libby to get her beautiful bridal dress on. She looked incredible with her simple, woodland-themed bouquet and matching flower crown. I love the happy photos of Libby and her brides-people walking through the city streets. They were greeted by Sam and the Arnos Vale team at the top of the cemetery, before heading to the Underwood Centre to be reunited with Dan, the groomsmen and the rest of the wedding guests.

The wedding ceremony was beautiful, with Bristol-based Celebrant Debbie conducting a gorgeous, unique and personal ceremony and pronouncing Libby and Dan as husband and wife. Smudge, of course, was the ring bearer and everyone was in tears at how meaningful the hand-written vows were.

After the ceremony drinks were served at the Underwood Centre with confetti being thrown, family photos captured and hugs and kisses aplenty as congratulations were wished.

Dinner was served in the Anglican chapel, which had naturally been decorated in a nature-inspired, woodland theme. Once speeches had been delivered, we headed out for a walk around the Cemetery for some cool portraits.

The evening reception was happening in the Spielman Centre and so once the DJ was set up, Libby and Dan took to the dancefloor for their first dance while guests whooped and cheered before joining them to party late into the night. 

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Arnos Vale Wedding Venue

Tucked away, just a stone’s throw from Bristol City centre, this gem of a place has 45 acres of woodland and three venues to choose from. Just a few minutes from Temple Meads, you’d hardly know this beautiful woodland estate existed, especially by comparison to its industrial neighbour the Paintworks, which is far more noticeable from the main road separating the two venues.

Arnos Vale is a traditional Victorian cemetery now licensed for both indoor and outdoor weddings.

The Spielman Centre has grand steps which lead up to beautiful pillars framing large wooden doors. This elegant feat of Victorian architecture was designed in 1839 and now has a modern glass atrium café attached too. This building is licensed for marriage and civil ceremonies which can be booked via Bristol Register office.

The Anglican Chapel is a Grade II listed building, licensed for church of England ceremonies, with its incredible belltower.

Finally, tucked away in this unique forest ecosystem is the Underwood Centre, perfect for nature-inspired outdoor ceremonies with its large oak beams, tin room and wooden benches. Outdoor ceremonies can be booked via Bristol Register office with registrars coming to complete the marriage formalities.

Not only is Arnos Vale an incredibly unique place to get married, but your wedding will also go towards supporting the wonderful charity that is Arnos Vale.

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Bristol Weddings

Bristol is such a cool city, one I’ve come to call home having moved here back in 2011.

There are so many cool and quirky venues within the city iteself, from the Mount Without to the Radnor Rooms or The Forge. Further afield are more traditional country weddings such as Coombe Lodge, Priston Mill or Aldwick Estate. Whatever style of wedding you’re after, you’re sure to find a wedding venue that’ll suit your vision and unique style.

I have often taken clients up to the Suspension Bridge for photos, an icon Bristol Landscape and a perfect backdrop for any Bristol newly-wed portrait session. Shooting with a higher f-stop enables me to keep my subject and the iconic backdrop in focus.

Arnos Vale Wedding Photographer – Becky Weir 

Newly-weds grin as they are surrounded by their wedding guests who have just thrown confetti

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