oddfellows on the park, cheadle
- beautiful country house – tick
- Quirky decor and cool lights – tick
- Set in a massive park with loads of interesting spots for portraits – where do I sign?
To give you a little background, I grew up about 5 miles from Bruntwood Park and we used to play here as kids. So to say I “know” the venue is a little bit of an understatement!
About the venue
The reception room and bars have massive windows letting in loads of beautiful natural light (this makes my job so much easier!)
There are loads of random, quirky lights that cast interesting light patterns across the walls.
Top tip: the staircase in the reception is a great spot for a late night portrait. It’s best to get your off camera flash as high up as possible here to get a even light. I use a nice tall light stand with a large modifier to get the best light on to my couples for this shot.
The playing fields give you a massive amount of open space for any panoramic shots you may want. The park also has a cracking BMX track if you’re in to that 😊
Top tip: There is a gorgeous little woodland walk that runs parallel to the entrance road. The woods are full of gorgeous trees and wild garlic flowers. The woods are also home to some beautiful rhododendron bushes that are massive. They give great pops of colour and have beautiful warped, twisting branches at their centre which add some cool background interest to your portraits.
The park drive way is long, winding and lined with massive rhododendrons and trees. It’s a great place to take couples town a quick walk/shoot portrait session.
Top tip: the gorgeous veranda looks out onto the beautiful park and is surrounded by railings and waist high plate glass. This gives you so many opportunities for clever reflections and leading lines.
For the young ones (and maybe the not so young ones) there is the big fun play park & ice cream shop! Just be aware that these are open to the public.
Other points to note
The staff are really nice and thoughtful. They went to great lengths to make sure I was fed and the food is really good.
There isn’t a lot of free parking, however, there are a number of pay and display car parks which are pretty reasonable.
It’s pretty easy to find but as it’s in the middle of a massive park, it feels like you are in the middle of nowhere.
Oddfellows on the Park is a lovely venue, set in a beautiful park. You won’t be disappointed getting married here!