The Halston wedding photography

When it comes to celebrating one of the most special days of your life, The Halston Hotel in Carlisle emerges as a beautiful wedding venue. Nestled in an exquisitely restored Edwardian building and former post office in Carlisle city centre.

This venue blends historical elegance with modern luxury, offering an unforgettable backdrop for weddings. Renowned for its versatility, The Halston wedding team caters to a range of preferences, from intimate gatherings to grand celebrations. As a wedding photographer, I adore this venue. It's the perfect mix of old and new alongside luxury and down-to-earth incredible staff.

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The Halston is a beacon of historical charm and contemporary elegance. Housed in an Edwardian building, its walls echo a rich heritage that blends seamlessly with modern design elements. The venue's ambience is a perfect marriage of old and new, offering a timeless setting for a wedding day.

The restored interiors exhibit a sophisticated flair, with attention to detail that ensures every corner tells a story. The fusion of high ceilings, classic architecture, and contemporary décor creates an environment that is both grand and inviting.

The Halston's aesthetic appeal lies in its ability to offer a canvas that can be tailored to reflect the personal style and theme of each wedding, making it an ideal choice for couples seeking a venue with character and versatility.

Check out some The Halston Hotel weddings below.

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Anvil Hall & The Halston Hotel Wedding

October 9, 2019
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The Halston & Tithe Barn Wedding

October 10, 2018
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Zoe & Pete The Halston Hotel Wedding

September 20, 2018

The Halston offers a variety of ceremony rooms in which to get married. Each space embodies its unique charm. Couples can choose from several settings within the venue, depending on their guest count and style preferences. The spaces range from intimate, cosy rooms for small, private ceremonies to larger, more grandiose areas suitable for a significant number of guests.

Each area can be customized to align with the couple's vision, from floral arrangements to seating configurations. The versatility of these spaces ensures that whether the couple desires a traditional, elegant ceremony or a more modern, unconventional one, The Halston can accommodate and transform their dream into reality.

The Mail Exchange:

Have your ceremony in The Exchange, breakfast in The Mail Room and then combine the two for your evening reception, dancing into the early hours. The space comes with two custom-built bars, high ceilings and lovingly restored features perfect for your big day.

Capacity: Standing 400 - Banquet round tables with dance floor 280.


Thanks to its giant skylights, The Mail Room is flooded with gorgeous, natural light in the daytime, while its customisable ambient lighting sets the mood from evening onwards. It is perfect for wedding receptions and ceremonies.

Capacity: Standing 250 - Banquet round tables with dance floor 120.

The Library

Offering a sophisticated private members club feel – all dark wood and leather seating, The Library is the ideal space for more intimate wedding ceremonies, wedding breakfasts and wedding afternoon teas.

Capacity: Standing 30 - Trestle tables 27.


Our stylish café car is suitable for more informal and intimate wedding breakfasts. Great for intimate wedding breakfasts with your nearest and dearest.

Capacity: Standing 80 - Dinning 33.


Featuring a real silver birch tree feature wall, wooden floor, simplistic white walls and original ironwork beams, The Exchange stands out from the crowd and offers an inspiring space that can styled as you wish. Perfect for your wedding breakfast, ceremonies or reception.

Capacity: Standing 150 - Banquet round tables with dance floor 80.

Ceremony Venue Options at the Halston Hotel

Because of its vast size and multiple rooms, it's a perfect venue for group photographs inside or outside. Most people will want their formal group photos outside. However, we are in Cumbria, and it gets rather wet here sometimes! You may also have something already planned in the courtyard, so the outside area might not be available.

The Exchange room, for example, is a perfect location for indoor formal photos of your friends and family VIPs. With its silver birch tree feature wall and modern art on the others, it creates stunning backdrops not only for groups but also for portraits- I've even used it before to photograph the cake!

Because of its size, we can usually leave guests to their nibbles and fizz while we go elsewhere for the photos, meaning there's no yelling over people or madness trying to organise groups.

Formal Group Photo Locations at the Halston Carlisle

Portrait Locations at the Halston Carlisle

As you can imagine, with a venue like this, there are plenty of portrait locations available to create stunning images. Sadly, we used to be able to go onto the roof, but that's no longer a viable option. Thankfully, next to the hotel is a cobbled alleyway, there's a courtyard, and there's the stunning frontage of the building as well.

Inside, there's the silver birch tree wall alongside other details like mirrors on the walls or artwork to have portraits next to. Every time I go, I try something new, and it's a venue that begs for creativity, which I love!

Evening Reception and Entertainment

As your epic day progresses, The Halston transforms into a vibrant venue for the evening reception. This part of the venue is tailored for celebration and entertainment, featuring spacious dance floors and well-stocked bars. The Halston offers a range of entertainment options, from live bands to DJs, all supported by state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment.

This ensures that the music and atmosphere align perfectly with the couple's preferences. The evening reception area is adaptable, allowing for different layouts and themes, whether the couple desires a classic ballroom feel or a more contemporary party vibe. The Halston's evening reception experience is designed to keep the celebratory spirit high, ensuring a memorable night for the couple and their guests.

A Unique Wedding Experience

A wedding at The Halston in Carlisle is more than just an event; it's an experience tailored to make every moment unforgettable. From the historical ambiance to the modern luxuries, from the intimate ceremony options to the grand evening celebrations, The Halston offers a comprehensive and customizable wedding experience.

The attentive staff, exquisite dining options, and luxurious accommodations all contribute to creating a day that is as seamless as it is special. A wedding at The Halston is not just about celebrating a union; it's about creating a day that reflects the couple's story, filled with moments that will be cherished for a lifetime.

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