Yorkshire Country Wedding, fusing traditional and Festival at Kilnsey Estate.

It’s September, say it with me, September. Can you believe it? This year has steamed past. Abbie and Ratul’s celebration beautifully combines tradition, rustic, and modern. It was one of my favourites from the summer. 

Two day’s for two different ceremonies to take place. A country venue with a difference, with views of the Yorkshire dale all around, it can only be Kilnsey Estate. 

Kilnsey, is just a dream. I’ve photographed here before, but not a wedding and BOY, was I in for a dream. Abbie and Ratul’s ceremony took place in a field, under the sky, with views of moorland behind. 

Abbie got ready onsite in the stone barn, a handy short walk from the ceremony. My day started scoping out the weather, the forecast was rain. This didn’t really make me nervous as I know how fun and enigmatic photos in the rain can be. (Of course I got to hang out with all the animals) The morning really took off at the barn, with Abbie and her friends getting ready, a few nerves, but plenty of laughs too and lovely moments too. Definitely added to with the presence of young ones, who stay chirpy and don’t really know why everyone’s acting nervy! Abbie gave her bridesmaids lovely bundles, filled with self care and sentimental gifts. 

The ceremony was littered with personal touches, all those things that make a couple A COUPLE. That brings them together. There was singing, umbrellas, laughs, cheers, and much more! Hosted and performed by the wonderful Louisa of ceremonies.  Highlights included singing Africa by toto in a rainy field in Yorkshire, a bit of Elton John, and Beautiful readings from friends. It was so much fun! 

When it rains it pours! I know no couple wants to hear the words wedding day and rain BUT if you smile (get wellies ready) it can really be a big part of your day! When it’s your day, it goes past so quickly, you really don’t care. This wedding really proves, rain or shine your wedding day is what it is because of those loved ones around you, your family and friends, making it the best day of your life!

Not letting that pesky (very British) summer weather stop us, a cheers to the this wonderful couple was next. The whole day was filled with laughter, games, and love. 

Seriously, the whole backdrop is beautiful. I love living in the Yorkshire Dales, the country side and it’s rustic charm. Now I’m also prone to a festival wedding like Abbie and Ratul’s was. There was giant jenga, connect four, croquet, cricket, so many games! With everyone taking part. Now we are on the subject of games …THE DRINKING GAMES, we’re unreal! Beer pong for the bridge, groom and all their closest pals. Every table had a drinking game name.  The food was warm and delicious (thanks to shoot the bull!, YUM) A street food style set up, the food was amazing. Later on pizza to keep everyone’s energy levels high. A Dj and wonderful acoustics that got everyone singing and swaying. 


Venue: https://kilnseypark.co.uk/site/plan-visit/groups/weddings-2/  

Celebrant: http://starrgazingceremonies.com/  

Dress: https://www.sanpatrick.com/wedding-dresses/stpatrick/ 

Bridesmaids Dresses: http://asos.com 

Catering: https://www.shootthebull.co.uk 

A huge thank you to the wonderful Abbie and Ratul!  ( BUT that’s not it . . Part 2 coming tomorrow!) 

Top 10 Quirky and Rustic Yorkshire Wedding Venues I love


This post goes out to my favourite wedding venues in my home county. There are so many to choose from, as always I love a quirky wedding. All photos below are from Weddings I’ve photographed at the venues.

1. Wold Top Brewery, East Riding of Yorkshire

Muddy Souls events ran by the lovely Anne are based at Humanby Grange. The venue is…let’s just say..pretty special.  First of all you head up to the top of the Yorkshire Wolds. The views are incredible and I mean INCREDIBLE! It’s very private, and a space you can truly make your own. If you are looking for a perfect east Yorkshire wedding venue..well look no further.

Website: http://www.muddysoulsevents.co.uk/

2. The Saddle Rooms // The Forbidden Corner

The Forbidden Corner is a five minute drive from my house. It’s also great for a day out AND they do weddings. I am not pulling your leg. The beautiful Saddle rooms are right next door on the Tupgill park estate. A  unique labyrinth of tunnels, quirky surprises and whimsical fun. Right in the heart of the Yorkshire dales.  You can have your cake and eat too it too when you book the Saddle rooms and get access to The Forbidden Corner! Very Very cool.

Website: http://www.thesaddleroom.co.uk/occasions/

3. Barmby Field Barns

OK so this one is a favourite of mine and not because my mum lives around the corner. I’ve photographers A LOT of barn venues BUT this is a barn venue with a difference. It is an incredible and dreamy place. The barns are  18th Century and renovated, they are classic, and beautiful. The country side around is the Wolds, you have plenty of opportunites for a beautiful photo shoot with the sun coming down over the fields. You aren’t far from York, even a vintage bus ride away for all your guests.

Website: http://www.barmbyfieldbarns.co.uk/

4. Camp Katar, Bedale

Another local venue, I LOVE! If ethereal and whimiscal weddings are your thing, then just book this place. It has a glamping village where you can stay with friends and family. It has a rustic barn, it has a hobbit hole..Do I need to continue? Oh and it’s in Bedale the gateway to the Dales, sold yet?

Website: https://www.campkatur.com/celebrations/#weddings

5. Fruit, Hull

Now for a city venue I love. Fruit is bright and bold, it sits on the trendy Humber street in Hull. If indie weddings are your thing and you’re a bit of a cool cat, then look no further..This is the place. Fruit holds all sorts of amazing events, bands, gigs, it’s really bloody cool. You can personalise the venue to your hearts content.

Website: http://www.fruitspace.co.uk/venue-hire/

6. York Maze

The Maize maze is pretty special anyway….BUT The fact you can married in a MAIZE MAZE is well AMAZING. With Large timber barns, a rustic feel, and a place no guest will ever forget. What’s not to love. It’s near York, but it’s still in the country side just enough to have that rural feel.

Website:  https://www.theamazingweddingco.co.uk/

7. The Triton Inn, East Yorkshire

Thinking about a festival wedding, thinking about a place you get married in luxury BUT still have that festy feel. Like Tipis, like marquees, set in a beautiful oldy worldy village in east Yorkshire. It’s not too far from Hull, it’s very rural, and you’ll feel the luxury of the beautiful Triton Inn with the more relaxed atmosphere a festy weding gives.

Website:  http://www.thetritoninn.com/weddings/

8. Dalby Forest

I grew up a stones throw from Dalby. It’s a place for woodland adventure, walks and wonder. When I found out they did weddings, I was just a little bit excited. Woodland Weddings will help you sort out your special day in the heart of the forest. Have a look at the gallery on their website to be blown away. If you want a very uniqe wedding, and love the outdoors this is the one for you.

Website: http://www.woodlandweddingsevents.co.uk/locations/

9. North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Amazing Scenery…CHECK

Quirky and vintage …CHECK

Steam Train Adventure … CHECK

A lovely way to spend your day. Over in North Yorkshire, you can get married at the Grade 2 Listed Pickering Station. A really unique way to spend you wedding day.

Website: https://www.nymr.co.uk/pages/category/dream-weddings

10. Swinton Bivouac

Fancy getting married in a beautiful little forest surrounded by a mini druids temple? Camping yurts for the entire family, clearings laden with flowers? If you love the outdoors and want something magical. This is your place. It’s the type of wedding where you can relax, and it has that WOW factor!

Website:  http://www.swintonestate.com/bivouac/the-experience/weddings-groups/

11. (An Extra because I couldn’t miss this one out!) River Mills Ballroom

So the Clue is in the name. Want something a bit different, love vintage feel mixed with modern day chic. Well look no further. River Mills Ballroom in Selby is the perfect quirky venue for you. It’s big enough to cater for a large wedding. It’s glamourous enough to be a 1920’s peaky blinders style ball. If that hasn’t got you keen, did I mention the grand box office entrance? 

Website: http://www.rivermillsballroom.co.uk/

Three Reasons I love Family Portrait Sessions!

I don’t want to say yet….BUT Spring might finally be here. The lambs are slowly coming out into the fields, the sun is making a bit of an effort, flowers are trying their best to blossom. So after a few very wet seasons, the middle of April looks set to make up for it all. I’m getting going with a few family portrait sessions and wanted to share some of my favourites moments from the recent past with a lil blog post. So why do I love family portrait sessions……? ? ?

1. It’s so lovely to spend a few hours getting to know the families. Little ones can be shy at first, like anyone. With Spencer and Nicola, we had a play in the garden, a coffee, and a little wander. With Molly and Tori we went up to Leyburn shawl, had a play about, then hid from the hail in a lovely little tearoom. They have to be one of the best to shoot! It’s all about having fun, capturing the natural, no stress for the wee ‘uns. So reason number one so all about the experience. It’s a adventure, a special few hours, and most of all IT”S FUN!

In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales near Seyburn water. Jake and William spend some quality time with their uncle Dan.

2. I’m all about capturing special moments. If you’re after a posed family portrait with a white background….this probably isn’t going to be your bag. It’s contemporary photography by a trained professional in the beautiful Yorkshire landscape. It’s a chance to bring out your inner wild child or let your child be themselves. Capturing those beautiful moments, those individual personalities that make us all so special.

3. I’m all about beautiful light, and colours, it’s what turns a mediocre image into a timeless piece you’ll never forget. Of course, nature excels in light and colour. Which is why I love these photo wanders. I really love photographing in the natural environment, creating
something classic and timeless, something unposed and beautiful.

Session fee for a family portrait is £120 which includes two 8x10 print, and three postcard sized prints to share with loved ones. You also get 20 digital prints to keep and share as you like. As it’s Spring we have a little  ‘The Joys of Spring offer’.  Just get in touch if you’d like to know more.

Thank you for reading, over and out from the Dales!

- Jo x -

Molly being a little independent adventurer up on a Leyburn shawl in the Yorkshire Dales. No fear with this one!

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