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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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? 


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!

Jane and Hip’s bohemian festival family wedding at Yorkshire Wolds Brewery

Happy Easter Monday! Easter seems to be getting bigger and bigger each year, I think Easter weddings are becoming a trend second only to winter weddings for off season. I’ve had a lovely Easter filled with walking around Druid temples in the Yorkshire Dales, family and friends. Today though, I am going to share this heart warming wedding. Jane and Hips were keen that their wedding was a celebration, a big party for all their family and friends. The first time I met Jane she was so laid back and really wanted to focus all the details on making the day special for those around her. I can 100% agree the couple managed to do just that. It was one of the most filled with love weddings, I have had the pleasure of photographing. I think sometimes we can forget in the hussle and bussle, that is what it’s really about. There were so many quirky touches. So many little touches and additions by their very generous friends and family. It’s was a wedding full of quirks and charm, truly unique so I really wanted to share this one with you. 

Jane and Hips  were married in July 2017.  The wedding was to be outside, braving the British summer time. Of course, the sky’s opened up and it poured BUT the day was brilliant either way. The venue has brilliant light shining with its views over the top of the Yorkshire Wolds. The wedding was a three day mini festival. Friday was everyone getting together, hanging out and spending quality time together. The site had camping bell tents that were beautiful. All adorned with bunting and lights. There were preparations for the big day on Saturday, family and friends catching up, and a fish and chip van to order swinging by to feed the lot. 

There was a real bohemian feel to the day. With all the bell tents set up, miles from anywhere. The brewery near by but a long winding road up surrounded by crops and fields with hints of colour. Everyone was pulling together on the Friday and helping each other out. The day tipped tradition on it’s head. Held at the one and only Yorkshire Wolds Brewery, high up, with marquees, the bride and groom even had their very own beer. 

All the details really made the day. Friends had made decorations for the long tables. Everywhere you looked personal touches that would be special for the pair. A friend had made cupcakes, another table signs, another mini heart glass decorations. 

Onto the day itself. As I said before we were all checking the weather frantically the day before, but with a big thanks to Muddy souls event planning, the day ahead wonderfully. The wedding was moved inside quickly, we decided to do the photos at a different time to catch the evening sun setting. Jane came to the venue in a vintage VW van. She wore a purple wedding dress, that looks excellent. When I saw her I was like YEAAAAH! It was a very cool day. Jane walked down the aisle with her father, bridesmaids, family and friends. Oh and did I mention dog? That’s right, Jane and Hips had their lovely doggo as the ring bearer for the day. ANND Hips wore DMs. The bridesmaids, wore white of course! This was my kind of wedding. 

The ceremony itself again was completely themed to the couple. It was REALLY special. The couple were married by a celebrant, the one and only Jan Shillito. There french family, Jane’s mum and Hips dad all took part. Along with their grandson, daughter, and the rest of the family sang them in. A talented bunch, they really showed how you can make the day about family. Really what is more important than that. Tears and laughter all around. 

The meals were served up and the speeches began. One of my favourite moments of the day was Jane’s sisters putting together a speech with a difference about the bride and groom. The guests were given A,B, or C cards. Multiple choice questions around real life situations came next. Another favourite moment from the day, was when Jane’s rockstar dad was doing his speech, and he changed t-shirts midday through to a still Europe t-shirt to make all the guests from near and far feel welcome, to mark friendships and show the ethos of the family. 

And finally, a big festival party. A soul band played the night away. A photobooth for fun, a cheese cake along with the meringue wedding cake. Colour games and disposable cameras for the young un’s to get involved. Everyone was having a good time. Jane and Hip’s first dance was fun and original just like them. The end of the night one of the tent’s was transformed into a mini cinema where the younger ones had a baby sitter and could rest up. 

It was such a heart warming example of how to make your wedding day completely your own but involve all your family and friends too. 

Now time for a bank holiday walk. Happy Easter! 

-  J o  x  - 


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