You are marrying the love of your life. Congratulations - you're in for an amazing time!
Basking in your engagement, you're now ready to choose where you will marry and celebrate. What information will help you find your ideal Yorkshire wedding venue?... here's where I come in.
So you're getting married in glorious Yorkshire. Firstly, you've made a great choice! Rolling dales, dramatic moors, romantic castles, delighful country gardens and impressive country manors, urban chic, boutique hotels and the seaside - Yorkshire has it all. In my 10 years as a Yorkshire wedding photographer, I've photographed in the best wedding locations Yorkshire has to offer.
How Do You Begin...
A good starting point is to think about the number of guests and how you want your wedding day to look and feel. This is the time to decide if you want a great big party with a live band, plenty of dance floor and outside space, or a smaller celebration in unique surroundings, maybe somewhere arty or quirky that's also renowned for it's delicious food.
Fancy feeling like the owner of a grand country estate? There are Yorkshire country manors and grounds where you can do just that for a weekend.
Do you prefer light, bright rooms, wooden floors, tall, wide windows and great views or are you more about a rich, cosy feel?
My top tip, is for each of you to separately write down the answers to these, then read each others, and see where you meet and where you might have to compromise. We ended up learning quite a bit more about each other in the year we were engaged!
Location comes next, quickly followed by logistics. How far will you and guests need to travel? Will your favourite great aunt or elderly grandpa manage a long journey and narrow country roads to the Yorkshire Dales with an overnight stay that's not at your venue? You might find that there are people so close to your heart that having them see you marry becomes more important than the location of your dreams.
Do want your marriage ceremony at your venue, at a church or even outdoors? If your ceremony is away from your venue, think about the length and ease of the journey between the two, especially if you having a winter wedding.
And After That...
Would you prefer exclusive use? How about hiring it for a whole weekend - why start celebrating on a Saturday when you have the Friday and Sunday as well. Would you be ok for it to be somewhere where members of the public would also be wishing you well as they walked nearby or would it prefer it enclosed and private?
Find out the time you are allowed to arrive at your venue to get ready, when the partying has to stop, and when you have to leave the next morning.
And...so it begins!
Maybe you already love somewhere in the Yorkshire countryside where you go every summer or have a favourite, fine resaturant that's super stylish and rather decadent? It's a time unlike any other after all.
Would you prefer grand and friendly or very relaxed with the option of selecting some of your own creative wedding suppliers and decorations? Maybe you are a fashion buyer or an interior or theatre design whizz and want to style everything or you simply want to enjoy the ride and employ creative professionals from the start to when you hang up your dancing shoes.
Read on about individual wedding venues in Yorkshire...
Would a Yorkshire Wedding Venue that's boutique chic suit your wedding day vibe? Stylish or contemporary or something rather quirky or arty?
If you're all about unique, you must go and look at Bowcliffe Hall near Wetherby. It's an exclusive use wedding venue in country grounds where you can mix classic with contemporary with unique! Each space feels amazing with art-deco styling and its Drivers Club. Ask to see the Blackburn Wing too. Your wedding photography in each area will look completely different from the others. There isn't a Yorkshire wedding venue quite like it.
The Crab & Lobster/Crab Manor in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, is one of the quirkiest wedding venues in Yorkshire, combining gardens and relaxed elegance at the same time. With something interesting to look at around every corner, themed rooms and excellent food, it's sure to cover plenty of wedding day wishes as well as having plenty of backdrop choices for your wedding photographs.
Super ecclectic, eccentric, arty and oh so stylish, is the newly restored Grade 2 listed Wesleyan Chapel near Harrogate centre. With its baroque Italienate facade, and outside courtyard, its history and beauty strikes you before you have even walked inside. It's listed as The Chapel, Harrogate. You need to give your guests at least half an hour to look around before your ceremony or they'll be gazing at the art work before they have eyes for you.
The Fig House at Middeton Lodge...
Yorebridge House in Wensleydale...
Priory Cottages near Wetherby...
Waterton Park Walton Hall
And have you heard of urban chic? Well, we have that too.
For urban chic city lovers there's the super-stylish Malmaison, Leeds Club or Aspire in the centre of Leeds, West Yorkshire. Can you see yourself sipping wedding cocktails in a sequined dress and Jimmy Choos at the fashionable Angelica or Crafthouse on the 6th Floor of Trinity? With outstanding Leeds city views from the panoramic terrace, it's so en vogue!
For art and history, there's Leeds Art Gallery - hire the Victorian Tiled Hall or head out to The Yorkshire Sculpture Park for its culture, its art, its grounds... and then of course, Yorkshire has the contemporary art space that The Hepworth Wakefield.
Only 15 minutes north of Leeds you have places like the contemporary Woodlands Hotel or The Mansion in the famous Roundhay Park.
Heading west from Leeds centre to Halifax, you'll find The Arches, an industrial wedding venue full of twinkling lights that was previously a Victorian mill. It retains its history with red brick vaulted ceiling, dark grey iron pillars and Yorkshire stone flooring. Its neutral palette so when decorated to your own taste, it will always look like your unique wedding.
Did you know that you can now marry in the Victorian glasshouse known as the Central Dome of the Pavillions and celebrate in a tipi or marquee at Sheffield's Botanical Gardens?
If history and grandeur are your fancy, there are plenty of castles in which you can marry and celebrate, as well as monasteries and abbeys.
Just off the top of my head there's Allerton Castle, Newburgh Priory, Castle Howard, Hazlewood Castle, Jervaulx Abbey, Carlton Towers, Fountains Abbey and Ripley Castle.
As a full-time Yorkshire wedding photographer for almost 11 years, I am often in Harrogate, voted the happiest place to live in the UK and historic York.
You could mix it up and marry in York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, then celebrate in a boutique hotel in York like Hotel Du Vin, The Churchill Hotel or the luxurious Middlethorpe Hall & Spa. You can even hire a part of the York Train Station!
If you are a couple who love nature, and the outdoors, it makes sense to start somewhere with great views and the option to spend a good part of your day outside.
Planning your wedding day bliss in the Yorkshire Dales or is beachy wedding fun on the fabulous Yorkshire Coast more your thang?
With boundless stretches of unpoilt countryside, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors are especially green and scenic. It's no wonder that that the Tour de France came to Yorkshire in 2014, and since then we have the annual Tour de Yorkshire going as far as Scarborough.
From weddings in the pretty grounds of country houses like Taitlands in Settle, the Georgian splendour of Middleton Lodge or Newburgh Priory, to the charming ruins and new barn at Danby Castle on the North York Moors, to remarkably British marquee garden parties, and village halls... to grand Yorkshire castles, and barns by lakes... wedding days are a joy to photograph!
Your options for a Yorkshire countryside wedding are plentiful.
If you're all about the country views, and serenity you can choose a contemporary wedding venue like the Devonshire Fell in Burnsall with views over the Yorkshire Dales, and a two minute car drive for a walk along the River Wharfe.
And then of course there are the Yorkshire Dales - visit the sublime boutique chic Yorebridge House in Wentbridge, the very elegant Devonshire Arms at Bolton Abbey or the contemporary, relaxed Devonshire Fell at Burnsall where we can head to the River Wharfe for scenic pictures, and ice cream.
Yorkshire - the largest county in the United Kingdom, often nicknamed God's Own Country with boundless stretches of unspoilt countryside, The Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors are especially green and beautiful.
Helmsley Walled Gardens
Harome - Star Inn
Raithwaite Hall & Sandsend
If a Yorkshire beach is just too far, but you're a water baby through-and through and simply feel more serene by a stream or near water, visit somewhere with its own lake, like Ripley Castle near Ripon or the light-filled contemporary Yorkshire Wedding Barn in Richmond.
If history and grandeur are your fancy, there are plenty of castles in which you can marry and celebrate as well as monasteries and abbeys. You could mix it up and marry in York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, then celebrate somewhere rather boutique chic in York like Hotel Du Vin, The Churchill Hotel or the luxurious Middlethorpe Hall & Spa. Planning your wedding day bliss in the Yorkshire Dales or is beachy wedding fun on the fabulous Yorkshire Coast more your thang?
Tying the knot with a creative village wedding or living it up in a tipi?
Rolling dales, dramatic moors, castles, gorgeous gardens and country manors, boutique hotels and the seaside - Yorkshire has it all. In my 10 years as a Yorkshire wedding photographer, I've seen the best wedding locations Yorkshire has to offer.
The nerves, the excitement, gorgeous outfits, friends' lovely faces full of happiness for you... your wedding morning preps, that mini-second when you first see each other in your wedding day finery, parents' pride, confetti faces, looks and smiles between guests, moments you missed, the meaningful setting you chose together, all your individual touches and creative effort that made your wedding unique...
For over 10 years, I've been making my couples' weddings unforgettable with natural, contemporary pictures they love. after all, it's a day you never get back.
Yorkshire - the largest county in the United Kingdom, often nicknamed God's Own Country, it’s got it all! With boundless stretches of unspoilt countryside, The Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors are especially green and beautiful.
If history and grandeur are your fancy, there are plenty of castles in which you can marry and celebrate as well as monasteries and abbeys. You could mix it up and marry in York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, then celebrate somewhere rather boutique chic in York like Hotel Du Vin, The Churchill Hotel or the luxurious Middlethorpe Hall & Spa.
There are numerous Grade 1 listed buildings, large country estates, and manor houses where you can pop up a teepee and have a Yorkshire countryside wedding on the lawn. Then we have barns. From rustic ones, historic ones like the Airedale Barn at East Riddlesden Hall, to whimsical and contemporary luxury ones, like Wharfedale Range on the way to Harrogate or The Yorkshire Barn Wedding venue in Richmond, North Yorkshire.
Yorkshire has previously industrial buildings that are now all urban chic. One of these is The Arches in Halifax.
Thinking of tying the knot with a creative village wedding or living it up in a tipi/teepee?
Let your creativity shine through with a tipi wedding where every styling decision can be your own. Pick a village field, your gran's lovely garden or choose the country grounds of a grand country house like Tailtlands, in Settle, in the world famous Yorkshire Dales.
Yorkshire has numerous Grade 1 listed buildings, large country estates, and manor houses where experts can pop up your tipi for your Yorkshire countryside wedding on the lawn.
Then we have barns. From rustic ones, historic ones like the Airedale Barn at East Riddlesden Hall, to light and contemporary ones like The Yorkshire Wedding Barn Wedding venue in Richmond, North Yorkshire.
As you might imagine, there are plenty of charming village halls like the Victory Hall in the village of Thorner, and the one in East Kettlesing, as well as farm land on the Braisty Estate and woodlands at Camp Katur.
Just this year, we saw the completion of The Fig House at Middleton Lodge.