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Bowcliffe Hall Wetherby Wedding Venue

A unique wedding location and a dream for your wedding photographs

If you’re looking for a luxurious and stylish feel to your wedding day, with great opportunities for gorgeous wedding photography, come and take a look around the unique Bowcliffe Hall wedding venue near Wetherby in West Yorkshire.

It offers several differently styled and designed spaces in one location, and with totally exclusive use they can used flexibly to suit your personal style and guest numbers. All of them are gorgeous and have also been used for photo shoots by brands including Mango and Ralph Lauren.

Wedding couple walking down the aisle in classical ceremony room, Bowcliffe Hall.
Leaving the ceremony in the elegant Bowcliffe Room

Your Bowcliffe Hall Wedding Photography

As a wedding photographer interested in design and style, I was already aware of this magnificent Georgian country house set in 38-acres at Bramham (where the annual Leeds Music Festival takes place each Aiugust Bank Holiday weekend) whilst living in nearby Thorner. Photographing here with couples who want a Yorkshire wedding venue that’s very tastefully different is a dream.

Having photographed there many times, I can heartily say that each area of Bowcliffe Hall is spectacular and designed and finished to the highest level.

The Art Deco bar in the Ballroom

With the classic stone exterior and ceremony room, it’s Georgian ballroom with Art Deco bar, a deluxe 1920s style Drivers’ Club bar and the stunning, modern and highly innovative Blackburn Wing nestled in woodland and with beautiful gardens in every season, a wedding day at Bowcliffe Hall will be remembered forever.

It offers so many options for beautiful wedding pictures in many different styles to suit your own tastes. Come and see what your wedding and wedding photos could like if you marry at Bowcliffe Hall…

Arriving at Bowcliffe Hall

Let’s start with that turn through the grand gates onto the Hall’s driveway… you will first see an expanse of tranquil green lawns and grand trees and the front of the striking Grade II listed Georgian Bowcliffe Hall itself.

A cream vintage wedding car arriving at the front of Bowcliffe Hall, Wetherby wedding venue
The drive to the front of the Hall.

The main building has that wow appeal as soon as you arrive. You might get glimpses of quirky signs and the statue of Alice in Wonderland with an accompanying quotation as you drive in. Your guests will park to the left and you’ll continue to the right and along the main building in your wedding car if it’s your wedding day. Straight ahead, you might even see a vintage aeroplane…

Statue of Alice in Wonderland in front of Bowcliffe Hall
Alice in Wonderland

As you might expect the main entrance to the hall is grand and impressive. With space for that magical reveal to parents, your wedding party or that first look to your fiance / fiancee of your completely gorgeous self in your wedding finery first look, you could also return to this quiet spot for some couple or family portraits later on.

Bride and groom portrait in front of staircase
The impressive entrance hall and staircase is a good location for wedding portraits

Getting ready on your wedding day in the Morning Room

You could choose to get ready in the Morning Room where there is plenty of space for your wedding dress outfits . It has lovely big windows letting in natural light for your professional hair and make-up artist to do their magic. That also makes it great for photographs of your wedding preparations. And then it’s time for the First Look!

The Drivers Club

Your guests can greet, mingle and enjoy pre- and post-ceremony drinks in this very glamorous 1920s inspired space that opens out onto the spacious south-facing terrace overlooking the gardens and woodland.

Interior of  Drivers Club with dark wood and leather furnishings, Bowcliffe Hall Wetherby wedding venue
The Drivers’ Club

The current owner of Bowcliffe Hall, Jonathan Turner, is a vintage and classic car enthusiast and transformed a former dining area into the Drivers’ Club paying tribute to the Golden Age of Motoring. It can accommodate 85 for a drinks reception and can also host 35 people for a seated wedding breakfast.

Enjoy drinks on the south facing Drivers’ Club terrace

Original vintage signs, posters, prints and motoring memorabilia decorate the room along with specially commissioned furniture, lighting and fabric. Dark wood and leather panelled bench seats along the walls reinforce to the vintage motor feel.

1930s poster at bowcliffe hall drivers club
Original motoring art and memorabilia
Club room with tables, leather chairs and dark wood.
Dark wood and leather help create an exclusive club vibe.
Bride in a sequinned wedding gown in a dark wood panelled room with luxury leather chairs.
The Drivers Club gives your images a luxurious feel and is a perfect setting for a Jenny Packham wedding dress
bowcliffe hall wedding venue near wetherby west yorkshire
Looking at Bowcliffe Hall towards the entrance of The Drivers’ Club. You could have your drinks reception on the terrace

Bowcliffe Hall Ceremony Photographs

Your civil ceremony can be held in the elegant Bowcliffe Room which was the original drawing room. This is a lovely room with lots of natural light, so great for photographing the ceremony.

Wedding ceremony in the Bowcliffe Room
The Bowcliffe Room dressed for the ceremony

Once your marriage certificate is signed, you can step out onto the lawn for a confetti shower and some group wedding pictures.

Wedding photographs in the grounds

The different spaces at Bowcliffe and the beautiful gardens and grounds and architecture means there are many opportunities and spots inside and outside for gorgeous photographs of you both, your families and guests.

The Chapel at Bowcliffe Hall

Did you know there is a cute and cosy chapel tucked away amongst the gardens at Bowcliffe where you can have a small gathering of 12 and have your marriage blessed? It’s a pretty tight space for much other than close-up photographs but the light is warm and there’s room just outside for some family group photographs.

Your Wedding Breakfast at Bowcliffe Hall

As you have exclusive use of the hall, there are various options available to you when it comes to where you and your guests sit down to your wedding meal and speeches

The opulent Ballroom, with its magnificent gold plated chandelier will seat 80 guests, the Blackburn Wing 60. Or for smaller numbers the Drivers Club will seat 35 for dinner. All are gloriously photogenic.

tables set for wedding breakfast, white cloths and flowers, glasses.
Blackburn Wing set for a wedding breakfast

If your wedding is for 100 people or more, it’s possible to have an elegant marquee on the lawn just opposite the Drivers Club.

And you are able to create a bespoke menu with Bowcliffe’s talented executive head chef.

The Blackburn Wing at Bowcliffe Hall

The award-winning Blackburn Wing is an incredibly innovative and chic building nested in ancient woodland in the gardens of Bowcliffe Hall. With its aeronautical architectural style – it is literally shaped like an airplane wing – it pays homage to aviation pioneer, Yorkshireman and former owner of Bowcliffe Hall Robert Blackburn and is a unique and extremely stylish space.

View of modern wing shaped building, wood and glass, on columns in trees. Blackburn Wing Bowcliffe Hall.

Described as a “2,000 sq ft treehouse” and “aviation meets treehouse”, it’s clad in shimmering copper and rests on columns over a falling slope in woodland, in effect suspending it in mid-air.

Wedding guests arriving with umbrellas at copper-clad building in the woods
Umbrellas are available if required!

Think luxury vintage aviation meets Italian design with plenty of exposed structure, metal, glass, leather and wood. And there you have a very stylish modern space to be part of your wedding celebrations. I love the Blackburn Wing – it will wow your guests and will give you wedding photographs unlike any others.

Blackburn Wing interior dressed with tables and white flowers for a wedding reception. Ribbed architecural structure visible.
A light space with wooden floors and large windows, you can have this unique space styled to suit your individual theme.

Robert Blackburn lived in Bowcliffe Hall and designed and built early aeroplanes at a factory in Leeds. His first powered flight took place in 1909 leading to him forming the Blackburn Aeroplane Company. He owned Bowcliffe from 1917 to 1955.

Its elevated position and floor to ceiling glass windows and doors to the front and sides give the Blackburn Wing extensive views over the trees and to the valley and open countryside beyond. A decked wooden balcony wrapping around the three sides lets you and your guests enjoy its position and views to the full and creates great opportunities for unique wedding photographs.

beautiful floral setting for a bowcliffe hall wedding in contemporary blackburn wing
Leather and riveted metal panel chairs are part of the vintage aviation design theme

Inside, the curved and cantilevered structural wooden beams become visible. The classic early aviation design theme is continued with plenty of metal panels, brown leather, oak floor and structural aircraft parts incorporated into bespoke Italian furniture to support the glass topped tables and bar.

The table and the bar were specially commissioned from Milan. The metal frame of the aeroplane wing table you see in the gallery below was part of an aircraft wing and the metal cowling from the jet engine of a 747 supports the bar.

It takes your breath away with its design and style, its location and its views.

Your Evening Reception

With the flexibility to use the different spaces at Bowcliffe, you are spoilt for choice If you have had your wedding breakfast in the Ballroom then you may want to host your evening guests in the Blackburn Wing – or do the opposite. You can also both dine and dance in the Blackburn Wing if that space is exactly your vibe. Add in the Drivers’ Club and you have a lot of options to create the wedding day you want.

Bowcliffe Hall Wedding photo of the ballroom
The Ballroom can be styled for your evening reception and dancing

See for yourself

You should visit Bowcliffe Hall if you’re looking for a unique Yorkshire wedding venue. One that is made for fabulous wedding pictures.

Exclusive and luxurious spaces, ranging from formal grandeur to relaxed and contemporary chic. Bespoke design, original art and memorabilia and acres of gardens and grounds. What more could you want?

Location and travel

Bowcliffe Hall is situated on the edge of Bramham village, adjacent to the Bramham Park (venue for Bramham Horse Trials and Leeds Festival) on what used to be the route of the Great North Road. Not only is Bowcliffe an easy drive from Leeds along the A1(M), it’s around 30 minutes from Harrogate and York too, so not far at all for many of your North and West Yorkshire guests.

There are mainline train stations in Leeds, York and Harrogate.

There is a wide choice of hotels in Leeds, Harrogate and York with accommodation also available in Wetherby.