Bolton Abbey Priory Church & Bolton Abbey Village Hall Wedding Photography

Kate & Stuart

Bolton Abbey Wedding Photography – Priory Church & Bolton Abbey Village Hall -A little preview from yesterdays beautiful wedding at Bolton Abbey Priory Church with the reception at Bolton Abbey Village hall.

Wedding season 2021 off to a great start

Kate and Stuart’s wedding kicks off what I hope is going to be a truly amazing wedding season. With over a year of weddings being banned or heavily restricted due to covid. We are finally heading back to normality. Wedding are currently allowed – just restricted to 30 people. Kate and Stuart has planned to have a small wedding so knew that they would go ahead with the date.

We had met up at Fewston a few weeks ago for a Pre wedding shoot

The wedding day started with the bride getting ready at Curlew Cottage, nestled up on the moors above Ilkley. Stunning view and dodgy weather it was a very Yorkshire start to the day.

I then met up with the Grooms men at The Priory Church. Set just next to the Bolton Abbey Ruins its a really beautiful location. In typical Groomsmen style, one had forgotten trousers and the other a mask, After a dash to the shops they arrived good to go button holes in hands. It as pretty amazing to see them welcoming guests. After so long of no one seeing each other these greetings seemed even more special then usual.

The Priory Church of St Mary and St Cuthbert

The monastery was founded at Embsay in 1120. Led by a prior, Bolton Abbey was technically a priory, despite its name. It was founded in 1154 by the Augustinian order, on the banks of the River Wharfe.

In the early 14th century Scottish raiders caused the temporary abandonment of the site and serious structural damage to the priory. The seal of the priory featured the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Child and the phrase sigillum sancte Marie de Bolton.

The nave of the abbey church was in use as a parish church from about 1170 onwards, and survived the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

Building work was still going on at the abbey when the Dissolution of the Monasteries resulted in the termination of the priory in January 1540. The east end remains in ruins.

A tower, begun in 1520, was left half-standing, and its base was later given a bell-turret and converted into an entrance porch. Most of the remaining church is in the Gothic style of architecture, but more work was done in the Victorian era, including windows by August Pugin.


Kate and Suart’s Wedding

After a lovely wedding ceremony we took some photos around the Abbey before heading over to the Village Hall.

Bolton Abbey Village Hall is a great spot if you want a relaxed and informal reception. With amazing food from Kings Catering

the wedding reception was a really beautiful an relaxed celebration.

The Brides twin sister was on zoom to be part of the day and the sun shone a we took an evening stroll though the grounds.


Flowers- Natasha Coustol  

Make up – Gina Young

Hair – Olivia Barra

Brides Dress- Jasmine Couture

Bridesmaids dresses- Monsoon

Transport – Gordon Cooke

Cake- every cloud cakes and bakes. 

Catering – @kingscateringcompany

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