Grantley Hall, Ripon Wedding Photography
Paul & Dorota
Grantley Hall, Ripon Wedding Photography
My award winning candid Wedding Photography is the perfect way to capture to any Grantley Hall Wedding.
With over 15 years experience creating beautiful Wedding Photography and recording your special memories. I have Photographed dozens of weddings at Grantley Hall, its one of my favourite wedding venues.
Luxury Wedding Venue
Grantley Hall is an amazing, beautiful and luxury wedding venue. Set near Ripon in North Yorkshire and surrounded by breathtaking scenery. It has perfectly manicured grounds for us to explore. Beautiful backdrops are everywhere at Grantley Hall making it easy to capture every aspect of your day with easy and candid beauty.
Stunning Grantley Hall wedding Photography
I have photographed lots of weddings at Grantley Hall . The first wedding I shot was Paul & Dorota’s wedding shortly after Grantley Hall had opened in 2019. They had a beautiful outdoor ceremony & ended with a party in the exquisite valaria’s cocktail bar !
These are just a few of my favourites to mention but every wedding at Grantley Hall has been totally amazing. If you would like to see more Grantley Hall wedding photography take a look at my blog here
My background as a photojournalist means that I really capture the spirit of you day. I incorporate the surroundings and location without making your day feel like a photoshoot. The space and impecible style at Grantley Hall gives so many lovely backdrops for your wedding Photography. If you are planning a Grantley Hall wedding and would like to see more of my Grantley Hall wedding photography then pop over to my blog here.
You can see lots of lovely wedding that I have Photographed at Grantley Hall on my blog . Each one totally unique an this is at the heat of what I do.
Your wedding photo will be personal to you and reflect your day.
First up Paul & Dorota’s Grantley Hall wedding
This stylish pair held their dream wedding day at the freshly restored Grantley Hall in Ripon, which was in the midst of renovations when they first set eyes on it. Fast-forward to June 2019 and the couple were there for their nuptials, swapping their vows in a beautiful (and emotional!) outdoor ceremony. The grounds of Grantley Hall truly came into their own – just scroll ahead to Dorota and Paul’s sun-soaked couple portraits overlooking the river if you want the proof!
Keep reading for all the details of their breathtaking wedding; from Dorota’s exquisite weddingdress to the incredible cake.
DOROTA SAYS: Paul proposed at Holmfirth Vineyard, three years ago in 2016. I remember Paul wanting to sit outside which I found odd as it was windy, but he just wanted to propose privately. It took me by surprise, I had absolutely no idea.
We set our wedding date for 28th June 2019. I really wanted to have an outdoor wedding ceremony and enjoy the sunshine. We love a sunny celebration.
For our venue we chose Grantley Hall in Ripon, back in 2018 when it was still under renovation. All we had access to were the plans and they looked amazing! It was a risk but an exciting risk and seeing it develop into something unique was special. Grantley Hall also offered us a touch of amazing; beautiful scenery, a slice of luxury and elegance.
I knew the dress for me had to be traditional and made with cotton lace (I have no idea where this thought came from). The first shop I popped into had ‘the one’ and the Catarina Kordas dress was instantly purchased.
Joana, at Joana Bridal Boutique, did a fantastic job in making alterations to my wedding dress. There was no sign of an alteration which shows how skillful she is.
I love a good headpiece and I knew Chrissie (at Hat Therapy) was a lady who could design something special. I absolutely adored what she created instantly. The headpiece was made from the same material as my wedding dress and the very fine wiring gave it structure and movement. For me it’s a piece of art which has been framed and is a forever memory.
For the evening I changed my dress and headpiece, opting for a comfortable and glamourous look to match the surroundings of Grantley Hall’s Valeria’s champagne and cocktail bar.
Shoes wise I went for comfort, Jimmy Choo Emily 85 sandals, which I could wear again, silver for the day and a light matt gold for the night.
Paul likes a fitted suit and finding the right fit proved to be difficult. He decided on a custom made mid-blue suit from Moss Bros who offer a tailoring service where you select the style, fabric (there is a good range) and lining. There is also the option to have wording embroidered on the suit. The cost is reasonable which is a bonus.
Claire Hartley and Jade Walker (who are part of the same team) were in charge of my hair and makeup. Claire gave me 14 hours of flawless makeup and Jade tamed my unruly hair.
We wanted our photos to be natural, showing the emotion, excitement, laughs, blunders and surprises of the day and Bethany Clarke captured these moments. I also felt comfortable with Bethany and on the day barely noticed any photographs being taken which was a definite plus point. We went with our initial instinct and have a great library of good time memories.
We chose a traditional tiered cake made with chocolate and lemon sponge, covered with white icing. We were fortunate, Pennie who I work with makes ‘exceedingly good’ cakes.
We had a tasting session at Grantley Hall and chose smoked duck for starters, morel cream chicken with a truffle potato terrine for the main course and a delightful vanilla and pistachio cheesecake with rhubarb sorbet for dessert. We chose the dishes and wine we enjoyed the most. The best part were the desserts, they were taste sensations!
For the ceremony we had Cupid’s Bow play, a cellist duo. Margit was really helpful with the music selection and fantastic on the day.
In the evening we had the band Boogie Street. Mel sang our first dance song, she has an amazing voice and the band were definitely ‘five star’ entertainment. Having live music is a great experience, it gives you that feel-good feeling.
I decided some months before the wedding to do a reading at the ceremony. Reading my words to Paul, although difficult at times (as I became emotional) was quite a special moment for us both.
I thought a wedding gift for Paul just before the ceremony would be a nice surprise – a picture with an engraving which symbolised our day.
We had dance lessons ahead of the wedding. Nicola Andrews who taught me and Paul our first dance was great. If we struggled with some steps she’d change the routine to make it easier and videoed us, so we could practice the steps at home. Nicola was really encouraging, which definitely motivated us, we were really glad to have found her.
We would absolutely recommend our choice of venue. There’s definitely ‘Something about Grantley Hall’ it has the majestic rooms, a mixture of classic and modern, delightful dining, moreish cocktails and a beautiful feel. The staff and settings are fabulous too. It’s a real Yorkshire gem and an unforgettable experience.
We loved the small touches on the day, such as the engraved cake knife and my chocolate orange mousse at the Wedding Breakfast… my favourite sweet fix.
Grantley Hall is now our happy treasured place.
We really enjoyed the band – when do you ever get the chance to dance to all your favourite songs?
Having Paul’s dad walk me down the aisle and being there was special. We also loved the outdoor wedding ceremony, sitting with everyone in the courtyard afterwards was lovely, we were so lucky!
I decided to stay at Grantley Hall with my family the night before which made it relaxing. The morning was calm and peaceful which meant I could take in the day.
- Bethany Lloyd Clarke Photography
- Grantley Hall
- Catarina Kordas
- Joana Bridal Boutique
- Hat Therapy
- Moss Bros
- Claire Hartley Make Up
- Cupids Bow
- Boogie Street