Merchant Adventurers’ Hall York Wedding Photographer

Izzy & Rob

Merchant Adventurers’ Hall York Wedding Photographer

The beautiful couple Izzy and Rob got married in York In February at The Merchant Adventurers Hall.

The Merchant Adventurers Hall is a totally fabulous wedding Venue ! This wedding day was divine … il let the Bride tell you more about the day….

What was your wedding date?  Why did you choose the date?

Sat 16 Feb. We chose this date as my birthday is in February and I’d always felt lucky to have something to look forward to in such a gloomy month, so we thought why not give our friends and family something to look forward to as well?! It also meant that our wedding day didn’t rely on good weather!

Where did you get married? We got married at the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall in York. I studied history and have a strong sense of the history that surrounds me in my hometown. The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall is such an old but fabulously preserved building that it added a real sense of ceremony to our wedding (as we weren’t having a church wedding). It was also great to just be in one spot for the ceremony, dinner and party.

 Did you have a special “theme”/ style for your wedding?  We didn’t have a set theme of style, we just wanted everything to feel personal and in keeping with the beautiful venue. Snowdrops were a flower that we used on the invites (as it’s the flower for February) and I also had some in my bouquet (along with white roses for Yorkshire of course).

What sort of dress/outfit did you choose and where from?  I wore a full length, lace dress from Brides of York. I opted for long sleeves due to the time of year but also went for a completely backless style to make the dress feel a little more contemporary and to give it a twist. My bridesmaid and I had gold lurex J Crew shoes – they were one of the favourite elements of my outfit and looked great for dancing later on.

What did your partner wear and where from? Rob wore a navy suit (and waistcoat) from French Connection with a white shirt and mustard tie from TM Lewin. His shoes were Bertie. I also bought Rob some J Crew socks to wear (that he opened on the day of his wedding day) with spacemen and planets all over them.

How did you travel on the day? I travelled from my hotel on the day in a mercedes s class limousine – it was booked through Executive Cars York. I told my dad I was happy to get a taxi to the venue and he surprised me with a chauffeur driven car!

 Our photographer was Bethany Clarke and I couldn’t recommend her more. She captured so many beautifully candid moments from the wedding day. We didn’t want lots of formal photos, as we wanted to see people enjoying themselves – we now have a beautiful collection to remember the day by.

What flowers did you carry?   My flowers were by Fleur Adamo in York. Katherine knew the venue really well and really understood what i wanted. I wanted flowers that worked for the time of year that worked with the overall aesthetic and what she did was incredible. When i first saw my bouquet i burst in to tears (tears of joy)!

Katherine and Fleur Adamo decorated the venue – using brass candlesticks and foliage on every table. We also had lanterns down the aisle which she provided. Rob has an engineering company called Strobe Precision and worked with his Dad to create bespoke brass table stands for all our tables. The stands were created to also hold two polaroid snaps of myself and rob as children. Another very personal touch!

We hired our chair covers with tasteful hessian sashes from Ambience Venue Styling York.

My brilliant friend, Abbi Ollive, baked our cake. .

We wanted to create a real celebratory atmosphere and New York brass band were just the people for us. As a New Orleans style brass band they either play traditional New Orleans style music or covers and we opted for their covers selection (this included everything from ‘Walking on Sunshine’ to ‘All you Need is Love’). They surprised all our guests by popping up at the end of the ceremony and playing ‘Sweet Dreams’ by Eurythmics. 

What other suppliers did you use and would you recommend them?  We had our wedding invites designed by an amazing illustrator called Polly Crossman. She created our  save the dates, table plan and name cards too – her style really fitted the aesthetic of our wedding – she created everything bespoke for us, using our choices of flowers in the invite and hand wrote all the name cards. It gave our wedding the personal touch we wanted right from the moment we sent the save the dates out. Her website is

Would you recommend your venue to another couple?  Yes we really would. It’s a completely unique building that feels so special on your own special day. The hall staff are also utter pros and supported us both through all the planning. It’s also great to have everything under one roof.

What was your favourite part of the day?  Walking back down the aisle after we had got married  to the sounds of New York Brass Band. We had kept the band a secret for so long and all our guests were genuinely surprised.

What would be your top tip for another bride/groom to be?

Don’t worry about the little details too much. I’d spent days working on a table plan and it was only halfway through the meal that I realised that everyone was sitting in the wrong seats. No one even noticed and some people even made new friends!

Planning a wedding? Need a Merchant Adventurers’ Hall York Wedding Photographer? Drop me a line to check availability. 

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