The Priory Cottages Wedding Photography

Jen & Rhys

The Priory Cottages Wedding Photography
Priory Cottages wedding Photography

Priory Cottages wedding Photography

The Priory Cottages Documentary Wedding Photography -by Bethany Clarke.

On this blog you can read more about Jen & Rhy’s Wedding day. If you are looking for a Priory Cottages wedding photographer then do take a look at some other weddings that I have photographed at Priory cottages. 

You can see Harriet and Mike’s wedding here 

Louise & Jonthans wedding at Priory Cottages is on my blog here 

I was really thrilled when Jen asked me to photograph her wedding.  I photographed one of her sisters weddings a few years ago at the lovely Sandburn Hall . Jen has three sisters already married so she knew what she was doing and the day was very relaxed and full of excitement. This was the first time I has photographed at the stunning Priory Cottages and I love everything about it !

Rhys and Jenny say;

We got married in the village church in Whixley in North Yorkshire, where I grew up. My three sisters all got married at the same church.  It was so lovely to get married in such a beautiful building so near to home. We chose Priory Cottages as our reception venue. From the first visit we were blown away at how beautiful the venue is and how great the staff are. We were made to feel incredibly welcome.  Serena and her team were just fantastic from start to finish. The wedding party could really make the place our own, with exclusive hire from the Friday to Sunday, and that the wedding party was able to stay in the beautiful cottages.

The Priory Cottages Documentary Wedding Photography by Bethany Clarke 

We asked Bethany Clarke to photograph our wedding – we booked her as soon as we’d confirmed our venue! Beth shot my sister Ruth’s wedding and did such a brilliant job we wouldn’t have dreamed of asking anyone else. We both love Beth’s reportage style. Having seen her in action at my sister’s wedding knew that she would be great to work with. Beth was super organised, very professional but also warm and put everyone at ease. She really listened to what we wanted, and seemed to be everywhere without ever getting in the way or being obtrusive. We would thoroughly recommend Beth, and are thrilled with our stunning wedding photos.

The Wedding Dress

I chose the Pronovias “Ankara” dress, from Mirror Mirror in Angel, which is a fitted dress in silk crepe with lace applique and beading, and a sweetheart neckline with full train. Initially I thought I wanted something in all-over lace and long sleeves. After trying a few dresses on I realised that a more fitted, strapless dress suited my figure more and the lace applique was so beautiful and different to anything I’d seen before. The huge train really sold it – I felt like a princess when I put it on, I absolutely loved it! The ladies at Mirror Mirror were brilliant, really patient, friendly and knowledgeable.

Flower girls

Our three adult bridesmaids wore mix and match corded lace dresses from J-Crew in sage green. Our flower girls wore ivory lace and tulle dresses from John Lewis. The groomsmen and page boys wore the same navy tails as Rhys from Harrogate Suit Hire, with grey waistcoats.

Wedding Car

We hired a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud from Keith Snowden wedding cars, it was an absolutely beautiful car and KS wedding cars were great.

Wedding Flowers

Our family friend, and award winning florist, Carys Harrison did all of the wedding flowers, with help from my Mum and Mother in Law. My bouquet was a mixture of white and blush roses, white peonies, white lisianthus, lysimachia and lots of eucalyptus. Elsewhere, Carys used mixed foliage, roses, hydrangeas, peonies, lisianthus, sweetpeas, delphiniums, gladioli, poppy heads, allium and succulents in whites, greens and some blush pinks. We also used willow from my sister in law’s garden. Carys created a floral arrangement to sit on top of a beautiful stone archway at the Priory, which is perfect for posed photos, and decorated a wooden frame with a floral arrangement which we used as a photo booth/ backdrop – the results were incredible, she did an amazing job.

Wedding Decorations

We bought pedestal glass bowls from Dunelm to use as table centres and candlesticks from Home Bargains. For the top table decoration, we used a beautiful white and gold vase that belonged to my Nana and Grandad, and Carys made a sweeping floral arrangement. The shape of the vase went really well with the oval top table (something Serena at the Priory suggested as a half way between a traditional top table and round table, and which I would never have thought of – it worked really well). The table numbers were from the Rifle Paper Company, in gold frames from Tiger.

We collected vintage glass bottles and dotted these around with flowers in, and turned a glass and brass lantern from Zara into a card holder. We collected mismatched gold photo frames to display photos of our parents’ and grandparents’ weddings, and sprayed an old frame gold for our table plan. Rhys designed our table plan and orders of service, in a similar style to the menus and invites.

Outside we decorated the courtyard with lanterns in a mixture of coppers and golds.


My mum made confetti cones out of the financial times (I work in the City and the blush pink colour of the paper went with our colour scheme) and filled them with dried flower confetti we bought online.

Wedding Favours

We decided not to give out favours, but instead made donations to Macmillan, Air Ambulance Wales and the Red Cross relief fund to help people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

Wedding Cake

We had a three tier white iced fruit cake that my godparents bought us as a wedding present. The cake was made by Nicky Broadhurst who is based in Breaston, in Derbyshire and was delicious!

Wedding Food

We worked with Taste Cuisine, one of the Priory’s preferred suppliers, to create a bespoke wedding menu. We had a load of canapes during the drinks reception instead of a starter. Then roast sirloin of beef with a Beaujolais jus, dauphinoise potatoes and Yorkshire puddings for our main course, then a trio of deserts (Yorkshire rhubarb parfait, chocolate brownie and earl grey and lemon panna cotta). In the evening we had a cheese board with a selection of pork pies, which were a massive hit, particularly one of the pies that had mushy peas inside the crust.

Wedding Music

We booked Under The Covers, who we’d seen the previous summer at my cousin’s wedding. They were fantastic, and a pleasure to work with throughout the planning process. We were able to select some of our favourite songs. And put a playlist together that their DJ played in between the band’s sets (all included in the cost of the band). The dance floor was never empty, we’d thoroughly recommend them!

As Rhys and his family are from North Wales (and Welsh is their first language) we wanted to include some Welsh elements in the wedding. We had “Calon Lân” as one of our hymns. We asked all our non-Welsh speaking guests to have a go at learning the first verse and chorus ahead of the wedding. Rhys sister and her husband sang “As The Deer” in Welsh and English during the signing of the register and, as well as a few other Welsh bits and bobs, some of the speeches were in Welsh and English.

Priory Cottages Wedding

Without hesitation would recommend Priory Cottages. It is such a special place, and the team is absolutely fantastic. Serena is effectively a wedding planner without charging for it, she’s amazing!

What was your favourite part of the day?

I loved all of it! It’s a cliché to say it was the best day of my life, but it really was. Two stand out moments have to be walking down the aisle with my dad. And also seeing Rhys smiling at me. Then  just looking around during the drinks reception and wedding breakfast at all the people we love having fun. Knowing what a huge effort they’d all made to make our wedding so special.

The Priory Cottages Documentary Wedding Photography By Bethany Clarke



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