Coniston Hall Wedding Photographer | Victoria and David
Victoria and David chose the priory church at Bolton Abbey Priory for their winter wedding. The priory church, a living church within the historic ruins of the former Augustinian Priory of St Mary and St Cuthbert, is a beautiful site. The pair, who have been together for 13 years, fell in love with the Abbey whilst walking around it. So as soon as they got engaged they immediately looked into whether they could marry there. Victoria looked amazing in her Belia by Pronovias dress, worn with bespoke chantilly lace handmade sleeves by Bridal Rogue Gallery in Harrogate. Hair was provided by Hannah from Verve Hair Design in Ilkley, make-up by Sophie Cottam and flowers by Vanessa at Wildflower. Victoria, who had prepared at Coniston Hotel, was in safe hands with sister and maid of honour Lizzi, bridesmaids Katie (who helped me with the spotlight, thank you!) and Mhairi and flower girl (Victoria’s god-daughter) Daisy.
Enough of the girls, let’s talk about the grooms party. Before the ceremony David was looked after by best man Paul Walker (who’s married to the bride’s sister) with ushers Robin Walker and David’s brother Paul Coe.
Wedding transport was courtesy of the Yorkshire Chauffeur Company and came in the form of two black Land Rovers. I can’t think of anything more fitting for a winter wedding in the Yorkshire Dales.
Weather was a real mix bag with Victoria having to contend with hailstones as she set off, followed by a torrential downpour during the ceremony. Though this did nothing to dampen everybody’s spirits. After the ceremony it miraculously and quickly cleared making way for blue skies and giving me the chance to grab some shots and make use of the beautiful winter light in the grounds of the abbey (something I specialise in as one of the UK’s top 10 winter wedding photographers.)
After the beautiful ceremony it was on to The Coniston Hotel and Country Estate for the ceremony. This wasn’t the first time I have been a Coniston Hall wedding photographer and returning was a real treat. It is a very romantic setting for a wedding, set in 1400 acres of stunning Yorkshire Dales scenery with a warm welcome and excellent facilities, it really is a gorgeous wedding venue.
Victoria and David love Christmas so having a wedding on 11th December meant that they could give their wedding decorations and flowers a really festive touch. After reception drinks and a sumptuous wedding breakfast, to which there was musical accompaniment from classical trio ‘Trio Vivo’ it was on to the speeches that were bravely taken on by father of the bride Neil and best man Paul (who was able to give the whole family a good grilling as he is married to the other Guyan sister!)
The wedding cake was a lovely creation of chocolate, lemon and fruit which was baked and decorated by Pauline (Victoria’s talented mother)
The first dance was to Ellie Goulding’s ‘How will I love you’ and evening entertainment was provided by the band ‘Huge’ who had everybody up and dancing well into the night. Victoria and David said ‘watching our guests packed onto the dancefloor at the end of the night, partying away to “I wish it could be Christmas everyday” was something we will always remember.’
A lovely couple, a great venue and a friendly and fun winter wedding. Congratulations to Victoria and David for getting married and creating such a memorable day for yourselves, your family and your friends to remember.
Ceremony: The Priory Church, Bolton Abbey www.boltonpriory.org.uk
Dress: Belia by Pronovias www.pronovias.co.uk
(sleeves by Bridal Rogue Gallery, Harrogate. www.bridalroguegallery.co.uk)
Flowers: Vanessa at Wildflower www.wildflowersuk.co.uk
Hair: Hannah from Verve Hair Design www.facebook.com/Vervehairdesignilkley
Make Up: Sophie Cottam www.sophiecreativemua.co.uk
Transport: Yorkshire Chauffeur Company www.theyorkshirechauffeurcompany.co.uk
Venue: Coniston Hotel and Country Estate www.theconistonhotel.com
Music: Trio Vivo supplied by The Event Music Company www.eventmusic.co.uk
Band: Huge www.hugepartyband.co.uk