Just outside York, surrounded by rolling countryside, you’ll find Thicket Priory, a stunning Victorian country house. Steeped in history it is now one of Yorkshire’s finest exclusive use wedding venues. I was so excited to head over there for a wedding shoot and to take a look around.
Weddings at Thicket Priory
Set in 18 acres of beautiful grounds Thicket Priory also boasts Wheldrake Ings, a nature reserve that is home to rare birds and all manner of animals. It’s the perfect wedding venue for lovers of the outdoors!
The house itself is a glorious fusion of classic and modern. Decades of work have restored it to its former glory and the inside is romantic and luxurious yet comfortable. I can see why couples and wedding guests really feel at home here!
Couples can choose to hold their ceremony in either the house itself or the private Chapel, with its original stained glass window and high, vaulted ceilings.
For those planning a large wedding the Ballroom is the perfect space for a reception. Seating up to 200 people it is a real blank canvas and looks absolutely incredible once it has been styled by the couple.
Smaller weddings are well catered for as well. The Morning Room, which we used in our wedding shoot, is a light filled, airy space. It’s a real joy to photograph in. Alternatively couples can opt for either Thicket Priory’s Old Kitchen or Dunnington Room. Both are the perfect spots for elopements or intimate weddings.
Thicket Priory Wedding Photography
Thicket Priory is a beautiful mix of old and new and we wanted to bring this style into our wedding shoot. My Pretties UK designed a stunning palette of shades of grey with white and green – classic meets modern and contemporary. Throughout the shoot there was a real emphasis on flowers, The Petal Studio had put together an incredible floral column and I loved the beautiful bridal bouquet she’d created.
I really was spoilt for choice when it came to photography locations at Thicket Priory. We started off in two of the stunning bedrooms before staging our small ceremony and reception within the Morning Room and Ballroom.
Jen and Elliott, looked amazing. Jen was wearing a custom made bridal gown by Elise Designs whilst Elliott had been kitted out by Haworth Menswear.
Post ‘ceremony’ I was over the moon to shoot some bride and groom portraits on Thicket Priory’s stunning main staircase. Look at that light! The three of us then made our way out to the grounds. There are so many different areas to explore, I could have spent hours there! In the end though the bridge made a perfect location for Jen and Elliott’s portraits and the lake itself was the most romantic backdrop.
I absolutely loved spending time at Thicket Priory, it really is a stunning wedding venue and I can’t wait to return there.
If you’ve booked a Thicket Priory wedding and are on the hunt for a photographer then I would love to hear from you.