Sarah & Will at The Priest’s House, Bolton Abbey
When I first met Sarah & Will last year and they told me about their wedding, I knew it was one I was going to look forward to. The ceremony was going to be at the Priest’s House at Bolton Abbey which is an absolutely stunning location. The afternoon and evening was to be in a marquee, on a hillside, just outside Skipton. And it was all going to take place at the beginning of August, in the sunshine (hopefully).
So, the big day arrived and I met up with Sarah in the morning at The Craven Heifer in Addingham. A beautiful traditional pub and hotel with all of the rooms named along a Yorkshire theme. Sara and the bridesmaids were in the David Hockney themed room which seemed appropriate for Sarah who is a Pet Portrait Artist. I got there a bit early so they were all tucking into a full English breakfast at the time. The coffee was really good too.
After a really relaxed morning of getting ready, it was off to the Priest’s House at Bolton Abbey. Now, if you’ve never been before, it really is worth a visit. Although part of the Abbey, it’s separated from the main Abbey and is part of Barden Tower, probably a couple of miles away. The views along the valley and over the dales from the tower were really impressive. It can be a bit hard to find though, as a couple of Sarah’s bridesmaids discovered, getting fantastically lost on the way and arriving halfway through the ceremony.
After the ceremony it was off to a hillside field that belonged to Sarah’s Grandmother. Facing south and on a stunning, sunny afternoon, it was the perfect location. The views were amazing and everyone had a great time in the sunshine, chatting, laughing and having a few drinks. We even got a fly-past from a Lancaster Bomber. Then, into the marquee for something to eat and a few speeches. As the day gave way to evening, I took advantage of the setting sun and took Sarah and Will out for a few portraits, one of which is now on my home page I liked it so much.