Jervaulx Abbey Wedding Photography

Couple hugging at Jervaulx Abbey wedding

If you’re planning a wedding at Jervaulx Abbey in Ripon, you’ll love these wedding photos for inspiration!

This lovely couple got married at Jervaulx Abbey, which is a magnificent 16th-century ruined abbey in Ripon, North Yorkshire with stunning surroundings, beautiful flowers and a tranquil atmosphere. It is the perfect place for nature-loving couples who want a relaxed, outdoor wedding.

It was such a happy wedding day and the sun even made an appearance during their portrait photos which looked amazing!

Jervaulx Abbey wedding photography

The Ceremony Venue

The couple chose to have a church service in nearby Masham. During the ceremony, they had a choir perform and a number of readings from their friends. It was such a lovely personal service.

Afterwards, they walked through a long line of guests throwing confetti and made their way back to their car and off to the abbey.

Bride and groom hold hands and walk through confetti throw

Did you know that Jervaulx Abbey is also licensed for legal outdoor ceremonies, and since 2022, these no longer have to be held under a purpose-built structure. So if you love the idea of an outside wedding, you can get married underneath the beautiful ruins with minimal fuss and embrace all the natural beauty that a Jervaulx Abbey wedding has to offer!

Why Jervaulx Abbey is a Great Place to get Married

Jervaulx Abbey is really peaceful and secluded and is one of the most unique places to get married in Ripon. This wedding venue offers an amazing atmosphere – and so many stunning spots, perfect for photos.

Couple stood together in fron of Jervaulx Abbey ruins in the sun

The Abbey is family owned and cared for, which means they are fully invested in making sure you have the best possible wedding day. If you choose to have a Jervaulx Abbey wedding, you’ll have exclusive use for the whole day as the abbey will be closed to the public. This means you can celebrate with all your family and guests can explore the ruins of your unique wedding venue to their heart’s content!

Weddings at Jervaulx Abbey are amazing because the venue is so unique and you can personalise every aspect of your day. There are a number of spots to choose from for your ceremony, and you can choose a marquee, tipi or whatever type of tent you prefer for your wedding reception.

Bride and groom walking together through Jervaulx Abbey

The Benefits of a Jervaulx Abbey Wedding

Just next door at Jervaulx Abbey tearooms, you’ll find the home of sister company Where the Ribbon Ends, a multi-award-winning wedding cake and dessert business. You’ll be in excellent hands with these suppliers and you’ll be able to tick off a few at once if you choose Jervaulx Abbey for your own wedding!

Next to the tearooms, you’ll also find the Bed & Breakfast House and two luxury Shepherd’s Huts. This is the perfect location for wedding prep and for you or your guests to stay over the night of your wedding.

The bride chose to have her hair and makeup done with her bridal party in the Bed & Breakfast House. I found the perfect spot to hang her wedding dress for photos in bedroom four. I also used the lovely window light for a few bridal portraits!

Bride portrait by window looking down at flowers

The Reception Venue

The couple had a drinks reception in the afternoon under the Abbey and a party in The Paddock in the evening.

When it’s finally time for your wedding breakfast, you and your guests will move over to The Paddock.

The Paddock is a huge field next to Jervaulx Abbey which is perfect for hosting a large marquee reception. It has a natural walkway with gorgeous wildflowers and grass on either side and a string of festoon lights that lead the way down the path.

The Wedding Breakfast

I loved watching my couple walk down the path towards their marquee. Their bridesmaids and groomsmen greeted them at the entrance. It was such a lovely moment to capture them entering the marquee to loud cheers from guests.

Marquee entrance at Jervaulx Abbey wedding

They had their speeches on the top table and I had a great view of all their guests’ reactions. For me, wedding photography is all about people and showing how much fun they’re having, so I always love capturing these kinds of images.

For the wedding breakfast, they had a BBQ-style meal. Afterwards, guests played games outside such as croquet and Jenga. Soon it was time to cut the beautiful cake and have their first dance which was a lovely choreographed number!

The Couple

The bride wore a gorgeous lace wedding dress from Rolling in Roses and Groom wore a three-piece suit and they looked really incredible. The bride also wore Dr Marten boots which I LOVED! Flat shoes were definitely a great choice for their outdoor wedding. The bride’s flowers from Twig and Twine were stunning and matched the wildflowers at Jervaulx Abbey beautifully.

For the couple’s portrait shoot, we wandered around the abbey and I photographed them in various places that showed off the location. The sun came out and shone through the abbey which looked amazing.

Bride and groom hug under Jervaulx Abbey ruins

Creative Wedding Photography

Unfortunately, this time we weren’t lucky enough to get a golden hour in the evening, but I still wanted to give my couple a unique picture to round off their wedding gallery.

During blue hour, I set up my flash at one end of the walkway and had my couple stand in front of it. I used the hanging lights on either side of the path to frame them under the sky. I love having the chance to get something a little bit creative in the evening and I’m lucky that my couples trust me enough to let me try something different for them!

Couple silhouette under festoon lights and blue sky at Jervaulx Abbey wedding

Jervaulx Abbey Wedding Photography

This couple got in touch with me last year, and their enquiry made me laugh! They said they wanted a fun, informal wedding where everyone could get together and chat. We bonded over our love of animals because they love cats just as much as I do. Their cat even made an appearance at the wedding in the form of a cushion in the photo booth prop basket! I absolutely love it when couples bring their own personality into their wedding plans.

If you’re planning a wedding at Jervaulx Abbey and you’re looking for a relaxed, colourful style of photography, I’d love to hear from you, so get in touch!

Venue | Jervaulx Abbey

Cake | Where the Ribbon Ends

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