Have you been searching for your perfect venue? Or maybe you're looking for inspiration to see what you can create in a venue like Allerton Castle in North Yorkshire? Regardless of your needs, let me take you on a brief journey to show you some of the best photos and my favorite insights from this wedding!
I'll also provide you with a list of recommended suppliers, so make sure you check out their work as well :)
Where is Allerton Castle?
Allerton Castle is a wedding venue located in the county of North Yorkshire, just a 30-minute drive from York if you're considering having your church or civil ceremony there :)
It's situated within a beautiful setting with perfectly maintained gardens. The reception room, the bedrooms, and the main hall are definitely the standout features of this place. You can also hold your ceremony at the venue; however, the wedding I'm about to show you was a church ceremony. The food they serve is delicious, and the staff are extremely friendly and helpful. Make sure you check out their offer if you are thinking about having a wedding done in a similar style to the one below!
the stairs at the main hall
Table set up
Getting ready at the royal bedrooms! The bedrooms are enormous with the equivalent amount of natural light so you can be sure the pictures will turn out great! The make up and hair was done by very talented Kimberley Brook. The flower arrangements, including the wedding bouquet, bridesmaid headbands, groom's boutonnieres, and reception flowers were done by Wedding Blossoms York, a florist located in York. The dress is from Confetti and Lace in Leeds, and the hairpieces and jewellery are from Victoria Walker Boutique.
Traveling to the church on old-school buses and a confetti throw
Our journey to the church began after leaving the castle where the preparations took place. All the guests and the bridal party hopped onto two old-school buses, one of which was a double-decker, and we headed to York for the church ceremony. If you are considering transporting all your guests from the reception to the church or registry office, old-school buses are one way to do it! :) If your wedding is taking place around York, consider using the service of York Pullmans. These buses provide a great opportunity to capture some wonderful shots! Check them out below.
I'm going to skip the ceremony here to keep some parts of that wedding private for the couple only. After the ceremony, there was a confetti throw in front of the church, and then upon arrival at the venue. The venue welcomed the couple with a glass of champagne. That's where the mingling started, including all the group shots. Some of them were taken in the rooms of Allerton Castle, and the rest were taken outside due to the excellent weather! Enjoy watching below!
Group Portraits at Allerton Castle
If you'd like to experience a touch of royalty, you can capture a few close family portraits in one of the specially prepared rooms at the castle. When it comes to group portraits, there are fantastic arrangements that can be executed within these elegant settings.
As the room couldn't accommodate all guests, we took the remaining group portraits outdoors. Some of the most interesting ones are displayed below.
The outdoor space serves as an excellent area for mingling. During this time, a very talented harpist graced us with her music, providing delightful entertainment for all. Hiring a musician is a splendid idea if you wish to incorporate music during this part of your celebration! Some couples also consider saxophonists, bassists, or pianists, depending on their musical preferences.
If you would like to entertain your guests during mingling time, you can also consider having some outdoor games, for example, croquet.
Speeches and cake cutting
Speeches - definitely one of the most fun parts of the wedding, where you can experience a spectrum of positive emotions. I am always very impressed by how well everyone speaks and how much entertainment they provide for the guests. This is usually the time when I capture most of the candid moments.
Couple shoot after speeches
Sometimes, depending on how the day unfolds, we schedule a couple's shoot after the speeches and the meal. On this particular day, with no sun and quite heavy cloud cover in the afternoon, we decided to head to the Allerton Garden for some couple portraits instead of chasing the sunset. This session lasted exactly 20 minutes.
During the couple's shoot, I usually encourage you to do some walking, maybe even a bit of slow dancing. We try out a few different poses and locations around the venue, depending on your preferences. Sometimes, if you prefer not to leave the guests for too long, we may have less time. Regardless of the time available, I always strive to capture the best moments of both of you.
Now it's time for the last part of this wedding, which everyone is usually waiting for. The party started with the first dance and the grand entrance of the couple. They went down the stairs in the main hall where the party took place. The song they chose, "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green, turned out to be one of the best choices for their entrance.
All the guests danced to the music provided by @djseunzeezo1. You can find him on Instagram with that username. He did an excellent job!
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