Bolton Abbey Tithe Barn Wedding

Bolton Abbey Tithe Barn Wedding

There are some venues when you walk into that you are gobsmacked by how beautiful it is. Bolton Abbey Tithe Barn Wedding Venue is one of those.

When Jon + Taryn booked us to shoot their Bolton Abbey Tithe Barn Wedding we were over the moon. The wedding barn only opened their doors on Thursday after a massive renovation and holy smokes what a bloody wonderful job they have done. Paul and I spend plenty of time in Bolton Abbey and the surrounding North Yorkshire Countryside either walking, Mountain biking or scoffing cakes in the local cafes as it is only a 15 minute drive from home for us and it is the most stunning area. We have driven past the barn tonnes of times and wondered if something would ever be become of that dilapidated Tithe Barn. When we found out Cripps Barn wedding venues would be involved in renovating the barn and opening it as a North Yorkshire Barn wedding venue we knew the ‘old girl’ was going to be in great hands and the results would be fantastic. We have shot a wedding at Shustoke Barns (HERE) previously which is one of the other Cripps venues and we knew the venue would be amazing. It really is.

Bolton Abbey Wedding Preparations

In the morning we headed to bride and groom prep. It was a very chilled morning on both sides. Taryn had a great morning with her mum and girls over in Ilkley the town where her grandad lives while Jon headed over to The Devonshire Arms to join a few of his friends for some pre wedding drinks. As both parties were enjoying drinks and nibbles the skies turned black and the heavens opened. None of that spitting rain Peter Kay always talks about but those huuuuge drops that were as big as gobstoppers! The thunder and lightening soon followed suit. It didn’t phase proceedings one bit and that ‘Yorkshire spirit’ showed it’s head to us for the first time in many times on the day!  Jon popped up his umbrella and walked on down to the church at Bolton Abbey situated just at the side of the beautiful Abbey ruins. He greeted guests while everyone headed into the church to shelter from those mighty gobstoppers. Meanwhile back at bride prep Taryn awaited the wedding car.  Only…it didn’t arrive! (This is stage 2 of’t Yorkshire spirit) There are times at weddings when things don’t run exactly to plan and this was one of those. Taryn was as cool as a cucumber and wasn’t phased at all. So, our Peugeot 3008 complete with added roof bars and months of road grime became the wedding car! (Note to self: always have a clean car on wedding days just in case) Paul acting as the chauffeur made sure Taryn arrived safely at the church and on time so she could walk down the aisle by both her father and step father.

After the ceremony the rain had subsided, everyone headed out of the church to congratulate Jon + Taryn before they made the short walk up past the ruins of the Abbey up to The Bolton Abbey Tithe Barn. As everyone arrived they were greeted by delicious canapés, fizz and lots of pimms. Jon + Taryn went for a little spin around the North Yorkshire countryside in the ‘real’ wedding car while everyone made their way outside to the back of the barn and grabbed a load of confetti. Jon + Taryn exited the car to an absolute storm of confetti!

The food that was served on the day was a delicious Sirloin Steak with all the trimmings. There is an open kitchen at The Tithe Barn at Bolton Abbey so all the guests are able to see the chefs cooking up a treat! The food tasted and looked amazing and yes, of course we got to try the beef  so we can definitely approve it 😉

After the food was completed the speeches commenced and Taryn made a speech too! I know we have said this before but we love brides who make a speech. It was funny, happy and from the heart, just as Jon’s was. It was lovely to see guests and family from all over the world that had come together to see this wondreful pair get married.

Couple Portraits by the River

We took Jon + Taryn to the river for their couple portraits (Yorkshire spirit Part 3 love).  The clouds looked a little dark but that didn’t stop these two. Taryn hitched her dress up, Jon grabbed some Champagne and we ran…yep RAN down the hill to the river to catch the last of the light. We didn’t need to ask Taryn if she would climb over the gate she just did it! We love a bride who is up for a crazy adventure just like Taryn.

Once the sun had set behind the Yorkshire Hills we headed back to the barn chop the cake with a humongous sword and snap the first dance to The National.  After crazy shapes were thrown and as everyone was devouring the cheese table Jon stage area where he picked up his guitar and performed a beautiful accoustic version of a song to his new wife. Jon, dude, you can SING and massive props for getting up and doing that to literally everyone who was there!!!

Thank you Jon + Taryn for having us along to shoot your wedding. I think you are the most chilled and relaxed couple we have ever shot. It was an absolute pleasure.

Massive thanks to the Cripps Bolton Abbey staff for helping us throughout and feeding us the most delicious food. We look forward to seeing you all again soon.

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