Bolton Castle Wedding Photographer

I am a photographer that absolutely loves Bolton Castle weddings. In fact, any dramatic medieval castle will do me fine. Bolton Castle is one of the most striking and best preserved castles of its kind in the country, and to top it off, it is located within miles of beautiful Wensleydale landscape.

I’m so pleased to be one of the very few wedding photographers recommended by this stunning venue. If you are looking for a Bolton Castle wedding photographer please do get in touch. I’d absolutely love to hear from you !!

Bolton Castle Wedding Published in Two Magazines

I’ve included a few images below from one of my favourite weddings at Bolton Castle. James and Martha’s had such an incredible day at this very unique Yorkshire Dales wedding venue.

I am also so pleased that their real wedding story has now been published in both the Yorkshire Living magazine and Your Yorkshire Wedding magazine, see below;

Bolton Castle Wedding Photos

This Yorkshire Dales wedding venue offers so much scope for creative photography. There are endless backdrops. From stunning views from the top of the castle to beautiful gardens including a maze, a wild flower meadow, a herb garden, rose garden and a vineyard. Medieval tunnels run throughout the castle with narrow winding stone staircases, archways and candlelit rooms. You’ll also find an old dungeon, an armoury and Mary Queen of Scot’s bedroom! The castle certainly has an incredible history and atmosphere!

Martha and James’ day was just gorgeous, if slightly windy, with lots of fun, love and laughter. See examples of photos from their wedding day below. As King and Queen of the castle for the day, they followed in the steps of royalty! You can read more about the fantastic history of this medieval Yorkshire Dales castle at the bottom of the post.

silhouette of the wedding couple under the portcullis at Bolton Castle
nigh time portrait of a wedding couple in front of Bolton Castle

You can see a full blog post of Martha & James’ wedding day here.

Natural Wedding Photography at Bolton Castle

My approach to the day is very natural and most of the day is covered in a documentary style. I’m not interested in posing people and I’m not going to ask for fake grins. Every wedding day is unique and the people are unique. I always aim to capture that unique character in my images. Photographing moments with meaning, emotions, the fun and laughter and tears on the day and all those details that you spent ages putting together. I’m also conscious that you don’t want to spend too long away from your guests. I make sure that any group shots and couple portraits that you might want are done quickly and efficiently so you can get back to your guests and those all-important canapés. Please see more information on my approach here.

Planning a Bolton Castle Wedding?

If you are planning a wedding at Bolton Castle, please see the Approach page and the Portfolios page for more information or feel free to get in touch below. I’d love to talk to you about your upcoming wedding and see if I could be the photographer for you.

Weddings at Bolton Castle

Bolton Castle, ideally situated in picturesque Leyburn, offers an exceptional setting for grand wedding ceremonies and receptions. Residing within a medieval castle, carefully preserved throughout centuries, couples and their guests are treated to stunning views of the landscape and a truly unique location for such a memorable occasion. The wedding ceremonies are officially held in the ornate and atmospheric Great Chamber, where the vicarious fusion of majesty and intimacy creates the perfect ambiance. Bolton Castle also offers opulent function rooms such as the Solar Room and the charming Old Kitchens, each carrying their unique historical richness, perfectly suited for hosting unforgettable wedding celebrations. The castle also provides a myriad of facilities to ensure comfort and convenience. These include the licensed bar, professional catering service offering bespoke menus, ample car parking and detailed planning support from their experienced wedding team. Accommodation at Bolton Castle adds an extra element of enchantment, with seven comfortable, well-appointed rooms available. Each room reflects the medieval elegance of the castle, paired with modern amenities. Here, guests enjoy a fulfilling blend of history, comfort, and romance. In summary, Bolton Castle in Leyburn presents a distinctive and magical setting for wedding ceremonies and celebrations, whilst providing superior facilities and accommodation, ensuring the special day is one to remember.

The History of Bolton Castle

Bolton Castle, nestled in the heart of Leyburn, North Yorkshire, is a spirited wedding venue steeped in rich history. Constructed in the 14th century by Sir Richard le Scrope, a prominent historian and then Chancellor to Richard II, each stone in this stately medieval fortress tells its own tale. Known for its preserved architectural integrity, Bolton Castle still retains many of its antiquated features, displaying fortified ramparts, a dungeon and a maze-like layout of rooms and towers that reflect a bygone era. Royal connections adorn its enriched past; it was notably the place where Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned in 1568. Presently, Bolton Castle offers an ethereal backdrop for weddings, endowing nuptials with an infusion of historic romance wrapped in breath-taking 360-degree views of the Yorkshire Dales. Being an authentic castle venue, it’s Heritage listed and internationally recognized for its portrayal of traditional English essence and untouched aesthetics. This distinguished venue has also graced the screens in notable films such as Elizabeth and BBC’s ‘All The King’s Men’, injecting a cinematic awe to its reputable narrative. All these intriguing facts converge to celebrate Bolton Castle’s enduring prominence as a precious relic of England’s past and cherished wedding venue.

Directions to Bolton Castle

Bolton Castle, a notable wedding venue, is delightfully situated in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, England. This grand, medieval fortress stands majestically amidst the rolling hills and vivid green landscapes, offering a spectacular setting for memorable weddings. Facing the serene village of Castle Bolton, its location provides a breath-taking panoramic view of Wensleydale. The castle is particularly accessible from surrounding areas, with it being only 6 miles from Leyburn, and a manageable drive from the M1 and A1 motorways. It offers a remote and tranquil setting, whilst still remaining convenient for both local and visiting guests. The castle’s postcode is DL8 4ET, inviting interested parties to explore this historic venue steeped in regal charm and romantic ambiance.

About Leyburn in North Yorkshire

Leyburn is a vibrant and historic market town situated in the heart of Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom. This picturesque town is enveloped by the rolling, verdant hills of the Yorkshire Dales, creating a magnificent rustic backdrop. Established in the 17th century, Leyburn is replete with rich heritage. Its enchanting past can be felt through monthly antique auctions, whimsical vintage tearooms, and numerous gift shops echoing elements of bygone eras. Leyburn prides itself on its thriving community spirit as seen in its bustling Friday market, one of its most defining features, drawing locals and tourists alike. The town is also recognized for the annual ‘1940s Weekend’ event, a popular vintage affair celebrating a pivotal era in history. Leyburn transcends its rural trends, with state-of-the-art amenities such as first-class eateries, pubs, and accommodations. Lovers of the outdoor life find Leyburn a paradise for splendid walking trails, including the famous Leyburn Shawl with stunning panoramic views. Furthermore, Leyburn is a gateway to several castles and abbeys, which make fascinating explorations. Thus, Leyburn beautifully intertwines its rich history, scenic landscapes, and modern amenities, offering an idyllic slice of Yorkshire life to its residents and visitors.

Bolton Castle WEDDING BLOG

People Also Ask


My style is a blend of documentary photography and creative portraiture. My aim is always to photograph your day completely naturally by capturing genuine emotions and interactions and documenting the unique character and atmosphere of your day. If you’d like, I can also spend a short amount of time with you for some artistic portraits utilising the venue interiors and surroundings. I’ll offer gentle guidance without any posing or forced grins for some lovely natural portraits.


I cover weddings in Yorkshire, Derbyshire, and Cumbria, and I am available for UK-wide and international locations.


I’ll offer some gentle guidance in a very natural way for a few creative, high-impact, portraits, incorporating beautiful light, colour and scenery. I want you to be totally comfortable in front of the camera and feel like yourselves in the images. There will definitely be no cheese or formal posing!


I have a background in scientific education and have worked in some top universities worldwide. This has been a great benefit to me in learning all the technical aspects of photography. I have a great deal of experience utilising additional lighting, such as flash, for dark situations or just for creative night-time portraits. You can rest assured that you will still have a set of images that you love even if you have a dimly lit venue or a rainy day.


My style is natural and colourful. I take a great deal of care when editing images, but I want your images to look like your day looked, so they are not over-edited. I do not use bulk treatments or presets; I hand-edit every image to the highest standards. I also include a small amount of retouching when needed.


I am qualified with the Guild of Professional Photographers. I have received recognition and awards from some of the top photographic institutions, such as Fearless Photographers and the Masters of Wedding Photography. I have also been published in training publications and various high-profile wedding blogs and magazines. 


I love photographing various weddings, from intimate, small gatherings to large, elaborate celebrations, catering to various wedding styles and sizes.


Of course, please check out my Google page (linked above) for reviews from lots of lovely couples, or see some more kind words on my reviews page.


I use professional mirrorless cameras and have two backup cameras and many lenses. I am fully insured.

Award Winning Bolton Castle Wedding Photographer

As a North Yorkshire wedding photographer, I have a documentary style, naturally capturing real moments and emotions without staged posing. I work mainly in Yorkshire, Derbyshire, and Cumbria, but I also travel across the UK and abroad, photographing weddings of all sizes, from intimate gatherings to large-scale events.

My photography often features the dramatic landscapes of Yorkshire and other regions of the UK. I love incorporating scenery, colour, and beautiful light into my images to create vibrant modern images that reflect the time and place you were married. I’ll provide some gentle guidance for any artistic portraits, and I’ll happily follow you up a mountain if you have chosen a venue with stunning surroundings. I’ve received several awards and have had my work published my work in various media.

Get In Touch

If you’re looking for a Bolton Castle Wedding Photographer, it would be great to chat! Get in touch with me via my contact page.