Ripley Castle Wedding Photographer

If you have landed on this page then I guess you might be looking for some Ripley Castle wedding photography. If you have booked this fabulous venue for your wedding I’d love to talk to you about your day and see if I could be the photographer for you. Ripley Castle is an incredible wedding venue and I’m very pleased to be one of their recommended wedding photographers.

Ripley Castle is a Grade 1 Listed country house in North Yorkshire near to Harrogate and on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It’s a very grand, elegant and historic castle and the perfect romantic setting with walled gardens, lakes and a deer park. In the spring they have thousands of flowering bulbs creating a blaze of colour, they even have a national hyacinth collection!

My style incorporates a blend of documentary wedding photography and creative portraiture to give you a set of natural, authentic, and artistic images that tell the full story of your wedding day. I’m not interested in fake grins or posing people. I have a very unobtrusive, hands-off approach to capturing all those moments, details, emotions, and personalities that make your day special to you. With awards in my field and a wealth of experience across various North Yorkshire wedding venues, I would love to cover your wedding day at Ripley Castle.

Please get in touch for a friendly chat or for further information to be sent.

Ripley Castle Wedding Photos

Please see examples of my Ripley Castle wedding photography below. This will give you an idea of what this venue offers and the types of images that could be captured on your day. If you’d like to see more of my work from different wedding venues throughout North Yorkshire and beyond then please visit the portfolios page below.

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Thank you so much for the photos, they are absolutely incredible, we’re over the moon with how well you’ve captured our day!
Lauren & Will

Natural Wedding Photography at Ripley 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 you and I’m not going to ask for fake grins. Every wedding day is unique and the people are unique. I’m always aiming to capture that unique character in my images. I’m looking to capture 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

 A Ripley Castle Wedding Day

This is a venue that really captures the essence of Yorkshire Romance. It is a beautiful, historic, picture-postcard location with Gothic Revival decoration, art, and historic furniture. Ripley Castles wedding packages offer all-inclusive pricing with no hidden costs and they can host weddings with up to 120 people. All their catering is done in-house and their food and wine have a great reputation. A number of rooms at the castle are licensed for civil ceremonies. You can get married in the oak-panelled library, or some couples prefer to use one of the lighter Georgian rooms. They have dedicated wedding coordinators who will discuss your plans for your big day. Whichever rooms you choose to use for your wedding day at Ripley you can be assured there are so many lovely locations for photography. I’m particularly fond of the grand staircase in the oldest part of the building, with its Venetian stain glass window.

Fun facts about this Yorkshire wedding venue

Ripley Castle has quite a rich history. It has been the seat of Ingilby Baronets for 700 years. Sir Thomas Ingleby married the heiress Edeline Thwenge in 1308 and acquired the Ripley Castle Estate with its medieval manor house as her dowry. In 1357 the king was hunting boar in the royal forest of Knaresborough when a wild boar charged him. Sir Thomas killed the boar, saving the king’s life. Edward knighted Ingilby and granted him a family crest of a boar’s head. That explains the name of the pub in Ripley Village known as The Boar’s head.

Much later there was more drama at Ripley castle when Sir William Ingliby, Thomas’ grandson, was involved in the gunpowder plot allowing the plotters to stay at Ripley Castle whilst they planned their attack. Although, despite heavy family involvement in the plot, Sir William and his son were cleared of charges.

The building that exists today was begun in 1548 by Sir William Ingilby. The house was rebuilt in 1780. The tower block is the oldest section of the current house. The castle is still privately owned, now by the 6th Baronet and his wife, Emma, Lady Ingilby, but open to the public for guided tours.

Planning a Ripley Castle Wedding?

If you are looking for a Harrogate wedding photographer and are planning a wedding at Ripley 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 Ripley Castle

Ripley Castle, located in the charming village of Ripley, is a historic and scenic wedding venue choice renowned for its captivating beauty. This exquisite castle offers an array of alluring amenities that cater to the unique needs of a wedding ceremony and reception. The venue provides an array of function rooms, each one exuding elegance and charm. The East Wing, The Library and The Tower Room are among the most popular, well-appointed rooms for grand ceremonies and receptions that accommodate larger guest numbers. Ripley Castle also boasts the splendid Oak Room and Morning Room that are perfectly suited for intimate gatherings. The ceremony can be held in the castle’s breathtaking castle courtyard or garden which provide spellbinding backdrops. The venue’s facilities are indeed noteworthy. From state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment to a luxurious bridal suite, Ripley castle ensures all elements of a wedding are catered to. The castle also offers 19 deluxe bedrooms, providing sumptuous accommodation for the wedding party and guests. The enchanting estate also encompasses an extensive landscape of stunning gardens and a large deer park, perfect for unforgettable wedding photographs. Thus, Ripley Castle serves as an exceptional choice for those aspiring to have a magical, fairy-tale wedding encompassing luxury, history, and natural beauty.

The History of Ripley Castle

Ripley Castle in Ripley, North Yorkshire, can be traced back to the 14th century. It has been the seat of the Ingilby family for over 700 years, establishing a long-standing tradition as a private residence. The castle boasts a rich and colourful past, steeped in political intrigue, civil war involvement and royal visits, making it an interesting and historically significant venue. Famous for its Tudor architecture, Ripley Castle showcases a fortified tower, an oak-panelled library, a 16th-century chapel, and opulent Victorian rooms. Its extensive grounds encompass a deer park, walled gardens, a lake, and woodland. These attributes make it an exquisite setting for weddings, engendering a sense of old-world charm and elegance. There is a genuine sense of continuity and living history about this place, emphasised by its carefully preserved appearance. Moreover, the venue is noted for its outstanding hospitality, with skilled staff dedicated to providing a flawless service for each wedding. As such, Ripley Castle is not just a striking venue but also a piece of history that offers insights into a bygone era. With its fascinating heritage and impressive features, it has firmly established itself as one of North Yorkshire’s leading wedding venues.

Directions to Ripley Castle

Ripley Castle is nestled deep within the historic village of Ripley, in the heart of North Yorkshire, England. A striking vision of grandeur, the castle serves as a preeminent wedding venue. Its location, just north of the bustling town of Harrogate yet ensconced in its tranquil green surroundings, offers a serene setting while remaining convenient for guests. The castle overlooks a picturesque lake and is surrounded by 700 acres of parkland, gardens, and beautiful North Yorkshire countryside. The venue furthermore benefits from excellent transportation links, being easily accessible from the A61 and a short drive from Harrogate train station. With its enchanting setting, Ripley Castle proves to be an idyllic wedding venue located in an area of prominent natural beauty.

About Ripley in North Yorkshire

Ripley, located in North Yorkshire, United Kingdom, is a small, historic village steeped in tradition and characterized by its rich cultural history and unique architecture. Renowned for its model village layout, Ripley was re-built in the 1830s by Sir William Amcotts Ingilby, in a distinctive Gothic Revival style reflective of the English heritage. Consequently, the village boasts a strikingly beautiful castle, estate and ornamental lakes all possessing a romantic charm. The village’s population is small, contributing to its quaint, serene aura that captivates visiting tourists. Seasonal events, primarily the acclaimed Ripley Show and Bonfire night, are focal points for community engagement, generating a vibrant sense of camaraderie and local pride. The wider region offers extensive walking trails and cycling routes, well regarded for their scenic landscapes encompassing lush greenery and nature reserves. Notably, Ripley is situated on the route of the iconic Nidderdale Way, making it a beloved destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Local amenities include a post office, hotel, butchers, farm shop, tearoom, and ice cream parlour, the latter being particularly famous for its traditional homemade ice cream. Overall, Ripley offers a tranquil retreat with a rich historical tapestry, accessible outdoor pursuits, and close-knit community feel, making it an interesting, compelling destination within North Yorkshire.

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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 Ripley 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 Ripley Castle Wedding Photographer, it would be great to chat! Get in touch with me via my contact page.