Thicket Priory Wedding Photographer

Are you looking for a professional Thicket Priory wedding photographer to cover your big day? I’m Kirsty Mattsson, an award-winning North Yorkshire wedding photographer with experience covering this fabulous wedding venue. You can see some examples of my photography from Thicket Priory below.

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 Thicket Priory.

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

Thicket Priory Wedding Photos

Please see examples of my Thicket Priory 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.

Planning a Thicket Priory Wedding?

If you are planning a wedding at Thicket Priory, 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.

Award Winning Thicket Priory 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.

Weddings at Thicket Priory

Thicket Priory is an exquisite wedding venue in the city of York that offers elegance, exclusivity, and elegance to all prospective couples. A haven of tranquillity and natural beauty, it has been thoughtfully restored to its former Victorian splendour, boasting 35 unique bedrooms with bespoke, hand-designed interiors, thereby guaranteeing an unforgettable experience for the wedding party. The function rooms, with their Victorian grandeur and modern sophistication, offer a perfect canvas to transform into an intimate area for the ceremony, a grand reception, or a merry celebration. Ceremonies are primarily held either in the Thicket Priory Chapel, enveloped in historical charm or outdoors with a breathtaking backdrop of ornamental gardens. Moving onto facilities, the venue provides comprehensive wedding solutions including an on-site professional events team to assist with wedding planning, catering services, and an array of activities for guests to indulge in such as fishing, boating, and nature trails around its private 18-acre lake. The accommodation is equally impressive, offering guests a range of options from luxury double rooms to grand suites, each adorning specially commissioned furnishings and stunning en-suite bathrooms. In essence, Thicket Priory is an epitome of luxury and grandeur, making it an ultimate choice for couples seeking a unique and iconic setting for their special day.

The History of Thicket Priory

Thicket Priory, situated in the heart of York, North Yorkshire, is an exquisite wedding venue with a rich history and remarkable features. This Victorian masterpiece was originally built in the 19th century by Edward Augustus Pugin, a renowned architect in the Gothic Revival style. It was once home to a Carmelite order of nuns who resided there until recent years. In 2015, Thicket Priory underwent a masterful and refined transformation to become a premium wedding venue capable of hosting up to 200 guests. The idyllic estate is surrounded by 18-acres of serene parkland bordered by the quiet River Derwent, offering mesmerising views and photo opportunities. Inside, the venue boasts 35 uniquely designed bedrooms, two drawing rooms, a dining room, a ballroom, and an intimate chapel, providing unparalleled luxury for wedding celebrations. Remarkably, Thicket Priory retains much of its original architectural grandeur, with the chapel’s resplendent stained-glass windows serving as one of the most outstanding features. This exclusive wedding destination seamlessly combines historical elegance with modern luxuries, creating an unforgettable experience.

Directions to Thicket Priory

Thicket Priory is a distinguished wedding venue located just outside York in the idyllic Thorganby region of North Yorkshire, England. It can be found nestled within 18 acres of pristine greenery alongside diverse forestry, giving the location a tranquil and picturesque aura. The stately property is approximately a 20-minutes drive from York’s historic centre, allowing easy access without the bustle of the city. In terms of navigation, it is conveniently situated near the A19 and A64 for road commuters, enhancing its accessibility from major northern cities. The closeness to mainline railway stations makes it feasible for guests travelling nationwide. Thus, Thicket Priory’s strategic location combines seclusion with easy connectivity.

About York in North Yorkshire

York, located in the heart of North Yorkshire, United Kingdom, is a historic city encased in a rich tapestry of history and culture with Roman roots and a Viking past. Boasting a magnificent 13th-century cathedral, the York Minster, one of the world’s most stunning Gothic cathedrals, the city is an architectural treasure trove. York is surrounded by a well-preserved 3.4 kilometers long city wall, offering visitors a glimpse into its medieval past. The city further houses notable museums, exemplifying its varied historical periods, including the JORVIK Viking Centre and the National Railway Museum. Alongside these fascinating historical sites, York has evolved into a lively city vibrant with cultural activities, shopping venues, and a burgeoning food scene. The city’s winding, cobbled streets, notably The Shambles, prides itself on charming independent boutiques and traditional tea rooms delivering an authentic British experience. Moreover, York is renowned for its annual events, such as the York Mystery Plays, the Viking Festival, and the Food and Drink Festival, captivating locals and tourists alike. Despite its smaller size, York’s strategically compact nature provides accessibility to its key attractions, thereby promoting the city as an attractive tourist destination. Combining a rich history with contemporary allure, York serves as a remarkable snapshot of Britain’s diverse heritage and dynamic present.

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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.

Get In Touch

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