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 !! Contact

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. 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

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

To see some more of my work please visit the portfolios 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

wedding couple walking in the grounds of Bolton Castle
nigh time portrait of a wedding couple in front of Bolton Castle

Weddings at Bolton Castle

Bolton Castle is a stunning Yorkshire Dales Wedding Venue. It has been rated as one of the fifty best wedding venues in Britain by the Independent on Sunday and it was described as one of the most majestic buildings in the Yorkshire Dales. They can hold up to 120 guests for ceremonies or 250 if you use the grounds for a marquee.

Bolton Castle History

Bolton Castle has such an incredible history which makes it such an atmospheric place to get married. Here is a bit more info on its background; It is a 14th century castle set in the sweeping hills of the Yorkshire Dales National park. It is located in the village of Castle Bolton which has a population of less that 100 people. The castle was built by Richard, 1st Baron Scrope of Bolton and is a grade I listed building and a scheduled ancient monument. It was damaged during the English civil war by Oliver Cromwell’s men but much of it survived in an outstanding condition. The castle has never been sold and has always been owned by the Scrope family.

The castle has seen lots of famous moments in history including involvement in the pilgrimage of Grace, a civil war siege and the imprisonment of Mary Queen of Scots. The queen was given Henry Scropes own apartments in the south West tower. Her keepers allowed her to wonder the surrounding grounds and even go hunting. 

The castle is currently owned by the 8th Barn of Bolton who inherited it on his father’s death and is run by his son and daughter in law. There have been several television and film productions that have used the Castle and its grounds, such as Elizabeth (1998), Ivanhoe (1952), All creatures great and small and Heartbeat.

Bolton Castle Weddings – Photography

If you are looking for a Bolton Castle wedding photographer  or a wedding photographer in Yorkshire and you think I could be the photographer for you please get in touch. I offer no-obligation phone or Zoom appointments if you’d like to have a good chat about your day or I can just send you some further information by email. I look forward to hearing from you!