Guest Blog by Emma Ryan Photography
The first time I visited Thicket Priory was a cold day in February 2020. Outside was grey and wet but driving up to this very new venue I just knew the weather outside wouldn’t dampen the plans we had for our shoot.
The moment I stepped through the front door I was met with warmth (and a bowl of sherbet lemons…. winner winner!) and instantly I felt at home! The venue is large, it is like a maze of connecting corridors and every doorway leads somewhere exciting. The bridal suite is a photographers DREAM, huge windows light the room from both sides and a bathroom that would make the queen envious. All the details like the light walls, the cream bed, white linen, and massive mirrors that stretch from ceiling to floor all create the most wonderful space for a bridal party to spend their morning. You can easily walk from the bridal suite through to the beautiful chapel without going outdoors, or straight down the incredible main staircase to the indoor ceremony area.
The ball room and Indoor ceremony area is equally as stunning as the bridal suite. Huge chandeliers hang overhead, fireplaces perfect for decoration and more of those stunningly big windows let in the perfect amount of daylight (photographers cannot get enough natural light!)
I love the small touches that Thicket have to offer their guests like the tiny pantries that dot the corridors filled with teas, coffees, and biscuits galore. A sewing room containing buttons, bobbins and – most importantly- an iron ensures your guests have no reason to look untidy on your big day! My favourite ‘little’ touch however is the old kitchen. The long breakfast table makes the perfect place for your post wedding catch up with all your loved ones. A cosy space to eat croissants and drink coffee and chat about the previous day’s events!
It was only on my second visit to Thicket Priory that I truly got to discover their outdoor space, as if the inside wasn’t incredible enough I think I could shoot one hundred weddings here and never end up with the same set of images twice. The swing, the bridge, bandstand the huge lawned areas give so much choice and variation to your wedding day photos!
Here’s hoping that 2021 is kinder to us than 2020, that we get to celebrate weddings like ‘before’, weddings with all of your loved ones in the same place, weddings that last the whole weekend…. the weddings that Thicket Priory is made for!!
Credits Mixture of two Photoshoots:
Concept, planning and styling: @blondearmy
Planning & photography: @emmaryanphotographer
Venue : @thicketpriory
Hair and Make up: @becca_hunton
Dresses: @chosenbyoneday @alexandergrecco provided by @ghostorchidbride
Floral design : @forge_events
Stationery : @bureaudesign
Cake design : @wheretheribbonends
Crockery/cutlery/glassware : @whitehouse_crockery
Linen and napkins : @88eventscompany
Embroidered napkins and monogrammed hair bow : @extraspecialtouch
Acrylic signage and decor : @blondearmy
Head ware : @asos
Earrings: @a.b.ellie available at @ghostorchidebride
Assistant on the day : @maveweddings
Models : @theyorkshirefitnessduo @myyorkshireweddingjourney
Planning & Styling @myprettiesuk
P.S. Here’s some of the images captured of the Thicket Team by the lovely Emma!