Grantley Hall Wedding Photographer

Bride and groom walking with Grantley Hall in the background - Grantley Hall Wedding Photographer


We’ve written this guide as Ray and Julie Photography as an officially recommended wedding photographers for Grantley Hall, near Ripon in North Yorkshire.

We love this venue so much we’ve decided to work at Grantley Hall exclusively from 2023 onwards! We’ll be limiting the number to only ten weddings a year. It would be great to discuss your plans for your wedding at this stunning Yorkshire venue.

Grantley Hall main entrance with a manager stood welcoming in the doorway

Getting Married at Grantley Hall?

Grantley Hall is the most luxurious wedding venue located in Yorkshire in the UK. It offers a rich heritage, exquisite décor, modern luxury and stunning formal gardens. Everything a couple could ask for on their wedding day. Multiple dining experiences and spa services are available. The Grantley Hall has many scenic views and backdrops that make wedding photography an absolute dream. The wedding venue is known for its elegance and style in the North Yorkshire area. As your North Yorkshire wedding photographer, we look for the best settings within the property that best fits your personality.

Grantley Hall wedding photography is unique and offers the most elegant canvas to capture your wedding memories. The bride and groom have access to one of the country’s most beautiful buildings. Originally built as a stately country house, Grantley Hall is known for its many amenities and its own, Valeria’s Champagne & Cocktail Bar. From the first time you set foot on the grounds of the luxury hall. If you wanted a outdoor ceremony the Japanese Garden is extra special and provides the perfect area for your wedding ceremony and wedding photos. There are so many places to explore that it will take a long time to see them all.

Grantley Hall bride and groom walking through confetti tunnel
Grantley Hall stunning bridal portrait.
Grantley Hall beautiful black and white bride portrait
Large marquee for wedding in the grounds of Grantley Hall
Grantley Hall relaxed portrait
Grantley Hall water fountain at night. Photographed by recommended Grantley Hall wedding photographers Ray and Julie

History of Grantley Hall

Thomas Norton built the stunning country home in the early 1700s as his private residence. Ripon Cathedral is nearby and has a special connection to the Norton family. The sprawling estate was passed down through many generations of Norton’s until 1900. It was purchased by the Furness family at that time. In 1925, the estate was purchased by Sir William Henry Aykroyd. Sir William and his wife, Lady Emma, continued to work on the house and expanded the exquisite gardens.

The Aykroyd family opened the home to the public in 1937. The grandeur of the estate made it a much sought-after wedding venue.

The Sykes family in 2015 brought a new lease of life to Grantley Hall when local Yorkshire woman Valeria Sykes bought the property with a vision of creating a legacy for this magnificent building, providing employment and career opportunities within the local area, and supporting the local economy in the procurement of supplies and services. 

Grantley Hall was the perfect canvas for Valeria’s passion for arts, history, old buildings, interior design and innovation and soon plans were underway for the building to be respectfully restored. Valeria is passionate about history and the arts, having a successful track record of restoring beautiful old country houses to their former glory and ensuring their history lives on, whilst also being equally passionate about her home county of Yorkshire. 

After four years of renovation works, Grantley Hall has been re-born, blending traditional elegance and outstanding state-of-the-art facilities, opening as a 5* luxury hotel and wellness retreat in July 2019. Valeria’s son, Richard Sykes, is Managing Director.

The house is an unrivalled setting for weddings and other family gatherings. The music room is one of the most beautiful in the country home. Three Graces Spa, a 5-star wellness retreat, is a great way to spend the rest of the day after overseeing if you wish the preparations for your day. 

Grantley Hall wedding couple spraying champagne outside Grantley Hall.
Grantley Hall groom and groomsman portrait
Bride smiling after bridal prep stood next to a piano in her pure silk chiffon wedding dress by Anita Massarella Design Couture. At Grantley Hall in the Presidential Suit
Dramatic wedding portrait on the stepping stones at Grantley Hall - Grantley wedding photographer

Grantley Hall Weddings and Events

With a view of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, the formal gardens and walkways make the perfect place to sneak away for a few minutes. If you want an outdoor wedding shoot, as your Grantley Hall wedding photographer we can produce the most stunning photos for your wedding album. For your bridal preparation, you can choose one of the many luxury suites such as the Royal Suite, Presidential Suite or one of the many beautiful rooms in the hall. You can choose to take a break and visit The Orchard for a light lunch.

Grantley Hall is capable of hosting large celebrations or small wedding parties. You will be able to enjoy every minute of your special day. Visit the Eighty-Eight for a cocktail or sit down to a feast fit for a king at Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall. Choose one of the restaurants or the cocktail bar for your wedding breakfast. Work with Grantley Hall’s highly experienced wedding team of experts to ensure your wedding celebration is just perfect. You could even work with Grantley’s recommended wedding planners to prepare for your big day, they can all help create a wedding celebration that reflects your personality and style.

Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall a beautiful black and white portrait. Captured by Ray and Julie Photography, Norther Region Photographers of the Year.

Ray and Julie Are Your Grantley Hall Wedding Photographers

If you are looking for the best Yorkshire wedding photographer, we offer an exclusive service for this luxury wedding venue. My name is Ray. My wife, Julie and I are North Yorkshire wedding photographers who love what we do! In fact We are the current Northern Region Master Photographers Association Wedding Photographers of the Year, a title we are extremely proud of especially with the high standards of wedding photographers in our region. The icing on the cake was our winning photograph was captured at Grantley Hall, so you’re not only booking a multi-award-winning husband wife photography team. You’re booking a couple who know Grantley very well so you’re in safe hands. Photography is a passion we share. Julie and I have shared many things in our life together. We can combine our talents to produce beautiful wedding photos you will enjoy sharing with your loved ones for many years.

Check out our testimonials to learn more about how we work with our clients. We get to know our bride and groom. We offer a complimentary engagement shoot so you get used to being photographed and we all get to know each other a lot better, that way getting beautiful natural photographs and allowing us to tell your story how would like it to be told. We know Grantley Hall very well and, as one of only three recommended wedding photographers, we can assure you of the best experience on your special day.

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Grantley Hall wedding ceremony bride and groom emotional.
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Groom being raised aloft on dance floor at Grantley Hall

Please Schedule an Appointment!

When you have decided on your wedding date, please schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible. Contact us early will ensure we have plenty of time to get to know one another. Remember we only take on 10 wedding couples each year on a first booked basis. We will work with you and Grantley Hall, going over the final details with you to ensure your perfect day. With our years of experience, we don’t leave your wedding to chance! We start to make plans as soon as you hire us. By the time your special day is here, we can capture every moment, from the bridal prep to the last dance. We want your story to be one for the ages, and we can make that happen! Let us capture your memories… xxx

Ray and Julie Photography - Photographer


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