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York Hospitium Museum Gardens Wedding

A glorious day for wedding photography at The Hospitium in York. Alysha and Chris had a stunning wedding and it was my job to attend as the photographer. Located in the amazing grounds of York’s Museum Gardens, this 14th Century building is set in the heart of York city centre. The Hospitium was the setting for the ceremony and reception which included plenty of dancing, laughter and emotion throughout. Relaxed and unposed wedding photography at The Hospitium is what Alysha and Chris wanted and I am so glad they chose me. I’m available to photograph weddings at York’s Hospitium so if you are planning on getting married get in touch to see if I am free on your day. I love York weddings and always enjoy a trip to my home city. 

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Alysha and Chris had their morning preparations separately, Chris at his parents and Alysha at hers, as they both now live away from York. They chose The Hospitium for their entire wedding day, steeped in history the ground floor is believed to have been built in the 1300’s in the grounds of the grade 1 listed St Mary’s Abbey. The ruins of which still stand in the Museum Gardens today. Alysha and her dad entered in her wedding car from the Marygate entrance, closest to The Hospitium. Whether you enter from Marygate or Lendal you are greeted with lush greenery before a short walk to the venue. A great first impression for any guests coming to celebrate with you. 

The sun was shining although we had a little rain as the bride and bridesmaids arrived. This didn’t affect Alysha though as she made her entrance. I didn’t mind getting a little wet as I photographed everyone arriving for the wedding. The wooden frame on the building is one of the standout features. The light was beaming in through the latticed windows as Chris waited nervously. What followed was a lovely ceremony with their friends and family, including entertainment from a cellist. After the ceremony the sun was shining so we headed outside for confetti and to make use of the private roped-off paved area just outside the Hospitium. This area gives a garden party atmosphere and allows everyone to take in the stunning surroundings of the Museum Gardens. As the photographer I captured all the interactions and moments as I always do in my relaxed style. Using small mirrorless cameras and small prime lenses allows me to blend in and photograph from the inside out. This results in images that help anyone looking at them to feel like they were there. 

More information about the Hospitium as a venue and Alysha and Chris’ wedding follows a few of my favourite images from this lovely Hospitium wedding. 

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You don’t find many wedding venues with a history like The Hospitium. Set in grounds designed by landscape architect Sir John Murray Naysmith and originally believed to be used for storage and guest accommodation for visitors to St Mary’s Abbey, this incredible two-storey listed building features stone pillars and lots of original features throughout. Just a short walk from the cobbled streets of York city centre, close to other significant landmarks such as York Minster and The Shambles, the Hospitium is a unique wedding venue option. The Roman building also boasts easy access to the river Ouse through an arch believed to have been added in the 1500’s. The ground floor still features some of the original stone which was used in the building probably due to the frequency of flooding. 

The Hospitium, now owned by York Museums Trust offers exclusive use for your wedding day, with two large medieval rooms it can be heavily personalised to fit your theme. With room for up to 180 guests depending on your layout, easy transport links and hundreds of hotel options in York city centre it’s a fantastic venue for any wedding. Although the museum gardens are open to the public during the day, in the evening, once they close you can use them for photos or just for a walk as a newly married couple. 

Other venues in the same family as the Hospitium include, York Castle Museum, Yorkshire Museum and York Art Gallery. All fantastic wedding venues. You can find out more about York Venues and the Hospitium here. 

Professional Photographer covering The Hospitium in York

A dream venue with a stunning garden backdrop, it makes my job as the Hospitium wedding photographer that much easier.

Once Alysha, Chris and their guests headed upstairs for the meal and speeches you could see everyone was very relaxed and having a lot of fun. The upstairs room shares the same stone medieval features as downstairs and is a great backdrop for your food and some emotional speeches. The evening party was downstairs and the stone pillars perfectly frame the dancefloor. Alysha and Chris had a lovely first dance with Chris even lifting his wife up at one point! Of course I stayed until late as I often do to capture the guests having fun, dancing and drinking shots, before heading back home to the North East. 

If you are reading this and looking for your own Hospitium wedding photographer then please check out my other featured weddings and get in touch. I offer documentary, unposed photos at weddings across the UK.


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