Jervaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire – Outdoor Weddings at a Historic Setting Full of Modern, Bohemian Detail

Rosanna Lilly Photography Jervaulx Abbey Ancient Ruins 128

These beautiful images, set amidst the backdrop of beautiful Jervaulx Abbey, were sent in by North Yorkshire wedding photographer, Rosanna Lilly.

Rosanna partnered with a team of North Yorkshire wedding suppliers to create an editorial that would inspire couples keen to marry outside.

“Balancing the ancient ruins of the magnificent Jervaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire with refined and understated elegance, this shoot aimed to showcase how an outdoor wedding can be an artisan’s boho dream; honouring the heritage of the location whilst accomplishing a modern and romantic wedding design with unusual and bespoke pieces.”

Rosanna Lily Photography + Follow

4 Jervaulx Abbey modern diverse wedding editorial

Emily K Weddings‘ styling, Graystarling Designs‘ stationery and Forge Events‘ florals mixed a colour palette of earthy browns and coppers, creamy neutrals and a hint of soft blue with sculptural blooms and faded Eastern patterns for a uniquely layered look full of depth and personality.”

150 Jervaulx Abbey modern diverse wedding editorial

Natalie Willingham’s barely there makeup and chic updo highlighted Shalini’s natural look, whilst letting Britten Weddings‘ statement head chain take centre stage. Hand sewn from glass crystals, glass pearls and tiny silver seed beads, it is handmade in their ancient workshop just outside Bath.”

132 Jervaulx Abbey modern diverse wedding editorial

“Matched with Joanna Reed Bridal‘s pearl tassel earrings and Elizabeth Lucas‘ detailed lace Willow by Watters dress; the perfect choice with its stand out lace pattern and figure hugging silhouette for the modern bride wanting a contemporary bridal look with a nod to the traditional.”

84 Jervaulx Abbey modern diverse wedding editorial13 Jervaulx Abbey modern diverse wedding editorial

“Forge Events and Emily K Weddings set up Shalini and Carl’s sunset ceremony in amongst the timeworn stone columns of the abbey and ivy covered arches. The timber frame backdrop was finished off in front of the setting sun, with cream drapes blowing in the wind, statement sculptural dried palms, soft cream roses and dark umber foliage for a truly romantic & indulgent outdoor ceremony with an angular modern edge. The golden light softened the edges for a totally dreamy boho look whisking us away to an intimate feel.”

79 Jervaulx Abbey modern diverse wedding editorial

“A tablescape for six showed how you can create impact to a small wedding set up, styled with a boho feel by Emily K Weddings. Nestled into the ruins, the table was adorned with ombre florals by Forge Events, featuring a mix of fresh and dried flowers to create a stunning feature central runner that captivated the worn-in boho look.”

“Textures and layers of Eastern patterned tiles, blue charger plates, copper keys and bronze mirror amongst the place settings was complemented by intricate stationery designs from Gray Starling.”

52 Jervaulx Abbey modern diverse wedding editorial

“The stationery from Gray Starling was inspired by the rustic vintage tile in the tablescape and the intricacy of Eastern patterns. It featured a nod to the ancient with torn edges and a textured paper, alongside our signature blue & copper colour scheme.”

48 Jervaulx Abbey modern diverse wedding editorial scaled50 Jervaulx Abbey modern diverse wedding editorial

Where The Ribbon Ends‘ two tier cake was personalised with Shalini and Carl’s handwritten names in copper, and inspired by Gray Starling’s stationery was finished with a blue band at the base and copper tones in the floral embellishment to the textured artisan white finish.”

“Our last detail included a vintage dresser table plan,  filled with florals bursting from the drawers, and copper tasselled table places attached to clear bottles for a romantic take on the usual tableplan.”

Additional Credits

The below suppliers and venues are featured in this article, but are not part of the Love My Dress Wedding Directory.

Wedding Venue

Credits & Thanks


Annabel View all Annabel's articles

Founder of Love My Dress. Passionate Podcaster and Editor. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves photography, meditation, walking, being outdoors and star gazing. She is fierce when it comes to championing talent within the wedding industry and when she's not working on Love My Dress, she supports her husband Philip in the running of the family's sustainable flower farm and floral design business, Moonwind Flowers. In 2013, she became a published author.