Alex and Andrew – The Castle on the Hill – The majesty of the North Yorkshire Moors have for centuries inspired artists, poets and writers to create great works of art and outstanding literature. Amongst its sweeping moss, luscious greenery and forgotten hills you can all but lose yourself in the tranquility and beauty of your surroundings. On this particular day however the silence was broken by more than just the bleating of a sheep and the distant babbling brooks…
Nestled upon the hillside overlooking the epic landscape it once protected rests what remains of the medieval Danby Castle. The castle may now lie largely in ruins but its attraction has never crumbled. Those features that remain create an impressive facade – a stunning setting for a magnificent occasion and today it played host to surely amongst the finest in it’s long history. As the world around them stood still the ancient castle walls echoed with sounds of joy and laughter worthy of such an occasion, for this was the day that Alex and Andrew were to be wed.
Danby’s charm lies in its rusticity; the walls acting as insulator rather than segregator from the surrounding landscape, the former castle keep replaced with a bucolic barn, a white marquee extending its reach ready to welcome its guests. The original medieval banqueting hall is rich with splendour yet filled with warmth and character, and today it was made even warmer by the happy gathered guests and the nervous smiles of Andrew as he awaited the arrival of his Bride.
We last met up with Alex and Andrew in Robin Hood’s Bay for their dramatic and equally picturesque engagement shoot and from meeting them then we knew we were going to have an amazing time at their wedding. They were such fun to work with and had such a quirky style and fun-loving personality about them that we knew Danby Castle was going to be the perfect venue for them and we were not to be disappointed!
With farmyard animals, garden games, an amazing ceilidh and the best bouquet throw we’ve ever seen (not to mention an EPIC double rainbow!) this was an amazing fun, relaxed and beautiful wedding. Watching the day unfold (and especially witnessing the couple’s emotive first dance) it was clear how perfect Alex and Andrew are for each other and how loved they are by their friends and family. It was an absolute joy to be a part of it and was a day that will long be remembered in that stunning barren moorland.
Those artists so inspired by the beauty of the landscape would look enviously upon the events of this day, for the moors may have inspired great art over the centuries but today put all that came before in its shadow. For the love shared between Alex and Andrew and the celebration they shared this day was truly a masterpiece.