Winter Wedding Inspiration at Sneaton Castle Whitby

4th January 2022

Bride and Groom at Winter Wedding at Sneaton Castle Whitby

Winter weddings may be my new favourite thing. As we all know the UK’s weather can never be a guarantee so why not embrace the cooler season. The rich colours, luxurious textures and a dash of romantic candlelight. What’s not to love?

Imagine entering the stunning chapel at Sneaton Castle. Walking through the grand wooden doors to be greeted by the warm smiles on the faces of your loved ones. As you glide down the aisle to stand beneath the most beautiful painted dome.

I challenge anyone not to feel emotional. Never have I been on a styled shoot before that actually gave me goosebumps! This Winter wedding shoot at Sneaton Castle is filled with love and inspiration.

Winter Wedding Inspiration

I’m a little bit biased when it comes to a winter wedding.  My own wedding was on a romantic foggy November Day. Those crisp cool days. The rich berry colours and deep greens. All your guests can gather together over mulled drinks and warm seasonal feasts.

The advantage of a Winter wedding is your guests will know it’s going to be cool, so choosing their outfits is easier for them. Selecting your menu is a delight too. If your favourite starter is soup then you can serve it with confidence on a cold day. Offer blankets and warm beverages as your loved ones arrive, they will adore this touch of kindness.

For that gap between your ceremony and reception imagine treating your guests to hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows.

For the styled shoot, this vintage Winter wedding fairytale was the vision of the talented stylist Samantha from Willow and Rust. Set the tone with rich burgundy mixed with natural greens and a dash of dusty pink. A sprinkle of candles naturally draped florals from Inspired Floristry and you truly have something magical!

Winter Wedding Breakfast Table. Wedding tables cape with winter florals and chandeliers

Winter Wedding with Sneaton Castle Chapel ceiling

Wedding invitation with hand-torn paper, silk ribbon and wax seal

The Invitation

With Sneaton Castle as the venue for our Winter wedding shoot, I couldn’t resist adding the personal touch of illustrating the Castle on the details cards.

Stationery tip: If you have a stunning venue for your wedding, adding an illustration of the location is the perfect way to add excitement to your wedding stationery, building anticipation for your day.

On the wedding invitation itself, I combined a delicate hand illustrated wreath of florals with hand-torn edged recycled paper. This finish gave the invitation that delicate fairytale feel. Combining rich burgundy and subtle pink created an opulent feel and a nod to the colours of Winter. The invitation was finished with burgundy hand-dyed silk ribbon and an antique gold wax seal.

One of my favourite touches was to reflect the architecture and sky painted on the dome in the chapel on the envelope liner. This flash of subtle watercolour gave intrigue and contrast to the rest of the invitation suite.

Wedding venue illustration on wedding invitation. Sneaton Castle Whitby.

The Menu

A wedding table fit for royalty with vintage chandeliers, an abundance of candlelight, vintage glassware and magical seasonal florals mixed with trailing ivy. 

The menu was designed with hand-torn edges and delicate hand-drawn floral. With a contrasting vellum used for place names. I adorned the menu with a burgundy silk ribbon. All printed in rich burgundy and pinks inks on 100% recycled paper.

Wedding Menu printed on 100% recycled paper with vellum place name. Hand-torn wedding menu.

Winter wedding tablescape with wedding menu.

The Venue

From the beginning of the day to the end we could not have been made more welcome by everyone at Sneaton Castle. In fact, I have been pestering my husband every since to stay for our anniversary next year. You could feel the warmth of this family business and the love that they have put into it.


Sneaton Castle Chapel with wedding table. Bride and Groom with winter wedding

Bride twirling in front of Sneaton Castle. Winter wedding inspiration.

Wedding cake at Sneaton Castle Winter wedding.

Wedding menu with burgundy silk ribbon on charger plate with red velvet napkin. Winter wedding inspiration.

The Suppliers

Everyone who worked on this wedding shoot came together to create the most magical day. A true inspiration for anyone planning a Winter Wedding. The talent and care from every supplier were just mind-blowing and will truly be remembered as one of my favourite days. 

Planning and Styling – Willow and Rust  |  Floral design – Inspired Floristry  | Hair – Kerry Claire  |  Stationery – Ellie and Liv  |  Make-up – Haley Marie Mua  |  Models – Haley Marie Model  |  Photographer – Gabriela Photography and Film  | Videographer – Krysler Soriano  |  Venue – Sneaton Castle Whitby  |  Celebrant @esquiress_ceremonies  |  Cake Lesley Walter Cake Design  |  Tables – Typical Type  |  Bridalwear – Willow and Rust  |  Suit – The Suit Lounge  |  Jewellery and accessories – The Wedding Boutique

If you would like to find out how I can help you plan your wedding stationery for your Winter Wedding, pop me a message here.

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