When we got married just 2 years ago, it was in the quiet and beautiful village church where I grew up. It was so busy that every seat was taken, and people were standing anywhere they could. It was beyond what we expected! We then had a small party in the school hall (actually, it wasn’t small, we just didn’t quite imagine how many friends would turn up that I didn’t even manage to eat a slice of my own cake!), we then headed to the pub for a knees up with our mates’ bands playing.
Even though it was absolutely amazing and cost us next to nothing, and we had the best time ever (even if we didn’t have a first dance!) it still felt very rushed and impersonal. I didn’t even get to speak to my new husband until we collapsed into our bridal suite that evening.So, We have recently decided to renew our vows. Yup, so soon!
We havn’t made it official yet, as we are kinda just throwing a few ideas around to get a feel for what we are going to do to make the day special. A few things that we have decided on are: It needs to be personal. The less of us the better. It needs to be about US as a couple. It needs to be set in an idyllic space and it needs to be unrushed and quiet.
What better way to get the ball rolling and to create some ideas than by visiting a special venue and relaxing together on our actual wedding anniversary?! We got rid of the kids for the night, and took a drive up to the North Yorkshire Moors to visit one of Yorkshires most beautiful and finest hideaways- Ox Pasture Hall Hotel.
We arrived at 6 pm, in the thickest fog imaginable (scariest drive ever!) and were shown to our luxury suite by the lovely welcoming gentleman on reception. As we walked through the building and courtyard to our suite, we were totally taken aback with the hotels beauty and cosiness. A real, stunning country property that oozed true Yorkshire character.
Once we were in our suite and the door was shut, James looked at me and we both ‘squeeked’…. i think it was a squeek. It was most certainly a small high pitched noise of excitement. The suite was huge! Our suite had a super squishy and luxurious kind size bed with TV and plenty or storage space.
The lounge was equally as glorious with a beautiful sofa, tea and coffee making facilities, refreshments, a safe, ironing facilities, CD player and another big telly! It all felt so big and spacious with wonderful high ceilings and massive windows overlooking some of the most stunning views of the North Yorkshire Moors.
We had a huge bathroom with possibly one of the most stunning decors I have ever seen! The bath was massive, his and hers sinks all with waterfall taps and a gorgeous walk in shower.
Once we had unpacked, we got changed and booked a dinner reservation for 7pm in the hotels Courtyard Restaurant. The food served in the restaurant has a reputation for being exceptional and is widely regarded as being one of the best dining spaces in the Scarborough area.
While we waited for our table to be prepared we sat in the lounge with a drink. A glass of red wine for Jay, and a cola for myself. The lounge was so warm and cozy with a woodburner lit and soft leather sofas to wait on. The atmosphere was romantic and inviting, absolutely perfect for our anniversary evening.
We were called down for dinner and welcomed into a softly lit restaurant, our waiter presented us with an appetizer to tickle our tastebuds as we made a decision on what we were to order. I chose a salmon dish and Jay went for the pork belly as our mains. The ingredients that the restaurant use are locally sourced and a wide range of dishes to choose from the menus. We were not waiting long before our dinner wassuperbly presented to us, and it certainly tasted as amazing as it looked. After all, Ox Pasture Hall Hotel is the only restaurant in the Scarborough area to be awarded with 2-rosettes for its culinary excellence.
Our puddings too, were just stunning and we couldn’t get enough! I think if I had any more room left for food, I could have easily eaten the whole meal again, it was so delightful.
After our stunning meal, we headed back to our suite for a hot relaxing bubble bath. Put on our robes, had a nice cup of Yorkshire tea and relaxed with the TV on… how Rock N’ Roll
In the Morning, we opened our curtains for the best surprise ever! As we arrived the night before in the pitch black dark, and heavy fog we had no idea what was on the other side of our suite curtains. To draw back the curtains the next day to find a beautiful, breathtaking view of the moors was just spectacular. That was a true highlight for us.
We got ourselves dressed and headed down for breakfast. We chose some fresh fruit to wake us up, and a hot pot of coffee and then we ordered the biggest and most perfectly cooked Yorkshire breakfast. The best way to set up the day!
Now, we can’t forget why we were there; To look at a possible wedding venue and get some ideas rolling around in our heads.
Weddings At Ox Pasture Hall
Ox Pasture Hall really is one of the prettiest settings for a wedding I think I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. A truly beautiful, picturesque and historic back drop for any special day. Chatting to one of the amazing staff members about wedding choices, we were completely blown away. Ox Pasture Hall can tailor your ideas to suit you, all set amongst 17 acres of secluded ground, right in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park.
We were pleased to hear that we can get married outdoors in the stunning green grounds, or even around the beautiful fountain in the courtyard. The idea of renewing our vows outside was something that we hadn’t thought of before, but was now a definite considertaion!
Ox Pasture Hall can work in a hundred different ways to make your special day just perfect, and that is not just including the tough indoor/outdoor venue decision! With a stunning wedding meal menu to choose from, huge function room with bar amazing photographers to choose from, seasonal and themed weddings. The venue is also licensed for civil weddings and partnership ceremonies. So many different options to make that day a real fairy tale!
This venue will stay in my heart for a long long time. Yorkshire will always feel very special to me, with a few family members being born and bred on that side of the woods so to speak. I have always found the views in Yorkshire absolutely breath taking and will always remain one of my favourite places to stay.