Bowes Museum wedding photography | Caitlin & Michael



       The Bowes Museum is located in the historic market town of Barnard Castle in the heart of beautiful Teesdale. It is a magnificent building which houses significant collections of fine and decorative arts.  Purpose built in the 19th Century by John and Joséphine Bowes it has the look of a French Chateau.

With beautiful rooms, elegant grounds, and a World-class collection of art The Bowes Museum is a unique and breathtaking setting for a wedding.


Michael and Caitlin met whilst working in the US. Although Caitlin is herself an American citizen the couple decided they would love to hold their wedding over in the UK. As a result, the ceremony was held in the Church of St. Peter and St. Felix, Kirby Hill near the home of Michael’s parents.  The church is a Grade I listed building, built in 1397 and set at the top of a hill. It was a truly stunning setting to celebrate a marriage.


Caitlin looked so graceful and elegant in her stunning dress by Truvelle. A refined, almond chiffon gown with a removable lace shirt, finished with a sparkly ribbon belt. Caitlin wore a lace edged, classic tulle veil, it seemed like she glided as she walked.  The bridesmaids wore beautiful,  flowing dresses in a flattering shade of green.


After the ceremony the guest and the couple made their way to The Bowes Museum for their wedding reception. Guests were welcomed into the Jubilee room for a champagne reception before making their way to the fabulous 19th Century Picture Gallery for the wedding breakfast.  Painted in a regal royal blue and hung with over a hundred paintings by renowned artists (including a Turner), most of all, it is truly a grand and unique setting for a wedding.

After the meal guests were free to wander the museum to peruse the exhibits and furthermore, view a private showing of the current Yves St Laurent exhibition.


In the evening the Grand Entrance Hall was transformed into a wonderful space for dancing the night away. After the first dance Caitlin changed into a shorter length dress to enable her to really let go on the dance floor. This was perfect especially as the couple had chose a modern swing, jive and jazz band for their evening entertainment. The Mini Big Band created a great atmosphere which had the authenticity of a big band stage.  The guests certainly had a lot of fun!

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