Mr & Mrs Bones’ wedding at Crook Hall & Gardens.
On Saturday, we popped the photo booth down the A1 to Durham to a real hidden gem of a venue and it was our first visit to the fabulous Crook Hall & Gardens for Mr & Mrs Bone’s wedding reception.
The 13th century Grade I listed Medieval hall in Durham City provides spectacular backdrop to the stunning gardens. Visitors from all over the world come to share in the timeless magic of Crook Hall and leave inspired by these idyllic English theme gardens. Soak up the atmosphere over a home-made cream tea in the pretty courtyard or in front of a log fire in the Georgian dining room. The gardens are just a short walk from Durham city’s bustling market place. Country Life described the Hall as having “history, romance and beauty”, and its just waiting to capture your heart.
The Medieval Hall is the oldest part of Crook Hall. It has a very rich history, and has been significant to a number of families who have lived here over the years. In 1217 hall was passed on to Peter Del Croke and it was this ownership that Crook Hall got it’s name.
You can read the full history of Crook Hall & Gardens here.
This week, we had the red showbiz-themed photobooth in action along with our red velour backdrop curtain. Stacey opted for our standard 4-pose strip prints with a couple of lines of text.
We were restricted with space a little at this venue so had to make a slightly different configuration. We still managed to use both of our huge prop boxes and had a guest book for the newlywed’s friends and family to leave a copy of their photo and a personal message.
We were made to feel very welcome by the highly-professional staff who had to cope with the photobooth and band/DJ arriving all at the same time, whilst the wedding breakfast was still ongoing. Despite having not met before, we helped each other carry our equipment in to a hidden area until it was time for us all to begin set-up for the evening reception, then popped along to the bar for a quick refreshment whilst the daytime guests finished their food.
Once we were all set, the night flowed brilliantly. We were situated between the bar and the main hall where the fabulous band kept the guests entertained. The workspace we had was actually quite good, as Craig was right in amongst the guests using the booth with plenty of time to chat and help out. It’s always our preference to be out of the main room, as we feel it gives your guests a break from the noise, if they need it. Being where we were, we caught the flow of people moving between the different rooms.