We were met with a warm welcome from Lauren and the team, who gave us a tour of the building and a sneaky peak of some preparations that were taking place for a wedding ceremony later that afternoon.
Built in 1872 by Franciscan monks, the grade II listed building fell into ruin and in 2007 underwent a £6 million restoration project. Later the modern ‘Welcome wing’ was built to house educational and community activities.
The scene as we entered the Great Nave was absolutely breathtaking. The Gothic architecture and light that flooded the vast space was stunning.
The nave was dressed beautifully by floral artist Jemma Holmes, the aisle lined with arrangements of white roses and petals scattered along the length of it leading to the alter, with candles offering a romantic, subtle backdrop for the scene.
I had a few minutes to take photos and was conscious of disturbing the scene. The venue is open to the public everyday except Saturday and I will definitely going back when I have more time to stay and take it in! If you are looking for an unusual and beautiful romantic space for your wedding – I would definitely go and take a look.
Thanks for reading,