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A Wintry Wedding at Peckforton Castle
Kicking off my wedding blog this winter is this fun-filled wedding at Peckforton Castle, one of Cheshire’s most prestigious & popular venues.
Peckforton Castle is a unique wedding venue. Medieval style courtyards, a sandstone hall, tall battlements, and slender guard towers make up this majestic location.
I’m a swords & sorcery geek so to be invited to photograph a wedding at a real castle was a dream come true.
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Unobtrusive Photography at Peckforton Castle
The bride & groom were my ideal couple. A quick email to book me, radio silence for months, and a 5-minute phone call to confirm the ceremony time with the instruction to just ‘do what you do’.
This was going to be awesome.
A wedding at a luxury venue like Peckforton might conjure up images of stuffy, heavily-posed photographs in a very traditional style. Charlotte & Chris wanted the exact opposite; unobtrusive, relaxed documentary photography to record the real story of the day.
The wedding was almost completely unposed, apart from a few group photographs.
Confetti Cannons Outside the Church
The bride & her bridesmaids got ready in one of the gatehouses just outside the main castle grounds. It was a gorgeously dark space, perfect for catching the wedding dress in the occasional shaft of light. Finding great light in these dark rooms is a rewarding challenge.
A vintage car collected the bridal party and whisked them off to St Boniface’s Church in Tarporley for the ceremony. I thoroughly enjoyed trying to capture the best shots possible over the shoulder of the biggest vicar I’ve ever seen (not joking, he was massive- and such a great guy!).
After the wedding vows, it was back outside the church to mingle and toss confetti; one of my personal favourite images (you can see below) was Charlotte’s sister making an absolute mess of with a confetti cannon, accidentally setting it off into her own face. Awesome!
The castle has no formal garden as such so just before the wedding breakfast we strolled to a forest just beyond the moat. The contrast of the bride in her Suzanne Neville gown and Gucci heels against the dense undergrowth was pretty cool. Kudos to Charlotte for not being bothered in the slightest!
I love this approach to photographing a wedding. Letting things happen and creatively documenting the results.
Evening Reception at Peckforton Castle
Back at Peckforton Castle, the party really started going. Not even a sudden downpour of rain could dampen the spirits, and everyone enjoyed getting stuck into the drinks and canapes. The wedding guests all enjoyed the wedding breakfast in one of the castle’s luxurious banqueting rooms.
When it was time for the speeches, the groom went one better than everyone else; his handwritten notes were delivered by owl.
It certainly ruffled a few feathers.
Winter Weddings At Peckforton
Peckforton Castle is a visually stunning wedding venue, and in winter the dark interior can be a challenge to photograph. The Sony A9 handled the pressure with ease, the camera finding focus in the candlelight almost as easily as in the daylight outside. Even pushing the ISO to 6400 and on to 12,000 gave more than acceptable results and negated the need for overly intrusive flash.
What has Peckforton Castle got to offer?
A wedding at Peckforton Castle is truly magical. You’ll blow your wedding guests’ socks off in this most breath-taking of venues!
Say your wedding vows in the Great Hall with the sounds of a string quartet playing in the background, or under the grand chandeliers and tapestries in the Drawing Room.
The sunlight filters through the gorgeous stained-glass windows. Mingle with your guests on manicured lawns before retiring to the Long Gallery for cocktails. There’s even the option to have the entire castle exclusively for your wedding day!
Situated on the Peckforton Hills in west Cheshire, sought-after Peckforton Castle is a spectacular red sandstone structure in the picturesque northwest countryside. Built in the early 19th Century, this fairytale wedding venue is the only intact medieval-style castle in the country. With its incredible looks, the castle has been a popular location for numerous movies including Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Who and even Coronation Street!
The splendid exterior is complemented by a lovingly refurbished interior which now houses 48 bedrooms and genuinely magnificent entertaining rooms.
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This enchanting castle with its captivating architecture and rich history will delight you and your guests. A magical backdrop for my kick-ass photography, all combined with delicious award-winning food and drink, and impeccable service. Whether a civil wedding or civil partnership (both of which Peckforton are licensed for), traditional church ceremony, a small intimate day, or a full-blown Harry Potter-themed extravaganza, Peckforton Castle is a fairytale setting for a memorable wedding. With a choice of packages and rooms able to accommodate from 10 to 275 guests, stunning bedrooms, the Tranquility Spa for pampering, or even Segway & Falconry for something a little out of the ordinary, Peckforton Castle will not disappoint.
Peckforton Castle has a wide variety of rooms catering to every type of reception. The Great Hall is a stunning space, with its original tiled floor & Minstrel’s Gallery, and you can make a spectacular entrance through the original main entrance of the castle. The Drawing Room is even bigger and features original curtains, bookshelves and a huge feature fireplace. The Hexagonal Room boasts many striking features, including the Tollmeche Family grace engraved in the stone ceiling.
For more intimate wedding parties, the book-lined Library is a perfect choice.
66 Natural & Compelling Wedding Photos at Peckforton Castle
I’ve chosen 66 photographs to showcase this Peckforton Castle Wedding. Have a scroll through and please leave a comment if you enjoy the set!
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A great day with happy, energetic and uninhibited guests, a gorgeous bride and a groom who couldn’t stop smiling from beginning to end. I hope you enjoy this small selection of photographs, and thanks for visiting my new site!