Peckforton Castle wedding photography in winter, featuring our bride and groom Charlotte & Christopher.
Kicking off my wedding blog this winter is this fun-filled Cheshire wedding at Peckforton Castle, one of the North West’s most prestigious venues. Peckforton Castle is an actual castle (the clue is in the name) and is really something to behold. A red sandstone hall where guests are looked after by a world-class wedding team is surrounded by tall battlements and slender guard towers, making for a unique wedding location. There’s something about a mighty fortification that stirs the blood of a true Englishman! I grew up in love with fables, knights and swordplay, so to be invited to photograph a wedding at a castle was a fairytale come true.
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Unobtrusive Photography at a Luxury Cheshire Venue
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’. Often a wedding at a luxury venue like Peckforton conjures up images of slightly stuffy, heavily-posed photographs in an extremely traditional style. Charlotte & Chris wanted the exact opposite; unobtrusive, relaxed documentary photography to record the real story of the day. For the entire day from church to evening reception, we only went for a two-minute stroll by ourselves and that was it; the rest of the wedding was largely unposed, natural documentary photography. The castle has no formal garden as such so went for a walk out into the forest just beyond the moat. The contrast of Charlotte in her Suzanne Neville gown and Gucci heels against the dense undergrowth was pretty cool, kudos to her for not being bothered in the slightest!
I love this approach to photographing a wedding. Letting things happen and creatively documenting the results. Whenever things started to get too relaxed, Charlotte & Chris’s son Jacob was on hand as the pageboy to ensure a constant happy chaos was maintained throughout.
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 and moody 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 soon 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!
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. It was then time for the speeches; Chris had to go one better than everyone else, having an actual owl flying in to deliver his handwritten notes. It certainly ruffled a few feathers.
One for the photographers; Peckforton Castle is a visually stunning wedding venue, with the dark interior providing a challenge to photograph. The Sony A9 handled the pressure admirably, 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.
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!
Peckforton Castle wedding photography in Cheshire by wedding photographer Andrew Keher. Andrew is an award-winning wedding photographer available for weddings in Merseyside, across the UK and for destination weddings worldwide. Emotive, natural, creative documentary wedding photography. If my vision resonates with you, please get in touch and let’s start a conversation.