Nadia & Andy
A Castle Wedding at Peckforton
Peckforton Castle exudes a rich backdrop for a wedding. With old brick walls, large open fires and fine dining halls awaiting Nadia & Andy chose the deep winter to have their day. That made the focus of my photography the small details, the quality of the venue and the rich backdrop, gorgeously romantic portraits while still capturing those natural moments.
Wedding Photography at Peckforton Castle
The snow had fallen and the deep cold set it. Minus two degrees but Nadia and her bridesmaids were perfectly warm in the large rooms of the East Wing. So grand, tall and inspiring I loved the opportunity to contrast Nadia classy choice of colours with the old walls as well as the warm colours of the wedding breakfast room with the outside snow. I love the nervous energy of the getting ready session. There’s no need to overly choreograph – just capture! I did a few arrangements with the dress and then shot the ceremony room. Wow! I knew that would set the scene, especially in the album. Andy was around so I took a portrait of him looking quite James Bond. The groomsmen joined and after a (fresh!) wander in the snowy grounds a few candid shots we were already for the ceremony.
Ceremony In The Great Hall & Wedding Portraits
The wedding ceremony was amazing. The flowers, full of rich purples, white and pale pink adorned the aisle of The Great Hall. As the toastmaster loudly called for people to stand, Andy rose his head to the ceiling in anticipation. This was it. I love these moments; that first look – usually followed by a tear or two – and everyone’s eyes on the bride and groom. Such emotion and all below these grand walls with a projection of “A & N”, too. Then it was outside into a temperature of minus 2! I love natural portraits so left it to the guys and we made it into the snowy grounds and under the Gateway Lodge entrance to the castle. I left them to it and silhouetted against the castle wall I captured some beautifully romantic shots before it was time to get back in the warm.
Wedding Breakfast and Ukranian Dancers
Flooded with light and character the Drawing Room was the perfect place for the wedding breakfast. There’s such a rich feel about Peckforton and once the tables were dressed and the wedding cake and the guests’ glasses are filled it was time for the speeches. Both Nadia and her mum gave a speech – so good to hear in the modern era. After some Ukranian family history, a joke or three and the best man’s advice with some “Dont’s For Wives” it was back into the Great Hall for the party. The high pink projections of Nadia & Andy’s name looked down on the first dance and then, the surprise. The mother of the bride had organised for traditional Ukranian dancers to make their entrance and entertain. Letting the camera capture the movement of the dancers with their high flicks, twirls and swirls made for some really creative photography.
Night Photography at Peckforton Castle
And so after the cutting of the cake with a ginormous sword, a very romantic first dance and the party continuing well into the night it was time to slip away and out into the December cold. Looking back as I left the Gatehouse Lodge I could see the purple lights in the old castle windows and imagined the fires and the party still roaring. So I took a final shot of Nadia and Andy’s wedding at Peckforton Castle under the stars.