Peckforton Castle Wedding Photography Nicola & Hugh

With Wedding season well and truly in full flow, I welcome you to my blog which features Mr & Mrs Almond`s special day.......I had been really looking forward to Nicola & Hugh's wedding since they booked me at The National Wedding Show, Manchester back in 2015. As it was my first shoot at the enchanting Peckforton Castle. The castle had very much been in the news in the weeks leading up to Nicola & Hugh`s big day. Jamie Vardy, Leicester City football player and England striker had held his nuptials at the castle. Being a huge Leicester fan and reading about Jamie's wedding in Hello magazine had only made me more excited to be shooting at such a stunning venue.
My day started with bridal preparations at the 19th century fairy-tale castle in the heart of Cheshire. Nicola and the bridal party’s hair was expertly styled by The Hair and Beauty Retreat of Hazel grove and demur makeup was provided by Susie Taylor makeup. Nicola's elegant Downtown Abbey inspired gown was from the Confetti box, Eccles with chic flowers provided by Hazel Grove flowers. The Wedding party then made its way to the ceremony in Vintage Edwardian style wedding cars supplied by Grosvenor Classic Cars.
The church was the picture postcard grade 1 listed St Boniface's Church which stands prominently in the quaint Cheshire Village of Bunbury. Bunbury was used as the location for the fictional village of Great Puxford in the ITV drama “Home Fires.” Reverend Tim Hayward was delightful and made everyone feel welcome and provided a thought provoking ceremony. After the ceremony the happy couple made their way into the church yard and were showered with confetti before mingling and receiving congratulations from their guests. Everybody then made the short journey to the castle to continue the celebrations. On arrival the guests were met with a Pimms cocktail reception and the excellent toastmaster Peter Aust.  Whilst the guests enjoyed their drinks and surroundings I took the opportunity to shoot some lovely images. Peter the toastmaster then helped me get everyone together for a group shot with the impressive castle in the background. The venue had been superbly dressed by Event Dressing Cheshire creating a magical atmosphere. My own vintage Royal Mail wedding post box also featured and fit in perfectly keeping all the guest cards safe and secure. It was then time for the wedding breakfast in the drawing room with Lamb & Seared bream on the menu.
The wedding cake was made by CC cakes of Stockport with fabulous cake pops from the Sugar Tart Cupcakery. Nicola and Hugh cut the cake with Peckforton`s huge ceremonial sword. The speeches were heartfelt and entertaining and left me with two distinct memories’......Robbie Williams and that no man should spend £85 on a haircut. :P With the evening guests arriving the wedding party moved to the Great Hall to party with fantastic live music from Breaker live. The party continued way into the night and ended in the dramatic Wine Cellar. I also spent the day working alongside a husband and wife team of Video My Wedding who captured all these great memories on film. Here are just a few of my favourites from the day