Warm & Cosy Cheshire Wedding

Bride and groom with sparklers at Peckforton Castle

You know its been such a long time since I photographed a wedding at Peckforton Castle. Being a wedding photographer in the North West I have photographed a couple of weddings here especially in my early days. As the years have gone by and my perspective on light, moments and compositions have changed. It was great top get back and see the venue from a new perspective. There are a few venues in this area I’ve been to as a Cheshire wedding photographer and I just love the grandeur of this place.

Bride + Groom Castle Preparations

I also forgot how good the light is at this wedding venue. The textures on the walls and the shapes of the windows all help aiding me to make my photographs. Robert got ready with his friends down at the entrance to the entire venue. With his tartan trousers to introduce a Scottish twist into his attire. Whilst his groomsmen wore kilts. A relaxed morning with these guys and perhaps a wee dram of whiskey before helping each other our with their button holes. Once ready they headed up to the main castle for the wedding ceremony.

Jessica’s bridal preparations where low key but in no terms lacked character. There was a really nice and calm mood during the build up to the wedding from the brides perspective. I tried to capture the calm and the excitement at the same time. I love to try and illustrate the vibe in my images. It’s important to me that when people are looking back at the images, it visually recreates the atmosphere. Jessica’s dad was super proud and love these images of him seeing her for the fist time in her dress.

I’ve also tried here to set the scene with the Airel photo of the guests hanging out from above before the wedding began. Also the gorgeous flower arch built by Flowers from Bureau Botany are just gorgeous. These guys also provided the flowers for the rest of the wedding including Jessicas bouquet.

view through an archway at Peckforton Castle

brides perfume on display on the morning of her Cheshire wedding

groom fastens his bow tie before his Cheshire wedding

groom tightening his bow tie

groom checks himself over in mirror at Peckforton Castle

grooms watch

groomsmen buttonholes labeled up ready

groomsmen attaches grooms buttonhole onto outfit

groomsmen at Peckforton Castle checking over one another

an archway of flowers at Peckforton Castle

close up of a wedding food menu at Peckforton Castle

bride and her bridesmaid laughing during bridal preparations

brides engagement ring on her wedding finger

make up being applied to bride at Peckforton castle

groom greets a friend on the grounds of Peckforton castle

bride standing in nice light on the morning of her wedding

wedding guests at peckfoton castle from above

bridal portrait of bride before her Peckforton castle wedding ceremony

bride looks down at her flowers at Cheshire wedding

bride looking at flowers in front of window in Cheshire

father of the bride looks at his daughter on the morning of her wedding at Peckforton Castle

bride adjusting fathers flowers

Wedding Ceremony and Photos

Peckforton Castle is a dark wedding venue inside and when shooting wedding ceremonies in here it can be difficult if you have no control over the light. So with it being a dull overcast day already I decided to create my own light using my off camera flashes. Once the beautiful wedding ceremony was over Jessica and Robert enjoyed some drinks and canap├ęs with their guests before going on a shot walk together around the castle grounds. During this time I took a laid back approach to making some beautiful photos of just the bride and groom. Its mostly about the couple just being themselves and enjoying each others company. I don’t like to turn weddings into photoshoots so I try to keep my photographs as natural as possible.

bride gets a kiss of her dad before marrying her groom

bride and groom at the end of the aisle saying their vows to each other

best man hands over the wedding rings to the bride at Peckforton castle

bride and groom laughing during wedding ceremony in Cheshire

bride and groom celebrate the end of the wedding ceremony on the aisle at peckfoton castle

bride poses for photo on the grounds of Peckforton Castle

bridal bouquet in the hands of the bride outside Peckforton castle

brides bouquet next to the walls of Peckforton Castle

bride and groom at the gates of peckfoton castle

close relative kissed the bride on her cheek during drinks reception at peckfoton castle

wedding guests standing in the grounds of this Cheshire wedding venue

bride takes a drink of her cocktail whilst taking to a guest

wedding guests chatting in the courtyard of peckfoton castle

food being served by waitress

bride and grooms hands close up

an older relative taking photos in the courtyard of Peckforton Castle

the brides and her bridesmaids flowers bunches together

bride and her bridesmaids at the gates of Peckforton Castle

groom holds his brides dress during photo session at Peckforton Castle

Wedding Speeches, Dancing and Sparklers

It wasn’t until later in the afternoon when the wedding breakfast was served and with the speeches being after dinner, it was really dark outside leaving only some ambient light inside. This light was nice enough but again its light I had no control over so decided to create my own again using my trusty off camera flash. I love to make sure again that I’m setting the mood and atmosphere in the images to give a representation of what its like when you’re there. These speeches were full of great moments and reactions from the wedding guests and wedding party. Such a great part of a wedding to photograph and a part I always look forward to.

The dancing and sparkler photos are all taken again with low light though I only used my OCF (off camera flash) for the dancing. The sparkles photos you can see are all taken using the cosy warm ambient light given from the sparklers themselves.

Peckforton Castle table decorations for wedding

bride giving introductory speech at her own wedding at Peckforton castle

father of the bride giving his speech at Cheshire wedding

father of the bride, the bride and the groom all raise a glass for speech

groom giving his speech infant of all wedding guests at Peckforton Castle

bride has face in her hands during speech from groom at peckfoton castle wedding

bride laughing during speeches

wedding party all laughing during the best mans speech

groom and his bride cut the wedding cake with a sword at Peckforton Castle

bride walks onto the dance floor for her first dance at Peckforton Castle

bride and groom having their first dance surrounded by wedding guests

bride laughing during her first dance with her husband at Peckforton Castle

bride and groom smiling and holding sparklers in the dark at their wedding

bride and groom hold sparklers outside Peckforton Castle on their wedding day

bride and groom during their first dance at their Cheshire wedding

I want to give my biggest thanks to Jessica and Robert for having me along to their wedding. Putting their trust in me really gives me the drive to make the best wedding photos I can. Capturing the greatest moments and giving them something to look back on in many years to come! Thanks to Peckforton Castle for having the great space that is their wedding venue and to all of the suppliers who came together to make the day unfold perfectly for Jessica and Robert.