Wedding Venue reviews: Hedingham Castle & Peckforton Castle

I bet all the Brides, Grooms and wedding guests that were here in Italy over the summer, sweltering in 30+ degrees heat would find it hard to believe that, right now, as I write, there is half a metre of snow outside and we are completely and utterly snowed in! It has barely got above zero in the last week and whilst this is only day 3 of the snowfall, the forecast says that we have at least 5 days of this to come yet.

Nothing like being stuck at home to concentrate the mind on updating the website! I have decided to write a small piece about several venues that I particularly love working at. So far, I have added 2 pages: one about Hedingham Castle, a venue with a historic Norman Keep on the Essex / Suffolk border and one about Peckforton Castle, a magical castle in the heart of Cheshire.

If you’re thinking about either of these venues for your wedding, you won’t go far wrong! – Amy

Complete Wedding: Peckforton Castle

I reckon the best bit of advice that anyone could give you about choosing your wedding photographer would be to make sure that you have a good look through a few ‘complete’ weddings. It’s not too difficult to get together a handful of wonderful wedding photographs after taking the thousands that many do, but a complete wedding album will really tell you whether or not a photographer is right for you.

I’ve just updated my Complete UK Wedding from 2010 with Matt & Katy’s wedding at Peckforton Castle in May. So, if you’ve spent ‘forever’ looking through wedding photography websites and are getting a bit boggle-eyed, grab a glass of wine and a comfy chair then click here and ‘view slideshow.’

Can you see yourselves in these images? Drop me a line :-)

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Difficult to choose a few of my favourites so here are a few too many!

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Huge thanks to Matt & Katy for sharing your wedding photographs with us all. Lovely x

Wedding Photographer: St Helen's Church, Tarporley and Peckforton Castle, Cheshire, UK: Matt & Katy

Andy & Amy were the Wedding Photographers at St Helen’s Church, Tarporley and Peckforton Castle, Cheshire, UK for the wedding of Matt & Katy.

Matt & Katy were married on Friday the 7th May at St Helen’s Church in the beautiful village of Tarporley, south Cheshire. Too often we are made to feel rather unwelcome as wedding photographers working in a Church but not at this wedding. A wonderfully friendly and welcoming vicar allowed us to work freely (not that we move around or use flash anyway) and as such, the ceremony shots are stunning.

Peckforton Castle was the perfect venue for the wedding reception and the weather was good enough for drinks and canapes to be enjoyed out on the lawn in the sunshine. The entire day had a really relaxed atmosphere and all of the guests seemed to have a lot of fun. Peter, a brilliant toastmaster, had everyone in stitches with his rhythmical organisational skills! I’ll get hold of his details and add them here.

Katy and her gorgeous bouquet:

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Matt with his brother (& Best Man) Mark in the background:

Groom & Best Man

The vicar was really funny! He ensured that Matt seemed pretty chilled out before Katy arrived:

Groom before Ceremony

I Will:

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A natural line-up formed as we left church giving everyone the chance to give their best wishes:

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An alternative ‘car shot:’

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The road leading to Peckforton Castle is lovely given the right weather/light:

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Two young bridesmaids, Isabelle and Charlotte, were as good as gold all day long. Here’s Charlotte having fun and getting rid of some energy before dinner:

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Surrounded by friends and family. I love this shot!

Bride, Groom & Guests

A beautiful window in Peckforton Castle’s Grand Hall lights Katy perfectly:

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The Hexagonal Room was where the wedding breakfast and speeches took place:

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Such a chilled out day folks – we really enjoyed ourselves. Hope you’re enjoying your holiday. Very jealous!

Wedding photographer: Peckforton Castle, Cheshire, UK: Paul & Carly

Andy & Amy were the wedding photographers at Peckforton Castle, Cheshire, UK for the wedding of Paul & Carly.

We’ve been the chosen photographers for quite a few weddings at Peckforton Castle in the past and we always enjoy returning there. Paul & Carly had a fabulous wedding on the 22nd September – unusually, a Tuesday. The day was full of surprises; Carly’s Dad dressed in a kilt in his traditional Welsh tartan – not even Mum knew about it! Paul had arranged for the rings to be delivered by a beautiful Canadian great-horned owl and, to keep guests entertained, there was a fabulous Birds of Prey display during the afternoon.

Paul helped get everyone else ready in the morning. Here he is helping his Father-in-Law-to-be into his surprise outfit.

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I have my eyes closed in one of my favourite images of me on my wedding day. I hope Carly loves this one as much! I think it’s gorgeous.

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The owl behaved impeccably and was a great surprise for Carly. One less thing for the Best man to remember!

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The Great Hall at Peckforton Castle is beautifully-lit. Time to celebrate!

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The display gave us some great opportunities to capture some hilarious reactions of the birds getting so close.

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Beautiful.

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Paul and his two Best Men. The Bridal Party had really thought about their colour scheme to fit in with the colour and natural light of Peckforton Castle.

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One of my faves! LOVE it!

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The wedding breakfast was a hog-roast buffet – something that guests always enjoy. Andy claims that it was delicious. As a vegetarian I have to admit to keeping my distance!

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A wonderful, fun day upon which the sun shone despite the forecast for rain. We travelled the day after Paul & Carly’s wedding for the wedding of Griff & Yasmine in Tuscany – images coming soon! – Amy.

Wedding photographer: Peckforton Castle, Cheshire, UK: Matt & Charlie

Amy was the wedding photographer at Peckforton Castle, Cheshire, UK for the wedding of Matt & Charlie.

The setting; a beautiful medieval castle. The date; New Year’s Eve 2008. Could it get any more romantic?! I travelled to Cheshire for New Year for this fabulous occasion as a sole wedding photographer – a candle-lit castle, a foggy winter’s day and the groom is a photographer – no pressure then! However, the results are fabulous thanks to Matt & Charlie for giving me time, to Chris the usher for helping me with my video light and to Ray the toastmaster for getting all of the right people in the right places for the groups. We are at Peckforton Castle again later this year and are really looking forward to it. On with the images:

It really was a freezing cold day: my car read -4 degrees when I arrived and when I left and I don’t think it got any warmer all day!
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The boyz:
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Meanwhile, Charlie was going from being gorgeous to even more gorgeous:
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Beautiful detail in the dress:
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Since I was on my own, I started off photographing the ceremony at the front near to the couple but half-way through slipped out and crept up to the balcony for a different angle:
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The fog didn’t lift all day, which made for some wonderfully atmospheric shots:
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Despite not feeling too well, Charlie still managed to laugh all day:
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Love this! Off-camera flash is ace!
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Without the flash the results are totally different which made for a great variety of shots:
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A lovely moment captured during the speeches:
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Thanks Chris – you held the video light in exactly the right place for this shot:
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You’ve got your album to look forward to when you get back from your honeymoon folks – it’s looking amazing. Happy New Year again! -Amy