September is one of my favourite months, and as predicted provided the perfect weather for an autumn wedding at Berkeley Castle. It was over to the somewhat hilly district of Stroud to start the day, catching up with Heather and her bridesmaids at her parents home. Once past the parking logistics I entered the house to find it full of laughter and tea making. I can’t fault this as every day should start with a cuppa, so knew we were off to a good start.
With the wedding ceremony being held at St Mary’s church in Berkeley and the reception on it’s doorstep at Berkeley Castle the day would be pretty straight forward from my perspective. It’s a wedding day set-up I’ve photographed many times before and one that works really well. Having the church and castle so close makes it very easy for wedding guests and the photographer alike! So with a handful of prep photos in the bag and an empty tea cup I hurried over to the castle and got set for Heather’s arrival. At this point it is worth noting the church has two options for arriving at by car. On this occasions, the bridesmaids arrived in a camper van at one, whilst Heather arrived in a vintage wedding car at the there. Fortunately my guess paid of and I was stood at the right one at the right time!
After a lovely ceremony from Richard (the vicar), Alastair and Heather took a short drive in their classic car from one entrance of the church to the other (all of about 500 yards), and caught up with guests enjoying drinks on the gun terrace at Berkeley Castle. Napier catering were on hand to top up the glasses and hand out delicious nibbles, whilst extra entertainment was also laid on by the incredible magician Darren Campbell. All together a fine afternoon, with super weather for September and I’m sure a day to remember for Alistair & Heather.
Anyhow, without further ado, sit back and enjoy a few photos from Alastair & Heathers autumn wedding at Berkeley Castle.
Tea – tea – tea – tea.
With limited space to take photos from, there was only one thing for it…….go outside and shoot through the window! :-)
St Mary’s church in Berkeley.
Richard the vicar clearly cracked a few jokes to settle the nerves.
The all important rig exchange.
I love the sea of faces poised ready for Alastair & Heather to walk back down the aisle.
Another wedding with confetti to the max.
Off for the very short drive of about 600 yards from Berkely Church around to Berkeley Castle.
The fabulous sunflower theme for the wedding flowers was created by Maria of Sorori Design.
What a fantastic seating plan.
Darren baffles the wedding guests, and shares a special moment here with Catherine. Who I happen to know, as I’ll be photographing her wedding the next weekend (20th Septemebr). Small world huh?
Lovely to see a autumnal flowers out in the gardens of Berkeley Castle.
The best man patiently awaits his turn :-)
Alastair: “before I start my speech, I’ll check on the rugby score for everyone here”.
You may have said the wrong thing here Alastiar?
That’s better, more emotion.
If you are having a wedding at Berkeley Castle drop me a line, I’d love to hear from you and hopefully have the chance to photograph your wedding too.