Sudeley Castle Wedding Photography
-Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire GL54 5JD
I had been looking forward to shooting the wedding photography at Sudeley Castle for Natalie & Richard for longer than I care to remember. I was ridicuously excited about this wedding and having looked at some wedding photographs of Sudeley Castle online, I could hardly contain myself. It’s hardly surprising that Liz Hurley chose to tie the knot here. This Cotwolds wedding venue is tremendous!! Home of Lord and Lady Ashcombe and steeped in history going back centuries including the venerable Dent Brocklehurst Family, Sudeley Castle was recently described as being ‘the most romantic Castle in England’…..and the venue was also voted Wedding Venue of the Year!!! No mean feat with stiff competition around these days. No wonder that newlyweds are queuing up in their droves to marry here. This is a truly unique setting within the very heart of The Cotwolds with breathtaking views across Gloucestershire and set in 1200 glorious acres with the most stunning, award winning gardens too.
So with a perfect wedding venue, what could possibly go wrong for Natalie & Richard? Everything was simply divine with one exception. The weather. It had been raining in London everyday for weeks and the forecast didn’t look promising. And for once The Met Office got it right. The rain in biblical proportions, but then suddenly it stopped, and the sun made an appearance. Hoorah. Then huge, over sized black rain clouds appeared from nowhere. More rain, of the dense, heavy variety! The rain stopped. The sun appeared. Loads of it. Fantastic. Everyone cheered. Perhaps we will have great weather after all. Oh dear, huge swathes of black cumulus nimbus began blowing in again. More heavy rain. And so the cycle continued pretty much continuously all day. In the end I lost count of the number of times we were dumped on. I’m pretty sure it reached double figures. In fact, whilst we were out taking photographs of Natalie & Richard in the grounds, from nowhere it started raining and then the rain turned to hailstones. It was bizarre weather. And yet did the inclement weather ruin Natalie & Richard’s wedding day? Not a chance! Huge white umbrellas were plentiful wherever we walked at Sudeley Castle and not one single persons spirits were dampened (!!) by the weather. Everyone had a magnificent day. Fantastic speeches from Natalie’s father, chief bridesmaid Vicki Cox, best men Andy Macnab and Adam Skerry and finishing up with a heart wrenching speech from groom Richard which ensured that there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!! A truly spellbinding day. And before I go, I must just say a huge thank you to Debbie Hilyard, Sam and all the staff at Sudeley Castle who put on a great show and also a massive thank you to Matthew Brown and his team who bent over backwards to supply the most extraordinary food and drink service all day and night. Oh and one final word about the flowers. I can’t remember seeing such a gorgeous display of flowers, EVER. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. The work that must have gone into those displays defies belief. And the dusky roses within Natalie’s bridal bouquet were I think the best I have ever seen. Believe me, my photographs do not do the floristry justice. I am delighted to say that Natalie & Richard’s wedding also featured on Your and Your Wedding.
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Wedding venue: Wesley House //Wedding reception: Sudeley Castle //String Quartet: Bellini Strings // Catering: Wesley House Events // Flowers: Copelands //Groom’s suit: Richard James // Bride’s dress: Temperley //Bride’s shoes: Miu Miu // Videography: Shoot It Yourself // Wedding Cake: Peggy Porschen
Written by Jay Rowden