Wedding Photographer Hedingham Castle for Chloe & Joe
It was great to be asked to be Wedding Photographer Hedingham Castle by Chloe and Joe for their Summer Wedding. Hedingham Castle is the only active Norman Keep in Essex making it unique!
At the Lodge by the entrance of the Hedingham Estate is where the girls’ preparations were taking place and where our day commenced. Chloe, had eight Bridesmaids, four Flowergirls and family members in the Lodge. There was a lot going on! Despite the numbers the preparations were going well. Joe, his Groomsmen, Pageboys and family members were getting ready in the Cottage. We captured a variety of pictures of Chloe and Joe as the preparations stepped up a gear. David was with the men whilst I stayed with the girls. Once the girls all had their make up, hair finished and a couple of pictures taken they then got changed. Joe had a couple of pictures taken of himself and the men before they went up the drive to the Castle.
The previous wedding at the Castle had overrun increasing the pressure on us to get the times back on track which we did! We managed to take the pictures Chloe requested as well as the more usual ones. As the Bridesmaids and Flowergirls were on their way unto the Castle there was a little time to take a few Bridal pictures of Chloe and some with her Parents. Time now for us to go to the Castle too! Soon Chloe and her Father arrived and went up the steps and into the Castle.
The Guests were all seated in the Great Hall waiting for Chloe to make her entrance for the Candlelit Ceremony. A beautiful setting! Afterwards the Guests made their way out of the Castle, down the steps and onto the lawn. Whilst this was happening Chloe and Joe had some pictures of them taken in the wonderful Minstrels’ Gallery. After a few minutes they joined their Guests for some requested family pictures. Once these were completed the Guests lined the path over the Bridge and waited for Chloe and Joe to join them. As Chloe and Joe walked across the Bridge they covered them in confetti. Just as they reached the end of the bridge confetti cannons were let off, making for some fun pictures.
The Drinks Reception
The Guests made their way over to the House and Gardens for the Drinks Reception whilst we kept the Bridal Party back for a few pictures. They then joined the rest of the Guests after a few minutes. The weather was still holding and as usual we let the couple spend some time socialising before we we carried on with the arranged pictures. Chloe and Joe wanted a balloon ‘release’ in the garden so whilst the Groomsmen were collecting the balloons, Guests congregated by the lake.
We were lucky with the weather, just as we were returning to the House, it started to rain! It didn’t matter as it was nearly time for the Wedding Breakfast.
The Wedding Breakfast
Chloe and Joe greeted their Guests before they took their places at the tables in the Marquee. After the meal, it was time for the Speeches. The rain had not been too bad at all, so when the Speeches had finished, it was nice for everyone if they wanted to, to go outside. Garden games provided entertainment for both the adults and children. During the time before the cutting of the Cake we took some informal pictures. Chloe wanted a picture with her Bridesmaids and ‘love’ sign on the dance floor which made a nice relaxed shot. After their First Dance, we took Chloe and Joe outside for a couple of night pictures with the Keep. This ended our day as Wedding Photographer Hedingham Castle . Thank you Chloe and Joe for the extra effort you put in to achieve your pictures. A lovely day! So nice to see Olivia and Jon again, we photographed their Wedding at Fennes a few years ago.