Wow!! As wedding venues go, Farnham Castle is definitely up there with the best!
You may remember, at the beginning of our holiday we had a wedding to go to; that of Maddie (the daughter of some close friends of ours) and James. We were over the moon to take their photographs at this stunning venue. ‘Twas a busy day for sure, but such a joy to photograph a lovely couple in this amazing setting!
The castle is about 900 years old. Here’s a little history http://www.farnhamcastle.com/history/
The Old Gatehouse is where the bridal party get ready for the day ahead.
The Gatehouse is designed perfectly for the purpose. It has a comfy downstairs area; refreshments had been laid out here to keep everyone going throughout the morning. The hair and makeup ladies were hard at work in one of the upstairs rooms, with the dresses and shoes set out in another, which had glorious light streaming in, so great for photos to be taken.
Fantastic hair and makeup by the lovely ladies at Amore Makeup http://www.amoremakeup.co.uk/
Whilst the girls were getting ready, we took some shots of the preparations going on in The Great Hall.
Just had to take a picture of this tame little cat. He must live somewhere nearby – he was very friendly and amusing 🙂 As you can see was doing his best to trip up the videographer, Andrew, who it was great to meet and work alongside http://andrewcollin.co.uk/
James and his groomsmen arrived along with some guests and we took some shots as they chatted on the Great Lawn in front of the castle.
It was back to the Gatehouse then – the beautiful bride was almost ready to go!
Maddie’s mum and our good friend, Trudy, is a registrar and she had been granted permission to take the ceremony which made it particularly special.
The ceremony took place in the Lantern Hall, which is a beautiful light and airy room http://www.farnhamcastle-weddings.co.uk/venue/the-lantern-hall/
Beautiful flowers by Eden Blooms http://www.edenblooms.co.uk/
Everything certainly runs like clockwork at Farnham Castle – extremely well organised, and the staff are very friendly and helpful.
After the ceremony, the guests are asked to line up along the main staircase, with a glass of Pimms in one hand, and a handful of confetti in t’other, and the bride and groom then mosey on down the steps being showered by confetti. A magical site to behold – and of course great to photograph!! We were told an amusing story of one occasion when a guest inadvertently threw their Pimms instead of the confetti at the bride and groom – oops! I suspect wasn’t very funny for the bride and groom at the time!!!
Luckily only the confetti got thrown on this occasion …
Then it was a quick run upstairs for me to take the main group shot of the newlyweds and their guests in front of the castle from a top floor window – a perfect vantage point to get both the guests and the fantastic view across Farnham.
The gardens are beautiful, and lend themselves perfectly to the romantic bride and groom shots, and there is the added bonus of photographing the happy couple in the castle ruins too, with its wonderful ancient walls and amazing views.
A photographer’s dream!!
The wedding breakfast takes place in the 12th century Great Hall http://www.farnhamcastle-weddings.co.uk/venue/the-great-hall/ The meal is exquisitely presented – and delicious too! The balcony overlooking the Hall gives a splendid vantage point to take some pictures of the speeches, tables and later the dancing.
So it was into the early evening and there was a beautiful relaxed atmosphere as the bride and groom mingled with their guests in the castle grounds before cutting their cake and having their First Dance.
Then it was dancing till midnight, and a hog roast feast just in case anyone was still peckish! Our photo props seemed to go down a storm and a good time was had by all.
We stayed in the Castle overnight, and we were all treated to a generous continental breakfast the next morning in the brightly decorated library which was a super relaxing way to finish the celebrations.
For anyone out there researching wedding venues at the moment, Farnham Castle might be well worth a look!
Congratulations, Maddie and James! It sure was a fantastic day 🙂