Walton Castle Wedding Photographs

We love taking Walton Castle Wedding Photographs and were very excited to be heading back to Bristol this weekend to shoot another wedding there. Our last visit was to create Walton Castle wedding photography in late September. With the deep red/ green Virginia creeper coating the walls in contrast to the azure blue summer sky. We wondered how the venue would differ seasonally for an early spring wedding.

The 17th century castle Walton Castle is a perfect dream wedding venue. A private luxury castle with panoramic views of the countryside and the Bristol channel.

Walton Castle Wedding Photographs - Preparation of a Peacock Themed Wedding

We arrived at Walton Castle in Clevedon the dusky evening before Louise and Dan’s big day. The happy couple and bridal party were busy arranging the many many home crafted details for the next day.

We don’t think we have ever seen so many details! From peacock feathers to peacock picture frames to peacock tissues. In fact anything you can think of with a peacock theme. Hundreds of paper and button flowers were ready for arrangement as tissue pom-poms were busily constructed.

Multi coloured patterned paper and button wedding bouquet

A quick look into the turret that would be the wedding breakfast space revealed even more. Strings of a thousand origami paper cranes hung from the ceiling . More peacocks adorned the candelabras on the tables. An ancient Japanese legend reads that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by the gods, happiness or eternal good luck. We took this as a good sign for the day ahead and retired early to charge our batteries for tomorrows Walton Castle wedding photographs.

Peacock feather detail from peacock themed wedding decorations at Walton Castle
Mother of the bride silver love heart drinks charm on silver wedding goblet
Blue wedding chair sash with peacock feather on distressed rustic wedding chair

 

Walton Castle Wedding Photographs of the Wedding Morning

Driving around the golf course and ascending the driveway causes the turrets and stone walls castle to loom above the woodland in front of you. A truly breath taking venue straight out of a fairy tale. We arrived as the courtyard was being prepared for an outdoor wedding ceremony. Chairs decorated with blue sashes were finished with iridescent peacock feathers. Origami flowers hung in the archway and large flowers fixed to the wall overhead

Walton Castle Wedding Photographs of Bridal Preparation

At the top of the central castle tower, in the bridal suite Louise and her bridesmaids were busying themselves with hair and make up. Each wore a personalised hoodie and permanent grin! Four peacock detail dresses hung on the wardrobe door in the space lit between bright morning sun and the tungsten glow of the indoor lights.

Bride, bridesmaids, wedding shoes and paper wedding bouquets on ornate wooden bed at Walton Castle
Dark Blue Bridesmaids Dresses with peacock detail from Walton Castle Wedding Photographs

Upon a wooden chest lay a varied array of wedding shoes arranged with the girl’s gorgeous paper and button flower bouquets. The popping Bucks Fizz corks signalled that serious preparation had begun. Tom was impressed by how well organised and calm the proceedings were. Even with the gorgeous distraction of the panoramic views across the countryside and Bristol channel.

Bridesmaid is laced into deep blue peacock pattern bridesmaids dress in Walton Castle

Once the bridesmaids were in their dresses the wardrobe was opened to reveal Louise’s stunning dress, hoop and veil hanging inside. Before she knew it Louise was being laced into her dress. Upon seeing just how stunning she looked in the mirror the emotions of the day caught up with her.

Bridesmaid in peacock detailed dress at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Dress hangs in window at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Bride and father embrace at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Bridesmaid in peacock detailed dress on morning of Walton Castle wedding photographs
Wedding shoe and lucky sixpence at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Bridesmaids help bride with dress at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Documentary wedding photo of bride putting on bolero on wedding morning
Bride with all bridesmaids and mother of the groom on morning of Walton Castle wedding photographs
Bride in mirror on morning of Walton Castle wedding photographs
Mother of the groom and Bride at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Paper and button bridal bouquet at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Bride and bridesmaids hug on morning of Walton Castle wedding photographs
Bridesmaid with peacock feather in hair at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Bride looking emotional on morning of Walton Castle wedding photographs

Any tension in the room was immediately broken upon the arrival of the ever jovial father of the bride proudly showing off his spectacular peacock braces.

Final touches were added to the stone courtyard and the wedding party disappeared to don wedding attire. A happily beaming Dan appeared from the games turret almost ready to meet with the registrars. It should be noted that the games turret had been decorated with some pretty risqué pencil ‘life drawings’ of Dan sketched on his stag do!

Steady hand groom before Walton Castle wedding photographs

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Photographs at Walton Castle Wedding Venue

In the warming mid day sun  the bunting and paper flower chains swung in the breeze. The wedding guests, groom and groomsmen took there places awaiting the arrival of the wedding party.

The gorgeous bridesmaids and page boy led Louise her father down the aisle to Dan. During the outdoor wedding ceremony we were treated to heart felt readings from Dan’s father and one of Louise’s friends. Hidden behind the scenes Tom noticed that Dan couldn’t resist whispering ‘I Love You’ to Louise while the registrar spoke.

Bridal party arrive for ceremony at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Bridesmaids during ceremony at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Grooms parents during ceremony at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Guests during ceremony at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Smiling bride during ceremony at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Ceremony from window at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Best men looking emotional during ceremony at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Bride and groom under decorated archway at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Newlyweds steal a moment together at Walton Castle wedding photographs

Once Louise and Dan were pronounced husband and wife the castle walls were filled with the echoing sounds of cheers and rejoicing. Instead of traditional confetti the guests blew bright rainbow bubbles in a shower over the happy couple.

As the guests congratulated the newly-weds drinks and canapés were served in the sunshine. After a while we noticed Louise and Dan’s fixed grins had started to look a little painful. This was our cue to steal them away for ten minutes of peace and calm. We used the amazing backdrop to capture some Walton Castle wedding photographs of the couple alone.

Page boy in Spiderman cap at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Kiss on the steps at Walton Castle wedding photographs
The bride waiting for her husband at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Bride with paper flowers and button bouquet at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Bride and groom on driveway at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Kiss behind bouquet at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Newlyweds kiss at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Bride and groom shaking hands at Walton Castle wedding photographs

Walton Castle Wedding Speeches

Back inside a bell was rung as a signal for the guests to filter into the “Dining, Dancing and Party Turret” for wedding breakfast. Wedding speeches took place under the thousand paper cranes in the subtly lit room. In his own words the father of the bride kept his speech short and sweet. Dan gave thanks and gifts, making the crowd whoop and applaud with the novel phrase “my wife and I “. Much to Dan’s relief the best men finished formalities with limited ridicule of his character.

Bride outside the front of the castle at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Bride enters the room for wedding breakfast at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Father of the bride delivers his speech at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Groom delivers speech at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Top table kiss during speeches at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Parents reaction to grooms speech at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Guests raise glasses to toast at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Page boy receives Teddy bear gift at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Best man delivers speech at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Bride and Grooms reaction at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Best man while delivering speech at Walton Castle wedding photographs

In keeping with family tradition the bell was rung again and “dry” was announced. This signalled certain table members to  and collect and the trees of high tea from the kitchen.

Afternoon tea with peacock detail at Walton Castle wedding photographs

Wedding Evening Reception Photographs at Walton Castle

With bellies full of tasty food and drink the wedding guests emerged onto the sunlit grounds. They then enjoyed the array of lawn games available. A particularly serious game of Kubb was so involved that Louise decided she was going to show them how it was done. You may remember kubb or “Viking chess” from our Balmer Lawn wedding photographs. It is a highly entertaining game for participants and spectators alike and we will be buying our set soon.

Laughing groom at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Paper and button flowers in garden at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Bride plays lawn games from Walton Castle wedding photographs
Bride reaction to winning at lawn games at Walton Castle wedding photographs

In the games turret the page boy was enthusiastically playing a game of pool with his granddad. Next Louise decided it was time to scale one of the castle walls to take in the incredible views.

Bride climbs wall ladder at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Panoramic view from the top of main turret at Walton Castle wedding photographs

In the main castle young and old warmed themselves with some rest and relaxation next to the open fire in the Living Room. We could tell that this was the calm before the storm as more guests were expected shortly.

Guests enjoying at rest at Walton Castle wedding photographs

Wedding wellies at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Bridesmaid and guest in kitchen at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Bride and friends in courtyard at Walton Castle wedding photographs

The courtyard filled with the female wedding guests and Louise threw her bouquet from the castle steps. Without missing a beat Dan joined her. The games turret filled to bursting with guests wrangling for a space to witness the cutting of the cake. The cake should get a special mention. Not only was it topped with two sparkling silver peacocks but it was actually three different flavoured cakes expertly crafted by the grooms sister (and bridesmaid).

Peacock detailed frame from Walton Castle wedding photographs

Not surprisingly the bar opened in the Bar turret! Louise and Dan showed their pageboy exactly how to add fingerprints onto the peacock fingerprint picture guest book. The sun then started to dip below the horizon.

Bride and page boy in courtyard at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Sunset towards Wales from Balcony at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Bride and Groom add fingerprints to Peacock theme signing book at Walton Castle wedding Photographs

Walton Castle Wedding First Dance

With the dining  taken care of the “Dining, Dancing and Party Turret” had been turned around for the dancing part of the evening. Louise and Dan danced their first dance together surrounded by family and friends. They were quick to join them throwing shapes upon the floor. The dark candle lit room had one major light source, the door. This was randomly opening and closing. Instead of fighting the light variation we decided to embrace it and use the doorway as a source of silhouette haloing.

Couple kiss during first dance at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Guests applaud brides dancing at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Bridesmaids on the dance floor at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Peacock and candle details at Walton Castle wedding photographs

The dance floor cleared a little and the girls decided it was time for a dance off! The castle lights came on, illuminating it against the deep blue sky. The smell of a hog roast from Bowberry Fayre drifted around the grounds.

We left Louise, Dan and their guests merrily dancing the night away. Once outside we could fully appreciate the stunning shapes of the castle silhouetted against the starry night sky. A truly wonderful day to be creating Walton Castle wedding photographs.

Groom kisses Bride at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Sunset from the balcony at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Kiss on the balcony at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Couples shadow on door at Walton Castle wedding photographs
Bride and Groom outside at Walton Castle wedding Photographs

 

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