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Saturday 23 April - St Edwards Kettering and Rockingham Castle

Chloe and Peter

I vividly remember the first time I met Chloe and Pete - mainly because as soon as they mentioned getting married at Rockingham Castle I knew I wanted to be the one to capture their day! Preparations began at the brides parents house, with everything being surprisingly calm and even running to schedule. I particularly enjoyed Chloe heading outside to check out her wedding cars with hair and makeup part done and wearing just a robe and UGG boots.

dress and shoes

makeup

garter and bouquet

earrings and ring

hair and veil

There was definately some nerves going on when I arrived at the church for a quick hello to the boys. With the main colourscheme being purple, Pete had included a nod to his Welsh heritage with a hint of yellow and a daffodil or two.

groom and bestmen

groom and buttonhole

pocket watch

Arriving with dad at the church, Chloe was more than ready to make her entrance. With sunshine streaming through the windows and a balcony from which to shoot from, I was able to keep well out of the way and work relatively un-noticed.

bride and dad arrive

ceremony

exchange vows

signing register and exit

Confetti was a big aspect of Chloe and Pete's day. So much that they had cones available at both the church and castle (more photos of that later). I see lots of different varieties of confetti and if you do want to make an impact then it is best to supply it to your guests. Believe me ... auntie so and so bringing one packet does not make a confetti shower, particularly as they will insist on getting it down your neck!

confetti

bride and groom with champagne

bouquet detail

A short drive from the church took us to Rockingham Castle for drinks, music, walks around the gardens, oh and some more photos. I also got to climb the tower to take the big group photo ... which was a real treat for me. Whilst the sun still shone I think everyone will agree that it still felt a bit chilly on the windswept lawns. However none of the ladies lost their hats or fasinators so I think we did well.

Rockingham Castle

bridal party

parents and kiss

The wedding breakfast was held in Walkers House, which is usually the tea rooms when the castle is open to the public. Guests were seated on long tables which made such a nice change from the usual rounds. Speeches were done from the staircase allowing everyone to feel involved and at the end of the meal the couple cut their huge 4 tier multi-flavoured cake... there was so much cake that I got to take some home with me!

wedding breakfast

wedding breakfast

speeches kiss

cutting the cake

As the couple had a 12.30 wedding, and with the evenings getting longer, I was able to take advantage of the evening for the second confetti shot (well it would have been a shame to have the petals go to waste) and a walk around the castle gardens. Guests had the option of a behind the scenes castle tour to walk off their dinners before the party started.

confetti

wedding rings

sunset

blossom

castle walk

The lower level of Walkers House became the evening bar and dancefloor area. The couple had a swing singer come do a set and a bit later the Welsh contingent were in fine voice for some Tom Jones numbers!

first dance

first dance

 
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