Documentary wedding photography at Farnham Castle
Farnham Castle in July, in the height of summer. Drinks on the terrace in the sunshine? Not this year…drizzle, heavy rain, drizzle, heavy rain….get the pattern? Not what was ordered. Didn’t stop Naomi and Greg grinning all day.
My first wedding at Farnham Castle – only been there once before, on another wet evening (but then it was November) but it was worth the trip!
A couple who booked me after another great wedding – almost two years ago. They were guests then, now their friends were guests on their day.
I say the castle, I think it’s more accurate to say that everything takes place in the Bishop’s Palace, attached to the old twelfth century castle keep? The Bishops of Winchester had a few grand palaces dotted about, as the richest diocese in Medieval England. They lived well… Even Bess One, stayed here – to avoid the plague in London. So a venue steeped in history and character, always the best kind – even if the gatehouse stairs can be a bit treacherous!!? 😉
The Gatehouse is where the coverage kicks off. Naomi getting ready with her bridesmaids (one being her sis) and her mum, before being collected by her dad, to walk across to the ceremony in the Lantern Hall. A classic comedy moment from her dad, as he gave Naomi away, to break the nerves around the ceremony. Vows, tears, rings, smiles, kisses – married – now real! A quiet moment in the Great Hall, as the guests gathered on the castle steps for the confetti. The unlucky ones, at the end of the line, standing in the drizzle. Then back inside for drinks. A seriously good magician, as a surprise for the bride and groom, to entertain and confuse the guests.
A brief pic under the tree – a bit dry and back in for the meal and some funny speeches. And Greg’s mini trees…..
Tables cleared, dance floor laid – time for the party – to hell with the rain outside (it was like thick fog, on the Hog’s Back, on the way home).
Here are a few images from a soggy wedding day at Farnham Castle, not that anyone really cared about the weather…