Belvoir Castle – Joseph & Nikki – 13th July 2013
Belvoir Castle (pronounced Beaver…and no, we don’t know why either) is simply one of the most stunning places we have ever had the privilege to photograph. A glorious twist of fate changed Joe and Nikki’s plans from their original venue to this imposing and beautiful estate in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside. Nikki prepared for their ceremony in one of the castle’s achingly pretty guest rooms. It was without a doubt one of the more opulent settings for a bridal preparation that we’ve photographed in our time. As this wedding took place in the height of summer, Joe and Nikki opted for a colour palette befitting of the season. Strong pinks, blues and yellows added a vibrancy to the day that was a joy to photograph. The ceremony took place in the impressive Guard Room amidst a backdrop of impressive armory, cavernous fireplaces and amazing architechture. After the I do’s, the couple and their guests ventured out into the gardens for celebratory drinks and some photographs with the castle providing the ultimate backdrop.
From the castle, we took a short drive to a the nearby reception venue where the bride and groom continued the colourful theme in spectacular fashion. The marquee had been decked out with a spectrum of bright colours, from the amazing personalised cake through to the vibrant table plans and paper latern-strewn ceilings. The temperatures soared well into the 30’s as guests filled out the marquee and the surrounding grounds which were filled with hay bales to sit out on and games both for the kids and the adults. Forgoing the traditional sit-down three course affair, the couple opted for a buffet style barbecue which was a great choice for the day and wildly popular with the guests. For dessert we were graced with the appearence of an ice cream man on a bike which (considering the temperature) was both delightful and entirely necessary.
The whole day was a celebration of wonderful family and friends having a throughly good knees up on a gorgeous summers’ day. A day packed with emotion, laughter and colour. Simply put, we loved it.