Belvoir Castle Wedding Photography | Brooke & Olly
We’re already half way through the year and this is my first highlights post of 2021!
When you’ve had so long out of work you worry about being rusty and weather or not you’re going to deliver the goods. Brooke & Olly’s Belvoir Castle Wedding was was one the first few weddings out of lockdown. It was always going to be a great wedding to try and pick up the mojo and create some beautiful imagery.
It was a pleasure to capture the story of their special day, from the morning preparations through to the evening fireworks. Their entire day was magical and some of the things which went into making the day so special (a great to photograph) are:
- Stunning bridal suites for the morning prep (It really does make a big difference to the photographs when you have large spacious and elegant rooms to work in)
- A touch of style! From the brides glistening Jimmy Choo’s to the grooms vivienne westwood accessories.
- String quartet (Sets the tone and gets people in the mood)
- A beautiful warm and sunny day allowed for some drinks & canapes in the rose gardens.
- Cutting the cake, sword-style!
- Firing of the canons. Extreamly loud, guartanteed to wow your guests (and neighbouring counties!)
- Dad & daughter dance. Not just a shuffle, this was a choreographed surprise that diversity would be proud of!
- Finally, a great looking bride and groom who place their trust and confidence in you.
Information & advice from the newly-weds
How long have you been together/Any stories about how you met?:
We’ve been together for four years, and Olly proposed after two. For the proposal, Olly tricked me into a surprise weekend trip away, and I was furious that he let the secret location slip (he can never keep a secret)! However, I was really looking forward to going to Padstow, Cornwall. It turns out he’d pulled a double bluff as in a sneaky move we ended up on the Eurostar to Bruges (which had been our first holiday together two years earlier) He proposed on the Bonifacius bridge, where legend has it you will marry the first person you see after crossing the bridge. He still owes me that trip to Padstow.
Reasons for choosing your venue?
Have you seen it? It’s incredible! Olly goes flying, and one time he took me up to fly locally and we passed over this beautiful castle, so I asked him what it was. He told me it was Belvoir Castle and after looking it up found out it held weddings. So after the proposal it was the venue we instantly thought of. We booked the viewing on the train home from Bruges and after looking round it later that week, we were in love. With Olly’s love of history and my love of fairy-tale castles, really how could we get married anywhere else?
Belvoir Castle in itself is so grand and opulent, we didn’t want any strong colours or style to take over. We went simple with green foliage, ivory flowers and gold accents to compliment the look of the castle and let the castle’s decor speak for itself.
Any special thoughts/memories from the day?
Everything was so special. It’s hard to choose but for us, the highlights were the ceremony, seeing each other for the first time at opposite ends of the aisle and saying our own vows that we had written for each other. Also being able to see all our friends and family who we hadn’t seen in at least a year during the pandemic. We made a point of visiting everyone throughout the day, and I remember just looking round the room at the wedding breakfast across all the tables and seeing everyone smiling and enjoying themselves. It was so wonderful to have all the people we loved together once more.
Any advice for couples planning a wedding?
Don’t sweat the small stuff. We planned and planned which in the end led to a smooth and stress-free day. After having to rearrange your wedding twice due to a global pandemic that is beyond your control, on the day what truly mattered was the fact that we’d finally made it! We were together, and we had our beautiful friends and family happy and healthy celebrating with us.
Don’t be stressed out by small details, they will be forgotten. What will be remembered is the people, and the feelings for joy and happiness. Oh, and also choose an epic photographer, like Matt! It’s really important that you pick suppliers you feel comfortable around, they will be with you all throughout the day. Matt is talented there is no doubt, but we wouldn’t have chosen him if we hadn’t have instantly liked him when we met.
Here’s a collection of my favourite photographs from Mr & Mrs Morgan’s epic Belvoir Castle Wedding. Congratulations!
(Viewing on a mobile? Crank your screen brightness up to full for the best viewing experience)
Venue: Belvoir Castle
Hair Stylist: Brooke’s Auntie Wendy at PennyLane Hair Salon
Makeup artist: Tina Brocklebank
Dresses: DressPlace, Nottingham
Florist: The Flower Barn
Cake: The Pink Cake Box
Stationary/Styling: Princess Occasions
Videographer: Taylor Made Videography
String Quartet – Highly Strung Quartet
Fireworks – MLE Pyrotechnics
Favours – Macaron Bliss
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