I was looking forward to this Hazlewood castle wedding, with James and Nikki, as the Bride, Nikki, was an old friend of mine.
It was great to be in touch and to catch up again, and even more of a pleasure to be chosen to capture her wedding to James.
This Hazlewood castle wedding was always going to be amazing, as the venue is stunningly beautiful,, and the weather looked like it was going to be on our side. I spent my morning mooching around the grounds, scoping out the best places for photos, and then catching up with the groomsmen and the guests as they arrived.
Nikki, was very self conscious about photos, so I had to put he at ease when it came to some bridal portraits. I do very little in the way of posing when it comes to my photography, so it worked in my favour when all I asked her to do was stand in font of the bay window in the bridal suit. From there, it was just a case of chatting with Nikki and her bridesmaids and crying a very relaxed atmosphere. This meant I could capture very natural portraits, very quickly, before leaving them all alone, and joining the groomsmen back downstairs.
The service was a beautiful, but light hearted affair, with Nikki walking down the aisle to music from Star wars, and the sound of laughter. I must admit, I was chuckling away and had to remind myself to get the shots needed.
After the ceremony, the sun was still shining brightly, which again made for a very relaxed formal group session out at the front of Hazlewood Castle.
Bride and Groom session
After all the formal group shots were completed, I took James and Nikki away for for some photos of them on their own around the castle grounds. This is a great chance to capture some stunning images, but it’s also a chance for them to have a few moments on their own. Wedding days can be very hectic, so this alone time can be very beneficial.
All in all the day was awesome, with a friend of the groom baffling everyone with some great magic skills, through to a brilliant live band helping guests and the happy couple dance the night away.
From all at Brendan Chadwick Photography, we wish you both a long and happy life together.
Here’s the story of the day in photos.
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