Chillingham Castle wedding

Chillingham Castle wedding

Chillingham Castle wedding

Shonagh and Dans pretty frikkin epic Chillingham Castle wedding.

Chillingham Castle wedding

 

Above – you see Chillingham Castle a couple of hours before the wedding.

Shonagh and Dan aren’t a conventional couple – but then – hell – who is conventional anyway ?

Shonagh has a background in the arts and history,
her vision for her wedding day didn’t involve a white wedding dress and a church.

What Shonagh and Dan wanted –  was a Chillingham Castle wedding,
set in what is allegedly the most haunted house in England.
Their wedding was to involve a blue dress, a velvet jacket and swords.

yes . . .  real Swords.

 

 

 

 

chillingham castle rooms

The first thing I encountered, was Dan – the groom,
sorting out the wedding stuff (playlist for the evenings disco ? ) on his laptop.

The picture was taken with the windowlighting of a Dutch master – the windowlight being a pure chance thing,
I didn’t plan it – I just saw it and snapped it quickly before he moved somewhere else in the room.

So, the picture is an updated Vermeer painting, the letter is replaced by a laptop,
but the silence and the thought of the Vermeer are still present in the picture,
along with half a table lamp.
And there isn’t a map on the wall.  But those are mere happenstance details.
What we’re looking for here is, atmosphere.

 

Chillingham Castle weddingHere is a bunch of five fellers working on cufflinks, varying techniques are being employed here.

Chillingham Castle wedding

Chillingham Castle wedding

The use of teeth is imaginative.

Would you like to see the cufflinks ?
They’re a little unusual – and they might give a tiny insight into Shonagh and Dans character.

Chillingham Castle wedding

Yes – those skully skull things, with the red glittering eyes are indeed the cufflinks.

Chillingham Castle roomsHere’s Shonagh – the bride.
An unposed picture snapped in the total randomness of a Chillingham Castle bedroom, and she looks stunning.

The late afternoon sunshine streams through the window
and beyond that window lies the garden,
in which wedding guests are assembling for pre wedding drinks, chatting, socialising
and staring at long forgotten relatives and being astounded that they’re still alive.

So – whilst the bride and her bridesmaids are busy looking fab.

I take a look at the men  . . .

 

 

I figured that if they liked skull cufflinks – they might like skull wedding photos.

Below, we see the groom (the big hairy feller in the middle) his best man and ushers.

unusual wedding photograph

Meanwhile – the guests are arriving, meeting in the garden socialising,
smiling, staring at each other, making small talk enjoying the setting,
as the afternoon heads toward teatime, the sun sinks lower.

chillingham castle wedding photographer

chillingham castle wedding photographer

The wedding draws closer

and parents try to decipher the plans.
chillingham castle wedding photographer
chillingham castle wedding photographer
And on the table, where the wedding is to take place,
swords and a bunch of keys are resting.

chillingham castle wedding ceremonyBreak with tradition : groom leads the bride up the aisle.
Actually – she’s in front – so technically – she’s leading the groom up the aisle.

chillingham castle wedding ceremony

Things happen. A grandparent makes a reading.

chillingham castle wedding ceremony

p.s. spot the mums in the picture.

to find the mums, I’ll give you a crossword clue.

milliners products.  four letters across.

chillingham castle wedding ceremony

hillingham castle wedding photographer

Wedding things happen, vows. stuff like that.

hillingham castle wedding photographer

Rings are exchanged.

I like long lenses – I can get details with them – without standing too close.

hillingham castle wedding photographer

Ah – you may kiss the bride sir . . .

hillingham castle wedding photographer

The register is signed –
you’ll probably be aware that in these parts, registrars don’t allow pictures of the register actually being signed,
I sneaked this picture whilst pretending to stare perplexed at my camera controls.  oops. it took a picture. fancy that !

The registrars set things up afterwards for a posed ‘signing the register’ picture . . .

hillingham castle wedding photographer

Here is Shonagh and Dans version of a posed ‘signing the register’ picture . . .

hillingham castle wedding photographer

Above – we see Dan weighing up the decapitation risk as the couple make their exit.
chillingham castle wedding

Quick picture in the doorway as we exit the building,

Dans brother realises that he may also be in the picture
and beams his best smile.

chillingham castle wedding

People randomly stand around and chat.

chillingham castle wedding

chillingham castle wedding

One shy bride.

 

chillingham castle wedding

We get a picture of everyone together.

chillingham castle wedding

Random socialising continues in the courtyard.

chillingham castle wedding

More random chatting.

chillingham castle wedding

 

chillingham castle wedding

We hop outside for a few minutes, to make the most of the fading light.

Those swords had to be included in a picture.
I thought the safest thing to do at this point was to step back.

chillingham castle wedding picture

chillingham castle wedding picture

chillingham castle wedding picture

 

 

chillingham castle wedding

chillingham castle wedding

 

chillingham castle wedding

chillingham castle wedding picture

 

chillingham castle wedding

chillingham castle wedding picture

chillingham castle wedding picture

 

After a dash around the garden,
getting some posh looking wedding pictures in the bag,
we hop back into the warmth of Chillingham Castle.

chillingham castle wedding

Where we find that elves and pixies appear to have decked the hall for the festivities.

chillingham castle wedding picture

Some particularly lovely flower decorations surround the candles on the tables.

chillingham castle wedding picture

Ah – some speechifying is beginning.

 

chillingham castle wedding picture

Using a drone, I get myself into an elevated position to get a picture above everyones heads.

chillingham castle wedding picture

And as the camera returns to ground level,
we see the guests reactions to the speeches.chillingham castle wedding picture chillingham castle wedding picture

chillingham castle wedding picture

Shonagh – the bride also makes a speech.

chillingham castle wedding picture

And after the meal and the speeches,

there is more socialising to be done,
this time – under the antlers of some kind of mutant Elk.

chillingham castle wedding picture

 

chillingham castle wedding picture

Ooh, sparklers.

 

chillingham castle wedding picture

Would you care to dance ?

chillingham castle wedding picture

chillingham castle wedding picture

chillingham castle wedding picture chillingham castle wedding pictureAnd as wedding guests danced the night away
I grabbed my harry potter invisibility cloak – and disappeared into the night.