Chillingham Castle wedding
Shonagh and Dans pretty frikkin epic 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.
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.
Here is a bunch of five fellers working on cufflinks, varying techniques are being employed here.
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.
Yes – those skully skull things, with the red glittering eyes are indeed the cufflinks.
Here’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.
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.
The wedding draws closer
and parents try to decipher the plans.
And on the table, where the wedding is to take place,
swords and a bunch of keys are resting.
Break with tradition : groom leads the bride up the aisle.
Actually – she’s in front – so technically – she’s leading the groom up the aisle.
Things happen. A grandparent makes a reading.
p.s. spot the mums in the picture.
to find the mums, I’ll give you a crossword clue.
milliners products. four letters across.
Wedding things happen, vows. stuff like that.
Rings are exchanged.
I like long lenses – I can get details with them – without standing too close.
Ah – you may kiss the bride sir . . .
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 . . .
Here is Shonagh and Dans version of a posed ‘signing the register’ picture . . .
Above – we see Dan weighing up the decapitation risk as the couple make their exit.
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.
People randomly stand around and chat.
One shy bride.
We get a picture of everyone together.
Random socialising continues in the courtyard.
More random chatting.
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.
After a dash around the garden,
getting some posh looking wedding pictures in the bag,
we hop back into the warmth of Chillingham Castle.
Where we find that elves and pixies appear to have decked the hall for the festivities.
Some particularly lovely flower decorations surround the candles on the tables.
Ah – some speechifying is beginning.
Using a drone, I get myself into an elevated position to get a picture above everyones heads.
And as the camera returns to ground level,
we see the guests reactions to the speeches.
Shonagh – the bride also makes a speech.
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.
Would you care to dance ?
And as wedding guests danced the night away
I grabbed my harry potter invisibility cloak – and disappeared into the night.