Langley Castle wedding pictures of Joanne and Marks wedding.
( complete with a stuffed posing peacock,
which I only bring along to selected weddings).
I turn up, and find that the sky is blue,
the flag is flying,
and the sun is shining 🙂
a pretty good start ! hope the rest of the day is OK too . . .
( It will be, we don’t allow bad days, we only have good days !)
Within minutes, I locate three fellers,
they are involved in a heated discussion outside of the main door at Langley Castle,
I’m not quite sure what the heck they were discussing ( and pointing at !)
So I took a picture, then moved on . . .
( I am guessing that the feller on the left is pointing at the castle,
as that would be directly in front of his right index finger –
which is doing the pointing in this picture).
Inside, in one of Langley Castles myriad mediaeval rooms,
a little princess lurks,
along with some kind of magic wand thing with a flower in it.
Hmmmm . the plot thickens
Could this be one of those Langley Castle weddings I’ve heard about,
with little bridesmaids and other assorted wedding stuff ?
I step back and take in the whole scene – aaaah it kinda makes sense now
there’s a bride near the window,
she’s sitting opposite to the little girl with the strange magic wand thing.
The bride is called Joanne,
and she’s getting married at Langley Castle today.
I hop up closer to Joanne, thinking, hmmm.
Might take a picture of this girl, she looks pretty . .
She is. So I do.
Then as quick as a flash, I disappear from the room,
I make an elegant departure,
then fall headlong down the stairs,
arriving at the bottom with a thump.
Calmly, I walk into the Josephine room, I find a man about to be married . .
(A picture of above mentioned man about to be married is below).
A delightful lady who is a Northumberland registrar of marriages,
fiddles with a complicated ribbon arrangement
on a strange cushion thing
that has some wedding rings on it.
I guess it must be some sort of quick release ribbon,
or maybe some contraption that catapults the rings into the grooms hands.
Bride arrives, Best man laughs (nervously).
Bride laughs – not nervously –
she smiled and laughed all day anyway.
At this point – the brides father places the brides hand in the grooms hand
symbolically ‘giving her away’
You can see that fathers hand is whipping away quickly – it’s a blur.
He’s thinking – hah – she’s yours now sir, no going back !
The general merriment and happiness is really evident in this picture
smiling registrar, smiling bride and groom, well, smiling everyone really.
Ooh – you’ve probably guessed – it’s a heck of a wide angle lens,
It’s nearly a 180 degree view of the room,
so I’m jammed into the corner, making sure that my nose isn’t in the picture.
Oh the ring thing, let’s do the ring thing.
Here’s a ring, we’re married.
(I think that’s what happens at this point).
Then . . . something wierd . . . sorry,
I meant something unusual and creative happens.
There is now, ladies and gentelemen, for your delight and delectation,
a sand ceremony.
What ? You’ve never heard of a sand ceremony ?
well . . . the meaning of the sand ceremony is . . .
Oh . . . things are happening quickly here,
man kisses girl, heck – they’re married. they’ve done it !
Bride and groom then process out of the room to music,
which is laid on by the London Symphony Orchestra
who are sitting just out of view, to the left of the doorway.
At this point, guests usually helpfully stand in the way of my camera
so that they can get a picture on their mobile phones.
But . . these guests were pretty well behaved in that department . . . 🙂
Oh – gotta get a nice picture of the two of them.
I think the man is smiling !
quickly – we whizz through a few little group pictures,
the men on each end of the above group,
will be looking at guests with cameras.
This happens. I do say ‘look this way’
I wave my arms
then I wave my legs
I do a dance.
so they gaze left at the crucial moment .
The great confetti hurling begins, above, you see a storm of the stuff.
And a bunch of girls above . . .
girls basically have fun !
Much of what I do, is to take pictures that are unposed,
unannounced, I sneak about like a sneaky thing,
sneakily taking pictures from a great distance.
I sometimes think that the unposed ones are the best ones.
Guests at this Langley Castle wedding,
retire to the drawing room on the first floor.
Then we get some nice pictures of Joanne and Mark.
They look rather nice don’t they !
( they actually are rather nice people, oddly enough !)
Above, I whip the posing peacock out of my camera bag
and place it on the ground in just the right spot to make a good picture.
The posing peacock is actually a stuffed peacock,
and balances on one toe like this
to make it look as if he is actually walking across the picture.
And if you believe that . . .
yes, you guessed it, the peacock is real, and he’s in the perfect spot
because of something called random chance.
I wasn’t particularly clever to get the picture. I was just lucky.
And a trained peacock rustler was also employed at this stage.
Enough of peacocks – darned thing is stealing the show here . . .
above we see,
one happy couple,
one castle. flag flying. etc etc.
Just for the heck of it, we hop up to the castle roof.
And we take a picture – just to say we’ve been here.
then we hoppity hop back downstairs again.
You will be wondering what the room looks like,
above, you see the Stuart suite at Langley Castle, set for a wedding.
(well . . you kinda guessed that bit, didn’t you ?)
And in an alcove with a window behind it,
a mahoosive pile of cupcakes,
are surmounted by more cakes,
with purple butterflies fluttering up the side.
( They are not real butterflies,
that would be cruel,
they are made of cement or something).
Grown up bridesmaid spots little bridesmaid,
decides to take a picture,
but this being a technical thing,
Knobs and buttons and switches are involved . . .
a man decides to assist. 🙂
Beaming smile from attractive bridesmaid.
people smile at me.
I am guessing it must be the camera,
unless they are being kind,
and humouring me. 🙂
Hah – in furtive ninja mode,
I sneak up to the side of the top table,
intending to get a sneaky snap,
and I’m spotted,
more people smiling at me 🙂
Top level conference taking place at the top table,
characters from right to left :
brides mum and father, listening avidly
Anton, General manager of Langley Castle – he’s imparting information to the groom.
The best man, is bowing his head slightly
and the feller on the left,
Well, he’s the grooms father – and he’s just noticed
nuclear fusion taking place in one of the light fittings,
this isn’t something that happens every day, so he looks a bit surprised.
Man shakes off small child attached to his nose in previous picture,
I step back – in case the comment that I wrote above about
‘child attached to mans nose’ annoys the man making the speech,
and I get a wide view of the room whilst his speech is ongoing.
Groom makes his speech.
Best man makes his speech.
aided by a lapdancer and a projector.
Sorry. small typo there. I meant laptop.
The best mans speech dissolves the room into laughter.
He’s still talking, the room is still laughing,
(well – the people in it are laughing – you know what I mean . . . )
A totally random picture of a lego castle,
god knows what this was about.
I just saw it, the groom was looking at it. So I took a picture of it.
My drone copter thing takes to the air above the dance floor,
with a tiny camera on it.
Which means that I can then get an aerial shot of the dancing.
OOh there was a surprise at this wedding.
the surprise was kept from the bride,
it was organised by the brides parents.
The surprise was . . . Fireworks. and quite spectacular they were too !
A final picture. A large red firework lands on a car in the carpark,
the car petrol tank explodes, people running about with fire extinguishers,
you know the kinda thing.
Thank you Joanne and Mark,
I thoroughly enjoyed being a tiny part of your lovely Langley Castle wedding.