If you're looking for a castle venue for your wedding, Langley Castle
really should be on your list; hidden deep in Hadrian's Wall country, it boasts medieval grandeur, outstanding attention to detail, food of the highest order and service to match. It can also lend great atmosphere to anyone looking for a 'spooky' feel to their wedding celebrations, so no surprises that Liane and Ash chose it.
And it even has trained peacocks…..check out one of the shots below!
Liane's dress came from Ian Stuart Bride
. Her choice really suited the wedding theme - I've never seen one like it in over 15 years shooting weddings!
I was also amazed at what her make-up artists, Diva Dust
, did on the day. Not only did they style and make-up Liane for the 'main event', along with some of her family and friends, they also re-appeared for the evening reception to undertake….well, a transformation of the bride and groom the like of which left everyone gawping! This was taking the Halloween theme to the limit - a fantastical theatrical effect. These guys really know their business.
Liane and Ash had obviously spent ages sorting out all the little details to match their theme. Liane's shoes, hair decoration, earrings and flowers, Ash's pocket watch and cufflinks, the table decorations, seating plan…..and as for the cake!!!
Yet despite all of the pre-wedding planning, their day was sooooo relaxed and laid back. I was only asked to shoot 3 or 4 'formal' photographs, plus a few bride and groom portraits. The weather played ball enough to allow me to capture some of the lovely autumn hues, which really set off Liane's dress.
The bride and groom and their guests were also spellbound by local magician Graeme Shaw
. I've worked with Graeme on a number of occasions and still have no idea how he performs his magic - even sawing the bride's arm off is still a mystery to me!
Everything else was pure reportage and, judging from the kind words they sent me after seeing the results, I think they were kinds happy; "We received the pictures and they are every bit as amazing as we thought and we love them! Thanks again; we've recommended your talents to basically everyone ever!"
All in all a really great wedding and certainly one I won't forget for a long time. Thanks guys, you were ace!