Pendennis Castle Wedding - Charlie & Joe
Words cannot express how grateful we are to yourself and Tamsyn for how much you did for us on our wedding day. You both helped to orchestrate the day and when things were different to expected you both seamlessly moved us around to get the photos we needed.
I always love photographing a Pendennis Castle Wedding, and Charlie and Joe's was no exception, fortunately with both our lovely couple working in mining they didn't have to dig too far to find us, as they came across us at an English Heritage wedding open day, where the castle invite their recommended suppliers to exhibit with them twice a year.
As well as second shooting for me Charlie booked Tamsyn to do her, the girls and mums makeup. So Tams headed in early to them while I headed straight to the castle to meet Joe and the boys getting the place and themselves ready. Joe chose top hats and tails from Moss Brothers, not only for himself but for all his groomsmen too. In eleven years this was only my fourth wedding with the groom in a top hat, and the first with the gents all wearing them, they certainly looked the part.
I didn't have far to go to get to the girls, they were getting ready in a house Charlie's parents were renting that was just at the bottom of the hill on Castle Drive overlooking the sea. On arrival I found Tams still busy doing the makeup whilst working along side her was Roanne Abell of Ro.Hair.
Charlie chose an effortlessly stylish gown from Lace & Grace in Bristol, and immediately I thought of Meghan Markle's wedding dress, although our girl got in first as Charlie bought her dress before the announcement of the royal wedding date. For her five bridesmaids Charlie chose floor length navy blue dresses to compliment Joe's golden bow tie.
It wasn't a long journey to the castle at all, I was even tempted to walk, but Charlie chose 'Celebration Cars' vintage blue and cream vehicle to transport the bridal party up the hill to the castle for the wedding.
Charlie chose simple white roses for her and the girls bouquets, and a beautiful white and gold arrangement over the entrance to the castle created by 'Floral Creations Cornwall' (Well done Karen beautiful job!). When we arrived the girls were welcomed by the waiting ushers to escort the ladies to the patiently waiting Joe. This was my first wedding at Pendennis since their refit. They've had several changes throughout the castle, and changing the lighting in the castle's ceremony room was one of them. Most people may have not noticed the change, but as a photographer I feel the changes have really made a big difference to the castles wedding couples final images.
After the ceremony we took Charle and Joe straight out the front of the castle to get a few photos with the wedding car before it headed off.
Then everyone came and joined us for some playfulness and pictures, starting with confetti and the group photos whilst the guests were treated to ice creams from a tricycle provided by 'Cornwall Entertainment'.
At six pm the guns fired to announce that it was time for the wedding breakfast.
Despite it being one of the longer days of the year, by the time the speeches were finished the light was fading, so me being a resourceful chap broke out my Elinchrom lights for our couple shots back up by the castle.
Which led us on nicely to the first dance and the evening revelry back in the remodelled barrack block reception room. Charlie and Joe had been having lessons for their first dance, which was followed by a last dance for Charlie with her daddy.
Dearest Charle and Joe, thank you SO much for choosing us for your photographic and makeup needs, we really do appreciate it and loved every minute of it. Tamsyn and I wish you a long, happy and healthy life together.
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Venue - Pendennis Castle