I first met Claire and her family at Cheltenham Racecourse, which hosts one of Gloucestershire’s largest wedding fayres. Claire and her family had travelled from their London home to meet a variety of wedding suppliers to arrange their Cotswold wedding.
Their chosen venue was the impressive Berkley castle, in the town of Berkeley South Gloucestershire, just north of Bristol, close to the M5. Claire’s bridal preparations took place in a large and perfectly appointed guest house, next to St Mary’s Church in the town of Berkley.
Not only did Claire have her family and the bridesmaids with her, Claire and Jonathan’s beautiful Spaniel was also part of the preparations and after being pampered and combed, he put on his collar and tie ready for the ceremony.
After slipping on her lovely Jimmy Choo’s, the plan for Claire had been to walk the few hundred yards to St Mary’s Church. Unfortunately the September weather was not so kind. After one of the best summers we have seen in years, on this particular day, the rain did not stop, when I say it did not stop unfortunately it did rain continuously all day!
As with most weddings, even the wettest of weather could not dampen spirits or the atmosphere. The ceremony at the very impressive St Mary’s Church Berkley proceeded without a hitch, after which it was a short walk to the splendour of Berkeley Castle. Just as we arrived within the grounds of Berkley Castle there is a conveniently situated arch where we took cover from the rain for a moment and covered the happy couple in confetti.
Claire & Jonathan’s drinks reception took place in the drawing room, as the rain continued outside. A member of the band Shakeout provided acoustic musical entertainment whilst the guests enjoyed drinks and canapés. Due to the weather all but one of the formal photographs had to be taken in the drawing room. There was a mild break in the weather of literally a minute when the rain turned to drizzle, all the guests made a dash outside where we managed to complete a group shot of all of Claire & Jonathan’s wedding guests, the rush to get back inside was quite amusing.
The very impressive and lavish banqueting hall, with its distinctly Medieval feel was the location for Claire & Jonathan’s wedding breakfast. While the wedding party and their guests enjoyed their wedding breakfast I spent all of my time looking out of the window, waiting and hoping for a much needed break in the weather so I could let the happy couple know there was an opportunity to venture outside to make use of the wonderful outdoor space at Berkley Castle. It became apparent after much waiting and window gazing that the rain was not going to stop so we made the call to go out when the rain had eased but not stopped. The three of us braved the weather, juggled umbrellas and got some lovely outdoor pictures to mark Claire & Jonathan’s wedding day at Berkley Castle.
After a quick dry down it was straight back into the banqueting hall for the speeches. To say the speeches were emotional would be a huge understatement. All the speeches went down so well. After the speeches, the wedding guests enjoyed a sight seeing tour of the castle. On their return the banqueting hall had been turned around and was ready for a party, and what a party it was. With music from the band Shakeout, dancing, drinking and laughs continued well into the night. Big congratulations to Claire & Jonathan.
And it may amuse you to learn that as I was leaving in the pitch dark, it stopped raining!!!
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