I was so excited to be chosen to photograph Louise and Alex’s wedding at Hazelwood Castle. Many years ago I had been to some wedding photography workshops at Hazelwood Castle as well as second shooting a couple of weddings, so I was familiar with the wedding venue.
Hazelwood Castle is the oldest fortified building in Yorkshire!
In the morning, the bride and groom-to-be had activities planned within the grounds. Emily and her crew were doing a treasure hunt followed by afternoon tea and Alex’s lot were axe throwing and doing some target practice on the air rifle range.
Following the morning activities Louise snook to her room to get ready before Alex could see her.
Louise has to be the most caring and thoughtful person I’ve met and had a reveal for her mum and stepdad before her dad Peter came to see his daughter. Maid of honour Alana had the best bridesmaid tip ever – cycling shorts with pockets under her dress!
The weather was beautiful and meant Louise and Alex could have their outdoor ceremony in the garden pagoda at Hazelwood Castle.
Following the canapés, drinks and photographs, the wedding party moved to the Great hall within the castle for speeches and the wedding breakfast.
All guests were encouraged to bake something for the wedding cake bake-off. I was encouraged to test each cake and I have to say that the hummingbird cake was my favourite.
During our meetings, we talked about what photographs Louise and Alex wanted. They wanted to take advantage of the beautiful venue and were happy for golden hour pictures and evening photographs after the sunset. I like to work with a few couple portrait sessions during the day with two or three 10 minute sessions away from the guests.
Hazelwood offers a variety of backdrops for your wedding photography. The grounds are vast with woodland and open views across the countryside. Externally the building has grand doors and staircases. Internally we have several unique rooms that lend themselves to photography, such as the black and white tiled Flemish Hall, the Victoria room with grade II listed wallpaper and the library.