Hedingham Castle Wedding Photographer

The recent wedding at Hedingham Castle in Essex I had a pleasure to photograph was so much fun!

Hedingham Castle is such a beautiful and unique wedding venue, no wonder it won quite a few awards for the best wedding venue in Essex. As soon as the bride and groom contacted me asking whether I wanted to photograph their wedding at Hedingham Castle I was like: yes, please!

The bride and groom on the day, Vicky and Craig, asked me to photograph their wedding in a pure documentary approach, which I was very happy to deliver. There was not even a couple shoot or any of the formal wedding group shots!

When photographing this beautiful wedding at Hedingham Castle I was shooting in my signature Blue Lily Weddings style. I documented things as they happened without intrusion letting the bride and groom, as well as their wedding guest, simply enjoy themselves. This way I could catch genuine moments with nothing being staged.

The goal was as always to create a set of beautiful wedding images telling a complete story of the day. I focused on making sure everyone looks great and catching all the interactions between the bride and groom as well as their wedding party and all the wedding guests.

This way we were able to create a set of photos that the couple will be proud to put in their wedding album as well as frames they can hang on the walls. These wedding photos will make them relive their wedding day and bring them back to those beautiful moments and emotions they felt on the day.

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Hedingham Castle Wedding Photos

Here is a selection of eighty-something wedding photos from this gorgeous Essex wedding at Hedingham Castle, enjoy!

Hedingham Castle-One of the Best Essex Wedding Venues

So a little bit more about the stunning wedding venue for the day -the Hedingham Castle. I have to admit I have always been a big fan of all sorts of castles and fortresses and this one is a prime example of it. The only thing that could have completed it is a dragon perching on the roof! It is simply perfect for anyone looking to get married in the area and looking for something special and with character.

The Hedingham Castle, located in the village of Castle Hedingham in Essex consist of two main parts. The whole wedding took place in the Norman Keep, which is the best-preserved structure of this type in England. The second part is the Georgian Mansion House surrounded by beautiful gardens.  The 900 year old Norman keep is right in the centre of a larger estate. It is right on a hill surrounded by woodland and lakes and acres of Essex countryside. Once you get to the top the view is simply breathtaking with fields and rolling hills all the way to the horizon.

It has five floors, all of which accessible via a spiral staircase. The day’s wedding took place on the bottom three floors. The ceremony took place in the Banquetting Hall, the drinks reception and party took place in the main reception room and the wedding breakfast was downstairs in the basement/cellar part of the castle.

The Castle itself has a very rich history and featured in numerous films and TV programmes.

Autumn Essex Wedding Photography 

We started our Hedingham Castle wedding photography on the day by getting some nice images of the venue and surrounding grounds. The wedding guests were gathering for drinks before the ceremony in the stunning reception hall. The groom and his groomsmen were all wearing kilts on the day. That,  in my opinion, looked great and added to the overall vibe of the day.

After a few minutes, the guest gathered in the Main Hall for the wedding ceremony. Soon, Vicky, the bride arrived with her bridesmaids and entered the Hall, such an impressive room spanning over two stories.

The wedding ceremony was just beautiful with the highlight being the wedding ring delivery. It was done by a beautiful white owl which has flown from a second-floor balcony. 

After the ceremony it was drinks and everyone getting merry. Then everyone went outside where alongside the ring-bearer owl were other birds of prey. It was so much fun seeing wedding guests interacting with the birds. Especially when Craig, the groom, was petting the falcon with his beard!

The wedding breakfast took place in the downstairs hall. It was set up in true medieval fashion, with metal wine goblets and torches on the walls. It really felt like a wedding feast of a King and Queen!

The food was delicious and after that, the wedding speeches were just as they should be moving and funny with lots of laughter and tears.

After that, the newlyweds cut the cake. The rest of the wedding took place upstairs with the first dance and the wedding party to the tunes of a wedding DJ. We finished the day off with the girls showing some serious moves on the dancefloor. At the same time, the groom and his friends went outside to smoke cigars and play football on the balcony.

Truly a special day for everyone who gathered!

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If you are looking for an Essex wedding photographer and like the look of the Hedingham Castle wedding photos in this blog then please get in touch for a chat about your day. I would love to find out how I can help you create beautiful wedding photography from your special day.

Alternatively, feel free to check this marquee Essex wedding I photographed recently. Or this Essex Gosfield Hall wedding (such a beautiful and grand wedding venue!)I documented last winter.