Peckforton Castle is based in Cheshire and is known for its beautiful buildings and grounds fit for any king or Queen. I have been lucky to photograph here a number of times including celebrity weddings. As there is so many elements of Peckforton that can be captured, sometimes to the little things can be missed too. It would be great to share with you my experiences and some top tips to capture the magic as well as get the best out of the venue.
Peckforton Castles rooms vary in size and lighting however what can be guaranteed is that it is focused light which can really add to the timeless style of photography. The venue is generally darker and moody opposed to modern day venues which give it its character and personality. Above is the corridor outside the rooms.,
So lets start with the rooms!
There are plenty of plug points for your stuff don't worry. I would recommend you be mindful where everyones stuff is placed to prevent the room from looking unkempt. Makeup here by Laura Mayers
Peckforton Castle can get warm so luckily windows open wide to allow fresh country air in. Above pictured is the general rooms on offer. Below is one of the Bridal Suite Rooms that comprise of 3 rooms.
Timing is important, remember it will take you 5 minutes to get from the room to the ceremony room.
Registrars are: a great bunch of people who will put you at ease throughout your ceremony.
The Ceremony Room
There are two different ways you can get married in this room. Both offer timeless photography so it is really up to your preference. Below is both examples so you can get a feel for how they look.
Same side but from another perspective:
. This frames really well. The other side is equally as pleasing and allows more spread light to your day as gives it a more castle feel. This side also allows a wider shot to be taken with the lack of restriction from the rear framing.
Here is the wide shot of the back wall end of the room, as you can see its timeless and magical. This room really is a show stopper and why it attracts so many celebrities.
As you can see, no matter which way you choose, it will look stunning on the day. They even allow owls to fly in too! Decorating this room can be done in many ways. I love the florist and venue designer Black Eyed Susie
Outside Shots during the day
With lots to shoot outside, the best way is to do your group shot first to allow those who are not in the main line ups to get a drink. Lighting and weather can change quickly but not too worry as there is plenty of tarmac or grass for you to choose no matter what the weather. Here is celebrity Big Brother Craig Phillips with a picture of them in a puddle. Weather really does not matter so much at this venue.
So, lets get on to the groups shots, There are several ways to photograph this but here is an example for you:
Above is photographing some of the castle not all. This is to avoid any potential cars that may be behind. Top tip! Speak with the staff about restricting parking. They are really friendly and will try and facilitate this on the day for you. Remember if you are on the grass whilst at Peckforton the ground is quite solid, with your expensive heels you may want to consider Heel Covers to stop you sinking. Always nice to hand out to your guests as a kind consideration.
As you can see you can frame the shots well using formations without always using a straight line. Below is some of the easy shots you can get once you have done your lines ups then lets get onto the exciting bit. Exploring the awesome grounds! below is simply twisting angles. Not moving from the spot!
So lets move and see what the rest of the grounds have to offer. So at the main entrance here are a few samples of shots you can take
There is a wealth of trees so soft natural shots, The only limit of shots is the imagination of the photographer. I do recommend if you are doing these shots above to wear suitable footwear or heal covers.
The choice of photography would be down to you, what I would recommend is to choose someone who has photographed her given its expansive space and knowledge of other business operating within the vicinity.
Inside the Castle
.So you have got married, Not long until you sit down to eat! Always set aside some time to chat with guests between photos as its what the wedding is about! Here are some pictures of the room on the far left that is worth using if you want a quick private moment. Just ask a member of staff first to make sure its o.k.. These are the steps leading to the room
Here is the room with amazing window frames and beautiful drapes below:
In the main ceremony room gets cleared once you are married either for your room to eat or for the evening ceremony. If it is not used for dining you can take advantage of the domed corners for group shots which is handy especially if the weather turns for the worse
There are so many elements to the castle. The smaller room most commonly used for dining has great window frames too!
Below is the main galley used for people to have a drink with the bar to the left. This room is used before being called into the room to eat and afterwards before being called in for the first dance. Its a stunning room with lots of beautiful focused light and is a great place for you and your guests to relax with a firm drink.
As the sun goes down, the warmth of the bulbs inside the castle make it glow with glimmers of heat from the excellent heating. As the sun goes down, the castle again transforms inside and outside for a wealth of great photographic opportunities. Below is the entrance to the main room where you get married and usually have your night ventures.
|First dance for some can be daunting so there is a few ways it can be photographed here. If you want to stay well away it can be photographed on the balcony to produce wide shots like so:
Here are samples at the bottom. The white dance floors really help given the walls absorb a lot of light so is suggested that you consider this. You can source these and the uplighters at Hipswing
Outside at Night
So lets go to the front entrance where there are a few shots that can be taken. The first one below is unique to me at this point. I am sure it will be replicated soon as it's a great shot
Keeping you there for a few seconds more then we can get a wide shot of you too
And then the finale...
So as you can see, the castle looks great at all times of the day. I wish you well on your wedding day, I am sure Eric and the team will look after you well.
Here are some great suppliers to mention that can add some spirit to your day:
Singalong Waiters (Its in the name..)
Big Wow Events (Outdoor games and lettering)
Don't forget, all these photos above are taken by Philip Burke Photography. If you want me to capture your day, give me a shout!