Since I started out as a wedding photographer I’ve had a bucket list of venues across the UK. I’ve gradually chipped away at the list. But a couple of venues have eluded me. One of those was Bamburgh Castle….that was until September when I finally added Bamburgh Castle Wedding Photography to my portfolio.
Bamburgh is close to my heart. I used to go there a lot as a kid on school trips and with my parents. Bamburgh Castle is so iconic. I’ve seen it in films and I’m currently reading about it in the brilliant Bernard Cornwell books. Julie and Nick had contacted me early in 2016 and to say I was excited to shoot their wedding was an understatement.
I headed up the A1 through the mid afternoon sun. It was a gorgeous autumn day. A few clouds in the sky and not a breath of wind. I arrived at Nick and Julie’s house on the edge of Bamburgh. Julie was chilling out enjoying a cuppa whilst the bridesmaids were having hair and make-up done. Meanwhile, Julie and Nick’s two dogs ran around the garden chasing flies and butterflies.
Round the corner at The Victoria Hotel, Nick was enjoying a quiet drink with a few guests. They had hired the hotel for the whole day so it was theirs to play with for the day. The dining room was already set ready for the wedding breakfast later that evening. Outside a stunning 1960’s Ford Mustang sat waiting. That was to be the wedding car for the day. One of my dream cars!
I made my way up the hill to the Castle. It was close to closing time there so one by one tourists were leaving to be replaced by wedding guests. The sun was now dipping low in the sky. The gold of the sun mixed with the pinky red of the castle walls. Inside, people were taking their seats. As 5pm approached Julie arrived. Standing just outside of the hall she waited. One by one all the clocks in the hall began chiming. This lasted about 5 minutes. One clock had a musical chime which sounded like a mobile phone and all around you could see people checking their phones.
And then came the moment. Julie made her way down the aisle to Nick. On the sofas at the head of the aisle the bridesmaids and groomsmen sat watching on. Nick and Julie held each other close as they exchanged vows and rings, not once break eye contact. And with the evening sun shining through the windows it was just so romantic.
After the ceremony everyone made their way to The Battery for canapés and drinks overlooking the stunning coastline up to Lindisfarne and across to the Farne Islands. They were serenaded by the superb Jason Isaacs. The newlyweds made a quiet exit from the guests and drove off in the Mustang, parking it under the cliffs of the Castle for a few shots before making their way back to the Victoria.
The evening light was fading and by now everyone was sat tucking into a mouthwatering meal. Nick and his best man delivered the speeches from the centre of the room to ensure everyone could hear. It was getting late now but the energy levels were still high with everyone. They needed to be with what was about to happen with the first dance. Nick and Julie swayed slowly in the middle of the dance floor surrounded by their guests. Then Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk kicked in and they were joined by the kids and treated us to a superb dance routine. Everyone whooped and clapped.
It was now getting close to midnight but the the party was now in full swing. I headed off into the night to head back to Tyneside leaving behind one hell of a party. My first Bamburgh Castle Wedding….and I hope it’s not my last.