Weddings at Cave Castle Hotel are always awesome – they’re even better when you know a big chunk of the guests – this was very much the case for Nic and Matt’s wedding last weekend at a venue that literally takes me 90 seconds to reach by car!
Our day started early as we met up with the boys at Cave Castle to help them with their final preparations. They were very busy setting up and decorating the Sandringham Suite, following the Bride’s laser guided instructions to the tee – i doubt they would have wanted to get it wrong – a bride on a mission is a bride on a mission!
The boys looked fab in their suits once we’d gone through the rituals of cravat tying and button hole flower adornment. It was really hot in the boys suite so we got them outside as soon as we could to cool the down and create some epic lit portraits outside in Cave Castle’s amazingly well landscaped grounds.
If you’re looking for a venue that takes amazing pride in its presentation, right down to the minutiae – look no further than Cave Castle. From a photographer’s point of view, it has the perfect blend of architecture, landscape and grounds to keep us shooting all day!
We left Matt and his Groomsmen carrying on with their sterling venue styling efforts and headed over to Nic’s mum and Dad’s where she was making her final preparations with the bridesmaids and family. Nic’s Mum is a total legend – affectionately know as ‘The Ginner’ or ‘Dark Crow’ – she has an infectious personality that brings all around her to smile. She’d even gone to the lengths of redecorating her downstairs so Nic’s wedding pictures looked different to her sisters – total legend!
We had a fab time photographing the girls, we did a lot of giggling and a lot of goo-goo-gagaing with the gorgeous baby Esme who totally threatened to steal the show until she saw Nic dressed and finished off in her gown who looked just radiant.
A church wedding was held at Brough Methodist Church, a place of worship very special to the bride’s family and it certainly felt like being ‘home’ with the wedding party. The minister led a lovely service and the church erupted into an uproar of applause when the bride and groom were announced as man and wife! We took care of group shots in the church before making the short journey to South Cave and the Castle for the rest of the day.
Nic and Matt had organised an open top bus for the guests to be transported to The Castle and it turned out to be too tall to make its way through the Castle’s main entrance archway’ so the bus had to take the back entrance in – which obviously hadn’t been used for a while and the tree branches almost took out the whole top deck – my assistant Hannah was inches away from being decapitated – some might say an occupational hazard!
Once the speeches were over, I was able to take the bride and groom in Cave Castle’s new Bridal Golf Buggy ‘Love 1’ for a drive around the grounds and was able to reach parts of the grounds we don’t normally get to. The buggy is essentially very easy to drive but we had some hairy moments getting a bit too close to the water’s edge – maybe a bit more practice is required on my part!
Before we knew it, evening guests were arriving and it was time for the party to start. Nic and Matt cut their cake and then took to the dance floor for their first dance. We left with a packed dance floor and it was obvious there would be hours more dancing and frivolities to come.
We had a blast photographing Nic and Matt’s Wedding at Cave Castle Hotel and want to wish them all the very best for a beautiful life together. If you’ve enjoyed reading this wedding story and are getting married yourself why not see if Insight Photography has availability for your special day – head to our website and request a brochure – we’d love to find out more about your plans.