Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Perfectly Pink ~ Otterburn Castle Wedding

The original building of Otterburn Castle was founded in the 11th century by Robert Umfraville who was a cousin of King William I. He was charged with protecting Tynedale and Redesdale from the marauding Scots.

One of it's most famous owners was "Mad Jack Hall" who was a prominent figure in the first Jacobite rebellion of 1715.

 In the mid 1800s, some of the stones from the castle were used to build the Tower by Thomas James who was a magistrate, landowner and farmer.

Each room has been individually refurbished to show the historic beauty and it is a beautiful setting for a wedding.

It was an extremely misty day when I drove up to Otterburn in late March for this wedding. I was so glad that I'd already made the trip up a few days before so at least I knew the road a bit past my usual turning off to Wallington Hall.

It was with relief that I arrived and made my way up to the impressive Library Suite bedroom to find the bride and bridesmaids getting ready.

Otterburn Castle Wedding

Otterburn Castle Wedding

After photographing the bridal preparations, I headed downstairs to get a prime spot in the ceremony room.

Otterburn Castle Wedding

Otterburn Castle Wedding

There was a lot of laughter during the ceremony and soon the couple were walking up the aisle as the new Mr and Mrs!

Otterburn Castle Wedding

We hopped outside for the group photos. Too wet to go onto the grass but the castle made a lovely background.

Otterburn Castle Wedding

Otterburn Castle Wedding

Otterburn Castle Wedding

Otterburn Castle Wedding

Someone popped inside to get the couple's adorable dogs for a photo. I'd last seen them on our photo shoot at Bolam Lake last year.

Otterburn Castle Wedding

Just time to head over to the marquee to take photos of the room. The tables each had a wishing tree and labels for the guests to leave a message.

Otterburn Castle Wedding

Otterburn Castle Wedding

The guests started filtering into the marquee as usual and it was only when everyone was seated that things became different. The couple had hired an entertainer for during the meal. He started off by introducing the bridal party into the room in style...

Otterburn Castle Wedding

...he then sang some songs and enlisted the help of some of the guests...

Otterburn Castle Wedding

...and ended by getting everyone up onto their seats...

Otterburn Castle Wedding

Otterburn Castle Wedding

Otterburn Castle Wedding

...before whipping everyone into a frenzy before the speeches.

Otterburn Castle Wedding

Otterburn Castle Wedding

The guests loved it and all got into the spirit of things.

Time to cut the cake with a great big sword!

Otterburn Castle Wedding

I felt a little in the firing line in the position I was shooting at...

...but it didn't put off these budding photographers.

Otterburn Castle Wedding

Time for a couple of photos on the stairs...

...before returning to the marquee and the twinkling wishing trees for the first dance.

Otterburn Castle Wedding

Otterburn Castle Wedding

Then I headed home, hoping that the mist had cleared...it hadn't! But thankfully I made it home safely.

"Thank you so much for our beautiful photo album, we can't stop looking at it x"
Laura and Chris

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