Wedding Photography at Peckforton Castle
This was the first wedding I photographed since the coronavirus pandemic hit us and locked us all down in March. This wedding took place in August between lockdowns. I’ve really missed photographing these joyous occasions in normal, non COVID, circumstances. My wedding photography this year has certainly been impacted with so many couples rescheduling to either later this year or next. So what is it like now, photographing a wedding during a pandemic?
For a start this really did feel like a fairytale wedding with a real live princess. The venue was just stunning and inside the castle itself, it felt just like we were at Hogwarts (luckily I only got lost the once lol). As for the wedding, it was different in parts, but it was still such a lovely day, and crucially, undeniably a wedding day! The couple were really lovely, the guests were really friendly, and I believe we all had a genuinely brilliant day despite all the new rules and regulations.
The number of guests were legally capped at 30, so it was a small wedding. Guests at the ceremony were seated at a Covid-safe distance and had to wear face masks. But apart from that, it was a normal wedding! The couple wrote their own vows to each other and these were delivered in beautiful and emotional way. The groom was so emotional and he clearly meant every word. But he had the support of his bride to help him through and they were some of the most heartfelt and emotional vows I have heard. Following the ceremony we conducted some family and friends photography in the glorious sunshine, and then I took the couple away for a little photoshoot in the amazing grounds of the castle. Quite honestly, it was a lovely spectacular day, and I was so happy for the couple who didn’t stop smiling all day long.
I believe attending a wedding is a privilege and not a right. A marriage is a bond between two people, a small audience, or the lack of an audience, doesn’t devalue it in anyway. I had the great pleasure of being able to attend this amazing wedding while they got married, and to also record their forever memories. The wedding was small, intimate and beautiful. I’m so grateful to have seen this couple so happy and emotional to be marrying each other. I’m pleased to have documented their union to share with family and friends who weren’t able to attend because of the risk of contagion.
Don’t let the coronavirus spoil your day – you can still make your wedding a very special event as this couple proved!