Maria & Peter’s Amazing Wedding Story at Rowton Castle in Shropshire
As far as love stories go, Maria and Peter’s is pretty much an international love affair which relied upon a good deal of luck and, arguably, twists of fate. Maria, who is from California in the US, was asked by her company a few year ago if she would travel to Ireland to do some training there. As chance would have it Peter, who is originally from Hampshire in the UK, was out in Ireland working at the time and, of course, as fate would have it, the pair of them met and eventually fell in love.
Then 2 years ago the opportunity of working in the US came up and Peter didn’t hesitate at taking the job and joining his beloved Maria out in the States. The international connections don’t end there though, as Maria’s family are of Hispanic origins and Peter’s are of Scottish heritage – so the wedding offered up a real mix of proud and passionate cultures. This meant my storytelling approach to weddings would be perfect for such a unique wedding day.
Having decided on getting married in the UK, the couple sought out a wedding venue that would project the feel and mood of a traditional English wedding. Rowton Castle is among the most romantic and magical castle venues in the UK so was definitely a perfect setting for Maria and Peter’s wonderful wedding story.
Of course, the next step for Maria and Peter was finding a wedding photographer. I had previously photographed Kara and Jason’s wedding up at Rowton Castle during the summer of 2012 and Maria came across those photos online and the rest is history – I was booked to document another Rowton Castle wedding.
As you might expect, what with it being February in Shropshire, it poured with rain on the wedding day itself, but that didn’t dampen spirits during Maria’s bridal preparations. With friends and family supporting her and English (with a definite American twang) and Spanish being flung around it definitely had a more exotic feel than normal and I was determined to perfectly capture all the moments that arose.
Make-up duties were expertly handled by the fun Nat Ravenscroft, whose fab work you can see more of on her website and Facebook Page. Hair duties were as equally expertly handled by the friendly Emily Jayne Pitt, whose talented hairdressing you can see more of on her Facebook Page. With so much going on, where you looked, it meant there were loads of great opportunities for me to capture as a documentary wedding photographer.
The ceremony saw Peter and his side of the family all adorned in traditional kilts, complete with the family’s exclusive tartan , whilst Maria’s bridal party looked stunning in beige dresses – all made even more stunning by the brilliant orange bouquets that complimented the floral theme throughout – created by the wonderfully talented florist Julie Nicholas, whose amazing floral creations can be further seen on her website.
With the weather still wet and cold outside, it was a case of shooting the traditional portraits around the staircase inside the castle – but with it being such a beautiful venue, that wasn’t too much of a challenge. After the amusing and moving speeches and toasts it was onto the traditional cake cutting. Maria and Peter had opted for a beautiful looking and delicious naked wedding cake – which was brilliantly created by the talented Karen Weaver, whose tasty wedding cakes can be viewed on her website.
Evening entertainment was laid on by the fantastic DJ Will Tudor, a man who will get every wedding dancing and every face smiling. You can find out more about Will on his website. With so much fun and laughter happening, it meant there was so many smiles and expressions for me to document and ensure the wedding story finished as it started…with much fun!
I’m sure you will agree, from the small selection of photos below, Maria and Peter had a wonderful wedding at Rowton Castle.
Are you getting married at Rowton Castle or elsewhere and enjoy my relaxed and unobtrusive wedding photojournalism approach then I’d love to hear all about your wedding plans. You can call me on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page.