Two grooms at Berkeley Castle – Berkeley Castle wedding

Relaxed, decadent, hints of the 1930’s and pineapples were the inspiration for Matt & Howard’s Berkeley Castle wedding.

Romantic proposal in Australia

Matt & Howard have been together six and a half years. In November 2015, while living in Australia, they took a trip to New Zealand, touring the South Island in a camper van. Matt managed to break his arm the day before they left leaving Howard to do all the driving, cooking and cleaning. Stopping at a freedom camping spot on the edge of Lake Pukaki one night – with the view from the camper van over the lake and Mount Cook in the distance – Howard made a special steak meal. He suggested going for the walk down to the edge of the lake. The sun was setting and Matt commented on how romantic it was, and how it would be the perfect time to propose asking “Where is my ring then?” It was then Howard duly produced a ring out of his pocket, Surprise! He proceeded to produce a bottle of Dom Perignon from his suitcase – “God knows how he’d kept that a secret!”

Berkeley Castle wedding venue

“We immediately felt at home there.┬áThe castle just has a magical feel to it. We could envisage our friends and family being all around us. The team (especially Pippa) were so helpful and flexible from the start. Nothing was too much to ask.”

The day was one of the hottest of the year. Both Matt & Howard were sweltering in their Ted Baker suits. Football was banned – it was an important game for England in the World Cup finals – but there were plenty of little clusters of guests gathered around their phones trying to look inconspicuous. I admit I kept checking mine when I had the chance although I did get constant updates from the guests. After speeches on the steps in front of the fountain it was inside for the wedding breakfast.

Wedding Style

Howard is studying design / illustration so did all of the design elements himself – including the save the dates, invites, place settings, a large character picture of the grooms and signs. Wedding favours of pineapple infused rum were also made by Howard and Matt.

Decoration was provided by Maria – Sorori design – and Lauren Grey and the cake was a Homemade Jamaican rum cake made by Howard’s Mum Jeneve. In the evening the SHE Allstars gave an incredible performance for everyone to party and it was quite the party!

Berkeley Castle Wedding Photographers

We were recommended from Lara & Darren’s wedding back in 2015. Matt & Howard wanted a photo-journalistic approach to tell the story of their day. “Amazing photographers – superb photos, so easy to work with and thoroughly nice people. Would definitely recommend!”

Here’s some photos –

Howard having his hair done before heading off to the wedding Matt in the window having his hair styled The grooms' cat stretched out on the floor The bridesmaids doing their makeup A reflection of one of the two grooms Bridesmaids and their partners sharing breakfast Bridesmaids laughing groom prep at the groom's house Matt vacuuming before leaving for the wedding at Berkeley Castle Two grooms getting dressed Howard displays his Ted Baker suit A glass of prosecco The mother of the groom getting ready The parents of the groom getting ready A sign welcomes guests to the wedding at Berkeley Castle Wedding guests gather in the sunshine outside Berkeley Castle Children eating lollipops Wedding guests enjoying the sunshine on the gun terrace Wedding guests laughing as they walk towards the ceremony The wedding ceremony in the great hall Berkeley Castle wedding Same sex wedding at Berkeley Castle One of the mothers of the groom makes a reading in the Great Hall Another of the mothers of the groom makes a reading in the Great Hall Wedding guests take pictures of the grooms Confetti cannons are fired as the grooms walk out on to the gun terrace Guests hugging the grooms in the gardens One child picks his nose during the drinks reception Guests watching football on their phones One guest watching England on his iphone Guests watching the world cup final A child runs through the garden at Berkeley Castle The grooms and guests having their picture taken One of the groom's speech The grooms make their speeches on the steps A kiss in front of the fountain wedding guests take a selfie during the wedding breakfast The grooms waiting to be introduced The excited grooms enter the wedding breakfast A friend makes a speech A pigeon in the rafters of the great hall guests watching the speeches Children play outside The sister of one of the grooms makes a speech The father of the groom's speech A portrait of the grooms in the gardens at Berkeley Castle A portrait of the grooms in the gardens at Berkeley Castle A portrait of the grooms in the gardens at Berkeley Castle A portrait of the grooms in the gardens at Berkeley Castle The grooms pose with a drunk guest The grooms beckon guests on to the dance floor Guests dancing The grooms' first dance A bridesmaid pours wine from her safety cup Wedding guests dancing and having fun A groom dancing The other groom getting down One of the grooms twerking with a guest

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2 comments

  • Teri Vincent 4th February 2019   Reply →

    Great coverage and amazing photography Kevin – was the guy just resting between them on the grass or passed out drunk?

    • Kevin Belson 4th February 2019   Reply →

      Haha. He was passed out drunk. They spotted him and wanted to pose with him.

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