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. The 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.
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!”
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