Berkeley Castle wedding photography – Cheryl & Kevin
After finding each other online Cheryl & Kevin found that they had mutual friends. Five years on and they were about to be married at Berkeley Castle. A grand and dramatic wedding venue in Gloucestershire. It was our first Berkeley Castle wedding photography – we’ll be back there in July with Matt & Howard – so it was an exciting new experience for us. Cheryl and Kevin booked us after meeting us at a wedding fair.
Berkeley Castle Wedding Photographers
“We hit it off straight away with jokes and banter. We were both really taken by his work, which is simply stunning. Months later we had gone to dozens of wedding fayres and met lots of other photographers but no one even came close to his work and style. We always found ourselves comparing others to him. When we met Carol and Kevin again, we knew they were the perfect people to capture our day. We even booked an engagement shoot with them!”
I’m going to jump in with the images now but if you make it to the end you can read Cheryl & Kevin’s story. Find out where and why they got engaged and what advice they have for anyone planning their wedding day.
Berkeley Castle- Dramatic wedding venue
“Kevin was the first photographer we met at a wedding fayre right at the beginning of our search and was blown away by his work, and after meeting many more, and always comparing back, we booked him and Carol for our Wedding Photographers. We were keen to have natural, documentary style – but also beautiful photography, and we got that and so much more. I’m pleased to say, it’s possibly one of the best decisions we made – although it’s strange saying we barely noticed them both being there – they managed to expertly capture every emotion, every moment and every tiny detail (things which as a couple we worked hard on planning for two years on) of the day best day of our lives. Upon receiving our pictures – going through them made me, smile, laugh and cry all over again. I would highly recommend having Kevin and Carol as your photographers, it will be the best decision you make.”
Here’s some of our favourite Berkeley Castle wedding photography –
Here’s Cheryl & Kevin’s story
How did you meet and how long have you been together?
We met online, but found out we had mutual friends anyway! Been together 5 years
Tell us a little about the proposal.
It was Kevin’s birthday and we were on the beach at night in Barcelona – two years to the day that we were there on our first holiday together (which really cemented us as a couple!). Kevin asked what three things I wanted for the ‘next three years’ – and one of the things I said was ‘a ring if you can pull your finger out’ … to which he said will this help. So the following valentine’s day, I answered a request by the metro newspaper (I was bored on route to London for work!) which eventually got published (scroll the link ) http://metro.co.uk/2016/03/20/
Location of ceremony and reception
Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire
What made you decide to get married there?
We had our forth date here. Also the castle just had the wow factor and was weatherproof!! It was also local to us and just of the M5 for guests travelling.
Describe your vision for the day
Although the venue in our eyes was quite grand and opulent, where kings and queens of England have been – we are a very down to earth couple, so we wanted it to be nice, but still be personal, so that when people entered – they could tell it was getting married on that day. We handmade pretty much everything – all the signage, table plan, favours and table names (wooden cats and dogs as people always joke we have a zoo – 3 cats a dog and a rabbit!).
How/Why did you choose your photographer?
The first time we met Kevin was at our very first wedding fayre and hit it off straight away with jokes and banter. We were both really taken by his work, which is simply stunning. We took note of his name, and spent some time later still trying to choose the right venue and suppliers for our big day. Months later we had gone to dozens of wedding fayres and met lots of other photographers – but no one even came close to his work and style. We always found ourselves comparing him to others. Then when we met Carol and Kevin again, we knew they were the perfect people to capture our day. We even booked the engagement shoot with them!
Tell us about your dress/accessories/shoes
My dress was not far off what I was looking for. I knew I wanted sleeves, being winter and some sparkle. I didn’t expect a train and a cathedral veil, but when I tried it all on, I knew it would suit the venue and best of all, I felt a million dollars. My shoes were charlotte mills, I like to think I have quite a quirky sense of style – and I’m obsessed with bows, so as soon as I saw her collection – I couldn’t go for anything else.
The suit, the ushers and bridesmaids
Kevin wanted a navy blue suit, and found it relatively quickly for him, his two best men and my dad. He also opted for a woollen claret waistcoat to stand apart and match our wedding colour (claret). The bridesmaids, Liv, Charlotte and Rach were all friends from uni. My maid of Honour Hayley recently gave birth to my niece Marnie, so I opted for dresses which were a bit more versatile and went for multiway maxi dresses in claret.
Did you have a theme?
Our colour was claret – we had a bit of a winter theme and also tried to theme bits around the castle
We used pinecones for table place names with wooden cats and dogs, Kevin burnt the names in each by hand. All of the signs we both made ourselves and Kevin also built a castle table plan and our post box. I also created a card ‘Bride or Groom’ game to break the ice with guests and also did our Order of Service. Our florist was Berkeley Flowers and were all themed around winter and claret. We had roses, ferns, pinecones, ivy, berrys and plenty of foliage.
Cake and catering
Our cake was a simple M&S cake, but it was absolutely delicious. We actually had barely any left, which I know is rare with weddings. Our caters were Napier catering, and we absolutely loved the run up to the wedding with tastings and creating our menus, as well as on the day.
We had about 90% of our guests traveling from outside the county and from all over the country so we wanted to give them (as well as us) a day to remember. We had a local magician, Andy Field to perform during the drinks reception.
Oak, a pianist played during the wedding breakfast, we had Funpod manage a photobooth in the evening and we also had Riot! a rock and indie band in the evening. Music is a big thing for us, which is why we went for a band. We also had a boozy hot chocolate bar in the cellar for guests which was drunk dry!!
Personal touches/stationery/Any DIY that you did yourself?
As above: We used pinecones for table place names with wooden cats and dogs, Kevin burnt the names in each by hand. All of the signs we both made ourselves and Kevin also built a castle table plan and our post box. I also created a card ‘Bride or Groom’ game to break the ice with guests and also did our Order of Service. We also created our own invites ourselves – we did a 3D pop up castle which guests seem to love. We cut them all out individually by hand – all 40 of them! (for 70 guests).
What were your highlights of the day? Were there any surprises?
Highlight of the day was the wedding breakfast – just seeing everyone together and happy. It was a bit surreal taking it all in – after all we spent two years planning this one day! Suprises were gifts from Kevin on the morning of the wedding, and during the wedding breakfast – Kevin playing the guitar for me in front of everyone and also the best man’s speech (my gosh Kevin got a grilling!!!).
What advice would you give to other couples planning their day?
Sit down and together decide what really matters to you. For example for us, music is a big thing so we spent money on a band and a pianist – and spent less than £100 on our cake (which still tasted incredible!). We also hand made pretty much everything including our wedding invites rather than pay someone else (which is fine if you want to do so). For us it meant a lot and I feel we appreciated it a bit more.
Please tell us a little about the Honeymoon
We went on a two week cruise around the Caribbean. We did some amazing tours, including driving off road through a rainforest, bathed in sulphur springs in a volcano, shower under a waterfall, played and fed a sealion and dolphins, snorkel with tropical fish and visit a 100 year old shipwreck! It was idyllic.
Sarah – Berkeley Flowers
Phil Cooke – Napier Catering
Fun Pod – Photobooth
Oak – Pianist
Riot! – Band
Andy Field – Magician
Kevin Belson – Photographer
Shoot it yourself – Videographer