Berkeley Castle historic wedding venue in Gloucestershire
For 850 years the castle has been the home of the Berkeley family. It is one of a very few castles that is also a family home. It is the oldest to be inhabited by the same family that built it. Set in 6000 acres and including a beautiful medieval deer park and the world famous Slimbridge Wetlands and Wildfowl Trust.
This spectacular Gloucestershire wedding venue was built in the 12th century and is lived in by the Berkeley family. The castle and the family have been involved with some of the most historic turning points in history including wars and political struggles. The castle was built for war and still has it’s portcullis entrance, murder holes and plentry of other battle defences. The gun terrace looks out from the 60′ battlements down to the lawn and stunning landscapes below.
A magical wedding venue
The castle magical with it’s pink red stone walls looking out across the stunning landscape. It was built for war and to keep out the Welsh from invading England. Of course nowadays everyone is welcome to hold their wedding at Berkeley Castle.
Perfect for wedding photography
From the gun terrace to the gardens Berkeley castle is a fantastic place for wedding photography. Whether you decide to have your ceremony in the next door church or in the Great Hall it really is a perfect wedding venue. There are many places for you and your guests to explore in any weather. We have photographed Berkeley Castle weddings in freezing winter and scorching summer and it has been a joy for us, our couples and their guests.
Guests gather on the gun terrace before passing through the enormous barrier doors into the inner courtyard. Winter weddings can look particularly magical with the imposing pink stone rising from the frosty grounds.
A wedding day to remember
Berkeley Castle is an exclusive use wedding venue meaning that you and your guests can enjoy the day without any outside intrusion. Guests can be taken on a guided tour of the castle between the ceremony and wedding breakfast which will add variety to any day in any weather.
Church services can be held in the church right next door with a short walk to the wedding reception. Larger civil ceremonies can take place in the Great Hall with it’s incredible architecture and smaller services in the beautiful Long Drawing Room. We have photographed weddings in both the castle’s ceremony rooms. We are yet to photograph a church wedding there so get in touch if you are planning your wedding there. We would love to hear from you.
Berkeley Castle Wedding Photography Gallery
Cheryl & Kevin’s Autumn wedding at Berkeley Castle was on a beautiful but cold November day. They were married in the Long Drawing Room which is particularly beautiful with it’s gorgeous decoration. The big windows providing glorious dramatic light for the ceremony and reception. Matt & Howard had an emotional ceremony in the Great Hall. It’s perfect for larger weddings and can accommodate 150 guests. The Long Drawing Room can hold up to 60 and is ideal for more intimate weddings.
Matt & Howard chose one of the hottest days of the year which made amazing wedding photographs but the boys suffered a little in their wool blend suits. Guests could find plenty of shade in the gardens so it wasn’t an issue. Following the ceremony all the guests went down to the lily Pond for the drinks reception where the boys did their groom’s speeches on the steps.
Both weddings had a special guided tour of the castle laid on for guests followed by the wedding breakfast and party in the Great Hall.
Our style is to capture your day as it happens with no interference. That way you get to see all the real moments as they happened.