We were really looking forward to returning to Hedingham Castle again, this time for Sky and Kim’s medieval themed wedding. As they had lots of family and friends travelling a distance to the wedding, including guests from Birmingham and America, they had hired out a cottage nearby for Sky’s family and friends to get ready. Kim and her family were staying at The Lodge in the grounds of Hedingham Castle. The Lodge can accommodate up to 17 people and everyone was running around getting ready when I arrived to catch up with Kim to photograph her getting ready. The one thing I didn’t expect when I looked out of the window of The Lodge was the snow that started to fall quite heavily. Snow in April!
All the guests were kept warm in the Castle’s Garrison Floor with tea and cakes whilst they waited for Kim to arrive for their candlelit ceremony. Unfortunately due to the weather we didn’t manage to take many photos outside of Hedingham Castle, but the Minstrel’s Gallery above the Banqueting Hall was a perfect backdrop for a few bride and groom portraits before everyone headed to Prested Hall for their wedding reception. Sky and Kim had carried their medieval theme through to their decorations at Prested Hall and their reception room looked perfect, right down to the miniature suit of armour, wooden stocks and sword for cake cutting.
After a mixture of emotional and funny speeches, including an impromptu speech from Sky’s lifelong friend Chad who had travelled from the USA to be at the wedding, the partying started with some wild karaoke. Everyone was singing along and dancing – my favourite had to be Sky and Kim as Kayne West and Estelle singing American Boy. Once the DJ started the dance floor soon filled up – Sky and Kim and their friends and family definitely knew how to party.
Sky and Kim are honeymooning in Thailand where I know they will be having an amazing time. Here are a few favourites from their wedding. Feel free to leave a message or comment for them.