Medieval Wedding

A Medieval Wedding at Grange Barn with Elizabeth + Paul


Elizabeth and Paul held their wedding ceremony at the beautiful Our Lady Immaculate Church in Chelmsford, followed by their reception at Grange Barn in Colchester. Their wedding theme was couple’s walks and medieval band - combining two of their great interests.

Elizabeth’s aunt made her beautiful wedding dress and matching headpiece, which was definitely one of a kind, her mum was the creator of the stunning and colourful wedding flowers, and Elizabeth herself made the wedding cake.

All the tables featured walking shoes and boots surrounded by flowers as their centrepieces. Something I have never seen before and a lovely way to reflect Elizabeth and Paul’s love of walking and hiking. A string quartet entertained the guests as they dined in the barn, followed by speeches and then archery and mini jousting in the gardens.

Grinnigogs were set as the evening entertainment and looked fabulous in their medieval costumes with medieval instruments. They started with the music for first dance, followed by a group dance with all the guests, and then they moved outside the barn to entertain the guests as they enjoyed the last of the evening sunshine.

A very unique wedding with a lovely couple and their family and friends that we thoroughly enjoyed capturing. Here are a few from their wedding.

Wedding Ceremony Venue: Our Lady Immaculate Church, Chelmsford, Essex
Wedding Reception Venue: Grange Barn, Colchester, Essex
Planners: Paul and Dean at Buntings
Hair: Stephanie at Aubergine Hair
Reception Music: Solebaystrings
Evening Music: Grinnigogs
Florist: Bride’s Mum
Wedding Dress: Bride’s Aunt
Wedding Cake: Bride

Prested Hall and Hedingham Castle Wedding | Kim + Sky

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.