Kirby Muxloe Castle is a quirky wedding venue in the heart of Leicestershire. It is a ruined Manor House built by Lord Hastings back in the 15th Century, these days it’s owned by English Heritage and is the perfect setting for a wedding!
Lucy and Chris has actually got married in the Lake District the week before this wedding party. Their Lake District wedding included only their closest friends and family, the party that they had at Kirby Muxloe Castle was an opportunity for them to celebrate with all of their friends and family! Having their ceremony on a different day made the atmosphere really relaxed, Lucy and Chris even got ready together in the morning!
As they were already Husband and Wife they decided not to have another ceremony and just to spend the day with their friends and family. After the hair and make up had been done and the groom had put his suit on we headed over to the castle to do a few couple portraits and also some bridal party group shots. When we went back over to Kirby Muxloe Castle Hotel many of Lucy and Chris’ guests had begun to arrive. It was a wonderfully sunny day and it was so wonderful to capture all the candid moments of the bride and groom and their wedding guests having such a lovely time.
After their afternoon tea and speeches I took Lucy and Chris away from their party for a few moments to grab some more couple portraits of them. The light at this time of day was absolutely stunning, it was the gorgeous golden hour that all photographers chase! I like to get creative during couple portraits, when the light is like this I often use a piece of copper pipe that can create light flares in images.
When the sun had gone down it was time for the best part of the day, the party! When I spoke to Lucy and Chris before their wedding they asked me to arrive later on in the day so I could stay a bit later to capture more of the dancing in the evening. I of course said yes, the party is one of my favourite parts of a wedding day and often produces the best (and the funniest!) photographs. The dance floor was completely full with everyone celebrating the newlyweds! I decided to do a bit of shutter dragging, this freezes the subject dancing with the flash pointed straight at them and lets the djs lights do the rest! I love this technique as it gives movement to the image and as a photographer I don’t know exactly what I’m going to get when I take the photograph!
Thank you again Lucy and Chris for having me along to photograph your wedding party!