We had such a lovely day at the Belvoir Castle Wedding Fair on Sunday 27th November – the first ever Buckinghams event at this historic venue. The day was thankfully dry after the previous week’s downpours. When we arrived at 8am there was a little grey cloud but the afternoon saw it brighten and ‘no rain’ is always a plus.
There were over 40 amazing exhibitors in attendance with stands set up over 3 floors and as the castle obviously doesn’t have a lift that meant several trips carrying flowers, cakes, props, sound rigs, wedding dresses, photo frames and yes, even a golden harp, up and back down and up again no less than 50 stairs (we counted them on an earlier visit!), for those showcasing amidst the grandeur of the State Dining Room, Picture Gallery and Ballroom. The day promised to be packed with inspiration for soon-to-be-wed couples, some whom travelled from as far as Warwickshire to visit the event. Visitors were greeted with a roaring fire in the Guard Room where they checked in to the fair and those brides who had pre-booked their free tickets received a gorgeous Buckinghams Gift Bag.
The Castle Souvenir Shop, Chapel, Gardens, Kings Rooms and State Bedrooms were open on the day giving visitors the perfect opportunity to explore the Castle and see for themselves this amazing venue in all her glory. The Castle Guides were in attendance too and played a valuable part on the day, chatting to couples and sharing the history of the Castle including a viewing of the bed which Queen Victoria once slept in; Brides reportedly fell in love with the Kings Rooms – a suite of opulent rooms made available to the bride for her pre-wedding preparations.
One of the exhibiting photographers on the day was the superb Rachael Connerton Photography (t: 01664 822342) whom, with her husband Ian, kindly took time out during the day to bring us these fabulous highlight images which we are so pleased to share with you. Rachael is no stranger to Belvoir Castle; she knows the castle and grounds exceptionally well, shooting many weddings at the venue throughout the year. You can find a ‘real wedding’ from Rachael Connerton shot at Belvoir Castle in the latest issue of Buckinghams Wedding Magazine (download Issue 3 or buy a copy online) to see the superb photo opportunities this venue offers and read all about Lauren & Michael’s perfect day as the bride shares with readers all the details of her wedding story.
We hope you’ll agree the photographs capture a truly beautiful wedding fair set amidst the most stunning of backdrops and on behalf of all the exhibitors we would like to offer our gratitude and thanks to Their Graces, the Duke and Duchess of Rutland for inviting us into their magnificent home. Huge thanks also to the Belvoir Castle team and their support with organising the event – our most challenging floorplan to date! Our best wishes also extend to the couples who choose Belvoir Castle to host their special day. If you are still hunting for your venue and dreaming of an utterly romantic location, steeped in historical grandeur with breathtaking views and beautiful grounds then you must, repeat must, call the Castle team on 01476 871001, mention Buckinghams and arrange a private viewing. www.belvoircastle.com
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