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Belvoir Castle | Buckinghams Styled Shoot

Belvoir Castle | Buckinghams Styled Shoot

Buckinghams exclusive photo shoot at Belvoir Castle.

We had a busy day ahead, whilst EJ was interviewing The Duchess of Rutland about her breathtaking home and what makes Belvoir Castle the most unique of wedding venues the the rest of the team were preparing for the styled shoot to follow.

Three stunning looks were created for this shoot, all suiting the many fantastic rooms you can choose from at Belvoir Castle.  The Pronovias dresses from RS Bridal Collection ranged from a grand ‘queen like’ dress, a medieval long sleeved dress to a slinky jewelled evening gown.

You can see the full interview with The Duchess in our Magazine- Issue Four 

The shoot was fantastic and Buckinghams loved it so much that we decided to return and create a cover for our Issue Four Magazine. We created a fourth look, this time releasing our inner Queen and taking an iconic style from Queen Victoria who stayed at Belvoir Castle for three nights in 1843. The Ivory & Co. tiara graced the cover along with the same model Lucy Inkley, who had her hair and makeup styled by Adele Coxon and photographed by Sophie May Morris

Buckinghams are proud to be organising a wedding fair like no other at Belvoir Castle, the magnificent home of the 11th Duke and Duchess of Rutland. Surrounded by beautiful gardens with stunning far reaching views, Belvoir Castle offers the grandest of locations for your wedding day and this event will be sure to inspire you. Make sure you register online for your free tickets and see the fairytale dream wedding venue come true.

Art Direction: Buckinghams Wedding Magazine

Location: Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire

Photographer: Oehlers Photography & Sophie Morris

Hair & Make Up: Adele Coxon

Model: Lucy Inkley

Dresses: Pronovias at RS Bridal Collection

Tiara: Ivory & Co

Coronet: Chantal Mallett

Pomander of Roses: Julia Dilworth Florals

Bouquet & Headdress: Bradgate Flowers 

Highlights: Belvoir Castle Wedding Fair

Highlights: Belvoir Castle Wedding Fair

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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