01/12/09Wedding Photography at Highcliffe Castle, Dorset
Laura & Richard, Highcliffe Castle, Dorset.
“Dear Henry, you photographed my wedding back in 2000 …now my little sister is getting married in October this year …your photography is just so amazing …I would love you to photograph her wedding.”
You can imagine my reaction to the e-mail – Jo’s wedding was enormous fun, so I looked forward to seeing everyone again. It’s been the year of the sisters – I’ve photographed at least 5 sisters of previous brides this year – and I always enjoy seeing those I’ve photographed at other weddings and in this case to see Jo’s seven year old son and two year old daughter.
Highcliffe Castle – A gem of a Dorset wedding venue
Highcliffe Castle is a beautiful venue, surrounded by immaculate gardens, overlooking the Solent and the Isle of Wight, with steps down to the beach – bridal footwear permitting. The exterior is is magnificent, imposing and beautifully proportioned. It has an added fascination in that the perfect outside hides an interior that was completely gutted by an horrendous fire in the sixties. Rather than being restored, the remaining original details have been left as at the end of the fire, which shows you just how the Castle was constructed in the first place – it’s well worth a visit. The ceremony room has huge windows on three sides – an enormous help for a photographer who avoids flash as much as possible.
The photos are gorgeous thanks so much! I just smiled looking through all of them and it really bought the memories back of the day!
In mid- October you never quite know what the weather will do, but Laura and Richard had sunshine and warmth enough for everyone to be outside and explore the formal gardens – and to have a shot by the old Highcliffe Castle main entrance, which particulalry appealed to them. Laura’s reaction was just what I’d hoped: “The photos are gorgeous thanks so much! I just smiled looking through all of them and it really bought the memories back of the day!”
I couldn’t help reflecting on the changes in ten years – Laura and Richard live in Australia, but unlike ten years ago their pictures are viewable by family and friends across the globe at any time of day or night. Ten years ago there was just one hard copy set of pictures and sometimes it took months or even a year for friends and family to see them.
Thank you Richard and Laura for a great afternoon – see you in Melbourne one day I hope!