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2 dresses, a castle and a wedding – the marriage of Alex and Alison at Hazlewood castle- part 1

A castle mentioned in the Doomsday book of 1086, a couple madly in love and a bride wearing 2 dresses. Alex and Alison’s wedding was always going to be an exquisite affair and on a clear October day, their family and friends gathered at this most incredible of venues for not just 1 but 2 ceremonies to mark the marriage of this lovely couple.

Hazlewood Castle is beautiful. History wraps itself around you at every corner and the family chapel on the grounds provides one of the most perfect settings for a wedding you could ever imagine. This is the stuff of little girls dreams of weddings.

So, I’ll start with the details of the wedding. Simplicity was the overriding feel of the day. Alison chose not to fight the historical colours of the venue and instead opted for a gorgeous simple colour scheme of silver and eucalyptus green. It worked beautifully especially in the great hall where the wedding breakfast was held. With stunning sculptures watching on high from their pews the roses and crystals took their place.


The chaps were getting ready in one of the small bedrooms off the courtyard, but I wanted a sense of location in their preparation shots, and since we were blessed with a crisp and clear day, we headed out into the historic courtyard for those final getting ready photographs. Meanwhile the girls, under the hollywood style lighting of the make up artist, were busy being preened and pampered. Alison was so incredibly calm, she was ready in gown number 1 in plenty of time for a few beautiful portraits using the wonderful light pouring in through the window.

Then it was time to make her way to the intimate ceremony of just a handful of family guests. This was the civil ceremony part of the day and there was something incredibly romantic about having such a small number of guests present to witness it.

Alison is a massive fan of Audrey Hepburn ( who doesn’t find inspiration in her effortless style) and I suspect that love of such an icon inspired the brides first choice of gown. With Audrey firmly in mind we wandered out into the peaceful grounds while guests sipped champagne and shared stories, and created some of our own Hepburn inspired images.

Doesn’t Alison look amazing? We had a lot of fun taking these images, but soon enough Alison had to head off to change into gown number 2. The couple were to have a blessing in the chapel with many more guests, who had all been arriving while we took the photographs. While the groom enjoyed mingling with the new arrivals, Alison swept up the grand staircase and into her chambers for another transformation. I have to say I did yelp with excitement when she told me she had 2 dresses !

Remaining as calm as ever, and with the help of her sister and her Mum, Alison was soon ready for grand entrance number 2! We even had time for a few shots before she headed off to make her new husband swoon as she walked down the aisle.

It’s just all so wonderful isn’t it. And of course I’d never be one to put a bride off the idea of having 2 dresses ! Well done Alison, we think you looked incredible. And our love and congratulations to Mr and Mrs Baskeyfield.

In part two of this gorgeous day, the 2nd wedding, rushing out to embrace the sun and one of my most favourite wedding photographs ever. More soon.

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  1. Posted 15 Nov at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Brilliant work Cat. Some lovely documentary mixed with your trademark gorgeous portraits. What an amazing venue!

    • Cat Hepple
      Posted 15 Nov at 12:15 pm | Permalink

      Thank you so much Adam. The castle is spectacular, and I can see why the couple just didn’t want anywhere else after finding it! Love at first sight I think x

  2. Posted 22 Nov at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Love your images

    • Cat Hepple
      Posted 22 Nov at 3:58 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much Julian for taking the time to leave a lovely message. Cat