Darren & Amy's Wedding at Clearwell Castle, Forest of Dean

I met up with Darren and Amy at Clearwell Castle a few weeks ago to have a walk around the venue together.  Unfortunately, the rain was pouring down and it was really cold, so we escaped to a local bar for a warm cup of coffee.   Having a wedding in March can be hit or miss weather wise, but Darren and Amy were lucky on their special day and I didn't need to unwrap my new collection of Bridal umbrellas just yet.

Darren and Amy's wedding was my first of 2015 and I was really pleased to be kicking the season off in style at Clearwell Castle.  The Castle is set within the small village of Clearwell in the Forest of Dean and the whole area is stunning.  

When I arrived at the venue, the girls were busy getting ready upstairs in the Bridal suite and the boys were preparing to take a walk into the village for a quick drink, so I spent a little time with Amy and the girls and then followed the boys down the long castle drive into the village (I would lose count of the number of times I ran up and down the Castle driveway throughout the day!).   Both the bride and the groom were totally relaxed and were very excited about the day ahead.  A quick run back up to the Bridal suit and then straight back down to Church ready for Amy to make her arrival and then I really did need to sit down for a minute or two!  

I love church services for weddings, but the limited lighting is always a challenge - especially when the sun is not shining.  The setting inside a church usually makes up for these challenges however and always results in fantastic photographs from the service.  After the service was over, we set off for a quick walk around the stunning Castle grounds to capture a few portraits.  I really wanted to make the most of the amazing backdrop to the wedding, so I managed to persuade Darren and Amy (who were both amazingly patient all day) to venture back out in the evening to get a few night time shots under the Castle archway.  I was so happy with the results!  You can see a selection of the shots from the day below, including an amazing firework display which was kept as a surprise from all the guests by the Bride and Groom. 

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Congratulations Mr and Mrs Lewis! x