Weddings at Belvoir Castle are, as you would expect, exceptionally grand and incredibly opulent. The beautiful stately home sits on an estate of 15,000 acres in the heart of the English countryside and boasts some of the finest views for miles in every direction. We were recommended to Chloe and Julien by her Sister and Husband who's wedding we filmed in the Spring of 2017, also at Belvoir Castle. On this occasion we organised and coordinated both their Wedding Film and their Wedding Photography with the help of my trusted friend and fellow photographer Tom Jacques. Thanks Tom!
As you'll see on the Short Film below, Chloe & Julien actually spent their morning at Stoke Rochford Hall, Julien somehow managed to spend his morning without the kids (peacefully) whilst Chloe's room was a hive of activity. Stock Rochford Hall is an insanely impressive mansion near Grantham. Once I got the Phantom 4 in the air you can actually see Belvoir Castle in the distance!
The ceremony was held inside the Castle's Ballroom, next to the Elizabeth Saloon, floor-to-ceiling stained glass windows, chandeliers and gothic archways give it a very grand and almost fairytale like appearance. 120 guests and a vicar who loved Formula 1 (Julien's profession) made a highly entertaining ceremony with hymns and a string quartet!
The 17th June was absolutely baking hot. No clouds, 31 degrees hot! So after the ceremony all the guests gathered in the rose garden and cooled off with free flowing bubbly. Chloe and Julien were escorted by the vicar in the Duke of Rutland's personal treasure, a 1902 renault fully restored to working order. We took a ride through the estate to enjoy the incredible weather and to get some more photos with the castle in the background before heading back for dinner in the rather majestic State Dining Room.
Julien's father made a heartfelt speech in English, a very moving touch considering he only speaks French but wanted to make the effort on their special day. A slightly different order to the norm (which is totally fine) with the best man and Julien giving their speeches next. You'll hear some of my favourite words ever to be spoken by a Groom at the start of the Short Film below. But it was Chloe's father Phil's charismatic speech which gained the most laughs, with his quick wit and ability to banter with his daughter and new son in law he soon had the whole floor in stitches (evidence below!)
The firing of the duke's canons by the Castle's cannon master was as spectacular as it sounds. Seriously loud! The evening was held in the old converted kitchen on the ground floor of the castle. You'll get an idea of the kind of party they had when you see the dancing at the end of the film!