Luke and Laura – Bude Castle

It was the first time that I had photographed at Bude Castle and I arrived early to find some good positions for our group shots.


August is the month for weddings and most photographers wish for an overcast but warm and dry day in the hope that Mother Nature will provide a beautiful soft box for making her bride and groom even more beautiful.

Although windy it was dry and there was a fun day going on so all was jolly and well.  The venue is well set up for wedding photographs and I had secured several locations that would allow for the moving sunshine (if it arrived!) and not having to shoot into the light, or have squinting guests!

We did find a beautiful bandstand to shelter under and take some impromptu photograph of the groom and his merry men (and women) but it was very windy and the Cornish mizzle was almost omnipresent on my lens!

Sadly this was the only window of calm weather and about 15 minutes before the bride was due to arrive the heavens opened and it lashed down and showed no signs of letting up.  Thank goodness my bride was a very chilled out lady and we had already discussed this eventuality.

Inside the venue there are two function rooms used for marriages alongside a museum and a lovely cafe with a beautiful view over the beach.

Although we were unable to shoot the brides group before the wedding as planned in the gardens we did have the opportunity to use the heritage centre downstairs to make some bride and bridesmaid images.  Don’t think I’ve ever had to work so hard to get an image where a lobster (or some such) wasn’t appearing over the brides head and between the giggles of the whole group – myself included!



Fortunately the wedding went well and I was able to make some photographs to fill their album full of love and laughter and of friends and family that all thoroughly enjoyed the service.

Certainly a venue to look into if you are considering a place to wed.