September 5, 2014 Steve Gerrard

Kim & Ben – Peckforton Castle Wedding

Peckforton Castle Weddings

Peckforton Castle weddings ROCK!

By the time I met up with Kim & Ben on their wedding day, we were already mates. Peckforton Castle weddings are always great to photograph but I was particularly looking forward to this one.

I first met Kim & Ben when they began planning their Peckforton Castle wedding, but saw them at 2 festivals over the summer and always ended up talking more about bands than we did about the wedding.

I knew they weren’t planning a stereotypical wedding day but even I was impressed with how much of their personalities shone through in the details. They’re both big metal fans (Ben has a Slayer tattoo on his chest) and their venue and decor suited that perfectly. The tables were named after metal legends and Ben’s wedding ring was a huge skull. Brilliant!

The day ended with everyone moshing on the dance floor as the band belted out “Killing In The Name”!

Since the wedding, I’ve seen them at more gigs and consider them good friends now.

I can’t thank Kim & Ben enough for having me along to such an amazing day. And thanks to Ed Brown for ably assisting on the day.

You all rock!

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Below is a short slideshow of some of my favourite recent wedding photos… Take a look. And turn the sound up!

About Steve

I’m originally from Chester and live with my wife, Evelyne and our three boys! Evelyne and I met in the Alps in 2003 when Evelyne thought she was a cool snowboarder and I thought I was a superstar DJ. We got married in 2007 in Cornwall.

I photographed my first wedding in 2006 and have now shot almost 500 weddings, mostly in the UK, but I absolutely love travelling anywhere in the world. I enjoyed it when I started but love my job now more than ever.

Peckforton Castle weddings are always amazing to photograph so if you’re looking for a wedding photographer I’d love to hear from you so please drop me an email via the Contact Page.

About Peckforton Castle

Peckforton Castle was built between 1844 and 1850 for John Tollemache, the largest landowner in Cheshire at the time, who was described by William Ewart Gladstone as “the greatest estate manager of his day”. Tollemache’s first choice of architect was George Latham of Nantwich, but he was not appointed and was paid £2,000 in compensation. Instead, Tollemache appointed Anthony Salvin, who had a greater reputation and more experience, and who had already carried out work on the Tollemache manor house, Helmingham Hall in Suffolk. The castle was built by Dean and Son of Leftwich, with Joseph Cookson of Tarporley acting as clerk of works. Stone was obtained from a quarry about 1 mile (2 km) to the west of the site, and a railway was built to carry the stone. The castle cost £60,000.

Although it was built as a family home its design was that of a medieval castle. It has a gatehouse, a portcullis, a dry moat, external windows that are little more than arrow slots, and large towers. In 1851 The Illustrated London News said that it “seems to exhibit the peculiar beauties of Carnarvon Castle without its inconveniences” and in 1858 Sir George Gilbert Scott called it “the largest and most carefully and learnedly executed Gothic mansion of the present” and that it was “the very height of masquerading”. It is regarded as “the last serious fortified home built in England” and “it was executed to the highest standards and is one of the great buildings of its age”.

There has been a debate about the motives for building a more-or-less complete medieval-style castle in the 19th century. Although he was a great estate manager, Tollemache was also perceived as “a man of considerable eccentricity”. Dr Jill Allibone is of the opinion that he might have been protecting himself and his family from the political troubles of the time. In a defensive building, he would be able to protect himself against any revolution by the masses from nearby Manchester or Liverpool. A possible practical reason for building such a solid residence rather than an Italianate-style villa was to provide shelter from the adverse weather conditions which could affect the Cheshire plain. However, Durdey comes to the conclusion that the decisive factors were to use his “vast inheritance” to provide himself with a house that was “impressive, dominant and suitable for Cheshire’s greatest landowner”.

Peckforton Castle stands in a wooded area near the northern extremity of Peckforton Hills at an elevation of 469.2 feet (143 m). The land falls steeply downwards to the north and the west of the castle, and the Sandstone Trail, a long-distance footpath, runs along the base of these slopes. The ruins of Beeston Castle stand on a separate steeply sloping hill 0.75 miles (1 km) to the north. The village of Beeston is 0.75 miles (1 km) to the northeast and the village of Peckforton is 1 mile (2 km) to the southeast. Access is via the road between Beeston and Peckforton.


Comments (5)

  1. Ben Jones

    Cheers mate, glad you were part of it, great to see some of the pictures again. See you at a gig somewhere soon 🙂

  2. Kim Jones

    Hi Steve
    These photos just make me smile every time I see them 🙂 You captured our day , ably assisted by Ed. It’s also lovely when we bump into each other in the crowds at all the Gigs and Festivals . I’m always amazed that this happens .
    Kim and Ben

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