August 17, 2009 alan

Lesley & Jonathan – A Studley Castle Wedding

Studley Castle wedding venue

Studley Castle Wedding

We get the BEST clients! We seem to attract couples who are intent on making their wedding day fun for everyone who attends and, by default, fun for us to shoot too. Lesley & Jonathan definitely fall into that category.

Their wedding was held at the amazing Studley Castle and had a woodland fairytale theme. Lesley & Jonathan were recommended to us by the wedding coordinator at Studley Castle, Katie, who has now booked us to photograph her baby’s christening in October too 🙂

In the limo about to head to the wedding venue…

It was so cool to see Lesley & Jonathan getting so excited about getting married. They couldn’t stop smiling 🙂


Even the string section was cool, dropping White Stripes and Verve songs into their set.

And it was yet another gloriously sunny day. Studley Castle weddings are especially great when the sun shines. The grounds are a fantastic place to hang out with all your favourite people on your wedding day.

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Studley Castle wedding pictures
Studley Castle wedding photos

Studley Castle wedding
Studley Castle wedding photographer

Time for speeches… Lesley first!

Every table was given a “party box” with all kinds of crazy stuff for the guests to make use of. My assistant Anna is stealing this idea for her own wedding in November 🙂

When Jonathan was younger he featured in one of those cheesy teenage comic strips! Obviously, the best man had to make sure it came out at his wedding 🙂

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Studley Castle is a stunning wedding venue but I couldn’t resist taking the couple across to an old abandoned building we found for some more edgy portraits. When Lesley saw it she described it as “gorgeous”!

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Studley Castle wedding photography
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wedding photographer Studley Castle

Afterwards, we headed back to the dining room where the couple was surprised when the waiters burst into song! They soon had everyone on their feet doing the conga!

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And the party continued…

wedding at Studley Castle

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Lesley and Jonathan met whilst on holiday and Lesley managed to get some of the girls to sing a version of Abba’s “Fernando” with the lyrics changed to tell the story of how they met.

Covered in party props, Lesley & Jonathan still managed to look like top models 😉

Best Studley Castle wedding photos

If this looks like it was a fun wedding, that’s because it was a VERY fun wedding. Thanks to Katie for recommending us and to Lesley & Jonathan for being so great on the day. Definitely one of our favourite couples ever. Who says holiday romances don’t last?! 🙂

Here’s Anna, Jon, Lesley and myself…

Studley Castle is a Grade II listed country house, built in 1834 and boasting a rich history, and a great wedding venue with 210 bedrooms within a fantastic castle set in Warwickshire. It’s also close to other great attractions like Kenilworth Castle, Stratford upon Avon, Coventry Cathedral and Warwick Castle so your guests can explore the area the day after the wedding.

Studley Castle closed in mid-March 2016 to undergo a £30 million transformation. The refurbishment is almost complete. I’d love to shoot a wedding at Studley Castle again so please drop me an email if you’re planning to get married there.

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Comments (4)

  1. Liz Holdsworth

    FAB photos Steve, Thanks for capturing some of the wonderful moments through such a truely wonderful day. Some photographers struggle to capture a magical event in a magical light, but you did it in abundance!! Top job!! Thank you for helping to keep the memories alive for everyone who was there….. and for such a personal service for Lesley and Jon! xxx

  2. Lesley Grafton

    I love, love, love them! They make me want my wedding back but help me relive it all over again. Steve you’re one talented guy, thank you so much xxxxx

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