Its been a while since I photographed a wedding at Newstead Abbey, so I was delighted when it turned out to be so gorgeous for Elizabeth and Darren on their Big Day. The ceremony was accompanied by a wonderful string quartet who played the perfect mix of soft, romantic tunes during the ceremony and of course for the beautiful bride’s arrival and happy couple’s walking out after. We had lots of fun chasing in the orangery and then went down to the lake to take romantic, couple photos. Then, with the sounds of the peacocks calling, we walked, strutted and waltzed our way around the rest of the gardens before setting off to the Belfry HOtel for the reception party.
Newstead Abbey is so grand and romantic and fabulous with all its history and delicious scandal over the centuries. Lord Byron is my favourite poet, so its brilliant going to his home to experience something of what he might have seen and felt.
The Abbey itself , of course was around long before Lord Byron, its founders being an Augustinian priory around 1170, in what was then the royal forest of Sherwood, for nearly four hundred years the “Black Canons” of Newstead enjoyed the quiet life of a religious community. Quiet that is, until royal visitors descended upon the monastery, as Edward 1st did on no less than four occasions. One of the duties of a priory was to provide hospitality to travellers, and lying, as it did, so conveniently close to the royal hunting grounds of Sherwood, Newstead had more than its fair share, – proving quite a financial strain on the priory’s resources. Much of the fabric of the monastery has survived, incorporated within the fabric of the later house: The cloisters in which the monks studied, the refectory where they ate, and the “Stew pond” in the grounds, which provided the brothers with fish, and the octagonal kitchen where it was cooked.
The most infamous of the Byron ancestors was undoubtedly the 5th or “Wicked Lord” known as “Devil Byron” for his manic temperament and scandalous reputation , which we all read about today. After his son and grandson pre-deceased him, the legacy of the Byrons fell to the best known of Newstead’s dramatis personae – the “mad, bad, dangerous to know” poet, 6th Baron of Rochdale, George Gordon Byron.
Anyway, enough of the romantic history of Lord Byron’s scallywag ancestry, and back to Elizabeth and Darren’s Big Day: The civil wedding ceremony in the Orangery (followed by photographs in the beautiful gardens surrounded by peacocks) was wonderful. Elizabeth and Daren love Newstead so much, that we came here for their engagement photo shoot too. There are so many places to go, that it still meant we could have photos in the grounds that were different on both days.
Afterwards their reception was at the Belfry Hotel was a really relaxed, fun-filled family affair. All happiness to you both.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss your wedding at Newstead. Nowadays, people are all asking for a service tailored to their own requirements, so let me know what’s on your Newstead Abbey wedding day photography wish list, and I will gladly personalise something to suit your ideas and budget.