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Julie & Andy's wedding in Arundel

It sounds like a place right out of the pages of The Lord of the Rings novel - ARUNDEL. And considering it has its own castle it could well be. Arundel is a small hilltop town with the skyline dominated by its castle.

The stunning Arundel Town Hall
The stunning Arundel Town Hall

It was built at the end of the 11th century by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel and has been the seat of the dukes of Norfolk and Earls of Arundel for over 700 years. This was to be the backdrop for a wedding shoot I did with fellow wedding photographer Kaye Deere, on behalf of Julie and Andrew.

Touching moment in Arundel
Touching moment in Arundel

Nestling quietly within the heart of Arundel, is a grade 2 listed Victorian building - the Town Hall, which was the perfect venue for the ceremony. With its grand hall and steeped in history, it really made an impact. Arundel Town hall was built for the Town in 1836 by the 12th Duke of Norfolk.

Bestman and Groom in Arundel
Bestman and Groom in Arundel

The wedding itself took place in the Atherley Chamber, a late Georgian room with gold painted mouldings and cornices, hand crafted arched doorways and a fantastic large gas chandelier taking pride of place in the centre of the room. The walls are decorated with fine art portraits of past Mayors of Arundel and early Victorian landscapes.

Vintage wedding car in Arundel
Vintage wedding car in Arundel

On this occasion I was acting as a second shooter whilst Kaye was the main photographer, which meant I could focus on the guests, details and candid shots. The weather had little impact on the days events, which was great considering the past few days have been just awful. We managed to get some outdoor shots and make use of the terrace, from which the castle can be seen.

The bride and groom in Arundel
The bride and groom in Arundel

It was a smaller wedding with close friends and family - which felt even smaller dwarfed by the sheer size of the room, although with 2 photographers and 2 videographers you would think it was a huge affair. The couple were sweet and very much in love and organised, knowing just what they wanted and how. The reception took place just down the road in a quaintlocation (called the Town House)but it was a bit of a squeeze even for a small party - from one extreme to another.

Wedding rings in Arundel
Wedding rings in Arundel

Congratulations to you both, may you be happy together