This was quite an unusual wedding for me as I only met Tony and Julia in person 3 days before their wedding. They’d got in touch beforehand from overseas and booked me for documentary wedding photography based on a brief phone call and from having seen my portfolio. I was really honoured to be there on the day, it was a LOT of fun. There’s quite a few photos from this one, so you might want to make a cup of tea (or pour a shot of vodka if you really want to get into the swing of things – all will be explained) before sitting down to look through it…

I arrived at Walton Castle in Clevedon under gathering clouds and with a mixed forecast for the day. We were all hoping that we’d get lucky with the weather as they had an outdoor ceremony planned.

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The theme for the day was Red, White and Black. Julia was going to look amazing in her dress and huge red heels.

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While Julia was getting ready upstairs in the castle, the guests were starting to arrive. The sun started to come out and the pimms suddenly looked like it might be in the right place!

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Once everyone had arrived, Julia snuck downstairs and made her entrance through the castle gate. Tony and Julia could not stop grinning at each other throughout the ceremony.

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The sun stayed out and people started to go off exploring. The ramparts turned out to be quite a draw for young and old alike.

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Soon it was time for dinner, and Julia had designed the tables to match the colour theme of the day as well.

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Now then, this next part is where the Russian traditions made an appearance! After every toast or speech, everyone had a shot of vodka. And there were quite a few toasts!

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Suitably emboldened by the toasts and after a quick costume change and the addition of a large fluffy white hat, it was time for Tony and Julia to have their first dance. Tony had practiced the traditional style of dancing from where Julia’s family lived and everyone loved it.

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With the dance finished, a little later on everyone made their way to the lawn for a great fire dancing and fireworks display.

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And there I left them, still dancing away and having a wonderful time…

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