A Tutbury Castle Wedding with a Medieval Handfasting Ceremony

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Oh how we love these pictures by Liga Stevenson Photography of Victoria and Dane’s amazing Tutbury Castle wedding. Victoria and Dane decided to express their love of vintage throughout their wedding, and styled their wedding with cute handmade items including bunting, a vintage suitcase card box, pictures, signs and flowers. They even had their own beer created for their guests to enjoy, ‘Williamson Wedding Ale’.

During the afternoon celebrations their guests enjoyed drinks, fun and games in the castle grounds; how we love to see a hula hooping bride and groom!

Bride and groom touching heads with sun shining between them

In the evening, Victoria and Dane has a Medieval handfasting ceremony, where their hands were bound with cord and a knot formed. This type of ceremony is part of the Medieval history of Tutbury Castle, so it’s lovely to see the pictures of such a special and unique ceremony being performed.

We hope you enjoy browsing through these fabulous pictures.

Vintage, British Style

“Our Tutbury Castle wedding was themed along a vintage, British style. Most things were homemade, with both families and friends playing a big part in the whole day coming together.

“There were lots of games to be played for the children and adults alike. Our fist dance was to ‘Heaven’ by Bryan Adams, which was playing when we got engaged at New Year 2016.

Medieval Handfasting Ceremony

“We had a Medieval handfasting ceremony when the sun had gone down. This consists of binding the hands with cord, wrapping it around both hands, and then taking the cord off to form a knot. This is to show the unbreakable bond, and it’s rumoured to potentially be the origin of “tying the knot”. You also both drink from the same cup and light one candle from two individual ones, which symbolises the unity together as one. Finally, the couple jump a broom to symbolise their jumping from an old life to a new life.”

Message to bridesmaid on gift bag

Mens shoes on chair

Bridal bouquets on table

Hip flask

Detail on wedding dress

Shoes and veil on bed

Bride to be texting

Bride wearing wedding dress with long train

Bride helping dad put buttonhole on

Priory Church of St. Mary and Tutbury

Young ushers at church entrance

Inside Priory Church of St. Mary and Tutbury

Flowers on pew end in church

Groom and best man sitting in church before ceremony

Groom's buttonhole

Bride entering church

Groom and best man turning to see bride walk down the aisle

Father walking bride down the aisle

Sheet music

Vicar taking wedding ceremony

Wedding ceremony in Priory Church of St. Mary and Tutbury

Bride and groom sitting in church

Groom signing marriage register

Bridal party kneeling in church

Bride and groom leaving church

Bride and groom kissing outside church

Young boy holding up bride's train on wedding dress

Bride and groom closing eyes as they walk through confetti shower

Mascot on Bentley wedding car

Bride and groom sitting in back of wedding car

Tutbury castle sign

Wedding reception this way sign

Car driving up driveway towards Tutbury Castle

Bride and groom kiss in back of wedding car

South Tower sign at Tutbury Castle

Bride and groom looking at view from tower at Tutbury Castle View from tower at Tutbury Castle

Bride and groom with arms outstretched holding bouquet

Bride and groom at the top of Tutbury Castle tower

Bride resting head on groom

Groom kissing bride on head

Bride and groom's hands on bride's bouquet

Bride and groom entering wedding reception

Bride and groom's outstretched hands

Bride with hand to mouth listening to father of the bride speech

Toast after wedding speech

Photo collage of bride and groom when they were young

Guest book table

Sign asking wedding guests to sign a wooden heart

Signed wooden hearts

Suitcase for wedding cards

Tag on suitcase

Pen personalised with Mr and Mrs names

Wicker heart on wall

Wedding ale

Heart hanging on wall

Wooden heart decoration

Tiered wedding cake on log slice

Purple bridal bouquet

Cutting wedding cake

Long table at wedding with cheese and crackers

Hearts strung across front of table

Cheese board

Crackers for cheese

Ruin at Tutbury Castle

Tutbury Castle wall

Guest relaxing in grounds of Tutbury Castle

Lanterns on wall

Grounds of Tutbury Castle

Man and girl playing with hula hoops

Wedding guest hula hooping

Bride and groom hula hooping

Bride and groom kissing at sunset

Lit lanterns in a row on wall

Medieval celebrant

Bride and groom holding candles

Medieval handfasting ceremony at Tutbury Castle wedding

Medieval celebrant holding up broomstick

Bride and groom's first dance

Tutbury Castle at night

Images © Liga Stevenson Photography

Reception Venue: Tutbury Castle

Ceremony Venue: Priory Church of St. Mary and Tutbury

Wedding Dress: David Tutera from The Wedding Dress and Prom Dress Outlet, Burton-on-Trent

Bride’s Shoes: Marks and Spencer

Suits: Jon Paul Menswear, Swadlincote

Bridesmaids: Dessy Dresses from Me and Mrs Jones, Burton-on-Trent

Flowers: Wild Orchid Florist, Burntwood

Cake: Celebration Cakes, Tamworth

Catering: New Farm Catering, Hanbury

Transport: Wedding Cars of Derby

Stationery and Decorations: Homemade

This post A Tutbury Castle Wedding with a Medieval Handfasting Ceremony first appeared on The Wedding Community Blog

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