A Magical Wedding Day at Searles Castle in Windham

December 03, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

New England offers a lot of beautiful venues for wedding photographers but castles!?? Come on... Not many places make me salivate over the possible photo ops like Searles Castle does in Windham, NH! A true castle inside and out complete with a courtyard, tall stone walls to keep the bad guys out, towers and more! If you're looking for a unique place to tie the knot I'd say go and take a look at what Searles Castle has to offer.

I met Stephane and Matt last year for their engagement session in Portsmouth, NH. Right away you could see the love between them. Although a little nervous at first they warmed up after a bit and I knew we would have some fun on wedding day. May is a beautiful time of year and luckily the weather cooperated. The girls arrived and went right up to the bridal suite which is one of the best around. Lots of space, a big couch and even a sun room at the back. The guys were across the hall in another room. 

The ceremony was off site at St. Patrick's Church in Pelham, NH so we headed over once everyone was ready to go. With Stephane's African heritage there was quite the dress worn by a lot of the guests. Bright colors and even brighter personalities! Everyone was excited and extremely prepared with their cell phone cameras! As a professional wedding photographer I cringe a little when I see the phones come out but at some point it just has to be embraced. It is now, undeniably, the world we live in! 

After the Catholic mass we headed back to Searles Castle for photos then it was time to party! The reception at Searles is in a big tent in the courtyard. I like tented receptions as it's easier to bounce light and keep things looking soft and clean. Stephane and Matt had a large guest count which made for an even more lively celebration. I got to see some traditions that were new to me like money being thrown on them for their first dance and even the parent dances later on. I wish I had cash thrown at me at my wedding! 

Everyone had a great time and Stephane even got to toss her bouquet out of the stone tower in the courtyard! Certainly a first for me but that's why it's so great to see couple's making their weddings unique to them. 

I hope you enjoy some photos from a super Searles Castle wedding!

Front of Searles CastleCastle Front Doors Wedding dress reflectionWedding Dress Bridesmaids blowing kissesBridesmaids Black and white Bride in dressStephane Bride putting on jewelryBride necklace Groomsmen goofing offGroomsmen antics black and white guys getting ready for weddingCandid guys prep Sign in front of churchSt. Patrick's Church Flower girl and ring bearer carrying signHere Comes the Bride Bride being escorted down the aisle in churchBride Processional Groom putting wedding ring on fingerRings Bride and groom listen to priestAlmost I'do's Black and white groom and bride recessionalJust Married A kiss Outside the ChurchA kiss Outside the Church Groom carries bride's dressA walk at the castle Bride and Groom in TowerBride and Groom in Tower Bridal party behind couple on bridgeBridal Party Bridesmaids bouquetsBridesmaids bouquets Castle grounds at Searles CastleThe Grounds Five tier wedding cakeThe Cake Bride and Groom's head tableHead Table MacaroonsMacaroons wedding bands on bouquetThe rings Bride and groom introduced into receptionIntroductions First Dance with bride and groomFirst Dance Bride and Groom cutting wedding cakeCutting the Cake Father and Daughter danceFather and Daughter dance money thrown on groom and his mother during danceAfrican Traditions bridesmaid dancingParty Time Bouquet TossBouquet Toss


Comments

No comments posted.
Loading...

Archive
January February March April May June July (1) August (2) September (2) October (4) November (3) December (1)
January (2) February March (1) April (1) May June (1) July August September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December
January February March April (1) May June July August September October November (2) December (4)
January (1) February March (1) April May June July August September October November December