For the uninitiated Haldon Belvedere otherwise known as Lawrence Castle is a small 18th century castle built on a high ridge on the edge of Haldon Forest. It sits high on its hill looking out across the valley towards the city of Exeter. A perfect venue for an intimate wedding which was exactly that of Vicky and Paul who celebrated their day with their closest friends and family.
Preparations on the day commenced at Vicky’s sister’s house near Taunton. Cups of tea and laughter a plenty were the order of the day.
Vicky’s dress was simply beautiful. It featured detailed floral patterned lace with a buttoned back and large bow. The cut was figure hugging but flattering. A timeless dress that will look just as stylish in 20 years time, as it did on her wedding day.
Vicky chose a fabulous headpiece with pearl and diamante details to add some bling to her outfit.
The flowers and colour scheme were cream and ivory. The bouquet was a classic mix of roses and gypsophila.
Overall all the details for the day had a classic elegant feel which perfectly complimented the venue.
Haldon Belvedere, the Venue
Haldon Belvedere is deceivingly small, with the upper levels accessible only by a stone spiral staircase but you can still comfortably fit in 50 people for a ceremony in the ballroom without it feeling cramped.
The location is simply put as stunning, you can see miles in most directions at ground level, a view that only improves from the top terrace at roof level of the castle (after walking up the 99 steps of the stone spiral staircase). From there the view extends for miles in every direction including the Jurassic coast of Dorset and upon turning Exmoor to the north.
Inside is essentially a blank canvas for couples but the period features speak for themselves so minimal dressing is required.
Vicky & Paul’s florist dressed the entrance arch and also the spiral staircase which simply but exquisitely brought an additional warmth to the venue.
Due to the size of the ballroom most couples opt to have their reception elsewhere, but as Vicky & Paul were having a small intimate guest list they were able to have their reception within the ball room. Smaller than normal tables were used to create more space but without making the guests feel cramped.
The guests were given hand sprayed miniature (but real) horseshoes as favours. I received one myself and still have it now.
Prior to the meal whilst the ballroom was converted for the meal the guests enjoyed time on the lawns surrounding the castle, and of course the spectacular views. I used this time to sneak Paul & Vicky away down the drive towards King’s bridge which lies within the grounds for some couple photos.
I loved being part of Vicky & Paul’s day, having also photographed Vicky’s sister’s wedding previously, by the end I felt like one of the family. The intimacy of the day with their nearest and dearest was beautiful.
Below are a few more of my favourite images from the day.
Haldon Belvedere (Lawrence Castle) // Website
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