Owls at weddings?

owl at a wedding

Everyone should have a wedding owl.

Yes. Owls at weddings. Everyone should have owls at weddings. Perhaps in the spirit of my wedding priority list published a few days ago I could say they were ‘optional extras’ or ‘luxury items’, even ‘fanciful’… but after seeing this, I’d invite an owl before my uncle Barry.*

This gorgeous wedding blog feature has two purposes:
1. To show off more out of this world wedding photography by the rather masterful Chris Hanley Photography and make my blog look amazing!
2. To let us all bask in pure luxury, enjoy and admire images of a wedding that is stunningly beautiful, and to share in that lifestyle for a moment or two.

With no further ado…

Bride and groom bears in cups

Wedding bears! These are so cute, I love how they're looking at each other!

Wedding day note

A scribbled note is a precious little memory to keep!

Wedding rings

Wedding rings reflecting on a sea of green

Groom portrait

Daniel looks fantastic - Portrait of a groom-to-be

Groom's suit

Daniel's suit is really lovely - and nice to see a photo of the groom's attire too

wedding jewellery

The age old setting of Peckforton Castle makes a rich background for displays like this

wedding shoes

Chris Hanley likes to run off with the wedding shoes, but it's worth it!

White roses

Wedding roses in white against the sandstone of Peckforton Castle

bridal portrait

A beautiful photograph - the long, narrow window casts a striking light

Bridal portrait

Kelly's wedding dress is simply stunning with a layered skirt

wedding candles with flowers

Wedding candles with flowers creating warmth on the historic stone of the castle

Groom with mobile phone

Daniel looks suitably proud and takes a photo as he waits for his bride

Bride and dad

Kelly and her dad before the wedding - caught in a ray of sunshine

Wedding ceremony

Inside the chapel at Peckforton, delighted smiles from the bride and groom

Owl landing on groom

An owl flies in with the wedding rings! Not only memorable for your guests, but an amazing moment for the bride and groom

The wedding ceremony

The wedding ceremony. Chris said, "Kelly has to be the smiliest bride I have photographed to date. She didn’t stop smiling all day."

chip supper

Little cones of fish and chips - yummy!

Bird of prey

A bird. (I should know... falcon? buzzard? I've thrown & caught these)

Bride and bridesmaids

Kelly and her bridesmaids are fantastic: they really enjoyed having their photos taken, you can tell!

Bride and groom

A romantic photo with the warm stone catching a spot of sunshine and Kelly and Daniel looking gorgeous

Bridal portrait

Kelly's dress is gorgeous, and shown to its absolute best in this photograph - the antique furniture and sandstone walls of the castle add to the effect

Bride and groom on stairs

Kelly and Daniel strike a pose!

bridal portrait by Chris Hanley

My favourite portrait of Kelly, this is so romantic with all the little lanterns and that dreamy gaze... pure beauty.

Bride and groom in castle

I can't think of words to describe this one.

Wedding cake with creamy roses

The wedding cake is covered in roses: pure luxury

Bride walking

Kelly rocks her wedding dress! Stunning!

Boys at wedding

Daniel and friends have some fun with shadow shapes under the tree!

Bride and girls at wedding

Gorgeous colours - the sunlight and shadows in this picture are fantastic!

Wedding party

The wedding party do the can can! There should be a prize for the star of the show at the front there!

Bride in castle

Any Peckforton bride should make the very most of the historic and atmospheric venue

Bride in castle

The dramatic setting of Peckforton Castle

Bride and groom in blue

I love what I've come to think of as Chris's signature photos in these rich blue hues

Baileys chocolate

To quote Chris Hanley: Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Bailey

Thank you to Chris Hanley Photography for sharing Kelly and Daniel’s wedding. If you didn’t already know, Chris is based in Cheshire and travels across the country to shoot some of the most amazing weddings in his signature fashion photography style.

Chris is the creator of the UK phenomenon ‘Cherish the Dress‘ and he’s a real romantic at heart.

When I asked what inspired him, he told me, ““Watching love and photographing it. Moments of tenderness between a bride and groom, a parent holding their child, the wicked laughter of children playing. Getting the very best out people in front of my lens.” Read Inside the Mind of a Wedding Photographer.

*that’s a made up name just in case any of my uncles read this. You never know.

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • chris hanley
    9 years ago

    Claire thank you so much for eulogising about Kelly and Daniels wedding. I’m sure I speak for lots of other photographers when I say you instinctively know when you are shooting a fab wedding. We were delighted with our images and this is on the shortlist for when we update our show albums and exhibition stands.
    Thanks again for showcasing us, its a privelge to contribute to such a beautiful site like yours.
    Chris x
    PS we asked the owl what he thought of the pics…couldn’t give two hoots apparently 🙂

  • Martin Roe
    9 years ago

    Stunning set of photographs! Amazing venue and bride and groom.

  • Girish Ravi
    9 years ago

    Great Set of photographs…Very very imaginative and artistic…
    I Like that wedding cake too…and Its too aesthetically captured.

  • Daniel and Kelly Bailey
    9 years ago

    It is a pleasure to be able to share our day so thank you for posting it on your lovely site. We were so lucky to have found a great photographer who was able to capture it so briliantly for us. The album will be treasured for years to come.

  • TJ McDowell
    9 years ago

    I’ve never heard of an owl ring-bearer. Great job on this wedding.

  • Alison Hudspeth
    9 years ago

    Absolutely incredible photographs – so artistic yet still able to capture the emotion on the day as well, a hard balance to get but you do it so well!

  • chris hanley
    9 years ago

    thank you all for your kind and generous comments
    Chris H

  • Theresa
    9 years ago

    Beautiful photographs, really inspirational and dramatic, what a lovely wedding, Chris has done real justice to the stunning venue as well. Have sent my best friend this link as she is looking for a venue and photographer, think she’d be seriously hard pressed to beat this! Thanks x

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