Donnington Castle and Donnington Grove
Gemma & Carl
Technically we broke into the grounds of Donnington Castle. Technically. Although let me explain before I get an angry call from the folks who own it.
Above you’ll see Gemma and Carl. They were married at Donnington Grove around the end of April and always spent days and dates out on the castle grounds. So we needed to be there on their wedding day. No excuses.
If, and I mean if you’re careful there is a back entrance to the castle via Donnington Grove. Driving that way isn’t going to be an exhaust pipes best friend and with Gemma and Carl in the car I did have a kicking soundtrack of SCRAPE! from underneath my car followed by dulcet ‘oohs’ and ‘ouch’ from my accomplices.
It wasn’t House and Garage but my car could well of ended up in one but the reward was worth the risk:
So lets roll back through the day a bit.
I’ve never covered a wedding at Donnington Grove before and I’d not visited either until a couple of weeks before where I’d arranged to meet Gem and Carl.
It’s impressive. A country club, but on steroids. Fragmented over a large area you could easily get lost in the grounds. The bridge, Japanese styled cabins, the waterside, walled garden…you could go on. There’s a lot to take in.
Gemma and Carl did an amazing job with their use of colour and it was great to have so much space to work in, the main bridal suite is huge and well decorated and I didn’t break the chandelier.
After the ceremony we went for photos in the area of the white bridge. This was a good spot and from then we moved towards the walled garden for the rest. After dinner we crashed the castle.
It was a great day with amazing company x
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