8 Unusually Beautiful Elements that Makes Huntington Castle and Gardens the Perfect Wedding Venue.
If you’ve read many of my blog posts, you will know by now that I value unique aspects of wedding venues because every couple is unique and finding a venue that resonates with that particular couple’s chemistry is very important. In this article, I’ll be featuring Huntington Castle and Gardens, a beautiful castle with sweeping grounds that is also warm, familial, and friendly. I’ve put together 8 unusual aspects to this lovely wedding venue that may just echo elements of your unique personalities and romance.
1: Huntington Castle – The History
Huntington Castle was built in 1625 by Sir Laurence Esmonde after an impressive career in service to Queen Elizabeth I and King James I and after marrying Ailish O’Flaherty who was the granddaughter of the Pirate Queen of Connacht, Grace O’Malley.
Originally built as a garrison to protect the Dublin-Wexford trade route along the River Derry, it wasn’t until 1680 that Huntington was renamed as such and began to evolve into the family home it is today. With formal gardens laid out in around 1687 and two other architectural changes being made, the castle has remained relatively untouched from the 1860s onwards.
The deep historical roots of this exquisite venue are pervasive in the details, the architecture, the gardens and even the atmosphere. From a wedding photography perspective, the castle offers a grand backdrop with a huge variety of options for epic photographs.
2: Huntington Castle – The Family
One of the aspects I like the most about Huntington Castle is the more recent history with the current Durden-Robertson family. Alexander and Clare have poured time and passion into lovingly restoring every aspect of this remarkable venue. From garden restoration to careful choices of fabrics and even ancient crafts, every detail of this wedding venue has been carefully thought through and implemented with the care that comes from taking care of your own home.
This attention to detail and personal care is available to couples wanting to use the castle as a wedding venue, with a bespoke wedding event planned to your exact specifications.
It’s unusual to find a Castle Wedding Venue where the family who own it are so invested in every aspect of it and even more unusual to be able to book a private wedding at a venue of this calibre.
3: The Italian Parterre
The next 3 points in this article are all about some of my favourite wedding photography locations. The Gardens!
The garden wedding options at Huntington Castle are truly spectacular with the first one being an ancient formal garden planted in the 1600s. Complete with a fragrant rose walk, formal, structured planting and a fountain, this area makes for the loveliest wedding photographs with the foliage framing the bridal party.
4: The Water Gardens
Recently restored, the water gardens at Huntington Castle are a lush oasis of forestry trees, and reflective water. The perfect spot for a relaxed wedding photo shoot or even a picnic wedding.
5: The Yew Walk
Planted over 500 years ago, the avenue of Yew trees at this unusual estate provides an exquisite canopy for a garden wedding setting unlike any other. The timeless beauty of these ancient trees, along with a reception and ceremony set up with your wedding party in mind, makes for a one-of-a-kind wedding experience.
6: The 14th Century Abbey
My absolute favourite element of this venue is the 14th Century Abbey ruins. When I say ruins, the walls, arches, stone alter and central window are all in-tact, but the Abbey is open to the air. From a wedding photograph perspective, the Abbey is truly very special. The stonework, the venue layout, the lighting all work together for the most exquisite outdoor wedding photographs.
7: The 17th Century Barn Theatre
Another gorgeous venue available at this lovely castle is the barn theatre. Complete with century specific details and lovely wooden accents, the barn is a delightful space for a wedding reception or drinks for guests.
I particularly like the detailing within the barn theatre for wedding photographs as the unusual but relaxed setting keeps your guests comfortable. Happy, relaxed guests make for the best photographs, which is why the atmosphere in the barn theatre is such a wedding win.
8: The Accommodation
Every single room available to stay at has been carefully and lovingly restored so that it feels as though you are stepping back in time. From hand embroidered quilts to rich tapestries and lavish drapes, the colours, textures, and carefully selected details in each room make staying at Huntington Castle a real treat.
I particularly like to take wedding preparation photographs in these types of rooms, because the rich colours and period details add a distinct flavour and flare to the photograph styling.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, Huntington Castle is a venue driven by a sense of family and grounded in hundreds of years of history. It is a warm, friendly, stately, beautiful and a one-of-a-kind wedding venue experience worth considering.