Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Isn't every girl's dream...

...to sleep in a castle?  Well, guess what?!  That's just what I got to do!!  This past weekend my brother-in-law got married and the location for the reception was at Caverswall Castle.  Caverswall Castle was build in 1275 and has a long history.  At one time it was used as a convent and the priests used to stay in the turrets.  Now it has now been restored to be used as a venue for events.  The rooms in the castle were very grand and the turrets were 2 story family rooms.  We stayed in one of the turrets and I must admit I didn't get much sleep as the moon was shining through the curtains and I kept waking up thinking "I'm sleeping in a turret in a castle under moonbeams!!" It was magical!  Not surprisingly, I took A LOT of pictures and have managed to choose the best to share with you....(see, you are always in my thoughts! :o)

This was one of the turrets from taken from the roof of the castle


This was our door to our turret...For once I was glad to be short!!


The windows on the upper floor


A selection of pictures from the wedding


One of the rooms in the castle


A cat that we met along the way...


The lane from the castle back towards the road


The roses growing outside the turret


Oh look a quilt!!  LOL - had to sneak this one in. 
I finished my DD2 princess quilt in time to take it with us to the castle.


And lastly, the sign on the door of the church...it made me smile :o)


Until next time...

36 comments:

Marilyn R said...

How much fun was that? Love your Princess quilt!

Needled Mom said...

What a special event...both the wedding and sleeping in a castle. You must have felt like a queen.

Love the special castle quilt.

Terry said...

This looks just way too cool! :0)

Kim said...

Hey there Princess! What a lovely experience this was from start to finish. Nice that the quilt for DD2 became part of an enchanted wedding story.

momma_donna said...

What a wonderful experience to sleep in a castle and to be married in one! Your pictures are charming and quaint. Of course your princess quilt was in the perfect setting. I really enjoy your blog. Thank you for sharing it with me.

connie said...

That is absolutely the coolest place and how lucky you were to get to stay there. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa @ Life with 4! said...

what a memorable wedding!!! beautiful pictures!!

Gina said...

Fabulous pictures

Love and hugs Gina xxx

maria said...

Fantastic photos. When I saw the first one I thought you were at a model village!

Joy said...

That castle is AMAZING!!! How exciting to get to stay there too - I bet your girls were beside themselves!!! It looks like it was a beautiful wedding - congratulations to your brother-in-law and his new wife :o).
Hugs,
Joy :o)

Tazzie said...

OMG Jane, how amazing! Such wonderful pictures will help you remember your adventure forever.
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

summersadie said...

What an absolutely gorgeous place to stay, and have a wedding! Beautiful!

Thimbleanna said...

WOW! How exciting Jane -- I wouldn't have slept a wink either! Love that little tophat wedding favor. Your pictures are gorgeous!

Banaghaisge said...

aw, I want to sleep in a castle too!!! I am planning to build a tower onto my house tho so I can do that. This looks like a good model to follow!
Wonderful photos -t hank you for sharing.
Hugs,
Jas

Ali said...

How wonderful! And your photos are beautiful - one of the nicest post-wedding presents we had was copies of friends' prints (waaaay before the digital age - I am a dinosaur!). Hope you're sharing yours with your brother-in-law.

And what could be more perfect for a night in a turret than a princess quilt.

Christina said...

These photos are just beautiful! I love the castle...I'm guessing it cost a pretty penny to stay there. Such a great place to snap photos of a quilt!

Tanya said...

What a lovely place! And what lovely photos! (As always!) You could become a photographer... Ever thought about teaching photography online? I'd be one of your students!

bellsjo said...

what a magic place to stay. So pretty! It reminds me of Coombe Abbey Hotel - have you ever been there? Love the princess quilt!

Mark said...

Wow! A wonderful place to get married and it all looked so beautiful. Love the idea of sleeping in the turret! I can imagine you took lots of photos - I would have too and yours are just beautiful.

piecemealquilts said...

Oh, that would be so much fun! I'd love to spend the night in a castle.

Jilly's Space said...

Gorgeous pictures..what an experience!!
Quilt is sweet <3

Shasta said...

Wow - I would definitely love to sleep in a castle. It looks so beautiful - and with a wedding as well! The quilt is pretty.

Kitty said...

I think your photos are getting better and better. What a great photography opportunity though! I bet you couldn't believe your luck. Looks like a wonderful wedding.

Take care. x

W. Latane Barton said...

What a magical place for a wedding. And, you must have just been in 'heaven' floating from room to room and sleeping in a turret. Memories made for a lifetime.

Quilter Kathy said...

That was fun to see the wedding photos...thanks for thinking of us!
What a magical place...no wonder you couldn't sleep!

Jackie said...

I can understand not being able to sleep in the castle....it IS every girls dream. And the stuff of every romance novel too!

Sarah Jayne said...

Oh Jane - how exciting. I think like you I would have kept waking up too. What great weather too - looks like an amazing day.
Hope to see you at FoQ.

Gretchen said...

How simply wonderful and magical to sleep in a castle! I don't think I would have slept at all and would have been up all night wandering around and looking out windows. The castle cat is very lucky :) Spectacular photos too!!!

Lynda said...

A wonderful setting for a wedding (or a princess!)

Katherine said...

Wow. Looks magical! I don't think I would've slept either. What a special setting for the special event. Much happiness to the lovely couple and thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos, Jane.
Perfect spot to snap shot of your princess quilt - you're just too clever with that camera! LOL

Shiree said...

Hi Jane,
looks like you had a wonderful fairy tale wedding time! How magnificent to be sleeping in a castle indeed. Your quilt is quite spectacular, lucky brother and new wife I say!

Leslie said...

I'm going to send this link to my new DIL, just married July 13, what a dream come true is right! And a princess quilt to go with the wedding in a castle, perfect! I love the picture of the country lane.
Word recognition: vater, what German's put on their roses to help them grow. :)

Marls said...

Congratulations to the newly weds. Absolutely gorgeous place-every girls dream to get married in a castle. What a memorable time to treasure.
Your quilt looks great.

black bear cabin said...

Simply gorgeous!!!! What a wonderful place for a wedding, and what fantastic photos (of course :)
I would love to see more!
p.s. your daughters quilt came out cute!

colourdujour said...

I just had to leave a comment... I love your blog!!! Found you from a comment you left on a moda bake shop project. I love the details you've caught with your camera, and of course your quilting. Def I will be back to see what you've been up to.

peggyann
ps my paternal grandparents were from the Oxford area, so all things English is a great interest too.

peggyann said...

I just had to leave a comment, I love your blog! Found you from a comment you left on Moda Bakeshop project. Really enjoying the details you catch in your photos and of course your quilting. I'll be back.
peggyann
ps my paternal grandparents were from the Oxford area, so all thing English interest me too!