Arriving at Berkeley Castle



Entering Berkeley castle

The Great Hall at Berkeley Castle


Julie’s wedding dress was absolutely stunning!



Gorgeous view of the Great Hall for the wedding dinner

Behind us, the last court jester in England fell to his dish from the minstrel’s gallery of the Great Hall. Now the question is, did he fall of was he pushed?

We were graciously invited to my sweet friend Julie’s wedding in Gloucestershire at Berkeley Castle and I was thrilled to go! Julie and I have been friends since 7th grade. I didn’t really have any friends at the time, so I will always be grateful for our friendship!

Shawn and I first spent a week in London and then took a train to Gloucestershire for the weekend of her wedding, where we stayed at Tortworth Court. The next day was Julie’s fairytale wedding at Berkeley Castle, where the same family has lived for 900 years and dates back to the 12th century. It is called a fairytale castle because of it’s muted pink facade. The sprawling estate consists of 6.000 acres and includes a mediaeval deer park, 18 tenant farms, and a stretch of the River Severn. Evidence suggests that the town of Berkeley had a large Saxon settlement and possibly, a Roman Temple! Now, can you tell how much I love history?! This was a dream come true for this history buff! You can learn more about the interesting history here. It’s worth watching, trust me. I learned that William Shakespeare wrote A Midsummer Night’s Dream for a Berkeley family wedding! Also, the dungeon pit is creepy and fascinating at the same time.

Have a lovely day,

~Kathryn, The Sugared Lemon

*Out of respect and kindness, we didn’t take our big camera with us. Therefore, the photos and videos are from our IPhones 🙂