This fairytale wedding is castle’s first in 700 years


Kirstie Dolphin

A 13TH century fortress hosted a wedding reception for the first time in its long history.

Denbigh Castle was the wedding venue for local couple, Jane and Dewi Lloyd Roberts, at which 160 guests, enjoyed a four course meal and disco.

The castle helped make special memories for Jane and Dewi’s wedding and the happy Denbigh couple made history at the castle by being the first to ever have their wedding reception within the ruined walls.

Jane said: “It was always Dewi's idea to have a wedding in Denbigh Castle he joked when we first got together that when we get married we will have it in Denbigh Castle.

“There aren’t many places in Denbigh you can have a wedding reception so we went and asked Cadw could we do it.
“It was fantastic day.”

Jane and Dewi met at Glan Clwyd Hospital in 2011, where Jane is a nurse and Dewi, born and bred in Denbigh, now works as a student operating department practitioner in the theatre.

The couple enlisted the help of John Sherlock the custodian of Denbigh Castle and didn’t need a license for a ceremony as there is no roof to the ruins.

Mr Sherlock said: “They came to me a good year in advance and said they were thinking of this mad idea of having the wedding reception in the castle.

“I said it was not so mad as the new visitors centre we have now has given us extra facilities we did not have before.

“So it was ok as long as the marquee people, who ended up being Brookhouse Mill, could get their equipment into the castle.”

The wedding ceremony took place at Capel y Fron, on Rhyl Road, Denbigh.
Mr Sherlock added: “Because of the sensitivity of the building and archeological site we had to be careful and carried out risk assessments.

“As far as I can tell this is the first time we’ve  had a marquee in the castle, no one else knows of a wedding reception like that here before.”

Brookhouse Mill was in charge of making the special day from setting up the marquee, serving a four course meal and drinks in the castle and a hog roast in the evening.

“It was a lovely day and the photos are amazing with the view of the Vale and the old ruins behind us all,” Jane added.

“Everyone should have it there.”

The colour theme was purple and the couple set free two white doves from the castle.

Jane said: “It was great, with the help of John who made everything happen, Cadw and Brookhouse Mill they made it possible.
“Brookhouse Mill were brilliant.”

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