After a thorough search, high and low – the only castles that we were able to come up with are located at Victoria, Vancouver Island in the Vancouver area. They are not exactly in the city of Vancouver. However, this would be ideal for a bride and groom who want to give their out of town guests the full scenic tour of how beautiful the area really is.
The ferry trip takes about 1.5 hours from the mainland to Vancouver island. However, there is a Victoria International Airport that guests can fly into as well. The distance from Victoria International airport to either Hatley Castle or Craigdarroch Castle is a little over 1/2 hour drive. So they are very close to the airport.
Hatley Castle – The Castle was completed in 1908. The building is 200 feet long and 86 feet wide; the turret is 82 feet high. According to their website, on 22 February 1994, it was announced that Royal Roads Military College would close in the following year. They had been the occupants of the castle for quite a number of years. Due to public support, the Province of British Columbia entered negotiations with the federal government of Canada to lease the property and facilities in order to continue its use as a university. Royal Roads University was created on 21 June 1995 by an act of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia. On 31 August 1995 Royal Roads Military College ceased to exist and the facilities were turned over to Royal Roads University on September 1, 1995.
Image courtesy of www.vimeo.com – The beautiful front exterior of Hatley Castle
This exquisite castle and gardens on Hatley Estate, is a 565-acre estate Hatley Park was designated a national historic site in 1995. There are 22 heritage buildings on the grounds; one of which is Hatley Castle. When you host a wedding there, you will have access to Hatley Castle’s 1st floor, Terrace, Terrace Lawn, Croquet Garden and Italian Garden. When you choose to host an outdoor wedding ceremony on the Hatley Castle property, there are a couples of areas where you hold one. We posted a few of those areas for you to preview in this post.
Image courtesy of www.jonmarkphoto.com – Photograph of an outdoor Chinese wedding ceremony on the Hatley Castle property
Image courtesy of www.scottlandphotography.com – outdoor wedding ceremony location
Image courtesy of www.funkytownphotography.com – here is another outdoor ceremony area on Hatley Castle property
Image courtesy of jonmarkblog.squarespace.com – another fabulous on the grounds for an outdoor wedding ceremony
Image courtesy of www.funkytownphotography.com – bride going to bridal suite at Hatley Castle
Image courtesy of www.raymondjessiephoto.blogspot.ca – not only is the exterior of the Hatley Castle stunning for wedding photos, the building’s interior is just as grand. Here is a Chinese bride and groom on one of the staircases.
Image courtesy of www.laraeichhorn.com – another stunning site for your wedding photos
Image courtesy of www.raymondjessiephoto.blogspot.ca – the grounds are also gorgeous and couples should really allow extra time with their wedding photographers to utilize the space to its fullest
Image courtesy of www.pinterest.com – wedding reception at Hatley Castle
Image courtesy of www.hyperfocus.ca – we always love these night time wedding venue photographs!
Craigdarroch Castle – It is now owned by the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society and almost totally funded by its 150,000 annual visitors. For sixty years, the Castle housed various public institutions. It was once a Military Hospital and was known as Victoria College for twenty-five years. The building is now owned and being restored by the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society.
Image courtesy of www.youtube.com – aerial view of Craigdarroch Castle
Image courtesy of www.hitched.ca – Craigdarroch Castle’s exterior and grounds
Image courtesy of Kunio Photogrpahy – we love the impressive ceiling heights and beautiful windows in Craigdarroch Castle
Image courtesy of Kunio Photogrpahy – Chinese bride and groom wedding photo in one of the gallery rooms
Image courtesy of www.imageboard.co – there is always a perfect moment to take wedding photographs on the grand staircase
Image courtesy of www.tripadvisor.ca – the details in the castle are phenomenal for wedding photographs
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