Imagine yourself saying your vows to your beloved in a sunlit field, strolling through lush beautifully-landscaped grounds, and celebrating your wedding day surrounded by majestic oak and rosewood panelled rooms with a lavish fireplace and specially-designed lighting fixtures. At Hatley Castle, this dreamy vision can become a beautiful reality. If you want you and your guests to feel like royalty on your wedding day, then Hatley Castle, located only 20 minutes from Victoria, British Columbia, is the ideal venue for you.
The Story of Hatley Castle
Hatley Castle is a National Historic Site, located on the grounds of Hatley Park and Royal Roads University in Vancouver Island, BC. Today's Hatley Park estate consists of 565 acres featuring hundreds of heritage trees and three showpiece formal gardens. The Castle was designed by Victorian architect Samuel Maclure and the surrounding gardens were planned by landscape artists Messrs. Brett and Hall, from Boston, Massachusetts.
Built in 1908 by James Dunsmuir, the Castle served as the Dunsmuir residence until it was purchased by the Dominion Government in 1940 to become a Naval Training Establishment. The Castle then served as a dormitory and mess hall from 1941-1943 for the cadets and staff officers at Royal Canadian Naval College. In 1968, the college was renamed the Royal Roads Military College. Today, Hatley Castle is the administrative centre of Royal Roads University.
The 200-foot-long and 86-foot-wide Castle with an 82-foot high turret and stone wall features several pristine venues for hosting the perfect wedding. Depending on which wedding package you select, you will have exclusive access to a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces for your wedding, including:
Hatley Castle Main Level: This venue space can host up to 200 guests. In case of inclement weather, the wedding ceremony can take place inside the Hatley Castle's grand foyer.
Castle Terrace: With an outdoor tent, this terrace can accommodate up to 300 guests.
Grant Quarterdeck: This venue can accommodate up to 250 people.
Castle Terrace Lawn: With an outdoor tent, the Terrace Lawn can host up to 300 people.
Italian Garden: the most formal of Hatley Castle's gardens, the Italian Garden features a symmetrical layout with four statues, a central pavilion, and a boxwood hedge. This is the perfect location for a summer wedding. In case of rain, the wedding ceremony can be held under the Italian Garden loggia.
Quarterdeck Ballroom: located in the Grant Building, the Quarterdeck room, built in 1943, is one of Victoria's biggest reception venues, offering banquet seating for up to 250 guests. With warm wood and natural lighting, this space was originally used as an assembly hall for church services and special events.
Amenities and Other Offerings
The wedding packages all include professional staff that provide onsite venue logistic help and security, ceremony setup for 150 guests and reception set up for up to 250 guests indoors, in-house audio visual equipment, dressing room for bridal party preparations including water service, complimentary parking, and coordination with Hatley Castle's exclusive caterer and beverage provider, Truffles Catering.
Truffles Catering has had over 20 years of experience and a reputation for delectable food, exquisite presentation, and top-notch service. They offer a wide variety of fresh, quality cuisine options, using local, ethically sourced food, and are constantly researching and creating new food innovations. Truffles Catering offers buffets, plated meals, hors d'oeurves, platters, small plates, and more.
Out-of-town guests are also welcome to stay at Hatley Park National Historic Site's modest and affordable campus residences, including year-round dorm and en suite style rooms, located within walking distance to Hatley Castle.
Wedding suppliers may access the venue at 2pm. In consideration of community residents and students, the venue does not permit loud music or amplification after 11pm, but music is allowed at a reduced level until 12am. All of Hatley Castle's venues are wheelchair accessible.
The unparalleled beauty of Hatley Castle, both indoors and outdoors, offers virtually limitless photographic backdrops for couples and their creative photographer. With the beautiful surrounding gardens outdoors with regal distant mountains, and the majestic Neptune Stairs, all of your wedding photos are sure to turn out perfectly.
Here at Joanna Moss photography, we believe in capturing beautiful moments so that you may treasure them forever and relive your wedding whenever you choose. As a natural light wedding photographer located in Vancouver, B.C., I strive to capture your love story in authentic, magical images. With my intimate knowledge of Hatley Castle's photographic potential, I can help you to create a gallery of the most vivid, joyful, and romantic photographs for you and your loved ones to keep and enjoy for years to come.
Hatley Castle is a much-sought-after wedding destination, and for good reason! This unique venue exudes elegance and luxury, and the breathtakingly beautiful Italian, Rose, and Japanese gardens are like something out of a fairy tale. For an enchanting, unforgettable wedding that will transport you and your guests to another world, Hatley Castle is definitely the venue to make all your dreams come true.
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