The first time I met Angela and Dean I just fell in love with them, so warm, friendly and smiley and I knew from that point it was going to be a truly wonderful wedding. Plus to top it off there wedding was to be held at the stunning Leeds Castle, a real fairy tale of a wedding.
As soon as I arrived I made my way to the bridal suite to say hello, I was greeted with huge beaming smiles and hugs. I set to work with the little but very important details, the beautiful pink flowers, jewelry, perfume, wedding shoes and of course the stunning princess style wedding dress with its fitted corset and silk tulle skirt. The photography is mostly reportage with a few choice classic portraits taken against the stunning bridal suite backdrop of large windows and heritage furniture. One of my favourite pictures is of the bride with her twin sister holding hands and smiling. During the bridal preparation time I took some landscape photography of the lovely Castle and Grounds.
We were sharply reminded by the time by the knock on the door, it was the brides father and oh how proud he was when he gazed for the first time at his lovely daughter.
So we were off, the ceremony, tears of excitement and nervousness resounded. Down the medieval stone staircase and through the grand inner hall into the ceremony room, the music played and Dean was at last to see his wonderful bride, their eyes met and happiness filled the air.
The ceremony was full of emotion, giggles and hearty clapping, the certificate was signed, sealed and delivered. Angela and Dean smiled their way down the aisle and into the Castle Library room where celebratory hugs, kisses and laughter filled the air.
After the groupshots it was time for the romantics, which I have say, was very very excited about. The glorious and copious amounts of opportunities filled me with both determination to fit as many areas of the castle as possible and excitement. The weather was holding out really well, so into the Leeds Castle buggy we went. There were the glorious tall slim curtain draped windows, the gatehouse, the moat, the green pastures and weeping willow trees, we all loved the adventure and I could really make the most of the surroundings.
Guests were eagerly awaiting the cue to enter the Wedding Breakfast Room with its grand 16th century French Caen stone fireplace and magnificent ebony floor. The room looked magnificent and the guests found their places at the long rectangular tables. Whilst everyone was eating I took a walk around the inside of the building, I found a small wooden staircase and at the top soft amber light from the sun set filled the hallway. I couldn’t miss this opportunity for some lovely bride and groom portraits, you can see the images from this within the gallery below. The speeches had everyone is raptures of laughter is was a great finish to the afternoon.
After dinner guests made their way to the opulent 1920s Castle Drawing Rooms and then continued with evening celebrations, dancing the the traditional smoking of cigars. The event party had began and with the final evening portrait against the illuminated castle I was saying my goodbyes.
It was such a glorious and happy day!
Rising majestically from the still waters of its moat, surrounded by 500 acres of parkland and gardens, Leeds Castle is one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Kent. A palace used by Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon.