Leeds Castle Wedding Photography – Leeds Castle is pretty famous in wedding photography circles as a particularly stunning venue, but I had never been there until Ed and Hannah’s wonderful wedding. For those who don’t know, Leeds Castle isn’t, as you might think, in Yorkshire – it’s actually in Kent. Go figure. It’s marketing materials call it ‘The loveliest castle in the world’ and although I haven’t done a comprehensive worldwide castle survey, I certainly haven’t been to a more lovely castle, so they might well be right.
The part of the castle where weddings are held has been beautifully restored and it’s surprisingly fresh and bright inside. When I arrived on a chilly and blustery (but nice and bright!) February morning I went straight to where Hannah was getting ready. She was looking absolutely radiant. And when she put on her wedding dress…wow! She wore a couture gown by Philippa Lepley and it was stunning – worth the 10 or 11 fittings it takes to get a couture dress just right!
Given the temperature, I wasn’t sure about how game Hannah and Ed would be about going outside for photos after the ceremony. It would have been such a shame to miss photos with the castle in the background (especially as Ed’s talented mum had painted a picture of them in front of the castle to go on the invitation, and we really wanted a real life version)…so I was very happy that they were really good sports and didn’t mind the cold (and quite a lot of veil wrangling – the wind did not want the veil to stay on Hannah’s head!). We were whizzed around the castle grounds by a couple of members of the castle staff (there were attentive members of staff everywhere I turned – the service was impeccable!) on a golf buggy…at other venues I’ve had to drive the buggy myself and I was a bit relieved I didn’t have to drive this time.
After those photos, and a few family photos outside the front of the castle we went in to join the guests, who were enjoying drinks in the beautiful library. Well, I didn’t catch the formal name, but it was a room with a lot of books, so I’m calling in the library (maybe I’m inadvertently thinking of Cluedo). The wedding breakfast was held in the grand Henry VIII banqueting hall, which was followed by some very touching speeches. They were short and perfect. Then it was off to dancing, and after the first set from the band everyone went outside to be greeted by a spectacular fireworks display over the moat. Wow, a brilliant end to a perfect wedding. Congratulations again Hannah and Ed!
Love Sarah xx
Sarah Legge Photography – Award winning Kent wedding photographer taking stunning, natural wedding photographs in Kent, Surrey, London and beyond!