Leeds Castle Wedding | Franky and Jack
Leeds Castle is such an iconic beautiful venue in Kent and one that I’d been visiting for years for their concerts and their craft fairs and events. But Franky and Jack’s spring wedding was the first time I had actually photographed a wedding at Leeds Castle. As a busy Kent wedding photographer, I must admit I was a bit frustrated that it had taken me so long to get booked there! Franky had also waited a long time as she had dreamed of getting married at Leeds Castle since she saw it as a little girl. This wedding had a fairy-tale feel to it for me before it even started!
Getting Ready in the Maidens Tower
On the day I arrived early so I could capture those all-important bridal preparation shots. Franky was getting ready in the bridal suite in the Maidens Tower at Leeds Castle. This 16th century Tudor stone building is a glamorous self-contained venue adjacent to the castle.
Unfortunately the weather had been very wet since early morning and Franky wasn’t holding out much hope of getting that gorgeous shot of the two of them with the castle and lake in the background.
Franky looked amazing in her gorgeous dress that had exquisite lace detail and the most gorgeous train. Her sister did her makeup. She looked so elegant and her traditional dress really suited a Leeds Castle wedding.
Jack arrived in a Ferrari and looked very smart in his three-piece-suit along with the rest of the boys. My second shooter for the day, Darren Arthur had a chance to catch up with him and the boys and get some great images of them both inside and outside in between the rain showers. He took a great ‘GQ’ style shot of the boys with the car.
A Owl Delivery
The ceremony took place in The Long Gallery. During the vows there was some rumbles of thunder outside that gave everybody the giggles, especially Franky and Jack. This wasn’t the only surprise in the ceremony. The couple surprised their guests by having Buzz the owl fly across the room to deliver their rings. (Leeds Castle has an owlry and offer this as a service). It was a bit nerve wracking making sure I captured the delivery but also such a treat for me as I love owls.
After the ceremony we managed to get a break in the weather so were able to do some family and group shots in the gardens of Maiden’s Tower.
A Break in the Weather
As Franky and Jack’s guests enjoyed the drinks reception the Leeds Castle team kindly drove Franky, Jack and me around the grounds so we could get some romantic portrait images. Given the poor weather the light wasn’t good but we still got some lovely images. It was really important to Franky to get some pictures of the two of them in front of the castle so I was glad that despite the weather we were able to do that for her. Whilst shooting we came across a very nosy and limelight stealing swan. Her persistence earned her a feature in a couple of my images!
The Tudor Dining Room
The wedding reception was held in the Tudor Hall dining room. An impressive room with a large feature fireplace and French doors leading straight to a lovely lawned garden. The room was dressed beautifully with white linen, pretty floral displays and the most beautiful semi-naked wedding cake dressed with fresh flowers.
After a lovely wedding breakfast and some very well received speeches the weather cleared so guests were able to take their drinks outside onto the lawn where both young and older enjoyed some fun garden games.
The Grand Arches
I took the opportunity to quickly whisk Franky and Jack away for some romantic portrait shots around the archway to the castle and the two of them walking towards the castle. These images were amongst my favourites of the day.
The evening celebrations kicked off with a romantic first dance and it wasn’t long before Franky and Jack were joined on the dancefloor. As the music went uptempo so did the dance moves with some guests cutting some pretty impressive shapes!
Bold dance moves and barefoot limbo dancing ladies are always a cue for me to take my leave.
I really enjoyed meeting and working with Franky and Jack. Shooting their Leeds Castle wedding was a joy. Congratulations you two for getting married and thank you for allowing me to tell the story of your lovely wedding day.
Venue – Leeds Castle in Kent
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