Mr & Mrs Middleton
Wedding venue – Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent ME171PL
Season - Spring 2016
The Day of the wedding
Dawn and Lee had booked me after stopping for a chat at the Mecure hotel wedding fair last year and had already secured their wedding date at the historical Leeds castle in Maidstone, Kent.
The weather was so unpredictable off the back end of Storm Katie with clouds of rain, rainbows and breaks of spring sunshine, being early spring it was still a bit cold but the weather wasn’t going to stop us from having a great day. Leeds castle always looks amazing from pretty much any angle and is coordinated very well by the staff here. After a coffee and a catch up with Ryan and Carrie-anne from Talking Fly it was time to get down to business capturing Dawn and the bridesmaids getting ready for the day ahead.
After my introductions to Dawn and the girls in the bridal suite which is located in the main castle it was time to photograph the dress, shoes and accessories that would be worn with the dress, while I got to work on the finer details the girls were being looked after by Kelli Waldock who I had the pleasure of working alongside only a week ago at Old Kent Barn.
The Castle banquet room had also been prepared for the wedding breakfast with huge attention to detail. The long tables were dressed with candelabras, table flowers and table favors for guests, it really did look the business and to top things off the large bay window housed a three tier wedding cake fit for the special occasion.
Guests had now started to arrive in the library while Lee and his best man were busy with the registrar going over the finer details for the ceremony. Its always great fun working alongside the guys at Talking Fly and we worked really well together covering all the angles as Dawns father got to see his daughter for the first time in her wedding dress, he was totally bowled over as they hugged and exchanged a few words between them. Dad took Dawn by the hand and led her down the castle staircase to the ceremony room for the wedding to get underway. The room was full of family and friends as the Bridal party made their way down the isle to start proceedings. These guys are madly in love which made the ceremony all the more special as the vows were said, the rings exchanged and a kiss to make things official.
Confetti petals and toast drinks lead the proceedings before I made announcements for the group photos to begin, we just about managed to get the official group shots done before it started to rain again but this was soon passing over to reveal blue skies and a perfect opportunity to commandeer a golf buggy and head off for some relaxed portraits and composed romantic shots of just Dawn and Lee on their own in the grounds of the castle gardens.
The wedding coordinator made an announcement to guests and started to usher groups into the banquet hall to be seated, ready to welcome Mr & Mrs Middleton to the top table. As Dawn and Lee made their way down through the middle of the room you could hardly hear yourself think as guests clapped and cheered them to their seats. After the main meal it was time to hear the history and heartfelt stories from parents and the much-anticipated best mans speech, which left everyone laughing before closing proceedings with a champagne toast to Dawn and Lee also known as the Essex most romantic couple after winning this years award.
After dinner it was time to enjoy everything the castle had to offer, as guests were able to use any of the rooms to relax and catch up over a coffee. This is a great time to capture people enjoying themselves and makes for some great natural photography. Mr & Mrs Middleton were soon making their way to the main reception room for the 1st dance was to take place. The guys had booked a live band to perform this evening and so the lead singer introduced them to the dance floor while the band played their 1st dance song. From here on the place got a little more lively as guests joined in to dance the night away which a few drinks for good measure.
Here’s a few shots from this Leeds castle wedding that best tell Mr and Mrs Middleton’s story. Feel free to comment and share and get in touch if you’re looking for a wedding photographer at Leeds castle in Kent.
The finer details
Photography coverage - Bridal prep to 1st dance + Twilight romantics
Hour’s coverage – Approximately 11hrs
Number of photos – Approximately 670
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Tel – 07584 049 489