I first met Stacey and heard about her and Joe’s plans for their Leeds Castle Wedding in Kent at a wedding fair about 14 months before, and was struck by her happy and relaxed approach, which I really loved. Because of their busy work schedules, it was almost a year later before we were finally able to sit down together and talk through their day in more detail, and talk through the photos that they were hoping for, and again it was a happy and relaxed affair, in what I was coming to realise was the approach they would also have on their wedding day.
Their wedding day dawned bright and clear, and when I arrived at Leeds Castle the skies were calm, the cherry blossom was out, and the ducks were sitting on the lawn in front of the castle, enjoying the quiet. There was no hint of the strong winds that had been forecast for the afternoon, just the peaceful calm before the castle grounds were opened to the public.
I met up with Stacey and her bridal party in the courtyard room where she had stayed the previous night with her mum, and later in the morning we transferred across to the Maiden’s Tower where the wedding was to be held. The Maiden’s Tower is beautiful, slightly less formal inside than the main castle, and with the benefit of its’ own private walled garden, and a more private setting for a wedding.
Following their ceremony, Stacey and Joe made their way out of the tower buildings and out into the garden to be met with a great gust of wind that plucked Stacey’s veil from her head as if it merely resting on top her head, making a mockery of the pins that were supposed to be holding it in place, and we all watched in absolute disbelief as it sailed off over the top of the small marquee – thankfully into the garden rather than the adjoining moat!!! Stacey’s response to this was to laugh before having it pinned back in, and her laughter continued throughout their very windblown photos in the garden, and out in the golf buggy as we toured the grounds to take their couple photos. Throughout the day I was to see their happy and carefree approach to whatever might not have gone perfectly to plan, and their pleasure in enjoying their wedding day with each other, and their family and friends, in what has been described as ‘the loveliest castle in the world’, and it was truly special.
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