I think it’s fair to say that most wedding photographers, if they were being truly honest, would admit to having one or two venues on their ‘wish list’ of places to photograph a wedding at, and I have to admit that I have had a desire to be a Leeds Castle wedding photographer for quite a while now! Years ago I flew over and around Leeds Castle in a tiny little 4 seater plane, and it captivated me with its fairy tale beauty, and sense of calm serenity, so you can imagine how pleased I was to be given the opportunity to be Fiona and Mike’s Leeds Castle wedding photographer this summer.
You may remember Mike and Fiona from their beautiful and gloriously sunny pre-wedding shoot on Minnis Bay beach, but unfortunately, in spite of their August wedding date, their luck ran out with the weather, and their wedding day turned out to be the wettest day of the summer! The rain was so torrential that the staff at Leeds Castle very kindly agreed to allow us to come back a week later to shoot their couple photos in and around the castle grounds once the weather was better! Just as well as I wouldn’t have wanted to be held responsible for getting that gorgeous pair of Manolo Blahniks muddy and waterlogged! Thankfully the weather was unable to dampen anyone’s spirits, and the wet weather contingency plans were managed seamlessly by the wonderful Leeds Castle staff team.
Fiona and Mike chose a 1920’s style for their wedding, inspired by Lady Bailliee, who purchased the castle in the 1920’s and as well as fully renovating it, was also known for the beautiful house parties she held there during her lifetime.
I have to admit that trying to take a family wedding portrait with 6 young children was quite a challenge, and one that you just have to embrace and enjoy the fun of! These guys were determined to upstage mum and dad here!
Many thanks to Emma-Kate for assisting and second shooting skills – wonderful as always!