As a wedding photographer I have been privileged to visit many beautiful and historical locations but there is always a dream list, if you will, of places where, as a wedding photographer, you would love to photograph. Leeds Castle was one such place and so I was thrilled when Kashpal and Amanda contacted me to ask if I would photograph their Leeds Castle wedding.
Leeds Castle in Kent (not Leeds) was built in 1119 as a Norman stronghold. There are various stories about why it was called Leeds castle but the truth is that no-one really knows for sure, although it may have something to do with Ledian, the chief minister of King Ethelbert IV.
The castle sits on an island, surrounded by a picturesque lake and 500 acres of beautifully tended gardens. From every angle it’s a photographer’s dream and my dream as Leeds Castle wedding photographer was about to come true.
I hope that my photographs have done Leeds Castle justice and have capture the majesty of the place as well as a little of the mystery it retains. The interior of the castle blended in well with the elegance of the bride and her entourage, looking every inch the fairytale bride.
We were extremely lucky with the weather, with the natural lighting providing all I could need to capture some stylishly romantic shots. Seeing the castle lit up at night was a real treat as the castle was framed so well against the dark blue sky.
As a destination wedding photographer I was lucky enough to spend the entire day with the bride and groom, from the bridal prep to the entertaining dance moves of the guests. I like to make sure that everyone is comfortable enough in my presence to forget that I’m there, which is when I can capture those natural shots. Being at Kashpal and Amanda’s wedding was a real honour and I must say a huge thank you to them both for being such an amazing couple and to the obliging staff at Leeds Castle; also to my assistant on the day, Soven and my second photographer Kevin.
Please do browse through a selection of my favourite shots from the day.