Leeds Castle - a very private affair

Leeds Castle – a very private affair

July 18, 2010  |  Weddings
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Yesterday was one of my most exciting weddings of the year.  And also my most unusual.

For privacy and security reasons, all pictures from this wedding featuring the couple or any of their guests will need to be cleared before I can post them.  So in this sneak preview you won’t see any people.  But you will get a look at the details from this gorgeous wedding at “the loveliest castle in the world”.  Welcome to wedding photography meets through the keyhole intrigue….

If the picture at the top wasn’t enough, here’s a pretty blatant clue to the venue.

weddings  Leeds Castle   a very private affair

So let’s see, what can I show you? Well, there were men in skirts….

weddings  Leeds Castle   a very private affair

…and at least one of them brought a musical instrument with him…..

weddings  Leeds Castle   a very private affair

As for the happy couple themselves, well, I’ve seen plenty of great transport at weddings.  There was the one with the A-Team van, the cute little VW Beetle called Delilah, plenty of Bentleys, several Rolls Royce (vintage and modern) and a gorgeous Aston Martin Vantage.  All of the beautiful and special in their own ways.  But when the M25 kicks off and traffic is gridlocked and you absolutely have to be there on time.  Well, nothing quite beats a helicopter.  Especially not a Westland Scout AH1 complete with Rolls Royce engine.  (Or so Google tells me).
weddings  Leeds Castle   a very private affair

It was one of those impossibly hot July days in Kent.  Whilst the rest of the country was apparently grey and rainy we had perfect weather for a wedding.  You can bet the bride and groom were thirsty after their flight.

weddings  Leeds Castle   a very private affair

And with a glass in one hand and some simply beautiful flowers in the other, the bride wasted no time in greeting friends.

weddings  Leeds Castle   a very private affair

And then on to a banqueting hall fit for a king.  Henry the 8th actually.

weddings  Leeds Castle   a very private affair

Where the guests feasted on venison fit for a Lord.

weddings  Leeds Castle   a very private affair

And of course a rather lovely cake for afters….

weddings  Leeds Castle   a very private affair

There’s always the tricky question of just how to cut the cake.  Some venues provide ornate knives, some couples like to use their own.  But you can’t help liking a best man who provides his own sword for you to cut the cake.

weddings  Leeds Castle   a very private affair

And of course the partying went on until the early hours.  It was late and dark when I left.  Which gave me a chance of one last shot of Leeds Castle.

weddings  Leeds Castle   a very private affair


That’s the last of the “normal” pictures, but I also shot a 360 degree panorama of the banqueting hall at Leeds Castle.  This was taken before the candles were lit an with the odd tourist in view but if you have the right plugins it gives you a great feel for the room.  You can click and drag with your mouse to look around the room!


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  • Andrew Brown

    Another great set of shots Jonathan. I’m guessing the rest of the shots with actual people in them were just as great.

    Shame you couldn’t have got an arial picture of B&G traveling in said helicopter…

  • http://english-wedding.com Claire

    Gorgeous and intriguing photos, Jonathan. You’ve set the scene beautifully and I hope we’re allowed to see the people after clearance… nonetheless this wedding looks fabulous already! (I went too fast on the spinning room at first – so cool but I’m a bit dizzy now.)