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A little moment in history

Updated: Mar 3, 2023

When I was asked to photograph the wedding of Lottie & Ryan, I had mixed feelings. As the place I got engaged myself, magnificent, Leeds Castle, set in the most beautiful grounds in Kent (Garden of England), holds very special memories for me. However, as a very informal and relaxed photographer, I couldn't help but feel a little fearful that the venue, once home to numerous historical royals, would be a little grand for the likes of me!

I need not have worried. On arrival, I had plenty of time to wander the grounds and reacquaint myself with the beautiful location. As I approached the castle, soaked in glorious autumn sunshine, any nerves there may have been turned to pure appreciation of the opportunity to photograph at such a historic place.

A warm welcome from bride and groom (separately of course) and a brief tour of the Maidens Tower by friendly staff put me completely at ease and I could immediately see why Lottie and Ryan had wanted to continue their story at the incredible place where they too got engaged. The beautiful fireplaces, tapestries and views over the moat inspire an atmosphere which transports you and, combined with the warmth of the beautiful, personal touches chosen by the bride and groom, created an inviting space for their excited guests. Candle lit tables, classic roses and delicate foliage arranged by Chic Weddings, set a delightfully, romantic scene with an elegant, flower adorned, silver leaf wedding cake as the finishing touch.

Despite such an incredible location, however, nothing could impress more than the beautiful bride herself who with a little assistance from Hali, stunned in a delicate gown from Clare Bridal studio with full length veil, knocking the socks off her prince charming as she made her entrance. In tailcoat and pinstriped trousers, Ryan looked every inch the gentleman he is in real life and a perfect match for his beautiful bride.

It is difficult to recall a bride and groom more excited to be getting married. To be an observer of the pure joy of two people saying their vows and to witness the love, laughter and tears of all of the guests is a true honour to be a small part of. This excitement and laughter carried through the entire day with its personal and humorous speeches, dance floor antics and with the arrival of more special people for the evening reception.

As well as finding this joy and love, Lottie and Ryan are now a small part of the history of this magical place which I'm sure has many incredible love stories of its own. I hope their photographs will be a lasting reminder for years to come, of this very special moment in time which is now imprinted on the history of Leeds Castle and in the history of Mr & Mrs Hollas.

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Robbi Gray
Robbi Gray
Nov 09, 2022

Stunning photos as always Nicola, and what a lovely venue!

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