Susanna and Barry

Leeds Castle

51.2487° N, 0.6298° E - Near Maidstone, Kent

'I can't believe how beautiful you've made me look in the film!'

Leeds Castle: 'The loveliest castle in the world'

What's really lovely about this venue is that everything is under one roof, so the guests and the couple don't have to worry about driving anywhere and can just enjoy themselves, as everything from bridal preparation to catering and the evening dancing with the DJ takes place in one place. It feels private and self-contained.

It's also known as the 'Castle of Queens' because of how many women have had control over it compared to other castles in the UK.

You're so spoilt for choice for places to pose outside for photos and everything is just beautifully formed there, and the staff organised a buggy for the couple and photographer and videographer to be able to get around the grounds to get stunning shots of the couple with the castle and the grounds in the background.

For the sunset shots they were even serenaded by a party of Segway riders who waved and congratulated them on their special day!

I'll never forget the look of joy on both their faces and how happy they were to be getting married and they made a really gorgeous looking couple who were obviously totally and madly in love with each other.

Leeds Castle felt magical, and just perfect for them and their special day.

Susanna and Barry were in two minds about having a videographer at their wedding, but Susanna's mother really wanted her to have a film of her day. Susanna was worried she wouldn't look good in the video, and I think Barry was also reluctant, in fact we agreed that I would focus on the bridal preparation, the ceremony and the guests, and not film his speech.

So you can imagine I was so delighted when she rang me after I sent over the film to the couple to tell me she loved it and had never thought she would look so beautiful in the video.

They stayed in rooms in the stable courtyard, which is where the bride also had her make-up done, before transferring over to the stunning bridal preparation suite above the ceremony room, in Maiden's Tower, which has its own perfectly formed courtyard garden.

They had 49 guests at the ceremony and then later on there were 100 guests for the evening reception, which was held in the same room as the ceremony, with both a disco and a photo booth installed.

The wedding breakfast was served in the next door room and the couple had a harpist to play in the background for both the ceremony and the meal.

The suppliers

The Cake

The venue

The DJ

The photographer

Bride post wedding - Susanna and Barry—Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, Kent

The videographer

The Florist

The Make-up artist

The Hair