the leewood hotel

kirsty & rich



Kirsty contacted me back in 2015 to enquire about their 2016 wedding, their plans sounded great and I had availability for their date so we proceeded to book in their special day. The next few months is then supposed to be filled with excitement and crazy-stressful planning… Unfortunately this wasn’t the case for Kirsty and Richard. I won’t delve into details, but this couple really did have an absolute rotten start to 2016, which resulted in them having to postpone their special day. Kirsty contacted me saying they just simply could’t go ahead with the wedding and would it be ok to postpone until further notice? Which of course I said yes.

Kirsty got back in touch to arrange a new date in 2017 and thankfully I was available ? we met up once again to discuss their plans and Kirsty let me in on a few surprises that Richard didn’t know about.



Kirsty and Richard opted out of a pre-wedding shoot, Richard said he didn’t like having his photo taken and they’d prefer a more relaxed approach on the day, which was great.

I arrived bright and early at Cut n Curl on the morning of their big day, to capture Kirsty having her hair and make-up done. She was as cool as a cucumber, I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone so calm, mixed with excitement I can only compare with a child in a sweet shop ?

bridal hair & makeup

more bride prep

Once Kirsty’s hair and make-up was finished, we headed back to their home to continue getting ready. The flower girls were already in their beautiful dresses and they looked absolutely fantastic!

the dress

Then it was time for Kirsty to get into her dress, she was helped in by one of her bridesmaids. Once in her dress, we took a quick bridal portrait, complete with her amazing Minnie Mouse shaped floral bouquet, before heading to St Peter’s Church.


I always love going to St Peter’s Church, the atmosphere here is always really friendly and inviting. The church was looking great inside and as the guests started to arrive, I grabbed a quick shot of the bridal party.

bridal party

Then it was time for Kirsty to make her big entrance, I think everyone can agree that both her and Richard looked fantastic and there was even a little tear shed as she reached the front of the church.

It was a beautiful service, filled with lots of smiles from everyone and a bride and groom grinning from ear to ear once they’d sealed the deal!

THE Service

Confetti throw

Once the service had finished, we headed outside for the confetti throw and then some group shots. The weather was absolutely amazing, the sun was shining and there was a clear blue sky. Which couldn’t have been more perfect for these two given that on their original wedding date the year before, it had rained ALL day, so it was nice to see luck was on their side.


Kirsty and Richard had chosen The Leewood Hotel for their reception and they were the first couple to have their wedding in the newly refurbished conservatory, which I believe had only been finished a matter of days before their wedding! It looked great inside, made even better by the Disney theme that complimented the room really well.

disney cake

the speeches

Kirsty and Richard had asked their two eldest boys to do some of their speeches. Fair play to them, they absolutely rocked every bit of them! Resulting in the whole room laughing within minutes of them starting.


If there’s one thing that stands out the most at the Leedwood Hotel, it’s the beautiful grounds. The kids made every effort to run around, play games and generally enjoy the sunshine. I couldn’t resist shooting them with the back lit sun, just disappearing behind the trees.


Kirsty, Richard and myself proceeded to the Pavilion Garden’s after the speeches and wedding breakfast to make the most of the beautiful sunset. Considering Richard said he wasn’t keen on having his photo taken, they both looked so elegant in the last of the light.

When we arrived back at the hotel, the flower girls were really keen on following in Kirsty’s footsteps… Quite literally! They looked adorable prancing around in her wedding shoes.

the first dance

The final part of the day had arrived so quickly! I couldn’t believe it was time for the first dance already.

A fantastic end to an equally as stunning day. Kirsty and Richard really made the most of every element throughout the day and they were grinning from ear to ear every time I looked over to them. I wish you all the happiness in the world, you both deserve it!

Thanks for looking,

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