Leeds Castle is reputed to be ‘the loveliest castle in the world’. With over 1000 years of history, it was originally a Norman stronghold & later became a Royal Palace. For 300 years it was home to various Kings & Queens of England, including Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Providing a wonderful back-drop from every angle, the Castle, surrounded by a moat & sitting in 500 acres of parkland & formal gardens, is the perfect venue for a fairy-tale wedding.
The Castle offers 4 x options for future Bride & Grooms in terms of planning a wedding. You can get married either in the main Castle itself (parts of the Castle remain open to the general public until 5:00 p.m.) or alternatively you can host your day in The Maidens Tower, which is a 16th Century Stone Building, adjacent to the Castle. The Maidens Tower (see photos below) is available for exclusive hire, for up to 80 guests, offering a self-contained venue with a private walled garden within the Castle grounds. An added bonus is that once the Castle is closed to the general public, Bride & Grooms can venture out for a more private & informal portrait sessions around the moat/grounds. Both the Castle & Maidens Tower have guest bedrooms allowing you & your guests to stay for the night!
For weddings taking place in The Maidens Tower, the wedding breakfast is served in the Tudor Hall. Several options are available for the layout of the tables – the pictures below depict a ‘horse-shoe’ arrangement. The team at Leeds Castle are first class & brilliant at what they do. Complete with white glove silver service, they make you feel very special indeed.
Wedding flowers & bouquets can be catered for by the Castle’s in-house florist who Bride & Grooms can liaise with in the lead up to their special day.
For larger weddings, Leeds Castle can also host Wedding Receptions, following a church service or civil ceremony, in the Fairfax Hall or indeed a marquee in the Castle grounds.
Blushing Bride Wedding Photography has had the immense pleasure of photographing events at this prestigious venue. However the weddings I have covered there have been private & exclusive events. I have therefore agreed with my Bride & Grooms not to use their images for marketing. The pictures above are a selection of ‘general’ images I have taken during these events that do not include any guests!
I hope you like them, Lee xx