Leez Priory Wedding Venue – Amy and Sean
A perfect summers day for Amy & Sean's wedding.
Amy and Sean got married in April in the gorgeous Leez Priory, which is an old venue in Great Leighs. They had their ceremony at the same venue as the reception, which was great having everything all in one venue. They chose Leez Priory because it’s near their home and they just fell in love with it. It was a normal wedding, but with lots of different places to photograph. I love shooting Leez Priory weddings because the photo ops are brilliant. The warm and cosy ambiance in the bar can be credited to the large log fire with copper hood. The bar extends the length of the room and is well-stocked with a variety of wines, beers and tipples.Two reception rooms in the Main House offer contrasting styles and backdrops. The Tudor Room has exposed beams and an enormous inglenook fireplace, whilst the Light Oak Room is lined with oak panelling and is home to a baby grand piano.The converted cellar now offers a modern and contemporary space in which to dance the night away. Following a formal and traditional day, amaze your guests when they come downstairs to the LED starlit dance floor.The house is set within 40 acres of private grounds. You can also enjoy two lakes, a babbling brook and wooded areas for your photographs.
Bride And Groom Prep
Amy got ready In the main building, and the atmosphere was full of excitement I photographed the bride getting ready with her mum and two children and the bridal party. I photographed the wedding dress hanging from a wooden beam in the long corridor, and the natural light coming through the windows was stunning.
Once the bride was ready she walked a short distance to the ceremony which was being held in the main tower. The groom and best man got ready in an out building not far from the main entrance to the venue. Terry James giving me a hand and was second shooting for me that day. We often help each other on big occasions where more than one photographer is needed to capture everything that happens on the day.
He took care of making sure that nothing was missed at the groom prep. Even detailed shots like cuff-links, suits and any other sentimental items like pocket watches etc were photographed. When he had finished we arranged to meet up on the lawn between the main building and the main tower to capture all the guests (including the bride & groom) as they took a short walk to get over the where the ceremony was taking place.
As the guests were arriving for the ceremony to see the happy couple tie the knot, myself and Terry were capturing all the joy and smiles that take place on a special day like this. The wedding itself was an intimate affair in a beautiful room in the main tower. Although not overly spacious the lighting was great and everyone was close enough to see Amy and Sean take their vows. I stood at one end of the aisle where the couple were stood to capture those tears of happiness and the exchange of the rings. Whilst Terry was at the far end of the aisle so he could capture the bride walking in and all the guests as they looked on at to watch the ceremony.
We captured some fantastic moments and there were a few tears of joy from The parents of Amy and Sean, as well as themselves. I think for me, this is the part of the day I enjoy the most as you can just take a photo of almost anyone in the room and they will have some kind of smile, tear or emotion on their face. From a photographers perspective there’s nothing better than to capture these timeless moments.
The reception was at the same venue and they had a cocktail drinks reception in the afternoon, and a Dee Jay in the evening. The day was great as the weather was beautiful & there were so many things to photograph. Like the surroundings within the grounds of the venue and not forgetting the guests of course, which always make great candid shots.
The venue was decorated with lots of colour, and this really worked well with the time of year. The first dance was a romantic slow dance, I managed to get a few more shots of the happy couple outside, in front of the towers which didn’t take too long before I let them enjoy the evening and I headed off home.