Images of the day were captured by Yvette Craig Photography.
Yvette Craig is a Photographer based in Kent.
In addition to Wedding photography she also photographs Pre-wedding, Lifestyle, Love the Dress, Portraiture, Bridal Boudoir, Events, Bumps & Babies, Boudoir and Destination Weddings.
Her love of photography soon began after being given her first box brownie camera at the age of 6.
She soon realised that a picture captured is not only an image but also an emotional story for all to see for eternity.
She established the company with her friend Roberta in 2005, and became Yvette Craig Photos Ltd in 2010.
She says “I am still as passionate today as I was when I first saw a photograph develop in front of my eyes in the dark room, and whilst I am now a convert to digital for the business, I still have a Voigtlander camera that my Dad left for me. Photography is my passion.”
I hand over to stunning Bride Ayesha to tell the couples story….
How did you meet?
“We bumped into each other online and after many emails, we met in London in April 2010.”
“I had planned to meet Roger for only ten minutes (which I told him just before the wedding!) but we quickly found we had lots in common and it was 3 or 4 hours before we were getting our trains home.”
“From then on we were inseparable and saw each other pretty much every week. After only a few months, we moved into a new flat together.”
When did you get engaged?
“Roger proposed in December 2011 by getting down on one knee with a Lego ring, but then redeemed himself by taking me to look for real rings on New Bond Street the next day!”
“This was part of a wonderful weekend in London he had planned for me for both my birthday and engagement.”
Tell us about your wedding planning journey
“I went to a wedding fair with a friend where she picked up several leaflets (as you do!)”
“We saw the Leeds Castle leaflet amongst the others and started looking at castle weddings online.”
“Roger wanted an interesting venue but we didn’t want a religious ceremony so a castle was the right sort of setting and Leeds was by far the best one we found – it was the perfect venue for us.”
“We went to their wedding open day and booked our date for the Castle 20 months in advance!”
“They already had another wedding booked in on the same day in their smaller venue so we were incredibly lucky to get our date.”
“When it came to the Wedding we incorporated an Asian element by using red as one of our main colours, which is traditional in Asian weddings.”
“We wanted to plan and create our day ourselves so we enjoyed designing our ‘save the date’ and creating our handmade invitations and table place settings.”
“Our table names were based on places we had been together, so while we didn’t elaborate on them on the day, they told the story of an aspect of our lives that is important to us, since we enjoy travelling and have been lucky to have visited some amazing places.”
“We worked on the designs together, used our own photos and were pleased with the results.”
“Much later, once we had finalised the seating arrangements, we replaced placeholder text with our guests’ names for each table, leaving the exact seating up to the guests.”
“We wanted the pages to arc, to match the circular tables.”
“This was tricky but we ended up printing the designs onto high quality photo paper, laminating them, then adding a few strips of lead tape along the bottom, which both weighed them down and provided the stiffness to bend the page into a slight arc and keep it there.”
“With the exception of the invitation envelopes, we designed and printed all our own stationery from the ‘save the date’ to the invitations, place names, table names, menu, card box and thank you cards.”
“We kept the same red and white colour scheme, our ‘A&R’ logo and flourish motif throughout.”
“Being keen on graphic design, these were great fun for us to do, though none of them were easy!”
“We didn’t want to go down the traditional route and I decided to wear red, Roger had 3 best men, we didn’t have a wedding cake and we made a joint speech!”
“Leeds Castle were fantastic, they kept in touch on a regular basis via email and in the lead up to the wedding, we had meetings with our wedding coordinator to discuss the food menu, flower requirements and order of service to ensure the smooth running of the day.”
When did you get married?
“We were married on the 5th October 2013.”
What was the best bit of your day?
“Walking down the aisle with all my family around me and seeing Roger waiting for me at the top.”
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
“We are thrilled with our photographs so it is important to invest in a good photographer as that will be your only record of the day in years to come!”
Thank you so much to Yvette for sharing this incredible Leeds castle wedding.
What a majestic location and I love how the rich red colour scheme reflects the Brides culture and blends so well with the architecture and grandness of the castle.
Thank you also to Ayesha and Roger for sharing their story and their glorious Wedding Day, plus what a Dress!
Venue: Leeds Castle
Photography & Videography: Yvette Craig Photography
Bride’s dress: Ian Stewart (custom made in red]
Bride’s shoes: Kurt Geiger
Groom’s suit: A Suit That Fits (custom designed)
Groom’s shoes: John White of London
Groom’s tie: Dehavilland
Bridesmaid’s dress: Coast
Bridesmaid’s bolero: Debenhams
Bridesmaid’s shoes: Aldo
Maid of honour headpiece: Lulla bellz
Maid of honour jewellery: Kyles collections
Maid of honour Asian outfit: Fyza Khan creations
Best men suit: Austin Reed
Best men tie: Dehavilland
Mother of the bride sari: Farah Khan creations
Mother of the bride’s jewellery: Kyles collections
Mother of the bride shoes: John Lewis
Flowers: Leeds Castle
Hair and make up: Emma Smisson
Harpist: Nicola Veal (highly recommended!)
To Contact Yvette Craig Photography
Phone: 07984 470415