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Leanne and Louis Kirkstall Abbey Wedding | Kirkstall Abbey Leeds Wedding Photography | Rainy day wedding at Kirkstall Abbey


Leanne and Louis Kirkstall Abbey Wedding | Kirkstall Abbey Leeds Wedding Photography | Rainy day wedding at Kirkstall Abbey

Possibly the wettest wedding ceremony I have ever photographed. Leanne and Louis’ wedding at Kirkstall Abbey started dry but quickly trend with heavy showers during and immediately after the wedding ceremony. thankfully the weather cleared in time for photographs.

Could you tell me a little about how you met and of course the proposal? 

Louis and I met in Halls at Leeds College of Music as we were put in the same apartment! Louis proposed 6 years later on rainy and windy day at the beach on a nature reserve in Skegness!

What made you chose Kirkstall Abbey ? 

“We frequently walk around Kirkstall Abbey and loved the epic grandeur. I always wanted to get married outside. ”

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Where did you chose and say yes to your amazing wedding dress?

“I knew I wanted a completely plain dress. Pronovias range at Rococo Bride in Melbourne, Derbyshire  had in the perfect dress. It is timeless, understated with a futuristic twist in the neck line. The simplicity of the dress allowed the veil to be the statement. I got the full face birdcage veil from Liberty in Love –  it perfectly mixed the vintage and high fashion feel I was after. ”

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Louis and his groomsmen had a very clean classical look

The suits were French Connection from Moss Bros. We wanted clean cut lines a tux gives with no softness to give a masculine and executive look. The choice of pocket squares rather than boutonnières helped achieve this look. The groom wears on his lapel the Crest of Great Yarmouth. – his home town. Navy blue was chosen for the ties to compliment the bridesmaids dress which had Navy blue undertones to the floral design. These dresses were from Pretty Kitty, and the Bardot wiggle fit gave a vintage edge, Leaving the flower girl to wear a dress similar to mine in simplicity and of course the cute factor!



Thankfully you were very prepared for exceptionally wet weather. 

“Two seating plan arrangements for at the abbey – As it was dry when the set up occurred it meant that we had the best possible seating for guests. Guests were warned on invitations that the ceremony was outdoor and to dress appropriately and bring umbrellas with ‘Fingers crossed for good weather’. I purchased umbrellas for the bridal party 2 weeks prior (hoping to not use and send back). Pagoda style umbrellas for bride and groom and colour co-ordinated for the remainder of the party. We hired a vintage double decker bus to transport guests from the ceremony to reception venue.  We knew having an outdoor wedding would be risky with the weather but we really didn’t care as Kirkstall Abbey was ‘us’.”


At any point during the ceremony and heavy rain did you even consider taking cover?

“We didn’t care ourselves that we got wet, luckily the abbey had parts that were undercover so some guests moved during the ceremony when the heavens opened! We had our brollies! All guests said that the rain made for a very unique wedding ceremony and it added to the photos.”


There were a number of amusing moments in the speeches, were there any particular stand out moments?

“The speeches were HILARIOUS and there was nothing was held back! Lots of sex references from our previous house mates (Maid of Honour and Best Man) we noticed! Touching Childhood memories from Father of the bride & warm welcoming of groom into the family.

Maid of Honour speech featured sweet and thoughtful words of the bride with some minor teasing gathered from 10 years of friendship.

Grooms – Heartfelt thank yous with perfectly timed humour to our incredible family and friends. Sentimental gratefulness to the bride with a wicked humour twist. The “best grooms speech ever heard” we got told many times.

Best Man – Roasting of the groom with 10 years worth of material to chose from. Timing and delivery was incredible.”

Which song did you chose for first dance and why? 

We chose Mark Knopfler ‘Quality Shoe’ – It became a tradition to dance together to on valentines days and anniversaries so felt only suitable for our wedding dance.

Any stand out moments during the day? 

Joy that the rain held off for the bridal entrance!

The photo session at the abbey after the ceremony. So much fun and a poignant memory – even in the rain! IT was nice to have some time alone.

Seeing all our family and friends in different groups laughing and smiling throughout the day.

The photo previews on the screen for guests to see after wedding breakfast.

Dancing the night away until 1am!


Any other suppliers you’d like to mention? 

Reggae Band – Dread Supreme

Hair & Make up – Brittany Jae

Reception Venue – Castle Grove Masonic Hall

Bus – York Pullman Bus Company Ltd.

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