Leah van Zyl Photography: Blog http://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog en-us (C) Leah van Zyl Photography info@leahvanzyl.com (Leah van Zyl Photography) Fri, 25 May 2018 09:29:00 GMT Fri, 25 May 2018 09:29:00 GMT http://www.leahvanzyl.com/img/s/v-5/u844648338-o41534875-50.jpg Leah van Zyl Photography: Blog http://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog 77 120 That Amazing Place Wedding Photography http://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2018/5/that-amazing-place-wedding-photography Sally and Luke celebrated their wedding at That Amazing Place and it really was amazing!!  

Their gorgeous family includes their adorable little boy and equally adorable little dog, who really stole the show!  Choosing a sneak peak was nearly impossible because I'm in love with so many of their images, but here's just a handful.... more to come really soon!


Venue: That Amazing Place


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Wedding Photography at South Farm http://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2018/5/wedding-photography-at-south-farm Here's my first blog post of 2018!  

My first wedding of the year was absolutely FABULOUS!  It was at the stunning South Farm, a gorgeous boutique wedding venue tucked between the Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Borders.  

Lisa's dress was absolutely divine, and Barry looked very dapper indeed in his tweed suit, they matched the beautiful surroundings perfectly.  This venue has so much to offer, there are so many photo opportunities!  We loved playing with the cute little piglets, such an opportunity to create something a little different!  

I worked with an absolute dream team of suppliers, it is always fantastic when every little detail looks perfect!  

Thank you Lisa and Barry for sharing your very special day with me, I wish you so much love, laughter and happiness in the future!!

Here's some of your best bits!


Photographer:Leah van Zyl Photography

Venue: South Farm

Hair: Hair by Aimee

Make up: Sophie Matthews

Master of Ceremonies: Chris Jennings

Flowers: Wildwood Floral Events

DJ: Titan Roadshow

Guitar: Andy Nash

Cake: George Andreou & Rico Joannou

Photo Booth: Flash Tag Photo Booth Hire



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Wedding Photography at De Vere Theobalds Estate http://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2018/1/wedding-photography-at-de-vere-theobalds-estate Lindsey and Arran got married at De Vere Theobalds Estate Hotel on a chilly wintery day, and it was absolutely beautiful!!  I always cry at weddings, because I'm completely soppy... but I cried more at this wedding than I've done in ages.  It was just completely filled with such love and fun and friendship... these two are absolutely made for each other, such a beautiful thing to see!


Here's a sneak peak of their special day.  Enjoy!


Venue: De Vere Theobalds Estate

Hair, styling, make up and flowers: Charmed Events

Children's Entertainer: The Party Dude

Cake: Rosy Lee Vintage Tea Party and Occasion Cakes

Fireworks: Dynamic Fireworks

Toastmaster: Keith Reading Toastmaster

Videographer: Video Magic



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Blake Hall Wedding Photography http://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2018/1/blake-hall-wedding-photography The most lovely couple, Louise and Tom, got married at the stunning Blake Hall a few weeks ago.  

Blake Hall is an absolutely gorgeous venue, and it provided the perfect, autumnal backdrop for Louise and Tom's big day.  I was lucky enough to photograph both their beautiful babies, so I felt so honored that they chose me to be part of their big day too! 

Here are a few of my favourite moments from their beautiful day 

Venue: Blake Hall





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A wedding in the snow at Parklands Quendon Hall http://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/12/a-wedding-in-the-snow-at-parklands-quendon-hall In December we had a huge freak snow storm!  It was one of the most stressful experiences of my life, as my husband and I were stuck in the snow for nearly four hours trying to get to the venue.  We finally arrived at my favourite venue, Parklands Quendon Hall, where I was lucky enough to get married myself a couple of years ago.

This wedding was so challenging because of the weather, but it turned out to be one of the best of the year for me because I captured a beautiful snowy shot for my clients.  

This is one of the most wonderful things about being a photographer... taking a really tricky situation and turning it into something beautiful.  

Congratulations Emma and Alex, you gorgeous couple!  I wish you lots of love and laughs on your journey together.


Here's your sneak peak! 






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Wedding Photography at Warley Park Golf Club http://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/12/wedding-photography-at-warley-park-golf-club I photographed the lovely Lisa and Rick's wedding at Warley Park Golf Club this Autumn, and it was just gorgeous!!  This lovely couple had been let down by their photographer at the last minute, so I was more than happy to step in.  There was a wedding by the lake, a horse and carriage, lots of love and laughter and happy tears!!  

I wish you and your gorgeous family even more love and laughter in the future, here's a sneak peak of your special day!




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Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel Wedding Photography http://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/12/great-hallingbury-manor-hotel-wedding-photography I photographed the most GORGEOUS couple a few weeks ago, and it was one of my favourites of the year.  They had their gorgeous ceremony in picturesque Bishops Stortford, followed by a fabulous reception at Great Hallinbury Manor Hotel.  

These two are just made for each other!!  

Here's just a few moments from their special day.




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Quendon Hall Wedding Photography http://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/12/quendon-hall-wedding-photography Recently, I was lucky enough to photograph another gorgeous couple at my favourite venue; Parklands Quendon Hall!  I admit that I might be slightly, as it is where I tied the knot a couple of years ago... so I have so many wonderful memories there.  This wedding was a beautiful, intimate affair, with lots and lots of laughter and love all around.

Here's a sneak peak of some of my favourite moments of their special day.





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London Wedding Photography http://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/12/london-wedding-photography David and Marieke got married this Autumn in London, and it was one of the most fun, wonderful weddings ever!!  After the beautiful ceremony at the Knightsbridge Registry Office, we were treated to a fabulous bus tour around London (complete with bubbles, snacks and live music!), in the bus which Sir Cliff Richard learnt to drive!  We had a little wander around gorgeous Battersea Park, before heading off to The Phene for a delicious wedding breakfast.

This wedding had lots of love, fun, tears and happiness... what a wonderful, gorgeous day. 


Here are a few sneak peaks, enjoy!  



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Wedding Photography at Cambridge Cottage Kew Gardens http://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/11/wedding-photography-at-cambridge-cottage-kew-gardens The minute I met Russell and Lynn I knew I was going to have an absolute blast on their wedding day, and I was so right!  These two have the most infectious infectious sense of fun, that you can't help but smile whenever you are anywhere near them.  They didn't want anything traditional, which was right up my alley, and I looked forward to this wedding for months!  The added bonus, was that it was going to be at the incredible Cambridge Cottage at Kew Gardens.. a dream location for any photographer!

Lynn and Russell decided on a vintage tea party theme, which went so perfectly with the beautiful venue and gardens.  I knew I HAD to put them in touch with my incredible cake artist friend Shalomi, who designed the most unbelievable bespoke cake for them.  I loved capturing their expressions, seeing their beautiful creation for the first time when they walked into the venue. 

Live music was supplied by the gorgeous and very talented Haywood Sisters, who added some vintage glamour to proceedings.  

To finish off an already perfect day, all the guests (and lucky me!) were treated to a guided tour of Kew Gardens in a special little coach.  

A perfect day with a wonderful couple, what more could you ask for!  Here's a little sneak peak of their special day.



Venue: Cambridge Cottage Kew Gardens

Band: The Haywood Sisters

Cake: Shalomi Cakes





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Nikkah Ceremony at Saffron Kitchen http://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/11/nikkah-ceremony-at-saffron-kitchen I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Isma and Steven's beautiful Nikkah Ceremony at the wonderful Saffron Kitchen in London recently.  This couple is absolute GORGEOUS and are so in love, it is a beautiful thing to see!  Seeing their two families come together, from different parts of the world, was just beautiful.  

The food was absolutely delicious, Saffron Kitchen couldn't have done a better job of looking after us!  Empire Events supplied us with a stunning flower wall for our bridal portraits and formal shots, and it looked perfect.  

Here's a sneak peak of their day, enjoy!


Venue: http://www.saffronkitchen.co.uk/

Flower Wall and Decor: http://www.empireeventsuk.co.uk/ 



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Wedding Photography at Rockliffe Hall http://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/10/wedding-photography-at-rockliffe-hall My lovely friends Matt and Michelle got married at Rockliffe Hall this summer, and it was one of my favourite weddings of the year, hands down! Rockliffe hall is one of the most stunning wedding venues in the UK, so working there was an absolute dream!  Matt and Michelle had the best day with their brilliant friends and family... tears of laughter and happy tears were shed all round (especially by me!)  

You two are made for each other, I wish you many more laughs, love and epic adventures in the future.  Here are some of your best moments of your amazing day!

Wedding venue: https://www.rockliffehall.com/

Video: http://ainapore.com/

Band: http://www.bellaandthebourbonboys.co.uk



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Wedding Photography at Woolston Manor http://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/10/wedding-photography-at-woolston-manor Jana and James got married on a windy rainy day this summer... and it was wonderful!  There was so much love in the room, that the weather didn't matter for a moment.  Besides, I love romantic rainy photography!

Woolston Manor looked after everyone beautifully as always, and the decoration was probably the best I've ever seen at that venue.. absolutely magical!!

Congratulations you two love birds, I wish you so much love and laughter in your future together.  

Here's a sneak peak of some of my fave moments of the day.




Venue: https://www.hitched.co.uk/wedding-venues/woolston-manor_4295.htm




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Royal Chace Hotel Wedding Photography http://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/10/royal-chace-hotel-wedding-photography Zoe and Danny got hitched at the lovely Royal Chase Hotel this summer on a glorious summer day, and it was fabulous!!  Zoe and her bridesmaides looked stunning, Danny and the Groomsmen looked dashing, the kids looked adorable, and there was lots and lots of love an laughter all day.

CONGRATULATIONS you two lovely people, I wish you even more love and laughter in your future together!

Here's a sneak peak of your beautiful day.  


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Packfords Hotel Wedding Photography http://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/9/packfords-hotel-wedding-photography Diane and Steven got married this summer at the gorgeous St Thomas Canterbury Church, followed by a reception on the beautiful boutique hotel in Woodford Green, Packfords Hotel.

It was a wonderful, emotional day.. filled with love, laughter, and lots of dancing!  The wet weather certainly did not put a dampener on proceedings, and everyone had an absolutely fantastic time.  

Here's a sneak peak of some of my favourite images from their wonderful wedding day!


Church:  St Thomas Canterbury Catholic Church http://stthomasofcanterbury.com/

Reception: Packfords Hotel: http://www.packfordshotel.co.uk/wedding-venue-essex


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Wedding Photography at Woolston Manor Golf Club http://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/9/wedding-photography-at-woolston-manor-golf-club Carla and Paul got married this summer and it was such a beautiful day!!  

Carla worked so hard throughout a pretty tough year to get everything perfect for their big day, so I was just thrilled for them that everything went off perfectly without a hitch.  When she came downstairs in her beautiful gown, I have to admit that she brought a tear to my eye... one of the most gorgeous brides ever.

The ceremony was held at the beautiful Langtons Registry office.. and it coincided with a little celebration that the local Registras were having for their long standing colleague and friend who was retiring after many years of hard work there.  She posed for a picture with her last ever bride and groom, and was given an emotional send off by her lovely friends.  Just another moving moment on such a special day!  

The rain came in and out all day, which made for some really moody skies and fun pictures!  

Eventually we found ourselves back at the lovely Woolsten Manor, where they had their reception.  The highlight of the night for me was the brilliant suprise singing waiter, who made a crashingly good show of things when he pretended to fall over and break things in front of everyone.... before leading everyone in a really fun sing along and conga!  

I really loved this wedding, and the love, laughter and friendship that radiates from Carla and Paul is a joy to behold.  I wish you both even more joy, happiness, laughter and fun in your future!

Here's a small selection of some of my faves from your beautiful day.  



Reception: http://www.woolstonmanor.co.uk/

Singing Waitor: Danny Mountain https://singers.mandy.com/uk/singer/profile/daniel-mountain






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Wedding Photography at The Grasshopper Inn http://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/9/wedding-photography-at-the-grasshopper-inn The brand new Mr and Mrs Black got married at the gorgeous Grasshopper Inn yesterday, and it was just beautiful!

This historic Inn with views of the Surry Hills was built in 1271, and it was the perfect backdrop for this intimate wedding.  The rooms were styled beautifully, with peacock feather accents.

Congratulations to you both, and thank you for letting me share your very special day with you!!

Here's a quick sneak peak of some shots from the day... lots more to come!


venue: http://www.faucetinn.com/grasshopperinn/


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Wedding photography at The Great Lodge http://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/9/wedding-photography-at-the-great-lodge Toni and Myles got married at the stunning Great Lodge last month, and it was just glorious!!  

The Great Barn Wedding Venue boasts an impressive Grade 1 listed brick and tile barn.   It was built when the estate was owned by Anne of Cleves following the annulment of her marriage to King Henry VIII.  This gorgeous and rather exclusive venue only hosts 25 venues a year, so it was a real treat to be able to photograph it.  

Myles is in the RAF and looked unbelievably dapper in his uniform, Toni looked breathtaking in her beautiful wedding dress.  The bride was surprised with an Honour Guard at the end of the ceremony, which made the day even more special!

Here are just a few sneak peaks of their amazing day... so much more to come!  

Venue: http://www.greatlodge.co.uk/wedding-and-event-venue.html



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Rocking styled wedding Day at Sheene Mill http://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/9/rocking-styled-wedding-day-at-sheene-mill  

Katie and Dan had a wedding party at the fabulous Sheene Mill a few weeks ago, and it was an absolute blast!  They had already tied the knot overseas, and this was a party to celebrate with their family and friends.  They didn't want anything traditional, so we had lots of fun staging up their hotel room for a really alternative bridal look!

Thanks SO much Katie and Dan for letting me part of such a fun, special event, I had an absolute blast!!

Venue: https://sheenemill.com/



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Wedding Photography at Blakes Golf Course http://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/5/wedding-photography-at-blakes-golf-course Last month I photographed the wedding of the new Mr and Mrs Andrews!  Such a lovely, relaxed couple, with a beautiful little family.  There were lots of love, laughter and happy tears, and I thoroughly enjoyed their day!  

Here's a sneak peak of their special day, many more to come!


Photography: Leah van Zyl Photography www.leahvanzyl.com

Venue: Blakes Golf Club http://www.blakesevents.com/


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