Leah van Zyl Photography: Blog http://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog en-us (C) Leah van Zyl Photography info@leahvanzyl.com (Leah van Zyl Photography) Sat, 04 Nov 2017 20:04:00 GMT Sat, 04 Nov 2017 20:04:00 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 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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Wedding Photography at The Mayfair Library http://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/5/wedding-photography-at-the-mayfair-library I was absolutely delighted to be back photographing a wedding at the Mayfair Library recently, its one of my favourite London Wedding venues!  

Tucked away in the heart of Mayfair, it is surrounded by gorgeous architecture, a beautiful park, and all of the sights and sounds of London.  I absolutely LOVED the styling of this wedding.. it had a real vintage feel, and a gorgeous vintage camper van!  

Here's a sneak peak, many more to come!



Photography: www.leahvanzyl.com

Flowers: Mandy Waters 07773271954

Wedding Car: V-Dub Rides www.vdubrides/co.uk

Venue: The Mayfair Library https://www.westminster.gov.uk/mayfair-library-2

Reception: Hush http://hush.co.uk/

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Wedding Photography at Oaks Farm http://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/5/wedding-photography-at-oaks-farm Yesterday I worked at the fabulous Oaks Farm in Surry, surrounded by flowers and lovely friends!  

I met Jodi and John last year, when I photographed our mutual friend's wedding.  I was delighted when they booked me to photograph their wedding too!

The whole day was filled with lots of love and laughter.. gorgeous kids and fabulous friends, all celebrating Jodi and John's special day.  Special mention must be made of Jodi's wonderful family, who could not have been more kind and welcoming to us.  

I worked with one of my favourite videographers, the amazing Aasaf Ainapore.. really looking forward to seeing his creation!

Here's a quick sneak peak from their day, lots more to come! 




Venue: https://www.oaksfarmweddings.co.uk/

Video: http://ainapore.com/



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Wedding Photography at Archbishops Palace in Kent http://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/4/wedding-photography-at-archbishops-palace-in-kent Recently, I was lucky enough to capture the wedding of a very old South African friend of mine, Brandon.. and his absolutely gorgeous bride Kamila!

The wedding was held at the stunning Archbishops Palace in Kent, and the reception was on the water at Embankments Floating Restaurant.

It was a lovely day spent with old friends, lots of laughter and sunshine.. I feel so lucky to have caputured such a special day.

Here's a quick sneak peak, many more to come!


Venue: http://www.akentishceremony.com/kcc-register-offices/the-archbishop-s-palace/




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The Beautiful Bluebells of Wantstead Park http://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/4/the-beautiful-bluebells-of-wantstead-park I absolutely shooting in the beautiful Bluebells of Wanstead Park!  It is the perfect time of year for spring family shoots.. with the sea bluebells as a backdrop.  Here's a sneak speak of a few from last year, and this year so far! 




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One Year Wedding Anniversary Shoot http://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/4/one-year-wedding-anniversary-shoot Last week I had the absolute pleasure of shooting a one year anniversary shoot!  I can't believe I had not thought about doing this before, so a huge thank you to Vicki for suggesting it!

I absolutely LOVED Vicki and Matt's rugby themed wedding at Bancroft School last year, it was one of my favourite weddings of the year for sure.  Doing this special shoot in the beautiful spring blossoms was an absolute joy for me, because I got to be really creative with a gorgeous couple up for anything.. without the pressures of a wedding.  It was just brilliant fun, and I can't wait to do another!  

Can YOU still fit into your wedding dress, or do you need a fabulous incentive to work to getting back into it?  (I know I do for sure!!)  This will make the perfect gift or treat to make even more beautiful memories, and get to re-live the magic and romance of your wedding day.

Here's a quick sneak peak of some of our images, many more to come!






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Photographing my boy at Roding Valley Nature Reserve http://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/4/photographing-my-boy-at-roding-valley-nature-reserve Sometimes, we photographers are guilty of neglecting to take photos just for ourselves!  This year I've decided to make a huge effort to go out and photograph things that I love just for me, at least once a month.

Thank you to my long suffering 13 year old son Jack, who still poses for me occasionally under duress.  He's my favourite thing in the world to look at, in one of my favourite local spots.  


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Wedding Photography at Berkeley Castle http://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/4/wedding-photography-at-berkeley-castle I recently had the pleasure of photographing a couple at the beautiful Berkeley Castle.  This incredible venue was completed in the 12th Century, and has been home to the Berekely Family for generations.  

We had a rather cold and blustery day to deal with, but I do love a challenge!  Here are just a few sneak peaks from the day... many more to come!

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



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Create your own bespoke Wedding Magazine! http://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/3/create-your-own-bespoke-wedding-magazine  


Thank you for the article Its My Magazine! Create your own bespoke, stunning magazine using your engagement photos, wedding photos, and even your parent's wedding photos. This is something truly special and I can't wait to produce one!

The creators are offering this incredible heirloom at HALF PRICE to my first client who orders it, please do get in touch for details.


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Wedding Photography at Knowle Country House http://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/2/wedding-photography-at-knowle-country-house This absolutely BEAUTIFUL couple married in Thailand last month, and held their English Wedding Ceremony at the Knowle Country House in Kent.  

Storm Dorris tried her best to blow us all away, but it just made the photography even more awesome!  I'm never scared of bad weather on a wedding day.  I love a challenge, but I love a bit of wind and a moody sky even more!  Ruffled hair and billowing skirts make for beautiful movement in wedding photography, which makes me very happy.  

The bride wore an absolutely incredible 20s style dress, which suited her down to a T!  They were a dream couple to photograph, and the wedding party were so patient, even when standing in the middle of a wind storm for me.  Thank you so much to the team at Knowle Country House for making me tea and looking after me so well, you made me feel so welcome.

Here's a quick sneak peak of some of my favourite images, many more to come!

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