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Winter wonder at Leez Priory

I couldn't help but do a little bit of research on this amazing building, it's just a spectacular place. I wasn't disappointed with what I found out. In 1995 the Grade I listed Leez Priory was the very first wedding venue in England to be granted a Civil Ceremony License, allowing couples to marry outside of a registry office or church. It was originally built in 1220, as a monastery by Ralph Garner. 300 years later it was turned into a private house when Henry VIII ordered the dissolution of all monasteries. Over the years it has remained a private residents, counting the likes of Queen Mary and HRH Queen Elizabeth among its special visitors.

We were here to photograph Michael and Carlie's wedding. It was a crisp and chilly day in early Feb, but thankfully the sun was shining and we were keen to get set up. We joined Carlie and her bridesmaids in their preparations in the bridal suite, overlooking the courtyard. Little Reggie soon joined us and I couldn't help get a few shots of him, he's such a cutie.

Graham joined Michael and got some shots of him, his ushers and best man Pete. (They absolutely weren't doing any last minute preparations...). They were nice and relaxed, kicking back with a few beers. We loved the choice of foot wear – too cool! It's even better that the bride had a matching pair too!

We wanted to have a bit of fun with these two as they are a really chilled out pair. We loved playing with the formality of the venue, and the informal poses.

It would be hard to ignore the Lego theme to this wedding, another great touch that really shows off our couple's individuality. I'm sure this was one piece of wedding prep Michael was happy to sort! I don't envy him though – hand making ALL the guests as their own Lego character. What an awesome idea!

It was a really special day, and we were honoured to be a part of it, thanks Carlie and Michael!

Tracy & Graham

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