Leanne and Mike are ace, funny and modest and clever these two teachers were an absolute pleasure to be around so here’s their Copdock Hall Suffolk wedding with our photos and their words.
We’re Leanne and Mike. We’re both teachers, although that’s not how we met. We enjoy spending time with our Son and soaking up all the family time we can. Our first encounter was at school, middle school to be precise and we dated then and again years later at Sixth form. Third time lucky we dated during our uni days, that time stuck and the rest is history. Our wedding was early August 2022 at Rougham Church then on to Copdock hall, Suffolk for our reception.
It was our anniversary. We’d just moved into our first home together and Mike produced a treasure hunt around the house and garden of clues and questions. I had scratch the correct answer to questions and that would then lead to the next card. At the end I scratched off a dodgy drawing of a ring. I turned round and there he was on one knee!
We were very relaxed about the whole wedding. We just wanted one big party during Summer where we could get our friends and family together and do plenty of celebrating! Something minimalist where the venue would be the star and it look really natural and simple.
Well… good old Covid has a lot to answer for here! Engaged in Summer 2018 and most things booked and organised by early 2019. We got some gentle nudging from the bride’s little sister who wanted to get things moving. Just didn’t happen to finally marry until Summer 2022. Although this didn’t mean any more planning, suppliers were great at rearranging and it was just the extra long waiting game.
It was very relaxed really. We did our research, visited Copdock Hall and knew that was it for us. We aren’t ones for looking for the sake of looking. Next biggun’ was our photographers, we were over the moon when they were available and snapped Lisa and Neil up. When our wedding was re-arranged for the third time we chose a date purely because they were available. So that sealed August 6th 2022 for us. We didn’t struggle with anything else.
We decided that planning which took lots of deliberation, probably didn’t matter and we didn’t bother with it! The only bonus of a ‘covid delayed’ wedding was the change from a DJ to band, this was Mike’s one major decision for the wedding and it was a completely right! We felt this was one of the things that made such a difference. The dance floor was always busy and it just created such a fun evening reception. So many people talked to us afterwards about how much they loved them.
Other than having had three dates, two reschedules and a pandemic between? No, it was plain sailing. (To avoid planning blunders go check out our planning tips in the blog)
Our ceremony was at Rougham Church, as this was in the Bride’s childhood village. It meant a lot as previous family christenings, weddings and funerals had been held there. So to have it there was so special. Our Reverend Tiffer had the best singing voice and made the hymns!
This is pretty impossible question to pinpoint, but something we both really enjoyed was the couple photoshoot at Copdock Hall in the vineyard. We felt so relaxed and we loved every minute, even though we’re not normally ‘picture people’. It gave us some lovely 1-1 time before the madness of mingling with guests.
Speeches! Not remembering we had a dummy layer in the cake and trying to cut it… and obviously failing miserably.
We’re not criers and I don’t think either of us did cry at all! We were too happy to finally become husband and wife on attempt number 3.
One of the Copdock vineyard shots where you can see us at a distance, it shows the stunning venue and how much of a gorgeous day it was and it reminds us of a quieter part of our day when it was just us.
No changes, no regrets. Wedding day number 3 allowed us to have our Son there celebrating with us and the most beautiful sun-filled day! Attempt 1 and 2 would have been a wash out.
Leanne and Mike left us a brilliant Google review
‘We can’t thank Lisa and Neil enough for everything they brought to our day. Not only were our photos amazing, but their expertise, sense of humour, and guidance enhanced everything about the day. Lots of friends and family spoke very highly of their interactions with Lisa and Neil, even saying it made the wedding!
We were worried that having our couple photographs taken would be awkward, but thanks to the way Lisa and Neil guided us through it, this honestly felt like the most special part of the day. Their manner set us completely at ease. W felt so relaxed and it allowed us to enjoy the most intimate part of the reception. All of their photos are wonderfully spontaneous and natural, nothing ever felt or looks staged in any of the photos. We also received our photos back in less than a week, which allowed us to relive these moments and see parts of the day that we missed. We can’t recommend them highly enough! You won’t find a better duo!’