NICKY & RICHARD – ST MARY THE VIRGIN SALEHURST
Nicky and Richard needed an east Sussex documentary wedding photographer. Firstly, we met over a beer or two and got on really well. In addition, Richard is a tree surgeon and I needed some work doing. They married in St Mary’s Salehurst and held their reception in the open Sussex countryside.
Nicky got ready round the corner in Robertsbridge with her parents and bridesmaid Kate. I spent the morning with them before meeting Richard just across the road from the church on what was a beautiful summer’s afternoon. St Mary’s dates back to the 13th century and is the largest rural church in East Sussex.
Following a traditional ceremony was a wonderful reception overlooking the rural Sussex landscape. Richard hand built the stunning bar from enormous slabs of oak as well as creating all the seating inside the marquee. The wedding breakfast had to be dug out of the earth where it had been cooked underground for hours in a pit oven! A traditional Maori method called a Hangi. It’s not every wedding reception where the cooks also perform a series of Haka for the couple. Nicky and Richard jumped up for their impromptu first dance!
The party went on well into the night and the weather held too making for a fantastic, almost festival atmosphere.
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