Newleyweds in the Sussex countryside

Clara and Adam were married at St George’s Brede and held their marquee reception a short walk from the church…

Clara got in touch having just negotiated the use of some private land to hold her reception. She’d found the perfect spot a short walk from the church and simply asked the owner who said yes! With views over the Sussex countryside and so close to the church it was an inspired move to just ask. My day began with Clara’s preparations at her family home together with family and bridesmaids.

As Clara was nearly ready I went to the church to be there for Adam to greet their guests and be there in good time for her arrival.The ceremony was lovely with readings, singing and lots of warmth and laughter. Following lots of confetti on the way out, Clara and Adam had some time alone as they went for a short drive and a glass of champagne before returning for the wedding breakfast and reception.

Guests were greeted to the lovely sound of a live harpist as they arrived and had lots of time to mingle and chat before eating. With only a few light showers during the day, everyone could make use of the wonderful outside space and kids could run free – which they certainly did!

Speeches followed the meal and the cutting of the cake. It’s the first time I’ve seen a couple cut the cake and walk away leaving the knife wedged in place! The cake was made by Lucie who was also as a guest on this occasion and who I worked with before so it great to catch up. when the band were set up and everyone was gathered round the couple began their first dance. What appeared to be a slow, romantic and traditional first dance quickly morphed into a choreographed upbeat routine which took (almost) everyone by surprise – I was in on the act and so was able to plan my positioning to capture it from lots of angles.

The band kept the dance floor buzzing till late into the evening and from a distance, you could see just what a good spot Clara had managed to bag for the reception.

Bride smiling at flower girl while getting ready

Bride checking make up in mirror

Bridesmaids outdoors in dressing gowns

Bridal preparations reflected in sunglasses

Bridal preparations lots of pointing

Bridesmaids dresses last minute adjustments

Vicar outside church greeting wedding guests

Groom with hip flask

Groom looking up in church waiting for bride

Bride alighting from wedding car

Bridal party walking down church path

Bridal party just outside church door

Bride and groom during ceremony

Bride and groom and flowers during wedding ceremony

Reading during wedding ceremony

Bride placing ring on groom finger

Bride and groom kiss after ceremony

Bridal party register signing at East Sussex wedding

Bride and groom coming back down the isle

Bride and groom with confetti at East Sussex wedding

Groom in wedding car at East Sussex wedding

Guests reflected in bar top at wedding reception at East Sussex wedding

Girls playing at wedding reception

Little girl high five wedding guest at East Sussex wedding

Cutting the wedding cake at East Sussex wedding

Wedding cake with knife stuck in it

Best man preparing for wedding speech

Best man speech at East Sussex wedding

Wedding speech

Groom speech

Best man speech

Wedding first dance

Wedding funky first dance at East Sussex wedding

Wedding dance floor

Wedding guests dancing at East Sussex wedding

Wedding reception marquee at night at East Sussex wedding