Brighton-based couple Rowan and Matt are regular visitors to Brighton's Stanmer Park, enjoying the beautiful scenery and playing amongst the trees with their young son. So Stanmer House, an 18th Century Georgian Manor House nestled in the park's beautiful grounds was the perfect choice for their Autumn wedding.
The day started (for Rowan and I at least) with bridal preparation at funky Hotel Pelirocco in Brighton. Pelirocco is dubbed "England's most Rock n Roll hotel", and if your wedding's in Brighton, and you're looking for somewhere uber-cool and colourful to hang out before the ceremony, then I recommend Hotel Pelirocco wholeheartedly! My images will give you a flavour of its unique decor - perfect for capturing some fun bridal preparation shots, and to funk up your wedding album!
And then to the wedding: from boutique hotel funk to pure country house sophistication at the stunning Stanmer House, situated in the grounds of Stanmer Park on the outskirts of Brighton.
Rowan and Matt's wedding ceremony was both elegant and fun. Their adorable 3 year old son walked up the aisle ahead of an equally charming flower girl, shyly hiding his face behind a white wooden heart bearing the words "Daddy here comes Mummy". In contrast to the formal setting and solemnity of the wedding vows, the lovely registrar kept proceedings feeling relaxed which the couple told me afterwards they really appreciated. The personal readings had Rowan in tears of laughter and it was lovely to see the two of them enjoy their ceremony so much.
With the shorter days of Autumn - the wedding was at the end of October, the day before the clocks went back - we headed off soon after the ceremony for some couple photos. I always encourage my couples to take a little time away from their guests at some point during the day - not only is it a great chance to capture some stunning images of their first few hours as husband and wife, but it also allows them a little breather after the ceremony and congratulatory hugs that follow. As with most couples, Rowan and Matt had spent the previous night apart and enjoyed the chance to catch up with each other and spend time alone (well, apart from me of course, but I prefer to stand back with a long lens and give couples their space, so I'm pretty sure that doesn't count!).
The couple had loved their relaxed pre-wedding shoot (despite Matt's reservations!), and I wanted to create equally natural images on their wedding day, in the stunning parkland behind Stanmer House. The Autumn foliage was magical and the perfect setting, and happily the few spots of rain stopped before we needed brollies. The fallen logs were damp, but I keep a picnic rug in my boot for such occasions - sitting down offers a bigger variety of photos, and particularly suits some couples and dress styles.
The evening began with fun sparklers - with my camera on a tripod and some off-camera flash, I captured shapes and laughter. Then did the same on the dancefloor (sans tripod) to the amazing sounds of Murdoch's Crazy Eyes (those guys are seriously good - they've played at two of my weddings, and were completely awesome both times). Whether Irish Ceilidh or cover band, there's nothing like live music to get your guests on the dance floor! It's a part of the day I love to capture, when guests lose their inhibitions and simply have fun. I like to get in the centre of the action and regularly get trampled on, but it's totally worth it! My atmospheric dance floor shots ALWAYS make the wedding album!
Getting married at Stanmer House? Enjoy scrolling further for more images telling the story of Rowan and Matt's day, and please do get in touch to check my availability and meet up - a fabulous venue I can't wait to be invited back to!
Stanmer House is definitely up there with my favourite Brighton wedding venues - if you're planning a wedding at Stanmer and love what I do, please get in touch to check my availability. In fact, any venue with gorgeous outdoor space is right up my photographic street. I'm based in Sussex but regularly travel to Hampshire, Surrey and Kent. My last wedding season took me to Wiltshire and Cornwall too! If I meet the right couple, I'm always happy to travel. Just bring the wellies in case of rain and no time of year is off limits for some beautiful, natural wedding images in the great outdoors.
Until next time,