An awesome wedding at the Shelleys Hotel, Lewes

I had to post some of these photos from a glorious wedding at The Shelleys Hotel in my home town of Lewes, now under new management and going from strength to strength (www.the-shelleys.co.uk):

Glenn’s Australian relatives brought the sun with them for a wonderful outdoor ceremony.  And Natasha glowed all day in the best bridal traditions.  The love heart shown here (given to Tash by a young relative) reads ‘Laugh often. Love much. Live well.’  A fitting saying for the day.

 

Itchingfield church

A lovely pre-wedding visit to plan the photography for a wedding at St Nicolas church at Itchingfield, West Sussex.

There is a beautiful Tudor priest house in the graveyard and a stunning Romanesque nave inside with soft window light (“God’s softbox” in action!).

But the piece de la resistance is the wooden bell tower.  I thought it was only a traditional Sussex timber shingle spire at first sight – remarkable on its own – but I rounded the west end and saw its full oak structure rising to the sky.  The bride-to-be told me how the whole tower shakes when the bells ring: it’s not actually attached to the church.

Oh, and it’s over 600 years old.  Amazing.

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The sun sets on a Newick Park wedding

I had the privilege of photographing the last ever wedding at Newick Park Hotel, near my home in East Sussex, just after Christmas.

Following a ceremony at Ditchling church, bride and groom Carolyne and Mike put on a suitably unforgettable wedding reception, with a Chinese tea ceremony, and a dog in a tux, and lashings of transatlantic warmth.

I’ll miss working at Newick Park, which always felt like being welcomed into someone’s home (albeit it a huge one with its own lake!). I wish it good luck in its new adventures, whatever they may be.

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