Amy & Neil – Buxted Park, June 2017

Amy and Neil chose beautiful Buxted Park in the heart of the Sussex countryside for their gorgeous wedding day, filled with lots of Oriental touches, a traditional tea ceremony and vibrant splashes of  red…

For any friends or family of Amy & Neil who would like to order copies of any of the images, please email me on: sarah@sarahwenban.co.uk

Sophie and Joe’s Relaxed Sussex Woodland Wedding…

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Sophie and Joe chose the idyllic setting of Hawthbush Farm for their wedding celebrations.   Set within an organic farm of 140 acres of meadows and woodlands, and views out across to the South Downs, Hawthbush is a perfectly magical place for a relaxed and chilled out wedding.  There are shepherds huts and safari tents on site for guest accommodation, as well as good old glamping, and the most beautiful and stylishly converted farm buildings, including the “Cowshed” and “Piggery” for the wedding party to stay in.  The whole feel of the day was very laid back and a tiny bit unconventional, as Sophie & Joe wanted to keep things simple and personal, with lots of DIY touches and involvement by people who mean so much to them .

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Sophie and Joe held their ceremony in the woods, in a clearing under a huge old Oak tree.  Sophie’s arrival was marked by a sudden downpour of rain, that thankfully only lasted minutes, but certainly made for a dramatic entrance!  The ceremony was conducted by local celebrant Peter Murphy, with a touching reading by Sophie’s sister.  Their ceremony also included a Ring Blessing, where the rings were passed around the whole wedding party for guests to hold and make silent good luck wishes.

After the ceremony, Sophie and Joe led all their guests back along the track to the barn, where they were given picnic hampers to share in groups, which included rustic bread and cheese, scones & clotted cream to enjoy with drinks, whilst everyone lazed on the grass in the sun… such an inspired idea for a hot Summer’s day.

Most of the catering was carried out by family and favours from friends, just the superb evening hog roast was provided by Holmansbridge Farm.  Beer was supplied by Harveys in Lewes, where Joe works as a brewer, and also from The Gun Brewery which is also based at Hawthbush.

If you are thinking of having your wedding day at Hawthbush Farm, please get in touch I would love to hear from you!

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Table flowers and decorations lovingly styled by Sophie’s sister Briony …0016dsc_0738sw "Hawthbush farm" "outdoor ceremony" 0044dsc_0780sw

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The most delicious wedding cheese-cake created by Emily’s mixing bowl… another local supplier…0924dsc_2300sw "cutting the cake" 0953dsc_2370sw 0958dsc_2383sw 0968dsc_2396sw "wedding day hawthbush farm" "wedding day hawthbush farm" 0984dsc_2433sw 0987dsc_2441sw 0997dsc_2452sw

DJ’ing and light show by friend Simon…1002dsc_2475sw 1003dsc_2478sw 1011dsc_2502sw 1014dsc_2509sepia "wedding group with sparklers"

Charlotte and Alex’s Beautiful Barn Wedding…

My first wedding of this year kicked off early February in a wonderfully atmospheric 16th century barn, part of The Olde Bell Inn, in the beautiful village of Hurley in Berkshire. Luckily the weather was mild enough for us to have a little wander in the village and in the grounds of the Olde Bell to take some romantic couple shots. While we were outside, Charlotte had borrowed her mother’s vintage fur jacket to wear over her elegant 1930’s inspired wedding gown. A simple and stylish celebration, with all their guests having the best time,  dancing till midnight.Wedding Hurley Olde Bell Inn

 

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Venue: The Olde Bell Inn

Video Production:   http://hdmoments.co.uk/charlotte-alex/

Wedding dress:http://www.blackburnbridal.co.uk

Hair & Make-up: Rosie Ramos-Hope

Victoria and Daniel’s cruise ship wedding pre-shoot …

Sometimes I just love it when things don’t quite go to plan…. As Victoria is a professional dancer, specialising in aerial performance we had come up with the idea of photographing their wedding pre-shoot in a beautiful woodland, just outside Lewes.  I had found the perfect old oak tree for her to fix her aerial rig onto and had visions of her gracefully hanging upside down in a flowy dress, giving Daniel a kiss!  However, the week before the scheduled session, Daniel got called back unexpectedly to his duties onboard the cruise ship, where he is First Officer.  So Victoria contacted me and asked if there was anyway I could go down to Southampton and photograph them both on the ship when it briefly touched into port, on the passenger changeover day… so always up for a challenge, off I went (after lots of security arrangements)!

With just the odd 1000 crew left onboard MV Ventura, we had a brief window of opportunity to have the ship relatively to ourselves for an hour and a half, without the usual 3500 passengers around!.  Ventura has extra special meaning to Victoria and Daniel as she was the ship they were both working on when they first met… in fact one of the shots is taken on the spot where their eyes first glimpsed each other during a staff party … just not saying which one!  It was fascinating exploring the 290metres of luxury ship,  and even up on to the Bridge.

So here is a selection of the shots, which will hopefully bring back lovely memories for Victoria and Daniel of the time when they met and also help them feel at ease in front of the camera on their wonderful wedding day, coming up in July at Pelham House.  I can’t wait!

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Family portraits on the beach …

After two date re-schedules due to the chilly breezy weather forecasts, we finally lucked out with a beautifully tranquil calm day to photograph Mike, Lou and little Felix on their local bit of beach in Worthing.

I had mentioned to Mike and Lou that maybe a slight 50’s feel could look fab for the shots … and hey presto!

So armed with a straw hat and a whirly windmill for Felix, we hit the beach.  After having so much fun in the fresh air, all that smiling and sucking the odd dandylion, Felix just crashed out on his Dad’s shoulder … the excitement was just too much!

If you would like to find out about having a family portrait session, at a location of your choice please get in touch as I would love to hear your ideas.

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Shots of Jemima ..

In between all the weddings, I do such a wonderfully diverse mix of portrait sessions…. Here are some shots I did last Summer for Jemima Price, an amazingly talented singer/song writer (and all round beautiful lady) who needed some website and publicity pictures for The Jemima Price Band.  Her voice is stunning… do have a listen to one of her sessions here.

The shoot took place just outside the Ashdown Forest in Sussex, at The Yoghurt Rooms.  A stunning glamping and wedding venue with 300 acres of woodlands, lakes, a vineyard, barns and yurts… a totally magical and inspiring place.  It had special memories for Jemima as she had worked there as a teenager, in the days of it being an organic yoghurt producing farm. We had so much freedom to play around, so fun and relaxed and with Jemima’s frequent changes of wardrobe producing different moods for the shots.

Here are some of my fav shots from the session.. and thanks Yoghurt Rooms!

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Amy and Harry’s Rustically Gorgeous Summery Wedding

I was so excited to be photographing Amy & Harry’s special day – they are such a genuinely lovely couple. I had been recommended to them by their Aunt, who along with their very kind Uncle were providing the venue for a marquee in a beautiful setting next to a lake at their farm, just up the road from where I live in Sussex.  It was wonderful to meet them a number of times before their big day, dropping in to see them on their trips up from their home on the Isle of Wight and also during our pre-shoot session.  Amy & Harry had met on the beach on a family holiday when they were quite young children… the two families hit it off and the families continue their friendship to this day, whilst Amy and Harry’s blossomed eventually into love.

I popped in the day before their wedding to see a hive of activity with teepees being pitched, the roomy marquee being dressed and beautiful country style flowers from Bridal Flowers Direct being arranged in tea cups, watering cans, milk bottles, jam jars and jugs. The whole family were involved in making so many lovely personal touches for the wedding, especially Amy’s father who had made all the wooden signs for directing guests, the fun photo booth props and also the mini Isle of Wight signs for the table names.  It must have taken Amy an age hand printing all the place names, which were attached to wrapped hand-made shortbread favour biscuits.

On the wedding day Harry and the boys were up early for a spot of Clay Pigeon shooting up in the field, while the girls has a leisurely time getting ready.  The guests arrived and walked across the fields to the local village church while Amy, her father & bridesmaids arrived by vintage tractor and trailer, perching  on hay bales…

Here are some of the shots to show just how fab Amy & Harry’s day was from beginning (the day before) till end…

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