Buckhurst Park wedding – Zoe & Andy

Buckhurst Park wedding

Buckhurst Park wedding photography

Zoe and Andy’s Buckhurst Park wedding last weekend actually had some Spring weather – it’s not been a good year for that so far. The weather was certainly different from that for their pre-wedding shoot just down the road. With the ceremony near Zoe’s mother’s home at St Denys church in Rotherfield, East Sussex, the reception was held not far away at Buckhurst Park, just south-west of Royal Tunbridge Wells and deep in the East Sussex countryside.

The private home of Earl De La Warr, Buckhurst Park holds only a handful of wedding receptions each year (although Dr Who has been filmed in the grounds). So it’s a special venue to hold your reception at, with none of the ‘production line’ feel of some big hotels. In fact, if you didn’t know where it was it can be hard to find – no big signs. With a large marquee on the lawns overlooking the estate, the late evening sunset was a gift and a perfect backdrop both for some portraits of Zoe and Andy as man and wife but also for the wedding guests, chatting after the meal. As a guest remarked, it was that ‘golden hour’ sunlight that everyone hopes for at their wedding  (especially the photographers). Although it’s usually rather less than an hour, it’s a case of grab it when you can. You don’t get it that often.

Zoe and Andy are a creative couple – photography and graphic design. So it’s always great to have creatives book you for their wedding photography. No bigger endorsement for how you shoot than to have creative couples hire you. (Update: another creative couple, who were wedding guests at this wedding, and good friends of Zoe and Andy, booked me to shoot their wedding after seeing this coverage – it was a decidedly wet wedding in Kent, a year later.)

Here a few images from this Buckhurst Park wedding…

Helping bride with her hair Getting ready in the morning Bride applying her own makeup Bride hugs her mother Buttonholes in an egg box Buttonholes on in the village of RotherfieldGroom and ushers in the village Groom heading to the church Groom greeting wedding guests outside the church Bride arrives with her father at the church in Rotherfield, East Sussex Adjusting the veil Smiling brideSt Denys church Rotherfield wedding ceremony Wedding ring goes on A kiss tearful bride married Bride and grookm leave St Denys church Bride and groom kiss outside the church line of wedding guestsBride greets friend with open arms St Denys church wedding Confetti at St Denys church in Rotherfield Waving from the wedding car Buckhurst Park wedding reception Buckhurst Park wedding reception on the terraceBuckhurst Park wedding Buckhurst Park Buckhurst Park wedding guests Bride greets friends at Buckhurst Park wedding Bride hugs friends at Buckhurst Park wedding reception Hug fromn the groom at Buckhurst Park Bride at Buckhurst ParkBride and groom in the grounds of Buckhurst Park Announcing dinner Stepping on the bride's dress Wedding speeches Bride hugs the groom Photographing Buckhurst Park Evening at Buckhurst Park weddingSpeeches Sunset portrait at Buckhurst Park wedding Wedding cake in sunset light eveningEvening reception at Buckhurst Park Evening wedding reception at Buckhurst Park Cutting the wedding cake First dance at Buckhurst Park wedding Bride and groom kiss on the dance floor


[…] and Lee had been guests at Zoe and Andy’s wedding at Buckhurst Park, that I covered on the same weekend last year – a day that was markedly warmer and sunnier. […]

Such a wonderful day and these, often candid, pictures capture the emotion of the day…………. brilliant.

Amazing day captured brilliantly by these stunning photographs.

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