Duncton Mill wedding | Clair & Sebastien

Duncton Mill wedding

Duncton Mill wedding photography

A Duncton Mill wedding for Clair and Sebastien on a very hot summer’s day last Saturday. This was a wedding with a subtitle. “A Wedding with a view “. The reason? Well not just that Duncton Mill Fishery is situated at the base of the South Downs, in West Sussex, in an area designated as of “outstanding natural beauty”. But that Seb proposed to Clair in another area of outstanding beauty, Florence ( Firenze) in Tuscany, Italy. (Room with a View territory) The theme of the wedding was some Italian chic merged with an English Countryside style. Some of that ‘Italian chic’ would be a profusion of sunglasses given the intense sunshine!

Coverage began where Clair was getting ready, at the Angel Hotel in Midhurst. The ceremony was just south in the small Sussex village of Cocking, on the road to the coast from Midhurst, in the small church, St Catherine of Siena. It was going to a bit of a squeeze to get everyone in. It’s a lovely twelfth-century church, but it isn’t big. The oldest parts of the church date from the 11th century although most of the church is later, from the 12th to 14th centuries, with substantial additions in the mid-19th century. The church had no dedication until, in April 2007, the congregation agreed to dedicate the church to St Catherine of Siena, whose name is engraved on one of the church bells. But when Clair arrived at the church with her father, there was something missing – her flowers! They hadn’t been at the hotel and Clair’s bouquet and those for the bridesmaids were not at the church. Cue lots of phone calls and a long delay before Clair walked up the hill to the church. The churchwarden then gathered together an impromptu posey of flowers from a display, so she had something to walk down the aisle with. The real flowers arrived mid-ceremony. They had been delivered to the Angel hotel, just the wrong Angel, in another town. Cue florist blushes.

After the ceremony, it was a short drive across the Downs to Duncton Mill Fishery. Here they had created an idyllic country wedding setting by the lake with a massive Tipi tent. Drinks by the lake and a magician to confuse the guests. The sun was blazing which meant the four fans in the tent were struggling to stem the buildup of heat inside. For once the weather changing slightly for the worse – it clouded over – helped. It was still very humid but the lack of direct sunlight as the afternoon went on, made inside more bearable. Speeches followed the meal. A slip of the tongue from Seb, about being “Clair’s wife” and a humourous film made by the bridesmaids to complete this part of the day. As the sun dipped, the evening guests arrived and the party continued.

Here are a few images from this Duncton Mill wedding day…

Wedding dress hanging on the four poster bed
Pregnant bride getting reday with a fan in the summer heat
Getting ready at The Angel Inn in Midhurst
Angel Inn in Midhurst bridal prep
Candles being lit at St Catherine of Siena church in Cocking
Cocking church
Guests arrive at St Catherine of Siena church in Cocking
Flowers for the flower girls
Bride waves at the flower girls
Bride arrives at St Catherine of Siena church
Discussing what to do about the missing flowers
Bride and her father lead the way to St Catherine of Siena church
Bride on the phone about her missing bouquet
Bride and her father before the ceremony
Spurs garter
Emotional groom
St Catherine of Siena church wedding
Filming the ceremony
St Catherine of Siena church wedding in Cocking, Sussex
A kiss at the signing
St Catherine of Siena church wedding
Early confetti
Greeting guests outside the church
Reportage wedding photography
Leaving the church
Wedding confetti at St Catherine of Siena church
Arriving at Duncton Mill
Duncton Mill wedding
Duncton Mill wedding boat
Guests arrive at Duncton Mill wedding
Guests head to the large tipis at Duncton Mill wedding
Hug for the bride
Duncton Mill wedding
Magician at Duncton Mill wedding
Duncton Mill wedding reception drinks
Magician entertains guests at Duncton Mill wedding
wedding canapes
Duncton Mill wedding reception
Wedding guests rowed on a small boat at Duncton Mill wedding reception
Duncton Mill wedding
Duncton Mill wedding guest
Duncton Mill wedding photography
Bride and groom enter the tipi at Duncton Mill
Wedding magician Etienne Pradier
Wedding musician
Candid photo of the bride
guest in conversation
Young girl dancing on the dance floor
Bride laughing with her father
Wedding speeches at Duncton Mill wedding
Groom's speech
Watching a video
Summer wedding evening
A snog
Evening on the lake at Duncton Mill wedding
Selfie with the groom at Duncton Mill wedding
Duncton Mill wedding first dance
Duncton Mill lake at sunset

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