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Wadhurst Castle wedding – Felicity & Kenton

On the hottest day of the year so far, a Wadhurst Castle wedding in East Sussex for Felicity and Kenton – it was a scorcher! Perfect for an outdoor wedding.

Wadhurst Castle isn’t a medieval ruin, but a crenellated house from the Regency period with Victorian enlargements, just behind the quaint Sussex town which lies on a high ridge of the Weald. Built 550ft above sea level, overlooking the undulating Sussex countryside, and on the site of an older building, it is a private home that holds a limited number of weddings a year. It has character. The sort of character that’s old, a bit faded in parts, but that lends a wedding an atmosphere, an authentic stage for a wedding that big hotel chain venues cannot replicate. Antique furniture, faded paintings, suits of armour and plenty of “Do not touch” signs. It’s a wedding in a grand home.

But back to Saturday and F&K’s wedding. It was very warm, but so were the feelings between this couple ( they were keen to get the ceremony done quicker then the registrar anticipated it seems ) but also the warmth of their family and friends surrounding them. A Sussex farmer* and a French teacher – there was a Sussex /Gallic feel to the day, be it the menu ( Sussex cheeses ) or the accents amongst some of the wedding guests.

The civil ceremony itself took place in the recently restored walled garden adjacent to the house. Somehow the layout did manage to confuse the two flowergirls leading Felicity – a hasty diversion by Georgina was required – it only added to the smiles. So under a sweltering sun, F&K hooked up.

Then it was a relaxing drinks reception on the terrace, with Mr Phil as entertainment for the children and increasingly the adults, testing their plate spinning skills. The wedding breakfast followed, with a menu that had a gravy to die for! Followed by a Sussex cheeseboard. A lovely, warm, intimate, relaxing wedding. ( and Kenton, cheers for the jar of your homemade chutney – went down very well in this house! )

Here are a few images from the day….

Wadhurst castle

Suit of armour at wadhurst castle

Outdoor wedding in the walled garden at Wadhurst Castle

Colourful wedding decorations on a marquee

Bride getting dressed at wadhurst castle

Bride getting ready at wadhurst castle

Smiling bride and her sister watching guests arrive

Bride peers out of window at arriving wedding guests

Bride lays out her vintage wedding veil on her bed

Bride helps her sister get ready for the wedding

Bride adjusts her hair

Sign to greet weeding guests

smiling groom ahead of the wedding ceremony

Usher and wedding guest waiting

Groom walks to the walled garden at wadhurst

wedding guests head to the walled garden

wedding guests head to the wedding ceremony

Wadhurst castle walled garden

Bride walks down the staircase at wadhurst castle

Flowergirls lead the bride to the wedding ceremony

Bride prepares to enter the walled garden

Bride enters the walled garden at wadhurst castle

Flowergirls head the wrong way

Brdie walks down the aisle in the walled garden

Bride and groom laughing at open air wedding ceremony

Wadhurst Castle wedding ceremony

Wadhurst Castle wedding ceremony in the walled garden

East Sussex wedding ceremony

Bride and groom laugh at their wedding ceremony

Bride smiles at the groom at Wadhurst castle wedding

bride reads out her wedding vows

groom reads out his wedding vows

bride and groom kiss at their wedding

confetti at wadhurst castle walled garden

Wadhurst castle open air wedding confetti

hot weather at wadhurst castle wedding

wadhurst castle gardens

young wedding guests blowing bubbles

young wedding guests blowing bubbles

wedding guest stretches to get the shot

wedding guests chats with waiting staff

Mr Phil circus skills at a wedding

Young girl plays ast against the Sussex countryside

wedding guests at a summer wedding at wadhurst castle

wedding reception at wadhurst castle

Young girls reaches out for a balloon animal

wedding guest laughing at a joke

Bride and groom portrait at Wadhurst castle

bride and groom pictured in the gardens at wadhurst castle

Bride and groom sat in the gardens at Wadhurst Castle

wedding guests try out plate spinning at wadhurst

young couple try out plate spinning at a summer wedding

wedding guests sat on the terrace at wadhurst castle

circus skills at wadhurst castle wedding

gong is struck by a wedding guest

wedding breakfast is called at wadhurst

small flower tabel displays

name lable on a chair at wadhurst castle

wedding breakfast menu written on a large mirror

wadhurst castle suit of armour

young wedding guest take a photo

bride and grrom in the early evening sunlight

wedding speeches

wedding guests at a summer wedding at wadhurst castle

wedding gur=ests dress up for a photo booth

wedding guest with a horses's head

first dance at wadhurst castle

 

* with the cleanest farm I’ve ever seen 🙂

 

Comments

What a fab venue and wedding – look’s like great fun for all and I love all the personal touches 🙂 – Beautiful photos too!

Congratulations – What fantastic photos of a truley lovely wedding wishing you both every happiness for the future. Love and best wishes Carolyn & Stephen xx

Rob and Claire Bookham

Fabulous photos of a truly fabulous occasion – well done guys!

Rob,Claire and Frannie xxx

Natasja van Damme

Wow! Fantastic!
A beautiful day and caught on film so well……

X
Serafina, Ferenc & Natasja

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