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….
* with the cleanest farm I’ve ever seen 🙂