Five Oaks Events | Helen & Ben

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Horsham wedding Photography

Exactly one week before Helen and Ben’s wedding in Horsham, the weather had been oppresively hot at a local wedding. The weather changed. The weather was even wetter than the forecast had suggested only 48 hours before. It didn’t phase this very relaxed couple or their family and friends. Rain was dodged – the party carried on. So after a local wedding last week, another one – so rare for me to photograph a wedding in the town I’ve lived in for seventeen years. A relatively new wedding venue too – Five Oaks Events.

But first – Helen was getting ready at her parents’ home in Horsham. Makeup, hair and some pringles… Outside the rain fell. To show just how ‘chilled ‘ Helen was – one of the flower girls was allowed to try on the wedding dress, just before Helen got into it. Instead of the ‘slide down the wedding dress’ request!

Park House wedding ceremony

Once the mansion of the local Horsham MP (in the eighteenth century), now the registry offices, on the edge of the town park. (To reinforce the fact that this was a local wedding. Across the road, during the ceremony, my son was playing Kenickie, in Grease, at the Capitol theatre – I saw it the next day…). The wedding ceremony. Broad smiles, hugs, tears, emotions but strictly no confetti!  – time to then brave the wind and rain again and head for the wedding reception.

Five Oaks Events

A relatively new West Sussex wedding venue location, setup by established caterers/planners, on the road out of Horsham towards Five Oaks and Stane Street. A large tipi – on this day, at first, shelter from the rain. Another wet dash from a car park. But by the time Helen and Ben arrived, the rain had lifted (for a bit) so now the confetti ambush could happen! Drinks in the tipi and then eventually, outside – when the weather played along. Before back in for food (very nice pizza too!) Speeches (more laughter, some more tears) The sun was now out, as the evening guests arrived. Dancing in the tipi and to end this coverage, a picture in the gloom, amidst the lights hanging in the treeline.

Here are a few images from this wet but very chilled out day…


bride getting ready

flower girl



Bride chats with her father in the kitchen


Flower girl tries on the bride's wedding dress

Flower girl in the wedding dress

Park House Horsham

No confetti sign

groom and his best men

Bride arrives at Horsham registry office

Bride enters Park House in Horsham

Ceremony starts

Horsham registry office wedding

waiting for the announcement

Horsham registry office wedding ceremony

photos of the couple

Horsham wedding photography

brothers hug

showing off the wedding rings

selfie with the bride

Leaving the registry office

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Confetti run at Five Oaks Events

more confetti

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table plan

letter to the bride

Five Oaks events wedding reception

Play table

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Couple portrait at Five Oaks events

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wedding food

Father of the bride speech

groom and his mum

Five Oaks events woodland

wedding cake

Five Oaks events wedding tipi

evening guests

cutting the wedding cake

first dance

tearful bride

wedding jenga

evening portrait


Hi Martin, the photos are absolutely stunning, can’t wait to see the rest of them. It’s going to be very difficult to choose which ones we want copies of.
You certainly have a eye for your profession, well done.

Richard & Denise Benzie

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