Pekes Manor – Annabelle & Mike

Pekes Manor

A humanist wedding blessing at Pekes Manor

Pekes Manor, a 14th century manor house in the Sussex countryside, within view of the South Downs. An old manor house, with various cottages in the grounds, so that Annabelle and Mike could book the whole venue and have a weekend of celebrations with family and friends. People who had come from afar. Many, like A&M, from their home in Manhattan, NYC and other parts of the US. They got married two years ago in New York City but this was the main wedding day, in many ways. That had been a reception on a New York rooftop, now it was deep in the English countryside. A humanist blessing – with handfasting and wedding rings. Most important though, was family and friends to celebrate with them, in the sunshine. (Which meant quite a few sunglasses…)

Annabelle was getting ready in The Wing, amidst family and friends. Occasionally ducking under the window, should Mike walk by. As the ceremony time approached, the guests gathered for lemonade, before entering the small, open-sided marquee. Sat on hay bales – with a view looking out over lush Sussex countryside – a slight breeze in the sunshine. Annabelle was led down the aisle by her father and the celebrant, Felicity, go the ceremony started. Not long – readings, ring exchange and the old pagan custom of handfasting. Their mothers bound their hands together in large blue ribbon – a symbolic sign of unity. ‘Tying the knot’.

After the ceremony, A&M led the guests back to the main lawn, in front of the big marquee, for more drinks, pictures and a coconut shy! Some very competitive throwing going on too. One female guest had the best arm on the day, from what I saw. Food followed and then some speeches – funny and emotional. A joint speech from A&M. Next a barn dance. Some English dancing for the Americans. Then the DJ, with the first dance accompanied by the confetti, that hadn’t made it to the ceremony earlier. Quite a good time for confetti actually! As darkness fell, the Swedish flames got going.

Here are just a few images from this very chilled out day at Pekes Manor…

Love sign near the marquee

Marquee detail

Bride getting ready taken on Sony A9

Bride having her lips done

Youngest wedding guest

Chaos of bridal prep

Eyes shut from the hairspray

Bride's sister getting ready

Smiley flowergirl

Hug for the bride

make up

Help putting bride's shoes on

Flowergirl ready to go Sony A9

Bride's father arrives

Chilling bride

Guests head to the ceremony

Hay bales for seating

Guests take their seats

Bride and her father in the aisle

Kiss from her father for the bride

Humanist wedding blessing

Family sat on hay bale

Reading by younger sister

Bride smiles at the groom

Handfasting ceremony

Bride and groom walk back down the aisle

Bride greets her grandfather

Pekes Manor wedding reception

Coconut shy

Pekes Manor wedding reception

Pekes Manor summer wedding reception

Sussex wedding reception

Bride and groom portrait at Pekes Manor

Bride and groom portrait at Pekes Manor in Sussex

Bride and groom portrait at Pekes Manor

Boy with two British flags

Grandfather announces the bride and groom in for dinner

Bride feeds the groom wedding cake

Bride steadies a toppling wedding cake

wedding speeches in the marquee

Emotional speech for the bride's best friend

A hug of support from the bride

Barn dance at a wedding American guests in an English barn dance

Girl who caught the wedding bouquet

Love sign

Rowdy barn dance

First dance

First dance and confetti

Sony A9 wedding dancing

Lowlight Sony A9 photography



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