Ridge Farm Wedding – Isabel & Nick

Detail at St Margaret's church in Ditchling


Sussex and Surrey wedding

Isabel and Nick’s Sussex wedding actually spanned two counties. With the service held not far from their home, at St Margaret’s church in Ditchling , in East Sussex and the reception was then at the idyllic Ridge Farm,  just over the West Sussex boundary and into Surrey. Ridge Farm is just up the road from me. On the same road, just a couple of miles from my house! But it wasn’t a completely Southern event, as many of the family and guests were from Lancashire – having come down from Chorley.

The rain held off for the ceremony and reception, despite the heavy downpours of the night before and in the morning, with the sun making an appearance at the end of the day. The coverage begins with everyone getting ready at Ridge Farm, which had been hired for the weekend.

Wedding ceremony at St Margaret’s church, Ditchling

One of the prettiest villages in Sussex, Ditchling sits just in the shadow of the South Downs. Not the easiest village to drove through or park at though. But it has a classic flint-walled church, in the centre of the village. Its full title is The Church of St Margaret of Antioch. Best of all, having shot several wedding ceremonies here, it has a friendly and photography-friendly vicar in Father David Wallis. Makes a difference to the coverage! It also has the unique part to the wedding ceremony, when the bride and groom are invited to ring the church bells – a handy rope positioned near the altar.

Ridge Farm wedding reception

Everyone headed north for the wedding reception at Ridge Farm, near Rusper. Drinks on the lawns. The dinner was held in the Pool House (everyone sat atop a boarded up swimming pool) with the food provided by Indian Summer, from Brighton.

But the highlight was probably the gig after the meal, when before the DJ and the first dance, the groom and his band hammered out many famous tunes for their screaming fans – who didn’t want them to stop!

Here are a few images from the day in Ditchling and at Ridge Farm…

Bride's wedding dress hanging in the bathroom at Ridge Farm

Makeup at Ridge Farm

Usher delivers a present for the bride from the groom

Bride getting ready at Ridge Farm

Groom arrives at St Margaret's church in Ditchling

Laughing wedding guests

St Margaret's church in Ditchling

waiting for the wedding outside Ditchling church

Bride arrives

Sister adjusts bride's wedding veil

Wedding veil in the wind

About to enter the church

Nervous groom

Start of the ceremony

Bride reaches the groom at the end of the aisle

Wedding ceremony at Ditchling church

Singing hymns

Wedding at Ditchling church


Unique part of the cermony at Ditchling church, the couple get to ring the church bell


Couple walking back down the aisle

Bride hugs her father

After the ceremony

Confetti run at Ditchling church

Ditchling church confetti

Bride and groom kiss in the wedding car

Wedding car leaves the church

Ridge Farm

Happy bride at the wedding reception

Wedding reception at Ridge Farm

Young guest

Laughing bride at Ridge Farm wedding reception

Ridge Farm wedding


Photo in the gardens at Ridge Farm

Wedding at Ridge Farm near Rusper

Ridge Farm wedding portrait

Heading to dinner

Wedding guests head to the meal at Ridge Farm

Ridge Farm wedding

Young wedding guest

Wedding meal at Ridge Farm

Wedding speeches

Ridge Farm wedding speeches

Laughing at the speech

Groom's mother

Bride looks to her sister

Best man speeches


Bride reacts to best man's speech

Wedding toast

Bride and groom kiss in the grounds of Ridge Farm

Groom's band play at the wedding

Dancing bride


Bride dances with her sister

Best man singing

First dance at Ridge Farm wedding


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