Walking Dead Wedding at Buxted Park

A Buxted Park Wedding with a touch of the Walking Dead
Tara & Chris

Buxted Park Wedding
Buxted Park is the most gorgeous Palladian mansion, set against a breathtaking backdrop of rolling East Sussex parkland.

The lawns, terraces, Orangery and ballroom combine to create a truly magical wedding venue. So there could not have been a more perfect setting for when Tara and Chris tied the knot.

Tara went for an absolutely beautiful but unfussy look with a long, sleeveless white gown with a sweetheart neckline and tie-up back. Chris wore a smart, soft grey three-piece suit.

Everything took place here, it was nice that Tara and Chris got ready near to each other as it’s good to be able to capture both sides of their journey.

Buxted Park WeddingTheir ceremony was held in the Orangery and it was a lovely sunny day. They were also fans of the Walking Dead so I helped them to achieve the themed shot they asked for.

It’s always a challenge to get people to act like a rotting corpse at a wedding.

As always, Buxted Park is a great place for photos in all weathers, this was the time of year that there was lots of long grasses around so we headed for photos near the lake. When I say near I actually means nowhere near it at all…but in that general direction.

Shooting by the lake is a bit like arranging stuff with people you don’t know too well. You think it’s a great idea until you actually have to do it. Then you wish you hadn’t.

Buxted Park WeddingThat’s how it is with the lake. When you’re there it’s like looking through a telescope backwards. It seems miles away!

 

I was also asked to do a TV series style photos. So, in the Coat of Arms room, I got the wedding party to chat to each other with some sitting and others standing. The end result worked really well 🙂

Buxted Park Wedding Photos

Buxted Park Hotel
Vicky & Chris

Buxted Park Wedding
They say ‘The truth of a story lies in the details’, and that’s certainly true when it comes to the story of two people in love saying ‘I do’. A happy couple’s wedding day is but a chapter in their lives together as a whole, but as a single day, it’s a story all of its own.
Buxted Park Wedding

A story that usually requires a great deal of preparation of course, including months of planning to make sure everything goes perfectly and that all the details are in place. Often though, for the happy couple, when the big day arrives, it is so full of excitement and well wishers and celebrating, it’s hard to take in all the little touches they’ve worked so hard on. When I photograph a wedding, my job is to capture all of those beautiful details that have been so carefully crafted, so that the newlyweds can enjoy their story and share it with their loved ones for years to come.
Buxted Park Wedding

The details at Vicky and Chris’ wedding were plentiful and wonderful, with so many personal touches that made their day so uniquely their own – from the wonderful E Type Jaguar that took Vicky to the Buxted Park Hotel, to her Cardiff City garter that served as a quirky ‘something blue’. It’s a real privilege to take photos that could only belong to the particular happy couple in question; the sort of photos that really personalise a wedding album and make it one to treasure.

However much planning goes on ahead of time though, there are of course things you can’t control – namely the weather in this case! But it’s all about perspective, and Vicky and Chris had exactly the right attitude, braving the rain with a delicate pink umbrella for what actually turned out to be one of my personal favourite outdoor shots of the day.

Buxted Park Wedding T-Rex

Buxted Park
Kimberley & Michael

buxted-park-t-rex-wedding-51Before I tell you about Kimberley and Michaels’ wedding at Buxted Park I’m going to use this opportunity to let you know that in the last 6 weeks we’ve had a MASSIVE site rebuild and upgrade.

We’ve moved from the .co.uk address to the more global .com, the site has now quadrupled in size (600mb to 2.4gb), it’s responsive and has been built from the ground up. We wanted the site to be more user friendly, informative and best of all have a bigger capacity for photos…we’re now on a dedicated server too so you can have the smoothest user experience possible.

We really like it and hope you do too!

So here is Kimberley and Michaels wedding. They were married at the Church of St Pancras in Kingston near Lewes with their wedding reception and evening festivities at the Buxted Park Hotel in Uckfield.

We did really well with the weather all day long and Kimberley brought her horse, Zambia too.

kimberley-and-michael-523-of-840It always seems an easy thing to do….in my head…photographing a bride, groom and horse but it’s never as easy as you think it will be. I found myself shooting on the fly and improvising as I went. With great results.

Then there was the T-Rex.

Now I’m always happy to take requests from couples and the Dinosaur Photobomb is very in at the moment so I jumped at the opportunity.

It helps to have a large number of the bridal party eager and ready to run for their lives (screaming) towards the camera too!

The actual T-Rex ‘meld’ took 6 hours to do. The top image right now is version 4.

I like being kicked out of my comfort zone with requests…as long as they aren’t spot colour shots or faces in wine glasses.

buxted-park-t-rex-wedding-63The Dinosaur Photobomb did give the unexpected benefit of teaching me more abilities in Photoshop which I can now carry on to other weddings (Brush jitters / Scattering / brush dynamics etc).

This was an awesome day, with amazingly cool people. Everyone was a star to be around…the first person on the dancefloor was Grandad (who’s 89), Michaels impression of a Monkey was something worth seeing on repeat, the wedding raffle, the Marryoke and there were some crazy guests running around the Orangery in pink wigs and red indian feathers from the photobooth. It was a fast paced action packed day!

Buxted Park Outdoor Wedding

An Outdoor Wedding at Buxted Park Hotel
Elissa & Luke

Buxted Park Outdoor Wedding

Buxted Park Hotel Outdoor Wedding

A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to be the Wedding Photographer at Elissa and Luke’s wedding at the Buxted Park Hotel in Uckfield. I was also lucky enough to be present at their first outdoor ceremony and the weather couldn’t of been better for it. The only cloud in the sky was miles off!

This was a day filled with love and laughter from a couple totally at one with each other.

This wedding was full of firsts for me, other than the first outdoor wedding at Buxted, we had an ice cream man (Matt Benecci) and a Lionel Richie Tribute (Moni Tivony).

All of which were awesome.

Buxted Park Outdoor WeddingThis was an all day wedding for me, usually I cover the prep upstairs in the bridal suite but this time I was downstairs in Academy Room 1. Photographically wise both are great. With the Academy Room I could shoot from outside through a window and also walk straight out onto the lawn for the detailed shots of things like the shoes:

Elissa’s chief Bridesmaid Yasmin Fakhrhosseini did the bridal hair and makeup with Elaine from Hall Hair Design for the Bridesmaids.  The ceremony was beautiful with a couple of readings. Ian from Disco Fever provided the music during the ceremony, the background during the wedding breakfast and was the dj for the evening.

Luke and Elissa had laid on a close up magician Matt Wainwright who did an awesome job wowing the guests.

Elissa chose to have different coloured bridesmaids dresses from Ebony Rose which looked stunning and her dress was from Mia Mia Bridal.

Pollen did a wonderful job as always with their flowers, they just consistently deliver a high standard, always.

Buxted Park Outdoor WeddingOther things, well we had some fun and games with Luke and the boys and also took advantage of the different light in the evening with some shots of Elissa and Luke with their daughter:

It was great to be there at Buxted Park and I felt really lucky to be a part of their day.