Sussex Wedding Photographer|Bluebell Vineyard Estates Wedding|Maddy & Alex
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I cannot begin to tell you how excited I was when I got the phone call from Maddy that she was getting married in May and her reception was to be in a vineyard. In my head I had pictures of a beautiful sunset with the bride and groom walking hand in hand through the rows of greeney-yellow grapevines, the sun still warm on my skin. In the distance, the grand marquee sat proudly on top of the hill, the guest laughing and drinking soaking up the beautiful evening . I can tell you now, I most certainly was not disappointed! I think Maddy and Alex’s vineyard wedding is one that I will remember always. It was a day brimming with laughter, fun and love.
I first met Maddy and Alex when I drove down to Uckfield for our first meeting. The day was dreary and cold and it was raining. I met them in a tiny coffee shop on the high street, just a stones throw away from the Holy Cross Church where they were to have their ceremony. Straight away I felt like I clicked with the couple.
We took a walk to the church and weirdly, talked about the latest Thor film! Afterwards we drove down to the Bluebell Vineyard Estate to talk about the set up for the day and where we could go for photos. A feeling of dread washed over me as we walked around. Here is a gorgeous couple, with a stunning venue, what if it rains? What if it pours down all day? We talked about options if this was the case. With a hotel wedding, you find places indoors. With an outdoor wedding, sometimes there is only outdoors!
A vineyard wedding “set amidst bluebell-strewn woods”
(Bluebell Vineyard Estates)
The day of Maddy and Alex’s wedding came and the weather was glorious! Bridal prep was in a lovely little picturesque cottage on Twyford Farm, whilst the groom got ready at home. Maddy’s choice of dress was one from Fross Wedding Collections and she opted for a pair pf pretty ballerina pumps with lace ties to get her through the long day. The colour scheme was beautifully coordinated burgundy, navy and gold.
I’m not religious in the slightest and most of my weddings in 2018 involved a church. But, by far this had been the best service I have ever witnessed. Maddy’s father not only gave her away, but performed some of the service. It was full of happiness, joy and laughter and when the congregation sang, they sang with exuberance.
The reception at the vineyard was just how I had imagined it would be and not a raindrop in sight.
Distance wise, Maddy and Alex’s wedding had been a 2 1/2 hour drive for me, but I was having so much fun I stayed until I literally had just enough energy to do the drive home. I think I got home at around 1am!
19th May 2018 was the day I met not just a beautiful couple, but a beautiful pair of human beings and I wish them all the very best in the future together.
Thank you to my wonderful second photographer Jeannine Knicklebein for all your help on the day!
Ceremony: Holy Cross Church
Reception: Bluebell Vineyard Estates
Dress: Fross Wedding Collection
Brides bouquet: The Flower Shop Uckfield
VW Campervan: The Van from U.N.C.L.E
Marquee Hire: Southern Hire
Bridesmaids Dresses: Lulus Fashion Lounge