I had never photographed a wedding at Buxted Park Hotel but I have always heard good things about this stunning wedding venue near Uckfield, East Sussex, reading blogs from other great photographers such as Chris Harmer.
Leila and James had been to my house a few weeks prior to their wedding. We had discussed a number of ideas for their wedding at Buxted Park and they were very willing for me to spend a good amount of time with them trying different photographic ideas.
Thankfully, although not really sunny or warm, it was at least dry and bright. There was a red carpet laid out leading to the hotel entrance and once Leila and her mother had arrived, I photographed them on the red carpet and the steps up.
Although Leila and James did not have the hotel to themselves – there was another wedding taking place at the same time – the separation was such that it felt like the hotel was solely theirs for the day.
Photographing a wedding at Buxted Park Hotel is an absolute pleasure. The grounds are so beautiful and extensive that they offer a multitude of fantastic opportunities for a good wedding photographer to exploit. Even an average wedding photographer couldn’t fail to get at least some decent shots!
The ceremony itself took place in a very intimate white room. Leila and James had employed a harpist which added to the atmosphere of this lovely setting. Both James and Leila performed admirably exchanging vows and rings. They appeared very relaxed and, although the bride was overwhelmed and succumbed to tears on more than one occasion, there was plenty of laughter too.
After the ceremony we moved to the orangery. The Orangery is a gorgeously light room. In very basic terms one could describe it as a glass lean-to on the side of the hotel, but that does this room a great disservice. It is such a fantastic space. The French windows open directly on to a lush lawn, which itself leads to magnificent views over the woodland and parkland of Buxted.
I took the bride and groom around the grounds stopping at various places for pictures and, although Leila was getting visibly cold by the end, I think we came out with some great photographs.
The Orangery was our venue for the wedding breakfast and the evening entertainment. The speeches were conducted splendidly by all and magnificently orchestrated by the master of ceremonies; a French member of staff who had us all in stitches at times and fearing for our lives at others!
Leila and James had organised a live singer for the evening. My final act, as it often is, was to photograph the newly married couple in their first dance. A wedding at Buxted Park Hotel will meet all but the most very demanding clients needs and I can’t wait to photograph there again.