I had photographed at The Bell Inn in Ticehurst before, but at Jessica and Cristiano's wedding it was only for the groom and groomsmen's pre-wedding ceremony drinks, so I didn't know what a fabulous wedding venue it would be. But that soon became apparent when I arrived for Katie and Simon's wedding there back in February. The sixteenth century coaching inn is full of character and charm. At it's heart, it's just a great English country pub, but an amazing refurbishment means it's also the perfect setting for a unique wedding party too. The attention to detail around the pub makes it a real pleasure to photograph and I was able to find some interesting angles and great light all over the venue.
The guests arrived and settled in downstairs in the bar whilst Katie finished her bridal preparations upstairs. Overlooking the High Street in Ticehurst, Katie got a glimpse of everyone arriving downstairs, being careful not to let Simon see her though! The ceremony was in The Big Room which had been decorated with wild flowers in jars and balloons filled with ferns by Early Hours. After the ceremony, tradition at The Bell is that the bride and groom enter the Stable downstairs and walk across the table top. Luckily, Katie kept steady on her Louboutin's and didn't stumble!
The February weather meant that we couldn't venture outside for some portraits or the group photos, using The Snug instead, before heading back upstairs for the wedding breakfast and the start of the partying.
Hopefully you'll have seen that the kind of documentary wedding photography that I produce is just right for couples who want to enjoy spending time with their family and friends, without thinking about having loads of posed or stages pictures. If this sounds like the kind of day you've got in mind, why not get in touch to check if I'm available to photograph your wedding, and to get some more information on how I work and my fees. If you're still looking for a venue in Sussex, have a look at this photofilm from The George in Rye wedding photography, which might be right up your street.
Some of the amazing wedding suppliers that helped make this such a great wedding:
|Venue||The Bell Inn in Ticehurst, Sussex|
|Dress designer||Sarah Seven|
|Suits||Tailor made by Roberto Revilla for the Groom|
|Band or DJ||The Hot Swing Gentlemen, Choice DJs in the evening|