You don’t get much more typically English than Kate & Russ’s wedding, all set in the rolling countryside of the South Downs on a gorgeously sunny summer’s day for this Farbridge Barn wedding.
We started at Farbridge with Kate running between having her hair & makeup done, to checking everything was being set out properly in the main barn. Kate eventually had time to slip in to her stunning dress from Richard Designs. The few clouds that there were, slowly rolled away leaving swathes of clear blue.
I drove over to St Georges in Donnington to find Russ and his brothers & groomsmen welcoming all the guests, Russ had turned up on the back of a beautiful baby blue Lambretta. As everyone filed in to the church two models dressed as statues came out and arranged themselves near to where Kate was to arrive – a friend’s surprise for Kate! The look on Kate’s face when she arrived to be greeted by Greek “statues” was priceless.
Kate & Russ’s ceremony was beautiful & involved plenty of music including lots of singing. The light in the church was lovely & soft & bounced around giving me lovely soft skin tones. Despite it being very hot outside, inside the church was nice & cool. After a beautiful wedding ceremony everyone applauded as Russ & Kate left the church to head out into the scorching sunshine.
Kate & Russ & I headed over to their house which was just down the track. They’d only recently moved into the house so we did some photos of just the two of them in the garden. Russ was particularly keen on carrying Kate over the threshold as that was the first day the front door had been opened & walked through for many years. The big garden was lush & green with loads of lovely little areas we could use to get some great shots. Altogether, using the sumptuous surroundings & clear summer light meant I was very happy with the shots we captured.
While I was disappointed Kate & Russ weren’t riding to Farbridge on the Lambretta, I could understand why! Instead they were in a lovely vintage Rolls Royce cruising majestically through the country lanes & through Chichester to their wedding breakfast where their guests were waiting for them.
What was also waiting for them was a fabulous meal prepared by the chef at Farbridge, Simon. The food was glorious and Simon explained to me that they prepared as much of the food themselves as possible, so for instance the butter had been made there & the fish smoked there too. You could certainly taste the difference. It’s that attention to detail that makes a particular venue stand out.
This wedding was shot at a wonderful Sussex wedding venue