About the Hilton Avisford Park
The Hilton Avisford Park is very close to Arundel in West Sussex. It has lots of facilities apart from hosting weddings, making it great for groups staying at the hotel for the celebrations. It has a golf course, tennis court, indoor & outdoor pools, a fitness centre & beauty treatment rooms and is of course licensed for civil ceremonies & partnerships. It’s situated in the village of Walberton, which is between Chichester & Arundel. A wedding venue has to have a good flow to it, so the celebrations can move from one part of the venue to another quickly & easily. The Hilton Avisford Park has this flow with its huge array of rooms & spaces, so it can accommodate many types of weddings. The Hilton Avisford Park is a lovely West Sussex wedding venue taking advantage of all the space & beauty of the huge gardens as well.
The Wedding Ceremony Room
Formerly a boarding school, you can still see the remnants of the old built in shelves & boards with old head boys names on throughout the bar area of the hotel. In the ceremony room it still retains the feeling of an intimate school room and has windows all down one side. This light gives me, as a Sussex wedding photographer, a wonderful amount of directional light to play with & adds character to this all important part of the day. There’s plenty of room for me to move around without distracting anyone, so I can make full use of both wide angle & telephoto lenses to get the effects I want during the vows & the exchange of rings. I can also move discreetly back through the room when guests or family do readings. It’s not always possible for me to get clear shots of the bridal party during ceremonies, as well as to get shots of the bride’s parents & other family, so it’s good to have a venue that makes this easy for me. Most wedding photographers will make the most of the circumstances they find themselves in, but it makes life easier to find myself in a room where I have the space to get the shots I know will look great. In particular, reactions are important, so being able to get myself in the position I want to be in with the right lens & capture the mother of the bride or the best man as they react to the first kiss or the exchange of rings is wonderful.
After the ceremony, everyone can pour out into the gardens for a glass of champagne & some canapés. There’s loads of space for kids & guests alike to roam around & enjoy the day. For me as a West Sussex wedding photographer I love a wedding where I can take the happy couple off for a few photos of just the two of them without having to go too far so it takes as little time as possible. It’s great for the couple to have some time together away from their guests, & the way I like to shoot means they can have a few stolen moments to themselves. However, they will want to get back to their guests as quickly as possible so they can enjoy themselves.
The Wedding Breakfast
The ballroom at The Hilton Avisford Park is splendid. The cream & white walls knock around lots of lovely soft light, which gives me lots of good skin tones, but crucially means I can shoot with the available light rather than having to use flash. The room is also nice & big so once again I have lots of room to work with.
A Lovely Sussex Wedding Venue
If you are looking for a Sussex hotel wedding venue then this is one that should be on your list, it’s great to host your wedding & is excellent for me as a documentary wedding photographer.
Here are some other suppliers I’ve worked with at The Hilton Avisford Park
DJ – Those Party People
Florist – The Village Florist
Hilton Avisford Park
Yapton Lane, Walberton, Arundel, BN18 0LS