Emily and Paul, a Vintage Sussex Wedding

Emily, a Sussex girl now living in London was marrying Paul an Australian. They had come to see me in Brighton the previous year and discussed their wedding and how they liked my Vintage wedding options. Emily and Paul had decided to go back to Emily’s roots in Sussex and had the ceremony at Lewes Castle. Her and her bridesmaids congregated at her parents beautiful house just outside Seaford.

Paul and his aussie buddies were already at the castle and looking smart in their sharp blue suits, his ushers kept him chilled whilst they awaiting Emily’s arrival on a classic red London bus.

The staff at Lewes Castle were courteous and efficient and they even managed to get a neighbour in an adjoining garden to stop his rather loud DIY which was in danger of drowning out the whole event!

Bridal preparation

The day was amazing, bright blue sky and a warm say – I think the Australians were confused by our balmy weather.. The ceremony held at the very top of the castle in the open air.

Wedding at Lewes Castle


After a lovely service and a few drinks and photos down on the lawns of the castle, we headed off in the Routemaster bus to the reception back at the parents house.

Sussex wedding bus


So, now back to the venue, the marquee and the real barn setup for the dancing. Despite the minor mishap of a fire in the barn (yes it really did have hay bales in the as well), everything went smoothly. The food looked great, the catering staff were attentive but discreet and smiled almost as much as the guests did. Lovely table decorations and the speeches were truly truly funny.

Wedding reception

Wedding reception

After the speeches and a bit of a play in the garden in the late afternoon summer light..

Flower girls playing

We all headed in the Saloon barn for a good ol’ fashioned ho down, complete with Cowboy dress up box, a proper country band and some great guests,

Wedding reception barn dance

With a  few more evening ones arriving and everyone getting in the swing of things. That’s where we left our lovely couple and headed off into the sunset. If only we’d had a horse to leave on!

Carl O’Connell is principal photographer for Carl O’Connell Photography


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