Pete & Ellie’s wedding in the heart of the South Downs at Fitzleroi Barn, near Pulborough in Sussex. The countryside is absolutely stunning, with views of the downs and rolling hills covered in lush, green spring crops. View the full wedding using the slideshow below (swipe through images on a mobile) or scroll down for a few shots:
The Fern is the national symbol for New Zealand, where Pete’s family is from so a lot of Maori traditions were part of the day. Pete wore a beautiful feather cloak known as a ‘kakahu’ gifted to him by his family, to wear at the wedding ceremony. This wedding was also on Easter weekend, so the wedding favours were Cadbury Cream Eggs and there was a sweet table with Easter chocolates.
The farm has some really pretty countryside lanes that were in full spring bloom and created wonderful backgrounds using the bokeh from the the depth of field.
We had a little wander in the rape field next to the barn to capture some of that rich yellow that is always scattered through the English countryside at this time of year. The yellow crop rape rubs off its pollen onto anything it touches, so we had to tread carefully.
The wedding guests served their own food, roasted lamb at each table, with their own chef hats!
And in the later evening, we had some surprise Maori dancers, who performed dances and songs for the crowd, including the famous ‘Haka’. I love the gentleman watching in the background, dressed in his kilt, bow tie and drinking a nice cup of tea…
Marquee (if applicable): Petworth Marquees
Catering: Buns to Banquets
Florist: Wild Green Floristry
Hairstyling – Bekki Mitchell
Make-Up – Erika Swinn
Music: Tea for Two
DJ: Marks Peters
Decorations: To have and to hire