This Firle Place, East Sussex wedding was bathed in glorious sunshine in June. The day began in Lewes, with some bridal prep photos of the wedding dress hanging up, make up shots, champagne drinks and the arrival of a stylish white LTI London Taxi.
Claudia & Alex had a blessing ceremony at St Peter’s Church, the local chapel in Firle hosted by Reverend Peter Owen Jones. Wildflowers were scattered throughout the decorations of the church and Firle Place, with Claudia carrying a free-form, rustic style bouquet. The stationery also reflected this wedding style.
Firle Place, An East Sussex Wedding Venue
The Firle Place, East Sussex weddings were popular this year! I had shot a wedding at this venue just a week beforehand! So I had a pretty good idea of what shots I wanted to capture outside the church, whilst keeping the ideas and compositions original and unique. We shot a couple of portraits around the church grounds, particularly focusing on the footpath leading up to the church from the village lane in Firle.
The white London Taxi Cab was a great feature of the composition of these wedding photographs. It’s only a short drive around the Firle Place Estate, but the driver was great at lining up the car for some great photos.
Mario Bakuna played some wonderful acoustic guitar during canapé reception. The open sided marquee gave the wedding a festival vibe, with simple table decorations, glass vases with flowers, candles, bunting around marquee and festoon lighting for decoration. There were wildflower seed packets for wedding favours and a two-tiered semi-naked cake, decorated with flowers and cake topper.
The wildflower walled garden was in full bloom, a peaceful location to steal away for some candid portrait photos of the bride and groom. I loved the drama of using the symmetry of the buildings facade, and sometime black and white just feels right!
Firle Place Wedding Reception
A few speeches, and the cake cutting and we took a short walk around the building for a couple of golden hour photos. Later, we were on the dance floor for a bit of romantic dancing and aggressive shape throwing! For the final shot above, I used a flash behind to illuminate the building to create a silhouette.