A beautiful country garden wedding in East Sussex


I had such a wonderful time photographing this wedding.  It was extra special to me as Bex is my second-cousin, and we would spend every May half-term holiday together on the Isle of Wight.  I’m grateful that our friendship survived the fashion blip of the shell-suit in the early 90s.  We wore the polyester, the tie-dye t-shirts, the Miss Selfridge ‘Babe’ tees – we’ve been there together.  So it was with much delight that I photographed this beautiful wedding.

It was, indeed, beautiful.  After prep and a ceremony at The Spread Eagle Hotel in Midhurst, guests moved on to The Duke of Cumberland Arms pub for dinner and dancing.  There are few things I love more than a good country pub, and this is a fantastic example of that classic British institution.  Accessed by a long, winding track, it is hidden from view by a thicket of trees that offer gorgeous light for photos.  The gardens are filled with unusual plants and flowers, and the general feel is one that is informal and intimate.  The bride looked stunning in her Mira Zwillinger dress, and a white Jaguar mk2 always looks pretty in pictures.

A wedding day is one filled with emotion, and this was no exception.  Bex’s sister, Zoe, had sadly passed away the previous year, and there were beautiful tributes in her memory.  As well as tears, there were lots of smiles and laughter, and it was a true reminder that what really matters in life is being with the ones you love.

Thanks so much, Bex and Ross, for having me capture your very special day.  It was wonderful to witness the friendship and mutual adoration you share for each other, and I wish you the most wonderful future together.

ceremony venue – the spread eagle hotel | reception venue – the duke of cumberland arms | bride’s dress – mira zwillinger | bride’s shoes – harriet wilde | groom’s suit – aquascutum | bridesmaid dresses – j crew