Our featured couple Becky and Alex chose the opulent South Lodge Hotel Horsham West Sussex for their ceremony and reception.
The hotel is midway between the M25 motorway and the south coast just a short distance from the M23 / A23 and so is easy to get to. There is of course plenty of onsite parking.
The South Lodge Hotel has extensive well kept grounds including an enormous rockery. On the day of this Winter wedding the weather was cruelly cold and so we were not able to venture out to make full use of the lovely exterior surroundings but we did steel ourselves for long enough to complete a few shots in front of the cameras.
Fortunately the hotel has a fabulous interior and so there is no shortage of photogenic backdrops to utilise.
Becky and Alexs' ceremony was actually a renewal of vows rather than a first time around marriage ceremony. The renewal of vows is becoming more and more popular and Peter has photographed and videod several in recent seasons.
The South Lodge Hotel has a grand and impressive frontage as you can appreciate in the first photo below. What a shame we could not have had a blue sky and fluffy clouds but what the hey!
You know what they say about all the best laid plans! Well that happened with the "getting ready" part of the day. Our couples beautiful new home of just a few days out in the Sussex countryside turned out to be inaccessible to the limo and so Becky had to bring forward her timings to be ready to role far earlier than planned. So the start of the getting ready photography was pretty much at the end of the getting ready! We still managed a few nice shots including our bride's bouquet:
And some cute shots of the little people:
No wonder the limo struggled with those country tracks. Look at the size of that!
Some people have features just made for black and white photography. Peter always includes black and white versions of some of the colour photos and you can see this in action in the full galleries:
Soon the ceremony was underway in the South Lodge Hotel's Wordsworth Room. The registrars responsible for civil ceremonies and civil partnerships at the South Lodge Hotel are very pleasant and easy to work with; Peter was able to shoot a good selection of photos and video during our couples ceremony:
Then at the end of the renewal of vows ceremony guests were invited to shoot their own photos:
There was an impromptu receiving line after the ceremony and this made for some great photo opportunities:
Some of the lads then braved the icy conditions outside. This was probably more to do with having a smoke break than enjoying the climate!
And yes that really is snow billowing around these brave bridesmaids!
Our couple arranged a dove release:
And off they go!
The South Lodge Hotel Horsham allows access to some of the upper rooms overlooking the rear terrace and this can make for excellent photos of large groups as its possible to see everyones face:
A combination of black and white photography with little people. Great!
We braved the cold for a few minutes to shoot some of the essential family photos on the photogenic terrace of the South Lodge Hotel:
And we ventured to the enormous rockery for a few more minutes. The South Lodge Hotel provides an electric buggy to get the participants to and fro:
The speeches were extremely short and to the point. It was touch and go whether the bestman would find his nerves to make his speech but eventually he obliged. Our bride had no such inhibitions:
An obliging couple of hotel guests were kind enough to vacate their snug positions in front of the hotels roaring fire so that we could shoot Becky and Alex:
A photo of the venue after dark often makes for a lovely closing shot in the wedding album:
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