James & Julie’s Wedding at Gravetye Manor, West Sussex

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I first met James & Julie at another wedding we photographed last year and was delighted to hear from them a few months ago regarding their own celebration. It was my first time at Gravetye Manor which is situated in West Hoathley (near East Grinstead) in West Sussex and what a fantastic day it was.

James is a local lad (although he and Julie live in London now) and Julie is from Ohio in the US. They met whilst living and working in New York and made the move over here at the end of last year. Their wedding was to be a very intimate affair with just 12 guests in total, and held on a Wednesday afternoon which added to the already relaxed vibe of the day.

Julie got ready at the venue, in a beautiful room overlooking the grounds whilst James got ready at his parent’s house and made his way over to Gravetye Manor mid afternoon with them.

Julie’s parents had made the trip over from the States for the occasion and it was lovely to have her sister on Facetime a couple of times throughout the afternoon, checking on how things were progressing. Whilst technology can be such a pain at times, it’s moments like this that make you appreciate how lucky we are.

The ceremony was beautiful and as always, I felt myself tear up a little – I’m such a softie! I can’t help but get emotionally invested in each couple I have the pleasure of photographing and it’s always a favourite part of the day for me. A violinist played music throughout and continued through the drinks reception where guests where treated to champagne and canapes.

The weather had been unpredictable all day but we stole a gap in the showers and managed to get some photos outside. It was however pretty windy so we did the best we could and I was delighted with the final results.

It was then time for James & Julie to enjoy their wedding breakfast which was being held in the ‘Gazebo’ – Being Gravetye Manor, said Gazebo was a far stretch from the plastic awning that I had in mind and everyone was shown to a beautiful brick outbuilding, perfect for intimate celebrations. Guests ate delicious food and drank beautiful wine before enjoying wedding cake and a heartfelt speech made by the groom.

With no wild evening plans on the agenda (although I gather a fair few drinks were consumed in the bar!) I made tracks after the speech, having had a wonderful day.

The team at Gravetye were nothing short of completely helpful and hospitable and really went out of their way to accommodate us (and all our kit!) thank you Amber & team.

Thank you so much again James & Julie for booking me to document this very special occasion and I look forward to seeing you both again soon 🙂

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