If you’ve ever asked yourself the question, what can be better than a man in a kilt? I can now confirm that the answer is 9 men in kilts!
July marked my first of 3 weddings at Ghyll Manor this year, and it has left me excited for more…….
Ghyll Manor is a stunning 17th-century country house set in acres of private grounds, with beautifully landscaped gardens nestled in the heart of the Sussex countryside.
Many moons ago before the children came along my husband and I used to have somewhat of a social life and a lot of his was centred around the charming Plough Inn, Ifield. It was there that I first met Ali & Sarah so I was delighted when they thought of me to capture their special day!
Ali and Sarah had been together for 13 years when Ali proposed in December 2017, in keeping with tradition he did ask permission from the Bride’s father to which the response was “about time”.
On the morning of their wedding I met with Sarah at her sister-in-law’s stunning house and there I found a very relaxed and chilled bride, as I knew I would!
My morning was spent photographing bridal prep by the extremely talented Rowena Hutson of Faux makeup and SPMU, the dress, and smaller details such as Sarah’s stunning bouquet by Rebecca Threader.
When I arrived at Ghyll Manor I was greeted by the distinctive sound of bagpipes played by the wonderful Chic Mackie of Piper Chic, what a welcome!
All of the guests were in great spirits and groom Ali was looking very excited at the prospect of finally marrying the love of his life.
The emotional wedding service took place in the pretty summerhouse and was then followed by drinks, confetti and formal shots in the courtyard.
Later, we all made our way to Hunsdon Hall for speeches and dinner.
The speeches were kicked off by Sarah’s Dad, followed by the grooms speech and ended with the Best woman’s speech, Lorraine, Ali’s late brothers wife gave an incredibly emotional and funny speech that didn’t leave many dry eyes in the house.
After the meal guests made their way back outside to soak up some sunshine and some more alcohol haha……….
When the evening began, the most amazing ‘wedding cake’ I have ever seen took centre stage, a 3 tier giant pork pie, wowza! I have never seen guests so eager for a slice of cake at a wedding before, what a fabulous idea.
After the ‘cake’ cutting, Ali and Sarah made there way to the dancefloor for their first dance where they quickly invited their guests to join them. Their DJ, and I have to say, quite possibly the best DJ ever was Mark Dwyer so the dancefloor obviously stayed full and was definitely the place to be!
I loved this wedding, the couple, their guests, and the venue!