South Lodge – Stunning for Sussex Wedding Photography

South Lodge Hotel is a bit of a legend in West Sussex, close enough to the pretty market town of Horsham for convenience but set like a mellow old jewel in grounds so lovely it feels like you’re miles from anywhere. I rate the place highly, and was thrilled to be called there to cover the wedding of Megan and Adam.

The Lodge is an exclusive five star country house hotel situated amongst acres and acres of lush woodland just outside Lower Beeding. Because it’s north of the chalky downs the earth is nice and acid, perfect for rhododendrons, which is where our story starts. Imagine an outdoor wedding ceremony on a balmy early spring day, 14th April, surrounded by enormous, delicate, colourful blooms set amongst shining deep green foliage. In fact one of South Lodge’s rhododendron trees is the biggest single-stem rhododendron in Britain, a gorgeous thing smothered with enormous, vivid pink flowers. The setting was absolutely breathtaking.

Spring weather in a little slice of English heaven

While the leaves were not quite out on the trees, the skies were blue, the birds were singing and the grounds at the Lodge were at their splendid best. Deep, rich woodland, manicured gardens and lakes, it’s all part of the 93 acres of Sussex downland that the hotel offers. Plus sun terraces with gorgeous South Downs views, a mellow Victorian walled kitchen garden, croquet and tennis, and of course exceptional cuisine. It really is bliss, a little piece of English heaven.

I don’t just take beautiful wedding photos, I create memories for generations to come. And I take my responsibilities very seriously. The Lodge’s dedicated professional wedding support team and award-winning chefs are there to help happy couples create a day they’ll never forget. And what a happy occasion it was, another reminder – as if I needed one – that I’m fortunate to have one of the best jobs in the world!

Beautiful day, beautiful ceremony

There’s something extra-special about an outdoor ceremony, and it isn’t that common here in Britain where the weather is endlessly, fascinatingly unpredictable. I like to take a series of images revealing the scene, the couple making their preparations, the guests arriving, the ceremony proceeding, telling a vivid story that the couple can re-tell in pictures for years to come. The weather played fair for Adam and Megan, and South Lodge was the perfect setting to unfold the day in photographs from the start to finish in memorable detail.

Megan’s dress was a triumph, so pretty with its off-the-shoulder lace, perfect flowing skirts and slim silhouette. Adam looked incredibly handsome and self-possessed in a dark navy blue suit and bow tie. And a scarlet carpet laid on the immaculate lawns made the ideal focus for this very obviously happy couple to enjoy their special day. It really was a red carpet occasion.

A Sussex wedding venue I won’t forget in a hurry

I think this time around my favourite photos are those I took of the couple in the gardens with the most astonishing display of magenta rhododendrons forming the backdrop. Perfect! The candid reportage shots of the bride and groom are also something I’m very pleased with, capturing the joy and pride of the couple, their friends, families and loved ones really well – if I say so myself!

I’m also proud to say that South Lodge found a night shot photograph I posted of the hotel, tweeted it and shared it on Facebook. I’ll be thrilled to re-visit this wonderful venue again, and would highly recommend it to anyone getting married in Sussex. Thanks again to everyone concerned for a magical day – here’s to the happy couple.

Many thanks to Paul Smith the Toastmaster for all his help and assistance and excellent organizing.
www.paulsmith-toastmaster.co.uk/

www.exclusive.co.uk/south-lodge/

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Matt Wainwright Magician

I had the pleasure of watching Matt Wainwright Magician enthrall Sammy and Steve’s wedding guests at their wedding 6th May at The Hilton Avisford,
West Sussex.

www.mattwainwright.com

Well done Matt, great show.

 

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Champagne and Bath

This year, in accordance with the law, all brides are to be photographed in the bath drinking champagne. It’s law, there’s nothing I can do about it. 😉

Wedding Photography by Barry Page
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Brighton Street Scene

A scene in Brighton that caught my eye. The character in the window display is Rosie the Riveter. Rosie is an American cultural icon; she represents the women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War 2.

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Ji Liu Pianist

March 4th saw the Shanghai-born but now London based pianist Ji Liu play at High Rocks. An impressive solo performance, we were treated to Chopin, Liszt, Bach-Siloti, Ravel, Saint-Saens and Rachmaninoff.
www.jipianist.com

 

Wedding Photography at High Rocks by Barry Page

 

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Event Photography at High Rocks by Barry Page

 

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The Church at Wisborough Green

I’ve driven past this church many times on my way through Wisborough Green. It is a classic country church on a hill. A couple of weeks ago I was once again driving past but found myself with enough time to drop by and grap a couple of shots. And, when I’d finished knocking those back, I left the pub and went and took some photographs of the church. 😉

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Amy and Becky at High Rocks

This month I had the honour of photographing the wedding of Amy & Becky at the ever charming High Rocks in Tunbridge Wells. A bright sunny day, more like Spring than Winter. Amy and Becky Arrived in two fabulous VW campers delightfully named Pearl and Wanda.

 

Wedding Photography at High Rocks by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at High Rocks by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at High Rocks by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at High Rocks by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at High Rocks by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at High Rocks by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at High Rocks by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at High Rocks by Barry Page

 

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Aimee and Hector at High Rocks

I met with Aimee and Hector at High Rocks on Monday for a pre wedding walkaround. I took a camera and we had a fun time. It was February yet the sun was shining and the warm temperature made it feel like spring.

Wedding Photography at High Rocks by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at High Rocks by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at High Rocks by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at High Rocks by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at High Rocks by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at High Rocks by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at High Rocks by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at High Rocks by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at High Rocks by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at High Rocks by Barry Page

 

 

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Jenny and Jason at Bartholomew Barn

The sun shone and it felt like spring in February when I met with Jenny and Jason at Bartholomew Barn.

Wedding Photography at Bartholomew Barn by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at Bartholomew Barn by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at Bartholomew Barn by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at Bartholomew Barn by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at Bartholomew Barn by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at Bartholomew Barn by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at Bartholomew Barn by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at Bartholomew Barn by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at Bartholomew Barn by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at Bartholomew Barn by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at Bartholomew Barn by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at Bartholomew Barn by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at Bartholomew Barn by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at Bartholomew Barn by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at Bartholomew Barn by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at Bartholomew Barn by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at Bartholomew Barn by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at Bartholomew Barn by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at Bartholomew Barn by Barry Page

 

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Andrew and Verity at Buxted Park

Enjoyed a lovely visit to Buxted Park with Andrew and Verity ahead of their wedding in May this year.

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Wedding Photography at Buxted Park by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at Buxted Park by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at Buxted Park by Barry Page

 

Wedding Photography at Buxted Park by Barry Page
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