Where fancy cakes meet Hollywood’s darling.
We want it to feel like a French Chateau meets English garden party, is what Sophia and Jack were aiming for with their Firle Place wedding. They wanted everything to be elegant and modern with personal touches that represented them.
It was the perfect venue for this. Firle Place is nestled in the Sussex countryside, not far from Lewes and in recent years it is becoming well-known as a location for filming. You might recognise it from Bake Off: The Professionals and it features in the recent adaptation of Emma starring Anya Taylor-Joy.
This couple chose to have an outdoor ceremony in the courtyard and it was a great day for it. It’s such a pretty setting and after confetti and photos in front of the impressive blue doors, everyone moved over to the lawns and terraces to mingle over drinks and nibbles. We moved inside the Grade II listed Georgian Riding Stables for the reception. Think twinkling fairy lights, a colour palette made up of shades of blush. When we left, everyone was dancing the night away to their superb band Freak Out. Turns out that I also shot the wedding for two of them at Pangdean Barn in Brighton a while back.
I would love to shoot here again so if you have booked your wedding at Firle Place, get in touch and lets’ chat or if you still need to find a venue, here are some of my favourite wedding venues in Sussex.
“What I want you’ve got and it might be hard to handle but like a FLAME THAT BURNS the candle, the candle feeds the flame”
This is a few frames from a Brighton Wedding shot on film in September. Earlier this year, I picked up a little Snap camera from a lovely UK company called LensFayre. It’s an eco version of a disposable camera that gives you that lo-fi look without ending up in landfill. I had been waiting for the right clients to use it at a wedding then along came Marianne and Karl. They are both super into photography and shooting film. Marianne has her beloved grandad’s film cameras and has been lovingly cataloguing his print collection.
I knew that they would totally get the vibe of this small but plucky little camera. It’s an easy addition to my camera bag, in fact I mostly kept it in my pocket. It’s been a decade since I shot film at a wedding – I know this because I used a leftover roll of film that was kicking about in a cupboard and it had an expiry date of 2012.
“The first STAR I SEE may not be a star…”
Do you love the idea of having some film shot at your wedding? I would love to chat to you about this, head over to this page to get in touch with a few details about your wedding…
When this couple got in touch about their Brighton Town Hall Micro Wedding, they said they were having a very small, low key ceremony with just family. They wanted photos of them with their ceremony gang just after the wedding. Then they wanted coverage at their chilled out party in a pub for extended family and friends. They wanted relaxed, happy photos that were not too staged.
I love shooting laid back small town hall weddings like this if I can. After the ceremony and some group photos, we took a stroll around town, taking in the gardens at the Royal Pavilion.
This is what they said after getting their photos
“Lisa was a perfect wedding photographer. She gave us the opportunity to talk through our worries (mainly posing-related!) and ideas before the day which was so helpful. Lisa was an absolute dream on the day. She was super flexible, and ended up taking some pictures of our ceremony, which we had originally planned to keep private. We are so glad she did because they are some of the most special for us to look back on. Lisa was patient, kind and funny and made two pretty camera shy people feel totally at ease… in fact, we actually started to enjoy ourselves quite a bit!
We really can’t thank Lisa enough, we LOVE our wedding photos. Thanks so much! “
“Oh I’ll build you a kingdom in that house on the hill, looking OUT FOR LOVE, big, big love…”
Did you know that I charge an hourly rate for all weddings? This means you can book in just a couple of hours to cover your small or micro wedding. Head over to this page if you want to find out some more.
When Charlotte at Wilden London got in touch to ask if I’d like to shoot some dresses from her new Ready To Wear Bridal Collection, of course I was in. But then the heatwave hit and the entire country ground to a halt including delivery services so sadly the frocks were held up for a few days. This meant I couldn’t shoot them in London as originally planned (cue emergency trip to Zara for backup dresses).
However, I also didn’t want to send them back without having shot them – they are far too pretty for that. Within a couple of days, I found the perfect model, Isobel and a fabulous Hair and Makeup Artist, Ellie who is also based in Brighton. So if London was out, maybe the countryside was in? We have so many gorgeous spaces in Sussex, it’s not difficult to find locations. This setting is right by my house, even though I live in the city. It’s where I walk my dogs in the morning so I had the chance to do a recce and found the amazing yellow bushes.
I loved shooting these pieces and Isobel looked incredible in them. How wonderful is it that the scalloped dress can be made into a mini? It can also have another layer added to it. So potentially you could wear a full-length, midi and/or mini version of the same dress on your wedding day.
“In our history, across our great divide, There is a glorious sunrise, Dappled with the flickers of light. From THE DRESS I WORE AT MIDNIGHT, Leave it all behind and there is happiness…”
When I first met Caitlin and Mark, they had just booked their Preston Court Wedding and were in the early stages of planning. They knew they wanted to have an outdoor ceremony and that their wedding should be as eco friendly as possible. So they fell for Preston Court in Kent as it offers a gorgeous setting for an outdoor ceremony on a tiny island plus they could stay over in the pretty bell tents.
A last minute rain shower meant that everyone moved indoors for the ceremony but this couple were very relaxed about it and the ceremony was wonderfully personal and heartfelt. The tables were decorated with ‘stuff from home’ which made it feel very personal to them and meant minimal waste.
The bride wore a dress that she already owned but added a spectacular cape covered in sparkly stars and the groom looked super chilled in his Hawaiian shirt and shorts.
One of the wonderful things about this venue is the old carousel and after dinner, everyone took turns spinning around on it before a mariachi band appeared and the dancing began.
Oh and if this couple look familiar it might be because you saw their lovely engagement shoot at St Dunstan in The East.
“So don’t buy in, live right now. Yeah just BE YOURSELF, it doesn’t matter if it’s good enough for someone else…