Nymans intimate outdoor wedding + Gravetye Manor relaxed garden reception.
IT WAS SUCH A DELIGHT TO PHOTOGRAPH THIS WEDDING AT NYMANS GARDENS AND GRAVETYE MANOR. BOTH VENUES WERE CHOCK FULL OF BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS AND GARDEN NOOKS TO PHOTOGRAPH, AND THIS LOVELY INTIMATE WEDDING WAS SO SPECIAL AND PERSONAL.
Nymans Gardens is a beautiful National Trust estate nestled in the countryside of the West Sussex Weald. It’s a huge garden with beautiful spots everywhere you look. Becky & Luke chose to get married here for its intimate wedding space, gorgeous scenery, and quirky but very beautiful ruins.
After the wedding ceremony (and lots of cake) everyone returned to Gravetye Manor, where Becky had got ready, for a relaxed reception and intimate meal in one of their private dining rooms. Gravetye is a gorgeous 16-century hotel and it has to be said the beauty of their gardens was stiff competition even for Nymans! Becky and Luke chose to spoil their guests here in the Michelin starred restaurant and it didn’t disappoint, the food was stunning.
THE HAPPY COUPLE ON HOW DID I AS THEIR NYMANS & GRAVETYE MANOR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER:
“Wow just wow! We keep looking at them and oohing and ahhing and I’ve been a total mess remembering how amazing it was. Thank you so so much for capturing everything so beautifully – you are SUCH a talent. You even captured one of the shooting stars!! Thank you SO much Charlie. xxx”
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more detail about the day
Becky and Luke had very exciting plans for a gorgeous elopement in the South of France, but in order to include special family members that couldn’t travel, and to cover of the small detail of being legally married in the eyes of English law, they decided to have a small intimate UK wedding with just close family and friends the week before. They were in search of an intimate, relaxed and fun wedding day in a beautiful scenic place.
They married in the Loggia in the Sunk Garden at Nymans. It was such a beautiful setting for a wedding, surrounded by flowers in full bloom and swishy grasses rustling in the breeze. A truly perfect place for their nearest and dearest to witness them say I do. They wanted a quiet, relaxed but fun atmosphere and this was exactly what they got in the Sunk Garden.
The fun atmosphere and laughter was topped off by Becky & her Dad’s journey through the gardens to the ceremony in a golf buggy. The laughter was mainly at me… watching me run along behind the buggy trying to get “that shot” of them making their way to the wedding ceremony!.
Tea Champagne Party
It didn’t take long after the ceremony before champagne corks started popping. It was a kind of tea party, but less tea and more bubbles…more like a champagne and cake party! Becky’s talented Mum had made a lovely (and very delicious) wedding cake, which was cut by the bride and groom and enjoyed by everyone. The sun shone, the grass swished and everybody spent a lovely few hours chatting and laughing .. lots of laughter!
After confetti and a few fun group photos, I stole Becky & Luke away for a wander around the stunning Nymans house and ruins to take a breather and grab some photos of them alone.
The Wedding Reception
Gravetye Manor is a truly special 16th Century hotel. A stunning building with gardens that gave even Nymans a run for their money! In fact, having been originally created by William Robinson in 1885 these are now considered one of the most important historic gardens in England.
Becky, Luke, and all of their guests enjoyed drinks and canapes in the Flower Garden. The boys held a ferocious battle on the Croquet Lawn whilst others explored the beautiful and peaceful terraces packed full of gorgeous blooms.
As dusk drew close the wedding guests were treated to a truly special Michelin starred meal in an oak-lined private dining room.
I managed to sneak Becky and Luke away after dinner for one last set of wedding photographs. The night sky was full of shooting stars and the beautifully lit house was just too much of a photo opportunity to pass up. Boy are we glad we did go out there… I knew there was a meteor shower but I’d never imagined it would be quite so special. I think Becky counted 7 shooting stars whilst we were stood out there (for not more than 15 mins)… what a super magical thing to see on your wedding night!
As ever, weddings don’t just happen. They are always pulled together by truly awesome teams of suppliers who work tirelessly to make sure that everyone has a fantastic day. This particular team was made up of the following:
- Dress: Gatsby Lady
- Hair & Makeup: the very talented Lucianne Mitchell
- Flowers: were from a floristry wholesalers in Godstone, Surrey and arranged by Becky & her Mum
- Violinist: Known as the “Sharp Fiddler” – the fantastic Katie Sharp
- Tea plates for wedding cake: Ali’s vintage hire
- Cake: was made by Becky’s star baker Mum Julia
and finally, the all-important wedding photographs
Here are few of my favourite Nymans Gardens & Gravetye Manor Wedding photos from Luke and Becky’s day. Hope you love them as much as I do:
So, how did I do as Becky & Luke’s Nymans Gardens & Gravetye Manor wedding photographer?
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Category: Wedding Photography | Destination: West Sussex Weddings | Venue: Nymans Gardens & Gravetye Manor Hotel | Setting: Garden weddings & Boutique Hotel wedding reception