Aug 15, 2018

Nymans Gardens & Gravetye Manor relaxed outdoor wedding photography

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.

HERE IS A SLIDESHOW OF MY FAVOURITE PICTURES FROM THE DAY:

THE HAPPY COUPLE ON HOW DID I As A 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”

more detail about the day

THE CEREMONY

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!.

The 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!

Supplier Credits

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:

Carved oak pannelled walls in bridal suite at Gravetye Manor beautiful bride in green dress gets ready for her wedding in oak panelled room at Gravetye Manor wedding venue Brides shoes, perfume and jewelery on display in room at gravetye manor as she gets ready for her weddingExcited bride getting ready for her wedding in green dress at Gravetye Manor hairdresser sprays hair spray onto beautiful bride in green dress as she gets ready for her wedding in oak panelled room at Gravetye Manor wedding venue beautiful bride has lipstick applied as she gets ready for her wedding in oak panelled room at Gravetye Manor wedding venue beautiful bride has her veil put into her hair as she gets ready for her wedding in oak panelled room at Gravetye Manor wedding venueBride applied concealer to her brother's head whilst getting ready for her wedding at Gravetye Manor Father of the bride see's his daughter for the first time as she is ready to get married at Gravetye Manor wedding venue bride and her father enjoy a glass of champagne before her wedding at Gravetye Manor Father of the bride and the bride share an embrace in the beautiful gardens of Gravetye Manor wedding venue Fun bride laughs whilst being photographed at Gravetye Manor prior to getting married at Nymans GardensBride holds out her bouquet at Gravetye Manor. Beautiful cream and green wedding flowers containing roses Bride and her father laughing outside the stunning house of Gravetye Manor before she goes to her wedding at Nymans Gardens   grandmother of the bride holds out their order of service t Nymans Garden Wedding   bride and groom stand inside stone columns in their Nymans Garden Wedding ceremony wide angle photograph of the Sunk Garden at Nymans, showing the stone columned structure in which couples get marries Ushers pop champagne corks during wedding reception drinks at Nymans Garden Wedding Brides veil blows over the face of the groom as they wait to cut their cake. Black and white photoMother of the bride removed top tier of wedding cake as it is about to be cut t Nymans Garden Wedding Bride and friend take a selfie at t Nymans Garden Wedding Bride and groom stand together in the gardens having got marries in the Sunk Garden at Nymans Gardens Bride and groom sit together holding hands beneath beautiful cream flowers after their wedding at Nymans Gardens Bride and groom kiss beneath veil at thier wedding in Nymans Gardens Sunk Garden Bride and groom kiss beneath veil at thier wedding in Nymans Gardens Sunk Garden Bride and groom kiss beneath beautiful cream flowers after their wedding at Nymans Gardens bride and groom walk along the pathway lines with sunflowers and other red and purple flowers whilst holding hands. Small bride and groom stnad together beneath huge beautiful relic of the house at Nymans Gardens afer getting marries in the sunk Garden Close up photograph of Bride and Grooms faces, heads together, after their wedding at Nymans Gardens Bride and groom kiss in front of beautiful views after their wedding at Nymans Gardens Gravetye Manor entrance gates  Wedding guests laughing at wedding reception at Gravetye Manor guys playing croquet at Gravetye manor during wedding receptionguys playing croquet at Gravetye manor during wedding receptionguys playing croquet at Gravetye manor during wedding receptionFun bride and guests take selfie at their wedding reception at Gravetye ManorGravety Manor private dining room set out for guests to enjoy an intimate wedding meal Gravetye Manor lobster starter plate Gravetye Manor Souflee dessert plane with silver spoon at the side Gravety Manor private dining room set out for guests to enjoy an intimate wedding meal Bride and groom stand in the dark outside the house at Gravetye Manor. backlit photograph showing dep blue night time skies and a shooting starBride and groom kiss in the dark outside the house at Gravetye Manor. backlit photograph

so, how did i do as Becky & Luke’s Nymans Gardens & Gravetye Manor wedding photographer?

If you are looking at these Nymans Gardens & Gravetye Manor Wedding Photos because you are planning your own wedding, please do get in touch to discuss your wedding photography requirements.  I’d love to be a part of your day too and catch all the love!

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Category: Wedding Photography | Destination: West Sussex Weddings | Venue: Nymans Gardens & Gravetye Manor Hotel | Setting: Garden weddings & Boutique Hotel wedding reception

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