Slaugham Place Wedding | Documentary Wedding Photography
Ed and Katia’s Slaugham Place wedding was amazing. Slaugham place is set in the Sussex countryside near to Haywards Heath. It’s an old walled garden dating from the late 16th century. There you will find the ruins of the original house along with a moat and all set in a most beautiful landscape.
The wedding ceremony
The wedding ceremony itself took place under one of the arches. Slaugham Place lawn was set with chairs where the guests sat. Katia walked down the aisle to meet a very emotional Ed. As a documentary wedding photographer, It's my job to capture all that emotion.
Fun wedding atmosphere
It couldn’t have been a better day. The sun was shining and the guests joined their celebrations. There was a great fun atmosphere and this was a wedding where they certainly knew how to party. Ed's family are Columbian therefore the latino music was perfect. Giant Jenga, French boule, a photo booth meant that there was plenty to entertain. I loved the family photographs hanging from a tree.
Documentary wedding photography
Ed and Katia wanted a relaxed wedding without too much formality. That's why they chose a documentary wedding photographer to capture their day. I met them a year earlier when I photographed them at an engagement shoot in the New Forest. We got to know each other and they liked my relaxed style of photography and candid approach. After the ceremony and the canapes and fizz, Ed and Katia took a drive in their wedding car. I had the privilege to travel with them. They took a short walk alone by a nearby lake and I photographed them but again in a relaxed way.
Wedding guests from around the world
After dinner speeches were emotional too. As guests had travelled from other counties, some of the speeches were in more than one language. Ed's family are from Columbia. Katia's family are from Italy. It was such a joyous wedding and Slaugham Place provided the perfect backdrop to an amazing day.
Romantic Slaugham Place moat
Katia had one idea in her mind that she wanted to try out. Later in the evening when the sun had gone down, she and Ed took time out to stand on the bridge across the moat. Such a romantic setting. My assistant ran across the bridge with sparklers and I made the photograph which Katia had imagined.
If you're planning a Slaugham Place wedding or a fun wedding elsewhere in Sussex, I'd love to hear from you.
Scroll down below the photographs and you can find out more about Ed and Katia's Slaugham Place wedding, in their own words.
Ed and Katia's Slaugham Place Wedding in their own words
How did you meet and what's your story?
Ed and I met at a festival in Leicestershire called Glastonbudget. He was living in Nottingham at the time and I was in Portsmouth. I never thought we would see each other again. However, a few days later, he invited me on our first date to Dans Le Noir in London. It's a restaurant that serves food in complete darkness. The waiters are blind. It was an experience to say the least! We then did long distance for a year, before he moved down to Portsmouth with me. Ed proposed to me three years later near my dad’s home town in Italy, Polignano a Mare overlooking the beautiful Adriatic Sea. We then started organising our wedding day shortly after and got married just under a year later. A year on, we’re now happily married, about to celebrate our paper anniversary while being five months pregnant!
What made you choose Slaugham Place wedding venue?
I wanted to get married in a castle. I quickly realised how expensive this would be (!) especially since we had quite a number of guests we wanted to invite. We wouldn’t all fit inside the castle. We much preferred Slaugham Place as a venue as it gave us that elegant feel I was going for. It also has plenty of outdoor space for children to run around. The venue also provides lots of different areas to have the different parts of the day in. This meant that our guests were always moving to the next part not allowing them to get bored.
How did you choose your wedding outfits?
I went to seven different wedding dress shops before I found my dress! I found it quite hard as I wanted something that was quite simple but not too simple. The accessories I chose came from trawling Etsy until I found some elegant pearls to go with my elegant dress.
How did you choose your wedding decor and styling?
My flowers were inspired by my Colombian husband. We wanted to bring some of his heritage to the wedding. We chose beautifully vibrant tropical colours which popped and didn’t blend into the already very green wedding background.
Did you have any special readings at your wedding ceremony
We had two readings, one read by my mum, Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne and the second by Ed’s sister, The Bridge Across Forever by Richard Bach.
What's it like working with Louise Sullivan photography?
We loved the fact that, on reflection, Louise was everywhere capturing every single part of the day around us. At the same time we had no idea she was there! We love the fact that they are mostly natural shots, capturing what us and our guests were actually doing on the day.
What was your first dance song?
Etta James, “At Last”
It took us a long time to find our first dance song. We trawled through so many on YouTube before coming down to a final two. We finally chose “At Last” as we loved the lyrics and it was a good tempo for us to dance to in front of all our guests.
Did you have any evening entertainment at the reception?
The New Tones band were incredible. Much better live than their YouTube clip gave them credit for! They really knew how to get the party started. I would really recommend a band over a DJ as they provided such a good atmosphere to the end of the day.
What was your favourite part of your wedding day?
There were lots of different moments throughout the day which I will truly cherish. Getting ready for the day and being in the bridal car with my dad. Going down the aisle and seeing all our guests and my husband to be. Sharing our wedding vows. Going off as newlyweds in our bridal car to have some alone time and photos together. Our wedding games and Ed’s groomsmen being incredible and attending to our every need. Dancing all night with family and friends.
What tips would you give to a couple planning their marriage and wedding day.
Be as organised as you possibly can as there will always be something to do right up until the day! Enjoy your day. You have put so much work, time, money and effort into your day that you can’t allow anything to faze you if things don’t go quite as planned. Get yourselves a good photographer who you feel comfortable with because essentially the photos you receive will be the only things that will truly remind you of your day in years to come.
Outfits – Proposals, Chichester
Accessories - Etsy
Shoes - Rainbow
Florist – The Enchanted Florist
Venue – Slaugham Place
Décor/styling – Super Events and us
Cake maker - The Creative Cookie Company
Caterer – Super Events
Bridesmaids dresses – H&M
Groom/groomsmen – Moss Bros
Wedding planner – Super Events
Stationery – Home made
Entertainment (day & evening) – Homemade playlist and band “The New Tones”
Transport – Steven Gillings, The Ashdown Classic Wedding Car Collection
Anyone else you would like to mention – You! Our amazing photographer who captured our day beautifully!