I had been eagerly looking forward to my first Cowdray wedding. It’s such a wonderful venue offering so much potential with the beautiful walled garden and magnificent setting by the ruins.

Caroline and her bridesmaids were getting ready at a cottage on the nearby Cowdray Golf Club. Big curlers were in evidence and all was pretty calm and relaxed. The window had a view of the ruins within the West Sussex countryside.

On to check over the Walled garden, which was absolutely lovely in the June sunshine. I could have spent several hours chilling there….but…there was the wedding to shoot. I was off checking the view from the top of the tower of the ruins, impressive. I then intercepted Thomas and the boys, busying themselves putting the finishing touches to some decorations. They then got engrossed in a bit of tie tying and retying, button hole adjustment until all were satisfied and looking suitably dapper.

Caroline was driven past the house (no one to look out) to enter the lower gate of the walled garden. Then quite a long procession with Caroline on her father’s arm and bridesmaids in tow, walking along the paths to approach the ceremony room.  On into the building and down the aisle, when we all very much did look at the lovely sight of our bride!

Both Thomas and Caroline have wonderful, radiant smiles and these were very much in evidence through the ceremony. Rings and vows exchanged and our couple were wed, yay !!  It was back into the walled garden for a drink or two and enjoy the afternoon. Later, the bridle party took a wander over to the ruins for some photos in the magical setting.

The wedding banquet table looked wonderful, decorated with lovely bunches of flowers all grown and prepared by Caroline’s aunt. Other superb flower pieces and bouquets were done by Angel Like Flowers 

The party continued nicely into the evening with more celebrations and a live band. Thank you Thomas and Caroline, a wonderful Cowdray wedding !

To see their whole day in my gallery section, please click here


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