08 Mar KNEPP CASTLE ESTATE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY WEST SUSSEX
``The pictures look stunning! You managed to capture really great emotions in every shot. Everyone has commented on how artistic the shots are and no standard, boring 'posed' photos. Magnificent!`` – Lou & Tom
Documentary wedding photography
Lou and Tom’s Knepp Castle Estate wedding last summer was one of the most memorable I shot in 2018 – for all sorts of reasons.
When Tom first contacted me back in March 2017, saying he and Lou really liked my documentary-style approach, the plan was to get married in Brighton. As it turned out, they changed the venue to the Knepp Castle Estate near Horsham in West Sussex. Both Lou and Tom love the outdoors and wildlife, so it was the perfect choice of venue!
The 3,500-acre Estate, owned by the same family for more than 200 years, was, until recently mostly farmland. A few years ago the Estate began to focus on nature conservation, or ‘rewilding’, as it’s often called. One of the rewilded areas is Repton Park overlooking Springwood Pond, and this is site of its wedding venue.
Tipi wedding in West Sussex
The focal point of weddings at Knepp is a fabulous large tipi erected between the pond and a small wooded area. It makes for an amazingly atmospheric place to get married – secluded and rustic, but also quite grand.
I met up with Lou and Tom a few weeks before their big day at Knepp Safaris campsite where they, and most of their guests, planned to stay. There’s a choice of huts, tree houses and bell tents (or just bring your own tent) in a great location just a few minutes drive from the wedding venue. I knew the campsite was going to make for some great photos on the morning of the wedding day.
The whole day was wonderfully laid back, emotional and lots of fun. The fact that many of Tom’s family and friends had flown in from his native USA made it even more memorable. There was even a sea shanty band, The Wellington Wailers, from nearby Shoreham-by-Sea, who kicked up a storm all afternoon. It all made for stomping good fun on a bright and very breezy summer’s day.
If you’re looking for a documentary wedding photographer to tell the story of your Knepp Castle Estate wedding, or any other location, I’d love you to get in touch. Perhaps you’ll also like this East Sussex wedding at the majestic Buxted Park Hotel.