Bridget and Sam’s Vintage Swallowtail Hill Farm Wedding

Bride and Groom at Outdoor wedding ceremony

With a relaxed, meadow theme this bohemian wedding was full of beautiful details and loving touches.

 

Australian-born bride, Bridget first excitedly contacted me in winter when her and British fiancé, Sam, had just got married. Yes, you heard me correctly; they were already newlyweds, but just to cover the formalities. For their real wedding was being planned in the form of a hand-fasting ceremony and a big party in early spring. This was to be my first hand-fasting too and I LOVE Spring, so my excitement was through the roof!

 

The groomsmen looked mighty fine in their country gent style apparel, whilst Bridget, looked simply beautiful in a bespoke tea-length, blush pink dress made by Brighton-based designer, Joanne Fleming Design. Her hair tousled with curls, Bridget clutched a pretty bouquet of pink spray roses and gypsophila arranged by Sam’s mum.

 

Bride bouquet of pale pink spray rose and white gypsophila Before their ceremony and with a twist on the norm, the couple decided to have mulled wine and afternoon tea to warm the cockles of their guests before heading out into the fresh countryside air. Bridget and Sam married on a gloriously chilly spring day in the middle of the East Sussex countryside. Their whole wedding ethos was about celebrating the nature surrounding them and of course, their love. Luckily, they found Swallowtail Hill Farm where they could hold their hand-fasting ceremony in the orchard underneath a grand old oak tree surrounded by their loved ones. Everyone fittingly wore their best wedding wellies and guests snuggled beneath vintage blankets collected by the couple as the watched Bridget and Sam make their declaration of love for each other.

Wedding guests wearing wellington boots at countryside wedding

Whilst guests warmed themselves in the marquee, Bridget, Sam and I headed off for a mini adventure on the farm! No, I promise you I’m not completely bananas. Swallowtail Hill Farm has these hidden gems, you see. Not only is it an eco-farm, lovingly and traditionally cared for, but it also allows a small number of very lucky guests to stay in either rustic wooden cabins or the cutest, dinkiest cottages on wheels that you have ever seen. So, we headed off to have a peek at the honeymoon suite a.k.a as Meadow Keepers Cottage complete with its own wildlife pond and outdoor log-fired shower…All perfectly placed in an away-from-it-all meadow. Bliss!

Humanist Handfasting Ceremony Sussex

Just as the sun was beginning to set, we hiked back up the hill and joined guests who were being amazed by a quick-handed magician. Bridget changed into her gorgeous Vivienne Westwood dancing shoes and everyone sat down for a hearty hog roast dinner catered by Super Event.

Outdoor candles and flares lit, the orchard twinkled as some guests headed out for some night air and warmed themselves by the bonfire with bottles of real ale. The evening’s music soon began and the dance floor was soon filled. There was some pretty impressive dad-style dancing to be had too! Bridget and Sam were such a warm and infectiously in love couple. It just beamed from them so much and I am so privileged to have been able to capture their day.

Bride at East Sussex farm wedding

Bride sees her Groom for the first time

Vintage Bride wearing Joanne Fleming Design blush pink wedding dress

Pale pink rose wedding bouquet in wood store

Ceremomy area at Hand fasting ceremony Sussex

Pink Vivienne Westwood wedding shoes on hay

Spitalfields and Borough Market boxes in Glamping kitchen of Swallowtail Hill Farm

Wedding guests at farm wedding Sussex

Groom greeting guests at marquee wedding Sussex

Wedding guests at Sussex farm wedding

Wedding wellington boots at Glamping wedding Sussex

Bride kisses her Groom at marquee wedding

Engagement and wedding rings in a yellow daffodil

Wedding guests meeting the farm's pigs

Mother of the Groom chats with guests

Groom admires Bride's wedding dress

Wedding Afternoon Tea by Super Event

Bride wearing ivory lace and blush pink wedding dress

wedding guests enjoying champagne

Guests chatting at Sussex marquee wedding

Wedding guests a spring out door wedding Sussex

Groom wedding portrait

Bride and Groom chatting with guests at Sussex Farm wedding

White pink and green wedding reception table flowers and decoration

Bride and Groom walk down the aisle together at humanist ceremony

Guests keep warm under vintage blankets at outdoor farm wedding ceremony

Bride and Groom are greeted by their Humanist Celebrant

Bride and Groom under a great oak tree

Sussex hand fasting ceremony

Outdoor humanist wedding ceremony at Swallowtail Hill Farm

Groom peeks over his shoulder next to Bride

Bride and Groom at humanist ceremony East Sussex

Bride laughs with her Groom

Bride looking at her Groom

Groom says his handwritten vows

Hand fasting ceremony at Swallowtail Hill Farm wedding

Guest at humanist wedding Sussex

Wellington boots at spring farm wedding

Exchanging rings at East Sussex farm wedding

Swallowtail Hill Farm Sussex humanist wedding ceremony

Bride and Groom smiling at their guests

Groom hugging his Bride

Groom teases his Bride

Bride, Groom, Matron of Honour and Bestman

Vintage crochet blanket at Sussex wedding

Bride hugs a guest

Groom ruffles hair of a young guest

Matron of Honour and young guest keep warm

Sussex wedding at Swallowtail Hill Farm

Bride and Groom take a countryside walk

Bride hugs her Groom's back

Bride and Groom chatting on steps of Meadow Keepers Cottage

Bride and Groom sitting on steps of Meadow Keepers Cottage

Vintage marquee Sussex wedding

Bride and Groom in a field by a gate

Bride and Groom have a kiss

Swallowtail Hill Farm Pigs under a willow tree

Sussex Marquee wedding by Super Event

Joanne Fleming Design blush pink wedding dress with ivory lace and buttons

Bride and Groom chat with young guest

Super Event wedding reception at Swallowtail Hill Farm

Pink, green and white wedding table flowers

Brides putting on her rose gold Vivienne Westwood shoes

Swallowtail Hill Farm Glamping

Super Event wedding marquee Sussex

Outdoor night candles in trees

Groom speech at Sussex country wedding

Groom speech

Bride and Groom make a toast

Bride and Groom first dance at East Sussex wedding

Bride and Groom first dance at Swallowtail Hill Farm wedding

Best Man dancing

Wedding guests dancing

Bride dancing with guests

wedding guests around bonfire