Sarah & James’ Greyhounds, Vespas & Summer Field Wedding – St Mary Magdalene West Sussex

Bride and Groom at Sussex sunset

An English summer will always be a little weather temperamental, but our British optimism will always hold fast! This greyhounds, Vespas and a summer field wedding of Sarah and James in West Sussex was by no means an exception! I first met Sarah and James after Sarah had met me at a Sussex wedding fair that I was exhibiting at. They welcomed me into their pretty home on a cold winter’s night and we talked for hours about their exciting plans over lots of tea and biscuits. We also planned a romantic country engagement shoot too! This West Sussex couple live in a little village and most summers are spent with family and friends enjoying relaxed BBQ parties in their back garden which inevitably involves a good old game of rounders in the farmer’s field at the end of their garden. So, what better way to celebrate their wedding, than a super-sized version of the same! Everything was held in the village itself with the preparations, church and reception all within a few minutes walk of each other. Sarah got ready at home with her daughters, sister and parents. James and the boys headed to a local B&B to kick back, relax and don their suits, as boys do. True to our summer weather, it decided to rain throughout the morning and I crossed fingers, toes and anything else I could think of, for the sun to make it’s entrance. The rain stopped shortly before Sarah made her short walk from home to the beautiful village church of St Mary Magdalene with her bridesmaids to marry her man. Yehaaaaay!!! The local farmer’s field  saw sun for the rest of the day. It held a pretty marquee  for the reception and looked out onto Arundel Castle in the far distance. The attention to detail inside and out was beautiful. Sarah  and James wanted to use their surroundings as their inspiration, so kept it simple and countrified with hues of Cornish cream, soft sage green and burlap. For added cuteness and a nod to their pairing, this gorgeous pair had actually met in their teens whilst working in the world of greyhound racing, so it was only right that hints of ‘the dogs’ played a part in their day too. Of course, the adorable family pooch, Tilly, was an important member of the wedding party. As luck would have it too, James’ dad and brother were the proud owners of two gorgeous Vespas in both cream and soft green to match the colour scheme, so these made the perfect feature with the gents making an entrance to the party and, of course, these made for great photos too. Guests were entertained with country fete style games, a magician and band who played both acoustically and later for dance floor action. Here are some more images from their day:

Sussex engagement shoot photo in vintage frame

Wedding side tiara of pearls and diamante

Sussex bridal hair and make-up

Ivory wedding and bridesmaid shoes

Ivory satin strapless dress with pearl and diamante detail

Bridesmaid and flowergirl getting ready

Silver greyhound cufflinks

Ivory wedding dress and soft sage green bridesmaid dresses

Usher and Father of the Groom gifts

Cream roses and gypsophila wedding bouquet

Hiding flowergirl

Groom cream wedding waistcoat and soft sage green tie

Bride being dressed by her Matron of Honour

Groom Best Man and Father of the Groom arrive at church

Matron of honour with Bride

 Wedding silver sixpence and embroidered wedding date and initials in hem of wedding dress

Bride putting on her wedding veil in ivory satin detailed wedding gown

Wedding groomsmen at St Mary Magdalene Church Lyminster

Bride and flowergirls on brass bed

Plain wedding bands on a rock

Father of the Bride hugs his daughter

Groom and Bestman await the bride at St Mary Magdalene Church

Bride, Bridemaids and Vicar arrive for Church ceremony

Bride walks down the aisle with Father of the Bride to her Groom

Church wedding ceremony at St Mary Magdalene Lyminster West Sussex

Bride and Groom first kiss at West Sussex church wedding

Bridemaid in pale green holds bouquet of cream roses and gypsophila

Bride and Groom at church door at Sussex wedding

Bride and Bridesmaid on a rainy summers day under umbrella

Wooden Mr & Mrs sign with vintage trunk, books and birdcage

Traditional marquee by Tents n Events with cream and pale green bunting and vintage country style

Portrait of Groom in grey morning suit and soft pale sage green wedding cravat

Sussex Bride portrait

Flower girl in pale sage green dress with gypsophila bouquet

Flowergirl in sage green bridesmaid dress and white bolero with white gypsophila bouquet

Matron of Honour in sage green bridesmaid dress holding white gypsophila bouquet

Country vintage wedding styling and vintage type writer

Wedding guest book patchwork and vintage desk

Wooden block and jam jar table centres with cream roses and burlap table runner

Wedding reception top table in soft sage green with vintage cream fireplace and burlap back drop

Cream vintage country farm dresser cake stand with soft green floral three tier wedding cake and cupcakes

Wedding table setting in traditional marquee

Wooden trunk of wedding cards and gifts with country vintage style

Father of the Groom and Groom on retro Vespas

Summer wedding field games of cornhole

Acoustic wedding reception entertainment

Bride and Groom on Vespa

Quirky Vespa family wedding photo with bridesmaids and pet dog

Guests thorwing confetti over the bride and groom at Sussex wedding

Magician entertaining guests at country marquee wedding

Weddign guests at summer country wedding Sussex

Top table wedding speeches

Greyhound racing themed wedding

Vespa themed wedding Sussex

Wedding party have fun on vintage Vespas

Guests at outdoor marquee wedding

Greyhound themed wedding Sussex

Bride and Groom share a kiss by rustic farm doors

Fun and quirky Sussex wedding photography

Outdoor haybale seating area at farm wedding

First dance at summer wedding West Sussex

Guests at Sussex outdoor wedding

Country farm village wedding

Bride and Groom with family dog at sunset

Greyhound sitting on brides wedding dress train

Groom kisses Bride at Sussex sunset

Guests with Bride and Groom

Bouquet toss at village farm wedding

Guest catches the wedding bouquet

Wedding dance floor

Bride and guests dancing

Sussex sunset wedding

  Supplier love goes to: Church: St Mary Magdalene Marquee: Tents n Events Catering: Clifford Brown Catering Groom’s Accommodation: Hunters Retreat