Emma and Gareth were looking for the perfect wedding venue in West Sussex to hold their special day. They found the ideal setting to suit them in Slaugham Place; the breathtaking ruins of an Elizabethan manor house surrounded by idyllic grounds.
What made you choose Slaugham Place?
"We searched for wedding venues in West Sussex and were looking for something a little different for our day. We saw Slaugham Place and couldn't believe how local it was to us and that we had never heard of it before. We loved the space and once we went to see it, knew it was perfect. We originally wanted a barn but felt that a lot of people go for this theme so when we saw this, we were blown away. It was so peaceful and was almost a blank canvas but at the same time, had its own unique style.
How did you make the venue your own?
"We wanted our day to have a relaxed and rustic feel to represent us and our surroundings. Pinterest was a huge help for our decorations! Gareth chopped wood and I decorated them and created signs for various parts of the wedding. The father of the groom created centre pieces, a sweetie table and a cake stand from tree trunks too. On the tables were bird cages full of gypsophila. We had vanilla and lime candles so when we smell that candle in the future, it will remind us of our wedding day. As huge biscuit fans, we decided to name our tables after different types, as well as using them as wedding favours; it was so hard not to eat them all! We hired a huge ‘love' sign and also brightened the marquee up with plenty of green lanterns scattered around."
What colours did you use?
"We went for a sage green for the main colour as I love Gareth's green eyes! The bridesmaids all wore dresses in different shades of green. It just added to the relaxed feel of the day and I wanted each bridesmaid to be comfortable in their dress. It suited my dad's kilt perfectly too which was a bonus! The green looked so amazing with the backdrop of Slaugham Place in spring."
What was your dress like?
"It was the dress of my dreams! I knew it was the one as I couldn't stop thinking about it after I tried it on. It was from the designer Emma Tindley in East Grinstead. It was completely me; comfortable, vintage with lace and a hint of sparkle."
"I wore a pearl and crystal browband from Jules Bridal Jewellery and pearl teardrop earrings too. I also wore a back necklace from Liberty in Love. I didn't wear shoes as I'm tall and wanted to feel comfortable on the day, opting for foot lace in a champagne colour to match my dress. Gareth bought me a pair of personalised Converse to wear for our first dance!"
And what about the groom?
"Gareth wore tan chinos with matching shoes, a crisp white shirt and a sage green bow tie. He hired a tweed waistcoat and jacket in grey/blue from and wore a peony buttonhole to match my bouquet."
Talk us through your wedding day at Slaugham Place
"We tied the knot outside with a ceremony under the impressive arches. My dad's best friend read I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg. It was cute and very us! We got some giggles and it made everyone feel very relaxed."
"We had our drinks reception and Prosecco was flowing! There were amazing canapés on offer too. We took the opportunity to wander around the gardens with our photographer and made full use of all the beautiful areas."
"Our wedding breakfast was in the marquee and we went for a barbecue to keep with the relaxed theme to our day. It was followed by an amazing trio of desserts and in the evening we arranged for a pizza van to arrive!"
Did you have a first dance?
"We have danced together doing street for almost eight years so of course we had a first dance! It was to Bruno Mars ‘Just the way you are' and Chris Brown's ‘Forever', which are favourites of both of ours."
What advice would you give to couples planning their weddings?
"Enjoy it, all of it. Even the planning, even when you're stressed. It will all be worth it and when the day comes it flies by, so savour every moment. Take a minute together to just stand back and take it all in. You'll be glad you did afterwards."
Images © Nicholas Hill Photography
To find out more about this unique wedding venue in West Sussex, visit the Slaugham Place listing page.