Sophisticated Elegance at a Buckhurst Park Wedding
Kate & Ed

Sophisticated Elegance at a Buckhurst Park Wedding

Kate and Ed's marquee wedding at Buckhurst Park in Withyham was a day soaked in elegance and joy, set against the grandeur of an English country house nestled in the lush East Sussex landscape. As I arrived, the scene was already buzzing with anticipation, with staff and family members adding the final touches to the expansive marquee that stood on the estate grounds, the mansion's stately presence in the backdrop setting a tone of sophisticated celebration. It was my first venture into Buckhurst Park, and the charm of the place immediately suggested it wouldn't be my last.

The preparations began in earnest at an old school cottage down the estate's long drive, where Kate, amidst her closest circle of family and bridesmaids, readied herself. Meanwhile, Ed and his groomsmen shared a moment of camaraderie over a pint at the local pub, a peaceful interlude before the whirlwind of the day's celebrations.

The local church, St Michael and All Angels, was brimming with guests, its seats filled with eager faces. The arrival of Kate, radiant in her flowing red hair and exquisite Jesus Peiro dress, was a breathtaking contrast against the serene East Sussex landscape. Inside, Ed’s anxious wait was palpable.

The ceremony unfolded with time-honoured grace, culminating in a joyous explosion of confetti as the newlyweds emerged, the picture of ecstasy. Ed’s top hat added a touch of aristocratic flair to the occasion.

A short drive whisked us back to Buckhurst Park for the reception, where the gardens of the estate awaited, a picturesque setting for celebration. As drinks were savoured and laughter echoed, I captured the couple against the dramatic backdrop of the mansion.  

The transformation of the marquee for the evening was a sight to behold, with Penelope Cottrell's floral displays commanding admiration. The couple’s entrance was heralded by cheers, leading into an evening filled with heartfelt speeches and sumptuous dining. The charm of a May wedding in the UK was on full display, a testament to the allure of the season.

As the day gave way to evening, the estate offered myriad spots for stunning portraits, the sunset enveloping Kate & Ed in its warm glow, an idyllic setting for photographs. The marquee, now a beacon of festivity, pulsed with energy as the band ignited the night. The revelry reached new heights with guests dancing unabated, fuelled by the day's drinking.

As night fell, the celebration inside the marquee took on a life of its own. The energy was infectious, with music from a lively 3-piece band setting the tone. Laughter, dance, and occasional feats of acrobatics, including guests scaling the marquee poles and Ed's spirited foray atop shoulders, underscored a night to remember.

I hope you enjoy looking through Kate & Ed’s sophisticated East Sussex wedding! If you like this one then definitely take a look at Allistair & Ella’s Marquee wedding in Dorset or Helena & Josh’s stunning Brympton House wedding in Somerset.


Venue : Buckhurst Park

Hair Stylist & MUA : Louisa Jayne 

Florist : Penelope Cottrell

Caterer : Elizabeth Caton

Dress by Jesus Peiro via Miss Bush Bridal 

Shoes by @emmylondonofficial 

Earrings by @kikimcdonough

Band : @officialknightly

"We're absolutely thrilled with our photos. They beautifully capture the atmosphere of the day, and he really thought of everything. So many guests mentioned what a brilliant job he did; he was discrete, polite but great fun, and somehow managed to be everywhere at once, capturing everything as it happened. Can't recommend him enough."
Kate & Ed