This was my first time shooting a Hawthbush Farm Wedding, and what a delight it was. The venue comprises of gorgeous cottages for the couples and guests to get ready in and stay in, a woodland ceremony, and a rustic barn with both and indoor and outdoor bars for the reception. At night they lit the fire pit and the area was filled with festoon lights.
Emily and Joe had planned to marry in Canada two years ago, but Covid hit and they returned to the UK to plan for a summer wedding last year. When they realised that those plans couldn’t go ahead due to restrictions still, they decided that their love couldn’t wait and they had a small wedding ceremony regardless.
So today was their long awaited Hawthbush Farm wedding celebration with all of their family and friends present. Joe’s father led a celebrant ceremony in the woods, with hand fasting and written vows. The walk down the aisle through the woods leads to the pretty ceremony area with bench seating and white bunting.
After the ceremony everyone walked across the fields to the reception, which really added to the experience of having a farm wedding. The outdoor covered bar area, and canopy area with hay bales, gives everyone options to gather if the weather isn’t kind. Luckily for us the sun was shining.
One of my favourite moments of the reception was the surprise Father of the Bride first dance! Her dad’s confidence and the joy on his face whist dancing with his daughter was heart warming. Let’s have more Father of Bride first dances!
If you are interested in having a farm wedding in Sussex and a Hawthbush Farm Wedding isn’t quite right for you, see my blog here for more Sussex Farm Wedding ideas. If you’ve had a Sussex Farm wedding and have some recommendations please feel free to leave a comment below.