This was my first time photographing a Lewes Castle wedding, and what a wedding it was! The setting is stunning, Lewes Castle is a 1000 year old Norman Castle with a panoramic views across Sussex.
Charly hired a fabulous airbnb house in Lewes to get ready in with her sisters, mum and nieces. It was full of quirky antiques and knick knacks. I love the buzz of a wedding morning, the bubbly, gifts, happy tears and hugs.
Having a Lewes Castle wedding gives you the opportunity to have an outdoor ceremony, it is one of the few licensed outdoor venues in Sussex. It was an absolutely boiling hot sunny day last summer that Charly and Keir got married, and the views were spectacular. Luckily there was a shady tree (and white umbrellas) to shelter the guests from the heat whilst they waiting for Charly’s arrival. There were additional blankets on the ground for the children to relax on, which added to the laid back feel of the outdoor venue.
The ceremony took place at the top of the castle, under the West Tower archway. The ‘walk down the aisle’ is a zig zag walk between the West Tower at the top and the Keep on ground level, where the marquee was set up. It’s well worth the hike to the top to fully appreciate the setting, although it was pretty sweaty running up there with my heavy kit bag to make sure I was at the top before the bride!
Charlie and Keir now live abroad, but chose to return to Lewes for their wedding as it’s where they bought their first home together a few years ago. So following the ceremony we hopped into the car for a quick visit to some of their favourite spots in the town for some portrait shots. Lewes is a wonderful historic town, full of character and artistic people.
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