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Party Field wedding

A summer wedding in a field in Sussex. The Party Field, at Rise farm, just south of Lewes, was the location for Faith and Jon’s festival style wedding. A blank canvas for them to create their own relaxed wedding day. But when your wedding is essentially a tipi in a field, you need the weather to play ball. It did – although it clouded over as the day progressed, it stayed warm and dry.

I arrived a bit early – the only people there were the guys setting up the mobile bar – in a converted horsebox. Jon’s mum arrived with a list of things to do – firstly, to the get the ceremony area ready. A backdrop of the South Downs, looking across the Celery Sewer. That’s not as bad as it sounds – the celery sewer is the name for an old drainage ditch, running into the river Ouse. Just a couple of fields away, I photographed a wedding back in April, for another couple from Brighton. Grooms with the same surname too. Nice part of Sussex this – I’m back in Lewes soon.

Benches were put in place, even the groom was on hand to help. Rocks jammed in feet of the canopy, to hold it in place against the breeze. The wedding guests started to arrive in the field. Some had spent the night in tents there, others would pitch their tents later. Everyone gathered in this part of the field for the ceremony, ready for Faith to walk across from the tipi. Time for the ceremony to begin. Ceremony completed smoothly, the breeze then swept the confetti, from the cannons, straight over one side of the aisle. Then Faith and Jon led everyone back to area outside the tipi for drinks. On hand, table tennis and pool and several types of beer in the kegs. After mingling for a time, Faith and Jon, with family, headed over to Lewes, to get the legal ceremony done at the Registry office there. Steph, the maid of honour, had the photography duties for that part of the day.

Back for more drinks and then speeches in the open. The smell of the nearly ready paella, wafting across the field. It was a case of grab a plate and a spot to sit, somewhere on the hay bales, to eat. A folk band played alongside the diners. As the evening guests started to arrive, the beer kegs were getting pretty dry by now. Switch to bottles from the bar. Another band got ready in the tipi – expertly squeezed onto the small stage. No first dance, as such – nothing formal about this wedding – but they danced…

Here are just a few images from the day in The Party Field…

Party Field in Sussex

Wedding tipi

Pool table in the party field

Groom helps set up for the wedding ceremony

hugs

wedding guests arrive

Ready for the wedding ceremony in the Party Field

Guests around the bar

Party Field wedding

Wedding guests head over to the ceremony

groom waits for the bride

ready

Bride and her mother

walking to the wedding ceremony

Part Field wedding ceremony

wedding reading

wedding vows

kiss

confetti cannons

bride and groom kiss

confetti attack

hug and a beer

friends

best friend

bride and her dad

Party Field wedding reception

jokes

beer keg

Party Field wedding reception

beer detail

Party Field wedding reception

prosecco

bride jokes with her parents

wedding guests pose for a camera

guests by the bar

playing pool

wedding paella

pool in the field

taking a stroll

lady in red

posing for a picture

The Party Field wedding

glimpse through the tipi

a kiss

legally married

gathering for speeches

bride and groom entrance

outdoor wedding speeches

laughing groom

wedding toast

a kiss after the speech

bride speech

best man speech

wedding meal in the field

serving the paella

folk band

table tennis in the tipi

relaxing with family and friends

getting the last drops of beer

wedding games

pork pie cake

meeting the cows

dancing in the tipi

kiss on the neck

wedding band

bride and groom dancing in the tipi

Comments
Sue Harris (Jon's Mum)

WOW! Stunning photos, Martin, you have captured the essence of the day perfectly, thanks!

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