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Josee and Ben • Ashdown Park Hotel • Winter Wedding • Documentary Wedding Photography

Josee and Ben’s day was truly beautiful. Making their way from a relaxed morning of getting ready, the bridal party arrived (just a little late!) at the church. The weather was gorgeous, sunshine lit Josee and her father’s path as they paused slightly before heading down the aisle. Having been told that I was only allowed to capture the ceremony from the back, I knew that I had to get creative, so during hymns I would move around quietly to the side and slide into the aisle, there was also a side room that was free and I managed to capture a few shots from inside there - it’s always a good thing to check when you get married in a Church. The wishes of the Priest differ massively depending on Church and how strict they are. One extreme example - I was allowed to take pictures but only from outside of the main door!

We moved quickly through the family photos and confetti throw as it was cold and the reception venue was an hours drive away, which is unusual, but trust me it was worth it!

Arriving at Ashdown Park, it was obvious that all the excitement of Christmas was embraced by the couple. From the reindeer decorations and hot coco station to the twinkly fairy lights and all the Christmas trees that were dotted around the venue, the Christmas spirit was strong, and these lovebirds looked perfectly at home underneath the massive tree in the foyer. 

The main wow factor though was the reception room. Walking up the stairs, the reveal of the room took your breath away; with its vaulted ceilings, massive ornate organ and its stunning stained glass windows it truly was a talking point. Josee said this room was the main reason they booked the venue and took the hours drive to get there. Boy was it worth it!

“Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

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Venue: Ashdown Park Hotel 

Makeup and Hair: Rosie Scott

Flowers: Blush Floral