Who doesn’t love a good garden or a bit of history? Finding a wedding venue that can provide the space and convenience to do a great job of hosting a wedding whilst simultaneously delivering on a stunning location is a tricky balance. Here I look at some of the Sussex wedding venues that as a Sussex wedding photographer I can recommend as delivering in terms of how glorious their grounds are.
1. Wakehurst, West Sussex
The amazing Wakehurst is a botanic garden and house set in the Sussex countryside near Ardingly. I shot a wedding there a few years back and was blown away by the scale and beauty of the gardens. Connected with the Kew group, in recent years they have set their sights on establishing and focusing Wakehurst on the garden side. However, a newly invigorated team have started to again build their reputation for excellent wedding hosting. They can provide all sorts of arrangements for venues on site including manor house, marquee and the millennium seed bank.
2. Slaugham Place, East Sussex
Slaugham Place in East Sussex could be Sussex’ best kept secret. It can be found hidden down a quiet, winding, country road. Even from the road side it’s not too clear what is on offer here, however when inside the grounds, magical things happen. Ancient ruins are sporadically strewn around a lush lawn, a picture-postcard river flows under a wooden bridge flanked by willow trees, arches of an old house provide photo opportunities like you wouldn’t believe. For outdoor/marquee weddings it could be one of the grandest around.
3. Buxted Park Hotel, East Sussex
Buxted Park Hotel in East Sussex is a luxury palladian mansion that I have noticed is very popular for weddings, I get quite a few wedding queries from people who wish to host their wedding there. The light inside in their glass roof wedding room is absolutely fantastic for wedding photography and there is also a 13th Century Church on the estate which is very popular with couples. With its 312 acres of carefully manicured grounds including a stunning pond reflecting the mansion and symmetrical walk ways (great for those couple shots).
4. Battle Abbey School, East Sussex.
Battle Abbey School is one of those “wow” venues where your guests feel even more honoured to attend than you expected! It’s a working school but if you didn’t know that, you would have thought that this had been working as a wedding venue for centuries. Situated in the historic town of Battle, the grandeur of this wonderful venue will leave you awestruck from the point you step on site.
5. Slindon College, West Sussex
Nestled in the heart of the south downs, they stake their claim to one of the most amazing views of any venue in the county, and being a photographer there previously it’s not hard to see why. On a clear day the view reaches as far as the eye can see and the private grounds surrounded by trees make this feel like you’ve got yourself your own little world for a day.