Lesley and Steve on the stairs at Stanmer House
I’ve been slack with my blog postings recently, so thought I’d put up some images from Lesley and Steve’s recent wedding at Stanmer House.
This was my first booking as a wedding photographer at Stanmer. It’s one of the most popular venues in East Sussex, so I was keen to meet up there with Lesley in March and have a good look around. Wedding clients have the use of the whole ground floor of the house, which includes an elegant ceremony room, two receptions and a bar, plus a marquee for the wedding breakfast. The rooms are kept uncluttered, so there’s plenty of room for lots of guests. From a photographers point of view there are lots of nice spots around the house and grounds (depending on the weather!).
You’ll see some shots of the ceremony in the Henry Pelham Room below. It started with Lesley lighting a candle in memory of her mother and included Steve stamping on a glass in the Jewish tradition. Thanks to Sarah the registrar from Three Wishes Ceremonies for being so helpful throughout, even allowing the moving of a table mid ceremony so I could get a better shot.
It rained on the morning of the wedding and stayed damp for the rest of the day. The weather forecast was all doom and gloom, but luckily there were enough breaks in the cloud to take some group photos outside after the ceremony. I can usually set up some lights in a venue if I need to, but being outside with natural light normally looks better for large groups and makes thing run a lot faster. Quite important when there’s limited time between the ceremony and the meal.
Lesley wanted a shot with Stanmer and the grounds in the background, so after the group photos she put on her flat shoes and we all marched over to the other side of the field until we had a good view back to the house. On a good day I would probably have taken a lot more outside shots but, as it was wet and the light was quite flat, I decided to take the main photos of the bride and groom back in the house. The grand staircase made an ideal spot for Lesley and Steve to pose, using an off camera flash and umbrella to light the scene.