Fontwell House, Sussex Wedding Photography ~ Dan Barlow

Bridal party kissing outside Fontwell House

Kathy & Joel

It makes a change leaving Manchester to shoot a wedding, especially when it’s for an awesome couple back home in Sunny Bognor Regis (well, Felpham really) and it really was sunny which was quite exciting considering it always seems to rain Up North! When Kathy contacted me about her upcoming winter wedding to Joel, I knew this would be a wedding I wanted to cover as the church this fab duo were marrying in (St Mary’s, Felpham, West Sussex) is one intertwined with my family’s history for many generations – amongst other family, my parents married and my sister and I were both christened there (see the end of this post.)
The day started at Kathy’s parent’s house where one by one, family arrived and Kathy and her bridesmaids prepared for this big, big day. Once ready, we headed to St Mary’s and the ceremony took place in this lovely old church. I was permitted to shoot from the back and even allowed up where the bell ringers were practicing their campanology – it was loud but it gave me time to take a shot which took in the whole scene of two loving families gathered for this special day.
After the wedding ceremony, we then headed to the wedding reception at Fontwell House, a place I never knew was there until this day! Although it was a chilly December day, the sun was shining and I knew we were in for a superb sunset. When that moment arrived, we made the most of it by rushing out for the shot in the golden light to make one of my favourite photographs from the day.

Congratulations Kathy and Joel!

Bride's heels for Fontwell house wedding

Full length backlit bride's dress

Bride's dress for Fontwell House wedding

Bride's perfume for Sussex wedding day

Bride's shoes for wedding day

Guest prepares for Felpham wedding

Hair sytlist prepares bride for Sussex wedding

Hair sytlist prepares bride for Felpham wedding

Bride with MUA for Felpham wedding

Bridal make up for wedding day

Bridesmaid waits before Felpham wedding

Bridesmaid plays before Felpham wedding

Family arriving for Felpham wedding

Father of bride fixes his cufflinks

Red and white bridal bouquet

Bridesmaid's preparations for Felpham, Sussex wedding

Bridesmaid and flower girl Sussex wedding

Cute flower girl gives thumbs up

Bride's mother helps with wedding dress

Bridesmaid makes final preparations to wedding dress

Bride spraying perfume Felpham wedding

Bride in wedding dress and shrug looks in mirror

Bride's father and sister see bride in wedding dress

St Mary's church Felpham West Sussex

Groom and best man St Mary's church Felpham

Groom and best man St Mary's church Felpham

Groom and groomsmen St Mary's church wedding Felpham

Groom waits for bride St Mary's church Felpham

Bridesmaid preparations outside St Mary's church Felpham

Bridal party outside St Mary's church Felpham

Bride and bridesmaids outside St Mary's church Felpham

Father walks bride down the aisle Felpham wedding

Bride meets groom St Mary's Church Felpham Sussex

Wedding at St Mary's Church Felpham Sussex

Wedding ceremony St Mary's Church Felpham Sussex

Wedding service St Mary's Church Felpham Sussex

Wedding ceremony St Mary's Church Felpham Sussex

You may now kiss the bride Felpham wedding

Father hugs groom St Mary's Church Felpham wedding

Bridesmaid holding dress at Felpham wedding

Confetti at St Mary's Church Felpham wedding

Wedding arrow sign Fontwell House

Bride and groom at Fontwell House pagoda

Bride and groom on Fontwell House driveway

Sunset Bride and Groom kiss Fontwell House wedding

Bride and groom walk towards Fontwell House

Bridesmaids outside Fontwell House Sussex wedding

Bride holding red bridal bouquet

Bridal party outside Fontwell House Sussex wedding

Bridal party kissing outside Fontwell House

Cannon and groomsmen at Fontwell House

Cutting wedding cake Fontwell House

Laser cut acrylic wedding cake topper

Father of the bride's speech Fontwell House wedding

Top table during speeches Fontwell House wedding

Bride and groom during speeches Fontwell House wedding

Speeches at Fontwell House Sussex wedding

Groom's speech Fontwell House Sussex wedding

Wedding and engagement rings

Back lit first dance Fontwell House wedding

Filled dancefloor Fontwell House Sussex wedding

After I told my nan about me shooting this wedding, she dug out this old treasure from my parent’s own wedding day – the image quality may be better these days but the view from where the bell ringers do their bit is a classic!

Comparison of St Mary's Felpham in 1970s and present

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