A Southdowns Manor Wedding

Lily first contacted me just over a year ago to discuss highlight videos. She and Tom had already booked their wedding photographer but she had seen my highlight videos and decided to book me for video only.

In April though, their photographer cancelled and so after a little chat on the phone, they added photo coverage to their booking too. I’m extremely pleased that they did, because yesterday was their big day and it was a joy to photograph.

They chose the beautiful Southdowns Manor as their venue (excellent choice) and it was looking great.

Lily spent a relaxing morning with Bridesmaids and her Mum getting all made up by Adele at Rosie Blush.

There was breakfast, presents and lots of excitement - just about the perfect wedding morning.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the manor, Tom and his Best Man, Kieran, were sprucing up and making themselves look super sharp!

Before long, it was very nearly show time. Lily put on her dress and it looked amazing!

And then a very proud (and slightly emotional) Dad came to collect her.

Tom was waiting for her downstairs in the ceremony room. He had been a little nervous beforehand but by this point he seemed more excited than he was nervous. 

He didn’t have to wait long though. An emotional Lily soon appeared.
The ceremony was lovely, there were a few laughs and a few tears and then before we knew it, a newly married couple were smooching right in front of us to whoops and applause!

After some bubbly and some canapes, I took a little photo walk with the happy couple around the Southdowns Manor grounds.

One of the unique things about Southdowns Manor is that they do the confetti indoors. Confetti is still confetti though, and I love a good confetti shot!

After a good feed it was party time! Lily and Tom had the wonderful band Spoils there and ready to go! They played the first dance song which ended in a big romantic dance for anyone and everyone that wanted to join.

The party went on long into the night and the band had everyone up and dancing. I have lots of party pictures, but I can only post so many shots on these little sneak peeks, so this will have to do for now.

As always, before l left, I asked Lily and Tom if they were up for a few night time shots. One of the many great things about getting married at Southdowns Manor is that it looks AMAZING after dark. I mean, how about this for a farewell shot!?

That’s all for this little sneak peek, folks. I’ll add one or two more pictures from this wedding to the Facebook and Instagram pages as I edit them, so feel free to follow along over there. 

Big thanks to all at Southdowns Manor for being so great. Particularly Lia for making sure everything came together and ran smoothly, and for taking such good care of me all day. 

Thanks too to all of Lily and Tom’s guests for being amazing (especially the nice chap that came to find me during the dinner just to say that he thought I’d been excellent all day and was ‘way better and more relaxed than any other wedding photographer I’ve seen’). 

I love hearing things like that!

Lastly, a MASSIVE thanks to Lily and Tom for having me capture your special day. You guys are wonderful. Big congratulations to the both of you!

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