What a wonderful winter wedding day for Jessica and Louie, who tied the knot at Southdowns Manor in the heart of the South Downs National Park! From the initial excitement of the final preparations, to the energetic fun of the dance floor, James White of James White Photography captured it all. Jessica and Louie are delighted with their wedding photo collection, and no wonder – every picture tells a story of sunshine, smiles and the sheer joy of the celebrations!
Photographer James was with the bridal party from the early morning, while Jessica and her bridesmaids got ready for this momentous day. There are so many brilliant reportage-style photos of this special time in her mother’s house, with the laughter and behind-the-scenes activity being caught so naturally. A glass of champagne while having her hair done; a meaningful squeeze of the fingers; moments like these are so precious.
Jessica wore a stunning dress from Ronald Joyce, which attracted many admiring comments from the guests. I love the unusual shape of the back, with its elegant, sweeping straps, decorated with thousands of eye-catching crystals. For a winter wedding, this is the perfect dress to set the room alight with its sparkle.
The look on her mum’s and bridesmaids’ faces is priceless! A picture really does tell a thousand words here. Jessica looked stunning, and her girlfriends were wowed with emotion as she made her first appearance, all ready to go.
What a fantastically individual touch Jessica has added to her wedding attire, teaming a traditional full length bridal veil with fabulous white hi-top sneakers. Personalised with her married name, Mrs Green, and embellished with bright red love hearts and glittery gold toes, these add a sassy secret twist hiding under those layers of dreamy chiffon and silk!
Meanwhile, Louie and his best man were busy with their own last minute preparations at Southdowns Manor. The honeymoon suite, complete with sumptuous four-poster bed and huge circular bath, has lovely views across the South Downs National Park; it’s the perfect place to get ready for the big day, not just to escape to for the first night together as husband and wife.
There are three licensed settings at Southdowns Manor for marriages and civil partnerships, but Jessica and Louie chose to hold their wedding ceremony in the Banqueting Suite, the largest room, and with space for up to 150 guests.
The ceiling of the Banqueting Suite is decorated with romantic cream drapes and strings of fairy lights. For Louie and Jessica’s wedding, the deep pink of the buttonholes and bouquets was complemented by the glow of atmospheric up-lighting and the wide organza bows around the chairs.
It is clear how much Jessica and Louie enjoyed their wedding day; the photos of their laughter and love at every part of the day show it all.
Although it was a winter wedding, the weather was spectacular, so after the ceremony, the newly weds headed outside for photos in the grounds. Surrounded by the South Downs National Park, there are so many beautiful backdrops for a wedding photo shoot, and being a recommended photographer for Southdowns Manor, James knows the venue inside out, and was able to direct the couple to all the prettiest settings.
Back inside for the wedding breakfast and speeches; the Banqueting Suite had been transformed into an elegant dining room, the tables decorated with sparkling centerpieces of tall crystal lamps.
This elegantly simple three-tiered wedding cake is aglow on the front with pretty fairy-lights and cascading flowers.
As they took to the dance floor, the emotion of the day was overwhelming for the bride, who couldn’t help but shed tears of love and joy, tenderly rubbed away by Louie. Again, James has managed to position himself in exactly the right place to be able to capture this magical moment without getting in the way. As Jessica said afterwards, James is professional, discreet and wonderful! We didn’t even know he was there half the time!
With the last of the ‘formal’ parts of the day over, it was really time to kick back on the dance floor; and what a fine evening of celebration they all had! The guests partied the night away under the starlight ceiling, dancing on the wooden dance floor decorated with huge illuminated letters spelling out LOVE.
With sixteen luxurious bedrooms, guests could party until the very end and then fall tired and happy into their blissfully comfortable beds!
Looking back at the day, James says that Jessica and Louie were great fun to work with and they never stopped smiling, it was lovely to be part of their special day. He also wants to give a special mention to Georgia, who was running the day and leading a fantastic team who made it all flow so smoothly.
If you’re inspired by this gorgeous wedding and would like to know more about this wonderful venue in the heart of the South Downs National Park, do get in touch!
Photographer: James White Photography
Bride’s dress: Ronald Joyce