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Isabel and Matt’s Wedding. The Walled Garden, Cowdray Park, Midhurst

I set out on a cloudy morning, all week the forecast was for tropical storms thankfully these didn’t materialise on my drive through West Sussex to Midhurst where I was to meet Isabel at The Church House, which turned out to be a tardis of a building. Upon entering the front door the interior extends onwards forever in an interesting mixture of medieval and contemporary. Izzy, her mother and her sisters were ¬†having their hair and make up done by a professional team. Izzy’s room at the top of the building was large, airy and light, here we got some nice getting ready photo’s. Working in this spacious room was a change to so many places where you don’t have the room to swing the proverbial cat. I left the Church House to get caught in the day’s only downpour before driving to Cowdray Park. Here I met Matt and his ushers in the walled garden – an oasis of gardening excellence. We got some shots outside the old ruin; before Izzy arrived with her father and bridesmaids. She was wearing the most fabulous dress.

Her father escorted her through the gardens which were heavily in bloom with many country flowers. The ceremony took place with friends and family in attendance, they all enjoyed the relaxed and happy wedding. Izzy and Matt waited a few minutes before the walk around the outside of The Walled Garden. Here they were to enter the garden via an ancient wooden door where they were to be covered in confetti, unfortunately most of the guests hadn’t brought any! So it was drinks all round before Izzy, Matt and I headed for the highly atmospheric ruins which are suited to capturing great photos.

After the wedding breakfast we were treated to some funny speeches, Izzy’s father recalled the very first time he saw her; he said to the midwife “Gosh she’s a plain child isn’t she.” The midwife then replied,¬†“Oh Mr Martin you must turn her over.” This set the tone for much more jollity. I left the happy Wedding after photographing Izzy and Matt having the first dance to Van Morrison’s Brown Eyed Girl, A great song to finish a great day with.

 

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