The Cowdray House wedding of Emily and Dean

At the beginning of December I photographed the amazing Cowdray House wedding of Emily and Dean.  This is a relatively newly opened venue, which was previously the home of Lord and Lady Cowdray.  It is a stunning venue surrounded by the 16,500 acre Cowdray Estate.  The house can sleep up to 30 so it really is the perfect wedding venue.   Emily is a wedding planner at Goodwood so to be asked to photograph her wedding to Dean was lovely!

The weather in the lead up to their wedding day was decidedly unsettled however the day itself turned out to be perfect.  Cold and crisp with the sun coming out at just the right time.  I began the day with the girls at Cowdray House where they were getting ready in the most beautiful bridal suite with loads of natural light which is perfect for my style of wedding photography.  Emily was totally relaxed and the excitement built as guests arrived.  I love the images of Emily’s Dad seeing her for the first time – this is such a special moment and the reaction is something I really love to capture.

The wedding ceremony took place at the nearby church of St James at Heyshott and then everyone returned to Cowdray for the drinks receptions.  As it was a chilly day the large reception rooms were perfect for keeping the guests warm although I did persuade everyone out for a large group shot at the front of the house.  Emily and Dean were troopers and allowed me to take them down to the beautiful lake for their couple photographs where the autumn colours were still hanging on.

The wedding breakfast took place in Buck’s Hall which is the central feature of Cowdray House.  It is a magnificent room made even more impressive at their wedding by the addition of the biggest indoor Christmas tree I have ever seen!  The venue had been beautifully dressed and lit with floral centrepieces by Rococo Flowers of Chichester and cake by Gemma from Tartufi Cakes  The wedding breakfast was cooked and served by the team from Jacaranda Catering and it looked and tasted divine!  After dinner speeches by Emily’s father, Dean and Emily’s brother  Charles brought tears and laughter and also tears of laughter, absolutely brilliant.

The day culminated in a brilliant live band and a party with all of their closest friends and family.  It was a brilliant wedding and I was so pleased to be invited to photograph it for them.

Wedding venue – Cowdray House
Flowers – Rococo Florist – Chichester
Hair – Envy Hair – Midhurst
Makeup – Gemma Sharpe – Midhurst
Dress – Sottero and Midgley by Proposals – Chichester
Shoes – Proposals as above
Grooms outfit – Hired from Moss Bros
Catering – Jacaranda Catering
Rings – Anthony Lodge Jewellery – Midhdurst
Band – Philosophy Band
Car – West Sussex Classic Wedding Cars
Cake – Tartufi


I adored working at Cowdray House and if you are planning a Cowdray House wedding please do get in touch, I would love to hear from you!