Highley Manor Wedding Photos | Jessie and James
As Jessie and James live in China I didn’t meet them until a week before their July wedding. It was James’s mum and dad who had organised virtually all of the day under close instruction from the couple. The venue they chose was Highley Manor near to Balcombe in Sussex. This was the first time we had shot a wedding at Highley and what a lovely grand yet understated place it is. The couple had already had a very quiet formal ceremony in China and so the UK ceremony was a humanist blessing to be conducted by Barbara Natasegara.
Jessie loves the colour purple so it was inevitable that the reception room was going to be decorated with purple accents. James’s mum made a lovely wedding cake for them with a top tier cake surrounded by lots of lovely cupcakes all adorned with butterflies.
The wedding party had taken over the whole of the hotel for the day and evening and so the couple were able to get ready at the hotel without seeing each other beforehand. Jessie had her best friends with her and during the morning they practiced their moves for their bridesmaid dance to Uptown Funk later in the evening, what fun! Jessie had brought her dress with her from China and it was a beautiful, very traditional, full skirted dress which looked amazing on her tiny frame. She soon slipped into her Louis Vuitton heels and headed for the ceremony.
As Jessie came down the stairs she met her father at the bottom who would accompany her into the ceremony. It was a beautiful ceremony designed wholly by the couple. They both took turns to with a reading for each other and then they painted a traditional Chinese double happiness symbol on parchment in purple ink! After this they asked each of their guests to write a short message to them on a purple post it note which was then stuck to the parchment. It was important to them that their family and friends took part in their ceremony.
After the ceremony the couple took a ride in a vintage car in the rain. Unfortunately the weather had been awful all day but it didn’t dampen their spirits and we were always hopeful that it would stop before the light disappeared.
Jessie father was the only relative able to come from China and amazingly he couldn’t speak a word of English, how brave was he! He even made a speech which was translated by James’s best man. It was lovely poignant moment for the couple. After they had eaten and the rain had stopped we whisked the couple into the grounds of the hotel for a very quick few shots before they headed in for their evening entertainment kicked off with their first dance to Bryan Adams, Everything I do.
Here’s a few shots from their day.
Credits and Acknowledgements
Venue – Highley Manor
Humanist Celebrant – Barbara Natasegara
Brides Hair and Make Up – Bellamies Hair and Beauty
Flowers – Churchs Florist
Cake – Grooms Mum!