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Firle Place Weddings

If you’re planning a Firle Place Wedding, you’re in the right place.

Whether you are looking for inspiration for your own day, or just to get a feel for what weddings are like there we are happy to help.

Want to see some real weddings that have taken place at Firle Place?

Katie & Charles got Married in July 2019, at The Riding School and St Peters Church.

A fun filled with amazing details and beautiful summer light.

Milly & Chris got Married in September 2016, in a marquee behind Firle Place

It was a rainy day, but lovely none-the-less! Milly prepared for her day at Blue Doors Barn.

Chloe & James got married in September 2014 and used the Riding School for a wonderful relaxed, fun filled day.

From circus performers to a brass band, this wedding had it all. Chloe got ready at the great Blue Doors Barn.

Who are we?

We’re Wedding Photographers

We’re Wedding Photographers who have had the pleasure of photographing many weddings at Firle Place. It’s one of our favourite wedding venues in Sussex and one we know very well.

As a preferred photographer at Firle Place, having covered many weddings there and impressing them with our approach, we find ourselves there quite a few times each and every year. We’re fortunate to have an amazing relationship with Bryony and the team, so are in a perfect position to offer you advice & inspiration in planning your big day.

We’re Wedding Videographers

In addition to photography, we also offer wedding videography. It’s popular with couples who don’t want to miss any part of their day and a truly complete approach to capturing all of the wonderful wedding moments and memories of your day.

We love Weddings at Firle Place

We’ve seen Firle in good weather and bad, across all four seasons. So if you’re planning your Firle Place Wedding, and are looking for a wedding photographer with as much experience as possible – we hope you’ll consider us.

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Firle Weddings

We’ve photographed weddings at Firle Place, Firle Place Riding School and the nearby St Peter’s Church, so we’re familiar with all of the best locations for your wedding photographs – and still keep finding more with each and every visit.

From beautiful summer weddings in the Riding School, Autumnal Weddings in Marquees on the lawns behind the house, to winter weddings in St Peters Church – we’ve seen all sides of this wonderful venue.

Firle Weddings:

The Schedule

Firle lends itself to a wide variety of days, from relaxed affairs enjoying the summer evenings to more formal days.

Bryony and the team will help you work out your schedule – often dictated by your ceremony time – but we often find days flow like this –

10 am – Preparations (We love to photograph these.)

1 pm – Ceremony (Often at St Peters Church, just around the corner.)

2 pm – Photos outside the church (If you’d like these!)

2.30 pm – Drinks reception on the lawns at Firle

3.30 pm – Guests called through to the Riding School for the meal

6.00 pm – Speeches

7.30 pm – Evening Guests

8.00pm – First Dance

8.30 (to Late!) – Dancing & Fun!

Schedules are always adjusted and tweaked to fit your needs and the mood you’re going for. Some couples like longer drinks receptions, or a more slow pace to the meal. If, for example, you’re having a ceremony somewhere further afield than St Peters, you’ll likely need to build in a little more travel time between the ceremony and the drinks reception.

Firle Place will of course guide you here, but If you’d like any advice on your schedule with regards photography, we’re happy to offer this to our clients, so just ask!

Firle Weddings: Preparations

Firle is a gem as you can get ready nearby at the Ram, the pub in the village. 

We can confirm it’s a great spot for Sunday lunches – something you might want to factor into your weekend schedule – perhaps as a farewell meal to family and friends the day after your wedding!

We’ve worked with a lot of grooms who have opted to get ready at The Ram, it’s brilliant – not only is it so close to the church. It also gives the opportunity to have a bit of dutch courage just before the ceremony!

Another option for the preparations stage of the day is Blue Door Barns – Bryony’s B&B and one that is popular with Firle Place brides. We’ve worked with quite a few brides who chose to spend the night before the wedding here with their family and friends. It’s also the most perfect hub for your morning preparations. 

Firle Weddings: The Ceremony

A high percentage of Firle weddings hold their ceremony at St Peters Church in the village. Just a two-minute walk from Firle Place and the Riding School, and with the wonderfully charismatic Vicar Peter Owen Jones – it’s a great choice. Peter the vicar is a local legend and has written books and hosted TV shows. He’s also just a lovely chap and puts his soul into each wedding ceremony he performs. 

There are other options and some couples choose to have a church ceremony at their own family church, before heading onto Firle. 

Firle Weddings: The Drinks Reception

Depending on whether you are having your reception in the Riding School, a Marquee or in the Herb Garden – will dictate where your drinks reception takes place.

For Riding School receptions, you’ll often host your drinks and canapes on the lawns in front of the Riding School. (A great spot for lawn games too!) 

For Marquee do’s on the lawns behind the house, you might use the Herb Garden or the terraced gardens for your drinks – very pretty!

During the drinks reception is when we’ll often do any group photos. Our style is relaxed, so we don’t tend to take our clients too far from their guests.

Some photographers might take you further afield and Firle has so many opportunities to get amazing photos.

Firle: The best photos

We’re documentary wedding photographers, so we capture the day as it happens and build a story around al the moments. With a venue as prestigious as Firle though, it’s important to get some more formal photos, groups – families, couple photos etc. and Firle offers so many backdrops for these. We love using the herb garden when we’re in that area – or the lawns in front of the riding school if we’re over there.

For couple photos – we love nothing more than using the natural beauty of the Firle Estate and going for a wander with our couples – exploring the fields and areas around the pond.

The village is one of the most picturesque in Sussex and makes for a great location to get some relaxed photos away from your wedding party. The flint walls that line its streets are quintessential ‘Sussex’. 

The house itself also makes for amazing photo opportunities – the giant doors at the end of the building are just stunning in the right light. The gardens are also beautiful manicured and give us so many places to capture something gorgeous for you.

Firle: The reception details

Firle is such a versatile venue, from sophisticated days to more rustic celebrations, it really works well across a range of styles and themes and affords couples a rare opportunity to really make the day their own. We’ve seen rustic chic days with an incredible amount of time invested in each details aesthetic, to DIY days where the couple and their family invested lots of time into making bunting by hand.

Firle: The dancing!

If you’re having the Riding shool for your wedding – it lends itself perfectly to the evening entertainment and there is plenty of space for a dancefloor.

If you’re having a marquee wedding there you can enjoy your dancing with open-air and watch the sun setting over the trees.

We hope this guide has given you a taste for what weddings at Firle can be like, and if you’re looking for someone to capture your Firle Wedding – we would love to hear from you.