St Laurence Church Lurgashall Wedding Ceremony & Cowdray House Reception

St Laurence Church Lurgashall Wedding Ceremony

West Sussex Wedding Photography

I was really happy to be returning to Cowdray House to photograph Gemma and Mark’s wedding, they are such a lovely couple and Cowdray House is one of my favourite wedding venues. Gemma and Mark had chosen the venue so they could eat in a hall rather than a marquee and have their guests stay over. Buck Hall is a stunning space that somehow manages to be grand and cosy at the same time. It had been beautifully styled with pretty strings of lights from Lizard Events and the most glorious floral arrangements by Karen Watson, I always fall in love with Karen’s flowers!

While my second shooter was at the pub next to the church in Lurgashall I was with Gemma who was getting ready at Cowdray House. With all the bridesmaids together there was a great atmosphere and I really loved the colour of the bridesmaids’ dresses, yellow isn’t a colour I often see for bridesmaids and it looked fantastic.

The wedding ceremony took place at St Lawrence Church, a lovely old church in a village in the nearby countryside. Karen Watson had also worked her magic here with gorgeous arches of flowers and foliage. Gemma looked radiant in her dress from Pronovias and I loved her long flowing veil which was embroidered with delicate flowers.

Cowdray House Wedding Reception

Back at Cowdray House, the weather was glorious, the grounds at Cowdray are beautiful and the house is a stunning backdrop for an outdoor reception. We made the most of the extensive gardens for the portraits, it’s lovely to take a little quiet time away from the celebrations and the grounds are so peaceful and tranquil. We also took a little longer than usual over the group shots, we had fun creating more styled looking photos by arranging chairs for some of the group to sit on.

As the evening arrived I headed outdoors with Gemma and Mark for some more portraits in the golden hour. The house and gardens looked great in the golden glow of the low evening sun which soon became hidden by clouds. The light may have lost its golden glow but it was still lovely and soft, perfect for portraits!

The celebrations continued with Gemma and Mark’s first dance (to an acoustic version of You’re The One That I Want) launching a party that turned out to be very lively and energetic. The guests were letting loose on the dancefloor and showing off their best moves. Even Gemma’s Grandma, who is in her late nineties, took to the dancefloor. She had a dance with both Gemma and Mark and it was such a lovely touching sight. I stayed to the very end of the party to capture the lovely couple’s sparkler exit before watching them drive off in the Cowdray golf buggy.

The Suppliers

A big thanks to Rich Howan for second shooting

Catering – Archies / Wedding Dress – Pronovias  / Wedding Bank – Truly Medley Deeply /


If you are planning a St Laurence Church Lurgashall Wedding Ceremony, please do get in touch for more information.


Louise! Those are stunning images!!!