TOP

A beautiful UK outdoor wedding in West Sussex

Hello there lovely blog readers and I hope your Monday is going nicely so far. I have a truly beautiful wedding to begin this week with. Abi and Mikael chose to have their wedding outside, this time last year. They married in the charming village of Duncton, West Sussex, with an outdoor ceremony in the grounds of Duncton Village Hall.

UK outdoor wedding Sussex Paul Fletcher (1)

Wedding photographer Paul Fletcher very kindly shared his images of the wedding with me for the English Wedding Blog. You can read his full wedding blog post with images here.

Abi and Mikael have written a great wedding report and reviewed some of their favourite wedding suppliers for you. I love their advice… particularly the bits about the dancing swan, the importance of hiring a good photographer, and remembering to eat the food!

I’ll hand over to today’s beautiful bride and gorgeous groom to tell you more about their outdoor wedding. Huge congratulations to Abi and Mikael, and thank you for being on the English Wedding Blog! All images are by Paul Fletcher Photography.

UK outdoor wedding Sussex Paul Fletcher (2)

Abi and Mikael – a UK outdoor wedding from West Sussex

UK outdoor wedding Sussex Paul Fletcher (3)
UK outdoor wedding Sussex Paul Fletcher (4)
UK outdoor wedding Sussex Paul Fletcher (5)
UK outdoor wedding Sussex Paul Fletcher (6)
UK outdoor wedding Sussex Paul Fletcher (7)
UK outdoor wedding Sussex Paul Fletcher (8)
UK outdoor wedding Sussex Paul Fletcher (9)
UK outdoor wedding Sussex Paul Fletcher (10)
UK outdoor wedding Sussex Paul Fletcher (11)
UK outdoor wedding Sussex Paul Fletcher (12)
UK outdoor wedding Sussex Paul Fletcher (13)
UK outdoor wedding Sussex Paul Fletcher (14)
UK outdoor wedding Sussex Paul Fletcher (15)
UK outdoor wedding Sussex Paul Fletcher (16)
UK outdoor wedding Sussex Paul Fletcher (17)
UK outdoor wedding Sussex Paul Fletcher (18)
UK outdoor wedding Sussex Paul Fletcher (19)
UK outdoor wedding Sussex Paul Fletcher (20)

Wedding venue

Duncton Village hall, Duncton, Petworth, West Sussex

Wedding photographer

Paul Fletcher Photography

How would you describe your wedding style?

Simple, family and close friends centred wedding.

A little about the wedding ceremony

We had the wedding ceremony outside in the grounds of the hall we were hiring. We had already been to the registry the day before so the wedding ceremony was really reconfirming our vows in front of our friends and family and also having the blessing from our church pastor who led the ceremony. We didn’t have any wedding readings. The pastor spoke for about 10 minutes on the bible’s perspective of marriage and we had two people from our church who prayed for us.

Tell us a little about your wedding venue styling and details

The wedding venue was a mid-sized hall with large outside grounds in the middle of Duncton countryside at the foot of the South Downs. We hired it out for the weekend (Friday to Sunday), which gave us time to do the decorations and cooking, the wedding ceremony and the tidying up.

The caretaker was really kind and he was available to help with anything we needed. One of the most fantastic things about the venue was that it was so relaxed and everybody said how comfortable they were there. We were able to do our own decorations and even make use of the kitchen at the venue to do our own cooking.

The views around the venue were fantastic and there were no short places to take our wedding photos. It was just an overall great place to have our wedding but most of all it did not break the bank.

Invitations and reception stationery

Our invitations and reception stationery were all hand made. The decorations (such as the draping and fairy lights) were all bought as that was more cost effective. We have since been able to use the fairy lights as Christmas decorations so it hasn’t gone to waste after the wedding. We did however hire table cloths, plates and other kitchen and dining equipment.

Wedding music and entertainment

A personal friend of mine did the ceremony music and DJ-ing for the wedding so it wasn’t expensive. He was there from about 11 in the morning to 10:30 at night. It also felt more relaxed as we could tell him to change the music or lower the volume if we wanted. One of the positives about having a DJ who is personally known to you and some of the guests is that he also knows the kind of music to play to make everyone dance.

What did you wear?

I wore a simple off white slim garden dress with silver sandals and simple pearl earrings. I wore my hair up with a silver clip.

My husband wore a black suit with a silver waist coat and green handkerchief and tie, and a white shirt.

Memorable wedding day moments

The speeches. Just seeing how much people cared and loved us was truly inspiring and heart-warming.

Wedding day advice

  • Invite people who truly care and love you both (it will make the day go easier and make you feel more relaxed.
  • Try not to spend too much money on things you do not need because the day goes really quickly and you won’t even see that dancing swan you thought you had to have and spent lots of money on!
  • Get a really good photographer because your pictures are all you have left of that day.
  • Don’t forget to eat the food you spent so much money on.
  • Be flexible as not everything goes to plan.
  • But most of all enjoy your day.

Recommended wedding suppliers

UK outdoor wedding Sussex Paul Fletcher (21)

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in 2011 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

«

»

what do you think?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Instagram – @englishweddingblog

  • @weddingsbysiobhanlouise By Siobhan Louise is a personalised wedding planning company based in Greater London, and the newest member of the English Wedding team. Siobhan specialises in planning, coordinating and managing weddings, predominantly working in London, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey, in venues that range from luxury marquees, tipis and Sperry tents to stately homes and country estates.

#londonweddingplanner #weddingstylist #weddingplanner #weddingdaymanagement #onthedaycoordination #stressfreewedding #englishweddingblog #weddingstylingideas #weddinghelp #englishweddingblog #englishweddingdirectory
.
Photography @thebrandstudioco 
Location @blovedhive 
Flowers @emmasoulsby 
HMUA @beyouweddings
Cutlery & Crockery @classiccrockery
Stationery @mangotreelondon
  • If any of you lovelies are near Brentwood, Essex this weekend you can meet our lovely friends from @amandakarenphotography at the @huttonhall wedding show on Sunday. (hosted by @maineventweddingshows )

Thewedding show runs from 11am – 3pm with free entry and a goody bag for all couples getting married!

#essexweddingphotographer #luxuryweddingphotographer #fineartweddingphotography
#huttonhall #brentwood #weddingvenue #openday #weddingshow #countrywedding #essex #londonweddings #bridesmaids #brides #bridestory #grooms #weddingvenuehunting
  • Beautiful bridal style inspo with a French twist, at Hale Park in Hampshire. We adore this look! With  @charlottewisephotography @francesmooremua @jodi_jms_hair_design @donnacrainsurrey @johicksflowers @hannahelizabethbridal @haleparkweddings  @lapetitbox @tara_keely @rachelsimpsonshoes @justasdelicious @peony.and.rose @thegentlesisters  model @jessjohansencurve #hampshire #smile #happybride #newforest #weddingmakeup #wedding #francesmooremua  #newforestwedding #bride  #vintage #halepark #weddingblog #pursuepretty #thatsdarling #valentinesday
  • Happy Valentine's Day! Happiness is what it's all about... and today's blog is a smiley, joyful place to be. Join us at 12 on English-Wedding.com for the full shoot! With  @charlottewisephotography @francesmooremua @jodi_jms_hair_design @donnacrainsurrey @johicksflowers @hannahelizabethbridal @haleparkweddings  @lapetitbox @tara_keely @rachelsimpsonshoes @justasdelicious @peony.and.rose @thegentlesisters  model @jessjohansencurve #hampshire #smile #happybride #newforest #weddingmakeup #wedding #francesmooremua  #newforestwedding #bride  #vintage #halepark #weddingblog #pursuepretty #thatsdarling #valentinesday
  • It just doesn't get any cuter. 🥰 @emilyblack.photography at @devonporthouse with the most adorable flower girls EVER!! Top tip from gorgeous bride Debbie - buy your aisle runner rather than renting. That way you're allowed to use it inside or out, you can drop petals on it, and have fun practising on it with all your little flower girls the day before!! #aislerunner #londonweddingphotographer #londonbride #englishweddingblog #loveintentionally #makeadventure#visualcoop#loveauthentic #intimatewedding#elopementphotographer#helloelopement #elopmentweddings #junebugs #wanderingweddings #theknot #loveislove #photobugcommunity #loveandwildhearts #londonwedding #londonweddingvenue
  • So in love with these beautiful skinny rings by talented @nikkistarkjewellery ❤️ aren't they just the sweetest? 
We'll be welcoming Nikki and introducing you properly on the blog in the coming weeks... but for now, do pop over to her insta for a follow, and go see her stunning collections of wedding rings, skinny bands and sets in gold, rose gold and silver. So very pretty 🥰

#englishweddingblog #weddinggoals #weddingrings #artisanjewellery #artisanbride #engagementrings #creativehappylife #supporthandmade #maker #weddingideas #alternativeweddings #nikkistarkjewellery
  • How to Propose on Valentine’s Day 💍 we got you covered!! A brilliant read from our friends at @durhamroseuk #valentinesday2019 #engaged #proposal #howtopropose #shestheone #surpriseproposal #engagementring #engagement #bespokering #letsgetmarried #weddingplanning #gettingengaged #willyoumarryme #engagementring #jewelry #isaidyes #ringselfie #propose  #thehappynow #showmeyourrings #dreamscometrue #rings #iloveit #savethedate
  • Grab a cuppa - we've 3 gorgeous wedding films to share on the blog today. Sunshine, love and celebrations - what more could you want?!! @oneforeverfilms you absolute gem! 😍❤️ we are SO in love with these!! #destinationwedding #bride #groom #destinationweddingvideographer #videographer #englishweddingblog

 

Modern blue styling ideas with calligraphy for an alternative beach wedding (18)

Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

Would you like to get exclusive offers, exciting
updates and wedding blog sneak peeks by email?

 

Read previous post:
Farm wedding with a chicken and egg theme, by Catherine Spiller Photography (11)
Following wedding traditions – it’s a pick and choose thing in 2019!

Images by Catherine Spiller Photography - full wedding feature here Wedding traditions can be so much fun - ...

Close