An Ashburnham Place wedding is a hidden gem in Sussex. It has the makings of the perfect exclusive use wedding venue with a gorgeous church onsite and stunning estate house and gardens. But it was also the perfect spot for this lowkey second wedding and weekend celebration.
J+R wed last year in Canada and now it was time to celebrate with R’s side of the family. With R a member of the Anglo Saxon Regia and J a die-hard Viking, you can bet he swords made an appearance! I absolutely loved the subtle infusion of their shared passion. Making this the best Anglo Saxon and Viking Wedding I’ve ever been to!
I mean, can we take a moment to appreciate J’s Viking wedding dress? The cape and her hair just made her the absolute vision of a Viking bride! I immediately understood why R was so taken with J when he first laid eyes on her. Her long hair in particular is just so incredible!
Marquee Wedding at Ashburnham Place
J+R wanted to do a vow renewal near the water, and set up a marquee nearby for their wedding breakfast and reception. And thankfully that’s exactly what happened!
Because when I say it rained – it poured! Buckets and buckets of rain.
And all when hope was lost and plans were being made to move the ceremony under the marquee, I pulled out my phone to check the radar. Everyone was so pleased to see that the rain was due to clear a few minutes after their original ceremony start time. So we held out and it was so worth it!
So whilst family and friends were huddled under the marquee, J+R enjoyed a moment alone under the protection of some big, beautiful trees. And then once the chairs were all set up, we were ready to get this vow renewal under way!
Outdoor Ceremony at Ashburnham Place in Battle
With the rain clear, the ceremony was quickly under way under the trees by the water’s edge. Thankfully it wasn’t windy, so the leaves didn’t drip much water on the party below.
J asked one of their friends if he would be her flower man, which kicked off the light-hearted nature of their vow renewal.
They wanted the ceremony to be short, but meaningful. So they asked a friend officiate.
My absolute favourite part of the ceremony though was when R’s friends all ran to hug him after the ceremony. These men have been so close since childhood, and their bond is just incredible.
Drinks Reception and Sword Arch for a Viking Wedding
During the drinks reception, J+R wanted to take just a few family photographs. Aside from his parents, the rest didn’t make it to his Canadian wedding.
But they have a huge family when you think about. Their reenactment groups are so close and like a second family! So of course we did a sword arch and a terrifying charge that had me scream just a little. It was just little me and a camera against an army of Anglo Saxons and Vikings! This wedding had such fun photographs!
Couple Wedding photographs at Ashburnham Place
As this was their second wedding, J+R didn’t want spend long on couple portraits, so we kept it to under 20 minutes so that they could still get in all the backdrops they loved. Which I’ll be honest, it was hard! There are so many gorgeous gardens and locations at Ashburnham Place for wedding photographs!
East Sussex Marquee Venue in Battle
Marquee weddings will always be my favourite – for far too many reasons to name here.
And for their marquee wedding breakfast and reception, J+R opted for a hog roast. And honestly, what could be more fitting for an Anglo Saxon and Viking wedding?
But as it seems to go with hog roasts, things were a bit delayed! So to pass the time, they all learned some swing dancing. I do love a wedding with some dance lessons! It gets so many people involved and the pictures are just fun!
Then after the meal, they did a few speeches and that was me done for the day.
Till next time,
Kelsie Scully Photography is a wedding photographer in East Sussex serving Kent, Essex, London, West Sussex, Surrey and beyond.