Tuesday February 5 2013.


Big thanks to the delectable Esme Ducker (link: for sharing her beautiful collection of images from Liz and John’s informal outdoor wedding on the blog today.  This fresh air loving couple wanted to show their guests not only a great time but also the best their Lewes home town has to offer.  Cue rolling hillsides, a castle backdrop and cosy tipis.

informal outdoor wedding


“We moved to Lewes about 2 and a half years ago and have grown to love the town.  As soon as we visited the castle, we knew it was the right place for the ceremony. It is a real part of Lewes town and has stunning views of the downs and coast which is what brought us this way to start with – we could even see our dog walking path!”  Honestly, how stunning a setting.

From the sunshine filled ceremony atop the hills at Lewes Castle, to a dusky evening dancing the night away in a Tipi at the nearby Knepp Castle Estate such a beautiful and informal outdoor wedding. “We loved the parkland feel of Knepp Castle Estate and being near a lake with beautiful oak trees.”

informal outdoor wedding UK

wedding tipi


Not every bride relishes the thought of wedding dress shopping – “I was very unsure about a wedding dress but started looking in charity shops and my dress was actually the first I tried on.  The red of the detail on the dress and the leaf patterns seemed to fit well with the castle and the teepees and the autumnal time of year.”

red wedding dress

Red became the accent colour for the entire Wedding with the dashes of various crimson shades sneaking in everywhere.  As a self-confessed shoeaholic, I am particularly fond of the red bridesmaid’s shoes.

red wedding shoes


When it comes to weddings, it certainly helps to have creative friends ready to share their talents.  Today’s bride Liz was lucky enough to have a green-fingered sister “My sister is a gardener and did our beautiful wedding flowers.  I knew I wanted wild flowers and nothing formal – I even got blackberries in my bouquet so I could eat one if I thought I might cry!”

blackberry bouquet

wild flower buttonholes

There were also fun Medieval touches only fitting of a Castle setting.

medieval wedding

And fancy dress to keep the little knights in attendance entertained.

medieval wedding fancy dress


Our lovely bride Liz was so laidback about the Wedding saying simply “The day worked perfectly and the sun shone – I couldn’t ask for more!”  If you find yourself getting stressed out, remember it is just one day in what will be a lifetime together, relax and enjoy it.

wooden cake toppers