Not only was this my first South Lodge Wedding, it was my first Sussex wedding having relocated down to the county from London. I was able to pop out to the venue for a recce a few weeks before the big day and met with the lovely Lindsey who was kind enough to give me a bit of a guided tour.
There can be little doubt that South Lodge in Horsham, Sussex is a fantastic venue for a wedding. It has everything a couple could want and lots, lots more!
What I really like about South Lodge is that the function rooms are all pretty well contained and have lots of natural light. They benefit from all the amenities of the hotel but the way they are laid out means that wedding guests and other hotel guests are kept separate. This gives a much more private and intimate feel to the proceedings. No random strangers mooching through the buffet or appearing in the background of shots!
One other issue I really like about South Lodge is the variety of locations, both inside and out, that gives me lots of options for photographs. This is great in the flexibility it provides to change things up on the fly should the weather or plans vary. Of course, it really helps that the staff are so professional and attentive – making sure the day runs as smoothly as possible. I guess that is one of the many benefits of having a South Lodge wedding; it feels very well organised and seamlessly co-ordinated.
Angela and Richard had chosen a March wedding and I was worried that the weather might not be that accommodating, especially as they had planned fireworks in the evening. Luckily the weather behaved and the newly-weds and their guests were able to get out into the grounds, albeit the ground was so wet we were limited to the paths and patios.
Of course the other piece of luck was this was the last wedding I shot before the Covid-19 lockdown. Everything changed very shortly afterwards, but at the time people were able to enjoy and celebrate the special occasion.
A highlight of the evening celebrations was undoubtedly the band the couple had booked. ‘The Deloreans’ really did raise the roof. They had pretty much everyone up on their feet and dancing to some great tunes. From a guest experience perspective I think a good DJ or band that can judge the mood of the room can make or break the party atmosphere. On the basis of what I saw and heard, I certainly would have no hesitation in recommending them for any South Lodge wedding you might be planning.
So here is a selection of photographs from the wedding which I hope you enjoy. As I say – my first South Lodge wedding but hopefully not my last. I look forward to returning there soon.
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