Images by Gyan Gurung Photography.
Glynde Place is an Elizabethan historic house and private estate set in the heart of the East Sussex countryside, at the foot of the majestic South Downs. Whilst it is privately owned it does play host to some beautiful annual events and is the perfect setting for weddings.
Notes from Glynde Place
The house is built around a quadrant with an internal courtyard and pond area, with a mix of formal and informal gardens around the house.
The beautiful historic house has stunning views across the country estate. As you turn the corner through the gated entrance, the view takes your breath away and is very unexpected. Glynde Place is in the pretty village of Glynde just outside Lewes but from the road through the village you have no sense of the magic which lies behind the private gated entrances.
Being an Elizabethan country house of historic interest and open to the public at certain times of year, the main rooms of the house are very much preserved in an Elizabethan style and with original décor and furniture. Whilst it’s rooms are large and grand in a mix of stones including marble and wood, they are also very welcoming. The house boasts a stunning collection of art and artefacts.
Gyan says “One of the first impressions I got of Glynde Place was how grand it is – the spacious ceremony rooms, the large windows, the staircase. You can truly feel the history of the house in every room, especially with all the pieces of art on every wall and artefacts that add so much character. The décor and furniture feel untouched from a different period of time without looking outdated. All of these original touches of the house instantly make it stand out from standard wedding venues not just visually but also with the atmosphere you can only get from a historic house.”
Of the public rooms, The Gallery has a real sense of grandeur with bowed windows across it’s whole front with views of the expansive grounds and South Downs. The wood panelling and original dark wood floors, the artwork on the walls, huge fireplace and views make it the perfect spot for a wedding ceremony. Ceremonious with the right balance of formality and beauty.
Booking a wedding at Glynde Place is like booking your own private estate for the weekend with use of the main areas of the house itself, the old Coach House and also the grounds. They promise exclusivity to every couple and never run two weddings on the same day.
“I especially loved The Marble Hall” says Gyan, “As it is a room with abundant natural light coming in, the photographer in me fell in love with it instantly. It has a very modern minimalistic feel to the space with beautiful tile patterns. The set of pillars and large art pieces mirroring each other at both ends of the room is especially harmonious. The fireplaces are both stunning and as with most things in the house, are very large – making them perfect for a grand, statement floral design or even something more simple and paired back on the mantelpiece such as this Gather & Bloom creation.”
Glynde Place makes the perfect quintessentially English summer setting – All weddings use the house for parts of the celebrations but always end with the wedding breakfast and party in a marquee in the grounds. They like to think this gives their couples the best of both worlds.
As each part of the venue has a different character, it is really refreshing for guests throughout the day as they explore various parts of the house. From entering the long driveway and getting a glimpse of this magestic house right by acres of countryside is a sight to behold. Going up the grand staircase covered with beautiful paintings to The Gallery where ceremonies usually take place is a room filled with history and sophistication. Then, making your way down to The Marble Hall to mingle before heading to the marquee outside for the reception and celebrations to continue. It is truly a journey and a taste of various settings that you and your guests can experience throughout your wedding – making your special day even more memorable and enjoyed by everyone.
For couples wishing to have an outdoor ceremony, the front porch is licensed for ceremonies too and it makes for a romantic and intimate ceremony setting right in front of the grand exterior of this Elizabethan country house with views of the Sussex countryside behind you.
The beautiful florals throughout these images are by Gather & Bloom and Caroline felt it was important to design the flowers so that they complimented the interior of each room. Caroline says “I decided to use a soft muted colour palette with the main focal colour coming from the cappuccino roses and the soft peach hues of the foxgloves. The delicate ruffles of the white peonies complimented with the branches of Spirea laden with frothy white flowers. The arrangements epitomised Spring and all the beauty it is has to offer”.
Filled with texture, subtle colour and very seasonal, Caroline used a combination of Cappuccino Roses, White Peonies, Peach Foxgloves, Wild Carrot and Majolica Roses.
Venue Glynde Place
Photography Gyan Gurung Photography
Flowers Gather & Bloom