This was my first visit to the splendid Edes House wedding venue for Hannah & Ben’s day in Chichester and the lovely surrounding West Sussex countryside. Photography started at Hannah & Ben’s cottage with bridal and bridesmaids preparations.
It was a real pleasure to photograph the engagement shoot for Thomas & Caroline. Their infectious smiles, the gentle Sussex countryside and their love for one another was a wonderful mix for lovely photos. Their wedding at the superb Cowdray Park is coming up soon……
I offer engagement shoots to any couples at a location of your choice. Alternatively I can find a scenic spot for you; a trip to the seaside, a country walk or picnic in the park, whatever you might prefer. The shoot time usually lasts about an hour with different backdrops for light and mood. I like to keep things relaxed and easy for natural shots with your personalities coming through. It is an opportunity to hang out and get some nice shots – you can make into invite cards etc. Its also nice to get to know you a bit more before your wedding day.
Kate & Duncan’s day had many choice ingredients for a sussex wedding photographer’s dream wedding shoot – a period country house setting with marquee on the lawn, the pretty village church 200m away, horse and cart for the couple, cute flower girl and pageboys, string quartet, fields of wild flowers and grasses, friends and family from around the globe……
I was looking forward to photographing Karen and John’s wedding day in the sunny Sussex countryside. I had shot at Kirdford before and it was a welcome return visit to the pretty village church of John the Baptist, bang opposite the very hospitable Half Moon Inn. No time to linger though, work to be done and all that…..must come back again sometime though….!!
Plenty of superb scenery for wedding photos with Emma and Rich’s beautiful countryside wedding in West Sussex !! My first stop was with Emma and the bridesmaids getting prepared at The Swan Inn in Fittleworth. All was relaxed and serene, I met Emma picking some wild flowers and then having her hair/make up finished off with the girls, cool, calm and collected.
By slight contrast, my first encounter with the boys lunch at the The White Lion in Thackenham, seemed to indicate that the previous night was perhaps of a less ‘serene’ nature ! Slightly subdued banter, the odd groan and desire for cool shade, perhaps an indication that not all was well. The generous portions of lunch seemed to defeat most ushers, however, our groom, Rich, seemed undeterred and polished off his hefty plate of chicken pie, chips, extra gravy with hearty enthusiasm. He was up for anything today
I enjoyed a return to the pretty church of St Mary’s at Sullington for the ceremony. The setting is somewhat incongruous within a working farmyard, but provided a nice contrast of earthy rustic barn backdrop with the delicate fragility of the bridesmaids dresses and Emma’s stunning beauty, as the bridal party made its way to the church door.
It was another sublime sunny Sussex summer’s day for wedding photos with Jo & Mark’s day at Yew Lodge nr East Grinstead. This venue has plenty to offer any keen photographer with the splendid gardens…..throw in the extras – vintage cars, pretty dresses, goldfish, cute kids, outdoor games, false moustaches and the buzzing ‘north meets south guest mix’ !! …and it all provided a hot photo cocktail of colour and FUN !!
For a wedding photographer, it doesn’t get much grander than newly refurbished The Grand Hotel in Brighton, and Chris and Shelley certainly celebrated their wedding in ‘Grand Style’. Despite the awe inspiring location, the Regent Room with its wood paneling provided a lovely intimate candle lit wedding setting for close friends and family.
The gorgeous Shelley had her trio of lovely bridesmaids Hannah, Rebecca and Isobelle in escort and we did some nice photos on the hotel stairway, before she took her Dad’s arm to be led into the ceremony room to meet the beaming Chris. With a tear or two, she took hands of her very soon husband-to-be and the ceremony got underway. Meanwhile the main ring bearer Finley had decided that no wedding ceremony was going to interrupt his early afternoon nap and took the opportunity to get his head well and truly down! It was then up to page boys Louis and Jake to step up with the rings to seal the marriage.
Drinks within the hotel Pavilion Suite with the sun streaming in and glinting on the sea. A few family photos on the steps of the hotel and into dinner in the spectacular Empress suite. Both Chris and Shelley gave speeches and it was a really happy occasion.
The two venues for Lucy and Johns wedding; The White Swan Arundel and Fitzleroi Barn, Pulborough in West Sussex offered great variety for super wedding photography!
There was always the threat of ‘changeable’ conditions in the weather forecast, but a ‘wee drop of moisture in the air’ was certainly not going to dampen Lucy’s bright enthusiasm for her wedding, not one drop (scuse the pun!). We started in Arundel with the getting ready scenes, and then all the bridal party spilled out onto the streets of festival Arundel for some walk about giggling photos with bunting and balloons provided and backdrop of the Arundel castle walls.
Taxi ride for me back to the White Swan, where the ceremony room had been transformed by splendid colourful floral arrangements from a helpful relative. John was very relaxed and laid back, and I had to actually suggest a tongue in cheek ‘anxious look’ for a more ‘gritty emotional shot’ or two of him waiting !! Lucy was stunning and all smiles as she walked down the red carpet and it was a very happy ceremony.
The pretty village of Lindfield, Sussex and the scenic riverside Anchor Inn in Balcombe, the venues for Sarah & Matt’s wedding day offered fantastic opportunities for wedding photography. And the English summer rolls on with glorious sunshine….yippee!
As the church filled up, Sarah’s nieces, the cute flower girls stepped out of the gleaming vintage car, primed with magic fairy wands ( great idea on many levels). The wands did their bit as beautiful princess Sarah arrived with a gleaming smile (which lasted all day).
Matt returned a great smile to Sarah as she came towards him down the aisle ( I must say both Sarah and Matt have fantastic smiles – I think I’ll keep a photo of them on my desk to cheer me up through the winter!). It was a lovely relaxed ceremony.