Sandy & Ben’s Wedding at The Dome Cinema in Worthing

Sandy and Ben’s wedding took place a little while ago now – back in 2013 to be precise – but it was a unique one that I’ve been meaning to put up here on the blog (like so many others in the archives!).

Ben is Australian, and Sandy from Worthing in West Sussex, however despite the fact that they both reside in Australia, they decided that they wanted to hold their wedding in Sandy’s hometown – so back they came for the short journey to Worthing!

They opted to have their ceremony and reception all under one roof, and selected the old Dome Cinema, as their chosen venue.

With the Dome being situated alongside the beach, it offered us great opportunities to walk over to the sea front and capture some stunning portraits featuring the beach and the pier as a backdrop.

This wedding is also a fond one of mine, as it was one of the images from this particular wedding that I picked up a Gold Award from the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers.

You can view some of the photos from the big day here below…

 

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Emma & Scott’s Wedding at The Hotel du Vin in Brighton

Due to the fact that I am incredibly disorganised when it comes to blogging, and that I don’t normally blog that frequently, I have a plethora of weddings in the archives that I could talk about and share with you all.

It’s probably time that I should start to do indeed that, and get some of these weddings out here on the blogosphere!

So, from here on, what I’m going to attempt to do is get some posts up on a more regular basis.

In order to do that, what I will do is probably cut back on the narration side of the posts – mainly because it’s the writing that takes the majority of the time, and secondly my writing skills aren’t the best anyhow, so I might as well let the images do the talking instead and that should hopefully mean that I’ll get around to posting more often…. well, that’s my theory anyway!

In the spirit of this new found direction, I shall kick off proceedings with a wedding from 2013 – the wedding of Emma & Scott who tied the knot at Brighton Registry Office and the Hotel du Vin.

I would go as far as saying that this wedding was one of the most intimate weddings I have photographed. It was attended by an elite selection of family and friends, and that was what truly made it such a lovely and touching affair.

Being involved with such an intimate wedding is always a privilege, as whilst you are the photographer, it is a lot harder to blend in to the congregation when it is a smaller gathering and therefore inevitably you get to bond and engage with the guests more than you would at a regular or larger sized event.

It’s a lovely feeling to feel more involved and closer with the couple and their guests, and it does make it all the more rewarding.

I especially built up a lovely rapport with Emma and Scott’s two children, and it really was heart warming to share and capture their magical day together as a family unit.

I also absolutely loved recording the wedding party walking through the Brighton lanes as they travelled from hotel to registry office and then vice-versa on the way back – it made for some gorgeous photos of them walking amongst the public creating a very surreal feel.

Without any further talk (in trying to keep with my new approach!) I’ll leave it there, and allow you to unravel the story of their day via the select photos here below…

 

Wedding dress hanging up in one of the hotel rooms at hotel du vin in brighton, west sussex Bride's wedding shoes photographed in a room at the hotel du vin in brighton, west sussex bridesmaids and bride's wedding dresses hanging up on the wall at the hotel du vin in Ship Street in Brighton young pageboy and bridesmaid fully dressed and ready for their mum's wedding at Brighton Registry Office Bride getting ready with hair and make-up ahead of her wedding at the hotel du vin in brighton Portraits of the bride in her wedding dress in a room at the hotel du vin in Ship Street in Brighton, West Sussex Group shots of bride with her parents, bridesmaids and children before her wedding ceremony in Brighton Groom and his young bestman ahead of his wedding ceremony, standing outside the hotel du vin in Brighton Groom and guests have a drink in the bar at the hotel du vin in brighton, west sussex Groom and the guests walk down the  lanes to the Registry Office in Brighton The Brighton Registry Office, Brighton Town Hall, Bartholomew Square, Brighton The bride arrives at the Brighton Town Hall registry office in a taxi The bride enters the wedding ceremony room at the Brighton Town Hall registry Office Bride and groom greet each other during their wedding ceremony at the Brighton Town Hall's registry office Natural photographs of the wedding ceremony  at the brighton register office Bride and groom exchange rings during their wedding ceremony at the Brighton Town Hall Bride and groom kiss after declaring their wedding vows at their civil ceremony at the Brighton Town Hall Registry Office Bride and groom sign the wedding register at the Brighton Town Hall Bride and groom pose for a photograph on the grand staircase at the Brighton Town Hall Guests throw confetti over the bride and groom outside the brighton town hall The bride and groom enjoy a walk down the lanes in brighton with their wedding party in tow Bride and groom taking a stroll down the lanes in brighton amongst the public The wedding reception party gets underway at the hotel du vin in Brighton wedding guests enjoying some drinks in the bar at the hotel du vin during the wedding reception in Brighton Portrait photographs of the bride and groom on their wedding day taken at the Band Stand on Brighton sea front in West Sussex wedding favors and details at the wedding reception at the hotel du vin in brighton young wedding guests having fun at the wedding at the hotel du vin wedding guests enjoying themselves and being merry at the wedding reception at the hotel du vin in brighton wedding speeches during the wedding breakfast at the hotel du vin in brighton, west sussex Groom gives an intimate speech to his newly wed wife during the wedding breakfast at the hotel du vin in Brighton An emotional bride enjoys her son's speech that is dedicated to her and her husband during the wedding breakfast at the hotel du vin A young boys gets emotional after giving a heart felt speech at his parent's wedding in brighton the wedding breakfast in full flow at the hotel du vin in brighton A small and intimate wedding reception at the hotel du vin in brighton, west sussex Everyone enjoying the wedding reception at the hotel du vin in west sussex The bride and groom cut their wedding cake during the wedding breakfast at the Hotel du Vin in Brighton Some portrait photos of the bride and groom on their wedding day inside the hotel du vin in brighton

Alexandra & Vishal’s Wedding at Nonsuch Mansion in Cheam, Surrey

I thought that it would be an appropriate time to post this wedding up on the blog as Alexandra and Vishal have recently just celebrated their first year’s anniversary of marriage!

They tied the knot at Nonsuch Mansion in Nonsuch Park in August 2013.

Ironically enough, whilst Nonsuch is a local venue to me, it had been elusive one that I’d been waiting a long time to receive a commission for a wedding.

Anyone who also lives locally to Cheam, will most likely be aware of Nonsuch Mansion and what a marvellous Georgian periodic venue it is.

It had been a venue that I was very keen to explore with a real wedding, and so, naturally, I was delighted when Alexandra and Vishal booked me to capture their big day for them there.

I was extremely fortunate that I had a perfect wedding to capture; a stunning venue and a brilliant couple – they were willing, enthusiastic, and just as importantly they shared my humour so I had an amazing time, and I’d like to think that we got some pretty cool shots too!

An amazing venue, and a likewise couple always guarantees great results, as a photographer you can’t ask for more.

One thing that also stuck out for me for this particular wedding was that I don’t think I’ve shot a wedding that had so much raw emotion between the newlyweds – the tears flowed regularly throughout the day, which again provided me with some beautiful natural photos.

Anyway, I shall leave you to have a look for yourselves.

Happy Anniversary Alex & Vish, I hope that your first year together as man & wife has been amazing – best of luck with your new arrival in the Autumn! 🙂

A Commercial photo shoot with ABootcamp

I thought that I’d put up a post of a commercial shoot we did last year for ABootcamp who are based at Warlingham RFC.

I know the owner Adam Alexander very well from my Sutton BNI days, and he commissioned me at the beginning of last spring to come and do a shoot for him at one of his bootcamps to obtain images for his new website and corporate literature.

Ironically enough the day the shoot was held on was very cold – the outside ground was frozen, and there was a persistent foggy mist that lingered most of the day.

I had suggested to Adam that it was probably worth postponing to another day with better weather, but he was on a tight schedule for the website and opted to continue – which whilst the outside images do look incredibly cold and un-inviting to a degree, in other ways it did add a bit of a surreal edge to them.

We captured a mixture of shots from the photo shoot, some of a live bootcamp class that was conducted outside on the playing fields, then some action shots in the gym indoors, and then finished up with a couple of nice environmental portraits of both Adam and Kerrie also in the gym surrounds.

You can view a small selection of the images from the day here below, and or of course please feel free to check out ABootcamp’s website to see them in use and or to find out more about what Adam and Kerrie do in more depth (if you want to lose weight, have a healthier lifestyle and or need some help achieving a specific body shape, these guys can help you).

Adam and Kerrie will be returning in front of my lens again this year, although in a very different format – a wedding!  Hopefully we’ll have better weather this time around, I certainly hope so with it being in August!

If you are in need of some new imagery for your business, a website or corporate literature, please contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss your requirements further and provide more information about our commercial services.

 

A Bootcamp live in action in Warlingham, Croydon A sledge hammer being used in a bootcamp exercise in Croydon The gym room at Warlingham Rugby Football Club in Croydon Adam Alexander and Kerrie Bourne's personal fitness trainer portraits in warlingham RFC's gym room

Collaborative Photo Shoot for Bridal Tiaras & Headpieces

Last summer I joined forces with the lovely ladies from Crystal Heirlooms and  By Paisley to collaborate on a commercial photo shoot to showcase some of their amazing bridal tiaras and headpieces.

The location was a Grade II private stately home in the depths of Surrey, which boasted some fabulous period features as well as many of acres of land for us to explore and use for the shoot.

The fabulous tiaras and headpieces were all products created by Crystal Heirlooms – they specialise in creating unique pieces that they only ever make one version of, so rest assured if you’re a bride who’s after something very special that isn’t mass produced, then these ladies will provide you with your very own exclusive accessory.

Assisting us on the shoot we had By Paisley who carried out all the hair and makeup on our lovely model, Harriet – doing a marvellous job in achieving the desired looks and styles for the periods as reflected with the products.

It was a hugely enjoyable shoot, and we all had a great deal of fun whilst capturing the lovely shots.

Since then, we’ve enjoyed seeing some of our subsequent images used in the following couple of publications:

• Hello! Magazine Online’s Bridal Hair accessories: tiaras, headbands, hair pins and more feature

• Aspirational Brides Blog’s Art Nouveau and Art Deco Tiaras and Accessories post

You can view some of the images from the shoot here below:

 Art Nouveau Bridal tiaras and headpieces shoot Commercial bridal shoot with Crystal Heirlooms and By Paisley Lovely headpieces made by Crystal Heirlooms Collaborative bridal photo shoot  with Crystal Heirlooms and By Paisley The cascade headpiece by Crystal heirlooms headpieces and tiaras by Crystal Heirlooms Model posing on a swing outside wearing the cascade headpiece by Crystal heirlooms Bridal model standing by some chopped firewood outside wearing a tiara created by Crystal heirlooms

Photography by: Sam Dorrington, Everlasting Moments Photography
Headpieces & Tiaras: Crystal Heirlooms
Hair & Make-up: By Paisley
Model: Harriet Deering

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