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…

 

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Natasha & Tony’s Wedding at Taylor’s Farm Barn in Rusper, West Sussex

I had the privilege and honour of being asked to capture a wedding for some old friends of mine – both of whom had met from our school days (which was quite some time ago now!).

Many people ask me is it alike a busman’s holiday when you’re asked to capture a friend or family member’s wedding – mainly because you’re there to work rather than be a guest?

The truthful answer is, no, you certainly won’t get to experience any of the day as a spectating guest.  However, on the opposite side of the spectrum you become an integral part to their special day that you do literally get to share it with them so much closer unlike anyone else!

I can’t remember the last time that I was at a friend/family member’s wedding where I’ve been camera-free for the whole day… that is something of a very distant memory, and is actually quite hard to recall what it is like.

Anyhow, back to Natasha & Tony’s wedding!

Their day started off with them both getting ready at Ghyll Manor Hotel & Restaurant which is also in Rusper, literally just down the road from Taylor’s Farm where the ceremony and reception would be held.

I was already familiar with Ghyll Manor having captured a couple of weddings there in the past, and knew exactly what areas within the grounds we could use for some photos.

After finishing the bridal preparations with Natasha, and the shots of Tony and his groomsmen, it was then onto the Barn at Taylor’s Farm for the formal proceedings.

I was extremely impressed with Tony and Natasha’s hard work in dressing up the barn – they had done this all by themselves, and it looked amazing.

The ceremony went perfectly, and Tony had planned a nice surprise for Natasha – he had been training their dog to be the ring-bearer and carry the rings tied to her collar!

It was a very nice touch and certainly something that I’d not witnessed at a previous wedding before.

We enjoyed capturing some cracking portraits in and amongst the grounds, including some really nice shots against the textures of the exterior of the barn itself.

Please feel free to check out some of the pics from the day here below…

 

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Karen & Maz’s Wedding at The Hotel Du Vin, Brighton, West Sussex

Karen and Maz’s wedding was one that I had particularly been looking forward to – it took place in one of my favourite places – the wonderful Brighton.

I’ve always liked Brighton, it’s a cool, trendy and cosmopolitan kind of place, and with it being a coastal resort it naturally offers backdrops that aren’t accesible here in Surrey!

Karen & Maz’s venue, the Hotel du Vin in Ship Street certainly didn’t buck the Brighton trend – it was a very funky place to tie the knot, and I loved it’s styling and decor, it was different, it was certainly very cool indeed.

As soon as they’d told me they were getting wed in Brighton, naturally my first thoughts were, “Wow! Sea-front portraits – we must utilise such landmarks as the piers and the band-stand”.

Fortunately the Hotel du Vin is based near the sea front, so we had the perfect opportunity to cross over the road and capture some cool sea front portraits, although I will say that Karen and Maz were good sports as the walk to the band stand had been somewhat a little further than I had remembered it from a previous visit!

It was a fabulous wedding, full of such character and emotion.  I really enjoyed sharing their day with them, it was an absolute pleasure.

We got some fab shots throughout, of which I’ve included a selection here below…

 

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Beth and Adam’s Wedding, Saint Margaret’s Church in Rottingdean and Pangdean Farm in Pyecombe, West Sussex

Apologies once again for the lack of blogging  – down time has been scarce recently, and sadly the blog is always the first thing to suffer!

Anyhow, I shall once again resume normal service, kicking off with the wedding of Beth and Adam from the tail end of last year.

Beth and Adam’s wedding ceremony was held at St Margaret’s Church in Rottingdean, and the reception then followed at the lovely Pangdean Farm in Pyecombe, West Sussex.

I was really impressed with Pangdean Farm, it was certainly a venue that offered something different from the many other venues that I’ve photographed at before.  It’s a working farm of 1,000 acres based at Pyecombe, and is only literally 5 miles away from Brighton. The most impressive aspect of the farm is the magnificent 17th Century oak framed Old Barn – it was beautiful and created a lovely ambience.

With it being an autumn wedding we didn’t have a lot of time for formal photographs due to available daylight, which was a shame as we only managed to get a couple of portraits within the farm grounds before running out of light.  Thankfully we did get some other portraits immediately after the ceremony itself – we headed across the road from St Margaret’s to conduct some shots in the Green Flag award winning Kipling Gardens which is delightful and provided us with some cracking photographs.

You can view a handful of shots throughout the whole day below.

Those wishing to have a look over the other images from the day, please feel free to browse via this link.

 

Groom and best man prior to wedding ceremony at Saint Margaret's Church in Rottingdean, West Sussex

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