The bride arrives for the wedding at Highdown Vineyard in West Sussex.

Highdown Vineyard Wedding Photographer – Sienna & Phil

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I love a Highdown Vineyard wedding.  As a wedding photojournalist I’ve shot there a number of times and it’s without doubt one of the best wedding venues in West Sussex.  So when Sienna and Phil asked me to be their wedding photographer there, I just couldn’t wait to get started!

Street Photography Wedding Photographer

The bride during the wedding preparations at home in Brighton, East Sussex.Sienna puts the finishing touches to her hair for the big day.

One of the reasons Sienna and Phil chose me to be their Highdown Vineyard wedding photographer was because of their love for street photography.  Being an obsessive street photographer in my personal work, they knew I’d be a great fit for documenting their wedding story in a natural and candid way.

My 5 Favourite…Images from Steph & Dan’s Brighton Wedding Photography

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Holiday Inn Brighton Wedding Photography

It’s hard to believe that it was back in July 2013 that I photographed Steph and Dan’s Brighton wedding.  I can still recall quite clearly all the moments, emotions and stories from the day, as if it were only yesterday.

So I thought I’d look back and select my five favourites from all the wedding photos I shot that day and explain why.  So in no particular order:

Wedding photography of a groom wiping a tear from his bride's eye, during the wedding at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton, East Sussex. Taken by Brighton wedding photographer Darren Lehane.

Why I Love This Image: Wiping Away The Tear

Why I Love This Image

Weddings are often occasions of conflicting emotions. From tears to laughter, quite reflection through to shaking your moves on the dancefloor the wedding day usually has it all.  The wedding ceremony itself often sees a tear or two shed, as here during Gemma and Rich’s wonderful wedding at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton, East Sussex.

What is really touching about this moment, as Gemma is overcome with emotion, is the way Rich shows comfort and concern by reaching out and tenderly wiping a tear from his bride’s face.  Could there really be a more symbolic gesture of the care and love a couple feel for one another.  You could recite a thousand words of romantic poetry but it still wouldn’t come anywhere close to this powerful demonstration of love and affection.

Furthermore, to add to the demonstration of tearful emotion of the moment, we can also see a wedding guest in the background also wiping a tear from her own eye.  It’s emotional moments such as these that I just love to document as a wedding photojournalist.  It’s a picture that tells a highly personal story and one you couldn’t simply fake or stage.

Don’t worry though, Gemma was quickly handed a tissue and the tears quickly turned to laughter between the happy couple.

Wedding photojournalism of a bride using a tissue to wipe a tear from her eye, as a concerned groom looks on, during their wedding at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton, East Sussex. Taken by Darren Lehane, one of the best Brighton wedding photographers. Documentary wedding photography of a bride and groom laughing during the wedding ceremony at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton, East Sussex. Documented by one of the best wedding photographers in Brighton, Darren Lehane.

This is part of my Why I Love This Image series – where I explain what it is about certain wedding photos that I love.

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Are you getting married at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton? Or perhaps you enjoyed how my storytelling approach to wedding photography naturally captures the real emotions and moments of a couple’s wedding story?  I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans.

Call me now on 07920 422144 or send me a message with details of your wedding via my contact page.  I can’t wait to hear from you!

A Short Weekend in Brighton

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It’s My Life: Another Personal Story

With wedding season now quietening down I had the opportunity for a short weekend trip to Brighton last weekend. As it was a family trip, with six of us in total, I arranged a Kemp Town terraced house through AirB&B for us to stay.  I won’t say too much, but the house was cool, quirky and arty and belonged to the singer of a band who had bit of a left field hit in the 1990s.

So what does a documentary wedding photographer do when not working – I did some street and documentary photography in Brighton of course!

A Street Photography Wedding Photographer

The weather on Saturday was great, warm and sunny. So this gave me plenty of opportunity to get quite a few street photography shots all along the seafront. On Saturday evening, failing to be able to get into the restaurant we wanted to eat in we ended up have a traditional seaside feast of fish and chips at home.

Unfortunately, Sunday morning was rather wet but that didn’t stop us from having a fun time playing crazy golf. I’d love to tell you that I won – sadly I finished well down the pecking order. I could blame my club, or the conditions but a good wedding photographer never blames their lens or camera 😉

Non-Traditional Wedding Photographer Goes Sunday Non Traditional!

We finished off with a firmly non-traditional Sunday lunch of burgers and fries at the JB American Diner.  After all, being a non-traditional wedding photographer I firmly believe in breaking traditions where I can. After lunch, we all went our separate ways.

It was fun and enjoyable break after such a busy summer of wedding photography. Here are a few photos from a short weekend in Brighton.

You could read about my life away from wedding photography in my It’s My Life Series which hopefully gives you more of an insight into me the individual.

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The bride gives a cheeky smile to the groom, during the wedding ceremony at the Holiday Inn in Brighton, East Sussex.

Why I Love This Image: The Cheeky Bride

Why I Love This Image

The bride’s smile after the tears

I took this photo a few years ago now, during Steph and Dan’s wedding ceremony at the Holiday Inn on Brighton seafront in East Sussex.

Steph arrived in tears for her marriage to Dan, in fact I think it would be fair to say that Steph was most probably the most tearful bride I’ve seen at the beginning of a marriage service.  She really was overcome with emotion on what is always an emotional day.  But that’s great for me, as a wedding photojournalist with a natural storytelling approach to weddings.

The bride walks down the aisle in tears at the Holiday Inn Brighton, East Sussex

Steph arrives for the wedding ceremony in tears.

Who would have thought it? From such a tearful bride to a relaxed and cheeky bride in just a matter of minutes!  Even the Registrar seems genuinely surprised! It really does show the range of emotions a bride can go through on her wedding day and, as a wedding photojournalist, I am perfectly able to document these moments, emotions and exprssions for the wedding story. You could never stage or fake moments like these. It’s why wedding photojournalism is so popular.

The bride wipes away tears with a tissue during the wedding ceremony at the Brighton Holiday Inn in East Sussex

The start of the ceremony is delayed as Steph dries her tears.

The ceremony had to be held up a short while whilst the registrar dug out some tissues and allowed her a little time to get the tears dried. Soon enough, Steph was ready and the ceremony started – during which I captured this cheeky smile from Steph to Dan.

The bride gives a cheeky smile to the groom, during the wedding ceremony at the Holiday Inn in Brighton, East Sussex.

I doubt anyone can help but smile at this image – such is the warmth and beauty of Steph’s smile.  It perfectly shows the depth of love, trust and friendship between the couple, a definite unity that can’t be broken. It is without doubt a perfect moment…a small story within the bigger story of the wedding day.

And that’s why I love this image. I hope you do too.

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My Why I Love This Image series hopefully gives you more of an insight of why I took particular images, their context and my thought processes. As a wedding photojournalist I strongly believe in providing an open, honest and transparent explanation of the photography I capture.

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Love this image too and are getting married? Or maybe you are having a Holiday Inn wedding in Brighton? Then I’d love to talk with you about your wedding plans and how my wedding photojournalism approach can capture the real story of YOUR wedding day. Call me on 07920 422144 or send me an email here.

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Technical Details

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> Olympus OMD EM5 MK1 camera body
> Leica Summilux 25mm prime lens
> f/1.4
> 1/80 sec
> ISO 1000

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Old Ship Inn Brighton wedding photography of the bride receiving comments about her wedding dress, during the bridal preparations

Back In The Day: Father of the Bride Looks On

Back in the Day

A random look back through my wedding photography archives

The bridal preparations can often be a slighty awkward time for the father-of-the-bride.  After all, he steps into the excitement and frenzy of the preparations which have usually been ongoing for a good few hours already.  The bride is getting ever more emotional as she gets into her dress and the wedding ceremony is getting ever near.  The bridal party are excitedly helping with hair, make-up, securing the dress and doing all those girly things that girls are normally used to doing.

On the other hand, the bride’s father – normally a little nervous and emotional himself – is seeing his daughter for the first time in her wedding dress but often feels a spare part in the proceedings.  It can be a little like standing in the middle of Piccadilly Circus at rush hour and not being entirely sure on how to cross the road!

And this image, from Gemma & Rich’s East Sussex Wedding a few years ago, at one of the best wedding venues in Brighton, the  Old Ship Hotel , is a wonderful example of that.  Both mother’s are busy helping the bride, who is focused on her beautiful wedding dress, and all the father can do is look on – but look on he does with immense love and pride for his beautiful daughter. It’s those fleeting little moments captured that are key to my wedding photojournalism approach.

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Are you getting married at the Old Ship Hotel, or elsewhere, and like my natural storytelling approach to wedding photography? Then I’d love to hear all about your wedding plans. You can call me now on 07920 422144 or send me a mail via my Contact Page. I look forward to hearing from you.

Old Ship Inn Brighton wedding photography of the mother-of-the-bride making a final adjustment to the bride's wedding dressing, during the bridal preparations

Brighton Old Ship Hotel Wedding Photography – Gemma & Rich

Wedding Stories

Another Brighton Wedding

I again found myself in Brighton for another wedding – this time for Gemma and Rich’s at the delightful Old Ship Hotel on the seafront. Even though it was bitterly cold with a biting wind, the sun was shining and it promised to be a beautiful wedding day for all concerned.

As everyone most probably knows by now – one of my favourite parts of the day is aways the bridal preparations. For a wedding photojournalist this part of the wedding day always offer so many moments and so many emotions, which always means so many opportunities to get some great wedding reportage photography for the real wedding story.

So I was delighted that the bridal suite really was a grand old room that provided an atmospheric backdrop to the beautiful bride and her immediate family.  As far as bridal preparations go, it was relaxed, calm and fun – allowing me to capture wedding photography I was genuinely proud of.

The wedding service saw tears from Gemma – overcome with the emotion of the day but Rich, her soon to be husband, was of course on hand to wipe tears from her face.

The speeches and wedding breakfast took place down in the Old Ship Hotel’s historic wine cellar – about as moody and atmospheric as any location I’ve ever shot.  It’s certainly not a venue I will ever forget.

The evening reception again was a fun affair – made funny by guests running around with various celebrity masks – include HRH The Queen.  As I expected, with Gemma and Rich being such a great young couple, their friends were exactly the same and it made for a wedding day no one, including me as the wedding photographer, will ever forget.

Part of my Wedding Stories series.

Getting married at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton or elsewhere and are interested in my candid, natural and wedding photojournalism approach to your wedding day? Then lets have an informal chat about your plans. Call me on 07920 422144 or leave me a message here.

Here is a very small selection of photos from Gemma & Rich’s real wedding story at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton, East Sussex. I hope you enjoy them as much I did shooting them! Click on an image to view larger version.

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Documenting The Real Story Of Your Wedding. Never Dictating it.

My Wedding Stories show you a chronological selection of photos from throughout a REAL wedding day, rather than just images specially selected for a portfolio (us photographers love to do that.)  After all, your wedding photography should be about your entire day rather than the very best images from the day.  I hope this not only gives you a feel of a whole wedding day but also demonstrates how my wedding photojournalism captures the natural moments, candid emotions and real events of the day – without the need to set up or stage fake moments.

If you are getting married and enjoy my documentary wedding photography approach, then I’d really love to chat to you about your plansDrop me a line here.

Or call me on 07920 422144.

 

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Old Ship Inn Brighton wedding photography of the mother-of-the-bride being assisted by the mother-of-the-groom during the bridal preparations

Why I Love This Image – We Are Family

Why I Love This Image

As a wedding photojournalist I love those little fleeting moments that happen in-between the bigger moments of a wedding day. After all, it’s those moments that add so much to the bigger wedding story itself.  So when I saw the mother-of-the-groom adding a finishing touch to the hair of the mother-of-the-bride I literally clicked on instinct.

Yes, this is what bridal preparations are all about, but the way the two mums come together is not only touching but also represents what weddings are all about…two families coming together to form a new one. Could that be any more beautifully demonstrated then this image?

A second reason I love this image is how another member of the wedding party enters the frame, which creates an interesting sense of depth and layering.  Being a big fan of street photographer William Klein, who was renowned for the way he used layers in his images, I just can’t resist looking for the same in mine.

You can see other images I love here.

Techie details for the camera geeks:
Body: Olympus OMD EM5  Lens: 25mm (EFL: 50mm)  Aperture: f/1.4  Shutter Speed: 1/640  ISO: 200  Flash: Did not fire.

Like this photo and are getting married? Or maybe you are having a wedding at Old Ship Inn in Brighton, East Sussex? Then I’d love to talk with you. Call me on 07920 422144 or drop me a quick message here.

My Why I Love This Image series hopefully gives you more of an insight of why I took particular images, their context and my thought processes. As a wedding photojournalist I strongly believe in providing an open, honest and transparent explanation of the photography I capture.

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