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.

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East Sussex wedding portrait at the Roebuck in Forest Row.

Back in the Day: Mr & Mrs Poog’s 2nd Wedding Anniversary

Back in the Day

It’s hard to believe that it’s now been 2 years since I shot the wedding of Nicole and Eugene’s (Poog as he get’s called!) wedding down at Horsham Registry Office in West Sussex and at the Roebuck Hotel in Forest Row, East Sussex.  Where does the time go?

I still have so many vivid memories from the day: from the pouring rain during the bridal preparations in the morning through to the glorious Sussex sunshine in the afternoon. Add to that Jedi Knights, big balloons and a quiz where one of the answers included anal beads…trust me, you had to be there!!!

Happy 2nd wedding anniversary Mr and Mrs Poog – I hope you have a wonderful day.

You can see more of my Back In The Day Series here.

If you are getting married at the Horsham Registry Office or the Roebuck in Forest Row and enjoyed my non traditional wedding photography approach, then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans. You can call me on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page. I’ll be delighted to hear from you.

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

Lehane Wedding Photojournalism Logo

> 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.

Sussex Wedding photographer captures the bride and groom playing on a swing in the gardens of the Roebuck Hotel in Forest Row, West Sussex

Why I Love This Image: The Swingers

Why I Love This Image

Unobtrusive Wedding Photojournalism

One of the key elements of wedding photojournalism is the ability to capture moments discreetly and unobtrusively, that ensure the integrity of the moment isn’t compromised.  Had I tried to stage or direct this lovey moment of Nicole and Eugene, playing on a swing in the gardens of the Roebuck Hotel, in Forest Row, East Sussex, or had they even been overtly aware of my presence then the mood would have been killed, the moment would have been lost and this lovely photo wouldn’t have become part of their wonderful wedding story. That’s why wedding photojournalism is perfect for capturing the genuine moments of a real wedding story.

A Beautiful English Wedding Setting

The main reason why I love this image is the way it encapsulates in one frame the mood of a perfect English summer’s evening in such a timeless fashion. Maybe it’s the tree swing that makes it so evocative of a romantic rural setting.  Certainly the low evening sun casts a magical light across the scene, with deep shadows adding to that magical mood. You can almost hear the birds chirping and wildlife scuttling into the greenery that surrounds the couple – so fitting given the bride and groom’s love of animals and nature. And, if we didn’t know any better, it could have been a moment from the 1920’s as it could contemporary Sussex!

The Perfect Romantic Moment

Then, of course, there’s the wonderful romance of the very moment itself.  A newly wed couple sharing a quiet and playful moment, in a quiet corner of the Sussex countryside. It sings of happiness and joy and the complete togetherness of the couple. And then there’s the fact it’s Nicole who’s pushing Eugene on the swing, giving a humourous twist to the convention of man and wife.  It really is an image that delights me every time I look at it – and makes this city boy yearn for a summer’s evening in the English countryside!

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Love this image too and are getting married? Or maybe you are having a wedding in Sussex? 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.  You can find full details of all my wedding photography packages and prices 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.

Sussex Wedding photographer captures the bride and groom playing on a swing in the gardens of the Roebuck Hotel in Forest Row, West Sussex

Horsham Wedding Photography – Nicole & Eugene’s Real Wedding Story

Wedding Stories

Real Wedding Photojournalism – Nicole & Eugene’s Sussex Wedding

When I first met Nicole & Eugene at their home in Pease Pottage, down in West Sussex, I just knew their wedding was going to a fun and enjoyable experience.  After all, not only did they love the idea of wedding photojournalism capturing their wedding story in a totally unique, candid and unobtrusive way but we really clicked on a personal level straight away sharing a similar sense of humour.  So I was genuinely thrilled and excited when they asked me to be their wedding photographer at their Horsham Registry office wedding and then at their wedding reception at the Roebuck Hotel in East Sussex.

Bridal Preparations Photography – Premier Inn, Crawley

The bride checks her make up in a mirror, during the morning bridal preparations at the Premier Inn hotel in Crawley, Sussex.

As always I started the wedding day by photographing the bridal preparations. I’ve said it before but those preparations are fantastic source material for wedding photojournalism.  The excitement is palpable at the start day and emotions run high, producing great moments for any wedding story.  For Nicole’s big day, it was a crack of dawn start at the Premier Inn hotel on the outskirts of Crawley. After enjoying a hearty breakfast with the bridal party it was down to business and documenting all the moments, expressions and incidents as the girls got ready. It may have been pouring quite heavily outside, but the girls were determined this wasn’t going to get in the way of a good time!

Grooms Preparations Photography – Pease Pottage, West Sussex

Wedding reportage of the Groom having his button hole adjusted, during the wedding day morning in Pease Pottage, Sussex.

Nicole and Eugene were keen that the groom’s preparations for the wedding day were also documented and this is where my second photographer really comes into his own by adding this extra wedding photography coverage on the day. So with me hard at work with the bridal part in Crawley, he was dispatched to the couple’s home to photograph Eugene preparing for the day ahead with the Best Man.

Horsham Registry Office Wedding Photography

Documentary wedding photography of the bride arriving for the marriage service at the Horsham Registry Office, Sussex.

The wedding ceremony itself took place at the intimate but beautiful Horsham Registry Office in West Sussex. Although the morning had started off grey and wet, by the time arrived at the wedding venue the sun was beginning to break through and promising a lovely day ahead.  The reception room was packed for the wedding service, with some guests having to stand at the back of the room.  The pride on Eugene’s face as Nicole, his beautiful bride arrived, was a picture to behold.  As a wedding photojournalist I was able to work quietly and discreetly around the couple, as they tied the knot, and with my second photographer providing extra coverage from the back of the room we were able to capture the ceremony in a full and complete manner that ensured a really full documentary approach to the couple’s wedding story.  It was then into the delightful gardens afterwards for the more formal and traditional posed wedding portrait photos.

The Roebuck Hotel, Forest Row Wedding Photography

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Once the wedding formals were done it was a drive across county borders and into the rural depths of the East Sussex countryside and the 17th Century Roebuck Hotel in Forest Row, just down the road from the Royal Ashdown Forest.  With the sun now fully shining it really was a beautiful setting for the rest of the wedding day.  Ensuring a discrete and candid approach to my wedding photojournalism style I set about capturing all those moments you would expect of a wedding story: the speeches and toasts, the games, the cutting of the cake, the first dance and all the evening’s festivities.  And, as comes naturally to a wedding photojournalist, I also ensured that I documented all these slight and fleeting moments in-between the moments. It’s these incidences that really do add to the overall wedding story and ensure memories can be cherished and last for a lifetime. I’m sure you’ll agree that Nicole and Eugene’s wedding day was a fabulous one – and that my natural and highly personalised wedding photojournalism approach really added to the day.

Are you getting married at Horsham Registry Office or the Roebuck Hotel in Forest Down? Or perhaps you are looking for a wedding photographer who provides a unique and beautiful wedding photojournalism approach? In either case I’d love to talk to you about your wedding plans and how I can beautifully document your real wedding story.  Please give me a call now on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contacts page here.

You can see more of my real Wedding Stories here.

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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 plansSend me an email here.

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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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