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

Highdown Vineyard Wedding Photographer – Sienna & Phil

Featured Wedding, Wedding Stories

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.

Colour documentary wedding photography of male wedding guests enjoying cigars, during the evening reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.

Why I Love This Image: Groomsmen, Cigars & a Toy Lens

Why I Love This Image

To be honest, there are lots of things I love about this image from Crystal & Dom’s Highdown Vineyard wedding in West Sussex.

It was early evening, during the wedding reception, and the warm summer sun was setting on the Sussex countryside.  A number of the groomsmen and male wedding guests had sneaked outside to enjoy a celebratory wedding cigar.

At the time I was experimenting with a new lens on one of my cameras, and a plastic toy lens at that! Made by SLRMagic and near on a 50mm field of view, it’s a lens that gives a quirky and imperfect view of the world.  In many ways it’s the closest I’ve come to an old film analogue look on a digital camera – without any post processing that is.

There was definitely a real retro and timeless vibe to the scene, which was perfectly enhanced by the toy lens.  This is really helped by the central standing male, sparking up his cigar, and with a vintage look straight out of the TV historical crime series Peaky Blinders (or rather, as I hear it in my head, “Peaky Bloody Blinders” said in a very strong Brummie accent!)  The rural setting and rather old looking pylon in the background also add to this.

Of course, the photo is also a great depiction of a natural moment being quietly enjoyed by the groomsmen – away from the music and dancing back inside – and great subject matter for my documentary wedding photography approach.  You can really imagine the male conversations and reflection being made on the wedding day!

I was delighted the image itself was granted an award by the Wedding Photojournalist Association in a 2016 Reception category.

You can also see more images I love and read why in my Why I Love This Image series.

Contact Me To Discuss Your Wedding Plans

If you are getting married at Highdown Vineyard or simply enjoy my award-winning documentary wedding photography approach and think I’d be a great fit for your wedding plans, then I’d love to hear from you.

There is absolutely no obligation to book and I also offer a unique 100% money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with your photos. So there’s really no risk whatsoever!  Check here for more details about my services and fees.

You can call me on 07920 422144 or send me a message with details about your wedding via my contact page.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Colour wedding photography of the bride and groom embracing amongst the vines, during the wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.

Highdown Vineyard Wedding Photographer – Crystal and Dom

Wedding Stories

As a wedding photographer I’m so lucky to visit so many beautiful wedding venues around the country.  Highdown Vineyard, nestled cosily on the slopes of the South Downs, in-between Worthing and Littlehampton in West Sussex, is easily one of the most beautiful.  I also count myself very fortunate to have photographed a number of weddings at Highdown.

So when I met up with Crystal and Dom, 6 months earlier on a cold grey day in south west London, and they told me they were having their wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard, I knew I had to be their wedding photographer.

A Sussex Wedding Photographer

Colour wedding photography of Highdown Vineyard in Ferring - one of the best wedding venues in West Sussex.

In fact, the reason Crystal and Dom had contacted me about being their wedding photographer was because they had seen some of my previous Highdown Vineyard wedding photography whilst visiting this most beautiful West Sussex wedding venue.

So once they had booked me, I couldn’t wait for their wedding day to come around.  And when the day came around I definitely wasn’t disappointed.  The sun was shining beautifully and I found myself down on the Sussex coast, ready to shoot the bridal preparations at Crystal’s parents in the seaside town of Bognor Regis.

I have to confess I’m still a kid at heart and the merest mention of the seaside gets me all excited, so I arrived early in Bognor Regis and enjoyed a light breakfast looking out across the beach and sea beyond.  I just knew this was going to be an idyllic wedding to remember.

Bognor Regis Wedding Preparations

Colour wedding photography of Lotus Styling hairdressers in Bognor Regis, where the bridal preparations took place.

I’d agreed to meet Crystal and the bridal party at a hair salon called Lotus Styling in Bognor Regis town centre.  As you’d expect everyone was really excited for the day ahead and the salon itself was a really cool setting, with Banksy graffiti on the walls and woodland murals.  As a documentary wedding photographer I couldn’t fail to get some great shots of such a fantastic hairdressers.

One hair was styled and veils in place, it was back to Crystal’s parents home for the bridal preparations ahead of the wedding ceremony.  Of course, the excitement continued as more family members and guests arrived, including the flower girls.

Getting Ready at Home

Black and white natural wedding photography of the flower girls and their mother, holding their bouquets, during the bridal preparations in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.

Everyone by now knows I love the preparations part of the day – be it a bride or a groom – it’s always a time of laughter, nerves and, yes, the occasional tear. I see it my job, as a documentary wedding photographer, to capture all these natural moments, genuine emotions and real stories.  And Crystal’s wedding preparations lived up to expectations.

Preparations done, it was then time to get down to the delightful West Sussex coastal village of Pagham for the wedding ceremony itself, at the stunningly beautiful and historic St Thomas à Becket parish church, or often simply referred to a Pagham Church.  I say historic, as there has always been a church on the site going back 1300 years to the 7th Century Saxons.  The current church is much the same as it was 800 years ago and is largely considered to be one of the best of its kind.  I will say it’s definitely one of the most beautiful churches I have shot a wedding at.  It’s the perfect English rural wedding setting.

Pagham St Thomas à Becket Church Wedding Ceremony

Colour documentary wedding photography of the bride arriving before the wedding ceremony, at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.

Inside the spacious and airy church, Dom was waiting nervously for Crystal to arrive.  He’d certainly brushed up well since I’d last seen him a month or so before for the pre-wedding portrait shoot in Richmond Park, in south west London.  He definitely cut a dashing and handsome groom along with his brothers-come-Best Men.

Colour wedding photography of the bride smiling at the groom, during the wedding ceremony at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.

Crystal arrived with a huge and dazzling smile on her face – could there be a more fitting example of the blushing English bride?  The wedding ceremony was the expected mix of smiles, laughs and, at the end, a very entertaining and carefully choreographed dance to a particular hymn, which made it all huge fun.

A Quiet & Touching Wedding Moment

Once the wedding ceremony finished, it was out into the beautiful grounds of the church and some glorious Sussex sunshine.  After mingling with guests for a while, Crystal then took herself away to spend a quiet moment at the resting place of her grandmother, Patricia, who was buried in the churchyard where the wedding had taken place – such a lovely and touching connection.

Black and white wedding reportage photography of the bride placing a rose at the grave of her grandmother, after her wedding at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.

Highdown Vineyard Wedding Reception

The wedding reception took place a few miles away at the beautiful Highdown Vineyard, where I’ve shot weddings before – so I knew it was a fantastic Sussex wedding location.  Such a beautiful setting makes life as a wedding photographer that much easier.  The vines are a wonderful backdrop for portraits, the lawns a great spot for games and mingling and the buildings and marquee fantastic for eating, drinking and dancing – none of which were in short supply on Crystal and Dom’s day!

Colour wedding reportage photography of the groomsmen enjoying a cigar, during the evening wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.

The speeches were full of emotion – both laughs and tears in equal measure.  Then as the sun set and the band entertained dancing guests inside, the groomsmen sneaked outside to enjoy a wedding cigar and reflect on the day.

This was also a perfect opportunity to try out a new “toy lens” I’d gotten hold of.  I’m always looking for a new and unique way to document a wedding day.  The SLR Magic 50mm lens is definitely a quirky and imperfect lens that captures unique images.  I’d much rather capture a perfect moment than worry about technically perfect photos.  The cigar image above, was one of a few images captured with this interesting lenss

I’m sure you’ll agree, from a small selection of the wedding photographs that follow, it really was the idyllic wedding day I promised it would be!

West Sussex Wedding Photography

The bridal party enjoying the wedding morning at the hairdressers in Bognor Regis, West SussexBlack and white wedding photography of the bride having her veil attached at a hairdressers in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of the mother-of-the-bride, wearing her wedding hat, looking on as the bride is finished off, at a hairdressers in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Black and white white photography of the bride and her parents in the car, on the wedding morning in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photography of the bride enjoying a moment with her brother, during the bridal preparations at home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Black and white documentary wedding photography of the bride's brother hanging up the veil, during the bridal preparations at home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of a bridesmaid during the bridal preparations, at home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Colour documentary wedding photography of the mother-of-the-bride's hat, during the bridal preparations at home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photojournalism of the bride choosing her eye shadow, during the bridal preparations at home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Colour wedding photojournalism of wedding guests in the garden in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Black and white wedding reportage photography of ribbons being tied to the wedding car, at home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of a close-up of the wedding dress being buttoned up, during the bridal preparations at home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Colour wedding photojournalism of bridesmaids buttoning up the bride's wedding dress, during the bridal preparations at home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of a bridesmaid doing up the bride's show, during the bridal preparations at home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Colour wedding portrait of the bride posing in the garden, during the morning bridal preparations in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photojournalism of a bridesmaid taking a selfie of herself and bridal party, leavning home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Black and white wedding reportage photography, taken from inside of a car, of the bride leaving home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photography of the priest preparing ahead of the wedding ceremony, at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Colour candid wedding photography of the bride coming down the aisle, at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Colour wedding photojournalism of a female guest delivering a wedding reading, during the wedding ceremony at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photography of the priest blessing the couple, during the wedding ceremony at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of the bride and groom exchanging wedding rings, during the ceremony at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photography of the bride and groom enjoying their first kiss, during the weddug ceremony at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photojournalism of the vicar blessing the couple, during the wedding ceremomy at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Black and white documentary wedding photography of the groom signing the wedding register, at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Colour wedding photojournalism of the congregation enjoying a dance, during the wedding at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photography standing in the aisle, during a wedding at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Black and white documentary wedding photography walking back up the aisle, during the wedding at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.A colour wedding portrait of the bride and groom kissing after their wedding, in the grounds of the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Colour documentary wedding photography of the bride and groom and guests, in the grounds of the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photojournalism of wedding guests, in the grounds of the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.A natural colour wedding portrait of a pretty female wedding guest, after a wedding at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Colour wedding photojournalism of confetti being thrown at the bride and groom, after the wedding at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photojournalism of confetti being thrown at the groom, after the wedding at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Colour documentary wedding photography of couple of guests, at the wedding at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour documentary wedding photography of a guest in a wheelchair, arriving at the wedding at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of baskests with slippers in, at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of flowers and wine glasses, during the wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white documentary wedding photography of the groom being kissed by a guest, at the wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photography of guests playing in the grounds of Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of wedding guests playing boule, during the wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white wedding reportage photography of male wedding guests enjoying a game of boule, in the grounds at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photography of a guest leaving a wedding present, during the wedding at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white documentary wedding photography of the couple arriving for the wedding breakfast, at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photojournalism of the father of the bride picking up the notes for his speech, during the wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour documentary wedding photography of the bride hugging her father, at the end of his speech during the wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photography of the groom delivering his wedding speech, during the wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white documentary wedding photography of an emotional mother of the groom, during his wedding speech at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white wedding reportage wedding photography of the best man preparing for his speech, during the wedding at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour documentary wedding photography of the groom wearing a bandage, during the best man's speech at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white documentary wedding photography of an emotional best man, during the wedding speeches at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of a tiered wedding cheese cake, during the wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of a bridesmaid walking amongst the vines, during the wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour documentary wedding photography of a wedding guest making bubbles, during the wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of bride and groom posing for a portrait amongst the vines, during the wedding at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black ad white wedding photography of the bride and groom posing for a portrait, during a wedding at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photojournalism of the bride and groom enjoyng a quiet and intimate moment alone amongst the vines, during the weddung reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of the bride and groom embracing amongst the vines, during the wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour wedding photojournalism of a couple walking amonst the vines, viewed fron inside the wedding marquee at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photojournalism of the first dance, during the wedding at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photography of the couple during their first dance, at their wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photojournalism of a the musical band, during the evening wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and wedding wedding reportage photography of the singer of the wedding band, during the evening reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour documentary wedding photography of male wedding guests enjoying cigars, during the evening reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of wedding guest smoking a cigar, during the evening wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour wedding reportage photography of a shy guest, during the wedding at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photography of the groom talking with guests, during the evening wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.

Book a West Sussex Wedding Photographer

Are you getting in married in West Sussex? Perhaps in Bognor Regis? Or maybe at Pagham Church? Or you’re having your wedding at Highdown Vineyard?

Alternatively, you may just enjoy my natural and unobtrusive documentary wedding photography approach and think it would be a great fit for your wedding day? I’m a London wedding photographer but cover the whole of the UK and destination weddings overseas.

Whatever the reason, I’d definitely love to have an friendly and informal chat with you about your wedding plans. So give me a call or SMS on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page and lets start making plans for your wedding.

 

Wedding photojournalosm at South Lodge hotel in Horsham, West Sussex

South Lodge Horsham Wedding Photography Anniversary

Back in the Day, Blog Article

I can’t believe it’s now 2 years since I shot Kelly & Ryan’s wedding photography at the beautiful South Lodge Hotel near Horsham in Sussex.  What threatened to start out a cold wet day turned into a beautiful sunny day in the Sussex countryside.

Wedding photojournalism at South Lodge hotel in Horsham, West Sussex

What I loved most about Kelly and Ryan’s special day were the emotions that ran through the day. Being a Sussex documentary wedding photography I love capturing all those real moments and genuine emotions that make up a wedding story. There was certainly no shortage of that on Kelly and Ryan’s day.

Wedding photojournalism at South Lodge hotel in Horsham, West Sussex

Telling a couple’s real story means they have highly personal and memorable memories to look back upon. By ensuring the integrity of the moments that occurred ensures it’s their story captured, not my creation of one.

So I look back with wonderful memories of of Kelly and Ryan’s wedding at the South Lodge Horsham. Happy 2nd wedding anniversary to you both!

Wedding photojournalism at South Lodge hotel in Horsham, West Sussex

Book me for your South Lodge Horsham wedding

Are you getting married at the South Lodge hotel in Horsham, Sussex. Or perhaps you enjoyed my natural storytelling approach to wedding photography? I’d love to hear about your wedding plans.  You can check out my wedding photography prices here.

You can call me on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page. I can’t wait to hear from you.

Wedding Photojournalism In Action

About Wedding Photojournalism, Blog Article, Video

I’m delighted to post this short 5 minute video of me shooting a real wedding down at Highdown Vineyard earlier this summer.  In it I discuss:

  • My approach to wedding photojournalism
  • How I approach a wedding day
  • And the kind of moments I look out for on the wedding day

Hopefully it gives you an idea of, not just my wedding photojournalism style, but also me as a person.

If you’d like to talk with me 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.

 

Highdown Vineyard West Sussex wedding photography of the groomsmen smoking cigarettes, taken by one of the best wedding photographers in London, Darren Lehane.

Artistic Award-Winning London Wedding Photographer

Awards, Blog Article

I’m delighted, thrilled and truly honoured to have recently been awarded two wedding photography awards by the prestigious Artistic Guild of the Wedding Phototojournalist Association (AGWPJA).  As a London wedding photographer I feel it’s incredibly important to enter my wedding photography into awards. It helps me gauge how I stand against my most talented peers, keeps forcing me to continually improve, as well as reassuring wedding couples that my work is worthy of winning industry respect award.

A Fine Art Approach to Wedding Photojournalism

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The AGWPJA is a sister body to the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) and concentrates on a more fine art approach to wedding photojournalism. As they say themselves:

The Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association AG|WPJA is comprised of outstanding wedding photographers, who are at the forefront of the wedding photography industry when it comes to enhancing images. The chief objective of the AG|WPJA is to provide members with a platform where the finest enhanced, manipulated and/or artistic wedding photojournalism in the world is spotlighted and promoted for the bride and groom.

The AG|WPJA is a separate division of the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA). Whereas the WPJA upholds strict guidelines that forbid excessive picture manipulation, the AG|WPJA encourages and fosters creative image enhancement, with the vision of promoting Fine Art Wedding Photojournalists.

The AG|WPJA establishes and upholds high standards that are taken into consideration during the judging process for our wedding photography contests. Using all artistic tools at their disposal, members skillfully enliven their work in post production processing.

So as you can most probably appreciate winning an award from AGWPJA is a huge thing for me as fine art wedding photojournalist.

The Award Winning Wedding Photography

So above are the two photos which picked up the recent awards in the 2nd quarterly awards of 2016 with the AGWPJA.

The black and white image on the left is from Jodi and Simon’s wedding at the Hyatt Regency Churchill hotel in Central London. It received 2nd place in the Other Vendors category.  The judges commented as follows:

Nice composition with strong graphic appeal and a great sense of gesture.

Subtle and quirky moment, but I like it. Thank you to the photographer for finding an interesting detail from something so ordinary and sharing it with us.

The colour image on the right is from Crystal and Dom’s wedding, taken during the evening reception at the beautiful Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex. It picked up 6th place in the Wedding Reception category. The judges comment was as follows:

Great subjects, mood, tonality and color.

Picking up two awards in one competition is extremely flattering and pleasing.

Book an Award Winning London Wedding Photographer

If you enjoy my award winning approach to fine art wedding photojournalism and think it would be a good fit for your wedding story, then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans. Give me a call on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page. I will be thrilled to hear from you.

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.

Wedding reportage photography at South Lodge hotel in Horsham, West Sussex

Back In The Day: Kelly & Ryan’s South Lodge Wedding Anniversary

Back in the Day

It’s hard to believe that it’s now a year to the day since I had the privilege and honour of documenting Kelly and Ryan’s wedding story at the beautiful South Lodge Hotel near Horsham in West Sussex.

Kelly had been a bridesmaid at a previous wedding, that of Nicole and Eugene, and was keen to have a natural, relaxed and unobtrusive wedding photojournalism approach to her and Ryan’s special day.

I’m delighted she did, as theirs was a special day and a very unique wedding story. The South Lodge Hotel is without doubt one of the best wedding venues in West Sussex – so if you are thinking of getting married there, I’d definitely recommend it! If you are, please do give me a call on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact as I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans.

Anyhow, all that’s left to do is wish Kelly and Ryan a very happy 1st wedding anniversary!

Why I Love This Image: The Faith & The Devotion

Why I Love This Image

Why I Love This Image of Imogen & Seb Hand-in-Hand

My Why I Love This Image articles aim to give you an insight into why I took or love a particular image from one of the many wedding stories I shoot. As a wedding photographer I believe in being as open and transparent about the work and, I hope, by sharing my thoughts on some of my images you can both see and feel my passion for wedding photography.

On The Southern Slopes of the South Downs in West Sussex

Highdown Vineyard West Sussex Wedding venue

I captured this moment fairly late on during Imogen & Seb’s wedding story in Worthing in West Sussex.  Having arrived at the stunningly beautiful setting of the Highdown Vineyard, which is situated on the southern slopes of the South Downs in-between the seaside towns of Worthing and Littlehampton, we ventured into the vineyard itself to get a couple of more traditional posed portraits of the happy couple before the sun set.  Afterwards, as Imogen and Seb walked hand-in-hand back towards the restaurant, where their weddings guests were waiting for the evening reception I saw the opportunity to capture this beautiful and tender moment.

A Moment of Faith & Devotion

As they walked towards me I immediately thought it would be fantastic and somewhat creative to get a candid shot of them as they passed over me, making a feature of that big Sussex sky, so I literally laid down on the ground and waited for them to pass over me.  Of course, shooting up against the sky I knew Imogen and Seb were going to be silhouetted against it so I needed to get shot that was both dramatic and graphic to make up for the loss of detail in the shadows of their silhouetted form.  I had to encourage them a little to carry on walking over and past me without letting go of their hands – but I’m so glad I did.  The final image really shows, in a very graphic form, the togetherness of the couple as the husband leads his new wife into the future of their married life together.  Also, given that Imogen and Seb are Mormons and that their faith is very important to them, the low angle of the shot up against the large expanse of sky, clouds and sun really does give the whole image of spirituality which really did echo throughout their day.  I’m really pleased, as a wedding photojournalist, that I could capture an image that summed up that spirituality and faith in a single frame.

A Moment In-Between The Moments

One of the best wedding photographers West Sussex shoots a portrait of the bride and groom at Highdown VineyardWest Sussex wedding photojournalist shoots a portrait of the bride and groom at Highdown Vineyard

I have talked about it before and the importance of wedding photography that captures the smaller moments that happens in-between the bigger more traditional moments of the wedding day.  Whilst I am predominantly a wedding photojournalist who specialises in capturing the wedding story in a more natural, candid and unobtrusive manner I also realise that a lot of couples also like to include some posed portraits within that.  That’s why I offer portraits with both my Wedding Storyteller and Wedding Photojournalist packages.  However, that doesn’t mean that during the more traditional posed portrait shoots I switch off and don’t think about the natural moments – my eye is still always looking out for those moments in-between.  The relaxed and natural mood of this moment came after the couple “switched off” after some posed photos (as above) and for me personally that’s what really makes it a stronger, more authentic moment.  And that’s what wedding photojournalism is about…authenticity.

The Geeky Technical Stuff

One of the best wedding photographers in the UK shoots the bride and groom at Highdown Vineyard in Worthing, West SussexOne of the best London wedding photographers shoots the bride and groom at Highdown Vineyard in West Sussex

As with all my wedding photography, this image was shot on one of my Olympus OMD EM5 camera bodies (I shoot with 3 bodies at every wedding) – light and discrete cameras that are perfect for my wedding photojournalism approach.  The lens itself is the s Olympus 12mm f2.0 prime (I always shoot with prime lenses) – a fantastic wide angle lens which was perfect for enhancing the expanse of sky and the drama of the moment. My aperture was set for f/9 – which ensured I a was able to keep a good deal of sharpness throughout the frame.  As the dawy was starting to draw in somewhat I had set ISO 400 and to ensure I froze the couple in moment and maintain the silhouetting I had a really fast shutter speed of 1/2500, helped by shooting up towards a bright sky.  It was then converted to black and white in Adobe Lightroom in post production in which I did the draw the shadows out slightly and lessened the contrast a tad.  A couple of alternate colour shots, immediately before and after this moment, are shown above.

Love this image too and are getting married? Or maybe you are having a wedding at Highdown Vineyard in West 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. Alternatively, you can send me a private message in the form below and I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible. 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.

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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.

Or call me on 07920 422144.

Wedding reportage photography at South Lodge hotel in Horsham, West Sussex

South Lodge Sussex Wedding Photography – Kelly & Ryan

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A Real Story of a Real Wedding: Kelly & Ryan at South Lodge Country House Hotel, Near Horsham in West Sussex –  a documentary wedding photography approach

Being a wedding photographer the three things you always hope for are a fantastic couple, a picturesque wedding venue and perfect sunny weather. Kelly and Ryan’s Sussex wedding provided all three and ensure I was able to get beautiful wedding photography for them.

As you’d expect of a country house style hotel, set on the edge of the beautiful South Downs in West Sussex, the South Lodge hotel is a gorgeous wedding venue, near Horsham. With glorious sunshine bathing the 93 acres of grounds and woodland that surround the hotel, I knew the wedding day was going to be a very special one indeed. In fact, it’s days like this that makes being a Sussex wedding photographer so enjoyable.

I’d met Kelly when she was a bridesmaid at the Sussex wedding of Nicole and Eugene that I had photographed the year before. There’s no bigger compliment, as a wedding photographer, than to be asked to photograph someone’s special day after they have seen you in action at a wedding. It was the wedding photojournalism approach I undertake that had impressed them, as Kelly said, they weren’t a posy kind of couple and preferred their wedding photography to be natural and candid, documenting the real emotions and genuine moments of the day. Perfect for a documentary wedding photographer, like me, who visually narrates the wedding story in an unobtrusive and candid manner.

Arriving early at the hotel, with my trusted second shooter with me, we set about shooting the beautiful hotel grounds of the South Lodge, complete with an impressive wrought iron tree swing – camera candy for any kind of photographer, let alone a wedding photographer! As is normal when I am booked with a second shooter, I cover the bridal preparations on the wedding morning, whilst my second shooter has the privilege of covering the Groom’s preparations.

The bridal suite at the South Lodge is stunning – a large airy room that’s filled with lots of light and impressive views across the hotel’s grounds. Wedding photography in such a venue is a joy to undertake. The bride and her three bridesmaids were remarkably calm and relaxed, ahead of the wedding day to come. The room was full of laughs and excitement as the hairdresser and beauticians went about their easy job of the making the bridal party beautiful – providing lots of candid moments for a wedding photojournalist like me to document. Kelly looked absolutely gorgeous in her wedding dress – which took a lot of well-planned help to get in.

The civil ceremony at the South Lodge takes place in the Wordsworth Room on the “Poets floor” and takes quite a few twists and turns through the hotel from the bridal suite. Fortunately an official toastmaster – complete in his dashing red jacket and formal wear – was on hand to guide the bridal party down – again giving me plenty of wedding reportage moments to capture.

The Wordsworth room was full of beaming guests for the ceremony and triple aspect windows and patio doors, with a sun-drenched terrace beyond, allowed glorious sunlight to fill the room and lighten the smiles and tears I was able to photography. Once the wedding rings were exchanged, the first kiss enjoyed and the happy couple declared husband and wife the room erupted with cheers and applause – perfect fodder for wedding photojournalism!

The formal wedding portraits of the bride and groom took place in what is known as the South Lodge’s Secret Garden – a beautiful natural garden, rockeries and water features set within the Sussex countryside. This allowed for some beautiful wedding portraits of the happy couple. The formal speeches and toasts followed the wedding breakfast. After a moving speech by the father-of-the-bride we moved on to an emotional Groom’s speech by Ryan and, it would be fair to say, a few tears with it. Then it was laughs for the Best Man’s speech, all of which provided lots of natural moments and emotions for me to capture, as a wedding photojournalist.

After the cutting of the cake and the first dance, it was time for the guests to let their hair down and celebrate the marriage of Kelly and Ryan – a very special day for all concerned. Not least me as their wedding photographer. I’m sure you’ll agree it was a fun and beautiful day all round.

Part of my Wedding Stories series.

Getting married at the South Lodge Hotel near Horsham in West Sussex 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.

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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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