I was the wedding photographer for Sam and Jon’s ceremony at The Old Meeting House in Ditchling, just outside Brighton, on Saturday. I started the day at a house in Hove where the bridal party was getting ready. Sam had already told me that she wasn’t very keen on having her photo taken during the preparations. On the day I think she was too busy to be bothered, so I got a few nice shots of her while she was having her makeup done. I also took some photos of her lovely bridesmaids, Emma and Tilly, and then shot off to the church ahead of them all.
The Old Meeting House is a small and very friendly feeling Unitarian Church. The minister, Jane Barton, explained to me that the church accepted people of all faiths, the only requirement for marriage was that there had to be a spiritual element to the service. I don’t know much about these things but it sounded like a nice idea. The church was full of Sam and Jon’s friends and family and, by the time Sam had been escorted up the aisle by her father, there wasn’t a lot of room left. Because of the restricted space and to avoid distracting people from the main event, the church doesn’t allow the photographer at the front and doesn’t permit the use of flash. Even at the back I was still near enough to get some shots of the bride and groom, and there was enough natural light for them to look alright. The service itself was short, simple and moving.
It started to rain during the wedding service but conveniently stopped just as everybody left the church and we were able to take some group photographs outside. I had some great help from one of Sam’s friends which meant we got through them really quickly. If you are ever looking for a part time job June, please give me a call!
The reception was at Pangdean Barn in Pyecombe and once again we were very lucky with the weather (I get a bit obsessed with the weather on wedding days). Despite some gathering cloud the rain held off long enough for everybody to enjoy a drink in the garden. It also gave me a chance to take some photos of the bride and groom before the wedding breakfast. It started to chuck it down about five minutes after everybody got inside.
I’d heard that Pangdean does some good catering and Sam had organised a meal for me, so I got to try it firsthand. I had the duck a l’orange for a first course and a rather nice raspberry Pavlova for a dessert. It’s a hard life as a wedding photographer. Thanks Sam.