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Tom and Evanna’s wedding at St Andrew’s Church West Sussex

Tom and Evanna were married in St Andrew’s Church in West Sussex at the weekend and I was there as the wedding photographer.
Evanna, her Mum, Dad and bridesmaids all got ready in The Bothy at The South Lodge Hotel, near Horsham, 10 minutes drive away from the church. Evanna’s parents had come from Canada for the wedding and some of her bridesmaids had made the trip from Ireland.

At about 2.30pm the bridal party made their way to Tom’s parents house in Nuthurst, St Andrew’s church was then a short walk to the bottom of their driveway. After several weeks of unbroken sunshine the clouds had arrived on Saturday morning and by the time Evanna arrived for the ceremony the umbrellas were out.
I didn’t count the guests but there was a full church by the time the ceremony started. I wasn’t permitted to use flash during the service, but the priest, Father David Evans, allowed me to sit in the choir stalls and take a few photos with the available light. It was extremely gloomy, but I did to get a few shots of the bride and groom at the altar. I always think it’s a shame if you don’t have a few shots of this part of the day, so I was grateful for what I could get. See a previous post for some more thoughts on wedding photography policy in churches.

The reception took place just over the road from the church at Tom’s parents house. The rain turned to a light drizzle for long enough to get some photographs of the bride and groom outside by the lake. Giant tepees had been set out in the grounds for the wedding breakfast and turned out be a bit of a life saver when the drizzle turned into a downpour later in the afternoon.

Despite the general wetness everybody had a great day, I think the brollies even added a bit of colour to some of the photos. I stayed to photograph the first dance and then left everybody to enjoy the evening party.

bride reflected in mirror
Bride and bridesmaids before the wedding
Bridesmaids walking with umbrellas
Bride and father walking to church in the rain
Bride and groom at the altar
Couple walking down the aisle after the wedding ceremony
Newly weds posing by lake
Close up of young bride and groom
Newly weds acting up for the camera
Close shot of bride, groom, bridesmaids and best man
Bride looking at groom during first dance

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