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Dominique and James’ wedding photographs at Laughton Barns, East Sussex.

On Friday I was booked for Dominique and James’ wedding. I started the day at the couple’s home in Brighton, taking shots of the bride and her bridesmaids getting ready, plus some details of the dress and flowers. I set off for Laughton Barns ahead of Dominique, who was being driven to the venue by her father in a vintage Triumph Herald.

The ceremony, reception, wedding breakfast and party all took place at Laughton Barns near Lewes, followed by overnight camping for the guests. I’ve never been here before and thought the grounds were great. There were two lakes, with a view of the Sussex landscape behind, very nice for photos.

The lighting for the wedding ceremony was potentially tricky. It was dark enough to need flash but there was no suitable ceiling or wall to bounce off, and I wanted to avoid using direct flash if at all possible. Luckily, Carol, the registrar, was very helpful and allowed me to set up a light to one side, which solved the problem.

I had a couple of photo opportunities with the bride and groom, one after the ceremony when the skies were very grey, and a later session when the sun came out and really made the place look good. For a comparison look at the first and last shots in this post, first shot in the gloom and the last shot in the evening sun. I used off camera flash and a brolly for both shots.

Dom and James both seemed like lovely people and a great match. I enjoyed myself during this wedding, particularly during the speeches from the two best men, fantastic stuff but I’m surprised James is still talking to you.
Thanks to Ashley and the staff at Laughton Barns who sorted out a meal and generally looked after me, always appreciated during a long day.

Bride and groom standing in Sussex landscape
Close up of wedding and engagement rings
Bride being laced into wedding dress
Newly weds embracing in front of Sussex lake.
Bride showing embarrasing photo of groom at wedding breakfast
Just married couple laughing in front of Sussex lake
Bride and groom looking at wedding ring together
Boy being given a bear hug by guest at wedding
Newly married couple in Sussex landscape
Head and shoulders of bride in evening sun

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