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Melissa and Joe’s wedding at Pangdean Barn, Brighton.

Melissa and Joe booked me as their wedding photographer last August and were my first wedding booking of the year. They both live in London, but have family in Brighton and Hove and chose to get married here. I started the day at The Hilton Brighton Metropole on the seafront where Melissa, her Mum and bridesmaids were preparing for the day. It did seem like a small bomb had been let off in the room by the time I left, but Melissa and her crew were looking great.
The wedding was at Sacred Heart Church in Hove, I turned up just as Joe, family, best man and ushers were arriving. I’d visited the church the week before to introduce myself, and to find out their policy on wedding photography. I try to do this whenever possible so I know exactly what I can do on the day. I was shown round by Deacon Paul, who was really helpful, and told me I could do almost anything, as long as I didn’t run around waving my arms in the air. I try to be as discreet as I possibly can during every wedding ceremony, but it’s great to know that you won’t be annoying anyone if you move quietly around the church.
The ceremony was conducted by Father Carl, who, when Melissa said she was feeling a bit nervous on arrival, confessed that even he got nervous at weddings. During the ceremony, bride and groom both looked like they were enjoying every minute.
Melissa and Joe had told me that they wanted a few shots on the Hove seafront, so we drove down there after the ceremony. I was worried earlier in the day because the weather was so gloomy, but by this time the sun was out and the light was a bit too bright (Never happy us photographers!). We managed to get a few shots, then the bride and groom had a quick glass of champagne before we headed off again.
The reception was held at Pangdean Barn in Pyecombe, just outside Brighton. I’ve been here a few times now, it’s a great venue and they always manage events very nicely. It was a bit too cold to stand in the gardens so most of the socialising went on inside. Even though it was freezing, the light was OK, so we went outside for the group and formal photos. After the groups I had just enough time to take a few more photos of the bride and groom before it got dark, and they went back in for the wedding breakfast.

Bride at Metropole Hotel Brighton

Melissa preparing for her wedding at The Hilton Brighton Metropole

Close up of bride in wedding dress holding flowers

The bridal bouquet

Groom and best man waiting in Sacred heart Church Hove

Joe and his brother waiting in the church

Bride and groom exchanging wedding rings in Sacred Heart Church Hove

Melissa and Joe exchanging rings

Bride and groom leaving Hove church after ceremony

Melissa and Joe coming out of the church after the ceremony

Newly married couple on Brighton seafront

The newly weds on the seafront in Hove

Bride and groom on Brighton promenade with sea behind

On the seafront

Newly married couple standing in front of railings on Hove seafront

Enjoying some February sunshine on the seafront

Bride and groom walking along Brighton seafront

Walking back to the car along the seafront

B&W shot of bride and groom on the sefront at brighton

Last one before leaving for the wedding reception

Bride and groom drinking champagne in Brighton wedding car

Bride and groom having a glass of champagne in the car

Groom being lifted by usher at Pangdean Barn

Joe getting a lift at Pangdean Barn

Bride and groom at Pangdean Barn Brighton

Joe and Melissa posing in front of the barn at Pangdean

Close up of bride and groom standing outside at Pangdean Barn

Another quick shot before the wedding breakfast at Pangdean

Bride and groom being showered with confetti inside Pangdean Barn East Sussex

Enjoying some confetti inside Pangdean Barn

Close up of wedding rings in front of wedding cake

The wedding rings in front of the (cheesy) cake

Bride groom and friends cheering at East Sussex wedding

Melissa, Joe and friends after the wedding breakfast

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Mark jordan - Hi David
I am a great believer in “feedback” and just wanted to pass on my thoughts about this lovely blog Very interesting and informative and it had some lovely pictures which looked just great. I will be following this superb site from now on.
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DaveP - Thanks Mark, I’ll be sure to come and have a look at your site too. David.

Clare Lockwood - Photography Leeds - Hi David,

There are some great photos there. I really love your style of photography. Keep up the good work.

Clare x

DaveP - Thanks Clare.

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