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.
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