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Jessica and Phillip’s wedding in Brighton

Bride and groom outside St Nicholas Church in Brighton

Jessica and Philip outside St Nicholas Church in Brighton

Wedding photography in Brighton this weekend with Jessica and Phillip. I spent the first hour with Jessica, her bridesmaids and parents at her home while everybody got ready, then walked around the corner to St Nicholas Church where the wedding was taking place. I took some shots of the bride and her father walking down the path to the entrance of the church and that was it until the end of the ceremony for me. The church has a strict no photography policy, which the couple were aware of and quite happy about, so the next time I saw them was for the signing of the register in the vestry.

After the wedding most of the guests took a bus down to Hove Lawns while I stayed behind to take a few shots of Jessica and Phillip in the churchyard. I’ve started to use a fold up reflector again quite a lot at weddings. Sometimes, when a shot needs a bit of extra lighting, a reflector is ideal and easier than setting up an off camera flash. In this case I asked the couple to stand in the shade of some trees and put some sunlight on their faces with a silver sided Lastolite (and a bit of help from Phillip’s brother Matthew). You can see the result at the top of the post, it gives a nice natural looking glow to the shot.

By the time we got to Hove Lawns the guests had arrived and the caterers were handing out the champagne. After a very gloomy start to the day the weather was great and ideal for the reception, a bit too bright and blowy for great shots of the b&g, but fine for general mingling and small group photos.

The wedding breakfast was at Fabrica in the middle of Brighton. I had no idea that Fabrica hosted weddings, the last time I went there was for a Brian Eno installation during last years festival, so it was interesting to see the whole space opened up. Jessica and Phillip had spent a lot of time with family and friends decorating the place for the event and it looked great (see images farther down the page). I stayed with the wedding party until after the speeches and then had a last chance to take photos of the couple outside the venue. The old church entrance made a good background and, despite the fact the they were standing on a very busy pavement with people whizzing by, the bride and groom look nice and relaxed.

Newly weds outside Brighton wedding venue
Bride preparing for wedding in Brighton home
Bridal bouquet
Bride and her bridesmaids adjusting wedding dresses
Bride in wedding dress with flowers sitting by window
Bride leaning on her father
Bride and her father outside St Nicholas Church Brighton
Bride, groom and best man in vestry at St Nicholas Brighton
Bride and groom receiving marriage certificate in Brighton Church
Bride and groom outside St Nicholas Church Brighton
Wedding guests on Brighton seafront
Guest with smiling child at Hove Lawns wedding
Two men laughing at Brighton seafront wedding reception
Bride and groom on bench at Brighton promenade during wedding reception
Bride and groom walking away on Brighton promenade
Groom talking to child at Brghton seafront wedding reception
Interior of Fabrica Brighton decorated for wedding
Bride and groom arriving at Fabrica Brighton for the wedding breakfast
Fabrica Brighton view from balcony looking down on wedding party
Groom looking at bride during wedding speeches at Fabrica
Bride giving speech at wedding in Fabrica Brighton
Best man giving speech at wedding in Fabrica Brighton
Grrom listening to best man
Bride and groom outside Fabrica in Brighton
Bride and groom kissing outside Fabrica Brighton wedding
Newly wed couple laughing outside Fabrica in Brighton
Newly weds outside Brighton wedding venue

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