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.