A few photos from Christine and Francis’ wedding at Southover Grange in Lewes last Friday. It was a family wedding with around fifteen guests, so a fairly short photography booking for me.
Not much room for photos inside the building so everyone had their fingers crossed for a fine day. Luckily, after a wet start, the sun came out during the ceremony and allowed us to walk through to the gardens afterwards. We found a beautiful red maple tree as background for some of the photos which gave a nice bit of colour to an autumn day. After taking a good selection of family photos, and some shots of Christine and Francis on their own around the gardens, the party headed off to Drakes in Brighton for the wedding breakfast.
Southover Grange were initially not keen on photos being taken during the ceremony, their written policy only allows pictures of the bride’s entrance and the signing of the register. Christine wanted to have some photos of her marriage and requested a bit of flexibility. In the end the Registrar turned out to be very helpful and allowed me to take some shots if I was discreet (discretion is my middle name, so this wasn’t a problem!).
I do think that ‘no photography’ policies are a bit restrictive and old fashioned these days, especially in a Register Office. Almost everyone wants some photographs of their ceremony and as long as the photographer isn’t overdoing it and distracting anyone I can’t see what the problem is. To be fair to Southover Grange I think that they will normally go along with the bride and groom’s wishes, despite the written policy.
This was probably one of my last weddings of the year, unless I get any last minute bookings, so I’m off to the computer to start working on my backlog of wedding album designs. If you’d like any information about my wedding photography services in Sussex please get in touch.