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Maria and Jon’s wedding

A few photos from Jon and Maria’s wedding in Seaford last weekend. The couple live and work abroad but came home to be with family and friends for their wedding. They booked me as their wedding photographer after finding me online late last year. We hoped to meet up and discuss their plans when they returned to the UK but in the end they ran out of time and we met for the first time on the wedding day. I try to plan things especially carefully when I don’t get a chance to meet clients, so we had gone through the schedule for the day in some detail by phone and email.

The wedding took place at St Leonard’s Church in Seaford and was conducted by their uncle, who came as the guest vicar from his own parish in Littlehampton. No photography allowed during the service, which I always think is a bit of a shame for the couple, but made up for by lots of shots around the church before and after the ceremony.
They had booked their reception at Dean’s Place in Alfriston, my first visit to a really lovely venue.

We only had an hour between arriving at the reception and the beginning of the wedding breakfast, so it was quite rushed trying to get a selection of good photos before everybody sat down to eat. I usually recommend that couples allow at least one and a half hours, if possible two, between the ceremony and meal. It makes things a lot less frantic for the bride and groom, allowing time for them to relax and enjoy their day, and still leave plenty of time for some of their most important pictures. That’s not always possible, so I think we managed quite well with the time we had.

I had a quick meeting with Jon and Maria before they left the country again and will be putting an album together for them in the next couple of weeks.

Maria having her hair done at her parents house in Seaford

Maria

Flower girl Summer having her hair brushed

The bride

Maria being helped into her dress by her bridesmaids

Bride looking up as she walks down the stairs

Jon and his best man and ushers outside the church in Seaford

The groom and best man outside the church in Seaford

Best man adjusting the grooms tie before the wedding ceremony

Bridesmaids flower girl and ring boy outside the church

The bride and her mother walking up to the church

Maria being taken down the aisle by her mother

Guest talking to ring boy during wedding ceremony

Maria and Jon signing the wedding register

Bride and groom laughing as guests take photos during signing of register

Bride and groom leaving the church after the ceremony

Bride and groom being showered with confetti outside St Leonards Church Seaford

Maria and Jon in open top wedding car arriving at Dean

Groom and wedding party lifting bride at wedding venue

Romantic shot of bride and groom at Dean

Bride in garden at Dean

Jon and Maria

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