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.