It was a very cold October morning when I set off to Shaun and Wendy’s home in Hurtspierpoint to begin photographing the bride getting ready. Although the sun was out it was extremely fresh. Happily the house was warm and I spent a couple of hours photographing Wendy and her three bridesmaids as they changed and had their hair and makeup done. The bridesmaids were initially wearing onesie animal print pyjamas, and we joked they could just turn up at the wedding in them. We decided against it in the end!
The ceremony was held at Lewes Registry Office. I have photographed there before and I know from experience that it is a nightmare to park. Even armed with this knowledge, I ended up parked in a rather dodgy spot for fear that I would miss the arrival of the bride all together. I didn’t and, thankfully, I didn’t get a ticket.
The cold had not abated and it was a mad dash to get inside the registry office in the warm. We kept Wendy downstairs as Shaun waited upstairs. Lewes has a very pleasant registry office in a beautiful building with lovely gardens. The ceremony went well with an amusing moment when the registrar asked if anyone has any objection to the marriage, one of the babies in the room screamed!
Despite the cold, we managed to get a good few shots outside in the gardens and Shaun and Wendy were very accommodating with my constant requests for them to “sit here”, “stand there”, “do this”, “look that way”, “just one more and we’re done”, “oooh, one more here I think”!
The evening reception was at Burgess HIll Football Club, where I have been before. Despite this and my sat nav, I still managed to get lost on the way. It felt like a real friendly party with no pretention, no awkwardness. Shaun and Wendy made me feel very welcome and, as is often the case, it didn’t feel like work at all. I am very pleased with some of the candid and portrait style shots I achieved with my new Canon 5D Mark II.