Findon Marquee Wedding – Polly & Alex
Sussex Documentary Wedding Photography
The stunningly beautiful Sussex village of Findon is very local to me being just north of Worthing & is a great location for a summer wedding. For me as a Sussex wedding photographer it pretty much holds all the things I’m looking for. A picturesque village with great backdrops. Country pubs for the groom & ushers to get ready in & have a pre celebration drink. Polly’s parent’s home for her to get ready with her family & bridesmaids & of course a gorgeous church where they can have their ceremony. The field where they were to have their marquee reception stands overlooking the village & is run by the excellent wedvenue.co.uk.
Bridal preps in Findon
I always like to arrive early & have a chance to get my cameras ready with a final check including all my backup gear. So I had a few minutes outside Polly’s family home before I went in to meet some of her guests for the first time. I like to use available light as much as possible, but just in case I had packed my fast lenses so I could shoot with all the low light in the church during the ceremony. Equipment checked, I headed in to be met by a house full of laughter. Loads of Polly’s family were there, many of whom I’d met before at Mary & Mike’s wedding, which is how I came to be photographing Polly’s wedding. It’s always wonderful to shoot a wedding where I know so many people already. I knew most of the bridal party & lots of the kids too, I also knew Brighton makeup artist Jenna West who had done Mary’s hair & makeup for her wedding day. After much present giving & playing, all of which made great photographs, I headed down to be with Alex, the groom, having a drink with his groomsmen in The Village House pub in the heart of Findon. They all had top hat & tails & looked to be thoroughly enjoying their pre wedding time in the pub.
St John the Baptist church ceremony
I walked with Alex & his part of the wedding party through Findon village & out to St John the Baptist Church where they were to be married. I got some great shots on my Canon 85mm telephoto lens of them walking up the gravel road to the church while they bolstered their courage with a few tots from their hip flasks. Once everyone was inside, Polly arrived with her dad & her bridesmaids. I captured some lovely emotional moments during the ceremony & while they signed the register as well as outside once they left the first century church. The mix of guests & kids, particularly Polly’s flower girls, made for a lot of creative energy.
Celebrations at the Marquee
We did some group shots outside the church & then while everyone else went over to the marquee, I did some portraits of Polly & Alex before we headed over too. The atmosphere at the marquee was wonderful, there was loads of room to run around & everyone was in high spirits before heading in for the wedding breakfast. The speeches were excellent giving me a chance to get some great shots of guests laughing & heckling throughout. Of course being in a marquee meant I had wonderful available light, lovely & soft & even giving beautiful skin tones during the whole of the meal & while Polly & Alex were cutting the cake.
Enjoy this Marquee wedding Photography?
If you’ve enjoyed this Sussex marquee wedding & would like to enjoy some more marquee weddings in Sussex or elsewhere, then here are some links to other blog posts you might like to see….Vicky & Will’s wedding, Freya & Chris, Georgie & Rory’s wedding, Slaugham Place wedding
This wedding was shot at a wonderful Sussex wedding venue