St Paul’s Worthing wedding photographer – Alex & Sam’s wedding
St Paul’s Worthing, a great Sussex venue
Having been to St Paul’s in Worthing a few times to eat and for parties and live bands, and of course to meet Alex and Sam to go through their timings and arrangements for their day, I knew what to expect. But although I had high expectations, not having shot a wedding there before, I wasn’t totally sure how well the light would work. As it turned out, the light couldn’t really have been better. St Paul’s has beautiful soft light throughout from the windows lining the whole of the hall as well as benefitting from the white walls to bounce all that lovely light around. I know I bang on about light in my blog posts, but it really makes the difference between a decent venue and a great venue, particularly for me as a Sussex wedding photographer.
Alex and Sam’s wedding day
The whole of Alex and Sam’s day was so relaxed and wonderful, which reflected them perfectly individually and as a couple. They fit so well together that it was easy to photograph them, catching the little moments between them and as a couple on Worthing Pier.
I started with Alex & the girls getting ready at her parents house & then on to St Paul’s to be with Sam greeting the guests. I met the lovely Claire Bradford from Creating Ceremony who was to be the celebrant for Alex and Sam’s wedding. Claire did a lovely warm and personal service which caught something of the two of them, which is often missing at weddings conducted by registrars. When Alex arrived I had some time to photograph her getting settled and ready to walk down the aisle in a room off the entrance to the chapel. Those times when everything stops for a short while and the bride or groom are able to have a moment to breathe and think about where they are and what they are doing are probably the times when I get my best images. It gives them occasion to pause and often means a shared emotional moment with someone very close to them. During these times I can capture beautiful moments that they will forget shortly after, often shooting on a longer telephoto lens with a short depth of field to isolate them within a scene, and particularly in a lovely patch of light.
Then onto the beautiful ceremony, look through my photos below and you will see what I mean about the light on them while they say their vows. As part of the ceremony, Claire the celebrant had the rings passed around the guests so everyone could say a small blessing as they held them. Remarkably, the rings arrived back at the front just as Claire needed them! After the ceremony Alex and Sam walked out of St Paul’s together and I got one of my favourite shots of the day as Sam held Alex’s hand tight to his chest with a huge smile on his face as they came towards me.
Outside we did a confetti shot with the gender of Alex and Sam’s baby being revealed by the colour of the confetti (under the white confetti at the top of the cones of course). It made for some lovely shots as emotional friends and relatives spotted they are having a girl! Afterwards Alex and Sam and I went down to Worthing Pier to do some shots of the two of them. We had some beautiful sunlight for the shots and a lovely relaxed half an hour for them to enjoy just being together as I photographed them as they walked.
We couldn’t have hoped for better weather to go with a totally relaxed day. Alex and Sam just breezed through it looking like they were enjoying every minute. It was lovely to see some familiar faces at the wedding, in particular Mike and Mary, whose wedding I shot last year, as well as Mary’s mother Glynis.
This wedding was shot at a wonderful Sussex Wedding Venue
Pianist – Joe Pike
DJ – Mr Steeps
Bridal Wear – Lucy Bennett Bridalwear