I first met Vicky & Will in a pub in Waterloo to discuss the photography for their wedding…it couldn’t have been further from the setting for their beautiful Sussex marquee wedding. We talked churches & lychgates, rolling hills & the trip down the hill to the Tiger Inn. I was so pleased when they said they wanted to book me for their wedding photography. Fast forward a year and we were meeting up to have a look around the locations a month before their wedding. What a great afternoon wandering round the church & the vicarage surrounded by the wonderful scenery.
On their wedding day I arrived while Vicky & her bridesmaids were getting ready at the Vicarage. It was quite chaotic, but Vicky took it all in her stride, as she did the whole day, so poised & relaxed. I left Vicky to go & be with Will at the Tiger Inn in Friston at the bottom of the hill, where he was having a drink or two with his best men, ushers & quite a few of the guests. The weather was glorious and made the village green a great place to sit and drink and be with friends.
From there we walked up the hill to the church and I returned to be with Vicky. She was almost ready by this point and I got some great shots of her before we left. Her father had a little surprise for her before we walked to the church…he had organised a cart to pull her to the church in. In all my time as a Sussex wedding photographer I’ve never seen one before, but apparently it’s a Sussex tradition that the bride is pulled in a cart to the church by her father & then once she is married she is pulled away from the church by her new husband. Having spend some time getting ready and with her beautiful wedding dress on I was so impressed to see Vicky laugh and get into the cart.
The ceremony was lovely with the church packed to the rafters and we came out to a gorgeous sunny afternoon. After confetti & Will lifting Vicky over the lychgate (remember the chat in the pub in Waterloo :-)), the guests walked to the vicarage while Vicky & Will & I went to do some shots of the two of them around the church & the fields surrounding it. They are so natural together, it was so quick & easy to get the shots, really all I had to do was shoot as they relaxed together.
Because of the wonderful day, the light in the marquee was fantastic. It made my job so easy as the light is what separates good wedding photography from great wedding photography. Everyone was having a lovely day, so I was able to get loads of shots of people laughing & enjoying themselves.
I have to thank Vicky & Will for making the day so easy, they organised a wonderful wedding and were lovely to me the whole way through the time I spent with them, from the pub in Waterloo to the last minutes I was at their wedding, as well as through the process of arranging their album.