Vicki & James got married on 24th December 2009 – yes, Christmas Eve. As a wedding photographer, I love Christmas weddings because there’s always something a bit more special – call it “Christmas magic” or whatever. All the Christmas lights, the anticipation of the festive season, a sense of nostalgia heightening the emotion, and the extra little touches couples add just because it’s Christmas – like the visit from Father Christmas which kids of all ages always love. This was a real Sussex wedding, with the ceremony taking place at the historic Beddingham Church in the shadow of Mount Caburn near Newhaven, Sussex, just a few miles along the coast from Brighton; then a lavish reception at Brighton’s Hilton Metropole Hotel; and some outdoor photos in the refreshingly cool air on Brighton seafront. I already knew Vicki, her daughter and her mum from a great studio makeover photoshoot some while ago, so it was like a reunion with old friends, and I was made to feel like more than just the wedding photographer, for which I’d like to thank everybody concerned, including the wonderful toastmaster Alan Riddick who made the whole day extra special and kept everyone in order with the lightest of touches. This is a really beautiful, touching wedding that I’ll remember for a very long time, and I hope the bumper crop of over 1,000 photos help Vicki, James and their family & friends remember it all equally vividly.