As a Sussex-based wedding photographer, most of the weddings at which I’m the official photographer are, unsurprisingly, around Brighton, Lewes, Crawley, Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath. However sometimes a referral from couple who have already had me as their wedding photographer can lead to a job outside my usual areas – the furthest of which was Sydney, Australia – but that’s another story for another time. On 9th July 2010, Zoe & Sam engaged me as their wedding photographer at a beautiful wedding in the elegant surroundings of Pembroke Lodge, which lies inside Richmond Park – that’s the Royal park with the Queen’s deer roaming around.
As a surprisingly confident and nerve-free Sam warmly greeted the guests on the sunshine on the terrace, the nervous bride, Zoe, arrived looking gorgeous, leaving her brother wondering out loud what had happened to the sister he’d grown up with. A wedding photographer always hopes for sunny weather, though it brings with it its own challenges, such as meltingly hot bride & groom, people squinting into the sun, and red shiny faces. This was no exception – the day was incredibly hot, the marriage room inside Pembroke Lodge was sweltering, and the video man and I were sporting very lovely semi-transparent white shirts by the end of the ceremony.
Still, the wedding photographer wasn’t disappointed with the splendid blue skies & backlighting which resulted in some lovely wedding photos from a not-so-Sussex wedding.
I used this company because they were recommended by 2 other couples who liked casual photos. Jon arrived at the venue early and stayed after his time had run out, the gallery photos are excellent and he didn’t prove any bother and we weren’t tripping over him all the time. The pictures are natural with some posed, as we had asked. Jon obviously takes pride in his work as he emailed me once the gallery went up. I have recommended him to 2 other couples who are planning a wedding. Thank you Jon x – Zoe & Sam