Lydia and Michael’s wedding took place on a bright February morning where the rare winter sunshine made everyone feel like spring had arrived to celebrate with them.
I met Lydia and her bridal party at her family home where she had grown up and was welcomed to the smell of croissants fresh from the oven. Immediately I saw the attention to detail that Lydia had lovingly put into this day from the matching dressing gowns her and her bridesmaids were wearing to the beautifully named gift boxes next to each arranged outfit.
The home was full of laughter and Lydia’s mum was serving up a breakfast fit for royalty. I took my time meeting the lovely bridesmaids and adorable nephew who was the centre of attention in all is 7 month old cuteness!
The morning went smoothly and the time went quickly. I loved taking photos of Lydia’s bouquet and her wedding dress hanging up in her old bedroom. The light and the layers were just perfect! The girls did their own make up and the hair stylist who was a family friend worked his magic and before long every one was nearly ready and it was time for Lydia to step into her dress. She looked incredible! Being a wedding photographer in Shoreham, the one thing that still amazes me is how stunning and unique each bride look when they first put on their wedding dresses on their wedding day. Such a special moment to witness that makes my heart so full. With the help of her mum and maid of honour, Lydia was ready to descend the stairs to her father and bridesmaids. She took a quiet moment for herself as she walked down the stairs and took it all in. Her mother and father and bridesmaids cheered when she walked into their front room and the joy was something special.
When Lydia and Michael first booked me as their photographer and told me they were getting married in St Mary de Haura church in Shoreham-by-Sea I honestly danced for joy! In the few years I have been a wedding photographer in Shoreham I have always wanted to photograph a wedding at this stunning Church that is the centre of the community there and such a gorgeous work of architecture. It certainly didn’t disappoint. The light coming through the stained glass windows and the atmosphere as Lydia walked down the aisle on her father’s arm brought tears to not just the groom’s eyes I can tell you.
Their ceremony was wonderful and the Vicar Reverend Ann Waizeneker did a brilliant job of marrying Mr. & Mrs. Jolley. The bride and groom exited the church to showers of natural confetti and enjoyed time with their families and friends before heading off to Field Place in Worthing for their wedding reception.
I’ve been to Field Place and a wedding photographer in Worthing a number of times and it is always a pleasure. The staff and surroundings are wonderful and so ideal for celebrating a wedding. They had recently done some landscaping at Field Place and it was an honour to photograph and see their design dreams taking place.
As I walked through the gardens to their reception I saw Lydia and Michael walking across the green together and it was the perfect opportunity to steal them away for a few photos of just the two of them. This is always a favourite part of a wedding day for me – relaxing for a few minutes with the bride and groom and taking romantic portraits of them together. These are usually my favourite photos of the day too! Their wedding party then joined them in the afternoon sunshine for some fun group photos before heading inside for the reception meal and speeches that were shortly to commence.
As everyone enjoyed the delicious meal I took time to photograph the details of the decorations and wedding cake. They had a pick and mix bar which, in my opinion, is the best idea ever!
After the meal, the speeches followed which cued much laughter and a few emotional tears. The love and joy that surrounded Lydia and Michael through their families and friends was something special and a real honour to witness.
The rest of the evening followed with the cutting of the cake and first dance and a great time was had by all their guests on the dance floor.
Every wedding is so special and this was another one that I was truly honoured to be a part of. I still pinch myself when I tell people I’m a wedding photographer and it is honestly the best job in the world! I can’t say thank you enough to each bride and groom who choose to have me along to document their wedding day and love story. Please feel free to contact me if you’re planning your wedding day and would like to chat about the photography of your day.