Jenny Rutterford Photography: Blog http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog en-us (C) Jenny Rutterford Photography (Jenny Rutterford Photography) Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:24:00 GMT Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:24:00 GMT http://www.jennyrutterford.com/img/s/v-5/u234643686-o457609474-50.jpg Jenny Rutterford Photography: Blog http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog 90 120 Danielle + Vikki | fun engagement shoot on Shoreham Beach http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2018/4/danielle-vikki-fun-engagement-shoot-on-shoreham-beach It's funny how things turn out.  Back in 2015 I met a lovely same sex couple in Brighton who were planning their wedding on stunning Lusty Glaze Beach in Newquay, Cornwall.  I jumped at the opportunity and had an absolute blast, capturing Jo and Anna in their finery several feet deep in the North Sea (all three of us, that is, right after the ceremony!  You can see that awesome wedding by clicking here!)

Fast forward three years, and, thanks to the power of Google and Facebook,  I now find myself returning to Lusty Glaze Beach for two more weddings in 2018!  The first of these is super-chilled, fun couple Danielle and Vikki.  Despite living almost 200 miles from me in Staffordshire, they happily made the trip down to the South coast to meet with me last month and have their pre-wedding shoot.  March is not usually renowned for snow, but the weekend Danielle and Vikki came down, that is exactly what mother nature decided to do.  And although it had stopped by the afternoon of our shoot, it was grey and bitterly cold.  I like to keep my shoots fun and stress-free - they're certainly not meant to be an endurance test!  The girls looked visibly relieved when I suggested a quick, ultra-relaxed 10 minutes of fresh sea air, followed by a pint and a chat in a warm pub!

I kept them moving on Shoreham Beach, and although we literally did only last ten minutes (my fingers had gone numb after about five) I was happy that I'd managed to capture enough natural photos of Danielle and Vikki to capture their fun personalities.  Happily the girls agreed:

 

"we've just been looking through the engagement photos and they are fab!! We love the black and white ones - especially the fun ones!  Mixed in with the occasional lovey dovey one would be just what we are after [at the wedding].  We both thought that the photos ooozed our personalities and really caught a bit of us!  Thank You!"

 

Having met Danielle and Vikki, I am now even more excited for their Lusty Glaze Wedding which is this May - as I write, in little more than a month's time!  Whilst I've yet to persuade them to take a dip, I'll be bringing a wetsuit and my waterproof camera just in case!!!

 

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Planning your wedding for 2019?  Whether on the beach or in a barn, please get in touch, I'd love to hear your plans.

Jenny x

 

To see Jo and Anna's Lusty Glaze beach wedding, click here! 

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Brighton Royal Pavilion Wedding | Claire + Michael http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2018/3/brighton-royal-pavilion-wedding-claire-michael I had been wanting to photograph a wedding at Brighton's Royal Pavilion for some time, so was hugely excited when I received an enquiry asking whether I could photograph an intimate wedding there "in just three weeks' time"!  Although the date was June, which is generally my busiest month of the year, it was to be held on a Thursday, which happily meant that I was available.  The couple booked me on the spot, thanks to a lovely recommendation they'd received from the bride's brother-in-law (who I'd met 3 months previously while doing some photography for a local business).

Ten days later I met up with Claire and Michael in Brighton to introduce myself in person and talk through their day. We clicked immediately, and I absolutely loved the sound of their family wedding, which had a guest list of less than 20, including their young son and his slightly older cousin (and partner in crime!), with the groom's family coming over from his native Denmark.

Pretty much any venue in Brighton is well placed for beach photos, and the couple were keen to spend time with me on the seafront, including Brighton Bandstand and the colourful beach huts in Hove, where Claire had grown up.  We also discussed having a few special photos taken inside Brighton Royal Pavilion immediately following their ceremony:  the Music Room is simply stunning, but dimly lit, and having cleared it with the venue, I asked Claire and Michael whether they'd be up for a few gently directed images, taken with subtle off camera lighting to really show off their venue in style.  They were keen to oblige, and on the day we worked as a team to get some unique images that the couple absolutely loved!

Before heading off to The Ginger Pig to join the guests (a wonderful fine dining pub/restaurant in Hove, for the benefit of my non-local readers), we took advantage of the late afternoon sun for our beach photos, even fitting in a game of table tennis en route much to the amusement of passers by!  I wanted to keep things fun and natural, using just minimal direction to ensure that Claire and Michael really enjoyed this part of their day, while capturing photographs that would still be beautifully lit and flattering. 

I am proud to say that the image below taken in front of Hove's beach huts recently received a Highly Commended Award from the prestigious Master Photographers Association:

   Top Brighton & Sussex Wedding PhotographerBrighton Royal Pavilion WeddingAward-winning documentary wedding photographer

 

Here is the lovely review that the couple recently posted on my Facebook page:

 

"Jenny did our wedding photography back in June 2017, and we had an amazing experience with her. She was super-professional and friendly and very easy to communicate with. The photos were incredible, including some 'classic' line-ups that we'd requested, some creative and fun shots, and also some really tricky ones from inside the Brighton Pavilion which is spectacular but dark, but they came out like shots from a magazine!
 

Jenny had been introduced to us not just as a great photographer, but as 'one of life's good people' - we spent a good hour alone with Jenny just after we got married, getting some amazing shots in the Pavilion, along Brighton seafront (she got shots of us playing table tennis on the beach!) and so on, and she was easy company and a delight to have around, and we felt in very safe hands on the day. Can't recommend Jenny highly enough!"

Claire & Michael 

 

 

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My day ended - as often works best with small midweek weddings - with a toast to the bride and groom as they sat down to eat.  This was a simply perfect intimate wedding that reflected Claire and Michael's easy-going and fun-loving personalities and their love for the people that mean the most to them.   It was an absolute honour to be chosen to capture and be a part of their day.

Jenny x

 

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Pangdean Old Barn Wedding | Jemma + Dean http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2018/2/pangdean-old-barn-wedding-jemma-dean It's not uncommon for a couple to tell me at a wedding fair just how totally un-photogenic they are, and how much they're dreading their wedding photos.  But Jemma and Dean were quite possibly one of the most camera-shy couples I've ever met!  That said, the photography was for them a really important part of their wedding, which was to be held at Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield and afterwards at stunning Pangdean Old Barn just North of Brighton.  And as much as they disliked the thought of posing for family or couple photos, they knew that they wanted to come away with at least a few!

Standing there in front of me telling me this was the loveliest couple - radiant smiles, a great sense of humour and seemingly very comfortable chatting with me.  My challenge was not going to be getting a great photo of them.  Not at all!  My challenge was going to me ensuring they felt so relaxed with me and the camera, that they enjoyed their day and completely forgot about being photographed.  I needed them to trust me implicitly, so that even the couple photos would be a fun and laid back part of the day.  So what did I do to allay their fears?  Well, first of all I showed them my thank you notes and testimonials from the many other couples I've captured in recent years who've said exactly the same thing.  I wanted them to know they're not alone!  That actually, many, many brides and grooms dislike being the centre of attention, and being captured on camera doing just that is completely anathema to them. 

And then I persuaded them to meet up with me for a pre-wedding shoot!  So why would you want an extra shoot if you don't like being photographed?  Because it will help you to realise you can look great in a photograph if shot by a professional who knows about lighting and body angles.  You'll get to know your photographer during the shoot, and realise that she's just a human being with a passion for photography, and actually not at all scary!  And you'll come away thinking, 'that was OK.  Actually, better than OK, and I'm not dreading the wedding nearly as much.'  And then shortly after, you'll receive a gallery of beautiful images to keep that remove that final niggle of doubt.  This was what Jemma and Dean had to say:

 

You are an absolute miracle worker! The pictures are amazing and that’s total credit to you for making us relax (which I know was hard work!). Thank you so much we both love them!
 
It’s amazing that a lot of the 'posed' photos have come out so well and actually look natural! Can't thank you enough Jenny, you did fantastically to capture these!
 
Jemma & Dean

 

At their wedding, some two months later, both Jemma and Dean greeted me with the biggest smiles and gave barely a thought to the camera.  Blessed with gorgeous sunshine, the couple smiled their way through the church ceremony and family photos, enjoyed their first dance (or at least, looked like they did!) and actually wanted to head up with me into the hills behind Pangdean to make the most of the stunning sunset. 

I for one am so happy to have been able to put them at ease and provide them with the relaxed, natural and happy images they desperately wanted.  Taking beautiful photos of their day was the easy part, but knowing how relaxed I made them feel on the day was the most rewarding.

 

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I am happy to have become a recommended wedding photographer of Pangdean Old Barn, and am very much looking forward to returning to this stunning venue.  

If you place a high value on your wedding photography, please get in touch with your dates and check my availability.  Camera-shy or not, it's my job to help you feel relaxed and confident on your day, and to ensure you love each and every one of your wedding photos.  But don't just take my word for it, read what many, many more of my clients have to say.

Jenny x

 

Suppliers at Jemma & Dean's Wedding:

Venue:  Pangdean Old Barn

Flowers:  Belinda, Chez Fleur

Dress:  White Mischief, Henfield

Band:  The Jets

Cake:  Made by Jemma's Aunt

 

 

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Long Furlong Barn Wedding | Bryony + Chris http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2018/1/long-furlong-barn-wedding-bryony-chris I love talking wedding photography (I met with up with a photographer friend in Brighton this week, and we talked about nothing else for 4 hours!) So when I first met Chris and Bryony I was extremely excited to learn that Chris knew a thing or two about photography.  I probably talked way more than I should have done, but when I get asked the kind of technical and in-depth questions about my photographic style that Chris was asking, I get very passionate about my subject!  He did warn me that there would be a fair few keen photographers at their Long Furlong Barn wedding, and would that be OK?  Absolutely!  Everyone has a different perspective and as long as they're not overly obtrusive or stand behind me when I take the group photos (everyone then looks in a different direction!), I never mind. In fact, it used to be the iPads in the aisle that bothered me more, before the trend towards "unplugged" ceremonies took hold.

Neither Chris nor Bryony were overly keen on being photographed, and when we met for their pre-wedding shoot, were a little nervous about what to expect.  Like most couples, it was important for them to have some lovely couple photos at their wedding in the grounds of their stunning venue, so my focus was on helping them to feel comfortable with me, gently directing them as we walked along the beach and chatted about their day.  The couple had told me they favoured natural photos, but this can mean different things to different people, and when it comes to the pre-wedding photos, I tend to take a variety of shots, from completely natural and un-posed, to a little more directed.  That way, when they look at the images and give me feedback on their favourites, and any they're not so keen on, I quickly learn (as do my couples) what matters to them in their images.

 

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This proved to be an invaluable exercise for Bryony and Chris, who were surprised to find that actually they preferred the shots where I'd posed them a little, finding them more flattering.  I often find that couples' perceptions of posed wedding photography is that it's somewhat old-fashioned and means standing around for hours.  That really doesn't have to be the case and a more accurate description of my style of posing would be "gently directed" - sometimes a slight lift of the chin or angle of an arm can really make a difference.  Or even simply turning so the light falls on the couple in a more flattering way.  Most brides want to show off their dress to full advantage - I may encourage you to spin around together laughing, or position you on steps with the dress cascading down.  I'll take your venue and personalities as my guide.  But it certainly won't involve lots of tedious standing around and forced smiles.  

In fact, Bryony and Chris enjoyed our time together on the day so much, that we had three separate 'couple' sessions - the first after the wedding breakfast around 6.00pm, the second at sunset around 9.00pm, and then one final brief outing just as the sky turned pink!  For the benefit of my photography savvy readers, I used a combination of ambient light and gelled off-camera flash to create a variety of different looks and to softly light the couple while exposing for the sky.  Chris and Bryony spent a lot of the time laughing and having fun playing around with Bryony's veil.  In keeping with their feedback from the pre-wedding shoot, for the most part I gently directed them into flattering but still natural-looking positions, making the most of Bryony's gorgeous dress and the interesting colours in the sky.  

We ended the night with a magical, sparkler arch (those work so well at Long Furlong Barn, with the events team gamely helping to light the sparklers so they're all alight at the same time!)

Chris and Bryony were one of the lovely couples who voted me into the finals of The 2018 Wedding Industry Awards.  This was their review of me:

 

"Jenny's portfolio and her approach to wedding photography were exactly what we were looking for.  She completely understood the style we wanted, thanks in part to a super helpful pre-wedding shoot as part of the price. 

We don't like being photographed and Jenny really took time to listen to us and work with us to ensure our wedding photos were amazing. 

We couldn't fault Jenny across any aspect of our wedding, it felt like she wasn't just our photographer, but that she was a wedding guest and friend too, and it was a pleasure to have her at our wedding capturing our special day."

Bryony & Chris

 

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A big, big thank you to Chris and Bryony for choosing me to capture their truly wonderful day.  

And if you're getting married at Long Furlong Barn and would like to see more, you can view my work at the venue - please do take a look, or view some of my other Long Furlong Barn weddings here on my website.  These are two weddings at different times of year that have featured on my Wedding Stories blog:

Spring Wedding:  Suzie & Ian's Long Furlong Barn Wedding, April 2017

Winter Wedding:  Holly & Martin's Long Furlong Barn Wedding, December 2016

 

As I write, I'll be attending Long Furlong Barn's Open Day this coming Sunday 28th - I look forward to seeing you there!

Jenny x

 

Links to suppliers:

Wedding venue:  Long Furlong Barn, Worthing

Bridal preparation venue:  Hilton Avisford Park, Arundel

Flowers:  Rachel Grimes Flowers

Dress:  Amanda Wyatt - stocked by The O Zone Bridal Shop, Brighton 

 

 

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My Favourites from 2017 | The Colour Edit http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2018/1/my-favourites-from-2017-the-colour-edit Hello and a very Happy New Year to all my readers!

If I found it difficult choosing my favourite 2017 Black & White images for my last blog, that was nothing compared with selecting the best colour images!  In fact, for many of the photos I chose, there were at least 3 others I could have picked - and on a different day, probably would have! 

After deliberating a while, I decided that I wanted this blog post to be fairly representative of my approach to wedding photography, with a mix of candid moments, gently directed couple photos and a few creative detail shots thrown in.  I couldn't narrow it down to 50, so I've made it 75:) My images need to tell a story - I want the viewer to feel the atmosphere and get a real sense of the personalities of the people captured.  For me, when I'm shooting, this often means including recognisable features of the venue or its surroundings in the photo.  Those close-up expressions of raw personality lend themselves best to black & white, as showcased in my last blog post.  Wide angle shots featuring landscapes, seascapes and sunsets generally work best in full colour, as do photos where the colour is an integral part of the story, or simply makes the image pop.

What makes a great photo is so subjective:  some of my clients will choose the ones they perceive as the most flattering; others will chose the ones they think best captures their personalities; while competition judges are most interested in technical perfection of lighting, posing and composition.  I'm also (understandably) very close to my images.  I can't look at them dispassionately without reference to the bigger picture, what was going on when I released the shutter. 

Many of the images may not be technically perfect but capturing personality and telling a story will always come first on my agenda.  Where the lighting, posing and composition are also great, they may be competition winners.  But my style is more creative and documentary than traditional, and my couples don't want to be standing around posing for hours!  I like to keep things super relaxed and fun, which I hope you'll get a sense of through my chosen selection.

 

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Missed my last blog?  Click here to view my favourite black + white images from 2017.

And if you've secured a wedding venue for 2018 or 2019 and would like to check my availability and find out more about wedding photography, please do get in touch here - I'd love to hear all your wedding plans!

Jenny x

 

Please click on the links to find out more about the venues featured in this blog:

Long Furlong Barn

Brookfield Barn

Pangdean Old Barn

Worthing Pier Southern Pavilion

Cissbury Barns

Brighton Royal Pavlilion

Worthing Dome

Michelham Priory

Arundel Town Hall

Bracklesham Barn

Dean's Place

Cottesmore Golf & Country Club

Mannings Heath Golf Club

Field Place

Sayers Croft

 

 

 

 

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(Jenny Rutterford Photography) brookfield barn wedding photographer long furlong barn wedding photographer michelham priory wedding photographer pangdean old barn wedding photographer sussex documentary wedding photographer sussex wedding photographer worthing pier wedding photographer http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2018/1/my-favourites-from-2017-the-colour-edit Thu, 04 Jan 2018 16:19:44 GMT
My Favourites from 2017 | The Black + White Edit http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/12/my-favourite-sussex-wedding-images-2017-black-white-selection Let me start by wishing all my readers a very Happy Christmas!  Whether you've just found my blog or are a regular reader, thank you for dropping by, and an extra big thank you to all my couples who invited me to capture their special day in 2017. I know some of you will be reading this!  I've really enjoyed looking back on your weddings and remembering the emotion and all the little moments that made up the story of your day.  Thank you too for all your lovely testimonials - I've added extracts from just a few of these here, with more to come in my Colour Edit early in 2018. (To read all my client's reviews in full, please click here.)

 

So what makes a great black & white image?

For me, it's a combination of lighting, contrast, shape and emotion.  I'm generally fairly selective about which photos I choose to edit in monochrome - the image has to convey a mood which is truly enhanced by the removal of colour. Tears, laughter, backlighting, strong shapes are all game.  So too bridal preparation images, where black and white can really place all the focus on the bride's face and expression - while, let's be honest here, ensuring those bold orange-striped hotel room curtains don't take centre stage.  Whilst I can remove that bright pink can of hairspray before taking the shot, full length curtains are somewhat trickier, especially as I shoot this part of the day almost entirely candidly, discreetly observing the preparations taking place.

The dance floor can also look best in monochrome; I'm always looking to capture the perfect moment, which can occasionally coincide with the DJ's lighting adding unflattering green spots to the bride's face.  If I wait for the gentler pink or blue hues, I could miss the song's climax with 50 pairs of hands in the air!  Clearly not an option. I also set up lights to add backlighting when capturing dance floor action, which really emphasises shapes that look great in mono - think John Travolta (yes, Greased Lightning is still popular at weddings!).  And let's face it, at this stage in the average wedding, black and white can simply make for more flattering skin tones all round.  I'll make the decision image by image, but rest assured, I'll always choose the most flattering option.

 

How did I choose my top 50?

I do love black and white, so found it difficult to limit this selection to just 50 images.  I have some absolute core favourites that were no brainers for me to include - generally those where lighting, composition and expression all come together to work perfectly in an image.  Sometimes, the mood of an image is so perfect in black and white, that it tells the couple's story in a single photo.  Sometimes it's simply a great expression. 

For me, wedding photography is fundamentally about capturing people and all the raw emotion of the day, which I wanted to portray in my selection.  I hope you'll enjoy browsing, and enjoy the special moments I've chosen.

 

 

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"[Jenny] captured every moment of our day perfectly,  allowing us the opportunity to be able to relive our perfect day
with friends and family each and every time we look at them..."

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"[Jenny] made us feel at ease in front of the camera and took the most beautiful and natural pictures of us, our guests
and venue.  So many guests commented on how well she slotted into the day...."

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"[We] were so happy with how our photos turned out. Jenny is so talented..."

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"[Jenny] takes the time to get to know what it is you really want from her on your wedding day,
and we couldn't have been happier with the results!"

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"As expected we love them!  So glad we chose you..."

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"Jenny isn't just an exceptional photographer, she is also an extremely warm and friendly person.
I knew she was the right person to capture our special day..." 

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Jenny helped make our day special. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anybody.
Thank you. Xxx

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"She was also an absolute star during our wedding day - calm and unflappable and willing to stay till the bitter end [...]
We are absolutely thrilled with all our pictures"

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"We're so glad we chose you to capture our special day... Thank you Jenny"

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"As a couple who are not too keen on having their photo taken, Jenny made us feel so calm and relaxed.
We truly loved every single moment..."

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"Family and friends have all commented on your calm nature and how you felt like family.
  Our photos are gorgeous.  Thank you"

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"We spent hours laughing with her which I'm sure helped to capture the great shots."

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"[Jenny] made us feel so comfortable and confident in knowing she completely understood
what we wanted."

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"[You] definitely put us at ease when we normally hate having our pictures taken! All our guests have
commented on our stunning photos, thank you so much Jenny"

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"AMAZING!! We couldn't of asked for anything more,
you were so calm which made us feel relaxed..."

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"On the most wonderful day of our life it was a blessing to know we had such a super photographer.
We are over the moon with the pictures..." 

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"From first meeting Jenny at our engagement shoot,
we knew she was going to be an approachable and fun photographer to have on board! "

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"Thank you so much for being such a star on our special day"

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"We felt very very lucky to have her! Thank you Jenny! Xxxxxxx"

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"It has been such a pleasure to look back on our wedding day through Jenny's photographs
- she is extremely talented and really captured the feel of our day." 

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"Jenny has a great personality and excellent eye for detail
- we were amazed with the quality and variety of shots captured"

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"We would definitely recommend Jenny to any couple who are looking for their wedding photographer
- you won't be disappointed!"

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I hope you enjoyed my selection!  I've blogged the weddings of four of my 2017 couples so far, with many more to come over the coming months.  Please do scroll through my most recent Wedding Stories to find them.  My most recent wedding blog is of Tuesday & Joe's wonderful Arundel Town Hall wedding which features in the above images - you can view it in full by clicking here.

Well, it just remains for me to wish you all a Very Happy New Year!  Next up on the Wedding Stories blog will be my top 50 colour picks, so if you've enjoyed these images, please do pop back in early 2018 for the next installment :)

Now time for me to take some time out to enjoy a family wedding on the 22nd, followed by a (hopefully!) relaxing and very merry Christmas.

Seasons Greetings to you all,

Jenny x

 

Sussex Wedding Venues for all the couples featured in this blog:

Long Furlong Barn, Worthing, West Sussex

Brookfield Barn, Horsham, West Sussex

Worthing Pier Southern Pavilion, Worthing, West Sussex

Michelham Priory, Hailsham, East Sussex

Brighton Royal Pavilion, Brighton

Brighton Town Hall, Brighton

Arundel Town Hall, Arundel, West Sussex

Bracklesham Barn, Bracklesham, Chichester, West Sussex

Cottesmore Hotel, Spa & Golf Club, Crawley, West Sussex

Dean's Place Hotel, Alfriston East Sussex

Field Place, Worthing, West Sussex

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(Jenny Rutterford Photography) brookfield barn wedding photographer long furlong barn wedding photographer michelham priory wedding photographer pangdean old barn wedding photographer sussex documentary wedding photographer sussex wedding photographer worthing pier wedding photographer http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/12/my-favourite-sussex-wedding-images-2017-black-white-selection Thu, 21 Dec 2017 07:00:00 GMT
Arundel Town Hall Wedding | Tuesday + Joe http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/12/arundel-town-hall-wedding-tuesday-joe I remember really clearly first meeting Tuesday and Joe - it was at a Belles Events Wedding Fair on Valentines Day at The Dome in Worthing.  Tuesday's (then) ten year old son was with them, and I remember commenting on their striking blue eyes. We talked about their Arundel Town Hall wedding, which was to be an April ceremony for about 40 guests, with drinks and canapes on the roof terrace, followed by a marquee reception at The Fox Inn, Patching.  With six children between them, it was to be a relaxed, family-centered day, and they wanted equally relaxed, no-pressure photography to capture it.

The family were so personable and friendly, I knew straight away that we'd be a great match.  Joe and Tuesday have a wicked sense of humour, and on the day, we spent a great deal of time laughing!  In fact, the image (you'll see it below) of the couple laughing so hard as they exchanged rings is one of my favourite candid photos of the entire wedding season!  The light was beautiful inside the Atherley Chamber room, and happily the April rains stayed away, so after the ceremony I had a great time capturing guests on the roof terrace before heading off around Arundel for some relaxed couple photos.

We started at the Arundel Castle gates, then headed down to Blackfriars Ruins and gardens beside the river Arun.  Dating back to the 13th Century, the ruins made a lovely backdrop for their photos, which I wanted to keep casual and with minimal direction, in keeping with their wishes.  What really made the photos special, however, was the couple's fun-loving personalities, and I'll never forget Tuesday's hilarious seagull impression when one particularly bold bird landed on the river wall right in front of my lens.

 

Jenny was our wedding photographer back in April 2017, she was amazing! We were so relaxed. Me and my wife were so happy with how our photos turned out. Jenny helped make our day special and is so talented. We spent hours laughing with her which I'm sure helped to capture the great shots.

We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Jenny Rutterford. Keep up the good work Jenny! xx

Tuesday & Joe

 

On arrival at The Fox Inn, Patching, the younger children were playing on the climbing frame, and I had great fun capturing them in action - by far the best way to get great photos of kids.  Guests enjoyed a BBQ and party into the evening, but my day finished with the speeches and cake-cutting - cue Joe's wit and (of course) plenty more laughter!  Here's how I captured their wonderfully happy day: 

 

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If those images made you smile, please get in touch!  I'd love to hear about your wedding plans.

Jenny x

 

 

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(Jenny Rutterford Photography) arundel town hall wedding photographer documentary sussex wedding photographer fox inn wedding sussex wedding photographer http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/12/arundel-town-hall-wedding-tuesday-joe Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:41:39 GMT
Brighton Town Hall Wedding | Claire + Mark http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/11/brighton-town-hall-wedding-claire-mark I've really enjoyed all my Brighton Town Hall Weddings!  For a start, the architecture inside the early 19th Century Town Hall is stunning.  But for me, a Brighton wedding photographer who loves the sea,  it's the fact of being a short amble over to Brighton beach and Pier that makes this such a great location for a non-religious ceremony.  So when Claire and Mark's lovely email popped into my inbox back in March 2016, I was very excited:

"Hi Jenny, we are looking to get married in Brighton next year on Thursday March 2nd at the Regency Room (Town Hall) in Brighton. It will be just Mark and myself and we are keen to get some lovely pictures to remember our special day [...] Love your natural style and wish to capture our romance, closeness and the essence of Brighton."

I later discovered that the couple weren't actually from Brighton, but were from a small town a stone's throw from where I'd grown up as a teenager in Cambridgeshire!  Definitely one of those 'it's a small world' moments and lovely to be able to talk about places we had in common.  Getting married a little later in life, they'd decided that a big party wasn't for them;  they simply wanted to be photographed in their wedding finery, at different locations, in a city that they loved. 

When we met up a few months later, they told me that their parents would attend the ceremony and act as witnesses, but thereafter we'd be free to enjoy the remainder of our three hours together wandering around Brighton!  Music to my ears!  I'd photographed plenty of intimate weddings, but none quite as intimate as a wedding for two!  I instantly started planning a route map of where we could go, with timings of what would be realistic in a full length wedding dress (with train).  But it was Summer when the three of us met up at a hotel overlooking Brighton seafront, and I remember a little warning bell sounding in my head about the realities of early March weather.  Without wishing to dampen their excitement, I couldn't not mention the very real possibility of rain and bitterly cold winds.  Would they still be up for a wander on the beach in inclement weather? Absolutely, was the reply!  And Claire would buy a pair of pink wellies to match Mark's tie!  Awesome!

 

"Thank you SO much for the photographs - as expected we LOVE them! We're so glad we chose you to capture our special day."

 

 

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I had all sorts of bad weather contingency plans up my sleeve, but in the event, we were blessed with a beautiful mild and sunny day.  Perhaps a little sunnier than would have been ideal, photographically speaking, but I certainly wasn't complaining!  With Mark ushered into the Regency Room ten minutes before the ceremony was due to start, Claire and I took advantage of the sweeping staircase and majestic balconies for some gently directed bridal portraits that showed off the venue's grandeur and Claire's graceful elegance in her stunning gown. 

 

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The intimate ceremony was happy and romantic, and I stood back and discreetly photographed all the special moments, shared glances and little details that captured Claire and Mark's obvious love for each other.  Claire's gorgeous bouquet was from Gunns Florist in Brighton.

 

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Ceremony over, the three of us headed off to Brighton seafront for the start of our walk. I had wanted to photograph them with the popular Brighton Doughnut - a green-hued bronze sculpture on a small stone-walled promontary.  But the area was under construction and fenced off, so I took advantage instead of the two stunning pier backdrops from our vantage point - Brighton Palace Pier to the East, and the remnants of Brighton's iconic West Pier in the distance.

 

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We then continued our journey along Kings Road Arches, capturing the seagreen painted railings instantly identifiable as Brighton, and the boats in the old Fishing Quarter.  Claire kept herself warm with a a gorgeous faux fur wrap, although gamely removed it for a few of the images to show off the beautiful lace bodice and back of her gown.  

 

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I'd already discussed with the couple some of the more obvious photo locations we could visit, but as we walked, I kept my eyes peeled for some of the less obvious ones, locations that would make great backdrops with shapes and colours that were complementary to their attire.  Happily, being a Thursday in early March, we had the place pretty much to ourselves, even on Palace Pier!  (If you're reading this and thinking how lovely it would be to be photographed on the Pier after your Brighton wedding, please remember it's always crowded on a Summer weekend, and you'll have lots of attention.  But if you're OK with that, then I'm up for it too!)

 

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Leaving the Pier, Claire and Mark assured me that they still had bags of energy (the pink boots helped!) and wanted to head inland.  Brighton's Royal Pavilion is perfect for a romantic backdrop (and a gorgeous wedding venue in its own right too - do check back in the New Year for my upcoming blog of a wedding I photographed there in June of this year).  We wandered through the gardens, stopping off where the scenery or the light best merited, before taking a stroll into the famous Brighton lanes.  

 

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It was truly a day to remember and exactly the wedding that Claire and Mark had wanted.  I'm so happy they chose me to capture it.  And if you're reading this Claire and Mark, thank you so much for your part in voting me into the TWIA Regional Finals!

Jenny x

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Award winning Sussex wedding photographerThe Wedding Industry Awards Regional FinalistJenny Rutterford Photography has been shortlisted for the South East Region finals of the 2018 Wedding Industry Awards

 

 

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(Jenny Rutterford Photography) award-winning brighton wedding photographer brighton town hall wedding brighton wedding photographer royal pavilion wedding sussex wedding photographer wedding brighton pier http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/11/brighton-town-hall-wedding-claire-mark Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:12:43 GMT
The Wedding Industry Awards 2018 | Wedding Photographer of the Year Regional Finalist! http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/11/regional-finalist-in-the-wedding-industry-awards-2018-wedding-photographer-of-the-year Yippee, I did it!  On Monday I found out that I've been shortlisted in the South East Region for The Wedding Industry Awards 2018 Wedding Photographer of the Year! 

Us creative types aren't always the best at blowing our own trumpet, so I hope my regular readers won't mind me taking a break from my usual wedding blog format to share my exciting news with you all.  The Wedding Industry Awards (TWIA) is one of most well respected awards in the wedding industry, and the South East Region is one of the most competitive in the UK, with the heavily subscribed photography category fiercely contested!  

 

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Why am I excited to be a TWIA Regional Finalist?

One of the key reasons why TWIA is held in such high regard within the industry is that the award is based on actual client feedback, and is in no way a popularity contest.  The only people who are eligible to vote are the entrant's own clients from the previous 12 months of weddings.  The judging process is also designed not to penalise companies such as mine, which choose to focus on delivering a high level of customer service to a smaller number of clients.  Instead of being just about numbers, it's about the quality of the feedback and the percentage of clients giving that feedback.

Voting encompassed a wide range of criteria; in addition to voting on the quality of the images received, my clients were asked to vote on all aspects of the service provided - both on the day, and in the lead up to and after the wedding.  As such, achieving Regional Finalist is an especially lovely way to receive recognition of the service I provide directly from my clients.

Time to ditch the sensible shoes!

The next stage in the competition is the South East Region Awards Evening, which will be held at Blackstock Country Estate (a stunning wedding venue I've had the pleasure of photographing at) in East Sussex in about three weeks' time.  Now it's down to the judges, who will be scrutinising each of the finalists beyond the scoring, looking at the comments made by clients, the quality of our work and how we run our businesses.  And whilst it would be fantastic to win an award, I am realistic about the quality of the competition and happy to have got this far. 

I'm just as excited to simply be letting my hair down with my wedding industry friends, after what's been an incredibly fun and busy season!   Not least because two of my good friends and talented industry colleagues have also made the finals in their respective categories - Claire, a celebrant at Creating Ceremony and Kim, of Kimberley Louise Makeup.  Time for me to swap those comfy Clarks for heels and get a little glammed up for a change!  

A big, big thank you to all of my lovely clients

To any of my clients who are reading this, here's another chance for me to give you a big, big, thank you for your vote.  It means a great deal to me, and I can't wait to receive all of your voting comments (at least, those of you who chose not to remain anonymous!) once the competition is completed.

Getting married and would like to know more?

Please do get in touch and let me know all your plans!  If I'm still available on your date, I'll ping you over a brochure with all the info on pricing and the service I provide.  If not, I'll happily recommend another local photographer for you to check out.

Jenny x

 

 

 

 

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Long Furlong Barn Wedding | Suzie + Ian http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/10/long-furlong-barn-wedding-suzie-ian As a West Sussex Wedding Photographer, I am lucky to photograph at many of the most beautiful Barns in our lovely county, all nestled in the South Downs and with stunning scenery year round.  Regular readers will know that picturesque Long Furlong Barn, located just North of Worthing, is one of my absolute favourite wedding venues to which I usually return several times throughout the year.  The fields surrounding the barn take on different hues year round, and Gemma and her team work hard to ensure every couple has their perfect wedding day.  But what really makes those weddings special for me is the couples and their guests, each of whom has a unique story for me to enjoy capturing.

 

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I photographed four Long Furlong Barn weddings in 2017, of which Suzie and Ian's special day in April was my first of the year.  It was also my most emotional - as Suzie and Ian had both been married before, this wedding was to be a joining together of two families.  When I met up with Suzie, she explained that this was to be the focus of their ceremony, with the children playing important roles in their day.  Suzie's daughter Sophie was not only a bridesmaid, but also had the honour of walking Suzie up the aisle.  Ian's ten-year old son Harry was an excellent junior Best Man, and when he handed over the rings during the ceremony, many guests, not to mention the bride herself(!) reached for their tissues.

The civil ceremony was made extra special by the addition of a very personal blessing, once the legal formalities had taken place.  The blessing was jointly conducted by Suzie's Catholic parish priest and Ian's brother - an Anglican vicar - ensuring that the couple could incorporate a religious element to their ceremony that was truly personal to them.  The family lit a unity candle as part of their blessing.  I had captured a similar symbolic joining of families at one of my Florida weddings, where each member of their newly united families poured sand into a glass jar.  At both that wedding, and Suzie and Ian's, I could see (and capture!) the emotion on the children's faces and the pride they took from their involvement. 

It wasn't all serious though, and the couple's sense of fun manifested itself often throughout the day, beginning with Suzie's walk down the aisle to the sounds of Abba's "I do, I do, I do...", and ending with the ecumenical duo making some awesome shapes on the dance floor!  The clergymen also each took turns in the front seat of the Pinks Vintage Ice Cream van - sounding those instantly recognisable ringtones that lured guests over in droves!  Somehow I never actually get to eat the ice cream at weddings (too busy, plus cameras don't like salted caramel or cookie dough as much as I do!), but I have met the very lovely owners, mother and daughter team Katy and Georgia on many occasions, and can vouch for the amazing taste from wedding fairs we've attended together!  

The focus of Suzie and Ian's striking pink and white colour scheme was the incredible display of flowers - roses and gerberas expertly designed and arranged by Suzie's own mother.  The extremely tasty cake by FatCakes was also iced in pink and white on the outside, with each tier having a different flavour - Lemon drizzle, chocolate sponge and raspberry buttercream.  

Suzie and Ian enjoyed a stunning sunset, which I captured unobtrusively and (almost!) unseen, giving the couple space to process the events of their day and the inherent emotion in the joining together of their two families.  It was a truly lovely day that I was proud to have been a part of.  Thank you so much Suzie, for writing this lovely testimonial:

 

Sorry it's taken us so long but have finally written a testimonial for you. We've had so many wonderful comments about your stunning photos and we absolutely love looking at them! {...} Anyway, testimonial below:

"Jenny isn't just an exceptional photographer, she is also an extremely warm and friendly person. I knew she was the right person to capture our special day and we particularly love her candid style of photography. She was also an absolute star during our wedding day - calm and unflappable and willing to stay till the bitter end and get that perfect sparkler shot! We are absolutely thrilled with all our pictures and wouldn't hesitate to recommend her.  We look upon her not just as our wedding photographer but as our friend...."

Suzie & Ian xxx

 

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This was my take on Suzie and Ian's special day, but their wedding was also chosen for the My Sussex Wedding blog, which you can read here!

The couple's wedding dream team were:

Venue:  Long Furlong Barn

Dress:  Blessings Bridal in Brighton

Groom:  Greys Suit Hire in Worthing

Florist:  Suzie's Mother

Cake:  FatCakes

Ice Cream:  Pinks Vintage Ice Cream

 

I hope you enjoyed my blog! If you'd like to see more weddings from Long Furlong Barn, please click here to see Holly and Martin's special day!

Please do check back in a couple of weeks for my next wedding story :)

Jenny xx

 

 

 

 

 

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(Jenny Rutterford Photography) long furlong barn wedding long furlong barn wedding photographer sussex barn wedding sussex wedding photographer http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/10/long-furlong-barn-wedding-suzie-ian Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:47:40 GMT
Worthing Dome Wedding | Sarah + Jason http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/9/worthing-dome-wedding-sarah-jason I've come to the conclusion that blogging is a bit like exercise - you miss a week or two for lack of time, and then another week, then another, and before you know it, it's been a month or two and it's hard to get back into the habit.  The problem is, when you blog and then don't blog, it looks to the casual observer like you haven't got anything to blog about.  Of course, as a Sussex wedding photographer, not least during the summer months, the opposite is actually true.  To help put me back on track after my busiest summer ever, I actually wrote "BLOG - no more excuses!" in my diary.  When I got to my desk this morning and read it, my heart sank as I thought of the thousands of wedding images on multiple hard drives still to be edited, but I'm quite motivated when I have a list, and actually decided not to procrastinate further.

And what a happy, sunny wedding to re-ignite my blogging!  I actually met Sarah's parents before meeting the couple themselves - at Belles Events Valentines Fair at the Worthing Dome.  They were checking out wedding suppliers on Sarah & Jason's behalf, given that the couple were then still living in Glasgow.  Happily the bride-to-be and her fiancé put their trust in Sarah's parents and booked me for their wedding shortly after, but it wasn't until September on their return to the South Coast that we met face to face.  It seemed logical to meet at their venue, so we enjoyed a bit of sustenance at Worthing Dome's Vintage Tea Rooms whilst excitedly discussing plans for their beach themed wedding.  

We got on famously, and I was looking forward to their big day.  I knew they were up for a walk along the beach for their couple photos, come what may weather wise, but, being February, I expected cloud at the very least, and umbrella options had been discussed.  As it turned out, they had picked one of the loveliest, sunniest days of 2017 thus far, with not a cloud in the sky, and a fair bit of warmth.  For readers not familiar with Worthing Dome, this quirky wedding venue is topped by a Whispering Gallery, hexagonal in shape, and with a stunning 360 degree outlook.  Sarah and Jason's 50 or so guests were bathed in glorious winter sunshine throughout the ceremony, while the couple said their vows looking out to the sea.  It was perfect.  

After drinks, Sarah, Jason, myself and many of their guests headed across the road to the beach.  Confetti was thrown, stones were skimmed, and I simply enjoyed capturing the moments and the happiness.  I gently directed the newlyweds to make the most of the light and capture some lovely starburst shots that work best with low sun, but most of the time, I simply stood back and observed the emotion through my lens.  The couple opted for half-day photographic coverage, which we timed to finish with the wedding breakfast, squeezing in a cake cutting before they sat down.  This was my first wedding of 2017, and a wonderful way to kick off my wedding season.  Thank you Sarah and Jason for your lovely feedback too:

 

'Thanks so much for taking such beautiful wedding photographs for us. Your suggestion of taking natural photos rather than staged ones was absolutely the right one. The collection of photos reads like a movie - it's really special to have so many natural images of close friends and family as they enjoyed the day.

Thanks again Jenny - will be sure to recommend you to anyone we know who is getting married down here'

All the best,

Sarah and Jason X

 

 

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Are you planning a Winter wedding?!  I can't promise sun, but I do receive very few enquiries for dates in November, January and February, so often have late availablilty.  With daylight hours being shorter, you may find that half-day photographic coverage would suit, like Sarah and Jason.  And at that time of year I can also offer 2 or 3 hour coverage - giving you images from the ceremony, family photos, and couple photos, plus plenty of candid images of your guests enjoying themselves.  For smaller weddings, sometimes that's all you really need.

If you've enjoyed this blog, please click here to see my portfolio and use the contact form to request a brochure.  I'd love to hear from you!

 

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(Jenny Rutterford Photography) beach wedding sussex sussex wedding photographer worthing dome wedding worthing dome wedding photographer worthing wedding photographer http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/9/worthing-dome-wedding-sarah-jason Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:13:10 GMT
Long Furlong Barn Wedding | Holly + Martin http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/7/long-furlong-barn-wedding-holly-martin My last blog post featured Holly and Martin's fun and relaxed pre-wedding shoot at Nymans National Trust gardens.  Here I'm showcasing the couple's equally fun and relaxed wedding, which was held three months later at picturesque Long Furlong Barn in the heart of the Sussex Downs.  It's a venue I photograph weddings at regularly and at all times of year - in 2016 I captured three Winter weddings at Long Furlong.  One of those was Ellie and Jamie's January wedding, which you can view on my blog here.  And another was Josie & Paul's New Year's Eve wedding, which I've yet to blog (so many weddings, so little blogging time...!)

It was actually dry for all three of those Winter weddings, unlike my last wedding at Long Furlong Barn, that of Alex and Dan last weekend (i.e. end of July) when it poured for a large part of the day. (It didn't matter though, we still had an absolute blast and I love the resulting white umbrella in the rain with puddle reflection images!)

Holly and Martin chose to have their wedding ceremony at Holly's family church, St Mary's Catholic Church at Preston Park, Brighton, a short drive from her parental home where the bridal preparations took place.  Lucky that it was a short drive, as Holly's stunning winter bouquet by Miss Mole's Flower Emporium almost didn't make the ceremony!  It was the week before Christmas and I made sure to capture the atmosphere of the home lit by fairy lights, and tree decorations that Holly would remember from childhood.  Adding one or two of these into their wedding album can really evoke that feeling of pre-Christmas excitement, which was certainly a part of their day.  Especially as Martin had proposed to Holly a year previously on Shoreham Beach on Christmas Day, wearing a Christmas jumper! How romantic is that?!

After the ceremony, and lots of hugs and confetti, the couple enjoyed champagne in the back seat of a lovely 1964 silver Jaguar with red leather interior by Amazing Grace Wedding Cars, with the added and unexpected bonus of glorious sunshine pouring through the rear window.  And then onto Long Furlong Barn for the reception celebrations, with guests following behind in a red double-decker - the perfect way to maintain the fun atmosphere during the drive to Long Furlong, and to avoid the need for guests worrying about driving, or parking at the church. (Actually, the parking thing is probably just me! Regular readers of my blog will know that nothing stresses me about a wedding except for the possibility of being unable to park near the ceremony - I plan these things to the 'nth degree with my couples!)

Holly's dress was sophisticated and stunning, and simply perfect for all the dancing the couple did!  They began with some nifty moves outside in Long Furlong's grounds before heading indoors to make their grand entrance dancing to the top table.  Having re-fuelled with a delicious meal by Long Furlong's wedding catering company, Circa Events, the couple and their guests enjoyed ceilidh dancing, for which I broke out my ultra-wide angle lens, enabling me to get close to the action but still capture full length shots of Holly's dress and the beautiful lighting chandelier by Sussex venue stylist To Have and To Hire. 

Holly wore a stunning veil too, which we made the most of for some beautiful couple shots in the grounds of Long Furlong Barn.  I'm proud to say that I was recently awarded Highly Commended by the Master Photographer's Association for this atmospheric black & white image of Holly and Martin:

 

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The day ended for me with a fabulous sparkler arch and a special long exposure image to capture 'H & M' in sparklers with the help of Holly's bridesmaids.  The perfect end to a simply lovely wedding, which was exactly what the couple had wanted from their special day.  Please scroll down to enjoy the story of Holly and Martin's church and Long Furlong wedding as viewed through my (mostly!) fly-on-the-wall eyes:

 

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If you're planning a winter wedding, and like my relaxed, documentary style of wedding photography, do get in touch!  I still have dates available for the late Autumn and Winter season, as many people book out of season weddings later.  Many venues still have dates available too (I know Long Furlong Barn has special winter rates currently on offer - head over to the Long Furlong Barn facebook page for the most recent news).

Following this weekend's weddings I'm having a little time off with the family (yes, I know it's peak wedding season, but my kids won't be school age forever!), so may be a little late with my next blog!  Apologies in advance!

Jenny x

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(Jenny Rutterford Photography) award-winning wedding photography sussex female wedding photographer sussex long furlong barn wedding long furlong barn wedding photographer sussex wedding photographer sussex winter wedding winter wedding long furlong http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/7/long-furlong-barn-wedding-holly-martin Fri, 28 Jul 2017 10:11:01 GMT
Nymans pre-wedding shoot: Holly + Martin http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/7/nymans-pre-wedding-shoot-holly-martin I first met Holly and Martin at Nymans National Trust near Haywards Heath.  We talked through their plans for their upcoming December wedding at Long Furlong Barn, and I showed them sample albums of my work.  I seem to remember there was homemade cake involved too - always a bonus! I felt that we hit it off straight away and would make a great team on the day, so was overjoyed when, after meeting with another photographer on their shortlist, they contacted me a few days later to book.  

On that note, if you're reading this as a bride- or groom-to-be, please do keep your prospective photographer in the loop communication-wise.  It's great when a couple books immediately from the heart as they just know we'd be the perfect fit, but in many instances, couples will understandably want to meet up with two or sometimes three photographers before making their decision.  It's a very British thing to feel disloyal if you've spent a hour or so getting to know a supplier, then have to admit that you'll be meeting up with one of their competitors.  But from the photographer's viewpoint (and I would expect this goes for other wedding suppliers too), it's better to know where you stand and understand why the couple won't be getting back to you for a week or so, rather than thinking they simply weren't interested.  In any case, many of my competitors are also my friends - I operate very much on the basis there are enough weddings to go round, it's just a question of the couple finding the photographer who's right for them.  In fact, I'll often refer couples to my colleagues if I'm booked on their date or we're simply not a good fit in terms of style or budget.

Anyway, happily Holly and Martin felt the same as I did about our compatibility, both in terms of photographic style and also personality, so we arranged to return to Nymans National Trust gardens for their pre-wedding shoot in September.  We enjoyed a lovely walk around the grounds, capturing images as we went, plus a spot of light (ahem! - check out the image below) reading in Nymans' 2nd hand bookshop.  The couple had told me they'd be having a ceilidh on their wedding day, so I encouraged them to dance a little, which they duly obliged, with much laughter.  In fact, it worked so well for fun and relaxed images that showcased their personalities, that we repeated the moves for the couple images on their wedding day - even better with a dress!  I'll leave you with a selection of images from Holly and Martin's pre-wedding shoot, and will return in a couple of weeks to blog the couple's fabulous winter wedding.  Watch this space!

 

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Enjoyed this blog?  Please pop back at the end of July to see Holly & Martin's wedding story, and if you're planning a wedding, do get in touch!  I'd love to hear your wedding plans.

Jenny x

 

 

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(Jenny Rutterford Photography) brighton & worthing wedding photographer long furlong barn wedding photographer nymans national trust nymans wedding photography sussex pre-wedding shoot sussex wedding photographer http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/7/nymans-pre-wedding-shoot-holly-martin Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:45:20 GMT
Ditchling Barn Wedding | Tara + Ben http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/6/ditchling-barn-wedding-tara-ben Hello readers! The regulars among you will remember that my last blog post featured Tara and Ben having fun on their pre-wedding shoot up on Devil's Dyke.  This week, I'm bringing you this couple's Ditchling Barn wedding, which they held in a marquee on Ditchling Green.  I'll begin with their truly lovely testimonial of my work:

 

Jenny was an absolute dream to work with right from when we met her at a Wedding fayre in Burgess Hill, We knew straight away we were going to get on and that she was going to capture our Wedding perfectly.

On the big day we didn't even notice Jenny, she was so discrete but yet captured every special moment of the day. Jenny also got so many brilliant pictures of our guests which really made it feel like we didn't miss out on a single part of the day.

Looking back at our Wedding pictures brings us so much joy, Jenny couldn't of done a more amazing job, not only did she take the most glorious pictures, she helped the whole day run smoothly. We can't thank you enough, we will forever enjoy looking back on the best day of our lives.  

Tara & Ben x

 

When I first met this lovely couple, one of the things they mentioned was that they weren't planning to follow tradition, but rather to do things their way.  So no table seating plans (despite having 100+ guests!), no set menu, party-buses, a diamante-studded tie for the groom, and the bridesmaids in black.  OK, so it wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea, but on the day it worked just perfectly and Tara and Ben had exactly the wedding they wanted.

For a start, the bridesmaids dresses were stunning, and worked really well with the art deco theme.  And then there were the party buses (I think there were three), which transported all the guests from Brighton Town Hall where they had their wedding ceremony, to Ditchling Green.  Filled with bubbly on ice, disco lights and pumping music, the party really did get started and I'm certain that the guests on my bus, and doubtless those on the other two also, were the best of friends by the time we arrived, even if they hadn't previously met!  So not having table plans really didn't matter - good call, Tara and Ben, saved you a gruesome job!  Every time we hit traffic lights or a log jam (it may have been late October, but driving from Brighton to Ditchling is not the quickest of journeys) I braved the bus aisle with my cameras to capture the crazy atmosphere to the banging tunes of Bob Marley.  It may have been 8 months ago, but I still remember every last detail of that awesome bus ride, which was a completely new experience to me!

Inside the marquee (by Super Events), instead of table service, there was an amazing choice of street food carts for guests to choose from, supplied by catering company Fruits & Fountains.  I opted for a burger, which was delicious, and sat with the videographers - husband and wife team Andy and Rebecca - who raved about their fish & chips.  I passed on the crepes and popcorn, although they smelt amazing too, but I did have the speeches to consider, and didn't want to feel like I needed a nap!  Definitely the right call, as the speeches were side-splittingly hilarious, and I captured great images of the bride, groom and their guests literally doubled-up with laughter.

The party continued once even more guests arrived for the evening entertainment, with a fun greenscreen photobooth by Quality Photobooth, and music by Mark from The DJ Limited.  Oh, and lots of sparklers - check out the awesome shapes, especially the best cowboy lasso efforts from Tara and Ben!  

Well, I need to crack on with all the wedding editing I have at this time of year, so I'll leave you to see how their day unfolded through my images.  Enjoy!

 

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Planning a Sussex wedding and love my work?  Please check out more wedding stories or head over to my portfolio for a quick idea of the kind of images you can expect if you book me, Jenny, to capture all the fun and emotion on your special day.

Bye for now!  Back to my wedding editing...

Jenny x

 

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(Jenny Rutterford Photography) Award-winning Sussex Wedding Photographer Brighton Wedding Photographer, Ditchling Wedding photographer Sussex wedding photographer http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/6/ditchling-barn-wedding-tara-ben Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:35:36 GMT
Devil's Dyke Pre Wedding Shoot: Tara + Ben http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/6/devils-dyke-pre-wedding-shoot-tara-ben When I first met Tara and Ben, I knew instantly that they were perfect for each other!  Many of my grooms are naturally a little uncomfortable about being in front of the camera, but not Ben!  A former model, Ben was a complete natural, and his obvious love for Tara shone through on their pre-wedding shoot with his permanent ear-to-ear grin and affectionate hugs. Tara was equally comfortable and clearly enjoyed the hour we spent together on their pre-wedding shoot at Devil's Dyke.

There are many reasons why I include a pre-wedding shoot with all full-day weddings - which you can read about here - but a key one is to get the couple's feedback on their images ahead of the big day.  What I love in a particular photo might not be the same as my couple, and every bride and groom are different,  so I use this critique to ensure that I capture their couple photos exactly as they'd like on the wedding day itself.  I might see a beautiful expression, while the bride may only see her laughter lines.  Or she may dislike her face in profile.  Or her left arm!  You get my point.  Most couples (and brides in particular) have some body insecurities, and it's really, really useful to know what these are beforehand!  So, for maximum feedback, whilst still keeping things quite natural and fluid, I try to shoot from lots of different angles, and gently direct the couple for a wide range of poses and expressions.  

The challenge for Tara and Ben on the shoot was to stop them collapsing into fits of giggles for 5 minutes to capture their more serious side!  This really didn't matter though, as their natural emotion and laughter was exactly what they both wanted from their day - and exactly what they got!  Both from their pre-wedding shoot and on the day itself.

It was a bright, sunny day in May when we did their pre-wedding shoot, so I was glad (photographically speaking) that the couple had gone with my suggestion for an evening shoot when the light would be softer.  I remember coming away from our shoot feeling really excited for their late Autumn wedding (another reason I like to do a pre-wedding shoot!), which the couple had planned at Ditchling Barn to be a true and unique reflection of their personalities and who they were.  I'll be telling the story of their wedding in my next blog post, so watch this space!

 

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Please pop back in a week or two to see Tara and Ben's wedding story, right here on my blog!

Jenny xx

 

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(Jenny Rutterford Photography) Brighton wedding photographer Devil's Dyke pre Wedding shoot Ditchling Barn Wedding Photographer Sussex photographer" wedding http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/6/devils-dyke-pre-wedding-shoot-tara-ben Wed, 07 Jun 2017 09:35:48 GMT
Plumpton Green Church + Marquee Wedding | Emily & Carl http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/5/plumpton-green-church-and-marquee-wedding-emily-carl I've been longing to blog Emily and Carl's beautiful Sussex country wedding, and with the design of their wedding album currently in hand, what better time to do it?  

I first met the couple at Emily's parents stunning home in East Chiltington, just outside Lewes.  We clicked immediately, and sitting in their kitchen, pouring over my portfolio, it felt like we were already friends.  Six months or so before the wedding, we met again in East Chiltington for Emily and Carl's pre-wedding shoot, and headed off into the fields that backed onto the family home.  Carl has a wicked sense of humour and had Emily and I in stitches - and by the end of our shoot, I felt I'd really got to know their true personalities and the kind of photos that would be really important to them to have to remember their wedding by.  Happily I got it right, as you can see from this lovely email I received earlier this year:

Hi Jenny,

Firstly huge apologies that it has taken me so long to get the testimonial to you for our amazing wedding pics, honestly can't stop looking through them and the slide show is just brilliant! We have shown it to so many people, whether they wanted to see it or not!

We will this weekend choose the pics we want in the album - no mean feat when there are just so many good ones! But we will whittle it down.

'From meeting Jenny for the first time to the day of the wedding, we had instant confidence that she was the perfect person to take our wedding pictures. Our whole day was captured perfectly with so many smiling faces. And scenes full of laughing.The totally natural and unposed pictures where exactly what we wanted and was exactly what we got. Every time we look back through them we are taken straight back to our amazing day, and that is all down to the amazing skill,  talent and nature of Jenny and her photography. We can not thank you enough. We totally love each and every one'

Emily & Carl xxx

 

Thank you Emily and Carl for your lovely testimonial - and for entire email too, which, for me, is all part of your feedback.  So glad you did finally manage to choose your album photos and you'll be pleased to read I will be completing your album design shortly!  

Please enjoy viewing the story of their wonderfully relaxed and happy day through my images.

 

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The couple and their family took great care in finding great local wedding suppliers they trusted, and have told me they were really happy with the service they received from all of them (listed below):

Marquee:  James marquees

Catering:  Sarah Dooley, Amuse Private Caterers

Band:  The Phat Cats

Dress:  Pantiles Brides, Tunbridge Wells

 

I hope you enjoyed this blog and maybe got some inspiration for your own special day.  To check my availability and receive my Wedding Brochure with details of packages, please click here!

Jenny x

 

 

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(Jenny Rutterford Photography) Lewes Wedding Photographer Plumpton Wedding Photographer Sussex Wedding Photographer Wedding Photography Sussex http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/5/plumpton-green-church-and-marquee-wedding-emily-carl Thu, 18 May 2017 19:34:26 GMT
Natalie and Katherine's Stunning Pre-Wedding Shoot on Shoreham Beach http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/5/natalie-and-katherines-shoreham-beach-pre-wedding-shoot Welcome to my blog!  If you've just found me, I keep this section of my website regularly updated with my clients' wedding stories.  It's a more in-depth look at their weddings which, if you're getting married, can help you decide whether my style of photography would be right for you.  It's one thing looking at the 'hero' images on a photographer's home page, but another to scroll through their couples' actual wedding stories, from bridal preparation to the dance floor.  Keeping my blog up to date also - let's be honest here! - helps Google to recognise me, which is rather important if I want you to find me when you're searching for a Sussex wedding photographer online!

It's actually been ages since I've posted an engagement or pre-wedding shoot though, so I thought it about time I did so, especially as I'm currently averaging two a week, with all my summer couples taking the opportunity for Spring shoot.  Where possible, I prefer to do these shoots during the Golden Hour - the last hour before sunset, when the light is generally soft and lovely to work with.  I love back-lighting my couples, or shooting into the sun, which would be almost impossible in harsher midday light.  At a wedding, I'd use additional lighting to counter dark shadows, but for engagement shoots, I prefer to keep things entirely natural as my focus is to establish a rappour with my couple.  I want them to feel relaxed and comfortable, so that on the day of the wedding, they feel confident in just being themselves, and no longer scared of the camera.  That's when the real magic happens, photographically speaking. 

On first meeting Natalie and Katherine (affectionately known as Nat and Kat), the couple told me they didn't much like having their photo taken and wanted natural, candid photography to reflect the relaxed wedding they'll be having this coming July at Bracklesham Barn, Wittering in West Sussex.  They even went so far as to say they look dreadful in photos and are not at all photogenic.  Well, after spending a very relaxed and fun hour with the girls on the beach, I have to say they couldn't be more mistaken. These ladies have bucketloads of personality, and a very genuine and honest relationship with each other, which I feel privileged to have been chosen to capture.  I have to say, my lesbian couple weddings and pre-wedding shoots have been some of my favourites - I'll put links below so you can find them if you'd like to see more. Looking at these images and the very evident love Nat and Kat have for each other, I'm glad I've managed to convince them that they are beautiful young women who do actually take a rather good photo!

 

"Hi Jenny,

We've never clicked on an email so quickly.

We love them!!!  These are honestly 100% some of the best photos we have of us to date.

We love..... 7,10,18,27,42,47,55,78,82  (The actual love list is a lot longer) those are our favourites though.

Feeling so much more relaxed about the big day now.

Thank you

You're amazing" 

Nat & Kat xx

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Ladies, you look absolutely stunning, and I really can't wait to photograph your special day in a couple of months' time!

Jenny xx

 

If you'd like to see more same-sex Brighton weddings and pre-wedding/engagement shoots, please click on the links below.  

I still have a few spaces left for late Autumn and Winter 2017, and plenty for 2018, so if you'd like to know more, please click here and leave your date and venue details, and I'll get back to you with full information on pricing and details of exactly what you receive if you book me as your wedding photographer. 

 

Jo and Anna

Two Brides on Brighton Beach - a fun and relaxed engagement shoot

Jo and Anna's stunning beach wedding

Kathryn & Shelley

Brighton Lesbian Couple's Fun Engagement Shoot

Shelley & Kathryn's Beach-themed Wedding at Pangdean Barn

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(Jenny Rutterford Photography) Lesbian Engagement Lesbian beach wedding Lesbian wedding Brighton Pangdean Barn lesbian wedding Same sex wedding Brighton gay wedding Brighton lesbian wedding Sussex http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/5/natalie-and-katherines-shoreham-beach-pre-wedding-shoot Fri, 05 May 2017 09:10:54 GMT
The Ravenswood County Manor Wedding | Sarah & Matt http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/4/the-ravenswood-county-manor-wedding-sarah-matt "Jenny was so personable, she put us both at ease from the moment that we met her at a wedding fair. Her photos are beautiful and the amount of time that she allocated to us for meetings, engagement shoot and on the day was really appreciated – nothing was too much trouble.

Jenny really took the time  to get to know us, our likes and dislikes to ensure that she got photos which we would love and that we were comfortable having taken. We have had no end of compliments on the beautiful photos, how comfortable our guests felt and how unobtrusive Jenny was. For us, photography was our most important decision as it is the way that you relive your wedding and we truly couldn’t be more thrilled with our photos!

Thank you so much!"

Sarah and Matt

 

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I thought I'd begin this blog unashamedly with Sarah & Matt's thoughtful testimonial of me.  I'm a wedding photographer, not a marketing wiz.  Yet as well as being a wedding photographer, I'm also a business owner.  I can't indulge my passion for capturing my clients' special day, if I don't have clients!  So being a marketing wiz is a bit of a necessity in the digital age, yet myself, and most other good photographers I know and respect, are notoriously bad at blowing our own trumpets.  So thank you to Sarah and Matt for doing it for me.  And to all my other lovely clients who have done the same.  You know who you are, and just how much I appreciate it (and if you haven't quite got round to it, I do understand - it's never too late, I promise!) 

So back to Sarah and Matt.  I first met this absolutely lovely couple at a wedding fair in Burgess Hill, almost two years before their big day.  Sarah told me the story of how Matt proposed on a picnic rug on the beach while eating fish and chips.  How romantic is that?! Well, I certainly remembered their story, so was extra happy when the couple asked me to be their wedding photographer several weeks' later.  I was also happy that their wedding venue was to be The Ravenswood in Sharpthorne, West Sussex.  Why?  Because I love photographing at venues new to me and when the three of us met up there for a site visit, I was blown away by the incredible scenery The Ravenswood offers.  Not many venues boast a lake, boathouse, 'birdcage', and an oversized garden chair - like something out of Alice in Wonderland!  

On the day itself, an unsettled weather forecast put paid to Sarah and Matt's plans to tie the knot outdoors.  But inside The Ravenswood was lovely too, with plenty of natural window light on the couple, and atmospheric lighting to the rear of the ceremony room.  And the drizzle quickly gave way to soft warm light, with a mix of sunshine and cloud which lasted throughout the afternoon and evening, ensuring we got all the photos we'd planned together.  The children were kept entertained by hula hoops and an awesome giant bubble machine (you absolutely MUST get one of these for your outdoor wedding - check out the awesome photos of the page boys catching bubbles, mouths open!)  Oh, and there was ice cream!  I've never seen kids have so much fun at a wedding!

The photography was one of the most important parts of the day for Sarah, and she was certainly up for my suggestion of donning the wellie boots and heading around the grounds, including the muddy path behind the lake to reach the boathouse.  I set up some lights in the boathouse, then headed off round the lake to capture the newly weds in the romantic setting. I don't usually work with an assistant, preferring to remain as unobtrusive as possible, and this was technically a little tricky to pull off, but we'd discussed it all beforehand, and Sarah and Matt were happy to work with me for the images I'd had in my mind since our visit.  A winning combination of phoning and gesticulating from the distant shore (it was a large lake!) as to where they should stand, and could they just please move my light a little to the left....  they were absolute troopers!

I'll leave you to view the rest of their story through my images - starting with a pint of bitter (you go girl!)

  

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Like Sarah and Matt, I meet many of my couples at wedding fairs - you can catch me at Pure Events Wedding Show at Worthing Assembly Hall on 9th April, Plumpton Racecourse on 30th April, and Sussex Wed Fest at Two Woods Estate on 4th June.

I look forward to hearing your wedding plans!

Jenny x

 

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Mercure Hotel Maidstone Wedding | Sue + Dan http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/3/mercure-hotel-maidstone-wedding-sue-dan I always enjoy an outdoor wedding ceremony, with the freedom it gives to move around unobtrusively and photograph discreetly.   I often photographed outdoors when working as a wedding photographer in Florida, but even in our somewhat less sun-drenched country (ha!), outdoor ceremonies are becoming more popular. There can be a little added weather-related stress for the couple choosing this option, although (so far - no promises!) I've been lucky at Pangdean Old Barn weddings, Lewes Castle and Brighton Bandstand weddings.  But last July at The Ravenswood in Sharpthorne, West Sussex we were brought inside in changeable weather.  Overall the odds seem good in July and August, but I am an optimist, so if you're thinking of an outdoor ceremony, do check you'd be happy with the venue's Plan B, should the need arise!

And whilst a warm, sunny day is what most couples are hoping for, it's worth pointing out that photographically, this can be a tricky gig for the wedding photographer.  In the States, couples can get married outdoors in the open (often standing under a decorative arch), so they are bathed in similar light to all the guests.  Here in the UK, outdoor ceremonies require the couple to be under a permanent shelter, whilst their guests are, in the main (less so at Brighton Bandstand weddings) fully exposed to the elements.  Without wishing to get technical, even the best camera's dynamic range cannot replicate anywhere close to what we can see with the naked eye, so the contrast between the shaded couple and guests on a sunny day will be especially tough to capture digitally.  Happily I shoot in what's known as RAW format (as opposed to the standard JPEG format), which maximises the information stored within each file, giving me greater latitude to reduce that contrast in post-processing.  

For Sue and Dan's Great Danes Mercure Hotel wedding in Maidstone, Kent last July, we got lucky with the weather, and the couple and their friends and family enjoyed a glorious outdoor ceremony at the hotel's stunning gazebo.  The setting was perfect, with green in every direction, and mature trees making for an ideal backdrop for the couple's vows and register signing.  

In fact, it wasn't the weather that was the issue here, rather the zip on Sue's gorgeous boned wedding gown, which got stuck more or less exactly half way up, and which no amount of gentle coaxing was going to budge, either up or down.  Sue had wanted to get ready quietly, with 'just' her four children (aged between 11 and 18) in tow, and had asked me not to photograph her bridal preparations, but instead to take a few family photos just before the registrars' arrival in her hotel room.  That was Plan A.  On my arrival to see one of Sue's sons grappling with the stuck zip, I quickly came up with Plan B, put down my cameras and legged it to the hotel reception.  Several broken needles and a good half an hour later, I finished sewing the length of the zip, then hid my imperfect stitching and a few little blood spots (hey, I'm a photographer, not a seamstress, and have you tried sewing a heavy boned dress with a hotel sewing kit?!) with the covered buttons.  Once persuaded that the dress looked fab and wasn't going anywhere - what with my double stitching - Sue relaxed and commenced her somewhat delayed conversation with the registrars.  Conscious that I hadn't been able to photograph guests arriving, and proceedings were now running rather late, I headed outside and photographed super-quickly to capture guests enjoying the warm sunshine and beautiful setting.  

I'm really happy that Sue didn't let the little zip mishap spoil her day - in fact, quite the opposite!  It became a great talking point and source of hilarity among the children - as you can see below, there's an image of one of her sons examining my handiwork shortly after the ceremony!  Things often don't go totally to plan at a wedding, it's how you handle them that determines how they affect your day.  The unifying of Sue and Dan and their six children was what it was all about, and everything about their day was family-orientated, personal and heartfelt.  A truly lovely wedding that I felt privileged to have been a part of.  Enjoy!

 

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