Jenny Rutterford Photography: Blog http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog en-us (C) Jenny Rutterford Photography jennyrutterford.photo@gmail.com (Jenny Rutterford Photography) Fri, 28 Jul 2017 11:48:00 GMT Fri, 28 Jul 2017 11:48:00 GMT http://www.jennyrutterford.com/img/s11/v30/u371031091-o457609474-50.jpg Jenny Rutterford Photography: Blog http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog 90 120 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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jennyrutterford.photo@gmail.com (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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jennyrutterford.photo@gmail.com (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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jennyrutterford.photo@gmail.com (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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jennyrutterford.photo@gmail.com (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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jennyrutterford.photo@gmail.com (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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jennyrutterford.photo@gmail.com (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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jennyrutterford.photo@gmail.com (Jenny Rutterford Photography) Ravenswood wedding Ravenswood wedding photographer Ravenswood wedding photos stunning summer wedding at The Ravenswood Sussex http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/4/the-ravenswood-county-manor-wedding-sarah-matt Fri, 07 Apr 2017 18:13:32 GMT
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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Like my photography and want to know more?  I'll be at Pure Events Wedding Fair at Worthing Assembly Hall on 9th April, and at Plumpton Racecourse on 30th April.  Plus Long Furlong Barn's Open Day on 14th May.  And of course, you can always fill in my Contact Form to check my availability for your date and arrange to meet with me at a time to suit you.

Hope to see you soon!

Jenny x

 

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jennyrutterford.photo@gmail.com (Jenny Rutterford Photography) Mercure Maidstone Wedding Photographer Outdoor wedding Outdoor wedding photographer Sussex Sussex Wedding Photographer outdoor wedding venues Sussex http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/3/mercure-hotel-maidstone-wedding-sue-dan Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:22:35 GMT
Worthing Pier Wedding | Becky + Patrick http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/3/worthing-pier-wedding-becky-patrick As a West Sussex wedding photographer, based in nearby Shoreham-by-Sea, many of my weddings are in lovely locations in and around the Worthing area.  I'm a regular at stunning Long Furlong Barn and quirky Worthing Dome and have additional 2017 weddings booked at Cissbury Barns and The Fox Inn, Patching. But since its re-opening in Spring 2014, following extensive refurbishment, I had been eager to photograph at the beautiful art-deco Southern Pavilion building at the end of Worthing Pier.

Happily some 18 months later I met Becky and Patrick, and their gorgeous lop-eared rabbit, Bertie.  (Bertie's not hugely relevant to the story, but is incredibly cute, and much loved by his owners, so I'll mention him anyway!)  The couple are huge lovers of the sea - the more dramatic and atmospheric the better!  So Worthing Pier was the perfect location for them to tie the knot.  When we met up for their pre-wedding shoot (click here to find out why you should have a pre-wedding shoot), they told me they were hoping for drama in the sea and skies.  So when I awoke on the morning of the wedding to dark, foreboding clouds, I was extremely happy!  No matter the rain -  I had big plans and umbrellas at the ready!  The loud thunderclap midway through the ceremony was cause for plenty of laughter among the assembled guests, and made the inside of the Southern Pavilion feel even more atmospheric.  

We did have to hang fire on the confetti for a while, but a few bottles of bubbly later, and the rain stopped.  With a little help from the wonderful ushers, I organised a confetti archway for Becky and Patrick to run through, with a suitably dramatic stormy backdrop.  Then the three of us headed off down Worthing Pier for their couple photos, with just a little gentle direction for me to make the most of the scenery and ensure the couple felt at ease and looked natural in their wedding images.

Back inside I had a fab time capturing guests' expressions as the multi-award-winning French magician, Etienne Pradier, performed the most amazing card tricks.  I wholeheartedly recommend hiring a magician, especially for a summer wedding with an early ceremony time:  there can be quite a bit of time to fill between the wedding breakfast and the evening entertainment, and from my experience at several weddings with top-notch magicians, the couples and guests absolutely love the experience.  You can see a couple of images showing Etienne performing his magic below.  

Becky and Patrick didn't need much persuasion to come outside at just the right moment for some beautiful sunset wedding photos, and I was grateful again to the ushers for helping me stop my studio umbrella from disappearing into the sea in the wind!  The day ended to the excellent sounds of Sussex-based live band, Riot, but before leaving, I headed right to the end of the Pier to capture a unique panoramic shot of their venue lit up after dark (composed of three images which I later stitched together in Photoshop).  I hope you enjoy viewing the story of Becky & Patrick's fabulous Worthing Pier Wedding through my images:

 

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I'm very excited to be returning to Worthing Pier for Maddie and Tim's wedding in September.  Who knows what the weather will bring, but I'll be ready!  And if you're planning a wedding in the Worthing area, please do head this way to read lovely reviews from my couples, and don't hesitate to get in touch to check my availability - I'd love to hear your plans!

Jenny x

 

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jennyrutterford.photo@gmail.com (Jenny Rutterford Photography) Sussex Wedding Photographer Worthing Pier Southern Pavilion Wedding Worthing Pier Wedding Photographer Worthing Weddings http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/3/worthing-pier-wedding-becky-patrick Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:30:42 GMT
My 2016 Wedding Couples: Part 2 August-December http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/2/my-2016-wedding-couples-part-2-august-december Following on from my last blog post featuring my wedding couples from the first half of 2016, I'm excited to introduce here each of my 11 wedding couples who tied the knot in August through December.  Big apologies to those who've been eagerly anticipating Part Two of this blog and wonder why it's taken me a whole month to get round to writing it!  I have no real excuses except for taking some very special time out for photography training in Cuba in February.  A combination of pitiful wifi, a packed schedule, and so many better things to do with my free time (let's be honest here!) put my blogging right to the bottom of the pile.  But now fully recovered from the Cuba Libres, Mojitos and the jet lag, and with the kids back at school after half term, you'll be pleased to hear that I've re-discovered my blogging mojo!  Fortnightly from now on and no more slacking! 

 

August:  Jana & Paul's Burford Bridge Hotel Wedding

 

Jana & Paul's Burford Bridge Hotel WeddingJana & Paul's Burford Bridge Hotel WeddingSummer wedding at Burford Bridge Hotel near Boxhill, Surrey. Beautiful, natural wedding images by Sussex and Surrey wedding photographer, Jenny Rutterford Photography

 

View this wedding in full:  Jana & Paul's fabulous Choccywoccydoodah Cadillac Wedding!

 

Jana & Paul's Surrey wedding oozed style with a gorgeous cream vintage cadillac and (some might say) even more gorgeous wedding cake by Choccywoccydoohdah.  This was the first time Jana's Dad had been able to make it over to England from Prague, so an extra special time for Jana, with the lovely ceremony and speeches held in English and Czech.  The rain held off just long enough for some great couple photos at nearby National Trust woodland, and Jana gamely donned wellies and braved the stepping stones over the river!

The couple were even organised enough to choose their wedding images in time for me to design beautiful albums for Christmas!  Choosing a single image for their rather special acrylic wall hanging is proving a tad more tricky though.

 

September:  Emily & Carl's South Downs Marquee Wedding

 

Emily & Carl's Sussex marquee WeddingEmily & Carl's Sussex marquee WeddingWedding Ceremony at All Saint's Church, Plumpton Green, followed by marquee reception in East Chiltington, Sussex. By Sussex Wedding Photographer, Jenny Rutterford Photography

 

September is one of my favourite months for weddings - aside from loving the softer late summer light, I get to celebrate my own wedding anniversary with my husband Clive - 18 years and going strong!  Having got married in church myself (my Dad was the vicar - you can see him in action here!), I enjoyed extra happy memories as I captured Emily and Carl's nuptials at the lovely All Saints Church in Plumpton Green.  Emily's parents hosted the lavish but relaxed reception in their garden, with a stunning, flower-filled marquee, and we headed off for a walk in nearby countryside for the natural couple photos they wanted.  I'll be blogging this wedding soon, but in the meantime, I just have to share with you this lovely testimonial the couple sent me last month:

 

'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

 

Aww, thanks guys.  Can't wait to see which images you choose for your album!

 

September:  Mandy & Mark's Long Furlong Barn Wedding

 

Mandy & Mark's Long Furlong Barn WeddingMandy & Mark's Long Furlong Barn WeddingWedding ceremony and reception at Long Furlong Barn, near Worthing in West Sussex. Natural wedding photography by Worthing Wedding Photographer, Jenny Rutterford

 

September saw me return to Long Furlong Barn for my second of four weddings there in 2016!  But although I'm a regular at Long Furlong, I'll never tire of the beautiful scenery which changes with the seasons and always seems to offer fresh image potential.  Mandy and Mark had an amazing sense of fun, as reflected in their M&M-themed wedding (a play on their names!) and were an absolute joy to photograph.  I knew their wedding would be a fabulous day after getting to know them during our relaxed pre-wedding shoot on the beach.  And if you're wondering whether a pre-wedding trial shoot will help with your confidence on the day itself, here's what Mandy and Mark had to say about theirs:

'I really don't know what to say ....except thank you! And that doesn't seem enough! The photographs are beautiful and we have looked through them a dozen times already!  Some of our favourites are {....} but to be honest we love them all ! (And that's saying something as neither of us particularly like our photos taken!) Looking forward to your photographs of the day itself now :-)'

 

October:  Sarah & Peter's Cissbury Wedding

 

Sarah & Peter's Cissbury WeddingSarah & Peter's Cissbury WeddingWedding at Cissbury House in West Sussex, with images by Cissbury Wedding Photographer, Jenny Rutterford

 

Autumn and Winter weddings proved popular in 2016, with October finding me in the beautiful South Downs countryside - first at Cissbury House and later in the month at Ditchling Village Green.  Sarah & Peter enjoyed every type of weather on their day, with even a rainbow making an appearance!  They had an intimate wedding with 21 guests and although I spend just two hours photographing their day, I captured plenty of special moments between Sarah and Peter, and had a fantastic time chasing after their children, nieces and nephews getting great action photos!  I love photographing children at weddings, even more so when there's outdoor space or games laid on!

 

October:  Tara & Ben's Ditchling Green Wedding

 

Tara & Ben's Ditchling WeddingTara & Ben's Ditchling WeddingWedding ceremony at Brighton Town Hall, followed by marquee reception on Ditchling village green. Images by Brighton Wedding photographer, Jenny Rutterford Photography

 

In stark contrast to my previous intimate wedding, Tara & Ben's bash was a full-on extravaganza for nearly 200 guests, complete with bubbly-filled party buses to transport guests from Brighton Town Hall where they tied the knot, to Ditchling Green (I'm amazed my cameras survived the crazy ride intact)!  Not for them the traditional wedding breakfast, but rather a huge choice of street food served from stalls around the marquee, from burgers and fish 'n chips, to pancakes and candyfloss.  A black and white decor resplendent with giant feathers made for an opulent, art-deco themed marquee, and Tara and Ben opted for an ultra-relaxed (ie no!) seating plan.  They were determined to do things their way rather than follow convention, and in doing so ended up with their perfect day.

 

November:  Emma & Simon's Worthing Dome Wedding

 

Emma & Simon's Wedding at Worthing DomeEmma & Simon's Wedding at Worthing DomeFirst Dance at Worthing Dome wedding, captured by Worthing Dome wedding photographer, Jenny Rutterford

 

With most couples I meet at wedding fairs, we discuss the merits of natural versus posed photos or the colour scheme they're planning.  With Emma and Simon, we started off with the merits of RAW vs JPEG images files.  My 'spot a photographer' radar was instantly on red alert, and on discovering that yes, Simon was indeed a (formerly professional) photographer, I was happy to get technical with him on issues of lens focus lengths and depth of field.  I always feel a little extra pressure when discussing my work with photographers - they understandably want to dot the i's and cross the t's when it comes to equipment, skills and image processing.  But I appreciate the opportunity to share with them my qualifications and experiences from a more technical standpoint, and it's always a bit of a confidence booster when they then choose me for their wedding.  

The bride and groom were both History Masters and their Worthing Dome wedding (being held on 12th November) was themed with history books and poppies.  But the biggest surprise for me was when Emma got into her dress then went into action with her shiny new drum kit - you go girl!

 

November:  Faith & Dan's Worthing Dome Wedding

 

Faith & Dan's Worthing Dome WeddingFaith & Dan's Worthing Dome WeddingBeautiful Thai bride dancing at her Worthing Dome wedding, on the Sussex Coast. Captured by Worthing Dome Wedding Photographer, Jenny Rutterford

 

The following month saw me return to Worthing Dome for Faith & Dan's British-Thai wedding.  When I first met Faith at a wedding fair she was adamant they wouldn't be having a wedding photographer, but happily she later decided they'd invested too much time and effort in perfecting their day not to have gorgeous memories to look back on.  I'm so pleased they got back in touch!  Whilst we didn't have beach or even balcony weather (not uncommon in November!) Faith had ordered a flower wall for the group photos she wanted, and to keep their couple photos natural and un-posed, which isn't always easy indoors,  I photographed them dancing in the Atrium from the Whispering Gallery while the guests were downstairs.  Photos Faith told me she would truly cherish.

 

November:  Dawn & Gulfraz' Broadfield Mosque Wedding

 

Dawn & Gulfraz' Crawley Mosque WeddingDawn & Gulfraz' Crawley Mosque WeddingWedding at Broadfield Mosque, Crawley, followed by reception at Zari restaurant, Crawley. Captured by Sussex wedding photographer, Jenny Rutterford

 

It's rare that I photograph three weddings in November, which is usually a quieter month for me.  Maybe it's a new trend?  In any case, my third wedding of the month was a completely new experience for me, with Dawn and Gulfraz' ceremony taking place in Broadfield Mosque in Crawley.  Dawn was a former colleague of one of my 2016 brides, and booked me on her friend's kind recommendation and after seeing the images from their pre-wedding shoot. Her teal blue sari and matching hijab were stunning, set off with henna tattoos on Dawn's hands, arms and feet, plus the traditional Muslim bridal headpiece and silver bangles.  I wore a mauve hijab for the ceremony - happily I had help arranging and fastening it, as I had no idea!  It did feel a little strange, and when I removed it later on most of the guests said they wouldn't have recognised me were it not for the giveaway cameras hanging off my person!

Their reception was a delicious Indian meal at Zari restaurant in Crawley, to which I was extremely pleased to have been invited.  And I just had to choose a photo of their amazing cake for this blog - expertly crafted to order by The Cake Fairy.

 

December:  Hilary & Julian's East Sussex National Wedding

 

Hilary & Julian's Wedding at East Sussex NationalHilary & Julian's Wedding at East Sussex NationalWinter Wedding at East Sussex National Golf Club, Little Horsted, near Uckfield, East Sussex. Photography by Sussex wedding photographer, Jenny Rutterford

 

December was equally busy, with another three weddings - no end of year wind down for me!  I certainly wasn't complaining though, as I enjoyed the company of three absolutely lovely couples, two great venues - one was at East Sussex National Golf Club, the others at Long Furlong Barn - plus plenty of winter sunshine.

Hilary and Julian's wedding was my first time photographing at East Sussex National Golf Club, so I met up with Hilary at the venue to check it out.  I was completely blown away by the stunning grounds surrounding the golf course and praying for half-decent weather (by which I mean anything except rain!) so we could head out on the golf carts.  Happily the weather more than obliged, and, although cold, Hilary, Julian and I enjoyed 20 minutes or so of sunshine on the buggies, periodically stopping to make the most of the lush greenery - even in December! - and lakes, rivers and bridges.  I had the luxury of a driver (just as well, as my husband still teases me some 20 years on about my interesting quad biking technique) and happily captured the bumpy, winding journey.  Thank goodness for image stabilisation lenses!   

Hot off the press is this truly lovely testimonial that the couple sent to me earlier this month:

 

So glad I found Jenny!!

From the beginning Jenny came across as very friendly and straight away we felt at ease with her confidence and total professionalism. She showed us her amazing portfolio examples and were really excited by her work.

 We right to be excited as she produced and presented to us a beautifully creative slideshow and body of photographs that we were absolutely blown away by! Jenny relayed our story with imagination and  humour capturing special moments that we will treasure always! We couldn’t quite believe how we looked in some! Thank you Thank you Jenny!

Hilary & Julian x

 

 

December:  Holly & Martin's Long Furlong Barn Wedding

 

Holly & Martin's Long Furlong Barn WeddingHolly & Martin's Long Furlong Barn WeddingWedding ceremony at St Mary's Church, East Preston, Brighton, followed by reception at Long Furlong Barn, Clapham near Worthing West Sussex. Beautiful wedding photography by Long Furlong Barn wedding photographer, Jenny Rutterford

 

He'll probably not thank me for putting this in the public domain, but Martin proposed to Holly on Shoreham Beach on Christmas Day, WEARING A CHRISTMAS JUMPER!  And she said YES!  Can't beat a couple with a great sense of humour to make for a fun day!  And fun it certainly was!  The couple made their vows at St Mary's Catholic Church in Preston Park, before heading off to Long Furlong Barn in a rather stylish vintage Jag.  But not before they broke open the bubbly and we made the most of the glorious sunshine pouring through the back window (see image above!)

We had great fun at Long Furlong too, with Martin and Holly skipping down the sweeping drive, waltzing, and wrapping themselves up in Holly's impressive veil!  The dancing continued in the barn, with an fantastic and very lively ceilidh bringing everyone to their feet and keeping me on my toes!  Whilst it demands the utmost in concentration to get cracking shots, I absolutely love photographing ceilidhs - if you're thinking of having one at your wedding, click here for more ceilidh wedding action!

 

December:  Josie & Paul's Long Furlong Barn Wedding

 

Josie & Paul's Long Furlong Barn WeddingJosie & Paul's Long Furlong Barn WeddingNew Year's Eve Wedding at St Andrew's Church, West Tarring, Worthing. Followed by wedding reception at Long Furlong Barn, Worthing, West Sussex

 

And finally to my last wedding of the year - on New Year's Eve 2016!  I've never photographed a New Year's Eve wedding before - I've had several enquiries, but either the venues have been too far from home, or the couple have wanted a photographer to stay for the midnight celebrations.  It's important to me to see the New Year in with my family and, to be honest, after a typical 10 o'clock start for bridal preparation,  and an hour or two on the dance floor, I'm usually ready to collapse at around 12 hours in!   

Josie and Paul couldn't have been more relaxed about the whole thing, simply wanting their day to be a giant party for the guests, as well as being fun for me too!  Long Furlong Barn has recently rigged up stunning chandelier style lighting, with strings of lights gracing the main barn, making for an extremely pretty and atmospheric backdrop for images (thanks Josh!).  And the couple hired giant NYE light-up letters which we used to great photographic effect at the end of the evening!  After a couple of practices, and with me counting them down to time their sparkler drawing with my exposure and off-camera flashes, we even managed to get a near perfect heart!  Happy New Year!

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So 2106 was another fantastic year of weddings for me, and it looks like my 2017 couples will be just as awesome!  I still have a few weekend dates left for Autumn/Winter 2017, and there are plenty of 2018 dates available, so if you think we'd be a great fit, I'd absolutely love to hear from you!  Please head over to my Client Reviews page to see more of my clients' lovely feedback, and if you'd like to check my availability and find out about packages, please do contact me here!

Until next time,

Jenny x

 

 

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jennyrutterford.photo@gmail.com (Jenny Rutterford Photography) Cissbury Wedding Photographer Long Furlong Barn Wedding Photographer South Downs weddings Sussex wedding photographer Worthing Dome Wedding Photographer Worthing wedding photographer http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/2/my-2016-wedding-couples-part-2-august-december Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:45:49 GMT
My 2016 Wedding Couples: Part 1 January-July http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/1/my-2016-wedding-couples-part-1-jan-july Wow!  What a year it's been!  My 2016 Wedding Season kicked on in style with Ellie & Jamie's beautiful and romantic winter Wedding in January, and ended with Josie & Paul's awesome fun New Year's Eve wedding.  It's certainly been an amazing season!  Both my first and last weddings of the year were at stunning Long Furlong Barn in West Sussex, and this year has also seen me getting creative at several stunning Sussex wedding venues new to me, including Worthing Pier, Cissbury, The Ravenswood and Hurst College.  I was also happy to return to two of my favourite Sussex barns, Bartholomew Barn and Pangdean Old Barn.

My lovely couples have plied me with sloe gin, homemade jam, candles and sweets a plenty! I've photographed the most incredible cakes (Choccywoccydoodah anyone?), ridden on a golf cart, eaten amazing food and enjoyed fantastic live music.  I broke three cheap hotel needles sewing a bride into her boned wedding gown from top to bottom when the zip stuck (amazingly, we were only around half an hour late for the ceremony, although my fingers were a little the worse for wear!) I also broke a camera lens and several umbrellas!  But despite the little mishaps, I had so much fun!  

I looked forward to each and every one of those 22 weddings and none disappointed.  Why?  Because whilst every wedding is different, what they have in common is that at their core, they're all about people and relationships. And that's where my real passion lies - in observing and capturing the little moments and exchanges between people.  I've laughed and cried along with the guests and photographed what I felt with my heart.  When I catch myself smiling as I edit, I know I've captured the magic of the day and the true personalities of people through their emotions.  And for me, that's what contemporary wedding photography is all about.  Yes, I'm fortunate to photograph weddings in stunning venues set in the Sussex Downs or by the coast, and take pride in creating beautiful scenic photos for my couples to cherish.  But without capturing the spontaneous laughter, the tears, and the crazy stuff that people do at weddings, it would lack the magic.  A beautiful and stylish shoot, but devoid of all the memories that make a wedding personal and special. 

I've met up with each and every one of my 2016 wedding couples to hand over their images in person.  (Well, not quite - just my lovely New Year's Eve couple to go as I write...not long now guys!)  And received the most amazing feedback.  And that's what inspires me to continually push myself, to experiment and to take my photography to the next level.  I have enjoyed working with an exceptional multi-award-winning photographer and mentor this year, Simon John, whose accolades include BIPP Wedding Photographer of The Year and 10 Kodak Gold Awards for Excellence in Portraiture. With Simon's support, I aspire to acheiving my Associate qualification with the Master Photographers' Association (I am currently qualified to Licentiate level), although I aspire to achieving a better work-life balance more, so I'm not setting any deadlines for that one right now!

As soon as I've published this blog, I'll be packing for my next learning experience - a week with PTO (Photography Training Overseas), an organisation which is celebrating its 30 year anniversary in Cuba next week.  And even better, my husband will be joining me for a second week (that's the work-life balance sorted for February then!) So I'll leave you to get to know my couples a little...

 

January:  Ellie & Jamie's Long Furlong Barn Wedding

 

Ellie & Jamie Long Furlong Barn WeddingEllie & Jamie Long Furlong Barn WeddingImage by Long Furlong Barn Wedding Photographer, Jenny Rutterford Photography

 

 View this wedding in full:  Ellie & Jamie's Fairy-Tale Winter Wedding at Long Furlong Barn

 

The scenery at Long Furlong Barn is stunning year round with it's beautiful South Downs backdrop and natural wood fences.  Given the shorter hours of daylight, Ellie, Jamie and I took some time away from their guests immediately after their church service to make the most of the scenery before the wedding breakfast.  You can read Ellie & Jamie's lovely review of my work, along with other testimonials here!

 

 

February:  Jo & Spencer's Worthing Dome Wedding

 

Jo & Spencer's Worthing Dome WeddingJo & Spencer's Worthing Dome WeddingAlternative wedding at the Worthing Dome by Wedding Photographer Jenny Rutterford

 

Worthing Dome's quirky, historic interior is perfect for alternative weddings.  Jo and Spencer wanted purely candid photography for their relaxed and informal wedding, and I enjoyed capturing many happy and emotional moments, including this one, taken just as the registrar pronounced them man and wife.

 

March:  Sarah & Pat's Pangdean Old Barn Wedding

 

Sarah & Pat's Pangdean Old Barn WeddingSarah & Pat's Pangdean Old Barn WeddingWedding at Pangdean Old Barn, Brighton. Image by Pangdean and Brighton wedding photographer, Jenny Rutterford Photography

 

View this wedding in full:  Sarah & Pat's Perfect Pangdean Barn Wedding

 

I was so happy to return to Pangdean Old Barn in March for Sarah's wedding to Pat.  Sarah had chosen several of her wedding suppliers from local networking group, Mumpreneurs, including myself and Independent Celebrant, Claire Bradford of Creating Ceremony  This was Claire's first wedding since becoming a celebrant and the ceremony couldn't have been more meaningful or personal to the couple.  I'm happy to be working with her again this summer at Cissbury Barns.

 

March:  Hannah & Paul's Bartholomew Barn Wedding

 

Hannah & Paul's Bartholomew Barn WeddingHannah & Paul's Bartholomew Barn WeddingBartholomew Barn Weddings, West Sussex. Image by Bartholomew Barn Wedding Photographer, Jenny Rutterford Photography

 

View this wedding in full:  Hannah & Paul's Easter Wedding at Bartholomew Barn

 

The weather certainly didn't spoil Hannah & Paul's romantic day at Bartholomew Barn, and we used it to our advantage for some cracking back-lit rain shots after dark!  Hannah also had the most amazing wedding shoes which you can see by clicking on the blog link below the image.

 

March:  Carly & Mark's Shoreham-by-Sea Wedding

 

Carly & Mark Shoreham-by-Sea WeddingCarly & Mark Shoreham-by-Sea WeddingShoreham-by-Sea Wedding Photographer, West Sussex Wedding Photographer

 

View this wedding in full:  A Beautiful Wedding in my home town of Shoreham-by-Sea

 

March was a popular month for me in 2016!  The last of my three March weddings was in my home town of Shoreham-by-Sea, with a beautiful traditional ceremony at St Mary de Haura parish church, followed by a reception at La Galleria Italian restaurant.  Carly and Mark wanted purely documentary photographic coverage, but there was certainly no shortage of lovely moments to capture, including some very emotional speeches!

 

May:  Louise & Amos' Brighton Wedding

 

Louise & Amos Brighton WeddingLouise & Amos Brighton WeddingBrighton Town Hall Wedding by Jenny Rutterford Photography

 

View this wedding in full:  Fun, Relaxed & Happy: Louise & Amos' Perfect Brighton Wedding

 

Louise and Amos certainly win my laid back couple of the year award!  Louise's son played a starring role in their relaxed, intimate wedding at Brighton Town Hall, with around 20 guests.  The great weather gave us plenty of opportunity to capture some natural couple photos as we strolled along Brighton beach front.  Then into a taxi to Shoreham, where the guests were enjoying the sunshine with bubbly at Shoreham's Beach House restaurant.  If you want to see the kind of photographic coverage you can get for three hours, please click the blog link below the image!

 

May:  Lily & Matt's Hotel Du Vin Brighton Wedding

 

Lily & Matt's Hotel Du Vin Brighton WeddingLily & Matt's Hotel Du Vin Brighton WeddingBrighton Wedding by award-winning Sussex wedding photographer, Jenny Rutterford Photography

 

I returned to Brighton Town Hall later in May for Lily's and Matt's wedding ceremony, happily with more sunshine for the couple photos they wanted on the beach.  The couple also wanted three-hour coverage which this time continued at Brighton's Hotel Du Vin, where I captured plenty of candid images of their family and friends before leaving them to enjoy their wedding breakfast.

 

June:  Jodie & Sam's Hurst College Wedding

 

Jodie & Sam's Hurst College WeddingJodie & Sam's Hurst College WeddingSummer wedding at Hurst College, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex. By Hurst Wedding Photographer, Jenny Rutterford

 

View this wedding in full:  Jodie & Sam's stunning Hurst College Wedding

 

Jodie and Sam's wedding was my first time at Hurst (Hurstpierpoint) College, and I would love to return!  The chapel is absolutely stunning and set in a picturesque courtyard which had plenty of space to capture candid image of the couple's 150 or so guests enjoying themselves.  It may be a college canteen, but the wedding breakfast room was breathtaking, with beautiful window light and candles, transforming into a huge dance floor which heaved to the sounds of live band, Oomphf.

 

June:  Becky & Patrick's Worthing Pier (Southern Pavillion) Wedding

 

Becky & Patrick's Worthing Pier WeddingBecky & Patrick's Worthing Pier WeddingSummer Wedding at Worthing Pier's Southern Pavillion. By Worthing Pier Wedding Photographer Jenny Rutterford

 

My second 'new' wedding venue of 2016 was Worthing Pier's Southern Pavilion.  Come rain or shine, Becky and Patrick wanted their wedding images to showcase the sea, and were hoping for drama!  They certainly had it, with storm clouds a plenty and a rumble of thunder midway through the ceremony.  Rain quickly gave way to clearer skies for some fab couple photos along the Pier, and a beautiful evening sunset.  I've yet to blog this wedding, but if you're local to Worthing, head into the Southern Pavilion for a peek at their showcase wedding album.

 

July:  Sue & Dan's Mercure Maidstone Wedding

 

Sue & Dan's Mercure Maidstone WeddingSue & Dan's Mercure Maidstone WeddingSummer wedding outdoors at the Mercure Hotel near Maidstone, Kent. By Sussex and Kent wedding photographer Jenny Rutterford Photography

 

July took me over to The Mercure Hotel near Maidstone in Kent.  Lush green grounds and a gazebo with wedding licence made for a truly lovely outdoor ceremony.  I was particularly glad of the peaceful green setting after the stressful half-hour before, when the zip on Sue's gorgeous boned wedding gown got stuck half way up, and I swapped my camera for a needle and thread (I've since invested in a sewing kit which lives permanently in my camera bag!) I'm happy to say the dress stayed put and Sue laughed about it for the rest of her day.

 

July:  Sarah & Matt's Ravenswood Wedding

 

Sarah & Matt's Ravenswood WeddingSarah & Matt's Ravenswood WeddingSummer wedding at The Ravenswood, Sharpthorne in West Sussex. Stunning wedding photography by Sussex based Jenny Rutterford Photography

 

Another stunning venue worth checking out if you're West Sussex based and at that stage in the planning, is The Ravenswood in Sharpthorne.  Having plenty of gorgeous couple photos was really important to Sarah and Matt, and we checked out the venue grounds together to earmark the best locations ahead of the day.  The 20 acres of landscaping included a lake with boathouse, where I set up some lights, then headed the other side of the lake to capture some very special and unique images.  I'll certainly be blogging this wedding before too long!

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So that's the first half of my 2016 in weddings!  I'll be blogging my August to December wedding couples soon, so watch this space!  Now heading off for my first pre-wedding shoot of the year (it's 0 degrees outside, and we're headed to the beach - don't worry Chris and Bryony, I'll be going for lots of romantic cuddling up close images!)

Thinking you might like to be one of my couples for 2017 or 2018?  Do get in touch - I'd love to hear from you!

Jenny x

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15 Things to Consider when Choosing Your Wedding Photographer http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2017/1/15-things-to-consider-when-choosing-your-wedding-photographer Fifteen?!  Hey, we love the photos on their website, what else matters?  Well, that's a great start, but these are memories you'll want to keep for a lifetime, and great photography is likely to be a sizeable chunk of your budget, so it's worth doing a little homework.  Yes, there are other blogs out there on this topic, but I'm still asked most of these things by prospective clients, so I'm writing this based on my own eight years' experience of photographing weddings and what I myself consider to be important.

 

1. Do We Love Their Photos?

Definitely number one on my list.  Let's face it, you've got to love the images.  Whether you're planning to invest £500 or £3000 on your photography, if you end up with images you'll cherish forever, then the investment was worth every penny. 

Love the images on the photographer's home page?  Then delve a little deeper.  Head over to their portfolios, where you'll likely find more examples.  If you're on a tight budget, then a photographer who's just starting out with minimal experience but bags of enthusiasm could be perfect!   But if your wedding images are top of your list of priorities, then chances are, you'll be prepared to invest a little more.  What's important here is not what you're spending, but that you'll end up with images that are comparable with those you see in their portfolios.  Of course, if you're loving their summer sunset beach shots, and your wedding is in the South Downs in November, then be sure to add a dose of reality.  Ideally, try to see plenty of examples of real weddings:  you want to see images from bridal preparation through to the dance floor, and all parts in between.  Head over to their Blog - chances are, if they specialise in weddings, you'll find plenty of examples to browse.   If you love the photographer's style consistently - whatever the location, weather or season - then chances are, you're onto a winner.

 

by Sussex wedding photographer Jenny Rutterford Photography15 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Wedding Photographer: No. 1Love their portfolio? Then head over to their Blog for examples of weddings in all weathers and different seasons... and from bridal prep to the dance floor

View this wedding in full:  Live Music, Laughter and the Best Vicar Ever!

 

2. Is their Style a Good Fit for Us?

On the subject of style, there are many adjectives photographers use to describe themselves - natural, documentary, photojournalistic, traditional, contemporary, fine art....  Just remember these are largely subjective, and what one couple considers to be a 'natural' image, may in fact be carefully posed and heavily edited - more fine art than documentary.   A wedding photographer describing themselves as 100% or purely documentary will photograph without influencing the day in any way.  This may be exactly what you're looking for, but be aware that couple photos and traditional family groups don't fall within their remit. 

Depending on the couple and the wedding, candid or documentary-style images comprise round 75-90% of my day, but the vast majority of my clients want a few group shots, and many book me because they love my couple images.  Yes, they look natural, and we have fun creating them, but a bit of direction and time out from guests is a must! I would describe my style as storytelling - a mix of observing and creating to capture perfect memories of each stage of my clients' special day. 

Remember too that the style and look of the finished image is likely to be a combination of the photograph taken and the subsequent editing (also known as post-processing) of that photo in the photographer's own style.  Just flicking through a few websites will give you an idea of the different 'look' adopted by individual photographers.  If you have particular questions or requests, don't be afraid to ask!  I've lost count of the number of brides asking me to Photoshop them thinner!  And even one who wanted me to add hair to her near totally bald husband-to-be!  (The answer was a firm but friendly no, but I never mind being asked!)

 

Jenny Rutterford is an award-winning wedding photographer based in Sussex.15 Things to Consider when Choosing Your Wedding Photographer: No. 2Beautiful Story-telling imagery is created, not purely documented. Share ideas with your photographer and work together to achieve the images you want

View this wedding in full: Michelle & Dane's South Downs Vintage Barn Wedding

 

3. Are They Based Near Us Or Would They Be Prepared To Travel?

Most photographers I know are prepared to travel if they meet a couple who values their work and are happy to provide a hotel room for a night or two, depending on distance.  One of my favourite weddings last year was a couple who live in Kent, who I met at a wedding fair in Brighton, and who chose to get married on their favourite beach in Cornwall (You can view their wedding here!)  They loved my work and we hit it off straight away - and because I don't do consecutive day weddings (see Point 15 below), I was free to take the weekend to travel and arrive a day early to check out their venue. 

I photograph plenty of couples living in London or in places convenient to their work, but who choose venues in Sussex and Surrey because they have parents living there or grew up there, possibly returning to a familiar church for their ceremony.  We usually plan their pre-wedding shoot for a time they're visiting relatives, or meet half way.  If you live close to where you're getting married, then it makes sense to start with local photographers and take it from there.

 

Jenny Rutterford is a friendly, award-winning photographer based on the Sussex coast15 Things to Consider when Choosing Your Wedding Photographer: No. 3Many photographers will be happy to travel for your special day. Check availability early and factor in a night or two at a local B&B

View this wedding in full:  Jo and Anna's Stunning Beach Wedding

 

4. Can They Offer The Coverage We Want?

If you have 100 guests for a Saturday wedding in June, chances are you'll be wanting full day coverage.  If it's an intimate gathering midweek or out of season, you may feel that half day or even 2-hour coverage would be perfect.  Most photographers offer set packages to keep things simple, but many will offer a bespoke service based on your needs.  Full day photography can vary from 7 hours to unlimited coverage, with 8 or 9 hours being the norm.  It sounds a long time, but if you're after a couple of hours' bridal preparation and want some cracking dance floor shots, you could be needing 10-12 hours coverage. 

The vast majority of full day weddings I photograph fall within the 10-12 hour time period, especially in the summer when daylight hours are longer.  If you're having sparklers in July, then do talk though timelines with your photographer to make sure they're happy to stay until 10.00 pm to capture those cool sparkler hearts you've seen in their portfolio.  And don't forget sunset times too!  Of course, your photographer can't guarantee a glorious sunset (I wish!), but it's worth while checking they'll still be around to photograph it, just in case!  I have a handy 'sunset times' app on my phone and discuss timings with all my clients to take advantage of any stunning orange sky that decides to make an appearance.

 

Award-winning Sussex wedding photographer, based near Worthing and Brighton15 Things to Consider When Choosing your Wedding Photographer: No.4Talk timelines with your photographer! Will they still be around to capture your ceilidh or 12-piece band, or that magical sunset you'd be gutted to miss?

View this wedding in full:  A Relaxed and Very Beautiful English Wedding

 

5. Can We Afford Them?

Ah budget.  It's such a personal decision.  I meet couples who are spending tens of thousands on their wedding venues and catering, but balk at the price of wedding photography.  I meet other couples opting for low cost venues or diy catering, for whom photography is their absolute top priority.  Chances are if you're reading this, you appreciate that having gorgeous memories of your day is worth a little thought and investment.  You may also understand that the modern-day wedding photographer (generally speaking) does not just turn up for a few hours on the day, enjoy the free bubbly and then output their staged set pieces straight to disk.  There are many blogs out there on the subject of what wedding photographers do for the other 6 days of the week - which I probably should have read myself before deciding to become one!  I won't elaborate here, but suffice to say, if you invest in a great wedding photographer, then they'll be wholly invested in your day too.  That said, most couples do not have unlimited funds to spend on their big day, and you'll need to prioritise what's important to the two of you. 

Love a photographer but simply can't afford their full day package?  Talk to them!  Maybe give them your budget and see what level of coverage they could offer.  Whilst most won't offer part-days on a Saturday in August for example, if your wedding is mid-week or outside of the main season, or it's simply an intimate family wedding, it's certainly worth a shot.  Three hours of your favourite photographer may give you more value than a full day of a cheaper photographer. 

Although prices vary widely, it is certainly true to a  large extent that you get what you pay for.  I meet too many people who regret not spending enough on their wedding photography.  Last year I photographed a Brighton couple on their 5th wedding anniversary, white dress, bouquet and all, to give them the lovely couple images they sadly hadn't received five years previously.  In the South East, you can expect to pay upwards of £1,500 for a great photographer, although ultimately, you need to compare prices, images and service to find out what represents best value for money for you. 

 

Worthing and Brighton wedding photographer, Jenny Rutterford Photography15 Things to Consider when Choosing Your Wedding Photographer: No.5On a tight budget? Opt for quality over quantity. Book 2-3 hours with your favourite photographer for images you'll love!

View this wedding in full:  Fun, Relaxed and Happy - Louise & Amos' Perfect Brighton Wedding

 

6. Do They Offer A Pre-Wedding Shoot?

Most wedding photographers I know are happy to provide a pre-wedding or engagement shoot.  Some photographers include this shoot with all full-day weddings, others charge separately, with prices typically starting at £150.  I include this shoot with all full day packages ultimately because I've found it really does make a difference to your actual wedding day images.

Why?  I've written an article on this topic which you can read here: "5 Good Reasons to Book a Pre-Wedding Shoot".  But in short, the main reason is that it can make you feel more confident and relaxed in front of the camera, leading to more natural-looking and flattering photos on the day.  I always ask my couples for feedback on their pre-wedding images to ensure we're totally on the same page for the wedding itself.  It also gives me more of a feel for their personalities and how best to tell their story through my images.  My couples have all found it to be fun and really useful preparation for their day, and I love how we start their wedding day with a big hug having spent that time beforehand getting to know each other.  Definitely time well spent.

 

Award-winning Sussex wedding photographer, Jenny Rutterford, based in Shoreham-by-Sea near Worthing and Brighton15 Things to Consider when Choosing Your Wedding Photographer: No.6A pre-wedding shoot is great fun and essential if you're camera shy! Take this opportunity to practice for the best wedding photos!

I'll be blogging their wedding in the Spring!  Watch this space... 

 

7. Are They Qualified?

Not something most couples consider.  There is often an assumption that a person calling themselves a professional wedding photographer will have a level of experience and qualification commensurate with that of other professional service providers.  Unfortunately, there is no legal requirement for a photographer to be qualified or experienced to charge others for their services. 

A qualification tells you that photographer has undergone a level of rigourous assessment on their images and business practices.  To qualify with one of the professional photography bodies in the UK, images are required to be submitted from a good number of recent weddings and at different parts of the day.  They'll also have been assessed on their business practices and customer service, so you can be sure that a qualified photographer is up to the task! 

So does this mean that an unqualified photographer is a bad photographer?  Not at all!  Many are excellent photographers with a wealth of experience, who I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.  But with the advent of digital photography and the relative affordability of high-end equipment, getting set up as a wedding photographer is as simple as having website telling people that's what you are.  Sadly I know of several photographers who've found their images illegally appearing on other so-called photographers' sites, passed off as their own.  There is a reason I watermark the images that appear on my blog!  I personally wish the industry was more regulated, which is why I joined the Master Photographers Association and gained my Licentiate qualification.  If you're interested, you can read more on this subject in my article: "Is Your Wedding Photographer Qualified?".

 

Jenny Rutterford Photography is a Sussex based photographer and qualified member of the Master Photographers Association15 Things to Consider when Choosing Your Wedding Photographer: No.7Look for a qualification with a professional body like the Master Photographers Association. Your Photographer will have been rigourously assessed on their skills and business practices, ensuring you'll receive high quality images like those displayed on their website

Please click here to read my more in-depth article:  Is Your Wedding Photographer Qualified?

 

8. Have They Photographed At My Venue Before?

This seems to be one of the most asked questions by couples looking for a photographer.  And certainly, from my experience, as I'm sure is the case for most photographers, the more I photograph at a particular venue, the more a Google search brings up my name, and the more I am recommended by the other wedding suppliers I worked with, including the venue itself.  That's all good, as I do love returning to familiar venues, but equally, I find myself excited and often at my most creative when photographing at a venue that's new to me.  Some of my best images have been taken at those venues, when I get inspired to experiment by the grounds or the architecture surrounding me. 

So while venue familiarity can help couples feel trust in a photographer, I wouldn't choose a photographer based solely on this point.  Instead, why not ask if they'll visit the venue with you before the day (often referred to as a site visit)?  You can then explore together and discover great places for your family or couple photos.  I believe that what's far more important to consider, is whether they have experience in weddings taken in similar environments and at similar times of the year.  Which leads me nicely onto my next point...

 

Wedding at The Ravenswood, West Sussex by Jenny Rutterford Photography  15 Things to Consider when Choosing Your Wedding Photographer: No.8A great photographer in a beautiful location will take stunning images even if they haven't photographed there before. Why not book a site visit with your photographer and discover together the best locations for your special photos!

I'll be blogging this romantic wedding in the Spring!  Watch this space... 

 

9. Can They Handle Winter/Low light/Church etc Weddings?

If you want to have confidence that your photographer can cope with your dark church in winter or candlelit barn ceremony at dusk, without killing the atmosphere with flash, have a scroll though their blogs or ask them to view images taken in these situations.  This is where professional equipment really shines, giving the photographer the tools to focus quickly in low light and enable fast enough shutter speeds to capture the bride walking down the aisle without blur.

But equipment is only as good as the photographer operating it.  Emerging from a dark church to bright sunlight requires a photographer to know his or her stuff inside and out to quickly adapt their camera settings.  As you break into a carefully rehearsed fast Latin number half way through your first dance, your photographer needs to be on the ball.  So too for the ceilidh, the sparkler arch and those long exposure love hearts.  'Auto' setting just won't cut it for a wedding.  This isn't just a winter/low light/speed thing either.  Top tables in front of big sunny windows are another example in many of the venues I photograph at - balancing daylight with flash to obtain natural-looking images is key.  Silhouettes can make stunning images, but won't work so well for the speeches!

 

Wedding sparkler photo at Long Furlong Barn by Sussex wedding photographer, Jenny Rutterford Photography15 Things to Consider when Choosing Your Wedding Photographer: No.9Want killer sparkler shots? Your photographer will need off-camera lighting, a tripod and technical know-how!

I shot this lovely wedding on New Year's Eve (5 days ago at the time of writing), so this little sneak peek is all that's available for now!

 

10. Do I Like Them Enough To Invite Them To My Wedding?!

Ha!  This wasn't a consideration 20 years ago.  Your photographer would likely turn up before the ceremony for some bridal portraits, hang around outside the church and capture group and a few couple photos before heading home, or onto the next wedding.  It didn't hugely matter if you liked them or not. My average time at a full day wedding is 10-12 hours.  I'm mingling with your guests, I'm there (albeit discreetly in the background for the most part) wherever you are!  We spend time together for your pre-wedding shoot.  We might do a site visit together.  We meet afterwards for the image handover and to play an awesome slideshow of your day.  It's a relationship, often lasting a year or more, and you want to enjoy it! 

Read the welcome message and the blogs.  Are they speaking to you?  Think about the type of person you are, and whether you would feel more comfortable with a male or female photographer.  Many people feel a little uncomfortable being photographed, but if you feel at ease with the photographer, that's half the battle.  The relationship you have with your photographer will certainly show in your wedding images.  So meet with him or her in person before booking, and don't be afraid to meet with 2 or 3 photographers to make your decision.  A good photographer will understand, although I can't promise they'll hold the date open, so if they're still in the running, do keep them in the loop. 

 

Hurst College Sussex Wedding Photographer15 Things to Consider when Choosing Your Wedding Photographer: No.10Having a great relationship with your photographer is essential! Choose someone who will put you and your guests at ease.

View this wedding in full:  Jodie & Sam's Stunning Hurst College Wedding

 

11. Can They Offer Albums/An Online Gallery/Extras?            

You may have seen your ideal album on their stand at a wedding fair, or you might be thinking a USB's the way to go, and you'll make up a photobook online.  Do you want to offer your guests an online gallery where they can purchase prints?  Whatever's important to you - or if you don't yet know what's important to you! -  find out what your photographer is able to offer and keep your options open.  Many of my couples who weren't going to have an album change their mind - sometimes a year or more later!

And while on the subject of albums, even if you're opting for a USB of images I thoroughly recommend viewing a photographer's sample albums;  seeing the complete story of a couple's wedding day in print is very different from seeing a handpicked selection of their best images on a backlit website.

 

Award-winning Sussex Wedding Photographer, Jenny Rutterford Photography15 Things to Consider when Choosing Your Wedding Photographer: No.11A contemporary album is a great way to showcase your images. Ask to see samples and consider getting your precious memories off the hard drive!

View the wedding shown in this album:  Live Music, Laughter and the Best Vicar Ever!

  

12. Are Two Photographers Better Than One?

The simple answer is, it depends. There are many husband and wife photography teams out there.  There are also 'second shooters' - photographers who work alongside the main photographer.  So why would you not take advantage of the two-for-one option, or pay extra for the second shooter (typically around £200-£400)?

Well, you may well decide this is best for you.  But when making this decision, consider the relationship factor (Point 10 above).  Couples often say they hardly noticed I was there for most of the day.  Just head over to my recent client testimonials to read their comments on this point.  From my hiding places behind church pillars, giant light-up letters or in the dark recesses of the barn, I candidly capture all the laughter, the tears, the emotion.  In smaller venues where I'm closer to guests, I'm extra aware of minimising my presence, and being careful not to poke my lens into a guest's face.  It's important to me to put my camera down to chat with guests and take the time to answer those photography questions I'm inevitably asked!   This is your day, and my aim is always to come away with an exceptional set of photographs with minimal photographer presence.  I love it when guests assume we were friends before becoming your photographer.

From my experience, as soon as you add a second photographer to the mix, the photographer presence increases, and the dynamic changes.  I'm not saying that's a bad thing.  It just doesn't work with my particular style of photography and would alter the end result.  That said, for weddings of more than 200 guests, or taking place over more than one day (such as traditional Indian weddings), I'd usually recommend having a second shooter to ensure good coverage, knowing that the additional numbers would keep the photographer presence to a minimum.

 

Beautiful, natural wedding photography in Sussex by Jenny Rutterford Photography15 Things to Consider when Choosing Your Wedding Photographer: No.12Are two better than one? A discreet photographer working along is perfect for those candid 'fly-on-the-wall' images!

View this wedding in full: Michelle & Dane's South Downs Vintage Barn Wedding

 

13.  Are They Properly Insured?

If your photographer drops a lens, it's their fault if they're not insured isn't it?  Well, yes, but what's more important for you to consider is whether adequate compensation would be paid should the photographer's light fall and injure a guest, or if (God forbid) the memory card failed and the images were lost forever. 

Most venues if asked would tell you they expect the photographer working there to have adequate public liability insurance, but since returning to the UK in 2012, I have only been asked to show my certificate once.  (I started my photography business while living in Miami, Florida, where I was asked to show my insurance docs everywhere!)  This is not really the venue's responsibility, however, it's up to you to read the small print.   And whilst no amount of compensation would bring lost memories back, any photographer charging for his or her services should carry professional indemnity insurance.  It's probably in the photographer's booking contract, but if you're not totally sure, it's worth just double-checking with them.

 

Pangdean Old Barn Brighton Wedding photography by Jenny Rutterford15 Things to Consider when Choosing Your Wedding Photographer: No.13Rain doesn't have to spoil your day, but an uninsured photographer might! Always read the small print!

View this wedding in full: Sarah & Pat's Perfect Pangdean Barn Wedding 

 

14.  What Camera Should They be Using?

Which leads me on to equipment.  Does it matter if they shoot with a particular camera or lens?  In my opinion, it's really not important if your photographer shoots with a Nikon, Canon, Sony or any other kind of camera - if you love their images, then that's what really matters.  Unless they're just starting out, professional photographers tend to choose the equipment that suits their individual style.  (In fact, even for my very first weddings I used similar professional Nikon cameras and lenses to those I currently use - the difference was that I rented it.)  What is important however, is that their kit is sophisticated enough to cope with all venue and lighting scenarios and that they have adequate backups - of cameras, lenses, cards.  The thought of a memory card failing makes me feel physically sick, but by using only professional grade cards offering image rescue assistance should the worst happen, and by ensuring all the key parts of the day are shot on two different cameras, the risk can be minimised.

And while on the subject of equipment, please don't be fooled by your uncle Bob's expensive pro DSLR camera.  If he's also experienced at wedding photography, then go for it!  But if excellent wedding imagery was simply a matter of having the best kit, then with the quality and accessibility of today's cameras, I'd certainly be out of a job!

 

Wedding Photography at The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne, by Sussex Wedding Photographer, Jenny Rutterford15 Things to Consider when Choosing Your Wedding Photographer: No.14Great photography is never about the camera. Creative lighting, composition and timing are the key to beautiful, emotive images

View this wedding in full:  Claudia & James' Elegant Wedding at The Grand, Eastbourne

 

15.  Are They Available?

Last, but certainly not least!  Ticked off the other 14 criteria and ready to make a decision?  Don't delay!  I'm lucky enough to book many of my summer weekends 1-2 years'  in advance.  Winter and mid-week weddings are more usually 6-12 months in advance, but once the date's gone...  

I've also chosen to photograph no more than 20 full-day weddings a year with no consecutive days to ensure I can offer exceptional service to each and every couple.  So if you book me for your Sunday wedding, you can rest assured I won't be tired from the previous day.  It also leaves me free to travel for couples who love my work but whose wedding requires an overnight stay.  The downside in terms of dates, is that once Sunday is booked, then the Saturday is no longer available either.  I know I'm not the only photographer who prefers to offer a more individual service to a fewer number of couples, so my advice is to put down that deposit as soon as your venue is confirmed and you've decided on your perfect photographer.

 

Fitzleroi Barn Wedding Photography by Sussex photographer, Jenny Rutterford15 Things to Consider when Choosing Your Wedding Photographer: No.15Venue? Tick. Caterers? Tick. Photographer... Don't delay! Many are snapped up 18 months to 2 years in advance

View this wedding in full:  Laura & Stephen's Rustic Wedding at Fitzleroi Barn

 

Phew!  Well, I didn't set out of write 3500+ words, just to help couples choose the photographer that's right for them.   I hope you've found this useful - if you even take away one key point you hadn't considered, then I feel like I've done my job!  Please do leave a comment if you've found this helpful, and forward it onto your newly engaged friends.  Or scroll though my wedding blogs for inspiration and ideas.  You can also view most of the weddings featured above in full: just click on the link beneath the photo.   Some of the more recent weddings haven't featured on my blog yet, so watch this space over the coming months.

And if I sound like your kind of photographer, please do get in touch with me via my Contact Form.  You never know, it could be the start of a great relationship!

Jenny xx

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Jana & Paul's fabulous Choccywoccydoodah Cadillac Wedding! http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2016/12/jana-pauls-fabulous-choccywoccydoodah-cadillac-wedding Yippee!  As I write, it's 'Christmas Eve Eve' as my 12 year old daughter excitedly told me on waking this morning!  Two more sleeps, and I still haven't wrapped any presents, so forgive me if my blog's a little shorter than usual.  As much as I love my work, I don't want to stray too far into Bad Mum territory, and trust me, pleasing 12 and 14 year old children isn't easy.  Just because they no longer believe in Santa Claus doesn't mean they don't want bulging stockings, despite nothing on their wish list costing less than £30.  Christmas was much easier when I could buy a colourful wooden thing from a charity shop, or an overpackaged, overpriced colourful plastic thing from a toy shop.  But we'll laugh and eat loads and just enjoy being together away from emails or homework.  And I'll come back to my desk re-energised and ready for my last wedding of the year - on New Year's Eve - and the deluge of wedding enquiries that January in particular always seems to bring.

But before taking a few days' break, I wanted to blog just one more wedding from my amazing and thoroughly enjoyable 2016 wedding season - that of Czech bride Jana, and her British fiancé Paul.  When I first met Jana and Paul, they had already got their main wedding day priority sorted - a fabulous, uber-sized, colourful, crazy cake by the fantastical Brighton based cake design company, Choccywoccydoodah.  I was slightly in awe that anyone would choose their cake before deciding on a date or finding a venue, and very excited when a few days later they called to say I was their favourite photographer, and would I please capture their special day.  Oh, and there would be a vintage Cadillac too - colour to be decided.  Are you kidding me?

 

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Cake and Cadillac aside, Jana and Paul are a lovely couple, slightly shy, and certainly a little nervous of being photographed.  But putting couples at ease is my speciality, and the cake and Cadillac, lovely though they would be, would enhance rather than define their day.  I love all the decor and additions, but ultimately, whether I'm capturing Jimmy Choos and Jenny Packham, or an Accessories tiara and vintage lace from eBay, my job is still the same - to photograph beautifully and creatively to capture two people in love, their personalities, and the choices they've made for their dream wedding.

Finally, months later, the day came, and the wedding was everything Jana and Paul had dreamed of.  OK, so the weather was a bit iffy for August, but we just about managed to stay dry for our trip in the Cadillac to nearby National Trust woodland, Stepping Stones.  I brought along a light to add a little pizzazz to the images and to separate Jana and Paul from the dark background in the dim, overcast lighting.  When I photographed Jana and Paul for their pre-wedding shoot, they told me they felt more comfortable with a bit of gentle direction than being left to 'do their own thing'.  Mindful of this, I encouraged them into natural positions, then stood back at chatted to them to help them feel more at ease.    Jana even gamely donned sparkly wellies and braved the stepping stones for some unique images, although being a Saturday in August, I did have to Photoshop out a few tourists later! Probably just as well there were people around, as a very kind Dad held his son's buggy in one hand, and my light stand in the other, enabling me to grab a few portraits with my light positioned on the river bed, without fear of losing it to the mercy of the tide.  With hindsight, I wish I'd taken his contact details to send him the results!  Well, enough from me as I start the process of winding down, leaving my images to tell their story.

 

 

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Which just leaves me to say, have a very merry Christmas everyone, and see you in the New Year!  And if you've recently got engaged, the next blog post is just for you - keep an eye out in Jan for the ultimate guide to choosing your perfect wedding photographer!

Jenny x

 

 

 

 

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jennyrutterford.photo@gmail.com (Jenny Rutterford Photography) Choccywoccydoodah wedding cake Sussex and Surrey wedding photographer natural wedding photography Sussex and Surrey http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2016/12/jana-pauls-fabulous-choccywoccydoodah-cadillac-wedding Fri, 23 Dec 2016 21:37:44 GMT
Jodie & Sam's Stunning Hurst College Wedding http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2016/12/jodie-sams-stunning-hurst-college-wedding One of the things I love most about being a Sussex wedding photographer is the huge variety of picturesque venues I get to work in - from historical buildings and country manors, to marquees and barns.  From rustic to luxurious, and quirky to sophisticated.  My wedding season (if you can call it a season when November and December have been almost as busy as July and August) usually encompasses a good mix of the familiar and the new.  Whilst I love revisiting a venue I've photographed at before, I always make sure I leave dates open for new venues, whether new just to me, or recently launched as wedding venues, such as Brookfield Barn or Cissbury Barns, or stunning Little Thakenham.  Why?  Because my creativity is sparked by the unfamiliar, giving me fresh ideas and inspiration. 

So I was excited when Jodie and Sam booked me for their Hurst College Wedding last summer - a venue I'd often driven past but never had a wedding enquiry for.  Or at least, not one for a date I still had available.  (I turned away a couple yesterday who are getting married at London Zoo - sadly I can't be in two places at once, although I was rather gutted).  Anyway, back to Hurst College, or Hurstpierpoint College to give it its full name.  As always with venues that are new to me, I visited it beforehand to get the lay of the land, to meet with Father Jeremy and suss out parking.  SatNav's a godsend to us wedding photographers - I can photograph at 3 or 4 different locations during a single wedding - but I've learnt not to rely on it exclusively in the midst of the Sussex Downs.  Most of my venues fall under the "address doesn't exist, navigate to the middle of the postcode range?" prompt given by my SatNav, which is way too scary for me to rely on when I'm leaving the bride's house in a hurry to get to the ceremony before she does.  Bearing in mind I have to park, often at some distance, and then get my equipment sorted, while the bride just rocks up outside the venue, the timing needs military precision.   I do have photographer friends who ride scooters to weddings, cameras hanging off their person as they go, but it sounds a little scary to me.  I think I'll stick with the stress of parking.

Happily there are no parking nightmares at Hurst College, which has its own chapel and courtyard and plenty of car parking spaces.  Jodie had rented a gorgeous B&B, Little Turrets, not far from the venue for her bridal preparations, which I also checked out beforehand and we tasked the driver of their vintage Rolls to find some local fields for the natural looking couple photos that Jodie and Sam wanted.  Happily their June wedding was warm and dry and the 120+ guests were able to mingle in Hurst's beautiful courtyard, leaving me free to wander around and take plenty of my signature style candids with my favourite outdoor wedding lens (a 70-200mm f/2.8, for the interest of my photographer readers).  Often I love venues more for their outdoor than indoor space, but Hurst college was just as photogenic inside, with both the chapel and the reception area flooded with natural light and filled with stunning floral and candle displays from local florist Belinda at Chez Fleur.

A delicious wedding breakfast laid on by Imogen Tyler caterers was followed by a Hog Roast in the evening and entertainment by Brighton-based funk band, Oomphf, who had everyone up on the dance floor.  Before leaving, I set up some lights outside to create some romantic, atmospheric images of Jodie and Sam in the chapel doorway and courtyard, which, although taken twelve hours after my first image of the day, ended up being among my favourites.  Being inspired by my surroundings certainly keeps the adrenaline pumping!

And now for the important part - the story of Jodie and Sam's day as told through my images.  Enjoy!

 

 

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Recently engaged and looking for venue inspiration?  Scroll through my blog posts to find lots of real wedding examples!  And whether you opt for one of my regular venues, or somewhere not currently on my radar, I'd love to hear from you!  You can get in touch to check my availability by clicking here.

Until next time,

Jenny xx

 

 

 

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jennyrutterford.photo@gmail.com (Jenny Rutterford Photography) Hurst College Wedding Photographer Hurst College Weddings Hurstpierpoint Wedding Photographer Natural wedding photography Sussex Sussex Wedding Photographer http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2016/12/jodie-sams-stunning-hurst-college-wedding Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:31:53 GMT
Fun, Relaxed & Happy: Louise & Amos' Perfect Brighton Wedding http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2016/11/a-fun-relaxed-happy-brighton-town-hall-wedding Many of my couples start planning their wedding at least 18 months in advance.  My first 2018 booking was actually taken early this year - more than two years before the date of the wedding!  Those are the super-organised ones.  Then there's the last minute variety.  Louise first contacted me just three months before her Brighton Town Hall wedding, which was to be held on a Friday at the end of May.  When we met up in March, she had yet to find her perfect dress with less than six weeks to go.  Was she stressed?  No! Not even a little. Louise has to be the most relaxed, laid back bride I've ever met.  She and her equally chilled husband-to-be, Amos, were planning an intimate wedding with no more than 20 guests, and she (quite rightly!) refused to believe it couldn't be done in 3 months tops.  To be fair, Louise is tall and slim with a beautiful smile and, quite frankly, would have looked great in anything.  Her dress shopping experience sounded no more complicated than a simple shopping trip to buy a T-shirt.  She browsed a rail of white in a London boutique near their home, found a dress she liked, and took it home.  No measurements, no alterations, no stress.  She probably spent more time sourcing the cute suit and tie worn by her son.  Then she booked The Beach House for their simple reception - an excellent restaurant in her parents' home town of Shoreham-by-Sea (also my home town, which is how I can vouch for how great the food is!), found a florist for her stunning bouquet and hey presto, the wedding was organised!

I joined Louise just before the wedding ceremony for a few photographs on the elegant sweeping staircase at Brighton Town Hall, before heading inside to capture a happy, laughter-filled ceremony.  Louise's son played a leading role, making a grand entrance ahead of his Mum, and carrying out his ring-bearer duties admirably.  The couple exited to bright sunshine and handfuls of confetti, and we grabbed a few photos with family members before Louise, Amos and myself headed to the beach for some relaxed couple photos, in keeping with their personalities and my natural style of wedding photography.

On arrival in Shoreham, the newlyweds were met with a cheer and bubbly served outside The Beach House in glorious sunshine.  I spent 20 minutes or so capturing the merriment before the party headed indoors to be seated around a large table and served with seafood and plenty of wine.  Perfect!  In the (less than) three hours I enjoyed photographing Louise and Amos' wedding, I was able to capture all the atmosphere and images they needed.  In fact, I enjoyed it so much I've recently added a half-day option to my main wedding packages and have several 2 hour bespoke packages booked in the New Year.  No it's not going to work for a wedding of 100 guests in mid summer, but for small out-of-season and mid-week gatherings, it's absolutely ideal!  I certainly have very happy clients in Louise and Amos:

 

"We received our wedding photos in a beautifully packaged box this week and were blown away by the quality. She captured the true essence of the day. Jenny is an extremely talented professional photographer going that extra mile. We would highly recommend her and will be definitely using her in the future.  Louise & Amos XX"

 

 

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Congratulations again to Mr & Mrs Makuvise, and please do give me a shout when you're down this way again - would love to catch up with you both!

Planning a beachfront wedding and would like more ideas?  Catherine & Steve had an equally fun wedding at Brighton Town Hall, before heading back to Worthing for their reception.  You can see the story of their wedding day here.

I do still have some dates left for 2017, so please do get in touch whether you're planning an intimate Brighton wedding like Louise and Amos' or a huge celebration for hundreds! 

Jenny xx

 

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jennyrutterford.photo@gmail.com (Jenny Rutterford Photography) Brighton Town Hall Weddings Brighton Wedding photographer Shoreham Wedding Photographer http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2016/11/a-fun-relaxed-happy-brighton-town-hall-wedding Mon, 21 Nov 2016 19:11:42 GMT
Hannah & Paul's Easter Wedding at Bartholomew Barn http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2016/11/hannah-pauls-easter-wedding-at-bartholomew-barn Hannah and Paul are lovers of the great outdoors - in fact, I first met them at a wedding fair at Wakehurst Place, a Sussex National Trust property they often visit, and the couple chose to have their pre-wedding shoot at Wakehurst too.  So even though the skies were dull for their March wedding, with rain forecast throughout the day, I was pretty confident they wouldn't let it faze them, and would still be up for a walk in the beautiful grounds of their lovely wedding venue, Bartholomew Barn, umbrellas at the ready.

As it turned out, we managed the walk itself without the umbrellas, with Hannah scooping up her dress to reveal her fab wedding shoes and letting me play with her dramatic veil to great photographic effect!  Not many brides wear veils nowadays, and even fewer opt for long ones, but if you're wondering whether to veil or not to veil, take a look at the couple images below and you might just decide it's for you!  You can do all kinds of creative things with a veil, photographically speaking, even hiding the groom's face if you place him slightly downwind of the bride (sorry Paul)!  Hannah wore hers beautifully and gamely kept it on for their couple photos, enabling me to add shape and texture to their images, and bouncing a little soft natural light back onto the couple as they kissed.

It did rain for the family photos however, so I positioned the groups just under the awning, enabling me to use Bartholomew Barn's picturesque courtyard as my backdrop while keeping everyone dry.  And I was secretly pleased the rain continued after dark as I'd been waiting for the chance to get some romantic images of the bride and groom in backlit rain!  Given the weather, and the fact that it was Easter, and rather cold, I didn't want to keep Hannah and Paul outdoors for too long, so I set up my lighting and found some willing models from Betty Booths (a pretty awesome campervan photobooth) and the DJ to nail my exposure beforehand.  Thanks guys!

To start their story at the beginning, Hannah's (and my) day began with bridal preparations at Lythe Hill Hotel in Haselmere, Surrey, where the funky butterfly headboard made for a great backdrop for the shoes.  I love finding creative ways to photograph shoes, but these were something special.  And comfy (apparently).  I must ask Hannah if she's dyed them a darker colour and worn them again as planned.  I suspect not though, as Hannah and Paul have recently welcomed a new addition to their family - congratulations to you both on the birth of your son!

I hope you enjoy viewing the story of Hannah and Paul's Bartholomew Barn wedding through my images...

 

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Exhausted but happy!  Hannah and Paul make the most of a little time out in Betty Booth at the end of a fantastic day.

Having a Sussex barn wedding?  Check out my most recent wedding blogs at Long Furlong Barn, Fitzleroi BarnPangdean Old Barn and Tulleys Farm for starters.  Like my style?  Please do get in touch - I'd love to hear about your day.

Jenny xx

 

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jennyrutterford.photo@gmail.com (Jenny Rutterford Photography) Bartholomew Barn Wedding photographer Natural wedding photography Sussex http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2016/11/hannah-pauls-easter-wedding-at-bartholomew-barn Fri, 04 Nov 2016 21:33:52 GMT
Blackstock Barns Summer Wedding Shoot http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2016/10/blackstock-barns-summer-wedding-shoot I don't photograph many styled wedding shoots - I'm just too busy with the real life weddings - but when I was asked to photograph a styled wedding at Blackstock Country Estate, also known as Blackstock Barns, I jumped at the chance!  As an experienced wedding photographer, I can turn up at any venue, from church to barn to country manor, and be confident of capturing images of my couples that they'll love.  It doesn't matter if I've photographed weddings there before; in fact, some of my best ever images have been captured when I'm on creative overdrive from the excitement of a venue that's new to me.  Being a wedding photographer is about seeing light and working with people; finding the most photogenic backdrops at a venue is the easy part.  However, being a wedding photographer is also about trust, and many couples feel reassured by having a photographer who's photographed at least one wedding at their venue of choice.  Whilst I understand that, it's sometimes hard to get the opportunity of that first venue wedding, and I know I've lost out on Blackstock weddings before for the sole reason of not already having photographed there.

So when the opportunity arose to expand my portfolio of Sussex barn weddings (regular readers of my blog will know I'm big on barns!) I was more than happy to oblige!  Just as with any wedding, we set a date with the venue and then went about sourcing a dress, suit, flowers, and decor.  Unlike a real wedding, we also had to find the couple themselves!  I say we, actually it was the very talented Kimberley of Kimberley Louise Make-up who did all the sourcing and co-ordination.  I just turned up with bags of equipment and bags of enthusiasm!

Blackstock is located in Hellingly, East Sussex, and set in stunning countryside.  As Sussex barns go, it's up there with the best of them, with beautiful beamed interiors and picturesque backdrops - both inside and out.  I knew that before I arrived.  What I didn't know, was how tasty the food would be! Chef Marco had prepared a banquet for me to photograph and sample.  Actually, I'm not sure two full plates of mains and desserts counts as sampling, but it was delicious, and after several hours of shooting, just as with a real wedding, we'd certainly built up an appetite.

On the day, we were blessed with gorgeous weather - a little too bright for great portraits, but we sourced some great shady locations at the front of the barns, and saved the open fields with the beautiful bird cage and arched seat for the evening when the light had softened a little.  As many of my readers will know, I like my couple images to look natural, even if they may be gently directed.  Usually, a bit of direction helps create a more flattering photograph, but overly staged images can lack emotion and feel a bit stuck in the 20th century.  So the gate leading from the barn onto the fields was perfect for the style of image I'd usually create at barn weddings.  And our models Helen and Stefan were patient and willing participants.  I found it a little strange directing them at first as I'm used to asking couples to interact as they usually would - some are romantic and like to kiss, others fool around and gently chide each other - but Helen and Stefan were not a 'real life' actual couple, and both have other partners, so I would start to say something completely inappropriate, then stop myself just in time!  There was quite a lot of giggling!  I have to say though, as the shoot progressed, they both went into full-blown acting mode and were extremely believable as a couple, making it easy and fun for us to capture - thanks guys!

And thank you to Ivana and the team at Your Sussex Wedding magazine too for featuring our shoot in their current (Oct/Nov 2016) issue - myself and all the suppliers involved in the shoot were proud to see our work in print and being distributed to thousands of local brides:

 

Blackstock Wedding PhotographyBlackstock Country Estate featured in Your Sussex Wedding magazineEditorial feature from styled wedding shoot at Blackstock Country Estate, with images taken by Sussex wedding photographer, Jenny Rutterford

Thank you to Your Sussex Wedding magazine for featuring our Blackstock Barns shoot

 

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Helen's gorgeous bouquet was by local florist, Nells Flowers
Natural make-up by Kimberley Louise Make-up

 

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Beautiful floral arch by Fig Tree Flowers; Table decoration by Nells Flowers;
moss LOVE letters by Not Your Average I Do

 

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One of the two Blackstock Barns that can be used as ceremony rooms

 

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The second barn option for wedding ceremonies at Blackstock Barns

 

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Helen's bridal hair by Lulus-Hair by Lucie; Make-up by Kimberley Louise Make-up

Event decor by Not Your Average I Do

 

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Delicious, beautifully presented food by Marco at Blackstock Barns

 

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One of my favourite 'couple' photos, and in keeping with my usual photographic style

 

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Helen's beautiful dress was supplied by Opulence and Grace in Broadwater, Worthing;

Stefan's suit was supplied by Dickies Of Crawley

 

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Blackstock's stunning backdrop in the Sussex Downs is perfect for natural couple photos

 

  Blackstock Summer WeddingBlackstock Summer WeddingNatural wedding photographer Jenny Rutterford, based in Sussex

 

Blackstock food by Sussex Wedding Photographer Jenny RutterfordBlackstock Wedding DessertsDelicious desserts at Blackstock Country Estate Weddings

Simply yummy desserts by Marco, chef at Blackstock Barns

 

Blackstock First Dance captured by wedding photographer Jenny RutterfordBlackstock Wedding First DanceFirst dance in Blackstock's stunning beamed barn. Image by Blackstock wedding photographer, Jenny Rutterford

 

Blackstock's rustic beams with coloured uplighting create an atmospheric setting
for the couple's First Dance

 

As I write, I'm hoping to meet lots of lovely couples at Blackstock's Wedding venue Showcase day this Sunday 23 October 2016 if you'd like to come along.  I'll be excited to book my first real Blackstock Barns wedding so please stop by my stand! 

Jenny x

 

Sussex Wedding Suppliers involved in the Blackstock shoot:

Venue:  Blackstock Barns

Photographer:  Jenny Rutterford Photography

Bridal Make Up:  Kimberley Louise Make Up

Bridal Hair:  Lulus-Hair by Lucie

Florist:  Nell's Flowers

Dress:  Opulence and Grace

Suit:  Dickies

Floral Arch:  Fig Tree Flowers

Event Styling:  Not Your Average I Do 

Models:  Helen Green and Stefan Hughes

 

 

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jennyrutterford.photo@gmail.com (Jenny Rutterford Photography) Barn wedding photographer Blackstock Country Estate Blackstock Wedding Photographer Sussex wedding photographer http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2016/10/blackstock-barns-summer-wedding-shoot Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:46:34 GMT
Sophie & Ben's Wonderfully Relaxed Sussex Wedding at Tulley's Farm http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2016/10/sophie-bens-wonderfully-relaxed-sussex-tulley-s-farm-wedding I first met Sophie and Ben at a Wedding Fair at Tulley's Farm in Sussex where I was exhibiting.  The couple were enjoying a tour of the venue by Sara (of To Have and To Hire Weddings) and Sophie mentioned in conversation that she hated having her photo taken.  So much so, that it was putting her off finding a photographer for their big day.  I'm pleased to say that Sara immediately thought of me as being the Sussex wedding photographer most likely to put her at ease.  

It was at my first ever wedding as the sole photographer that I realised something huge:  being a wedding photographer is not just about taking photos.  Even if they are amazing photos.  No!  Being a wedding photographer is about helping the couple relax and enjoy their day.  It's about mingling comfortably with their guests and indulging Uncle Bob's passion for talking about his camera.  It's about finding the missing earring or sewing a bride into her dress (yes really! - but that's the subject of a whole other blog I'll be writing in 2017!) It seems funny now to think that I had once doubted whether I could become a successful wedding photographer, as barking orders at people wasn't my forte! Typically, when I stagger off the dance floor with exhaustion at the end of the night, and hug the bride and groom goodbye, they tell me how amazing I was and how they hardly knew I was there.  Granted, they've had a few glasses of bubbly at this stage in the evening, but my point is, they've been really happy with the experience of having me as their wedding photographer, despite not having seen a single photo.

If the bride and groom feel at ease it shows in the photos.  Simple.  It's why I include a pre-wedding shoot with all full-day wedding packages and take the time to get to know them as people: what's important to them; why they don't like having their photo taken; how I can make them feel comfortable with me and the camera. If you're a shy bride or groom reading this, please don't think you're alone.  I'd say that with the majority of couples I meet, at least one of them feels uneasy about being photographed, and it's my job to help them relax and trust me.

Thank you Sophie for putting your trust in me and for your kind words...

 

"I just wanted to let you know that we’ve looked through all of the photos and are so over the moon with them.
I can’t believe it’s been two months already! I’ve attached a few of our favourites, but honestly there are so many
- I don’t know how to pick which ones to print!

As you know I greatly dislike having my photo taken, but you put me at such ease and I wasn’t even aware that you were there most of the time! Everyone commented on how impressed they were with your commitment on the day.

You have managed to capture the best day of our lives from start to finish and we couldn't be more grateful. I
cannot recommend you highly enough and if ever I need a photographer for a future event you will be my first call!

Thank you so much once again for being a huge part of our special day."

Many thanks,

Sophie & Ben

 

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Thank you Sara for introducing us  - Sophie looked absolutely stunning and I'm so happy to be able to show you the end result of their perfectly relaxed and happy day.

Looking for a Sussex wedding photographer to put you at ease for natural wedding images you'll love?  Why not fill in my contact form with your date and venue and let's take it from there...

Jenny x

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jennyrutterford.photo@gmail.com (Jenny Rutterford Photography) Barn Wedding Photographer Sussex Sussex Wedding Photographer Tulley's Farm Wedding Photographer natural wedding photography Sussex http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2016/10/sophie-bens-wonderfully-relaxed-sussex-tulley-s-farm-wedding Fri, 07 Oct 2016 17:58:06 GMT
Ellie & Jamie's Fairy-Tale Winter Wedding at Long Furlong Barn http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2016/9/ellie-jamies-winter-wedding-at-long-furlong-barn Not many couples opt to tie the knot in January - but Ellie and Jamie aren't keen on hot weather, so a winter wedding fitted the bill perfectly!  And whilst we didn't get the hoped-for snow (well, I hoped for it anyway!), their wonderful venue, Long Furlong Barn, was as picturesque as ever, with stunning views of the South Downs in the winter light.  If ever there was a venue that looks magical year round, it's Long Furlong Barn.  I love its sweeping driveway with the expanse of fields either side and dramatic skies - whether hazy with sun or grey and moody.  The owners have taken great care to maintain the natural feel of the outdoor space, with sympathetic signage and wooden fencing - great for photos! - plus they've added a secret garden with natural seating options and attractive foliage.  As I write, I'm back at Long Furlong Barn tomorrow for a wedding, and am very much looking forward to seeing how the secret garden has matured over the summer. I always appreciate having a good variety of backdrops for my couple photos.

Inside, the barn is welcoming and atmospheric, with fantastic views from floor-to-ceiling windows.  Ellie and Jamie contacted Amanda of Hire Your Day, to hang beautiful drapes with fairy lights in the main barn, adding a romantic atmosphere which perfectly suited Ellie's fairy-tale Mori Lee dress - from Whyte Weddings in Worthing.  Beautiful centrepieces and bouquets by Findon Flowers completed the look.  Ellie was complimentary about all the suppliers involved with her wedding and told me she would recommend them all 100% - praise indeed!  But she did give Findon Flowers an extra special mention, telling me how flexible and accommodating they were to her suggestions, even providing an interactive trial of the centrepieces before the day.

Long Furlong Barn offers couples the option of a licensed wedding ceremony inside the lovely beamed Cowshed, or to use the venue for the reception only.  Ellie and Jamie wanted a traditional church ceremony, and given the short daylight hours and a very photogenic country church - St Mary's in East Preston - we elected to take the family formal photos outside the church before guests made their way to Long Furlong for the celebrations.  With the ceremony just after 1:00, we had plenty of time to make use of Long Furlong's lovely grounds for couple photos, before heading inside for comforting pies by The Gourmet Chef, one of my favourite catering companies and popular with couples getting married at Long Furlong Barn.

Their day ended with live music by Worthing-based band Murdoch's Crazy Eyes - this was the second time they'd performed at a wedding I'd captured, and, as before, they provided excellent entertainment and had everyone up on the dance-floor.  Any band who keeps the dance-floor filled has my vote - I love getting in on the action and capturing the party atmosphere up close!  Always makes a great end to the wedding album or video slideshow I compile too.  And to keep up my energy levels, a sneaky piece (or two!) of delicious cake - thanks Rebecca from Frizelle Cakes!

If I can be a little cheeky, a shameless plug for me too - thanks so much Ellie!:

 

"All I can say is we are so totally in love with our wedding photos which really captured the greatest of memories. From the inclusive engagement shoot, to the running around helping (whilst taking incredible pictures) on the morning of the big day to the beautiful timeline video of the pictures afterwards, Jenny was just incredible and I would recommend her (and have been) to anyone and everyone!"

Thanks,

Ellie xx

 

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Getting married in 2017 or 2018?  Please do browse though the blog for lots of recent weddings and use the Contact sheet to get in touch.  I do evening visits with couples, either in your home or at a pub en route if coming from further afield - it's a chance to learn more about wedding photography, see complete weddings in print in my sample albums, and talk through your day.  It's so important to find a photographer who's a good match for you - both in terms of personality and photographic style and quality - that's why the meeting is completely without obligation.  And if I'm not available on your date, I may be able to recommend a photographer with a similar style to mine, or a photographer to fit your budget.  So if you've got a date and a venue sorted, and want to find out about wedding photography, just click here to find out more!

Off to charge batteries and clean lenses for my return to Long Furlong Barn for Mandy and Mark's M&M-themed wedding tomorrow (love M&Ms - can't wait guys!)

Jenny x

 

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Sarah & Pat's Perfect Pangdean Barn Wedding http://www.jennyrutterford.com/blog/2016/9/sarah-pats-perfect-pangdean-barn-wedding Normally I arrive to photograph a wedding as a relative stranger.  I've got to know the bride and groom from our pre-wedding meetings and engagement shoot.  And I may know the wedding co-ordinator and caterers if it's a venue I've photographed at before.  But with so many different wedding venues in Sussex and neighbouring counties, and hundreds of registrars, florists, make-up artists, videographers, DJs and cake-makers, it's rare I meet the same people twice.

But this wedding was different.  Sarah owns a successful Brighton-based business, Let's Cook At Home.  And like many local business owners I know, she's an active member of The Mumpreneurs Networking Club.  If you don't know what that is, I'll tell you my story to explain. Regular readers of my blog will know that I started my photography business in America.  I lived in Miami for a little over five years with the hubby and kids, and on our return to the UK, had a great wedding portfolio, but no clients!  The fantastic word-of-mouth recommendations I'd managed to build in Florida weren't hugely useful the other side of the pond, so I started afresh. 

Being largely desk-bound as I re-built the business, cabin-fever set in and I started talking to the cat a little more than was probably healthy.  Cue Mumpreneurs.  I can't remember exactly where I first heard of it, probably Facebook, but the idea of meeting up with a group of other Mums who ran their own small businesses was suddenly appealing, even through I'd never networked before and didn't really know why I should.  So when I dug a little deeper and found a group in my home town of Shoreham, I decided to be brave and go along.  There were a few things I wasn't expecting, like the fact that Mumpreneurs welcomed not only all women, regardless of whether or not they had children, but also men!  But I enjoyed the first meeting, and three and a bit years on, still enjoy being a member.

Anyway, back to Sarah.  On her engagement to Pat, instead of trawling through bridal magazines, wedding blogs or chancing on Google, she approached individuals she'd met through her networking meetings.  Over the years, Sarah had got to know many people in the wedding industry, their skills and personalities, and used that knowledge to hand-pick the perfect team for her wedding to Pat.  Sarah and I had met often in the Shoreham and Worthing Mumpreneurs groups, and had further got to know each other through working together - Sarah had made the most amazing personalised cake for my parents' 70th, and I'd given Sarah DSLR camera tuition.  So when she asked me if I'd photograph her wedding, I was over the moon!

 

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And I was even more excited to find out that a whole host of other local Mumpreneur members would be involved: Claire, who had recently embarked on a new career path as a celebrant with her business Creating Ceremony, worked with the couple to create a truly personal and unique ceremony; Carron of Dymond Jewellery made stunning pieces for the big day; Evelyn, of Chocadyllic made one of her fabulous (and very delicious!) chocolate creations; Darren of Rainbow Carpets (one of the Mumpreneur men I mentioned earlier!) proved he does more than supply carpets with his suberb DJing skills; and Stef Sale made Sarah look a million dollars with her talents in hair and make up.  And although not a mumpreneur, but rather a contact Sarah met through her baking group, I have to give Sarah's superb florist Penny Blake a mention too.  The bouquets and centrepieces were stunning.  You can check out all their talents in the images below.  Finally Mi, videographer, mumprenuer and owner of True North Vision even captured some footage of me in action - watch this space...!

So from the bridal preparations through to the end of the night, it felt like I was among friends.  Sarah and Pat honestly did not stop smiling the whole day and told me afterwards it had been the perfect day.  And that meant absolutely everything to me and all the other people who played a part in making their day so special.

 

We are absolutely thrilled with our wonderful set of wedding photos, they capture our day perfectly. Jenny was so calm and unobtrusive,working incredibly hard to record the tears, laughter, sleeping children, crazy dancing and all the special moments throughout the day. She had even looked up the time of the sunset resulting in some amazing shots.

As neither of us are keen on having our photo taken we found that the engagement shoot was a great way for us to get to know Jenny and feel relaxed in front of the camera. All our family and friends have commented on how lovely our photos are and we highly recommend Jenny as a fantastic wedding photographer.

Thank you Jenny for a set of photos that we will always treasure.

Sarah and Pat


 

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