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"
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!