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My 2016 Wedding Couples: Part 2 August-December

February 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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!

*****

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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