Regular readers of this blog will know that I'm a big fan of barn weddings, so was extremely excited when Clemma and Matt invited me to photograph their Pangdean Old Barn wedding last Autumn. The ceremony was to be held at picturesque Holy Trinity Church in Hurstpierpoint, which, when Clemma first told me, sent me into a slight panic. It's a beautiful church, with good light inside and lovely grounds, but its location in the heart of Hurstpierpoint village leaves it bereft of easy parking. You don't have to read many of my blogs to realise that I find hunting down a parking spot way more stressful than photographing a wedding! Even when there is a small car park, what with the bridal preparations generally running late, I usually arrive at churches after most of the guests, so the spaces are taken.
In fact, when I photographed Lisa and Simon's wedding at this same church the previous year, I circled round Hurstpierpoint twice trying to get a space, and eventually ended up at the bottom of the hill and ran, with two cameras, two lenses (including one very big one!) to get there on time. Yes, I did make it (just), but it was way too stressful and I've since become a little paranoid about church parking, to the point where it's one of the first things I sort out - cones at the ready if necessary!
I must have looked visibly relieved when Clemma told me she'd be getting ready at her parents' house, located a stone's throw from the church and with a generous driveway. Would it be very cheeky to ask them to borrow their drive in future should the need arise, I wonder?!
The wedding was absolutely wonderful, with decent weather for mid-October and of course Pangdean's delicious catering. The child-friendly gardens were put to good use by the flower girls and the couple's 100 or so guests, who enjoyed the swing-set, outdoor games and Wendy house. Even the groom thought he'd try out one of the kids' carts at some point, nearly mowing me down in the process!
Well, I need to give my lenses a good clean before tomorrow's wedding (seaside shoots + wind = salt-caked lenses!) so I won't write any more. Instead, I'll hand you over to my very lovely bride and groom, Clemma and Matt, to do the talking for me:
We have been going through all of our photos so apologies for not writing this sooner but we are just so bowled over by them all!
We cannot express how over the moon we are with all of our photos! You captured our day perfectly and we cannot thank you enough for giving us lasting memories of the best day of our lives!
Everybody has said how beautiful the photographs are and how well you blended in with our guests on our day... We love that the pictures are so natural and capture our friends and family in the moment. There is at least one photograph of everybody, all laughing and enjoying themselves... My favourites being of the children (you are so talented at catching them just at the right moment!) there are also photographs that I didn't even realise you had taken that mean the world to me and are so, so special.
You could not have done a better job and we are just thrilled! I tell everybody that they must give you a call when they ask about wedding photographers, we couldn't recommend you more highly! Thank you so much Jenny.
Clemma & Matt Leary"
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