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:
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!