I had been wanting to photograph a wedding at Brighton's Royal Pavilion for some time, so was hugely excited when I received an enquiry asking whether I could photograph an intimate wedding there "in just three weeks' time"! Although the date was June, which is generally my busiest month of the year, it was to be held on a Thursday, which happily meant that I was available. The couple booked me on the spot, thanks to a lovely recommendation they'd received from the bride's brother-in-law (who I'd met 3 months previously while doing some photography for a local business).
Ten days later I met up with Claire and Michael in Brighton to introduce myself in person and talk through their day. We clicked immediately, and I absolutely loved the sound of their family wedding, which had a guest list of less than 20, including their young son and his slightly older cousin (and partner in crime!), with the groom's family coming over from his native Denmark.
Pretty much any venue in Brighton is well placed for beach photos, and the couple were keen to spend time with me on the seafront, including Brighton Bandstand and the colourful beach huts in Hove, where Claire had grown up. We also discussed having a few special photos taken inside Brighton Royal Pavilion immediately following their ceremony: the Music Room is simply stunning, but dimly lit, and having cleared it with the venue, I asked Claire and Michael whether they'd be up for a few gently directed images, taken with subtle off camera lighting to really show off their venue in style. They were keen to oblige, and on the day we worked as a team to get some unique images that the couple absolutely loved!
Before heading off to The Ginger Pig to join the guests (a wonderful fine dining pub/restaurant in Hove, for the benefit of my non-local readers), we took advantage of the late afternoon sun for our beach photos, even fitting in a game of table tennis en route much to the amusement of passers by! I wanted to keep things fun and natural, using just minimal direction to ensure that Claire and Michael really enjoyed this part of their day, while capturing photographs that would still be beautifully lit and flattering.
I am proud to say that the image below taken in front of Hove's beach huts recently received a Highly Commended Award from the prestigious Master Photographers Association:
Here is the lovely review that the couple recently posted on my Facebook page:
"Jenny did our wedding photography back in June 2017, and we had an amazing experience with her. She was super-professional and friendly and very easy to communicate with. The photos were incredible, including some 'classic' line-ups that we'd requested, some creative and fun shots, and also some really tricky ones from inside the Brighton Pavilion which is spectacular but dark, but they came out like shots from a magazine!
Jenny had been introduced to us not just as a great photographer, but as 'one of life's good people' - we spent a good hour alone with Jenny just after we got married, getting some amazing shots in the Pavilion, along Brighton seafront (she got shots of us playing table tennis on the beach!) and so on, and she was easy company and a delight to have around, and we felt in very safe hands on the day. Can't recommend Jenny highly enough!"
Claire & Michael
My day ended - as often works best with small midweek weddings - with a toast to the bride and groom as they sat down to eat. This was a simply perfect intimate wedding that reflected Claire and Michael's easy-going and fun-loving personalities and their love for the people that mean the most to them. It was an absolute honour to be chosen to capture and be a part of their day.