Welcome back to my Wedding Stories blog! Today's wedding was captured at the unique and historic wedding venue, Worthing Dome. The Dome is another regular wedding venue of mine, and a favourite with couples looking for somewhere a little different. It suited Bex and Steve perfectly, with their quirky alternative style, and the fun, relaxed vibe they wanted for their wedding. After meeting them at a wedding fair, I was excited the couple chose me to capture their special day. We certainly packed a lot in for the 5 hours' coverage they wanted - from Bex' bridal prep at nearby Ardington hotel, through to the speeches and cake cutting (just check out the cake and perfect cake toppers in the last photo!).
With 50 day guests, the couple were able to use the wonderful Whispering Gallery at the top of The Dome for their ceremony. (The maximum capacity is 50, although for larger weddings, you can use the main lounge, which many of my couples do.) Light from the 360 degree windows floods the space and makes for a magical atmosphere, even in winter, when the skies are dark and couples light the interior with fairy lights and tea-lights in jars. Bex and Steve's wedding was at the end of July, so naturally bright and light, and theirs was one of the most effective decor themes I've seen: brightly coloured bunting and large, clear helium balloons filled with colourful paper dots to match. Chinese lanterns in primary colours were placed on windowsills in the atrium, where the drinks and canapes were served. And the ceremony table and each of the reception tables in the main lounge were decorated with a cluster of succulents in jars and tin cans. Tables were numbered with a wooden red heart planted in with the main succulent and guests were gifted with a seed packet. Simple and inexpensive to put together, but the overall effect was absolutely stunning.
Bex wore an ivory lace bridal grown with a low back, perfectly framing her colouful tattoo. Instead of traditional flowers, she carried an alternative brooch bouquet (see first photo below), with each pin having a personal significance. The groom, Steve, also looked the part, with a navy waistcoat, and pocket watch, not to mention his awesome beard! But what I particularly loved was their warm smiles, and the little cuddles they gave each other throughout the day.
After the ceremony we took a few family photos on the balcony, then Bex, Steve and I headed over to the beach for their couple photos. I usually keep things natural, fun, and as unobtrusive as possible, and just being on the beach with the sea and Worthing Pier in the background made for some lovely, atmospheric photos.
Bex and Steve's wedding was an absolute pleasure to photograph and be a part of, and I was delighted to receive this lovely testimonial shortly after:
"Jenny was fantastic at our wedding, keeping a low profile as requested but managing to take some amazing pictures of our family and guests. We were delighted with the collection of pictures and how they were presented with a personalised memory stick. Jenny is a professional, discreet, very accommodating and so friendly and approachable.
If I was to do it all again, I'd book Jenny!"
Bex & Steve
As I write, tomorrow is my first wedding of the 2019 season, and I literally can't wait to get back behind my camera! Off now to pack up all my equipment and load up the cards and batteries in preparation. Keeping my fingers crossed for sunshine!
See you in a couple of weeks :)