It's always a real pleasure to be invited back by a family to photograph the sister of one of your former brides getting married. Capturing a wedding from bridal preparation through to the dancefloor - not to mention the pre-wedding shoot and viewing of the wedding images afterwards - means that I spend a lot of time with couples and their families. So to be invited to return is a genuine honour, and makes for an extra special day. This has happened to me three times in as many years, and I love how many of the guests remember me too, and take the time to chat.
"We asked Jenny to be our photographer after experiencing how wonderful she was at my sisters wedding in October 2 years ago. Jenny was exactly the kind of photographer we were looking for. She made us feel at ease in front of the camera and took the most beautiful and natural pictures of us, our guests and venue. So many guests commented on how well she slotted into the day and how nice it was to have natural photos taken.
On the most wonderful day of our life it was a blessing to know we had such a super photographer. We are over the moon with the pictures and would recommend Jenny to anybody! We felt very very lucky to have her!
Thank you Jenny! Xxxxxxx"
Hannah & Ben
I first met Hannah at her sister Clemma's wedding to Matt two year's previously. Theirs was a fabulous Autumn day at Pangdean Old Barn in mid October - you can see my blog of their wedding by clicking here! and Hannah was one of the bridesmaids. So when she got in touch to see if I would be available for her own wedding to Ben, I was over the moon!
As with Clemma's wedding, Hannah's bridal preparation took place in the family home, and the ceremony itself was to be in the same church - Holy Trinity church in Hurstpierpoint. You can see in my images Clemma helping Hannah with her veil, which brought back so many memories and made the bridal preparation a tad emotional. Hannah's Dad had organised a beautiful vintage car as a surprise for his daughter which made two short trips just up the road to the church - first with Mum and the bridesmaids, then returning for Hannah and her Dad.
Happily the weather was amazing, and after the happy religious ceremony (great vicar - there was A LOT of laughter!), and the confetti had been thrown, Hannah and Ben drove off in the vintage convertible to stunning Michelham Priory for their wedding celebrations. I had visited the venue previously to meet the events team and scout out some great photo locations, and was excited for my first wedding there. The couple wanted to keep things natural and unobtrusive, with a few family photos and some special couple photos in the mix, which is definitely my preferred way of photographing weddings. With sun forecast for the entire day, the couple were happy with my suggestion to take some time out for their photos in the evening, when the light would be softer and more flattering. I really enjoyed simply walking through the grounds with the newlyweds and capturing them in the stunning grounds of Michelham Priory as the sun set.
A truly magical day that I am so happy to have been a part of.
I hope you enjoyed viewing the story of Hannah & Ben's wedding through my images. Planning a wedding in 2020? Please do get in touch, I'd love to hear from you!