kids holding hands

Jo and Rob were married at Crowhurst Park in East Sussex…

Jo and Rob are local to me and I first met them at their place to talk them through some of my work. Taking clients through previous albums gives me the chance to explain in detail how I work and to reveal some of the stories behind the photographs. Their wish was for very few photos to be set up – only a couple of family and the rest to be natural. To keep things natural I don’t ask or tell anyone what to do, I simply record things as they happen (even if that means crawling around on the carpet with the kids!)

I met Jo and Rob at the venue several weeks before the wedding to walk round together and we had a great conversation, talking through ideas with the venue staff. One common challenge I have is being able to move around during the ceremony to create images from a variety of different angles. The layout of the ceremony room was such that I wouldn’t be able to move down the sides of the room due to the number of guests.

We hatched a plan for me to start the ceremony close to Rob, exit through the door behind after Jo had come down the isle and then get round the venue to come back in at the other end of the room. I like to be as discreet as possible so I always check for squeaky floorboards and awkward doors! The only drawback this time was that the shortest route round depended on a particular door to the outside being unlocked, which it wasn’t when I came to it (having arranged for it to be open before the ceremony – and checked). Cue very swift alternative route with the aid of helpful venue staff and I was back in business!

What unfolded was a lovely wedding day, we were fortunate with the weather too so everyone was free to enjoy the grounds, relax and celebrate.

children playing on the floor

Crowhurst Park wedding - best man fixing groom's buttonhole

Crowhurst Park wedding - groom and registrar

guests outside

group of wedding guests outside

groom and best man

Crowhurst Park wedding - groom greeting guests

groom laughing

Crowhurst Park wedding - groom and best man laughing

Crowhurst Park wedding - bride and father walking down the isle

Crowhurst Park wedding bride smiling at groom

wedding - ceremony

Crowhurst Park wedding groom taking ring from best man

couple kissing

couple with young son during ceremony

Crowhurst Park wedding - signing the register

couple smiling at camera

Crowhurst Park wedding - groom hugging guest

bride with guests

Crowhurst Park wedding - confetti

guests mingling

groom and mates chatting

Crowhurst Park wedding - guest blowing bubbles

Crowhurst Park wedding - bride and groom entrance

Crowhurst Park wedding best man speech

father of the bride speech

groom hugging father of the bride

Crowhurst Park wedding - groom speech

Crowhurst Park wedding - groom speech

Crowhurst Park wedding - best man speech

Crowhurst Park wedding - toast

Crowhurst Park wedding - groom laughing

Crowhurst Park wedding - guest laughing outdoors

kids playing outdoors

Crowhurst Park wedding grandfather and grandson running

bride and son reflected in mirror

Crowhurst Park wedding - cutting the cake

first dance

Crowhurst Park wedding - first dance