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Brighton Winter Wedding

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Brighton Winter Wedding

I can't tell you how much fun I had messing about on Brighton beach last night at the winter wedding of Zoe and Geoff, with a couple of flashes and some smoke bombs.

Zoe and Geoff booked me as I love low light weddings and specialise in winter weddings and being creative with wedding photography. It also helps when wedding couples come up with some great ideas for their photography and give me free reign to be creative and slightly alternative with their images.

So massive thanks to the happy couple as well as Brighton Pavilion (for letting us use sparklers) where they had their ceremony and the Ginger Pig in Hove where their reception was. 

2016 a short video

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So I posted a few of my favourite shots of 2016 earlier in the month, as I didn't want to swamp you with loads of images, as I hate scrolling though hundreds of photos on blog posts. 

However I did have a load more images which didn't make the final cut of 40 photos. So I decided to put together a short 3 minute films to show them instead.

Massive thanks to all the Bride and Grooms for letting me be as creative as i'd like, to all the wedding guests I had a laugh with, thanks so much. To all the other wedding professionals, thanks for working with me. And lastly, a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has second shot with me last year, you were all great.

I hope you all enjoy the short film.

TwentySixteen - a few of my favourite images

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Wow, what a year it's been. 

I've met some amazing people and photographed a load of lovely weddings. As usual i'm very honoured to be capturing people's special day and to be given the creativity to shoot it in my own unique way.

So here is a small selection (i've done a short slideshow with many more images in it, which i'll post later in the month) for you to see the kind of things i've been up to in weddingland this past year.

Thanks for looking and I'd like to wish you all the best for 2017. 

Autumn Camber Sands Wedding

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I love it when the summer is over and the sun is lower in the sky. You just get amazing light. 

Little would you know that about half an hour before these photos were taken it bucketed down with rain and when I say bucketed, I really mean it.

So this is Kyra & Mark's lovely fun Camber Sands wedding at The Gallivant just outside of Rye in East Sussex.

Massive congrats to them.

Quirky Essex Retro Wedding

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It's funny as a photographer when you go to a wedding venue and it's a very pretty venue with some nice scenic areas and none of them appeal to your inner creative voice. So you end up wondering around trying to work out where to do the couple portraits and you pick the area that is by the bins and round the back where the public don't get to see. 

I'm not sure why these areas worked for me? I think it's because i'm not the usual type of wedding photographer. 

Anyway, this was Amy and Paul's quirky Essex wedding and I'd like to wish them all the best and thanks for choosing me.....a slightly unconventional wedding photographer who likes the areas by the bins.

Brighton Bandstand Wedding

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This is Nikki & Richard's naming ceremony for little Luca with a SURPRISE wedding!!!

Yep thats right, none of the guests knew that Nikki & Richard were going to get married at the end of the naming ceremony until the kids revealed the signs for everyone.

What a fun relaxed day it was on the Brighton Band Stand with a laid back garden party at their house in Hove. Being a family man, it was a joy to see all the kids getting involved in the day, which was as much about them as it was about Nikki & Richard.

Massive congratulations guys.

London architects get married at the Barbican and it rocks

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Barbican Wedding Photography

I seriously don't know where to start with this one as it was so amazing and creative. Seriously, just look at the venue, the couple, the dress!!!!!

So Elly and Joe (aka. JELLY) got married at the Barbican in London yesterday and being leading architects they had to pick somewhere that was extra special and The Barbican ticked all the boxes and more.

I was actually spoilt for choice for locations for our couples portraits and had to stop myself on several occasions, otherwise we would have missed most of the reception.

So thanks Elly and Joe for being such a cool couple and up for spending a while walking around and showing us the Barbican, which I totally fell in love with yesterday.

P.S. being architects, please forgive the converging verticals in one of the shots, which totally goes against all architectural photography principles, but I kinda like that.

Fun Hampshire Countryside Wedding

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Wow what a day yesterday was with all that weather!

I mean seriously, one minute it's bucketing down with super grey skies, just when we'd planned to do the couples shoots and the group shots. And the next minute it's glorious sunshine and fantastic light, just as the food is being served.

What's that saying....when life gives you lemons; make a super sweet sugary drink....or something like that.

Well when the weather throws you a curved ball, just go with it.

So this was Laura & Tom's fun countryside wedding in Rotherwick Village Hall in Hampshire and what a fab day it was.....oh and this may be the first Chainsaw archway that i've ever shot.....yep I think it is.

Massive congrats to Laura & Tom.

Fun Summer Sussex University Wedding

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It was my great pleasure to photograph a good friend of mine and an amazing photographers wedding yesterday.

I've known Jim for around eight years now, first meeting through Flickr and the Brighton photographic scene and I found out last night from Sophia, that I was the first of Jim's friends that she met as well. So it was an absolute honour to be asked to capture their big day.

Jim is a very inspirational photographer (seriously check him out). First of all he's the best architectural photographer that I know and has a passion about buildings and architecture that it is a joy to talk to him about. Secondly he is the mastermind behind the amazing MINICLICK which describes itself as 'Talks, discussions, events, exhibitions, parties and games, all around stills and moving images.' but in reality is so much more than that. Jim has been at the cutting edge of photography and putting on events showcasing the countries leading photography talent for a good number of years now. So I have to say although Jim and Sofia are some of the nicest people you are likely to meet, it was a little daunting having the task of capturing their big day.

Anyway I shouldn't have worried as I had a blast and I was kept company by another good friend and photographer Lisa Devlin (thanks so much Lisa) who shot the wedding with me (seriously the talent of photographers at the wedding was unbelievable with Lomokev, Jack Latham, Kristina Sälgvik and Peter Dench among many others there as well).

So the wedding took place at Sussex University's Meeting House, which holds a very special place in my heart as it's where I got married 11 years ago, however i've never shot a wedding there and the reception took place at The Old Market in Hove.

Well I think i've typed out enough already as this is the longest post I've done for some time. But I'll leave on the note of wishing Jim and Sofia all the best for their married life together and say thanks for picking me out of all the photographers out there.



Romantic Bluebell Railway Wedding

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I had a lovely day yesterday with Rhiane & Nathan at their romantic railway adventure wedding on the Bluebell Railway in Sussex. It was full of excitement and mishap. Like the Groom leaving his suit in London, the coach for the guests managing to smash a window and deliver all the guests just in time for the ceremony, only to find that we were at the wrong station.

However you know just made more fun on the wedding day and didn't ruin a thing. Everything was sorted out and Rhiane & Nathan were so relaxed about everything and just took it in their stride. It was such a great day and I loved chatting to all the guests who really were great fun. And having high tea on a train was such a treat.

Thanks so much Rhiane & Nathan and the Griffin Pub in Fletching, Sussex for being such a great venue as well. 

Hotel Du Vin - Brighton Winter Wedding

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Brighton Winter Wedding

I was very pleased to be able to help my good friend Lisa Devlin to shoot Lel and John's fun winter wedding at the Hotel Du Vin in Brighton at the weekend.

Lel often second shoots for me and is a very talented photographer, so it's always fun and a complement to be asked to shoot a photographers wedding. I also work loads with Lisa Devlin who is an amazing photographer, but have never second shot a wedding with her before. It was nice to be able to return the favour as she shot with me about a year ago.

We ended up going down to the beach at dusk to do the couples shoot, despite it being freezing cold (Lel and John did so well) but I managed to grab them both when I'd spotted a potential image on a quick walkabout at the venue.

Thanks once again to Lisa and to Lel and John. It was a pleasure being there for you guys.

Brighton Winter Wedding 5th Anniversary

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I can't believe that it's been five years since the Brighton Winter Wedding of Haruka & Matt.

They were married at Brighton Town Hall and then we had a fun time walking around town at dusk taking photos. I love the winter light.

Massive congrats to both Haruka & Matt who i've really enjoyed seeing their family grow over the last five years on Facebook.

Islington Town Hall Autumn Wedding

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Islington Town Hall Autumn Wedding

I always like seeing my couples anniversaries on Facebook. 

So a massive Happy Anniversary to Heidi and Ed who were married at Islington Town Hall with a North London Reception.

I just love Autumn and Winter weddings, there is just so much more texture and colours around. Which makes being creative so much easier.

20% off Winter Weddings in Daylight Savings Time

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Winter Weddings

Winter Wedding Special Offer

So I love Winter Weddings so much that i'm gonna have a special offer (a massive 20% discount) this year on any Winter Wedding that I get to shoot in Daylight Savings Time. So thats any wedding up to Sunday 27th March 2016.

Why do I love Winter Weddings?

Well as you may or may not know I love shooting low light weddings. I get excited about using flash and lighting things to be creative. I teach other wedding photographers how to shoot winter weddings and I'm somewhat embarrassingly know as Grand Master Flash.

When it gets dark earlier, I get more of a chance to be creative and capture weddings in a totally unique way. Most of my favourite wedding shots have been taken after dark with my flashes. When I'm shooting a summer wedding and it's still light at 9pm. I just don't get the chance to do this. So when it gets dark at 5pm. Thats just perfect for me and my style of shooting.

Your winter wedding.

So if you've been panicking that you're having a dark winter wedding with low or little light. Don't worry, you just haven't found the right photographer.......until now.

If you'd like to have a chat with me about this special offer please do drop me a line as i'd love to talk to you about capturing your wedding in a creative way.

Funky Sussex Wedding

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One from the archive here. A very cool and relaxed wedding in the heart of the Sussex Countryside.

I love it when I get to shoot a couple of weddings from the same family or friendship groups as I get to meet people over again and catch up with them. So I'd shot Becky's (the bride above) sister Maddy's wedding the year before, so it was nice seeing their family again. 

What was great about this fun wedding was that it was a really relaxed and chilled affair with a smaller wedding party than a huge wedding. So everyone gets to know each other.

Brighton Civil Partnership 5th Anniversary

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Brighton Town Hall / Pavilion / Fabrica Gallery Brighton Civil Partnership 

So I seriously can't believe that it's been a whole five years since Paul & Cass got married at the Brighton Town Hall. Well I say got married but it was Civil Partnerships back then. 

Warning the soppy side of me is about to come out......I almost cried when Paul arrived outside the Brighton Town Hall and was greeted by Cass. The love that these two guys have for each other clearly showed and I had a big lump in my throat and had to hold back the tears.

After the ceremony we walked around to Brighton Pavilion and managed to take what is still one of my favourite shots. (The guys with the kilts on at the beginning of the post) After that the reception was held in Fabrica Gallery in the heart of Brighton's Lanes. It was such a fun day.

So i'd like to wish Cass and Paul a massive congratulations and heres to many more happy anniversaries!!!