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Highdown Vineyard Wedding Photographer – Crystal and Dom

Colour wedding photography of the bride and groom embracing amongst the vines, during the wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.

As a wedding photographer I’m so lucky to visit so many beautiful wedding venues around the country.  Highdown Vineyard, nestled cosily on the slopes of the South Downs, in-between Worthing and Littlehampton in West Sussex, is easily one of the most beautiful.  I also count myself very fortunate to have photographed a number of weddings at Highdown.

So when I met up with Crystal and Dom, 6 months earlier on a cold grey day in south west London, and they told me they were having their wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard, I knew I had to be their wedding photographer.

A Sussex Wedding Photographer

Colour wedding photography of Highdown Vineyard in Ferring - one of the best wedding venues in West Sussex.

In fact, the reason Crystal and Dom had contacted me about being their wedding photographer was because they had seen some of my previous Highdown Vineyard wedding photography whilst visiting this most beautiful West Sussex wedding venue.

So once they had booked me, I couldn’t wait for their wedding day to come around.  And when the day came around I definitely wasn’t disappointed.  The sun was shining beautifully and I found myself down on the Sussex coast, ready to shoot the bridal preparations at Crystal’s parents in the seaside town of Bognor Regis.

I have to confess I’m still a kid at heart and the merest mention of the seaside gets me all excited, so I arrived early in Bognor Regis and enjoyed a light breakfast looking out across the beach and sea beyond.  I just knew this was going to be an idyllic wedding to remember.

Bognor Regis Wedding Preparations

Colour wedding photography of Lotus Styling hairdressers in Bognor Regis, where the bridal preparations took place.

I’d agreed to meet Crystal and the bridal party at a hair salon called Lotus Styling in Bognor Regis town centre.  As you’d expect everyone was really excited for the day ahead and the salon itself was a really cool setting, with Banksy graffiti on the walls and woodland murals.  As a documentary wedding photographer I couldn’t fail to get some great shots of such a fantastic hairdressers.

One hair was styled and veils in place, it was back to Crystal’s parents home for the bridal preparations ahead of the wedding ceremony.  Of course, the excitement continued as more family members and guests arrived, including the flower girls.

Getting Ready at Home

Black and white natural wedding photography of the flower girls and their mother, holding their bouquets, during the bridal preparations in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.

Everyone by now knows I love the preparations part of the day – be it a bride or a groom – it’s always a time of laughter, nerves and, yes, the occasional tear. I see it my job, as a documentary wedding photographer, to capture all these natural moments, genuine emotions and real stories.  And Crystal’s wedding preparations lived up to expectations.

Preparations done, it was then time to get down to the delightful West Sussex coastal village of Pagham for the wedding ceremony itself, at the stunningly beautiful and historic St Thomas à Becket parish church, or often simply referred to a Pagham Church.  I say historic, as there has always been a church on the site going back 1300 years to the 7th Century Saxons.  The current church is much the same as it was 800 years ago and is largely considered to be one of the best of its kind.  I will say it’s definitely one of the most beautiful churches I have shot a wedding at.  It’s the perfect English rural wedding setting.

Pagham St Thomas à Becket Church Wedding Ceremony

Colour documentary wedding photography of the bride arriving before the wedding ceremony, at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.

Inside the spacious and airy church, Dom was waiting nervously for Crystal to arrive.  He’d certainly brushed up well since I’d last seen him a month or so before for the pre-wedding portrait shoot in Richmond Park, in south west London.  He definitely cut a dashing and handsome groom along with his brothers-come-Best Men.

Colour wedding photography of the bride smiling at the groom, during the wedding ceremony at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.

Crystal arrived with a huge and dazzling smile on her face – could there be a more fitting example of the blushing English bride?  The wedding ceremony was the expected mix of smiles, laughs and, at the end, a very entertaining and carefully choreographed dance to a particular hymn, which made it all huge fun.

A Quiet & Touching Wedding Moment

Once the wedding ceremony finished, it was out into the beautiful grounds of the church and some glorious Sussex sunshine.  After mingling with guests for a while, Crystal then took herself away to spend a quiet moment at the resting place of her grandmother, Patricia, who was buried in the churchyard where the wedding had taken place – such a lovely and touching connection.

Black and white wedding reportage photography of the bride placing a rose at the grave of her grandmother, after her wedding at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.

Highdown Vineyard Wedding Reception

The wedding reception took place a few miles away at the beautiful Highdown Vineyard, where I’ve shot weddings before – so I knew it was a fantastic Sussex wedding location.  Such a beautiful setting makes life as a wedding photographer that much easier.  The vines are a wonderful backdrop for portraits, the lawns a great spot for games and mingling and the buildings and marquee fantastic for eating, drinking and dancing – none of which were in short supply on Crystal and Dom’s day!

Colour wedding reportage photography of the groomsmen enjoying a cigar, during the evening wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.

The speeches were full of emotion – both laughs and tears in equal measure.  Then as the sun set and the band entertained dancing guests inside, the groomsmen sneaked outside to enjoy a wedding cigar and reflect on the day.

This was also a perfect opportunity to try out a new “toy lens” I’d gotten hold of.  I’m always looking for a new and unique way to document a wedding day.  The SLR Magic 50mm lens is definitely a quirky and imperfect lens that captures unique images.  I’d much rather capture a perfect moment than worry about technically perfect photos.  The cigar image above, was one of a few images captured with this interesting lenss

I’m sure you’ll agree, from a small selection of the wedding photographs that follow, it really was the idyllic wedding day I promised it would be!

West Sussex Wedding Photography

The bridal party enjoying the wedding morning at the hairdressers in Bognor Regis, West SussexBlack and white wedding photography of the bride having her veil attached at a hairdressers in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of the mother-of-the-bride, wearing her wedding hat, looking on as the bride is finished off, at a hairdressers in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Black and white white photography of the bride and her parents in the car, on the wedding morning in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photography of the bride enjoying a moment with her brother, during the bridal preparations at home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Black and white documentary wedding photography of the bride's brother hanging up the veil, during the bridal preparations at home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of a bridesmaid during the bridal preparations, at home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Colour documentary wedding photography of the mother-of-the-bride's hat, during the bridal preparations at home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photojournalism of the bride choosing her eye shadow, during the bridal preparations at home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Colour wedding photojournalism of wedding guests in the garden in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Black and white wedding reportage photography of ribbons being tied to the wedding car, at home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of a close-up of the wedding dress being buttoned up, during the bridal preparations at home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Colour wedding photojournalism of bridesmaids buttoning up the bride's wedding dress, during the bridal preparations at home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of a bridesmaid doing up the bride's show, during the bridal preparations at home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Colour wedding portrait of the bride posing in the garden, during the morning bridal preparations in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photojournalism of a bridesmaid taking a selfie of herself and bridal party, leavning home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Black and white wedding reportage photography, taken from inside of a car, of the bride leaving home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photography of the priest preparing ahead of the wedding ceremony, at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Colour candid wedding photography of the bride coming down the aisle, at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Colour wedding photojournalism of a female guest delivering a wedding reading, during the wedding ceremony at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photography of the priest blessing the couple, during the wedding ceremony at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of the bride and groom exchanging wedding rings, during the ceremony at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photography of the bride and groom enjoying their first kiss, during the weddug ceremony at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photojournalism of the vicar blessing the couple, during the wedding ceremomy at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Black and white documentary wedding photography of the groom signing the wedding register, at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Colour wedding photojournalism of the congregation enjoying a dance, during the wedding at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photography standing in the aisle, during a wedding at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Black and white documentary wedding photography walking back up the aisle, during the wedding at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.A colour wedding portrait of the bride and groom kissing after their wedding, in the grounds of the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Colour documentary wedding photography of the bride and groom and guests, in the grounds of the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photojournalism of wedding guests, in the grounds of the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.A natural colour wedding portrait of a pretty female wedding guest, after a wedding at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Colour wedding photojournalism of confetti being thrown at the bride and groom, after the wedding at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photojournalism of confetti being thrown at the groom, after the wedding at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Colour documentary wedding photography of couple of guests, at the wedding at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour documentary wedding photography of a guest in a wheelchair, arriving at the wedding at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of baskests with slippers in, at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of flowers and wine glasses, during the wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white documentary wedding photography of the groom being kissed by a guest, at the wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photography of guests playing in the grounds of Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of wedding guests playing boule, during the wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white wedding reportage photography of male wedding guests enjoying a game of boule, in the grounds at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photography of a guest leaving a wedding present, during the wedding at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white documentary wedding photography of the couple arriving for the wedding breakfast, at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photojournalism of the father of the bride picking up the notes for his speech, during the wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour documentary wedding photography of the bride hugging her father, at the end of his speech during the wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photography of the groom delivering his wedding speech, during the wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white documentary wedding photography of an emotional mother of the groom, during his wedding speech at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white wedding reportage wedding photography of the best man preparing for his speech, during the wedding at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour documentary wedding photography of the groom wearing a bandage, during the best man's speech at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white documentary wedding photography of an emotional best man, during the wedding speeches at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of a tiered wedding cheese cake, during the wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of a bridesmaid walking amongst the vines, during the wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour documentary wedding photography of a wedding guest making bubbles, during the wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of bride and groom posing for a portrait amongst the vines, during the wedding at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black ad white wedding photography of the bride and groom posing for a portrait, during a wedding at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photojournalism of the bride and groom enjoyng a quiet and intimate moment alone amongst the vines, during the weddung reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of the bride and groom embracing amongst the vines, during the wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour wedding photojournalism of a couple walking amonst the vines, viewed fron inside the wedding marquee at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photojournalism of the first dance, during the wedding at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photography of the couple during their first dance, at their wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photojournalism of a the musical band, during the evening wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and wedding wedding reportage photography of the singer of the wedding band, during the evening reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour documentary wedding photography of male wedding guests enjoying cigars, during the evening reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of wedding guest smoking a cigar, during the evening wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour wedding reportage photography of a shy guest, during the wedding at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photography of the groom talking with guests, during the evening wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.

Book a West Sussex Wedding Photographer

Are you getting in married in West Sussex? Perhaps in Bognor Regis? Or maybe at Pagham Church? Or you’re having your wedding at Highdown Vineyard?

Alternatively, you may just enjoy my natural and unobtrusive documentary wedding photography approach and think it would be a great fit for your wedding day? I’m a London wedding photographer but cover the whole of the UK and destination weddings overseas.

Whatever the reason, I’d definitely love to have an friendly and informal chat with you about your wedding plans. So give me a call or SMS on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page and lets start making plans for your wedding.

 

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