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The bride and groom at the start of the Highdown Vineyard wedding in West Sussex.

Highdown Vineyard Wedding Photographer – Sienna & Phil

I love a Highdown Vineyard wedding.  As a wedding photojournalist I’ve shot there a number of times and it’s without doubt one of the best wedding venues in West Sussex.  So when Sienna and Phil asked me to be their wedding photographer there, I just couldn’t wait to get started!

Street Photography Wedding Photographer

The bride during the wedding preparations at home in Brighton, East Sussex.Sienna puts the finishing touches to her hair for the big day.

One of the reasons Sienna and Phil chose me to be their Highdown Vineyard wedding photographer was because of their love for street photography.  Being an obsessive street photographer in my personal work, they knew I’d be a great fit for documenting their wedding story in a natural and candid way.

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The bride grabs an elder guest during the wedding at Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire.

Frilford Heath Golf Club Wedding Reception

The evening reception is one of my favourite parts of the wedding day, and this Frilford Heath Golf Club wedding reception was no different.

It’s Time To Celebrate

Frilford Heath Golf Club Wedding

The great part about the evening reception is that everyone is ready to have fun and party.  The serious part of the wedding day is out of the way, everyone’s been fed and the drinks are usually flowing.  It’s the part of the wedding day when the couple can properly celebrate their tying of the knot.

As a wedding photographer I always stay beyond the first dance – at least for an hour minimum but often longer – to document all those great expressions, great emotions and, yes, even those great dance floor moves.

Frilford Heath Golf Club Wedding Reception

A guest at this Frildford Heath Golf Club wedding in Oxfordshire

Here a joyous bride has grabbed hold of an elderly wedding guest and is getting her disco groove thang on.

You simply can’t create that kind of emotion on her face or the genuine nature of the moment.  As a documentary wedding photographer I want to capture all those real moments as they happen.  I’m not looking to set up, stage or even fake a fantastic moment like this.

It’s All About The Colour Too

The bride grabs an elder guest during the wedding at Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire.

Also I love the colour.  From the pink hat the bride has put on through to the disco lights that surround the dance floor.  The colour and freezing of the moment is assisted by using a flash – something I’ll only revert to during the dancing in the evening.

It’s nice too to have colour splashed across the frame.  Too often wedding photojournalism is associated with black and white photography, so it’s nice to show off colour when documenting the wedding story.

So that’s why I love this image of from a Frilford Heath Golf Club wedding.

Book Me For Your Frilford Heath Golf Club Wedding

Are you having a wedding at Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire?  Or perhaps you want a relaxed, natural and storytelling photography approach to your wedding day?

I’d love to have an informal chat with you about your wedding plans.  You can call me on 07920 422144 or send me a message via the contact form below.

I look forward to hearing from you.

The bride and groom dancing during a wedding at Wandsworth Town Hall

Wandsworth Wedding Photographer London – Andrea & Nick

I previously shot Andrea and Nick’s Nigerian Wedding Blessing at St Anselm’s church in Tooting Bec in the London Borough of Wandsworth .  So as a Wandsworth wedding photographer it was great to be back there again a week or so later for their formal wedding day, before moving on to Wandsworth Town Hall for the evening celebrations.

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Wedding cake and waiters at Marriott Meon Valley wedding

Marriott Meon Valley Wedding Cake – Why I Love This Image

There’s often a presumption that wedding photojournalists are only concerned with documenting people at weddings and that we don’t really bother with wedding detail shots.  Well, that’s why I’ve chosen this photo of a wedding cake at the Marriott Meon Valley Hotel and Country Club near Southampton in Hampshire for inclusion in my Why I Love This Image series.

Wedding Details & the Wedding Photojournalist

The groom and children with the wedding cake at the Marriott Meon Valley

The wedding cake this time with the groom and his children at the Marriott Meon Valley

As an experienced wedding photographer I realise the importance of details shots.  After all, you have spent a lot of time, thought and money on choosing the smaller details of your wedding day.  It’s only natural you will want a documented record of these.  And a wedding photojournalist is there to capture all elements of your wedding story.

But when I shoot the wedding details, such as a wedding cake, I also like to include some context and, wherever possible, some storytelling too.  There’s definitely no reason you can’t pull all these elements together, as this wedding cake shot demonstrates.

The Wedding at the Marriott Meon Valley Hotel

Wedding cake and waiters at Marriott Meon Valley, Hampshire

A colour version of the wedding cake and waiters at the Marriott Meon Valley wedding

The wedding cake take’s centre stage and I’ve taken a slightly lower perspective to add a little drama – as well as eliminating some of the less desirable things like table legs and carpet.  Beyond that you have waiters serving food to the wedding party at the Marriott Meon Valley.  This inclusion, ensures the wedding cake is set within the story of the day, rather than just another anonymous wedding cake from another anonymous wedding.  And by having it in black and white, it really compliments the strong graphic nature of the image.

In my opinion it really adds to Sam and Kevin’s unique wedding story and that’s definitely why I love this image.

Contact Me To Discuss Your Wedding Plans

So if you think a wedding photojournalism approach would be ideal for documenting the individual and special story of your wedding day, then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans.  Likewise, if you’re getting married at the Marriott Meon Valley near Southampton in Hampshire then lets definitely chat.

You can give me a call or send a text to 07920 422144.  Or send me a message to my contact page with details of your wedding and I’ll get straight back to you.

Black and white photo of SD cards and Olympus EM1 Mark 2 camera

Can We Have The RAW Files For Our Wedding Photos?

It’s one of those things I regularly get asked as a wedding photographer by couples: “Can we have the RAW files for our wedding photos, please?”

Of course, it’s a reasonable request and I fully understand why couples would ask for the RAW files.  However, there are good reasons why I don’t provide my RAW files.

But first of all, you may be wondering what a RAW file is?  Let me explain…

What Is A RAW File?

Colour wedding photography of a guest kissing one of the mother's of the groom in Battersea Park, London. The father of the groom stands in the foreground holding flowers for buttonholes.

In a basic sense, as described on Wikipedia:

Raw image files are sometimes called digital negatives, as they fulfill the same role as negatives in film photography: that is, the negative is not directly usable as an image, but has all of the information needed to create an image.

In technical speak a RAW file is an uncompressed file that contains the raw image data. It provides the image data exactly as it was captured by the camera, without loss of quality and without compression.  It then needs to be converted to an image file, such as a JPEG, via software.  This gives much more flexibility and control in editing he final image, as no information has been stripped out the image – as would happen if the image was shot as a JPEG in camera.

Why Couples Often Ask for the RAW Files from their Wedding Photography

Black and white wedding photography of the bride about to embrace a guest, after the wedding ceremony at All Saints Church, Hampreston, in Wimborne, Dorset.

OK, you say, but why would a wedding couple ask for the RAW files of their wedding photography?  After all, it sounds like a lot of effort having to convert it to a JPEG before it canbe shared online or printed off.

In my experience, there’s usually 3 reasons why a couple may ask for the RAW files:

  1. They want to re-edit the images themselves.
  2. By offering to edit the images themselves, instead of the wedding photographer, it may mean a discount in the price.
  3. They simply think they have “purchased” the RAW files in the price of their wedding photography collection and it belongs to them.

Why I Don’t Offer My RAW Files

Colour wedding photography of the bride and groom enjoying a tender and loving moment, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northants.

All of these reasons are understandable, but let me address them and explain why a professional wedding photographer wouldn’t (or shouldn’t!) give their RAW files to a couple.

  1. The way I edit my images and their final “look” is all part of my brand identity.  That identity is part of why a couple will book me in the first place.  I edit the images in a distinct style. In many ways, my edited images are my “shop window” to the world.  So I don’t want images out there that are edited in a different way.  That risks damaging the brand identity I have built. In other words, it’s potentially damaging to my business.
  2. Aside from the point above, how they are edited is important to my business reputation, a RAW file would be – if I even did contemplate selling it – infinitely much more expensive than the JPEG files. Why? Especially if it takes away my editing time?  That’s kind of wrapped up in the following third point.
  3. In effect, when a couple books a wedding photographer they are not buying ownership of the images.  Instead they are being granted certain reproduction rights for those images.  But the copyright of the images remains with the photographer.  By not giving up the RAW files it ensures the photographer maintains control over what happens with those files and ultimately their brand identity.  To give that up would require a fee that would likely be far too expensive to make it worthwhile for the couple.  Ultimately photos are my business and to give up the RAW files is akin away part of my business.

It’s Not That I’m Depeche Mode, But…

Raw Files Depeche Mode

It might be easier to compare RAW files with the original sound recordings a music band or artist make.  When you buy their music  on CD, Vinyl or as an MP3 you don’t get rights to the original sound files, so you can remix the music as you want or even sell them on.  No you get certain rights to playing and enjoying that music.  It’s exactly the same with RAW files and your wedding photography.

So I’m not being difficult or precious when I say I don’t give away or sell the RAW files.  It’s for very sound business reasons.

However, you do of course get beautifully edited high resolution JPEG images from which I’m more than happy for you to print and share freely.  The only restriction is that I request you seek my permission if you are going to sell those images commercially – which I’ve never encountered from wedding photos!

Let’s Have a Chat About Your Wedding Plans

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.

I hope you found that informative and understand the reasons why I don’t provide RAW files.  If you are getting married and are interested in my documentary wedding photography approach, then I’d love to have a informal and non-obligatory chat with you about your wedding plans.

You can send me a message via my contact page (I will usually get back to you very quickly) or you can call/text/WhatsApp me on 07920 422144.  I’ll be delighted to hear from you.

Still Have Questions?

If you have any more questions about my wedding photography, you can find answers in my Frequently Asked Questions.  If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for, then please feel free to send me your question and I’ll do my best to answer it for you.

Street photography of people at a bus stop in Wallington, London.

The Street Photography Wedding Photographer in Wallington

As people may know by now, my personal street photography is very important to me.  Not just as a creative outlet but also in my approach as a documentary wedding photographer.  It’s why I have on occasion been dubbed the “street photography wedding photographer.”

Urban Street Diving

So I’m delighted to have had some of my street photography featured on the Urban Street Diving (USD) website.  It was also nice to have been interviewed as part of the article.  Andreas, the guy behind USD had asked me a couple of time if I’d do a contribution for the website.  The idea being to do a very short and brisk shoot in a single location.

Street photography of a man with a cleaner in Wallington, Surrey.

So being a Wallington wedding photographer I decided to go out to try and shoot some street photography around Wallington.  You can see the results and read the interview me over on Urban Street Diving.

The Street Photography Wedding Photographer

So why is street photography so important to me as documentary wedding photographer?

Well, when it comes to your wedding photography story you want the real story of your wedding day being documented.  That will include all those emotions, gestures, glances and moments that will evolve naturally throughout your wedding day.  As a wedding photographer you have to be alive to these moments happening – anticipating when and where a genuine moment will happen.

Bridesmaid adjusts a wedding dress at the Brides home in Dorset.

Street photography helps me hone that skill.  If you can capture such moments in a candid and consistent way, over time, in public of strangers then it really helps when it comes to documenting your wedding story.

So being the street photography wedding photographer really does help me capture the real story of your special wedding day.

Contact Me About Your Wedding Day

If you would like to chat with me about your wedding plans and how I can deliver those natural, candid and unobtrusive wedding photos you crave from your wedding day then send me a message via my contact page.  Alternatively you can give me a call, or send a text, via 07920 422144

If you’d like to see more of my candid street photography you can do so at my street photography website.

Street photography of a caveman and taxi in Budapest, Hungary

So if you’d like a street photography wedding photographer you know exactly where to come.

The bride is hugged during a speech in the Nigerian wedding blessing in St Anselm's church hall in Tooting Bec, London.

Nigerian Wedding Blessing – St Anselm’s, Tooting Bec

When Andrea and Nick told me they were planning a traditional Nigerian wedding blessing a week before their actual wedding day, at St Anselm’s in Tooting Bec, London, I just knew I had to include that in the wedding photography package I offered them.

After all, as soon as I think of traditional African weddings I immediately think vibrant colours, song, vibrant colour, dance and, did I mention, vibrant colours – everything that my documentary wedding photography approach would love to capture..  And I definitely wasn’t disappointed. Read More

5 Good Reasons to Spend More on a Professional Wedding Photographer

Once again, one of the top regrets of newlywed couples is having not spent enough on a wedding photographer for their wedding day. Of course, being a professional wedding photographer you’d most probably expect me to say that.

Wedding photojournalism of the ceremony at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in Surrey

But don’t take my word for it. Recent survey results by The Registry Site, as reported by In Style magazine confirms:

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My 5 Favourite…Images from Steph & Dan’s Brighton Wedding Photography

Holiday Inn Brighton Wedding Photography

It’s hard to believe that it was back in July 2013 that I photographed Steph and Dan’s Brighton wedding.  I can still recall quite clearly all the moments, emotions and stories from the day, as if it were only yesterday.

So I thought I’d look back and select my five favourites from all the wedding photos I shot that day and explain why.  So in no particular order:

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Black and white wedding photography of same sex wedding couple, Arad and Brian, leaping off of the ornamental stones in the piazza, at the Pump House in Battersea Park. The Pump House is undoubtedly one of the best wedding venues in Wandsworth, London.

Battersea and Chelsea Wedding Photography – Arad & Brian

Arad & Brian’s Same-Sex Wedding

Colour wedding reportage photography of gay wedding couple, Arad and Brian, kissing after the wedding ceremony, outside the Pump House in Battersea Park, London.

As a wedding photographer I was delighted to be chosen for Arad and Brian’s same sex wedding, as a result of being found on Instagram by Arad.  Arad a keen photographer and lover of photography himself knew he wanted a very candid and storytelling approach to his and Brian’s wedding day – and it was my natural wedding reportage photography on Instagram that led him to me.  The wedding was going to be split between the wonderful Pump House in Battersea Park and at the cool Bluebird Restaurant on the Kings Road in Chelsea.  As a London documentary wedding photographer they really were London wedding venues I dream of shooting at.

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5 Great Litter Free Alternatives To Confetti On Your Wedding Day

Throwing confetti at the happy wedding couple is one of the great wedding traditions.  It’s said to date back to Ancient Egypt where it was believed showering the just married couple with seeds would bestow the gift of great fertility upon them.

However, as great as confetti is, and as a wedding photographer I do love to document those fabulous confetti showers, it does leave behind bit of a mess for someone to clean up afterwards.  For that reason, a lot of wedding venues have strict restrictions on the use of confetti.

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Morning bridal preparations in Kislingbury, Northamptonshire, as a newborn baby is fed.

Why I Love This Image: The Mothers & The Babies

A Reportage Wedding Photographer

As a reportage wedding photographer it’s not always the big moments I’m looking to document on the wedding day.  Sometimes it’s those little details that can also say much and form such a touching part of the wedding story.

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An abstract wedding photo of the couple's first dance at Waltham Abbey in Essex

Why I Love This Image: The Abstract First Dance

As an award winning wedding photographer, and active member of the Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association (AGWPJA), I’m always looking to capture things a little differently, more creatively when I photograph a wedding.

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10 Great Tips for Wedding Toasts

As a wedding photographer I’ve seen and heard a lot of wedding toasts and speeches in my time. Some good, some bad and a few that were exceptional.  So I definitely think I’m pretty well placed to give a few tips and advice on how to deliver a great wedding toast.  I previously posted about when to do the wedding speeches, but here I’ll tell you more about wedding toasts and how to deliver them.

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of the Groom and wedding party laughing during the wedding speeches

History of Wedding Toasts

It’s been argued that wedding toasts date all the way back to the 6th century BC. Glasses would be raised and clinked – causing the contents to spill into one another’s vessels, a reassurance that the drink wasn’t poisoned.  This is most probably what the phrase “good health” comes from.

The wedding link would come from the old tradition of warring tribes and conflicts being ended by marriages between clans – and thus toasting was then a reassurance of peace on all sides.

The term ‘toast’ itself was first coined by Shakespeare in the Merry Wives of Windsor.  It was common practice around this time for a piece of actual toast to be placed in a glass of wine, as a way of of soaking up acidity of the win and making an old piece of stale bread more edible.  The person(s) being honoured would often receive the saturated piece of toast.  Thankfully, this seems to be a tradition that is no longer undertaken during modern weddings, but the idea of wedding toasts still prevail to this day.

So how to ensure you get a wedding toast right?  Here are my 10 tips to help with you wedding toast.

#1 Be Topped Up

Make sure you glass is full and that the wedding party all have their glasses topped up.  This may sound obvious, but you be amazed the number of weddings I’ve been too where a bride, a groom or even the toaster doesn’t have a filled glass to toast with – then everyone has to wait around whilst a bottle to top up with is found.

#2  Be Right…Quite Literally

Ensure you toast using your right hand, which you should be stretched out from the right shoulder towards the person(s) being honoured.  Dont over extend your arm though – nothing looks worse than a trembling arm and contents being spilt.

#3 Short & Sweet

Keep the toast short. 3-5 minutes is considered a good length if you’re delivering a speech.  Anything longer can start to sound a bit too rambling and guests quickly get bored and fidgety.

#4 Rehearse

That’s right, practice really does really make perfect. Run it out a few times before the day, preferably to someone who can tell you what they think.  The more used to it you are, the much smoother it will be done on the day.

#5  Ad-Lib

Make some notes – preferably a few bullet points you can talk around, rather than a number of pages of a word-by-word script.  You’ll sound a lot more natural and what’s more, watching someone read from a script, in an awkward monotone, can be quite boring for everyone.  This follows on naturally to…

#6 Be You

It’s much better to be yourself, rather than what you think you need to be.  If you’re not an extrovert joker or an insightful poet, then don’t pretend to be.  At a wedding everyone is on your side, so be yourself and be personal.

#7  It’s Not All About You

Remember, the wedding toast or speech is not all about you – it’s about honouring someone.  It’s not an audition for Britian’s Got Talent or an opportunity for you to show how really funny you think you area.  Focus on who you are honouring.

#8  The Granny Test

You should really steer away from inside jokes or stuff that happened twenty years ago when you were kids.  It might be really funny for a few close friends or relatives, but for the vast majority of guests they’re just not going to get it.  And speaking of humour, remember guests could include young children and elderly relatives.  Whilst your joke about the razor, the sheep and the naked groom on the stag night is hilarious, is it something you would ordinarily tell your grandmother?  If not, leave it out.

#9 Breathe

Yes, before you start just take a deep breath.  It will slow you down and calm your nerves.  If you’re not used to speaking in front of people, you’ll often speak faster than you realise you are – so try and slow it down. It’s not a sprint to be finished as soon as possible.

#10 Make The Toast!

And remember at the end of toast, get everyone to join in with you raising a glass to and toasting the honoured person(s).  It’s amazing how many times I’ve seen a wedding speech where the actual toast is forogtten about in the relief of ending the speech!  Remember, the final toast is the traditional way of ending the formal part of the wedding day and signaling the fun, party bit is about to start!

Ashridge House wedding photography of he wedding party raising their glasses in toast to the beautiful bride

So I hope these tips help you.  The wedding toast is an important and traditional part of the wedding day so appreciating why you are doing it and getting it as right as possible will be appreciated by the couple.

If you’d like to chat with me about your wedding plans then I’d love to hear from you.  You can call/text me on 07920 422144. Alternatively, you can send me a message via my contact page.

Unposed wedding photography of the groom assisting with the bride's wedding dress, outside the marquee at the wedding reception in Stapehill, Dorset.

Simple and Straight Forward Wedding Photography Prices

As a London wedding photographer, who covers the whole of the UK and destination weddings overseas, I believe in offering a straightforward and simple pricing structure for my wedding photography prices.  This I believe matches my straightforward storytelling approach to documentary wedding photography.

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.

In the past I have offered a number of different wedding photography packages – which included lots of different types of options – intended to provide wedding photography for different budgets.

However, I found these often confused potential wedding couples or couples would then want to change contents of the packages.

So I’ve taken the decision to do away with wedding photography packages and simply offer two straightforward wedding fees that cover the entire wedding day without the need to tailor anything further.

Budget Northampton wedding photographer documents the wedding reception at the Northampton Marriott Hotel

For a full day’s coverage – which is usually from 2 hours before the ceremony time through to at least an hour after the first dance – including the traditional portraits and group shots then my fee is £1250.00.

However, if you want a pure documentary wedding photography approach – of which I specialise in – without any portraits at all, then I am happy to offer a full day for £1000.

Of course, you can always add an additional photographer and a pre-wedding photos shoot if you wish – but these are completely optional.

Beautiful colour Pre-wedding photography of LGBT couple posing together in Battersea Park, London

As a London wedding photographer my aim is to solve your wedding problems, not add more confusion to your wedding planning – so this is an essential part of why I want to keep my wedding photography pricing clear, simple and transparent.

However, if you are having a destination wedding overseas or a wedding that goes beyond one day I am more than happy to offer you something more tailored and suitable for your individual wedding plans.

For more details about my wedding services, then do check out my wedding prices page.

If you’d like to discuss your wedding plans with me then give me a call or send an SMS right now on 07920 422144.  Otherwise, you can send me a message with details of your wedding via my contact page.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Colour Storytelling wedding photography of the bride and groom being showered wih confetti, after the wedding ceremony at All Saints Church, Hampreston, in Wimborne, Dorset.

Dorset Wedding Photography – Ellie & James

The Wedding Day in Ferndown, Hampreston and Stapehill

I came to be the wedding photographer for Ellie and James’ wedding down in Dorset simply because James is the son of Steve – who is often my second photographer when I require one at weddings.  So it was one of those rare occasions where I was meeting the bride and groom for the first time on the wedding day itself.

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Colour London engagement photography of the couple in the gardens of teh Tate Britain in Pimlico. Taken by London wedding photographer Darren Lehane.

London Engagement Shoot – Anne & Alex

From Vauxhall to Pimlico: A Modern European Love Story

A few months back I had the pleasure and honour of shooting Anne and Alex’s engagement photography around Vauxhall and Pimlico in London.  However, their love story actually started 4 years before this in a ruined bar called Szimpla in Budapest, the capital of Hungary.

With Anne being Finnish and Alex the quintessential Englishman, theirs is truly a modern European love story that crosses borders.

Vauxhall & I

Colour London engagement photography of the couple cuddling on Vauxhall Bridge, with views of the River Thames and the London Eye in the background. Taken one of the best wedding photographers in London, Darren Lehane.

What immediately struck me about Anne and Alex was their down to earth and fun nature.  This was a couple relaxed in one another’s company, who were easy going and didn’t want too much fuss.  In many ways this is exactly the kind of couples I find are drawn to my relaxed and unobtrusive approach to documentary photography.

So the plan was very an engagement shoot that was was fairly low key, fun and relaxed.  With the sun shining we headed up onto the Vauxhall Bridge, which provides a beautiful downstream view of the Thames and London’s South Bank beyond, complete with the iconic London Eye rising up. It always makes for a great London backdrop to photos.

Ducks in Pimlico

Colour London engagement photography of the couple watching some ducks, in a residential square in Pimlico. Taken by London wedding photographer Darren Lehane.

Once we crossed Vauxhall Bridge and down onto the north side of the Thames (being firmly rooted in South London nowadays, this was almost nose bleed country for me!) it was time to wander around Pimlico.

If there’s one thing I love to do with engagement shoots it is to wander and grab spontaneous shots along the way.  Yes, I have loose plan in my head but I try to have as few preconceptions ahead of the shoot.  Perhaps, this comes from my approach to street photography and a love of Flânerie.

And as if to prove how you can never plan or second guess how a shoot will go, will stumbled upon some ducks quietly relaxing in a Pimlico square and who remain completely unmoved by us, until getting so bored by my photographic goings on, decided to wander nonchalantly past the posing couple!  You just couldn’t plan for moments like these!

Transport for London & Abstract Art

Black and white London engagement photography of the couple shot through the window of a passing bus in Pimlico. Taken by one of the best documentary wedding photographers in London, Darren Lehane.

Another great example of spontaneously reacting to what naturally occurs on an engagement shoot, was when we stumbled on a pub in Pimlico decked out out with Union Jack flags and the Cross of St George.

Wanting to get a wider shot, I stepped back to a traffic island in the middle of the busy road. Conscious of the passing London double decker buses, I purposefully shot through the windows of one and was rewarded with a more unusual and abstract portrait, which added something a little more different to the overall engagement shoot.

Again by not having too many preconceptions about what I wanted to photograph, I was able to get something I would never have planned or thought about.

The Art of the Portrait at the Tate Britain

Colour London engagement photography of the couple outside the Tate Britain in Pimlico. Taken by one of the best award winning wedding photographers in London, Darren Lehane.

Speaking of art, we ended up at the glorious Tate Britain gallery,  a location that provided some grandeur and history to the shoot.  There’s also a lovely and quiet little garden at the back of the gallery, which was a lovely spot to end in on what had been a fantastic engagement shoot around central London.

Anne and Alex were a fantastic couple and I’m really looking forward to shooting their wedding in a palace in Finland next Spring!

I’m sure you’ll agree from the small selection of their engagement photography here, they make for a great couple. I’d be delighted if you could share this post across your social media.

London Engagement Photography

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Vauxhall & Pimlico Wedding Photographer

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Colour wedding photography of the vicar leading the bridal party into St Peter & St Paul church in Nether Heyford, Northampton.

A beautiful rural wedding in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire

Gemma & Chris’ do-it-yourself backyard wedding in the heart of England

Yes, I’m still catching up on a number of previous weddings here on my blog.  When Gemma married Chris it was a truly beautiful day on what I can only describe as an archetypal rural English wedding in pretty Northamptonshire.

I’ve actually known Chris for almost 30 years now, although we hadn’t really seen much of one another in the last 15 years or so.  So it was an absolute honour and thrill to be asked to document his and Gemma’s wedding in the village of Nether Heyford – where Chris had spent his childhood growing up and still a community he has very strong ties to.

So I knew it was going to be a very special wedding day.

Bridal Preparations at home in Abington, Northampton

Colour wedding photography of the bride checking her phone, during the morning bridal preparations at home in Abington, Northampton,

My day started early, as it usually does, turning up at the couple’s home in Abington, Northampton where Gemma and her bridal party were preparing for the wedding day ahead.  As is always the way with bridal preparations there was so much happening – which is fantastic for me a documentary wedding photography who captures all those natural moments and genuine emotions.

With excited children, emotional family and fun loving bridesmaids there was never a dull moment to be had and so many great decisive moments for me to document.

Wedding at St Peter & St Paul Church, Nether Heyford

Colour wedding photography of St Michael & All Angels church in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire.

Without doubt the village church of St Peter & St Paul in Nether Heyford is a stunning and very traditional location for an English rural wedding. Lying in the heart of the village, surrounded by old sandstone cottages and in leafy shadows of surrounding trees, part of the church dates back to the 13th century.

To be allowed to marry in this historic parish church, you must either be part of the parish or have some other legally recognized connection with it.  Of course, Chris’ family had a long standing connection with the village, which meant he and Gemma were one of the lucky ones to be able to get married here.

Black and white wedding photojournalism of the groom and best man watching the bride come up the aisle, at St Peter & St Paul church in Nether Heyford, Northants.

With the church packed to the rafters with friends and family there was an excited anticipation as Gemma was escorted up the aisle by her father.  Chris and his best men looked on with a mixture of pride and happiness, which was to set the tone for the rest of the wedding ceremony.

Smiles, Hugs and Kisses

Black and white candid wedding photography kisses a wedding guest, after the wedding ceremony outside St Peter & St Paul church in Nether Heyford, Northampton.

Rings exchanged, first kiss enjoyed and wedding register signed, the newly married couple proceeded out into the afternoon countryside sunshine, where they were quickly surrounded by excited and emotional guests.

As a wedding photojournalist this is a great time for me to document some tender moments and heartfelt emotions. Lost in the moment of post-ceremony bliss, I go unnoticed and capture some truly beautiful and natural wedding photography.

A Rural Backyard Marquee Wedding Reception

Colour wedding photography of a rural back yard marquee wedding in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire.

Gemma and Chris were in the fortunate position of a family friend who owned a small meadow just down from the church, which made for a great location for a marquee wedding reception. With great views of the surrounding Northants countryside, hay bales and beautiful rustic diy decorations and details, it was a truly stunning backyard type setting for the evening reception.

The speeches were the traditional mix of tears and laughter, particularly as the groom paid a moving tribute to his late mother, Olive, which didn’t leave a dry eye in the house or, rather, marquee, including myself!

Black and white documentary wedding photography of the bride placing a reassuring hand on an emotional groom, during the wedding speeches in Nether Heyford, Northampton.

The remainder of the afternoon was a great time for kids to have fun with the hay bales and explore the meadow, whilst the adult guests do what adult wedding guests usually do, drink and make merry.

First Dance and Country Dancing

Black and white candid wedding photography of the bride and groom enjoying their first dance, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire.

With a hog roast slowly cooking outside and evening guests arriving it was time for the romantic first dance. As Chris serenaded his beautiful bride around the marquee’s dance floor, friends and family, looked on with happiness – after all these years, Chris had finally found the woman of his dreams.

With the cake cutting done, it was then onto some fabulous country dancing that really got both the marquee and evening in full swing.  From the smiles and grins on everyone’s faces, it was clear this was a great way to start the evening celebrations.

As is usual for the evening dancing, I love to get right into the frenzy of the dancefloor and shooting with a slow flash on my camera, in order to swirl those lights and get a real feeling of the mood and movement.

Colour documentary wedding photography of wedding guests dancing, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northampton.

Nether Heyford Wedding Photographer

As I’m sure you’ll agree from the above photos and small selection of wedding photography that follows, Gemma and Chris had a truly wonderful English rural wedding with a personal touch of a DIY backyard wedding.

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Northampton.Colour wedding photography of a bridesmaid's bouquet outside St Peter & St Paul church in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire.Colour wedding photography of the groom kissing the bride outside St Peter & St Paul church in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire.Black and white documentary wedding photography of the wedding marquee in Nether Heyford, Northants.Black and white wedding portrait of the groom and his best men in Nether Heyford, Northampton.Colour wedding reportage photography of the bride and groom being showered with confetti, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire.Colour wedding photojournalism of a wedding vendor filling up a punch jar, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northants.Black and white documentary wedding photography of the best man helping to put up the sides of the marquee, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire.Colour wedding photography of the groom delivering his wedding speech, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northants.Colour wedding photography of a floral detail at this rural backyard wedding in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire.Colour wedding photography of a beautiful floral detail, during a rural back yard wedding in Nether Heyford, Northants.Black and white candid wedding photography of the bride kissing the groom, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northampton.Black and white unposed wedding photography of the bride and groom laughing, during the wedding speeches in Nether Heyford, Northampton.Black and white wedding photojournalism of the bride being embarrassed, during the wedding speeches in Nether Heyford, Northants.Black and white candid wedding photography of the groom shaking the best man's hand, after the wedding speeches in Nether Heyford, Northampton.Colour wedding photography of a young guest, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northants.Colour wedding portrait of three youg boys, during a back yard rural 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Northants.Black and white wedding reportage photography of the groom's father enjoying a dance with the mother-of-the-bride, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northants.Colour wedding photography of the bride and groom cutting the wedding cake, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire.Colour wedding photojournlism of wedding guests line dancing, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northampton.Colour documentary wedding photography of guests dancing, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northants.Colour wedding photography of a male guest dancing, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northants.Colour unposed wedding photography of a young guest looking tired and fed up, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northants.Colour wedding photography of the bride and groom during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire.

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James cuddles Lizzie during this engagement photography shoot in Battersea Park, London.

Battersea Park Engagement Shoot – A Sneak Peek

What a gorgeous day it was today and there was no better way than spending it shooting an engagement session with the gorgeous Lizzie and James in London’s Battersea Park.

Here’s a quick sneak peek from that engagement shoot.

I hope you enjoy.

If you’re getting married and would love to book me for a fun and beautiful engagement photography session, then please do give me a call on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page.

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Colour documentary wedding photography of male wedding guests enjoying cigars, during the evening reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.

Why I Love This Image: Groomsmen, Cigars & a Toy Lens

To be honest, there are lots of things I love about this image from Crystal & Dom’s Highdown Vineyard wedding in West Sussex.

It was early evening, during the wedding reception, and the warm summer sun was setting on the Sussex countryside.  A number of the groomsmen and male wedding guests had sneaked outside to enjoy a celebratory wedding cigar.

At the time I was experimenting with a new lens on one of my cameras, and a plastic toy lens at that! Made by SLRMagic and near on a 50mm field of view, it’s a lens that gives a quirky and imperfect view of the world.  In many ways it’s the closest I’ve come to an old film analogue look on a digital camera – without any post processing that is.

There was definitely a real retro and timeless vibe to the scene, which was perfectly enhanced by the toy lens.  This is really helped by the central standing male, sparking up his cigar, and with a vintage look straight out of the TV historical crime series Peaky Blinders (or rather, as I hear it in my head, “Peaky Bloody Blinders” said in a very strong Brummie accent!)  The rural setting and rather old looking pylon in the background also add to this.

Of course, the photo is also a great depiction of a natural moment being quietly enjoyed by the groomsmen – away from the music and dancing back inside – and great subject matter for my documentary wedding photography approach.  You can really imagine the male conversations and reflection being made on the wedding day!

I was delighted the image itself was granted an award by the Wedding Photojournalist Association in a 2016 Reception category.

You can also see more images I love and read why in my Why I Love This Image series.

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Award winning street photographer DArren Lehane

Award-Winning Street Photographer

Award-Winning Street Photography Wedding Photographer

Yes, it’s now officially announced…I’m one of the winners of the International Street Photography 2016 competition – run by PDN in conjunction with publishers Acuity Press.

Candid public photography of a girl and a penguin at London Zoo. captured by the street photography wedding photographer.

As a result of being one of the winners I will be featured in a book curated and published by renowned photography historian and curator Mr Colin Westerbeck.

To be chosen by Westerbeck, including other judges such as the legend that is Alex Webb, is extremely flattering and humbling.

The Creative Engine That Drives My Documentary Wedding Photography

As I’ve often said, my passion for candid street photography is very much the creative engine that informs and drives my natural documentary approach to wedding photography.  To be awarded by such legends, not just in street and documentary photography, but photography as a whole, demonstrates how seriously I take my work.

Candid public photography of a speaker with inflatable dinosaur at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park, London. captured by the street photography wedding photographer.

Lots of photographers talk about passion – but few actually demonstrate it. For me, passion is an action, not a word. It’s taken my well over a decade of going out on the streets, in all weathers, to capture work that has now been recognised by such prestigious figures in the industry. Photography isn’t just about money – at its very core its an art form that I cannot resist. I’m driven to document moments irrespective – be it family, the street or weddings.

Also such recognition reinforces I am a genuine documentary wedding photographer. Again lots of wedding photographers drop terms like wedding photojournalism, wedding reportage and so on, but few genuinely understand what it actually means, let alone practice it.

So I hope winning such a prestigious international competition shows you that you are in great hands when it comes to me being your wedding photographer.

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Surrey reportage wedding photography of two young guests playing at being brides, on the steps of Gatton Hall in Surrey. Taken by one of London's best wedding reportage photographers.

I believe I’m one of the few genuine documentary wedding photographers who has won international competitions for both their wedding photojournalism and personal street, as well as being confident enough to offer an amazing 100% money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with the wedding photography I produce for you.  I’ll wager £10 with you that you can’t find another!

Contact Me Now To Discuss Your Wedding Plans

Black and white wedding photojournalism of the first dance, during the wedding at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.

So if you’re getting married and want to hire a genuine award-winning documentary wedding photographer, I’d really love to hear from you.

Please give me a call on 07920 422144. Alternatively, just send me a message via my contact page. I’ll be thrilled to hear from you.

Battersea Park pre-wedding photography shoot with same sex couple, Arad and Brian, sat beside the boating lake.

Battersea Park Pre-Wedding Photography Shoot – Arad and Brian

Battersea Park – the ideal pre-wedding location

As a London wedding photographer I’ve always thought that Battersea Park, in the London Borough of Wandsworth, is one of the most interesting of London parks, so I was thrilled when Arad and Brian asked me to photograph their same sex wedding in the park next month.  I was even more excited when they said they wanted their pre-wedding shoot to also take place in Battersea Park too.  It is such a beautiful park with so many great photographic backdrops, so I knew it was going to be an absolutely fantastic shoot.

It was an absolutely gorgeous spring day for the shoot.  The sun was still warm and shining when the guys arrived late afternoon, fresh from wedding shopping earlier in the day.  We met at the Pear Tree cafe in the park and had a brief catch up before talking through what to expect with the shoot.

Natural and Candid Pre-Wedding Photography

Colour pre-wedding photography of same same couple Arad and Brian walking hand-in-hand through Battersea Park in London.

The reason that Arad and Brian had booked me for their wedding was due to my natural, candid and largely unposed approach to wedding photography. So I was keen that the pre-wedding shoot could be as natural as possible, which I think Brian was very relieved about.

We headed off through the park shortly after, which enabled me the opportunity to get some more natural and candid shots as the couple walked hand-in-hand through the park.  Battersea Park does have a fascinating history, built on marshland claimed from the nearby River Thames. It was also land that was very popular for duels once upon time – but thankfully the day was now all about love and togetherness!

Henry Moore Three Standing Figures Sculpture

Sun rays bear down on the Henry Moore Three Standing Figures sculpture, during a pre-wedding photography shoot in London's Battersea Park, with same sex couple Arad and Brian.

A great feature in the park is the Henry Moore Three Standing Figures sculpture and was something were able to have some photographic fun with.  Nearby is the Pump House – where Arad and Brian’s wedding ceremony will take place in June – which is surrounded by a beautiful wooded area and picturesque rocky outcrops – again another fantastic opportunity to get some beautiful pre-wedding portraits.

Further on from here, by the park’s lovely boating lake, is a grand old tree that is Arad’s favourite tree in the entire park…and it’s not difficult to see why with it’s gnarled and twisted boughs which literally lean forward and almost caress the porraceous waters of the lake.  It was a stunning spot for Arad and Brian to sit and silently reflect – and for me to get some absolutely beautiful pre-wedding photography.

Battersea Park Bandstand

Colour pre-wedding photography of same sex couple, Arad and Brian, in the bandstand in Battersea Park in Wandsworth, London.

After this we moved on to the Bandstand in the park – which itself was featured on the cover of the 2013 album ‘Didn’t It Rain‘ by Hugh Laurie.  We then finished off the shoot beside the River Thames which gives great views of the Albert Bride westwards and the Chelsea Bride eastwards.

Battersea Park Wedding Photographer

Black and white portrait of same sex couple, Arad and Brian, sat beside the Thames - with Albert Bridge in the background, during their pre-wedding shoot in London's Battersea Park.

Battersea Park really does give a wealth of options for a pre-wedding shoot and I really can’t wait to return next month to shoot Arad and Brian’s same sex wedding at the Pump House in the park.

I’m sure you’ll agree, from this small selection of photos from their Battersea Park pre-wedding shoot, it was a fantastic shoot.

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Two page article on advice on finding the right wedding photographer published in Amour Magazine

Article Published in Amour Magazine

I’m delighted to say that I have written an article for the 1st edition of Amour magazine – the Bedfordshire Wedding Directory, which has now been published.  The article, featuring my own wedding photography, gives 5 great tips  on how to find the right wedding photographer for your wedding day.

I am also happy to confirm that I have been asked to provide a new article for the 2nd edition which will be published this summer.

So if you are in Bedfordshire or getting married there, do make sure you find a copy of Amour for great tips, advice and news on getting married.

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

Highdown Vineyard Wedding Photographer – Crystal and Dom

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.

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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.

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