I'd first met Christina when I was exhibiting at a Creative Brides Wedding Fair in Sussex. Christina was looking at my wedding photography images whilst I was away from the stand, and when I returned and asked her if I could help, I nearly made her jump out of her boots. We both laughed at this, had a talk about the wedding she and Paul had planned, and got on very well. I do love wedding fairs for getting to meet couples like this, and was very pleased when they confirmed their desire to book me as their wedding photographer.
I saw them again for an engagement / pre-wedding portrait photography session in Brighton. Paul is keen on photography and wanted to locate the shoot around The Lanes of Brighton and I absolutely loved the idea. Although they said they were very nervous beforehand, all I saw on the shoot was the incredible love between them both. It's so nice working with couples that have such a strong bond, and it made me look forward to their wedding day even more.
The wedding was fairly traditional with the bridal preparation occurring at Christina's parent's house, a church ceremony, and then they held their reception at The Ravenswood near East Grinstead. This was my first time working as a wedding photographer at The Ravenswood and I really enjoyed it. I was spoilt for choice for the locations for portraits, and working with a couple that a) loved photography, and b) trusted my judgement, we got to walk around most of the grounds taking full advantage for the photos. I'm constantly amazed at the choice of wedding venues we have in Kent and Sussex, and definitely look forward to photographing more weddings at The Ravenswood. The grounds have a lovely mix of cut lawns, water features, a boathouse, and then there is the stunning backdrop of The Ravenswood building itself. There are also some stunning wisteria draped around the main building which was perfect for the backdrop of photos.
Here are a selection of my favourite images from throughout the day:
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