A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing Katie & Jason’s wonderful wedding at St. Margaret’s Church, Ditching & Pangdean Barns. I love Pangdean barn weddings – I’ve had the opportunity to shoot there a lot before, it’s really close to my house & it’s just such a beautiful venue – the staff are top notch too!
There couldn’t be a more fitting start to my wedding season than the gorgeous Valentine’s day wedding of Hannah and Jamie in Ditchling.
Ditching is really sweet little village, with lovely views of the Downs from St Margaret’s Church where the ceremony took place. And although the sun was shining, I have to hand it to Jamie and his groomsmen for braving the brisk February air and wearing kilts!
After a lovely church ceremony, it was just a short drive down the road to Pangdean Barns for food, fun and fizz!
Jamie is a massive Newcastle United supporter, so Hannah arranged for all the tables to be named in tribute to some of the team’s famous players. I’m not a massive football follower but even I recognized the delightful mullet of Kevin Keegan!
I first got to know Jacqueline and David a few years ago when I photographed the wedding of two of their friends, Victoria & Graeme, so I was thrilled when they got in touch to book me for their own wedding.
Jacqueline and David met when they were both students at the University of Sussex, so it was a lovely touch that they decided to hold their wedding ceremony at the atmospheric Meeting House on the University’s campus.
The Meeting House really is an incredible venue: each window is filled with a different coloured pane of glass and when the sun shines it’s a bit like standing inside a kaleidoscope!
Jacqueline and David are an incredibly cool and stylish couple and their wedding day was no exception. Jacqueline arrived at the Meeting House in a vintage VW Beetle where David, looking incredibly dapper, was anxiously waiting to meet her.
After the ceremony, witnessed by Jacqueline and David’s friends and family, we headed on to Pangdean Barn for a lovely reception, delicious food, some really touching speeches and a good old boogie!
A gorgeous spring wedding and a thoroughly fab couple.
After meeting them, hanging out with them for their engagement session & getting to know them over the course of a year – Kate & Lincoln’s Pangdean Barn wedding was a day that couldn’t arrive quick enough for me – every time I saw that Kate had visited my website (My web stats show a lot of visits from San Francisco, I don’t know anyone other than K&L in SF!) the anticipation increased just that bit more! So even though the weather was not kind (massive understatement), it was still a brilliant, beautiful day filled to the brim with emotion, excitement & fun.
I adore doing weddings for people who live overseas – often they haven’t seen their friends and family in some time, especially all together – so it really adds to the sense of occasion and makes the photographs all the more important.
Kate grew up around Sussex, so it was only natural for her to come back here for her wedding, to get married at the family church and celebrate amongst her Sussex based family and friends. They also brought a not-so-small contingent of world travellers, with people hailing from various parts of America and all across the world – so many wonderfully interesting people!
They got married at the beautiful St Peters Church in Ardingly, before heading over to one of my favourite local venues Pangdean Barns. I do love a good barn wedding & Pangdean Barn weddings are always brilliant, Michael, Nikki and the team always have everything running like clockwork and even on a day of pretty bad weather everything went smoothly.
Slight side story, I was talking to Kate during the day, and mentioned how disappointed I was for them that the weather had turned out so badly – certainly not something to expect in the middle of summer! But Kate said something that that will stick with me for ever.
She said that the weather didn’t matter, and that she was grateful that I was there capturing photographs of her friends and family having an amazing time, that those were the images that mattered the most to her and those were the images I was capturing.
That truly resonated with me and is certainly something I’ll carry with me forever.
It’s not about the weather, the location or the details – of course, all of those things add to the story, matter and deserve capturing. But the point is – weddings are about the people. It’s the people, the moments and the personal stories where the true magic of wedding photography lies.
Onward with the important story! I started the day briefly with Lincoln in the pub. Mainly as I’d already been to see Kate, when the bridesmaids, in various state of preparedness, ran away like startled deer – albeit way more glamorous. Meeting with the boys for a little gave them all time to prepare for the day, so by the time I came back they were excited to be in photos!