This was a wonderful wedding at St Anne’s Church in Lewes, East Sussex. The bride was beautiful, the ceremony was both majestic and touching with lots of classical music. I was only hired for two hours to cover the service, and what an emotional two hours they were!
This was actually an interesting experience in a sense that when I attended the wedding rehearsal, the vicar told me point blank that no photography was allowed during the service! Luckily the groom and I managed to convince the vicar that I wouldn’t be running around the whole place drawing attention to myself (like some novice ‘wedding photographers’ apparently do nowadays) – I would stay at the back of the church in one place and take photos from there discreetly. The vicar was only used to giving the wedding photographer one (1!) photo during the service, the precise moment of that being one when he turns the couple to face the back of the church and pose for the camera. Well, this is not what I do as a reportage wedding photographer, and the bride and groom did not want cheesy posed photos, either, so we really needed to convince the vicar that I would take photos during the service silently at the back. And I’m glad we did – otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to capture moments like this! The vicar was actually hilarious and there was a lot of laugher during the service.
I would also not have been able to give the couple photographs of the exchange of their wedding rings.
…nor their First Kiss!
The ceremony was filled with heavenly music.
I loved this wedding and even though I didn’t go to the reception and hear the speeches (which is when I usually get drawn to the emotions), I still had tears in my eyes at this wedding, too, as the service was so utterly beautiful.
You can read on my wedding photography testimonials page what the couple said about me photographing their wedding. I feel so privileged and honoured to have been there for them.