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Nothing can dampen true happiness – if ever there was a wedding that showed all you have to do is to enjoy yourself whatever the weather chucks at you then this was it.

Getting married at 3pm and so leaving church at nearly 4pm 10 days before Christmas was always going to push the levels of daylight to the limit in any event, but adding torrential rain might seem like mission impossible. I will admit that this was one of those occasions where over 20 years experience of photographing weddings was more than helpful – it was essential.

Ramster is especially atmospheric with a warm and gentle light in winter

But when you look at the pictures from any phase of the day – from Dave and his team ‘getting ready’ in the pub right through to the dancing – there is nothing but the happiest of smiles from absolutely everyone.

Having a venue like Ramster helped beyond measure – the Brick Hall at Ramster is such a bonus on difficult days in summer and winter and the pictures I have included here were taken in natural light. Flash can so easily kill the atmosphere of photographs inside in winter – and Ramster is especially atmospheric with a warm and gentle light in winter that many of my clients have commented on.

Getting each table to represent one the twelve days of Christmas and then sing their way through the song was a stroke of genius – and what comes across so strongly in these pictures is just how many different and wonderful phases there were to this fabulous wedding day !

Thank you to Lydia and Dave for choosing me as their photographer – and for their fabulous comments about the pictures:

“We love them! My parents said they’re the best they’ve ever seen …You were so easy to work with and it was a pleasure having you there!”

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Weddings in December are inescapably linked to Christmas – think warm interiors and sparkling Christmas trees, but getting outside …even if it’s raining for most of the day.

These pictures from Sarah and Tristan’s memorable day at Amberley Castle show the best of both worlds – there’s bucketloads of atmosphere from the inside of the castle, with its fabulous staircase, knights in shining armour and spectacular dining room. But the rain let up just enough for a very quick confetti shot in the shelter of the portcullis and for a very, very quick group shot – just enough to show off the flames outside Castle entrance.

Constant vigilance is essential for any wedding photographer and especially so in winter – through minute by minute checking I was able to spot a brief dry window in the weather and in it we were able to get some fantastic atmospheric pictures of Sarah and Tristan with Amberley Castle in the background, hugely helped I have to say by over 20 years experience of photographing at Amberley Castle.

It was a wonderful day and we were thrilled to have you as our photographer. The devotion to your craft was clearly evident and you were so friendly and nice to have around

But above all what I like here are the “captured moments”, the reportage pictures of guests caught unaware and without flash – and the powerful and evocative dance pictures of Sarah and Tristan and Sarah and her father. These are truly special “once in a lifetime moments” that some up what photography is all about for me. And I’m also delighted with Sarah and Tristan’s feedback:

“It was a wonderful day and we were thrilled to have you as our photographer. The devotion to your craft was clearly evident and you were so friendly and nice to have around, something that was reflected in the comments from our family and guests. We loved the way you caught moments throughout the day and dealt with the rather challenging weather conditions.”

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September and October this year have both been amazing this year, with warm, sunny weather for pretty much all of the time.

And I really, really wanted some sunshine – Rob told me just before the wedding that above all Nikki liked the pictures she had seen from other weddings at Farbridge when the sun is going down.

We ended up with a day of clear blue skies, which meant great pictures during the day and the chance for a variety of pictures with the venue and the sunset. I’ve included selection here as they are pictures I am frequently asked for at Farbridge!

We ended up with a day of clear blue skies, which meant great pictures during the day …

I also love Nikki’s walk up the aisle – so simple and yet so elegant, and the result was a beautiful sequence of captured moments. The ceremony at Farbridge gives so many different possibilities, between stepping back for a wide picture of all the guests behind the bride and groom, and moving close to concentrate on the emotion – and they all added up to tell the story of the day.

Everyone said you were really discreet and professional… We are so pleased that we chose you as our photographer!

A special thank you to Nikki and Rob for inviting me to stay on to cover more than just the first dance, there were some great action shots as the evening developed…. But above thank you to you both for the fabulous feedback;

”Thank you so much, they are absolutely stunning… thank you so much for all your hard work on the day… Everyone said you were really discreet and professional… We are so pleased that we chose you as our photographer!”

And so am I, thank you both for an amazing and memorable day!

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I first heard from Gemma and Carl just over two years before their wedding – they had chosen to get married at Ramster in October, when there are the most amazing autumn colours in the gardens, especially in Ramster’s Famous Acer Grove.

I’ll admit to being worried in advance – would the weather let us get into the gardens, would the acers perform and be at their peak ? As these pictures show I needn’t have worried – the autumn colour was simply unbelievable and I had to turn down the strength of the colours when editing!

This was a day of so many brilliant phases, from the intimacy of the ceremony itself with all the guests in a horseshoe shape around Gemma and Carl, the shower of bubbles in the courtyard, the stunning walk in the gardens – and a surprise during the meal.

This was a day of so many brilliant phases…

Carl and Gemma had booked The Singing Waiter Masters as a surprise entertainment after the main course. Yes, you’ve guessed it, they look like waiters but are in fact professional singers, and led all the guests in carefully chosen songs – including a visit to the dance floor and pretty much all the guests doing the conga, something I never thought I’d see at Ramster! And yes everyone hugely enjoyed their performance! They were magnificent and I can’t recommend them highly enough.

I’ve also include a range of dance shots here as they just get better and better, largely thanks to Mark, Ramster’s resident dj from thedj.co.uk, working with me on the lights to get the levels just right – yes, I’ve mentioned it before, but every year it gets better and better.

So now two years later unbelievably the day is over, but one of the best parts of my life is the feedback I receive from clients:

“you are incredible at what you do. I don’t know what to say… they are truly stunning and capture everything that our day was about… I don’t think we will ever stop looking at them and smiling at our day”.

Thank you both, it was wonderful to be a part of it.

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I have photographed at Gate Street Barn ever since it opened and over the years I have seen lots of changes – I can remember when there was no pheasantry! – but nothing could have prepared me for the amazing changes I saw when I arrived this year.

On the left of the Barn instead of dark wooden doors there’s now a huge glass atrium filling the whole Barn with light. And where once when the weather was against you there was sometimes a dash from the Barn to the Pheasantry there’s now a covered glass walkway. Both these additions at Gate Street Barn are great news for a bride and groom – and for a photographer!

I have chosen a selection of pictures to reflect all the different stages of a wedding at Gate Street Barn…

What’s also great news is that the separate spaces for the bride getting ready and the groom getting ready are so near that as a photographer you can easily move from one to the other without missing a shot. This was above all a hugely enjoyable and informal day, with the ceremony conducted by celebrant Ginny Collins making it even more personal.

I have chosen a selection of pictures to reflect all the different stages of a wedding at Gate Street Barn – and to show what a difference the changes make. Look out for all the different phases of the day – getting ready, waiting for the bride, the ceremony, the reception with fabulous pictures in the grounds, the speeches and reactions to them, and then capturing the warmth of the evening light before some wonderful moments from the dancing. Just let me know if you would like to see the whole set, this really is just a flavour of the day.

Big thanks to Carole and the team at Tandem Catering, for their amazing food as always, and to Gill Pike florist, gillpikeflorist.co.uk, for so many different floral ideas to make the most of the Barn.

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From the moment I met Holly and josh I could tell this was going to be an excitingly different day – it promised so many great photographic opportunities. The plan was to start with Holly getting ready with her ten – yes, ten – bridesmaids and then photograph them as they walked through the pretty village of Itchenor down to the sea, where Holly would go on board a boat to take her to the ceremony at Chichester Yacht Club.

I love the pictures of Holly and her team walking through the village – and as she walks down the jetty with her father to go aboard the boat. Despite the wind Holly looked serene throughout – and in fact it created some magical shots with the veil.

Right by the water’s edge it is a fantastic backdrop for a wedding and reception, even if the skies aren’t 100% sunny…

So far so good – but the next stage of the day involved racing from Itchenor to Chichester Yacht Club to photograph Holly’s arrival, a beautifully dramatic moment as the guests looked on. I have photographed weddings at Chichester Yacht Club before.
Right by the water’s edge it is a fantastic backdrop for a wedding and reception, even if the skies aren’t 100% sunny.

I worked hard to lose the sometimes grey sky but the result was worth it – a whole sequence of gorgeous, evocative pictures right by the sea and I hope you enjoy this selection from a truly fabulous day.

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When I first met Kat earlier this year at the Ramster Open Day her first comment was “I don’t think I want a wedding photographer” to which I replied “You sound like my ideal client”.

It turned out that Kat wanted someone very inconspicuous to capture lots of magical moments in the day without intruding or trying to organise what happened. Above all she wanted natural pictures full of happy moments – and that’s exactly what she got! And looking back at the pictures now I’m struck by just how many great moments there are here.

A quick word on signing the Register: most Registrars only allow you to photograph once all the official business is over, meaning that any signing picture is ‘set up’ – but the art of the wedding photographer is to create natural events within that framework. It does very with location – in London you can photograph whatever you like throughout the Ceremony, whilst in Surrey and Sussex the ‘no photographs during the signing’ rule is pretty much universal.

Ramster looked wonderful as always in the July sunshine

I think the theme of this day was you can have exactly what you want – and not just from you photographer. The reception was in two parts, one before the ceremony where Kat looked fabulous in a red dress and the other after the ceremony where Kat was able to show off her gorgeous ‘official’ white wedding dress.

Ramster looked wonderful as always in the July sunshine, with flowers by Michelle Rust, michellerust.co.uk and I was only sad not to get to taste the cake from Mel at The Cake Revolution.

Thank you to Kat and Tom for a brilliant fun day full of amazing moments and for letting me work my magic!

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18 months in the planning, this wedding was everything Becca and Andrew dreamed of.

This year marked the 18th anniversary of my first ever wedding at Upwaltham Barns – I photographed the wedding of Kate, part of the NIbbles2Nosh team there in the year 2000 – so I was very excited to be returning again for a day with so many elements and phases to capture. Producing a set of pictures that tells the story of the day is a huge part of what I offer, but I also want to capture magical moments whenever they occur and the bride and groom looking fabulous in different locations.

Even though you are technically in one location a wedding at Upwaltham Barns has lots of different backdrops, from Jasmine Cottage getting ready, the Bride’s walk through the gardens, the Bride’s entrance and the Ceremony in the East Barn, leaving the Barn and the reception in the Courtyard, the chance to photograph in and around the buildings and go up the hill onto the Downs behind the venue, before returning for the Wedding Breakfast in the South Barn. I hope the selection in this post gives a flavour of all the possibilities a wedding at Upwaltham Barns has to offer.

From the moment you arrived you were calm and made us all feel at ease, even my mum who hates her picture being taken!

A very big thank you to Becca and Andrew, and their families for making me so welcome on the day – and for their fabulous feedback:

“Oh Henry, I don’t even know where to start. From the moment you arrived you were calm and made us all feel at ease, even my mum who hates her picture being taken!

Thank you for being so prepared and professional and also for listening to what we wanted – I didn’t realise that hill was quite as steep but it was definitely worth the climb! You were truly amazing and the pictures … are simply breathtaking – they’ve brought tears to my eyes.

Thank you once again, I am so glad we chose you and will be recommending you to anyone who needs a photographer.”

That’s just what I want to hear, a very big thank you to you both!

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This was a great day – a pre-wedding shoot at Wittering a few months before the wedding was a great help to me in making sure Chelsea and Josh got the pictures they wanted. There are loads of things I like about these pictures – the huge variety of backgrounds for a start, including the abundant primroses growing on the hill behind Upwaltham. The pictures from this phase of the day have not surprisingly been a big hit on Instagram and Facebook.

You have captured our wedding to perfection full to the brim with all the laughter and happiness we felt on the day!

Likewise the sparkler pictures have inspired many others to ask if they can have the same thing – they simply so atmospheric and romantic. But really every phase of this Upwaltham wedding has a lovely but different feel to it, from the getting ready, through the ceremony, the reception outside, the walk up the hill, the Wedding Breakfast, the sparkler send off – not to mention the dancing.

What ultimately matters is what Chelsea and Josh thought:

“The photos are AMAZING! All our families have been gushing over how beautiful they are and trying to get there orders in for the ones they want printed. You have captured our wedding to perfection full to the brim with all the laughter and happiness we felt on the day! We can’t thank you enough they are so stunning!”

Thank you both for a brilliant day!

A very big thank you too to Matthew, Samantha and all the team at Spriggs of Petworth, www.spriggsflorist.co.uk, for the fabulous flowers – simply stunning.

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Charlotte first went to Amberley Castle at the age of 7 and ever since then dreamt she would one day get married there. In May this year on a very special and very sunny day that dream came true.

From the moment we first spoke Charlotte was clear she wanted natural pictures that captured all the emotions of the day – and what I love about these is just how well they do that. Amberley Castle has loads different locations that can give a different atmosphere to your pictures – and it’s not always the obvious ones that can give powerful images. I love the pictures on the stairs and in the arches inside the building – and yes, of course, those outside with the backdrop of the Castle itself are firm favourites, especially on a day with clear blue skies like these.

From the moment we first spoke Charlotte was clear she wanted natural pictures that captured all the emotions of the day …

Until now I have always edited pretty much all my pictures in a ‘straight’ way, but have always wanted a special look for certain pictures that reflects their mood. This isn’t a filter, it’s a different technique that has to be adjusted for each picture, and I have included some examples here – it’s an option that’s there if you like it and like everything I do it’s adapted to what you want.

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