My wedding photography packages come in all shapes and sizes – from engagement shoots to all day wedding photography, half day shoots and even two-hour wedding ceremony packages. Mawgan and Martyn’s ceremony in West Sussex was the latter – as quick as a flash, I managed to capture the special moments from their big day.
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Half day wedding photography in West Sussex
This particular wedding photography project was a big honour for me – I was hired by Mawgan’s mother, Julie, who is a professional photographer herself, so I felt very flattered to be chosen!
As a Surrey based wedding photographer, West Sussex is just a stone’s throw away from home, so I was excited to visit the very beautiful Random Hall Hotel in Slinfold. If you’re looking for wedding venues in West Sussex, I can’t recommend it enough – it’s a gorgeous 16th century cottage with real rustic charm.
A whole day experience in a two-hour wedding package
My day began just 30 minutes before the ceremony – with this type of package, it’s important to cram everything in without making the guests feel rushed! So I began with some photos down at the bar while the guests gathered around a fireplace, before heading upstairs to shoot Mawgan getting ready with her mother and sister. After a quick 10 minutes, it was back downstairs to capture the guests taking their seats in the ceremony room.
Civil ceremonies are traditionally very short, but this does not mean to say that Mawgan and Martyn’s wedding wasn’t every bit as emotional as any of the celebrations I have photographed. You could really feel the love in the room as they gave each other their wedding promises. Next up, it was time to take some “official” shots outside.
Outdoor wedding photography
Random Hall is blessed with lovely gardens, and we headed to a small pond which provided the perfect backdrop, both for shots of the newlyweds and larger group photographs.
Every photographer needs an assistant, and this time around, it turned out to be one of the guests! I asked one of Mawgan and Martyn’s friends to help me hold a flash while we headed out to the road to get a snap. It paid off and I got exactly what I needed – the bride and groom were very thankful!
As I took my final shots, I couldn’t believe that two hours had gone by so quickly. In truth I was quite sad to be leaving – it was such a great day and an honour to photograph! I received a thank you card from the mother of the bride, Julie, a week after the wedding, and felt immensely proud to have contributed to her daughter’s big day. It just goes to show that, even in two hours, you can capture a lifetime of memories.
If you’re looking for a shorter wedding photography package, get in touch with me via my contact page here.