I felt so lucky to be photographing such a beautiful wedding at All Saints Chapel in Eastbourne – a stunning venue with a truly epic feel and an amazing atmosphere.
Yasmina got ready nearby with her bride squad at Merriweather Manor nearby, and the beautiful setting meant she could ease into the day, surrounded by her best friends, mum and sister. These parts of the day can be really fun to photograph, and it is a great way for brides and bridesmaids to get used to my documentary approach to photography.
As Justin arrived at All Saints Chapel, there was a real buzz in the air – it was a beautiful spring day, and the light was streaming in through the windows – helping to pick out all the great architectural details of the wedding venue. There was a great buzz in the room, and it was clear that everybody was happy and looking forward to an awesome day. I can confirm that this definitely occurred.
The wedding ceremony was religious, but the preacher knew both Yasmina and Justin quite well, which gave it a modern, personal feel, whilst still respecting the religious tradition. Tears were shed, songs were sung, and laughs were had.
Afterwards, everyone had some drinks in the lawn in stunning sunlight, and Yasmina and Justin were so happy that taking pictures was really easy.
As dinner was eaten back inside the venue, the late afternoon light streamed in through the windows, and it was clear why Yasmina and Justin had been so passionate about their venue choice.
Some hilarious speeches – featuring a belated replacement easter egg, a novelty hip hop clock necklace, and Yasmina’s mum’s beautiful tribute to her daughter, we drove to the nearby Seven Sisters cliffs for some portraits in the dramatic late afternoon sun. I always enjoy doing these, as it’s a good chance to be creative, but also it allows the couple to enjoy some time just the two of them – not a given on a wedding day!
We arrived back just in time for the first dance, and then the dancefloor really came alive, as the DJ was churning out banger after banger. If you take a look at my portfolio, you will know that I love capturing the shape-throwing and general dancefloor madness, and this dancefloor was a great example of that.
What a day, what a wedding, what a couple. If I could photograph it all over again, I would. If you’d like to find out more about my approach to wedding photography, please get in touch