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Friday, 24 September 2010

Wedding Fairs in Sussex - Seaford

The 2010 Seaford Wedding Fair is being held on Sunday the 21st of November at Seaford Constitutional Club, Crouch Lane, Seaford, East Sussex.  The wedding fair is open from 10.30 to 4.30 and entry is free.

The wedding fair has been organised in association with the One Stop Wedding Shop in Eastbourne, East Sussex and boasts a great range of wedding suppliers including wedding cake makers, florists, photographers, wedding car hire companies, entertainers and much more. Of course you also get the opportunity to see if Seaford Constitutional Club is your ideal wedding venue. 

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The local area around Seaford provides some great opportunities for wedding photography, from huts on the beach and a backdrop of Seaford Head, to classic views along the Cuckmere Valley of over the Seven Sisters towards Belle Toute and Beachy Head if you are feeling more adventurous!

The Seaford Wedding Fair looks to be a great event for anyone getting married next year, so make a note in your diary to come along and see what's available for your wedding.  If you are interested you can find more information on the Seaford Wedding Fair website:, or alternatively pop into the One Stop Wedding Shop at 20 South Street, Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Thursday, 23 September 2010

Susan and Graham's Wedding at Rowhill Grange, Kent

Susan and Graham eventually had their wedding at Rowhill Grange in Kent.  I say eventually because they were originally booked in elsewhere on a different date.  I won't go into details but due to a series of "interesting events" they decided to cancel the original wedding booking and move to Rowhill Grange instead.  Luckily the new date was on a Friday so I was still free.  Top tip:  Make sure you get everything confirmed in writing!

Panic over, Susan did all her bridal preparations in the comfort of Rowhill Grange before going down to the Clockhouse Suite for the wedding ceremony in her fabulous red and white wedding dress.

The Clockhouse Suite is actually a completely separate building from the main hotel, which makes it feel as though you have the venue all to yourself.

Apart from the Clockhouse Suite, you can also get married outside in the gardens under a very nice gazebo - assuming you are happy to run the risk of our weather of course.  It turned out that the weather was pretty good for most of the day with a bit of light rain starting just after we went off to do some photographs in the gardens - nice timing!

Although an old building, Rowhill Grange has been decorated in quite a modern style, giving it a very chic look.


Graham and Susan had a fantastic day at Rowhill Grange before flying off for a wonderful honeymoon cruise, in the end everything had worked out perfectly for them!  If you would like to find out more about having a wedding at Rowhill Grange, please visit their website:

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Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Small Copper Butterfly

I was happily trying to get a photograph of a Banded Demoiselle (a very pretty type of Damselfly) at the River Cuckmere a few weeks ago, just before a meeting with a client.  I'd been watching the little thing for a good twenty minutes, finding out where he liked to rest and slowly slithering myself into position.  

Everything was just about perfect, he's settled about 20cm away and I'm just getting him into focus when along come "Mr and Mrs we've got a dog that we can't control".  I'm not talking about inquisitive, boisterous, friendly doggy here, which would have been irritating but acceptable.  This was a barking, snarling, hugely aggressive lump of fur and teeth that for some reason has taken a huge dislike to me.  

Superhero Hubby bravely slinks off and leaves his wife to drag the thing away (you must be so proud of him!) and of course by the time it's over the Demoiselle is long gone.  It's bad enough having to pick your way through their droppings in some areas without having to put up with mad dogs as well.

As a consolation I did come across some Small Copper butterflies (Lycaena phlaeas) later on though, which are just as pretty as Demoiselles but a different colour (and shape for that matter):


It's quite surprising what hairy (and dusty) little devils they are up close isn't it?  It almost looks as though he's waiting to be fed in this shot!

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Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Maria and Robert's Wedding at Nonsuch Mansion

Maria and Robert had their wedding at Nonsuch Mansion at Cheam in Surrey, which does sound like an odd sort of name the first time you come across it, although it is close to the site of Nonsuch Palace, built by Henry VIII and long since demolished.  Interesting though this fact is, it doesn't shed much light on the origin of the name and if anyone is in a position to enlighten me I would be most grateful.

The beautiful pink wedding bouquet

Maria is from Sweden and a lot of her family had made it over for the wedding and were busy helping her get ready in the bridal suite at Nonsuch Mansion.

Maria's Mum inspects the wedding dress

Maria was incredibly relaxed during the bridal preparations and great fun to be with.  Her hair and makeup were done by Diane Cundell who provides mobile hair and beauty services in Sussex and Surrey. You can visit Diane's website at:

The Bride ready for the wedding ceremony

Nonsuch Mansion is one of the best wedding venues I have come across, the way it has been decorated is stunning and the service and catering are second to none.  It's one of the few venues that you really would struggle to fault - even the wallpaper in the gents is outstanding!  

Couple taking their vows

Bride and Groom together during their wedding

And if you have anything like reasonable weather, there are extensive grounds to have your wedding photographs taken in.

Bride and Groom in the garden at Nonsuch Mansion

Bride and Groom having their first dance

Maria and Robert had a wonderful wedding, with fantastic weather at an amazing venue - it couldn't be better!

If you are getting married in Surrey then Nonsuch Mansion is a venue that should be high on your list, I'm back there for a wedding in a few weeks time and I can't wait.  You can find out more about weddings at Nonsuch Mansion on their website: 

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Monday, 6 September 2010

Please don't step on the bride!

Just a quick one from Saturday's wedding in Hove, Sussex.  You pick a nice out of the way little spot during a quiet part of the evening for some nice fluffy dress photo's.  OK, so it's on the first floor just outside the lift, but there's no one around and you get away with it, in fact things are going swimmingly.  Until you feel the urge to say something really daft like "Thank goodness no one wanted to use the lift!"


Yes, she did stop in time - luckily it wasn't the Sussex Ramblers Association with large muddy boots and awash with several pints of Harveys!

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