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Monday, 28 February 2011

Nadine and Jason's Wedding in Hove

When I went into Nadine's room at the Landsdowne Place Hotel in Hove to cover her getting ready, the first thing that happened is one of her bridesmaids apologised for not saying hello! She had seen me loitering outside (I was a bit early) and thought I was the photographer but didn't like to say anything in case she was wrong. How lovely is that? In fact it set the tone for the whole day - genuine friendliness with an afternoon tea and Brighton beach party twist! 

The Wedding took place at St Philip's Church in Hove, which has one of the most impressive interiors I have come across. Nadine and Jason had arranged for a red London Routemaster bus take take all the guests to the church and then and back to the Landsdowne Place Hotel for the afternoon tea reception.

Happily filled up with sandwiches and cakes everyone then went down onto the beach for games of cricket, boules and the like. Nadine, Jason and I took the opportunity to have a quick walk to some beach huts for photographs - love the sunglasses!

 In keeping with the English beach holiday theme, the menu's were on "Catch of the Day" chalk boards and of course Fish and Chips had to be an option, peoples names were painted onto pebbles as place cards, even the wedding cake was made as a beach hut, it was all very cleverly thought out and looked wonderful! 

The Landsowne Place Hotel has some great locations for interior shots including one of the few where lense flare from the chandelier actually worked to my advantage: 

Nadine and Jason managed to pull off one of the most cleverly themed weddings I have seen and it was obvious that everone had a brilliant time. 
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Sunday, 6 February 2011

Becky and Dan's Wedding at Hartsfield Manor

This time we are off to Surrey for Becky and Dan's wedding at Hartsfield Manor. Becky got ready at her Mum and Dad's house in a very calm and relaxed environment, excited without any sign of nerves. Her stylist doesn't normally do bridal work and only did it as a favour. In fact she generally works on TV and movie productions and really likes doing the more unsavoury stuff - think Baldrick (although he's not one of her's) and you get the idea. Knowing this would have given most brides the jitters, but there was no need to worry, Becky looked wonderful!

Hair and makeup done (without a fake boil in sight), Becky set off for Hartsfield Manor in a lovely traditional bridal car. As a surprise she had arranged for Dan and his Groomsmen to be picked up by a massive American monster truck. It really was a beast and the last couple of miles to Hartsfield Manor is quite tight, so anything coming the other way would have got something of a shock!

 After the wedding Becky and Dan went for a drive around the grounds in the bridal car (with me running up and down the road after them), rather than the monster truck, much more traditional. Although the weather wasn't great, the rain held off until the evening so we managed to get a few outside photographs. Luckily there is no shortage of places inside to work with, so it wouldn't have been too much of a problem.

Becky and Dan had a lovely, elegant and easy-going wedding surrounded by their family and friends, it really was a great day for everyone. 
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