Kate & Sean
Updated: Apr 1, 2020
‘And you, sir, by process of elimination must be the photographer?’
I parked up at Kate’s family home, a charming farm estate in the tiny village of Bolney, Sussex and, with the greeting from her father as I parked up looking hot, regretful for wearing black jeans in 30-degree heat and generally struggling to carry my gear, I knew it was going to be a hugely enjoyable day.
The kitchen was full of nerves, a television showing the Royal Wedding on mute and wedding themed Spotify playlists. I was given licence to go where I wished, photograph what I wanted and I was supplied with a bounty of sandwiches.
Fast forward two hours and an early afternoon ceremony was held at Pangdean Old Barn, a few miles north of Brighton. It’s a remarkably well run place with a laid back atmosphere, with a team of people working there who genuinely seem to be happy to be doing what they do.
They say high, unadulterated midday sun is a photographer’s worst nightmare, but I wouldn’t swap it for a gloomy day where the weather can dampen the mood.
Kate and Sean’s guests were extremely friendly people, all there to share the joy of the happy couple’s special day. Admittedly, I do wish I’d gone for the waist-coat and bow-tie combo; the fashion stakes were extremely high on this particular day in Sussex and the 'Levi' shirt I bought in Bangkok five years ago felt substandard.
I love shooting weddings on the south coast of the UK. There’s another one to do in September so I’m already browsing the internet for killer bow-ties.
It was through shooting another wedding in Brighton the previous summer that I got this gig. Kate, a guest at this particular wedding, wandered up to me at near enough 11pm and asked if I was free to shoot hers. She hadn’t seen a portfolio, just asked if I was free on the 19th May 2018. I’m extremely glad I was free.
To Kate and Sean, a sincere ‘thank you’ for putting the trust in me to capture your incredible day of celebration and feeding me the best sausages this northerner has ever had.