Diane & Adam- Crockstead Hotel
Adam and Diane's wedding was to be another in a long chain of recommendations. So a very special day indeed. Today was also very special because it was all about memories. Specifically memories of Adam and Diane's Grandparents. One shot I knew I wanted to get was one that included all the things they were wearing to remind them of their Grandparents. I got this shot later in the evening and I'm really proud to have captured this for them.
The day started with me arriving at Diane's parents house. I was greeted by lots of excited friends and family. Today would be a good day. Diane's bridesmaids included Hannah and Nicola whose weddings I photographed in the past, so it was lovely to see them again. The whole day felt like being amongst old friends.
I went upstairs to find the dress in a beautiful, sweet little room. A photographers dream. I captured the majority of all the wedding details in this room. I made sure to capture lots of candid shots too as the morning felt very relaxed and everybody seemed at ease with me being there. We went outside once everyone was dressed and took some posed pics in the garden. These came out lovely in sunshine, especially the ones of Diane and her father. A very proud man indeed. Afterwards it was on to the ceremony!
Hellingly Church is a very sweet little country church nestled in the heart of a rural Sussex village. The Vicar was an old family friend and knew the Bride and Groom very well. It all came together very nicely. It says a lot about a Brides character in how she deals with unexpected problems at her wedding. As she made her way down the aisle, Diane's veil fell out! However, cool as you like she laughed along with everyone else. It turned out to be a great ice breaker for a very humorous ceremony.
After the confetti had been thrown and the couple had made their way off in their wedding car, it was time for me and Steph to head on over to Crockstead Farm Hotel. For me this was my second visit to the hotel. It has a very rustic and charming function room, plus a beautiful lawn area, complete with a pond surrounded by willows. Very photogenic. The group shots we shared out location wise between the pond area and the hotels courtyard. This all went like clockwork, leaving lots of time to take Adam and Diane off for a few couple shots. Having done an engagement shoot with them at Birling Gap a few weeks before, I knew these two were very at ease in front of the lens, and it really showed.
I have to say my favourite part of the day was the impromptu first dance, performed by Adam and Diane's wedding singer. It was a beautiful moment. The guests all huddled around under the setting summer sun and candle light and watched this very unique moment unfold. It wasn't planned, but thats what made it so special.
We moved inside to photograph the official first dance and the very sweet dance between Diane and the proudest man in the room, her Dad.
When it was time to leave, we said goodbye to so many people I lost count. Hugs and thank yous all round. I want to wish Adam and Diane so many happy future years together, I will no doubt see them, their family and or friends again soon . . . Probably at another wedding.
9th Aug 2014