Tamsin & Stephen - Brede Church
Another day and another friends wedding! Tamsin and I went to school together so it was lovely to be a part of her day and to be amongst so many old friends. I started the day at Tamsin's parents house, where I found Tamsin's bridal party, including her seven bridesmaids! I saw lots of smiling faces and most of them very familiar. I was there during a lovely moment to take candid photos of the bridesmaids opening their presents from the Bride which was really sweet. Tamsin had told me about her idea for her bridesmaids to have a different dress each and I really think it came together well in the end. The ladies all looked fab.
Steph had gone off to the Grooms parents house, where Stephen and his party were getting ready. This was also where the reception was due to be held, in a marquee in the garden. Steph got some lovely shots of the marquee all set up for the evening and some great images of all the boys putting on their cufflinks and tying their ties out on the lawn. All before they hopped on the double decker bus and made their way to the church.
Meanwhile, back with the ladies, everybody was dressed and ready to go. Tamsin and her bridesmaids all looked fantastic! Everyone congregated outside the door for a few quick snaps and then it was on to the church.
St George's Church in Brede was the ceremony location, a beautiful large church set up above the Brede Valley, a very nice location. Tamsin and Stephen had a very large congregation to witness their marriage and they all seemed very excited. Because there was a matching number of bridesmaids to groomsmen, they walked down the aisle in pairs, before finally Tamsin arrived with her father. Tamsin, Stephen, their seven bridesmaids and seven groomsman all came together at the front of the church for a photo opportunity. Then it was on with the ceremony. Another nice feature of the ceremony was the poem that was read out by Tamsin's seven bridesmaids. Each bridesmaid read a line to the congregation before Tamsin finished off the poem by saying "I do, I do, I do." Very sweet. Tamsin and Stephen really put their own spin on the ceremony which quite a few couples don't tend to do, especially in a church. It really made it feel personal to them.
After the ceremony we had time to take some group photos and then a very big confetti picture, which came out really well on this beautiful sunny day. Whilst everyone else got onto the bus, we wandered over to a spot that overlooked the valley, for a couple of shots of just the newlyweds. This was a spot that gave great views of the spectacular Sussex countryside!
Myself and Steph had the pleasure of travelling back to the reception on the double decker bus. This gave us the opportunity to get some images whilst in transit. An opportunity we took full advantage of.
On arrival at the reception i was stunned at how well organised the whole thing was. The marquee was a huge structure, all decorated by the family. There were so many lovely original ideas. It mirrored the ceremony perfectly and felt very personal, despite it being such a large wedding. A difficult balance to achieve but they most definitely cracked it.
The garden in which the reception took place backed onto an orchard and I made certain to take the Bride and Groom down amongst the trees for a couple of shots. I really love symmetry in photos, the long straight avenues of trees worked perfectly.
Into the evening we enjoyed some very entertaining speeches then a cake cutting. Afterwards it was time for the music to start, and to kick us off we were treated to a barn dance, with music performed by Tamsin's father and his band. This really brought everyone up onto the dance floor and was a great way to kick off the night.
Thank you Stephen and Tamsin for having us along to your very special day. All the best for the future!
16th Aug 2014