Dan and Stephen got in touch about their wedding photography last spring, and they were keen to have a photographer comfortable and experienced at photographing civil partnerships and a gay wedding. After a few emails and a meet up in London while they visited from their current base in India, the lovely couple choose me to photograph and document their very special wedding in Sussex just outside of Brighton.
We started in Lewes, a place quite special to me as I attended Sussex University not too far away. It was a beautiful sunny day, and Dan’s and Stephen’s ceremony was the historic first same-sex wedding in Lewes. We weren’t able to linger long, as the Tour of Britain bicycle race was coming straight through town and along our route to Ditchling’s Court Gardens Farm, another gorgeous Sussex setting, for the reception. We took a few photos by the castle and in the Anne Boleyn Gardens before charging ahead of the bicycles, just in time to avoid the road closures. I love how we had such a traditional setting for portraits at Dan’s and Stephen’s gay wedding
The afternoon was all sunshine, champagne and canapés with lots of photography of all the special family and guests who had come from all over the world to celebrate with Dan and Stephen. The decorations were adorable with red and blue spotty bunting, socks, ties and a beautiful cake decorated in red and blue flowers. The barn was decked out in style, and there were so many other personal touches including a selfie stick for guests to use, walls of photographs through the years of both boys, a cocktail bar with their favourite drinks and amazing graphics on the place setting and table plan of the cool places where the couple have visited and lived.
For the evening reception, even more friends came to celebrate, and there was a great live band which followed a brilliant first dance which broke out into the Macarena. The evening was a whirlwind of drink, dancing and curry. It’s nights like these I know I have one of the best job in the world in charge of photography for super fun clients.
Lewes Town Hall
Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2Q5
tel: 01273 471469
Court Gardens Farm, Ditchling
Hassocks BN6 8TH
tel: 01273 846018