It was a beautiful (and blustery) early June morning and I set off for Bognor Regis to photograph Gemma and Mark's wedding.
The skies were blue and the sun was shining as family and guests arrived at South Bersted Church (St. Mary Magdelene Church) ready for Gemma's arrival. Mark looked great in his sharp Matalan suit and his bride-to-be arrived at the church where her 5 bridesmaids, 4 flowergirls and page boy were ready waiting. Gemma wore a beautiful white dress and veil from Wed2Be in Southampton. Her bridesmaids wore purple, whilst flowergirls dressed in lovely little white dresses and cardigans. Gemma's little page boy wore a cute little suit and looked rather dapper! The posies complimented the colour scheme wonderfully and were provided by Manor Nurseries in Runcton.
Two musicians played flutes as guests were seated before Gemma's big entrance. They also played a little later in the service as well. Hymns were sung and the rings exchanged. The vicar at this church was incredibly accommodating which helps no end when photographing services in churches. I was able to move freely from the end of the aisle and to the front of the couple whilst hidden behind a part of the wall structure to ensure I was not obscuring any guest's views and to prevent any disruption or noise.
Once the vows were made and the kiss sealed the deal, Gemma and Mark signed the register in the presence of their immediate families and then lead the procession out of the church were we took a couple of group shots and conducted some newlywed portraits.
We then drove onto Bognor Regis Sailing Club which is right on the beach front in a prime location. The reception was being held in a large marquee structure (supplied by Party on the Grass) which was decorated absolutely fantastically by the couple, their friends and family. The wind was still quite high at the this point of the day so we put it to good use during some veil shots. We had to get a bit creative with holding Gemma's veil down for some shots though (a quick tuck under the arms or a well-placed arm behind her back from Mark helped greatly). A few more group shots were also done here with the coastline as a backdrop.
We wandered down to the beach for some more newlywed portraits, then head back to the sailing club for a final cake cutting photograph before I finished for the day and allowed the couple and guests to enjoy themselves.
Gemma and Mark; thank you for asking me to photograph your wedding. I had a lovely time with you and meeting your friends and family. I wish you both the very best for the future.
(P.S. I shall update this blog with suppliers as and when possible.)