I was looking forward to photographing Amy and Ben’s wedding, and being their documentary Sussex wedding photographer, at Upwaltham Barns, for many months in advance of their day back in June. Wedding photography at Upwaltham Barns is an absolute pleasure – it’s a very beautiful venue and really is a Sussex wedding photographer’s dream.
I first men Amy and Ben a couple of year’s back at another wedding with my friends Sam and Nikki. Ben was best man and did a fabulous job. We kept in touch and I was really chuffed when they asked me to be their wedding photographer. Photographing couples like Amy and Ben is an absolute pleasure. Such warm, genuine, positive people. Their wedding day totally reflected them and all that they are and stand for.
The day kicked off at their new home in Portslade, Brighton. The atmosphere was great – lots of excitement and anticipation and a buzz about the day ahead. Amy was calm and relaxed and just smiled alot! She had a wonderful army of bridesmaids, who wore lovely yellow dresses – they all looked fantastic. Amy’s dress was very elegant and was perfect for her.
The ceremony was at City Coast Church in Brighton. Wedding photography there is always made better by the most welcoming pastor, David Harland, who gives me free reign to shoot as I wish. This really us unusual and is so very appreciated! The service was spot on and the atmosphere was lovely.
Following the ceremony we headed to Upwaltham Barns, about 30 minutes from Brighton. It was worth the drive. Upwaltham Barns is a real favourite of mine. I won’t lie, I have a real soft spot for country weddings. I love the wide open spaces, the farm-style features, the rustic nature. For me it’s one of the best backdrops for a wedding. A country wedding definitely equals one happy Sussex wedding photographer.
Amy and Ben, and all the guests, enjoyed a wonderful wedding breakfast, which they were kind enough to include me in, and the speeches were particularly epic and well delivered. I love speeches at weddings and this was no different. You can always guarantee to capture people naturally and candidly during the speeches. This so important to me as a documentary wedding photographer. I want to tell the story of a wedding day by just being a fly on the wall and capture all the moments that you love to look back on.
I would highly recommend Upwaltham Barns for your wedding. It ticks so many boxes and has a lovely feel to it. Given it was June too it meant the guests could enjoy drinks outside well into the evening. We did Amy and Ben’s portraits at dusk – my favourite time for wedding photographs.
If you’re looking for a Brighton wedding photographer, or wedding photography at Upwaltham Barns, do get in touch. I would love to chat more about your wedding and to shoot there again.
Finally – Amy and Ben… thanks again for having me along. It was awesome in every way. You guys are very special people and I have no doubt are going to be such a positive force in the world as a Mr and Mrs Lewis!
Here are a few of my favourites from the day!