My 5 Favourite…Images from Steph & Dan’s Brighton Wedding Photography

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Holiday Inn Brighton Wedding Photography

It’s hard to believe that it was back in July 2013 that I photographed Steph and Dan’s Brighton wedding.  I can still recall quite clearly all the moments, emotions and stories from the day, as if it were only yesterday.

So I thought I’d look back and select my five favourites from all the wedding photos I shot that day and explain why.  So in no particular order:

My 5 Favourite…Kids Being Kids

Five Favourites

An occasional consideration for some wedding couples is whether to have a child-free wedding or not. Of course, this is always a personal choice for the couple involved but there’s no denying, from a wedding photojournalism perspective, children do present some fantastic photo opportunities.  So I do love it when children are at weddings – it just gives me more moments, emotions and expressions to capture for your unique wedding story.

So here are 5 of my favourite photos of kids being kids at previous weddings.

#1 The Princess Flower Girl

Old Ship Inn Brighton wedding photography of the bride watching as her daughter shows off her pretty dress.

I just love how the flower girl admires her pretty dress with a spontaneous twirl, during the bridal preparations for Gemma and Rich’s wedding at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton, East Sussex. Kids do produce these fleeting little moments in-between the bigger moments and as a wedding photojournalist I love to document them as part of the bigger wedding story.

#2 The Unimpressed Boy

Rowton Castle wedding photography of a young boy watching the wedding singer entertain guests during the evening reception

This perennial favourite I have talked about before in my Why I Love This Image series, but it captures such a classic moment as he watches on unimpressed as the wedding singer belts out a beautiful torch song at Kara and Jasons wedding at Rowton Castle in Shropshire.  Because kids are less guarded of their expressions and emotions it means they do present some really natural and amusing moments for the wedding story.

#3  Your Hat is Much More FunNorthamptonshire wedding photographer captures a flower gil playing with the hat of the mother of the bride during the wedding toasts and speeches at Grendon Lakes, Northamptonshire

It’s speeches time at Hollie and Dan’s wedding at Grendon Lakes in Northamptonshire and the flower girl, sat at the head table, decides there’s much more fun in yanking down her grandmother’s hat than listening to all those boring words and toasts!  You just couldn’t fake or pose a genuine wedding moment like this and its the perfect demonstration of the natural power of a wedding photojournalism approach.

#4 Yuk! Being Kissed By The Bride!

Rowton Castle Wedding Photography Shropshire

Let’s face it, young boys of a certain age hate being kissed by girls…even by beautiful brides!  This is a classic moment from Maria and Pete’s wedding, another at Rowton Castle in Shropshire. Whilst the bride is having adjustments made to her dress during the evening reception, she leans forward to kiss this adorably cheeky young guest…and clearly it’s not something he wanted to happen! Children do create such natural storytelling moments at weddings.

#5  The Fun of the Dance Floor

Holiday Inn Brighton wedding photography of children playing on the dancefloor, during the evening wedding reception.

Dance floors are for dancing, right?  Wrong!  Not when a polished, empty dance floor is just perfect for sliding across…as is happening here at Steph and Dan’s wedding the Holiday Inn in Brighton, East Sussex.  That’s the great thing about kids, they’ll turn any opportunity into a playground…and who can blame them!  After all, it does make for fun wedding photography!

Of course, there are so many other photos of kids being kids photos I could have chosen, so I’d encourage you to look through my other real wedding stories if you’d like to see more.


If you are getting married and enjoyed my natural, relaxed and unobtrusive approach to capturing wedding stories then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans.  You can either call me on 07920 422144 or simply send me a message via my contact page with details of your wedding. I’ll be thrilled to hear from you.

The bride gives a cheeky smile to the groom, during the wedding ceremony at the Holiday Inn in Brighton, East Sussex.

Why I Love This Image: The Cheeky Bride

Why I Love This Image

The bride’s smile after the tears

I took this photo a few years ago now, during Steph and Dan’s wedding ceremony at the Holiday Inn on Brighton seafront in East Sussex.

Steph arrived in tears for her marriage to Dan, in fact I think it would be fair to say that Steph was most probably the most tearful bride I’ve seen at the beginning of a marriage service.  She really was overcome with emotion on what is always an emotional day.  But that’s great for me, as a wedding photojournalist with a natural storytelling approach to weddings.

The bride walks down the aisle in tears at the Holiday Inn Brighton, East Sussex

Steph arrives for the wedding ceremony in tears.

Who would have thought it? From such a tearful bride to a relaxed and cheeky bride in just a matter of minutes!  Even the Registrar seems genuinely surprised! It really does show the range of emotions a bride can go through on her wedding day and, as a wedding photojournalist, I am perfectly able to document these moments, emotions and exprssions for the wedding story. You could never stage or fake moments like these. It’s why wedding photojournalism is so popular.

The bride wipes away tears with a tissue during the wedding ceremony at the Brighton Holiday Inn in East Sussex

The start of the ceremony is delayed as Steph dries her tears.

The ceremony had to be held up a short while whilst the registrar dug out some tissues and allowed her a little time to get the tears dried. Soon enough, Steph was ready and the ceremony started – during which I captured this cheeky smile from Steph to Dan.

The bride gives a cheeky smile to the groom, during the wedding ceremony at the Holiday Inn in Brighton, East Sussex.

I doubt anyone can help but smile at this image – such is the warmth and beauty of Steph’s smile.  It perfectly shows the depth of love, trust and friendship between the couple, a definite unity that can’t be broken. It is without doubt a perfect moment…a small story within the bigger story of the wedding day.

And that’s why I love this image. I hope you do too.


My Why I Love This Image series hopefully gives you more of an insight of why I took particular images, their context and my thought processes. As a wedding photojournalist I strongly believe in providing an open, honest and transparent explanation of the photography I capture.


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Love this image too and are getting married? Or maybe you are having a Holiday Inn wedding in Brighton? Then I’d love to talk with you about your wedding plans and how my wedding photojournalism approach can capture the real story of YOUR wedding day. Call me on 07920 422144 or send me an email here.


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My 5 Favourite…Brides Getting Dressed Photos!

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Wedding Photojournalism of 5 Brides Getting Into Their Wedding Dress

The bridal preparations are fantastic for wedding photojournalism.  I know I’ve said it before, but the early part of the wedding morning, when brides and the bridal party start getting ready, is a great time for all the emotions you’d want as part of a wedding story.  There’s excitement, nerves, laughter, tears and everything else in-between. As a wedding photojournalist it’s such emotions, expressions and moments that I specialize in documenting.

When brides and the bridal party are having their hair done, make-up applied and getting into their wedding dresses they really do forget I am there (I’m sure it’s nothing to do with the alcohol that can appear during this time!), meaning I do get some fantastic and natural shots at this part of the day.  This is, after all, why you have booked a wedding photojournalist – to capture the real story of your wedding in a natural, candid and unobtrusive way.  So how could I not love the bridal preparations?

So here are 5 of some of my favourite wedding photojournalism images of brides getting dressed and into their wedding dresses.

#1 The Whole Bridal Party

Rowton Castle Wedding preparations

What I really love about this photo, from Kara & Jason’s Rowton Castle wedding photography, is how so much is going on within that one frame. The beauty of wedding photojournalism is capturing single moments that can tell an entire story in their own right. Yes, of course, you are immediately struck by a beautiful bride in her dress, the stunning scarlet dresses of the bridesmaids and the luxurious surroundings of the bridal suite at Rowton Castle.  But, then, as you look closer you notice one bridesmaid is sewing an adjustment to another bridesmaids dress; an another bridesmaid is adjusting a shoe whilst another is helping to tie the bride’s wedding dress whilst the bride herself looks on, almost regally, at all the mini stories going on around her. This really is the best example of the power of a wedding photojournalism narrative.  It almost captures the nature of bridal preparations in a single, powerful image. In lots of ways it raises as many questions as it answers.  And isn’t that what all the best stories do?

#2 Strike That Pose!

Old Ship Inn Brighton wedding photography of the mother-of-the-bride making a final adjustment to the bride's wedding dressing, during the bridal preparations

The mother of the bride spots a last minute adjustment to the back of the wedding dress, just moments before the wedding service was to start at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton. The bride stops in the natural light of a large bay window and strikes a pose that accentuates her figure and the beauty of her dress.  Behind, almost redundant in this intimate moment between mother and daughter, the father of the bride looks on.  It’s such a strong and striking moment, that you’d expect of wedding photojournalism – the simplicity further enhanced by black & white processing. And it’s for those very reasons it remains one of my firm favourites from the wedding story of Gemma and Rich.

#3 It’s All About Team Work

Holiday Inn Brighton wedding photography of the bridal party each during the bridal preparations

It always makes me smile when I look at this image from Steph & Dan’s Brighton wedding photography at the Holiday Inn.  It really sums up the togetherness of the bridal preparations and the efficiency of ensuring everyone is ready in time.  What I also love is the suggestion of evolution in one frame, from the bridesmaid’s dress hanging in the background up to the almost ready bride with a relaxed contentedness about her. Of course, being a wedding photojournalist this is a naturally occurring and truly spontaneous moment that’s not been setup, staged or faked. That’s what makes wedding photojournalism perfect capturing for what is truly your real wedding story – rather than a wedding photographer’s interpretation of it.

#4 Wedding Dress Detail

Slaley Hall Northumberland Wedding Photography

Wedding photojournalism doesn’t always have to be about candid moments, expressions and emotions. The small details are also an important element of the wedding story.  Here, this image from Lisa and Steve’s Slaley Hall wedding photography, really shows the intricate and stunning details of the wedding dress.  Add to that the actual tying of the dress and you add a real moment, albeit a slightly abstract one, to the overall image.  Once again, the black & white processing ensures nothing detracts from the small, intricate details.

#5 More Humour & Teamwork

Documentary wedding photography at South Lodge hotel in Horsham, West Sussex

Again humour and teamwork play an important part in this image from Kelly and Ryan’s South Lodge wedding photography, down in Horsham, West Sussex.  The bridal party do whatever is necessary to help the bride into her beautiful wedding dress. One bridesmaid is up on a chair, holding the dress up, so the mother-of-the-bride can get in under the dress to secure a clip. It’s looking for the humour, in what can often be very stressful moments, that sets apart wedding photojournalism.  By capturing moments as they happen ensures the image looks natural and the integrity of the moment is maintained. It’s that integrity that is so important to me as a wedding photojournalist and ensures a strong reportage narrative.

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Of course, there are so many other photos that I could have featured of brides getting dressed  – but I hope this small selection do reflect the kind of images my wedding photojournalism approach will provide in your unique and personal wedding story.  You can also see my other personally selected 5 Favourites series here.

If you did enjoy these photos and are getting married soon, then I would love to chat with you about your wedding plans and how my candid, natural and unobtrusive photojournalistic approach can fit your wedding story. Give me a call right now on 07920 422144 or leave me a message here and I promise to get straight back to you. You can see details of all my packages and prices here.