I love where we live, it is just beautiful and we have some great wedding venues very nearby. None more so than Crouchers Hotel, which is just a three minute drive from our house! This was the venue for Lindsay and Ben’s wedding on July 25th and I Had the pleasure of capturing their day for them. It was a scorching hot day with clear blue skies in the morning, but as you will see from the photographs this was all to change later….. Unusually I photographed the Groom’s preparations and Ben had great fun opening all the small gifts that Lindsay had bought for him including an instruction manual for husbands! The service was conducted by the lovely Chichester Registrars who are always so friendly and accommodating. While the couple signed the register, Ben’s neice, Issy sang a brilliant rendition of Gabrielle Aplin’s song ‘Home’ which bought a tear to many eyes in the room!
After the ceremony guests enjoyed drinks in the garden while we took the family group shots. The skies gradually got darker and the wind got windier and immediately after we finished, there was the most dramatic stormy sky. Fortunately Lindsay and Ben were happy to join another of my bonkers plans and rather than heading indoors we went across the road to the field and got a pretty spectacular shot in the beginnings of the thunderstorm!
Crouchers is renowned for the quality of the food and it certainly smelt amazing as the guests sat down to eat. During the meal I was able to get home and print and frame the thunderstorm shot and have it back to Lindsay and Ben for the end of the meal! Fortunately by then the sun had decided to return and after speeches, guests enjoyed garden games and one or two Jagerbombs for a very relaxed hour before the dancing began in the conservatory.
It was lovely to see Lindsay and Ben when they returned from their honeymoon to the Maldives and to show them their photo slideshow – I love seeing the reactions of couples when they see their photos for the first time! I’ll be seeing them again next May, as I have now been booked to photograph the wedding of Ben’s Best Man, Leon to his gorgeous fiance, Kelly!
Here are a selection of images from their wedding day, I hope you enjoy them.