Happy Friday my lovelies! After a pretty full week on the blog we have one of those wonderfully relaxed, countryside tipi weddings to share with you today. Beautiful bride and gorgeous groom Lucy and Ian, along with their guests, simply walked from their ceremony to the reception in the charming village of Singleton, in the Lavant valley near Chichester. Their five month old daughter Maisie is the star of the show – how adorable is this tiny human?!
Images are by a great friend of English Wedding, Sussex wedding photographer Martin Beddall Photography. Martin’s reportage style images have an exceptional quality and capture moments and memories in such a thoughtful way. This pic (below) is an absolute favourite for me – and huge respect for the brilliant vicar (“Rev Kev”, I believe!) who was happy for Martin to be close in for some amazing ceremony shots. (Those two curious little faces peeping around Ian’s legs!! So cute!)
Having read Martin’s own blog about Ian and Lucy’s Sussex wedding, I know having a great vicar is a rare treat for couples and photographers – you get unique, close up shots from the ceremony if your vicar will allow your photographer to come to the front. Too often, photographers are allowed one or two shots before being sent to the back… But on this occasion it really helped that Martin uses a Sony A9 camera, which has a silent shutter – so no distracting ‘clicks’ in the background while you’re saying your vows.
Rev Kev is the most ‘un-vicar-like’ vicar I think I’ve met – that’s a compliment. If only I could hire him for every church wedding I shoot! I’m pretty sure I’ve never stood so close to the altar before but what a great light there! ~ Martin Beddall Photography
Lucy told me how the beautiful vision she and Ian had for the day came about.
“Our wedding day was many years in the planning, sitting in my in laws’ garden looking over at the paddock discussing the bridge my husband to be would build and the beautiful marquee with more flowers than we knew was possible.
June last year it all came true. We had the country wedding we’d always dreamed of.
Rev Kev told us to let the children run free in the church, and there were a lot of children (including our own baby).
I’d found my dream dress that would let me dance, eat and be comfortable whilst feeling like a bride.
We’d sourced all our flowers from a flower market in London and spent the day before very therapeutically arranging them in the sunshine. The night before we all congregated in the local pub to catch up and get excited about the day ahead.
The day itself was a dreamy blur, lots of fun and food was had by all.
We had Martin as our photographer and he was amazing, totally blended into the background but gave us direction when we needed it. Looking back over the photos has been such a joy every time.
We danced the night away until our feet hurt and will remember our special day forever!”
Contact & Bookings – Reportage wedding photographer Martin Beddall, Sussex
Those Sussex wedding supplier details:
Wedding photographer: Martin Beddall Photography
Make up and hair: Makeover box https://www.makeover-box.co.uk/
Tipi: Tentario http://www.tentario.co.uk/
Catering: Eat the street http://eatthestreet.co.uk/
Cake: Lucy’s sister in law
Bouquets by Rococo in Chichester, all other flowers DIY
DJ: Nigel Peirce https://stylishentertainment.co.uk/team-view/nigel-peirce/
Evening food: forgotten cuts https://www.facebook.com/The-Forgotten-Cuts-Company-491498167622331/
Lucy’s dress: BOA https://www.boa-boutique.co.uk/