Reportage and documentary wedding photography - traditions and tips! Martin Beddall Photography (31)
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In 2019, there’s no need to stand still and say ‘cheese’. Have you ever wondered why the registrar will invite your guests up to take a pic of you “signing the register”, or why cutting the cake is such a big deal at weddings? It’s all about the photography, and dates back a generation to the times when wedding photographers had to very carefully capture 12 or 36 images on a film. You could almost count the ‘key moments’ to fit the photos on a roll of old school negatives! Documentary wedding photographer Martin Beddall explains how wedding photography has changed since our parents’ days, and how those traditional moments have become something really quite special in the age of documentary wedding photography.

Weddings have their traditions. Some are even actually old, like the wedding ring or the bouquet. Wedding photography has its traditions too. Or it used to…

In 2019 it really doesn’t need them!

The ‘traditions’ attached to wedding photography date back to an era when the camera technology meant that pictures needed to be ‘set up’ and flashed. “1..2..3, look this way…and smile!

A lovely marquee wedding in a Sussex village captured by Martin Beddall Photography (35)
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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?!

A lovely marquee wedding in a Sussex village captured by Martin Beddall Photography (34)

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!)

A lovely marquee wedding in a Sussex village captured by Martin Beddall Photography (13)

 

favourite Sussex wedding venues from Goodwood to the Party Field, with Martin Beddall Photography (7)
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Sussex is a beautiful part of our country – if you’re getting married here you’re SO lucky! Not only do you have the sunniest coastline in the UK to enjoy, you have THE most amazing choice of wedding venues. You’ll find every imaginable wedding venue in Sussex, from the grandeur and magnificence of Goodwood to the relaxed and whimsical Party Field. Together with our friend and English Wedding member, Sussex wedding photographer Martin Beddall Photography, we’ve put together a list of 12 of the best Sussex wedding venues – with something for every couple, no matter what your budget or wedding style might be!


1. Cissbury Barns

favourite Sussex wedding venues from Goodwood to the Party Field, with Martin Beddall Photography (11)

All images are by Sussex wedding photographer Martin Beddall Photography

Unique and stylish, spacious barn wedding venue with two barns to choose from! The Cissbury Estate is in the South Downs national park, with beautiful grounds making this a tranquil haven to enjoy. The barns themselves are 200 years old, brick and flint and were used for sheep farming back in the day. They’re now beautifully transformed inside, with huge doors opening onto a lawned garden and patio area. The light floods in when these are open – so they’re wonderful if the weather is on your side! Surrounded by woodland, the barns are secluded and this makes them a really special place for your Sussex wedding.

Sussex wedding photographers Martin Beddall Photography (8)
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Reportage wedding photography has my heart. In the 10 years since English Wedding began I’ve seen thousands of weddings. They all have a story, they’re all personal and unique and beautiful. And the images which capture the spirit and story of a wedding are the images which will stand the test of time. Always.

So it’s with genuine pleasure that I’d like to introduce you to one of my favourite reportage wedding photographers in the UK. Sussex wedding photographer Martin Beddall specialises in reportage photography (otherwise known as documentary wedding photography, or wedding photojournalism) – his website is a brilliant place to go to see what reportage wedding photography is all about.

Sussex wedding photographers Martin Beddall Photography (16)

Wedding photography for couples who don’t want all that old fashioned, traditional setup stuff – but instead, want their wedding day captured in a series of natural, evocative images, that capture the atmosphere of the day. The story of the day. Natural, honest, unobtrusive reportage wedding photography.

 

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Pretty English barn wedding blog with Penny Young Photography (32)
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I think it was the little birds on the table stationery which I fell in love with first. Then I saw how gorgeous Lizzy and Josh were, how beautifully they’d incorporated countryside touches and bright, colourful styling into their day – and I was smitten. This is a stunning wedding from beautiful Sussex venue Chafford Park, with our lovely friend and English Wedding Blog sponsor Penny Young behind the camera. Grab a cuppa, settle down somewhere cosy and enjoy!

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Handmade was a big part of our day – the venue is in a beautiful setting, but is a blank canvass. We wanted it to very feel personal to us, and to enjoy a full year of preparations. We picked our own flowers at Blooming Green and arranged into mismatched jugs, just using tape to give structure instead of oasis. We also made our own buttonholes, boutonnieres, flower girl basket and bouquets.

Pretty English barn wedding blog with Penny Young Photography (13)

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I love this wedding – it’s beautiful, relaxed and so wonderfully summery! I can’t believe it was planned in less than 6 months! Tessa is so beautiful and wears her dress with the prettiest lace jacket for the ceremony, which she takes off for the reception to show off the lovely strapless style of the gown underneath.

A beautiful picnic style English summer wedding with images by Amanda Forman Photography (13)

The styling and special touches on the day make it even more special: I love the picnic baskets for the main meal – that’s genius for a marquee or picnic / festival inspired wedding! The chalkboard lettering is wonderful, the flowers are divine – and the pot plants adding extra splashes of green are a hint of one of 2018’s foremost wedding trends!

A beautiful picnic style English summer wedding with images by Amanda Forman Photography (10)

Images are by Amanda Forman Photography

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Today’s gorgeous bride and groom were married on the 17th of June in Chidham. The reception was held at Cut Mill, the groom’s grandparents house: it used to be a working mill hundreds of years ago and has been kept in the family ever since. It really is a beautiful location.

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I just adore the pretty, feminine florals in today’s inspiration shoot from West Dean Gardens. The frilled petals add something a little boho chic to the arrangements and go beautifully with the dusky pink table styling in this incredible setting. Huge thanks to Illy Elizabeth Weddings for today’s feature! Images are by lovely Joanna Cleeve Photography and you’ll find a full suppliers list below.

Wedding inspiration from West Dean Gardens in Sussex, with photography by Joanna Cleeve (7)

There are so many venues in Sussex that are secret treasures. We had to do an inspired shoot featuring West Dean Gardens to show many wedding couples the potential of this venue.

Wedding inspiration from West Dean Gardens in Sussex, with photography by Joanna Cleeve (15)

We were inspired by the venue details to combine both a Bohemian and English styled theme. Beautiful pastels and copper golds were chosen as the colour scheme, featuring stunning flower arrangements by Lily Lupin that complimented gold terrarium décor details.

Wedding inspiration from West Dean Gardens in Sussex, with photography by Joanna Cleeve (8)

Pastel pink vintage crockery was complimented by the copper cutlery that brought all of these colours together with a blush pink linen to cover a rustic wooden table.

Wedding inspiration from West Dean Gardens in Sussex, with photography by Joanna Cleeve (10)

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For those of you who love the style of vintage Hollywood, today’s wedding is more than perfect. Gorgeous bride Hettie has the most amazing glamorous look – her red vintage  updo is stunning! And the details throughout the whole day – from guests’ outfits through to the fabulous art deco inspired stationery – are just perfect.

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We both love the vintage scene, but this covers a few different eras! On our invitations, we stated Hollywood Glamour as the dress code and our overall theme was eclectic vintage… we had styles from 1930 to 1950!

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Pete made all of our wedding stationery!! He’s fantastic with designing things and he’s very creative… he found inspiration in the Art Deco designs on the 20’s and 30’s and created our very own Great Gatsby style invitations! This meant that we could have the exact format and style that we wanted… old movie tickets! They were perfect for our theme and the guests loved them. It was a labour of love though… these things take time!! Also, our save the date was styled as an old movie poster – again, Pete created these!

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Greenery is where it’s at for 2017 weddings. Foliage and textures for a wonderfully organic look make my heart sing. So Phoebe and Wayne’s DIY wedding is perfect to share on the English Wedding Blog, with all its greenery and homemade touches. This gorgeous couple’s day is full of ideas so I am thrilled to be sharing it with you today!

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We chose our venue because of its gorgeous setting in the heart of the south downs. We kept the styling very simple, keeping the focus on the lovely surroundings. We hung white lanterns but not much else. Everything that we could have made ourselves, we did. My husband even made our cake table from an old cable reel. I definitely enjoyed it, I hope he did!

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We look back at our day and are so proud of what we created and couldn’t imagine feeling as much pride and satisfaction if we hadn’t done so much of it ourselves.

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Gorgeous village hall wedding blog with foliage and greenery (18)

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Today my lovelies we’re delighting your pretty eyes with the most gorgeous blue hydrangeas and a lovely artistic wedding style – oh, and a super lovely bride and groom whose day is just wonderful. The details – in lovely blue shades – are fabulous, and the atmosphere of their day just comes across beautifully in the photos. You will LOVE this! Please do Pin away!

Real wedding at St Mary's House in Sussex with Neil Walker Photography (28)

Images are by lovely Neil Walker, who is based in Sussex. Mary and Mike recommend him for any Sussex couples: “Neil is an extremely talented photographer who has given us so many beautiful wedding pictures. He is very personable and completely listened to our preferences. He was not demanding of our time but captured the day fantastically. Testament to his style of working, one of our wedding party has already booked Neil for her wedding. From the run up to the wedding, through the day and thereafter Neil has been fantastic.

Real wedding at St Mary's House in Sussex with Neil Walker Photography (36)

Contact & Bookings: Neil Walker Photography

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Real wedding at St Mary's House in Sussex with Neil Walker Photography (16)

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I love today’s wedding: the bright colours and gorgeous styling of Jodi and James’s vintage garden party, in the beautifully restored Farbridge barns, are just glorious. And the bride and groom are the loveliest, happiest couple ever – they look just fabulous too!

Bright spring wedding with tons of DIY on the English Wedding Blog. Images by Neil Walker Photography (31)

Images are by lovely Neil Walker, who is based in Sussex and loves Farbridge! “I shoot weddings at Farbridge quite regularly & it is definitely one of my favourite venues. Nickie & the team there are great & the light is wonderful in the courtyard & even in the barn where there are lots of windows, unusually for a barn. To cap it all, Simon the chef makes wonderful food, definitely the best food of any venue I know, & that’s saying something!”

Bright spring wedding with tons of DIY on the English Wedding Blog. Images by Neil Walker Photography (35)

Contact & Bookings: Neil Walker Photography

www.neilwalkerphotography.co.uk
Facebook.com/sussexweddingphotographer 
Twitter.com/neilwalkerphoto
Pinterest.com/neilwalkerphoto
neil@neilwalkerphotography.co.uk

Bright spring wedding with tons of DIY on the English Wedding Blog. Images by Neil Walker Photography (3)

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People ask me what I look for from a wedding submission for the blog…and this shot of a Laura’s bouquet is exactly the kind of image I LOVE… it sets the scene for one of the loveliest weddings I’ve seen all year. Bride Laura is gorgeous, Kris is ever so handsome, and the images capture the spirit of the day from the ceremony through to the dancing at the end of the night – and with so many glorious details in between. I’m thrilled to feature Kris and Laura’s wedding on the English Wedding Blog

Tenterden harvest festival wedding blog by One Love Pictures (28)

We hadn’t really gone for a theme, we just wanted something quite informal (hence the non matching bridesmaid dresses). When I got my dress we worked the style and materials around that. Kris’s waistcoat had been worn by his step-dad at his wedding to Kris’s mum so we were thrilled to be offered that, and that helped set the colour scheme, and we live a very rural life in Wiltshire so it was natural to go for a sort of harvest festival feel with the wheat ears.