Larraine and Ross wedding photographs at Amberley Castle, Sussex

This was the first time I’d been asked to photograph a wedding at Amberley Castle, so I was especially excited as it’s one of those magical wedding venues. It’s totally romantic, lying in the picturesque Sussex village of Amberley, at the foot of the South Downs, with stunning medieval architecture and fairytale like garden backdrops. There were plenty hidden corners amongst the castle grounds too. Lorraine & Ross booked me for just a few hours to document the wedding ceremony, with some mostly natural bride and groom photographs and some further photos of their close family & friends. It was perfectly intimate and the images felt really easy to capture. Lorraine and Ross looked so at ease in the atmosphere of the setting and very natural with each other. I totally loved being there to capture these images. The amazing setting and wonderful afternoon daylight certainly helped.

Robyn & Jonny - wedding day @ Gildings Barn in the Surrey countryside

A fantastic wedding day in the Sussex & Surrey countryside!

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Prom photographs, taken in Steyning, West Sussex

Last week, I was lucky enough to photograph my Niece and her friends before they set off to the Amex, Brighton for Prom night. We met up in Steyning , West Sussex, in the park for a pre photo shoot. It was 5pm and the sun was still fairly bright, so I used some dappled shade for the most part, with the sun behind to highlight the hair, which did make for some lovely photos. Quite a handsome bunch - oh to be young, bright and beautiful x

Jane & Andy, Photography @ Windsor Hotel, Worthing

I'm a little late feeding back on the last of my local weddings from last year, so thought I should kick off this year's wedding blog, with some of the moments from Jane and Andy's wonderful day at the Windsor Hotel. The venue is literally a few streets down from my home, so really no excuse to be late - not that I ever have been :-)

Jane got ready at her Mums home, with her bridesmaids before her proud father escorted Jane to the Windor Hotel, in the luxury of the Rolls Royce. Jane was full of smiles all day and much to Jane & Andy’s delight, the sun shone too, so the ceremony could be held out in the sunshine of the garden.

The blue skies also meant we could head to beach for some couple shots.

The wedding day was really relaxed, with all the guests having a real sense of togetherness, which made it pretty easy for me to capture people naturally throughout the day.

Here are a few  images from the day  ….

Naomi & Daniel

Naomi & Daniel - Photographs from their Worthing wedding

This was the first of my Worthing based weddings this year and first time photographing in the Worthing Chambers, with it’s fantastic high ceilings and high slim windows, allowing for some lovely light to fill the room. Naomi chose not to have getting ready shots, so it was straight to the ceremony where an emotional Daniel arrived, holding back tears of nerves and excitement in readiness for the unfolding. Naomi arrived shortly after with her Dad, oozing smiles and donning her stunning white wedding dress, accompanied with her beautiful bouquet of sunflowers.

Some couples hold back the emotion, keep it hidden in the English kind of way that we do but not Naomi & Daniel. The tears of joy and the sweet similes between them, especially during their wedding vowels, really showed off the love for us all to see. Lovely moments of embrace between them, which are shown here.

Following the ceremony, I drove Naomi & Daniel to the reception at the Thomas & Becket, for the guests to dine and drink in the company of the newly weds.

Here are a collection of images from the day.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You absolutely captured the love and happiness that was in abundance that day! X

Wedding of Tracey & John at Ghyll Manor, Rusper, Horsham, West Sussex

A sunny Sussex is always going to make a great day for a wedding and fortunately, the sun shone for Tracey and John.

The Wedding venue was Ghyll manor, a charming 17th century manor nestled in the Sussex countryside, in the village of Rusper, near Horsham.

I arrived early to photograph Tracey getting ready in the hideaway Ghyll cottage, which made for some wonderful bridal prep photographs. 

It's always good to meet new suppliers at weddings and I was lucky to meet Jane from Wedding Hair At Home, who did a wonderful job in styling the bride and bridesmaids hair.

The Terrance Room held the Ceremony with approximately 80 guests. It's quite a tight space when everyone is present, so photographing Tracey and Jon had it's challenges but I love the way I captured the little looks and the smiles throughout. 

Wedding styling on the day was created by the wonderfully talented Jane @ special creations by Jane - sample of her beautiful work in the terrace room, photographed below. 

The last image is the look of love and really encapsulates the radiance of the couple during their first dance. I love this photograph because they look really lost in each other, enjoying their own moment, even though there are 80 or more onlookers.

Georgina @ Chris - Horsham, West Sussex - Pre wedding shoot

I was lucky enough to meet Georgina and Chris at a wedding fair in Brighton West Sussex and was delighted to get the chance to work with them! 

I knew photographing Georgina and Chris was going to be a joy, as it was so clear that they were incredibly excited about their day and genuinely smitten with each other, which I knew would make for some really natural, beautiful photographs. 

The pre wedding shoot took place in the same location as the ceremony would be held, at St Mary's Church in Horsham, West Sussex. The church holds fond memories for me personally, which makes it a really special venue. 

 The 12th century church is set in a quiet, picturesque location at the far end of the causeway and is the oldest building in the town. Inside the church is spectacular and holds some modern twists amongst some of the ancient interior.

The photographic shoot was a chance to set the scene, to test the likely light, outside on the day and for Georgina and Chris to have some less formal photographs, which they could use as invites for their Sussex wedding. 

I love the colours and obvious love between Chris & Georgina, which all came together in the shots. Her are a few from the day. 

 

Weddings & Dreams

Weddings & Dreams Bridal Show @ the Waterfront Hotel, Brighton

Special creations by Jane hosted the Waterfront Hotel Weddings & Dreams Bridal show. It was a great opportunity for me to get to network with other professional and friendly exhibitors, as well as lovely brides to be! 

Special Creations and Claire from Creative Creation also came together to organise a fashion catwalk show to launch a new range of pre-loved wedding dresses. East Sussex Dance choreographed a stunning catwalk show, with the ever fabulous Lipstick & Gunpowder providing make up and hair styling make overs! Thanks also to Lucy from Lucibelle Tiaras, who provided the .... Tiaras! 

Here are a few photographs of the catwalk show and various exhibitors stands. I have tried to tag everyone pictured but might have missed someone. Please feel free to give me a nudge! If you would like a copy of any of the images please get in touch.

Oceane & Amandine photography shoot, Ferring, West Sussex

We met at the Bluebird Cafe on Ferring Beach, one of my favourite places by the sea to take the kids. It was dreary, grey and wet; so not very inspiring for the start of our photo shoot! Luckily, whilst taking a break in the cafe, chatting and drinking huge hot chocolates, the grey changed into a striking backdrop of stormy, dark, vibrant blue. Then the sun broke through and scattered it's light all over the sea and woke everything up, making it all much more interesting. 

I loved this shoot. Oceane & Amandine were so happy in the moment; having fun, playing & exploring. It made the time with them so natural and easy. Here's a taster.

Please contact me if you would like to book a similar photo session. Generally a shoot will last between 1.5 to 2 hours and prices start from £150.00. This includes a USB flash drive with 20-30 edited images and a choice of 3 x mounted prints of your favourite images. All photographs will be uploaded to your own client gallery, so you can share with family and friends and order additional prints if you so wish. 

 

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Kavita & James Wedding at Windsor, 26th March 2016

Located in historic Windsor, Beaumont Estate is definitely majestic; set in 40 acres of wonderful grounds. The 14th century chapel really sets this venue apart and certainly gave Kavita and James' wedding an extra wow factor.

On the day, the great British springtime rolled us a rainy grey day, so we were pretty much kept under roof and away from the grounds. The weather was unfortunate but in no way stopped the radiance of the occasion, with Kavita and James showing off smiles and sunshine of their own. It was a massive privilege to be able to capture the show of love between them. I hope the images reflect this love and their obvious intimacy. Being part of the day was a real pleasure. I loved listening to guests speak so fondly of Kavita and James, the story of their coming together and the journey so far and I know that the road ahead is going to be a good one. 

Styled Bridal Shoot at the WaterFront Hotel, Brighton.

On the 10th February 2016, Daren Baker Photography came together with professional wedding specialists to create a unique bridal photography shoot for the Waterfront Hotel, Brighton. Gemma Coulton (pictured) had good reason to be the bride on the wedding styled photographic shoot. On Gemma's actual wedding day, her young son fell through the stairway on his way to the ceremony and needless to say the wedding day was disrupted. Despite managing to rush though the ceremony, most of the wedding day was spent in the local hospital, so not quite what was planned on their special day.

The styled shoot meant Gemma could be treated to a make up makeover by Felicity Le Prevost and hair styling by Lipstick & Gunpowder a boutique salon in the South Lanes of Brighton. 

Venue styling was created and perfectly executed by Special Creations by Jane. 

Full page article to be released in the Argos on the 20th February 2016.