I love a Highdown Vineyard wedding. As a wedding photojournalist I’ve shot there a number of times and it’s without doubt one of the best wedding venues in West Sussex. So when Sienna and Phil asked me to be their wedding photographer there, I just couldn’t wait to get started!
Street Photography Wedding Photographer
Sienna puts the finishing touches to her hair for the big day
One of the reasons Sienna and Phil chose me to be their Highdown Vineyard wedding photographer was because of their love for street photography. Being an obsessive street photographer in my personal work, they knew I’d be a great fit for documenting their wedding story in a natural and candid way.
The day started in Brighton, at their home, where Sienna had her bridal preparations. This is always a favourite part of the day for me and an important part of any wedding couple’s wedding story. The relaxed but excited vibe often provides some of the best candid wedding moments.
Highdown Vineyard Wedding Ceremony
The congregation wait patiently for the bride to arrive. Such scenes are important in setting the context of the wedding venue.
As I said at the start, Highdown Vineyard is a fantastic wedding venue. Nestled on the warm, gentle slopes of the South Downs in Sussex, it’s a real vineyard with rows of grape vines set against the glorious West Sussex countryside.
The rural but contemporary buildings are a fantastic setting for the wedding ceremony, and give an intimate mood to proceedings. It was certainly the perfect setting for Sienna and Phil who looked the perfect contemporary couple.
I Heard It On The Grapevine
A beautiful black and white portrait of Sienna and Phil amongst the grape vines at Highdown Vineyard in West Sussex.
Yeah, sorry – I couldn’t resist using that heading. However, if you are going to have a Highdown Vineyard wedding, then you’ve got take advantage of its amazing and unusual vineyard settings. And yes, that means getting in amongst the grapevines.
With such glorious weather on the day, the grapevines not only offered Sienna and Phil a quiet place to escape to for a while, but also somewhere nice and cool too.
Beautiful Sussex Sunlight
Sienna laughs naturally with her friends as they enjoy photos from the photobooth. A strong backlight adds to the beautiful mood.
Another fantastic thing about a Highdown Vineyard wedding is that location on the slopes of the South Downs offers some beautiful late afternoon light.
This was definitely something I took advantage of for Sienna and Phil’s big day. Late afternoon is often a quiet time on the wedding day. So having great light helps to lift what are often smaller and less significant moments from the day.
Time to Get Funky
You can’t fake natural moments like this, that’s why I love being a wedding photojournalist.
I love the evening wedding reception. It’s when guests are much more comfortable and happy to let their hair down. It certainly offers a wedding photojournalist lots of opportunity for real moments and genuine emotions. So I love to stay after the first dance and capture that part of the wedding day.
If there’s one thing I really love, it’s capturing the dance floor with lots of movement and atmosphere. I prefer not to light up the room and lose the mood. So my style captures lots of blurring of lights and freezing of fantastic expressions. Sienna and Phil’s big day definitely didn’t disappoint in that respect.
Highdown Vineyard Wedding Photography
Anyhow, that’s enough waffle from me. Here’s just a small selection of the wedding photography from Sienna and Phil’s wedding. I’m sure you’ll agree, that their’s was a fantastic day and that Highdown Vineyard is a beautiful Sussex wedding venue.
Sienna starts to apply her makeup at home in Brighton, ahead of the big day.
A helping hand from mum, during the morning preparations.
A dramatic image of the bride’s hair being done at hoe, before the big day.
The bride’s family wait patiently at Sienna and Phil’s home in Brighton.
A must have shot of the wedding dress being done up.
A touching moment as a friend helps Sienna into her wedding dress at home.
I love getting down low to capture the bride putting on her wedding shoes.
A lovely low and dramatic angle to really show off the train of the wedding dress.
The last finishing touches to Sienna’s hair. Shot against a bright window really gives a high key look to the image.
Shooting against a bright window creates dramatic silhouettes, as a flower is put into the bride’s hair.
Window light helps create a beautiful portrait of the even more beautiful bride.
I’m always looking for unusual ways to document some of the details from a wedding day – such as the bride’s wedding shoes on the steps outside her house.
The proud groom, Phil, waits patiently with his best man at the wedding ceremony at Highdown Vineyard in West Sussex.
I love to document those fleeting little touches that occur during a wedding ceremony, such as a reassuring hand from the mother-of-the-bride.
A detail shot of the dapper groom, during the wedding ceremony.
An amusing moment as the best man hands over the wedding rings during the ceremony at Highdown Vineyard.
The exchange of rings is one of the key moments of any wedding ceremony. I love how the congregation are looking on here – especially from the doorway.
Documenting facial expressions really shows the genuine emotions during a wedding ceremony!
The pure happiness of a bride and groom as they tie the knot at Highdown Vineyard in West Sussex.
The first kiss is an important must get moment from a wedding ceremony. I just love the looks of joy of friends and family.
One of the few times I stage a photo during the wedding day – the signing of the wedding register. Here I turned the happy couple so I could capture them against their friends and family in the background.
Strong backlighting gives a dramatic look as Sienna and Phil leave the wedding ceremony.
Sienna shares a proud and joyous smile with a friend as she exits the wedding ceremony. It’s the little moments that say so much sometimes.
I love to find alternate takes on small details during a wedding day – such as this guest’s impressive sleeve tattoo.
Wedding guests pass big initials of the bride and groom in the grounds of Highdown Vineyard in West Sussex.
My candid street photography approach fuels slightly surreal moments like this, a man with an injured arm chats with the bride.
Two young wedding guests playing with their father in the grounds of Highdown Vineyard. Documenting a wedding story means observing all those other moments happening away from the wedding couple.
A wedding guests plays with a young child amongst the grape vines at Highdown Vineyard. Using a plastic toy lens adds an unusual retro effect to the image.
A whimsical mood as Sienna walks amongst the vines, on a beautiful afternoon in West Sussex.
Portraits of the couple don’t have to be formally posed, ensuring a much more natural look
Everyone loves a confetti shooting. One of the few times I will direct during the day – ensuring you can make the most of the confetti.
Documenting those seemingly incidental moments from a wedding day really show a couple’s real story.
Beautiful late afternoon light frames guests having fun inside the VW camper photobooth.
Sienna enjoys a fun moment with friends inside the VW camper photobooth. I love documenting such fun and natural emotions from the wedding day.
Looking for different ways to document wedding guests having fun during the wedding day is part of my job as a wedding photojournalist.
I’m always looking fir different and alternative ways of documenting the smaller details of a wedding day – like these photobooth images.
Sienna enjoys the photobooth images with a friend. Use of a plastic toy lens gives an unusual look to the image.
All the fun of the photobooth! It’s all part of a full documented wedding story. I do love using wide angle lenses to add context to an image.
Positioning myself near the photobooth means I get all those amusing little moments that are often missed.
A father and daughter have a private dance moment during some quiet wedding time.
Working with beautiful light ensures mundane moments can become a little more unusual and interesting.
Beautiful light illuminates a young wedding guest during the wedding speeches.
A different take on the groom’s speech – helped by a shallow depth of field.
A low wide perspective gives a more dramatic look to the groom’s speech. I’m always looking for a way of giving a different look to the wedding day moments.
Sienna enjoys the speeches – the reaction to wedding speeches is as important to document, as the actual speech itself.
Sienna takes applause during the groom’s wedding speech at Highdown Vineyard in West Sussex.
I love to capture natural and beautiful portraits of the bride. This was completely candid and unposed.
The best man and groom down some shots during the best man’s speech.
Using layers to create an interesting view of the best men’s speeches.
That moment when embarrassing photos of the groom are handed out during the best man’s speech.
Early evening and that wedding downtime before the evening celebrations kick in, made all the more beautiful by a setting Sussex sun.
When you’re at a stunning wedding venue like Highdown Vineyard, in West Sussex, capturing a setting sun adds to the beauty.
The bride mingles with wedding guests during the evening celebrations.
Capturing a fantastic expression during the evening wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard.
I love less than usual images of wedding guests during the evening reception. Each wedding is always different.
The bride get’s down on the dance floor
The bride enjoys the dancefloor. Using a slow second shutter flash adds a more unusual and atmospheric look to dancing images.
A slow second shutter flash can add unusual and unexpected results to dancefloor images.
The evening wedding reception is definitely one of my favourite parts of the wedding day. It’s a time when guests are happy to let their hair down and natural moments come alive.
Using a slow second shutter flash and twisting the camera can really add some unusual and unforgettable images to a wedding story.
I love to capture evening dancing photos where there a sense of movement and atmosphere.
Sienna and Phil take the dance floor at Highdown Vineyard.
As a storytelling natural wedding photographer it’s all about documenting real moments,
Using a slow second shutter flash to create a dynamic feel to the dance floor action!
Let’s face it – wedding is 30 minutes of serious stuff and then it’s just one big enjoyable party!
Those wedding shoes always take their toll in the end. As a documentary wedding photographer I’m always looking out for these real little moments.
After resting her sore feet, Sienna puts her wedding shoes back on.
Getting some fresh air during the evening wedding reception.
Follow the story and see whee it takes you is advice all young photojournalists get told early on. Employing it at weddings ensures you don’t miss moments like this.
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