Farbridge, West Dean, Chichester Wedding Photography ~ Dan Barlow

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Louise & Dave

Shooting at a new venue is always very exciting and when you have a beautiful bride like Louise getting ready in an idyllic countryside setting like Farbridge, the whole day becomes a pleasure to photograph. After Louise & Dave’s pre-wedding photoshoot in nearby Arundel, I knew there would be lots of laughs between them and you’ll see from the photos below that the laughter didn’t stop – this was a hugely enjoyable wedding for everyone involved!

When I arrived, Dave and his groomsmen were decorating the barn with the lovely individually crafted, handmade touches – Dave (like any proper music lover should) loves vinyl and this was reflected in Louise and Dave’s record-themed table decorations, alongside local meadow flowers and a super cute wedding day patchwork quilt. Over in the bridal suite, I got a chance to sneak a peek at Louise’s gorgeous dress while Louise, her mum, sisters and best friend Kathryn were getting ready. You’ll see from Louise’s dad’s reaction to Louise in the dress how incredible she looked in it.
After the ceremony and the formal group portraits, I could follow my brief of photographing the rest of the day unobtrusively and this was no trouble at all with so many happy people and beautiful backdrops. The rest of the day was a riot of fun and it’d make for a long post to cover everything that happened – so here’s a short version: the bridesmaids and I moved onto the serous business of chasing some sheep, Louise established who was boss with a riding crop during the speeches and Dave danced the Macarena; there was so much dancing, singing and fun, I didn’t leave until the end…

Congratulations Louise & Dave, thank you for letting me be a part of your day!

See Louise & Dave’s Pre-wedding photoshoot here

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Arundel, West Sussex Pre-Wedding Photoshoot ~ Dan Barlow

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Louise & Dave’s Pre-Wedding Photoshoot

A wedding dress fitting in Arundel, West Sussex meant that Louise and Dave would be perfectly placed for us to use this historic town as the backdrop for their pre-wedding photoshoot. Arundel is a little further from home for me but having such an attractive setting for photos meant that Louise, Dave and I could get down to the business of enjoying an easy-going and fun photoshoot. We packed a lot in, visiting the River Arun, a 13th Century Friary and some rolling Sussex countryside all in the shadow of that magnificent castle. I cannot wait to photograph this wonderful couple’s wedding later in the month and hope to have as many laughs as I had on this photoshoot!

You can see Louise & Dave’s wedding photography here.

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Fontwell House, Sussex Wedding Photography ~ Dan Barlow

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Kathy & Joel

It makes a change leaving Manchester to shoot a wedding, especially when it’s for an awesome couple back home in Sunny Bognor Regis (well, Felpham really) and it really was sunny which was quite exciting considering it always seems to rain Up North! When Kathy contacted me about her upcoming winter wedding to Joel, I knew this would be a wedding I wanted to cover as the church this fab duo were marrying in (St Mary’s, Felpham, West Sussex) is one intertwined with my family’s history for many generations – amongst other family, my parents married and my sister and I were both christened there (see the end of this post.)
The day started at Kathy’s parent’s house where one by one, family arrived and Kathy and her bridesmaids prepared for this big, big day. Once ready, we headed to St Mary’s and the ceremony took place in this lovely old church. I was permitted to shoot from the back and even allowed up where the bell ringers were practicing their campanology – it was loud but it gave me time to take a shot which took in the whole scene of two loving families gathered for this special day.
After the wedding ceremony, we then headed to the wedding reception at Fontwell House, a place I never knew was there until this day! Although it was a chilly December day, the sun was shining and I knew we were in for a superb sunset. When that moment arrived, we made the most of it by rushing out for the shot in the golden light to make one of my favourite photographs from the day.

Congratulations Kathy & Joel, thank you for letting me be a part of your day!

Bride's heels for Fontwell house wedding

Full length backlit bride's dress

Bride's dress for Fontwell House wedding

Bride's perfume for Sussex wedding day

Bride's shoes for wedding day

Guest prepares for Felpham wedding

Hair sytlist prepares bride for Sussex wedding

Hair sytlist prepares bride for Felpham wedding

Bride with MUA for Felpham wedding

Bridal make up for wedding day

Bridesmaid waits before Felpham wedding

Bridesmaid plays before Felpham wedding

Family arriving for Felpham wedding

Father of bride fixes his cufflinks

Red and white bridal bouquet

Bridesmaid's preparations for Felpham, Sussex wedding

Bridesmaid and flower girl Sussex wedding

Cute flower girl gives thumbs up

Bride's mother helps with wedding dress

Bridesmaid makes final preparations to wedding dress

Bride spraying perfume Felpham wedding

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Bride's father and sister see bride in wedding dress

St Mary's church Felpham West Sussex

Groom and best man St Mary's church Felpham

Groom and best man St Mary's church Felpham

Groom and groomsmen St Mary's church wedding Felpham

Groom waits for bride St Mary's church Felpham

Bridesmaid preparations outside St Mary's church Felpham

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Bride and bridesmaids outside St Mary's church Felpham

Father walks bride down the aisle Felpham wedding

Bride meets groom St Mary's Church Felpham Sussex

Wedding at St Mary's Church Felpham Sussex

Wedding ceremony St Mary's Church Felpham Sussex

Wedding service St Mary's Church Felpham Sussex

Wedding ceremony St Mary's Church Felpham Sussex

You may now kiss the bride Felpham wedding

Father hugs groom St Mary's Church Felpham wedding

Bridesmaid holding dress at Felpham wedding

Confetti at St Mary's Church Felpham wedding

Wedding arrow sign Fontwell House

Bride and groom at Fontwell House pagoda

Bride and groom on Fontwell House driveway

Sunset Bride and Groom kiss Fontwell House wedding

Bride and groom walk towards Fontwell House

Bridesmaids outside Fontwell House Sussex wedding

Bride holding red bridal bouquet

Bridal party outside Fontwell House Sussex wedding

Bridal party kissing outside Fontwell House

Cannon and groomsmen at Fontwell House

Cutting wedding cake Fontwell House

Laser cut acrylic wedding cake topper

Father of the bride's speech Fontwell House wedding

Top table during speeches Fontwell House wedding

Bride and groom during speeches Fontwell House wedding

Speeches at Fontwell House Sussex wedding

Groom's speech Fontwell House Sussex wedding

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Back lit first dance Fontwell House wedding

Filled dancefloor Fontwell House Sussex wedding

After I told my nan about me shooting this wedding, she dug out this old treasure from my parent’s own wedding day – the image quality may be better these days but the view from where the bell ringers do their bit is a classic!

Comparison of St Mary's Felpham in 1970s and present

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Southend Barns, West Sussex Wedding Photography ~ Dan Barlow

First dance Southend Barns wedding

Rebecca & Will

This wedding was a little bit different in that I had to travel to the bottom of the country to photograph it in sunny West Sussex. Rebecca and Will held their wedding day at Southend Barns near Chichester and I couldn’t wait to start taking pictures there, not only because the venue is pretty, quaint and elegant, but because Rebecca and Will are such a perfectly matched, chilled couple. The day itself was a scorcher – I reckon easily one of the hottest days of the year so rain was the least of my worries (unlike most days in Manchester) and I expected preparations to be hot, sticky and tense. No such worry – the old dairy buildings kept everything cool and everything was going to plan, remaining that way over the whole day for bride, groom and whole wedding party. Throughout the day, I had no problem finding details to capture in the quiet moments, Rebecca and Will had placed of all sorts of thoughtful things around the barns.¬† I’m not a fan of photographs¬† of food uploaded to Pinterest or Flickr, but I had to stop myself from bringing the camera out during the afternoon tea to get shots of the immaculately presented sandwiches, cakes and desserts which kept rolling out of the kitchen! The first dance paved the way for much more dancing. I apologise for putting up two consecutively similar dancing photographs but the sunlight coming thorough one side of the barn was an absolute gift to work with – whoever put a window there was a genius…

Congratulations Rebecca & Will, thank you for letting me be a part of your day!

Bride's shoes on door Southend Barns wedding

Table decorations and wedding favour flowers

Wedding and bridesmaids dresses Southend Barns

Bride's perfume Southend Barns wedding

Groomsmen and balloons at Southend Barns wedding

Groomsmen at Southend Barns wedding West Sussex

Wedding dress preparations at Southend Barns

Wedding dress preparations at Southend Barns parlour

Flower girl preparations at Southend Barns wedding

Bridal preparations at Southend Barns Wedding

Groom and best man at Southend Barns West Sussex

Bride walking up aisle Southend Barns wedding

Wedding ceremony at Southend Barns West Sussex

Wedding service at Southend Barns West Sussex

Walking down the aisle Southend Barns wedding

Guests in courtyard at Southend Barns wedding

Floral blue wedding cake Southend Barns wedding

Vintage table decorations Southend Barns wedding

Father of bride's wedding speech Southend Barns

Groom's wedding speech Southend Barns

Bride and groom by pagoda Southend Barns

Bride and groom in field Southend Barns

Bride and groom by infinity pool Southend Barns

Bride and groom in Southend Barns gardens

Bride's bouquet Southend Barns wedding

Bridal portraiture Southend Barns wedding

Bride with guests Southend Barns wedding

First dance Southend Barns wedding

Bride dancing at Southend Barns wedding

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