Yep, you heard me right. This was a goodun’…
James & Sarah tied the knot towards the end of October in The Chichester Guildhall. I’ve lived in Chichester all my life and have visited Priory Park hundreds of times, but I was excited to shoot for the first time at this 800 year old venue.
There was a carpet of amber leaves lining the park, the sun was beaming down, the guests had taken their seats and Sarah had just arrived. I was getting a few last minute shots of Sarah and her bridesmaids outside, when I heard her shout, “I’ve forgotten the flowers”! I’m not sure if continuing to shoot makes me a horrible photographer… but I knew Sarah would look back and smile… OK, I hoped... I really, really hoped she would!
After a super speedy trip home in Sarah’s beloved blue VW golf, the flowers and the Stig arrived back in the nick of time to get the wedding underway! The venue had been decorated the day before by the bride and groom in their red, white & blue colour scheme and the sun was pouring in through the windows. After a beautiful ceremony accompanied by their ring-bearing bulldog, the couple invited their guests to enjoy some homemade tea-party goodies with a glass of fizz, before the speeches began.
Needless to say, there wasn’t much left over of the cake or champers… but there was enough to charge a glass to the newly married couple. The speeches were delivered with laughs and emotions in all the right places before the guests began to make their way to the evening reception.
Now, so far this wedding had given me a few unforgettable moments… but this, THIS… was a sight to behold. Snazzy and beautiful wedding transport is not uncommon, but watching a Big Rig American truck stop traffic through the centre of Chichester to pick up the bride and groom was just too cool!
I raced over to The Langstone Hotel to catch the convoy arrive and after a quick ride up-front in the cab, a few tricky manoeuvres and some traffic direction, we just about caught the sun before it set over the harbour. The evening continued with cake, partying and some stellar moves from the wedding party before James took his wife’s hand and led their first dance to some excellently chosen music!
It’s not every wedding that you come away feeling like you’ve made some awesome friends, but this one really felt like that. Below are just a selection of some of my favourite images from this memorable day! Thanks for having me along James & Sarah.
Cheerio, pip pip and bye for now!