When Jenny contacted me in late June to ask if I was available for a small and impromptu* DIY wedding just a month later, I wasn’t surprised at the short notice and I was definitely honoured. In the time that I’ve known Jenny & Charlie, I’ve never seen them do anything by halves. From their work in conservation and climate change to their building a home on the Nile. They’re good friends of mine from our time spent in Uganda and like me, their families are spread across three continents. I can very much understand that when an opportunity arose to hold their wedding, where the majority of their families could be there, they seized the moment.
Driving from North Wales to Sussex in the middle of the summer heatwave was completely worth it for this personal, intimate celebration. Their ceremony was held at one of the oldest churches in Sussex, St Mary in West Chiltington, that’s thought to have been built between 1100 and 1150. After we headed to Kinsbrook Vineyard, a new venue with a sustainable ethos and earthy vibe, for canapes and wine. It was then back to the family home in the rural countryside for a relaxed afternoon of games, Pimm’s and cake. Perfect.
I really enjoyed the warm and welcoming atmosphere and spending time photographing the fun and the multiple generations there. Being able to focus on capturing the day as it unfolds, rather than feeling like I’m working to a prescribed set of Pinterest ideals is when I get the most joy from my work and when I feel like I’m really able to create images that are honest, emotive and meaningful.
*Their wedding, like most this past couple of years, was long-awaited. After a decade together, followed by a short engagement, it was the date that was impromptu!
When numbers are limited at weddings, it feels all the more special to be included in the day. Here’s a selection of my favourites: