This might not be my first Brighton Beach Engagement Shoot but it is the first that involved a skateboard. You see, this groom to be, Garrett is a professional skateboarder over in the US so it seemed like a good idea at the time. He swears that he has yet to break any bones and I’m glad that this wasn’t the first time. Felicia, the bride to be was pretty capable on the board too, with just a little help.
We met at the gorgeous Artist Residence hotel for a glass of wine before heading to the beach. Despite living in LA, neither of them loves a beach but agreed that there was something special about Brighton Beach in the winter. This is my favourite time of year to go there, it’s much quieter and you often get lucky with some pretty warm evening light.
If you are thinking about coming to Brighton for an engagement shoot, feel free to get in touch.
“If I could only take one thing on an island to survive, What I’d take is you because with you I am alive…”
Where fancy cakes meet Hollywood’s darling.
We want it to feel like a French Chateau meets English garden party, is what Sophia and Jack were aiming for with their Firle Place wedding. They wanted everything to be elegant and modern with personal touches that represented them.
It was the perfect venue for this. Firle Place is nestled in the Sussex countryside, not far from Lewes and in recent years it is becoming well-known as a location for filming. You might recognise it from Bake Off: The Professionals and it features in the recent adaptation of Emma starring Anya Taylor-Joy.
This couple chose to have an outdoor ceremony in the courtyard and it was a great day for it. It’s such a pretty setting and after confetti and photos in front of the impressive blue doors, everyone moved over to the lawns and terraces to mingle over drinks and nibbles. We moved inside the Grade II listed Georgian Riding Stables for the reception. Think twinkling fairy lights, a colour palette made up of shades of blush. When we left, everyone was dancing the night away to their superb band Freak Out. Turns out that I also shot the wedding for two of them at Pangdean Barn in Brighton a while back.
I would love to shoot here again so if you have booked your wedding at Firle Place, get in touch and lets’ chat or if you still need to find a venue, here are some of my favourite wedding venues in Sussex.
“What I want you’ve got and it might be hard to handle but like a FLAME THAT BURNS the candle, the candle feeds the flame”
This is a few frames from a Brighton Wedding shot on film in September. Earlier this year, I picked up a little Snap camera from a lovely UK company called LensFayre. It’s an eco version of a disposable camera that gives you that lo-fi look without ending up in landfill. I had been waiting for the right clients to use it at a wedding then along came Marianne and Karl. They are both super into photography and shooting film. Marianne has her beloved grandad’s film cameras and has been lovingly cataloguing his print collection.
I knew that they would totally get the vibe of this small but plucky little camera. It’s an easy addition to my camera bag, in fact I mostly kept it in my pocket. It’s been a decade since I shot film at a wedding – I know this because I used a leftover roll of film that was kicking about in a cupboard and it had an expiry date of 2012.
“The first STAR I SEE may not be a star…”
Do you love the idea of having some film shot at your wedding? I would love to chat to you about this, head over to this page to get in touch with a few details about your wedding…
When this couple got in touch about their Brighton Town Hall Micro Wedding, they said they were having a very small, low key ceremony with just family. They wanted photos of them with their ceremony gang just after the wedding. Then they wanted coverage at their chilled out party in a pub for extended family and friends. They wanted relaxed, happy photos that were not too staged.
I love shooting laid back small town hall weddings like this if I can. After the ceremony and some group photos, we took a stroll around town, taking in the gardens at the Royal Pavilion.
This is what they said after getting their photos
“Lisa was a perfect wedding photographer. She gave us the opportunity to talk through our worries (mainly posing-related!) and ideas before the day which was so helpful. Lisa was an absolute dream on the day. She was super flexible, and ended up taking some pictures of our ceremony, which we had originally planned to keep private. We are so glad she did because they are some of the most special for us to look back on. Lisa was patient, kind and funny and made two pretty camera shy people feel totally at ease… in fact, we actually started to enjoy ourselves quite a bit!
We really can’t thank Lisa enough, we LOVE our wedding photos. Thanks so much! “
“Oh I’ll build you a kingdom in that house on the hill, looking OUT FOR LOVE, big, big love…”
Did you know that I charge an hourly rate for all weddings? This means you can book in just a couple of hours to cover your small or micro wedding. Head over to this page if you want to find out some more.