Coming from a design background I wanted to be a part of Sophie and Lynda's Knepp Castle wedding. I was interested to see how two product designers would tackle a day which can be designed so much but which is also very much a personal expression of who you are as people.
Having met them two weeks earlier in Brighton on the very stormy seafront I was pleasantly surprised by the weather that greeted us on the wedding day. I tried to capture that nostalgic feeling that only an English seaside town can have as guests started gathering around the bandstand. Sophie arrived first with Lynda following shortly after and it was a very special moment as they saw each other for the first time. Funnily enough, it felt strangely private as I photographed it. A very touching outdoor ceremony on the Brighton bandstand proceeded with drinks on the seafront.
We moved on to Knepp Castle where more guests joined them for a lovely woodland reception in a magnificent Tipi by the lake.
When you photograph weddings it is hard to take a step back from the action and appreciate what is happening in front of you. Sophie and Lynda have a very diverse set of friends and family but there was such a feeling of harmony between them all. I had a moment where I stepped back from the focus and thought the world would be a much better place if everyone was more like these people.
Back to my original questions about how two designers would create a wedding. I think they created a day that transcended the details and careful planning. It became something with a higher energy and I hope the images capture some of it.
Thank you for letting me be a part of it.
Sophie and Lynda's Knepp Castle wedding was also featured on Rock n Roll Bride today!
"Alex has a beautiful and natural photo-journalistic style that my partner and I instantly loved the moment we saw his work.
We felt truly privileged to have had him photograph our big day back in May - not only did he take some amazing atmospheric shots that perfectly captured the mood of what was a very personal day, but he also left many of our guests telling us just what a nice guy he was and even some thinking that he was a long-standing friend of ours - he had slotted in that well!" Lynda
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