Another last minute phone call from my pal Kirstie Blake: "My dear friend has just been let down by her photographer, can anyone help?" And the next morning, I am hurtling through Sussex on a glorious sunny July Saturday to the rescue.
I instantly fell in love with Tom and Erica's cool, retro Peacehaven bungalow, and it wasn't long before I'd fallen for them and their friends and family too!
Some weddings are all about the planning, some are all about the style, and some... some are all about the warmth of feelings, the strength of commitment and love from friends and family.
Wanting nothing but the best, Dad booked a classic chauffeur-driven Daimler to drive Erica to the town hall.
And who couldn't help but be totally smitten by the Britain's youngest best man!? Aw... so cute!!
and while the groom waited nervously...
a romance appeared to be blossoming between the best man...
... and one of the ladies in the congregation.
though nothing could distract from how beautiful the bride looked as Dad lead her down the aisle
There were tears and smiles at Eastbourne Town Hall. With more than their share of challenges, this young couple came through for each other in a big way.
with more than a little help from the littlest, cutest best man ever ever ever
the signing of the register
the walk down the aisle, with a littlest best man now a bit grumpy and no doubt in need of some sugar
What is lovely about Victorian Town halls, like the classic one in Eastbourne where Tom and Erica held their wedding ceremony, is the mix of colours, the wonderful architecture, the mix of natural and modern lighting and the melange of municipal rigour with a gentle, relaxed local atmosphere.
Of course nothing expresses the joy and excitement following the wedding ceremony than confetti
and while a lot of wedding photographers won't use a wide angle, I can never resist squeezing in that little bit of extra action, because it is as much the guest's day as it is the bride and groom's.
After the formal shots, we had a little bit of time to run off for some romantic photo down time at Burling Gap. And no trip to the south downs in the summer would be complete without... an ice cream.
as the saying goes, what's yours is mine, and ... erm... well that's it really..
Birling Gap and Crowlink, near Eastbourne in East Sussex, are part of the world famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs, one of the longest stretches of undeveloped coastline on the south coast. One minute you can be walking on ancient downland, the next you could be rockpooling below towering cliffs of chalk. Spectacular, unspoilt views of the sea can be seen from all angles. The beach below is ideal for seaside picnics with its rock pools and areas of pebbles and sand. It is a great example of a marine nature reserve.
Also, great for a bit of a snog, after your wedding.
but the fun didn't end with just one ice cream and a bit of a snog...
... and we were off to East Dean for a full-on Hog Roast. Just look at the delight on those kids' faces...
then of course there were the speeches...
... the cake....
.... the cake down the bride's cleavage....
... the cake in the groom's face...
and then a proper, bonkers knees-up party
and also, thankfully, a beautiful South Downs Sunset
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