We share the lovely wedding of Emma and Vince who got married at Findon Manor. Their special day was captured by Neil Walker photography.
What a lovely couple! It was a real pleasure to deal with Emma and Vince all the way through, in particular Vince’s love of photography meant he understood how important it was to plan the photography for the day.
Please tell us a little bit about the day and how it went
Emma and Vince’s gorgeous wedding took place at Findon Manor in the heart of Findon Village, right in the South Downs in West Sussex. It’s always easy shooting there – the staff are lovely, very helpful and the backgrounds and colour in the garden and local area are great for photographs. Emma and Vince decided to have both the reception and ceremony at the hotel, with a marquee in the garden to accommodate all their guests. We had great weather and a beautiful day full of fun and laughter.
I had great access to both Emma and Vince getting ready and all the most intimate parts of the wedding day, meaning I was able to get some wonderful shots of each of them with their best friends and close family.
Tell us a little bit about yourself
I love being a Sussex wedding photographer and I love shooting weddings! I mainly work in Sussex, but shoot throughout the South East, UK and abroad. I’ve been a photographer all my working life – first as a corporate and advertising photographer and then moving into weddings ten years ago.
How would you describe your photography style?
I like to work in the background, shooting natural and relaxed documentary photography. I’m happy to shoot more formal group shots, but I think my best work is capturing those moments when people aren’t aware they are being photographed.
What did you love about the day?
The best thing about the day was working with Emma and Vince, they were clear about how important the photography was to them and so gave me all the help and access I needed to give them wonderful photos from their day. Without setting anything up, I was able to get great emotional shots of all the best moments. In particular I loved Emma’s dad’s reaction when he saw her in her dress for the first time. Clearly overwhelmed with emotion, I was right there with them capturing not only his reaction but Emma’s too, just a few minutes before she walked down the aisle to Vince.
What advice would you give to couples planning their wedding day?
You must choose someone you feel completely at ease with and their photographic style has to be right for you. Looking through full weddings is a must, so you get a feel for a wedding photographer’s overall coverage of the day rather than the best shots displayed on the website. You will have these images forever!
Make sure you’ve planned and discussed the photography with your photographer beforehand. I always have a recce or meeting in the immediate run up to weddings to make sure I fully understand the timings and plans for the day overall. On your wedding day it’s up to the photographer to think about your wedding photography, not you. You need to be free to enjoy every moment with each other, and with you family and friends.
Photographer website – www.neilwalkerphotography.co.uk