Saturday, 3 June 2017

Service with a difference in West Sussex

Three Crowns, Wisborough Green

It's always great to be a part of a happy event such as a wedding, but to see Rebecca and Lewis, a couple who have been together for so long finally tying the knot, it just seemed so right.

The day began at the Welldiggers Arms, Low Heath, Petworth, where Rebecca, Lewis, their parents, the bridesmaids and Groomsmen got themselves ready. A great venue with new chalet style accommodation.

As usual, there never really is enough time, but Rebecca didn't lose her cool and there were plenty of helpers.

The boys were ready in good time. Just saying..

The first service was held at Horsham registry office followed quickly by a trip to the Three Crowns at Wisborough Green.

At the Three Crowns they erected a lovely marquee, ready for the EXTRA service and the reception. The stunning cake was home made and covered in edible photographs of Lewis and Rebecca going back several years to when they first met. 

There was a Doc Marten theme in that both the groom and best man Tom (an ex American footballer) wore them, but the unexpected surprise of seeing their lovely daughter also wearing a pair, brought on a bit of happy emotion from Lewis..

The hilarious additional service was conducted by Rebecca's uncle, Taylor..

After the formalities, time for a quick group shot

Then just time for a few shots with the bride and groom before returning to the venue

Eventually Ellie gave in, which meant it was now time for the grown ups to get into

full swing with an excellent live band called 'Strobe'.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Will you marry me?

Members of the Mid Sussex Triathlon Club are expected to perform the marshalling functions whenever we host our own local triathlon event here in Burgess Hill.

This year however, apart from assisting in the first hour or so of booking athletes in during the early morning registration process, I was let off lightly.

I had been asked by Steve 'Mac' (race director) to bring my camera gear and to take some shots of the event, so that we'd have plenty of material available for both future event promotion and to assist in the design of our new website, being done by Mike Hook.

Mid Sussex Tri Club prides itself on being friendly, even though we take the sport seriously. The sport has grown immensely over the last few years and the club membership is at it's highest ever.

This year's event completely sold out and plenty turned up to support their friends and family who were competing.


We rely on lots of volunteers to be out on the course to marshall.

There are always lots of 'goodie bags' given away and trophies to be won at our annual event too.

As a photographer I'm always on the lookout for something unusual, but someone came up to me and hinted that it might be a good idea to remain in the finish line area for a little while. So I did and what was to follow was very emotional indeed. Just as Dani, Brighton Triathlon Club's No 49 finished her race, she was met by her boyfriend Harry, who imminently became her fiance!........

 And so this years Mid Sussex Triathlon was a little more successful and eventful than usual!

Monday, 15 April 2013

Fancy Dress Wedding

I received a phone call from John, the father of Teri, the bride to be. He had discovered me by searching the web for a local photographer. He went on to explain that Ian & Teri had finally decided to get married. They had been together for several years and had had children etc, but now they felt it was time to actually tie the knot.

Then came the interesting bit..... It was to be a fancy dress wedding! He said it was a 'heroes & heroines' theme and that the bride and groom would be dressed as Robin Hood and Maid Marian.

When Sue & I sat down with the family to show everyone samples of previous wedding shoots and photobooks etc, they said that most of the guests would probably be adopting a Robin Hood approach to the theme, but that there would possibly be a family of 'Incredibles' and a 'Lara Croft' there!

Well on the big day, there was no disappointment.
Sue and I rushed around in the morning to both Maid                   Marian's & Robin Hood's base camps, where we  captured a few getting ready shots.             

Sue and I arrived at the Registry office well in advance where it became clear that the registrar had not been told about the fancy dress twist and she was convinced that I was pulling her leg (until I showed her the screen on the back of my camera and the getting ready shots). That was a face of surprise!

The ceremony went without a hitch..


and everyone had a great evening


Friday, 6 April 2012

Wedding Entrance Music

It can be a difficult task in choosing what music the bride should enter to. The right piece of music can evoke a special mood and act as the perfect beginning to a ceremony. Here are some useful tips in picking the right music for your special day.

One of the first things to consider is that the entrance of the bride doesn't usually last a long time, so if you pick a 3 minute song, you may only hear the first minute or so. Therefore, if you do have a piece of music you would really like to hear the full length of, then it is advisable to use if for the signing of the register.

In terms of the various styles of music to choose from, there really are many options. You could pick something that is special to you, whether it is a piece of classical music like Pachelbel's Canon, or a pop song that could signify the first time you and your partner met. However, you could simply pick some music that you feel is suitable for the occasion, or ask friends or family members for their advice.

Another important point to think about is what instrument(s) you would like to hear your music performed on. Your favourite jazz standard might sound a bit odd with a string quartet, or a heavy rock classic might struggle to work on the piano. This happens more often than you may think and although most people will probably not notice the unusual choice of instrumentation for a certain song, it is advisable to seek the advice of the musician(s) you decide to employ for the ceremony, to make sure everything is as perfect as it should be.

String quartets are sometimes used for the wedding ceremony, playing mainly classical repertoire with the occasional pop song. However, a cheaper and more flexible option could be to hire a pianist for your wedding entrance music. A pianist will usually have a wider repertoire than a string quartet and you will find most styles of music can easily work on the piano. Another advantage of a pianist is that he or she can be used for the reception as well as the ceremony, and depending upon their level, they should be able to play many different styles of music, to cater for all tastes.

Martyn Croston is a  pianist available to perform quality music at any wedding or party in London and the home counties. Click HERE to visit his site for further information