Preview: Joanna & Christopher’s Wedding at Edes House & Chichester Harbour Hotel, West Sussex

A few preview wedding photographs from Joanna & Christopher’s Edes House Wedding on a rainy day in Chichester. Joanna’s dress was absolutely stunning, with a cape accessory to complete the look, and the challenge was not to get it wet on rainy floors! We used a few doorways and an umbrella for a bit of wedding photography at Edes House before moving onto the Chichester Harbour Hotel.

Joanna & Christopher, Edes House Wedding, Chichester Harbour Hotel, Chichester, West Sussex

Joanna & Christopher, Edes House Wedding, Chichester Harbour Hotel, Chichester, West Sussex

Joanna & Christopher, Edes House Wedding, Chichester Harbour Hotel, Chichester, West Sussex

Joanna & Christopher, Edes House Wedding, Chichester Harbour Hotel, Chichester, West Sussex

Using a single backlight helped illuminate the couple in the warmth of the doorway, to contract with the grey monotones of rain outside. I liked the use of the umbrella to catch the light and was surprised at how much rain the light picked out in the foreground too.

Joanna & Christopher, Edes House Wedding, Chichester Harbour Hotel, Chichester, West Sussex

Another doorway shot with a similar lighting set up. This wedding photograph is taken at the side entrance to the Chichester Harbour Hotel and I wanted to balance the lighting with he ambient Victorian lanterns in the doorway.

Joanna & Christopher, Edes House Wedding, Chichester Harbour Hotel, Chichester, West Sussex

I’m working on this idea for a shot with fairy lights in the foreground and a silhouette using a light bouncing off the wall behind the bride and groom. It’s still not a finished idea yet, but I’m happy with the way the photograph came out.

Joanna & Christopher, Edes House Wedding, Chichester Harbour Hotel, Chichester, West Sussex

It took ages to make a decision on the lighting for the first dance. The area where the bride and groom were dancing had a beautiful backdrop of fairy lights but it was difficult to find the right placing for the off camera flash. Once they started dancing though I was surprised to find that the lights were pretty much in exactly the right place as I didn’t know exactly where they’d be standing.