I completely fell in love with the historic charm of the West Dean Estate the moment I came here with my beautiful newlyweds, Nadia and Laurence. West Dean Estate near Chichester in West Sussex is a picturesque setting and an idyllic location for a wedding photo shoot. Built in the XVII century, it is now home to West Dean College and Gardens.
We started photographing at the stunning main hall and then walked (or more like skipped or waltzed) along the tranquil paths to the walled Kitchen Garden and Victorian Glasshouses, the Sunken Garden and Edwardian Pergola, completely in awe of the beauty around us.
But above else, it was my beautiful couple that made my heart happy. I realize it sounds cheesy (but cliches are true for a reason) but I fell for these guys right away. Married for less than 24 hours, their bright smiles, sparkly eyes, and their open-armed love made me recognize the feeling that comes from being in love and together - the feeling of brave, boundless optimism. This is why I love photographing weddings and families: for all the emotions and for the responsibility to translate that true connection and love to images. I wish you guys heaps of happiness!