A Chichester Summer Garden Party Wedding
We first met Jessie&Jay in the Marwood coffee shop in Brighton, our home from home (and where we had our own wedding reception!). They came over as a couple completely in love and relaxed in each other’s company, which really showed through in their wedding – an eclectic sprawling extravaganza taking in half of Chichester, and giving their guests a whirlwind tour of their home town.
Within minutes of our first meeting, we’d discovered that Jess was a musical genius and in the process of writing music to a favourite poem to be sung during the ceremony, that Jay’s family was from the same part of Scotland as my mum’s, and that he wouldn’t be wearing a kilt – I always ask, I suppose I’ve never been brave enough to take advantage of my Scottish roots!
We loved hearing all about how they met online whilst Jay was at sea about 300 miles off the coast of Angola! He’s an officer in the merchant navy! Less than a year later they went on holiday to the snowy mountains of St Anton, Austria, where Jay proposed, kneeling in the snow at the highest accessible point in the mountains surrounded by breathtaking views!
Their day gave a nod to the 50s from Jess’s tea length wedding dress & heels, the rather beautiful powder blue, soft top Austin Healey, and the jazz trio entertaining guests at the garden party, with a little Alice in Wonderland beautifully thrown in! With the stunning steeple of Chichester Cathedral and the amazing sunshine watching over every part of the day, Jess & Jay’s guests really made the most of that summer feeling, homemade raspberry gin with rose lemonade in hand!
Oh, and the music that Jess composed…well that was sung by friends from her choir, and was heart-stoppingly beautiful- you could literally feel the love from their voices. Everybody’s Free filled the room as Jess entered the room- the marriage song from Baz Lurman’s Romeo and Juliet, which Penny has always loved and was completely moved by on the day. It was such a powerful song, perfect for that moment!
♥ Your style is beautiful, unobtrusive and thoughtful… “Having two photographers in my family, it was really important to find someone who’s work we all admired. I remember at one point I’d narrowed my list down to 17! But having spoken to Penny and seen more of your work, I was sold. And after we met, Jay and I were thrilled that you’d be shooting our wedding. Your style is beautiful, unobtrusive and thoughtful and it was such a pleasure to have you around. When it was time for you both to go, Jay and I looked at each other with the only frown of the day and said it felt like two of our guests were leaving.
The pictures we received from you are delightful. You captured all the details we were so proud of. And how you managed to get such poised photos from what felt like total chaos with our extended families was astonishing! The “couple” shots are lovely and we smile looking at them because despite thinking it would be uncomfortable being photographed during these intimate moments, it felt totally natural on the day.
We would recommend you at every opportunity and hope you don’t mind being our official family photographers!”
Much love for this loving and relaxed (vegetarian fayre) wedding!
The rest of the story…
Ceremony: The Assembly Room, Chichester Council House
Reception: George Bell House and Vicar’s Hall, Chichester Cathedral
Wedding dress: Essence from Catherine Francis Bridal Boutique in Arundel
Accessories: Head piece made to order by Beretun Designs ink Brighton
Shoes: Heels by Rainbow Club, white sneakers by Victoria
Groom’s suit: Three piece by The Kooples from Carnaby Street
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Joules
Place name cookies and cupcakes: Rebecca at Frizelle Cakes
Flowers: Samantha from Spriggs in Petworth
Tea towel invites: Karen at The Original Wedding Tea Towel
Wedding stationery and signs: Handwritten by chief bridesmaid Rebecca
Garden party entertainment: Hot Club Trio
Evening entertainment: Andy from Sound Division