It's 7-something in the morning, I've had a pretty bad night sleep, am on day 2 of an intense 5 days of shooting around the country, and got stung on the neck by a wasp walking to my hotel room last night. So of course the obvious thing to do is write a blog post! I met Anna in London a few days before the 2012 Olympic Games were due to start, and we had a great time chatting plans for their wedding in Anna's home town of Brighton. Living in a seaside town all my life (Bournemouth), I'd never really got round to knowing Brighton other than one brief visit. So I was looking forward to a bit of time on the other B-town beach, and knew that Anna & Rob had a great day planned.
Now Anna is a professional copy-writer, so partly through an awareness of my own limited abilities in that department, and partly due to the reasons outlined in paragraph 1 I'm going to keep this short.
After 'enjoying' the south coast traffic and having a slight panic realising I didn't have my wallet with me, I ran the risk of a parking ticket (got away with it: air-punch) and arrived a little flustered at the Hotel du Vin in Brighton where Anna was getting ready, and the rest of the day was happening. Anna and bridesmaid Caroline immediately made me feel welcome, with Caroline giving me plenty of good-natured grief (as headteachers always have...) and plenty of laughs.
By the time I met Rob downstairs, I felt completely at ease. We have a lot of shared interests, particularly around music, and it was great to spend some time with Rob, Anna and their friends.
After a pretty poor summer last year, October gave us a stunning autumnal summer day. And of course we had to take the opportunity to walk along Brighton's famous beaches. We were treated with a stunning sunset and even though the beach was packed early evening, in a couple of places it looked like Anna & Rob were the only people around.
If you were a guest at the wedding and would like to see the full set of images, please visit the gallery or take a look on facebook. Comments are welcomed at the bottom of this post and always appreciated by the bride, groom and future couples.