Wedding and Elopement photographer in West Sussex, UK

WEDDING and elopement PHOTOGRAPHER IN WEST SUSSEX FOR THE REAL, NATURAL & FULL OF FEELINGS COUPLES​

I am an Wedding and Elopement photographer based in West Sussex, focusing on capturing your day in the most relaxed, candid and beautiful way. It is an experience where we work together to tell the most beautiful story: Your story, moments that will make you smile and bring memories for years to come. 

On your Wedding or Elopement day, I’m there for you. I’ll capture the emotion, the smiles, the happy tears, the fun, all the love… and all the little moments you will always want to remember! I want you to have photos that you can hang on your walls.

Some people do not like to get their photos taken, I get that! I am the same. But, after a few moments together, a little bit of guidance and a few silly jokes, you will be able to relax and have fun while we take the photos. All you have to do is to focus on the connection and the love between each other.

I cover UK, Europe and worldwide and I would be honoured to capture your Wedding or Elopement day to celebrate your love, so please get in touch today! 

"There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved"

George Sand
Weddings

The story of your wedding day:
real moments, genuine emotion and happy tears

Congratulations!

This is such an exciting time in your lives, and I’m delighted for you! You’ve decided to celebrate your love and your story together with your favourite people, laughing, happy crying and dancing, I am there to capture all the emotions!

Preparing a wedding can feel intense, especially a destination one! But, I am here to help you along the way.

On your wedding day, slow down and relax, enjoy every moment, laugh a little louder, dance a little harder even if under the rain, get a little dirtier, embrace the unexpected because that’s where the magic happens. And I will be there to capture it all for you, forever. 

The story of your wedding day:
real moments, genuine emotion and happy tears

Congratulations!

This is such an exciting time in your lives, and I’m delighted for you! You’ve decided to celebrate your love and your story together with your favourite people, laughing, happy crying and dancing, I am there to capture all the emotions!

Preparing a wedding can feel intense, especially a destination one! But, I am here to help you along the way.

On your wedding day, slow down and relax, enjoy every moment, laugh a little louder, dance a little harder even if under the rain, get a little dirtier, embrace the unexpected because that’s where the magic happens. And I will be there to capture it all for you, forever. 

wedding couple during their ceremony smiling with west sussex weddings photographer
wedding couple during their ceremony smiling with west sussex weddings photographer
Bride crying at her wedding in Lewes with West Sussex wedding photographer
Emotional couple at their wedding day with destination wedding photographer west sussex

SO YOU’RE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO CAPTURE YOUR SPECIAL DAY...

You’re looking for a photographer that can capture the beauty of your love the way you see it. The special way you look at your loved ones. The moments between the lines.

I’m based in West Sussex but I can travel anywhere! My name is Vanessa, nice to meet you!

My photography approach

My photography approach on your wedding day is mixed!

Initially documentary, where I capture the day as it unfolds. Before sunset, I normally suggest us to go for a walk, 15/30 min usually to capture some beautiful portraits of the new couple. That moment is yours, a little pause for you to enjoy each other’s company. In this situation, I may offer some guidance and tell silly jokes to make the moment fun, natural and relaxing to get the most out of your little portrait session. Later on, you may see me blending in, always being friendly and fun interacting with your family and friends in the middle of the party to get those genuine smiles and dance moves! By then, no one will see me as a photographer and that’s when the fun begins! I’m always up for a party!     

I want you to be happy with your wedding day photographs so we will chat via email and then meet face to face if possible or via Zoom. You will get to know me and I will get to know you and what’s important on your wedding day. I’m there to capture the emotions and the special moments, no wedding is the same as the other. I am probably not the right photographer for you if you want to tick-off all the cliché shots and awkward poses that are typical of a conventional wedding as well as formal photos with every single person/ couple that is invited to your wedding. I believe it’s important to capture the closest people to you, normally limiting this to 30/ 40min of your day.

Let’s chat about your big day! 

genuine emotions and happy tears

SO YOU’RE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO CAPTURE YOUR SPECIAL DAY...

You’re looking for a photographer that can capture the beauty of your love the way you see it. The special way you look at your loved ones. The moments between the lines.

I’m based in West Sussex but I can travel anywhere! My name is Vanessa, nice to meet you!

My photography approach

My photography approach on your wedding day is mixed!

Initially documentary, where I capture the day as it unfolds. Before sunset, I normally suggest us to go for a walk, 15/30 min usually to capture some beautiful portraits of the new couple. That moment is yours, a little pause for you to enjoy each other’s company. In this situation, I may offer some guidance and tell silly jokes to make the moment fun, natural and relaxing to get the most out of your little portrait session. Later on, you may see me blending in, always being friendly and fun interacting with your family and friends in the middle of the party to get those genuine smiles and dance moves! By then, no one will see me as a photographer and that’s when the fun begins! I’m always up for a party!     

I want you to be happy with your wedding day photographs so we will chat via email and then meet face to face if possible or via Zoom. You will get to know me and I will get to know you and what’s important on your wedding day. I’m there to capture the emotions and the special moments, no wedding is the same as the other. I am probably not the right photographer for you if you want to tick-off all the cliché shots and awkward poses that are typical of a conventional wedding as well as formal photos with every single person/ couple that is invited to your wedding. I believe it’s important to capture the closest people to you, normally limiting this to 30/ 40min of your day.

Let’s chat about your big day! 

Bride crying at her wedding in Lewes with West Sussex wedding photographer
Emotional couple at their wedding day with destination wedding photographer west sussex
Elopements

ELOPEMENTs FOR WILD HEARTS: WHERE LOVE MEETS ADVENTURE

Elopement is about yourselves and the love you share together. It is built on the idea that you go somewhere stunning with your partner to get married and read your vows.

Eloping allows you to create a day that reflects what you have in common. You can choose to elope with just the two of you or even with some friends and family members. Possibilities are endless! You can travel to somewhere meaningful to your relationship or a destination completely new to start your marriage on an adventurous note, like the top of a mountain, an escape to the lakes or under an epic waterfall. Whatever your idea will be, I will follow you to photograph one of the most emotional moment of your life! Capturing your romance, intimacy and authenticity, I will be there to document these memories that will last a lifetime.

Couple hugging during their elopement with elopement photographer west sussex
Wedding couple kissing with elopement photographer west sussex

planning your unique Elopement adventure day

When to elope: you can choose any day of the year to elope.

Choosing a location: where do you want to get married? Find your meaningful place weather being somewhere familiar to you or go on an adventure to a new place! Scotland, the Lake District, Cornwall, Devon, Northern Ireland just to name a few stunning places in the UK.

Clothing: having a wedding dress that allows you to move comfortably while hiking a trail is a must! For the shoes you can use a pair of trainers or hiking boots, swapping to your formal shoes at the end.

Eloping: You might need to comply with a few legal requirements. In most of the UK, marriage should take place in a building or structure that is legally sanctioned. However, if you’re planning to elope in Scotland or Ireland, different rules apply. Make sure you’ve read the laws carefully. Some couples prefer to do the legal part first and then elope wherever they wish.

Witnesses: you need two witnesses to legally marry in the UK. Plan in advance if you want these to be someone close to you or if you’re happy to find someone else on your wedding day.

Telling your friends and family: I would suggest contacting your closest friends and family before announcing to everyone else on social media. You can prepare an email with a few photos of the day to share with them or even throw a party and share some photos of your day with them too.

Groom writing on a book for the elopement wedding photographer west sussex

planning your unique Elopement adventure day

When to elope: you can choose any day of the year to elope.

Choosing a location: where do you want to get married? Find your meaningful place weather being somewhere familiar to you or go on an adventure to a new place! Scotland, the Lake District, Cornwall, Devon, Northern Ireland just to name a few stunning places in the UK.

Clothing: having a wedding dress that allows you to move comfortably while hiking a trail is a must! For the shoes you can use a pair of trainers or hiking boots, swapping to your formal shoes at the end.

Eloping: You might need to comply with a few legal requirements. In most of the UK, marriage should take place in a building or structure that is legally sanctioned. However, if you’re planning to elope in Scotland or Ireland, different rules apply. Make sure you’ve read the laws carefully. Some couples prefer to do the legal part first and then elope wherever they wish.

Witnesses: you need two witnesses to legally marry in the UK. Plan in advance if you want these to be someone close to you or if you’re happy to find someone else on your wedding day.

Telling your friends and family: I would suggest contacting your closest friends and family before announcing to everyone else on social media. You can prepare an email with a few photos of the day to share with them or even throw a party and share some photos of your day with them too.

Groom writing on a book for the elopement wedding photographer west sussex
Destination Weddings

Destination Weddings for the ones that follow their hearts

Getting married somewhere else outside the UK?

I love to travel and I’m lucky to have photographed a few weddings in France, Portugal and UK.

I offer the same Elopement and Wedding packages for your Destination Wedding or Elopement, however I require an additional small fee for travel and accommodation which normally is around £500 (depending on the location).

As a thank you for inviting me along your destination wedding, I will offer you an engagement session for free, in UK or at the place where your wedding is happening.

You dream your adventure, and I will be honoured to photograph it and tell your story!

If you like what you see, I would love to chat and hear all about your details so please, contact me today 😊

My next travel dates:

  • Contact me for more information

My Bucket list:

Choose one of these destinations to have an engagement session for free!

  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Greece
  • Spain

Destination Weddings for the ones that follow their dreams

Getting married somewhere else outside the UK?

I love to travel and I’m lucky to have photographed a few weddings in France, Portugal and UK.

I offer the same Elopement and Wedding packages for your Destination Wedding or Elopement, however I require an additional small fee for travel and accommodation which normally is around £500 (depending on the location).

As a thank you for inviting me along your destination wedding, I will offer you an engagement session for free, in UK or at the place where your wedding is happening.

You dream your adventure, and I will be honoured to photograph it and tell your story!

If you like what you see, I would love to chat and hear all about your details so please, contact me today 😊

My next travel dates:

  • Contact me for more details

My Bucket list:

Choose one of these destinations to have an engagement session for free!

  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Greece
  • Spain

this is how it works

step 1: Have a look around

Take your time to check my portfolio, understand my style & approach. Then go through my packages and pricing to find what suits your needs. After that, get in touch using my contact form. We’ll start chatting and make sure we’re a good fit.

step 2: Let's find a date for your elopement/ wedding day

Let’s find a date that suits us both. Because each elopement is unique, we will also chat about your details and what are your expectations for your special day. I am available via email, phone and video call to answer any questions you might have.

step 3: Contract

Once we have agreed on all the details, I will send you a contract for you to sign. I will require a 20% non-refundable retainer fee to secure the date. The remainder is due one month before your date.

step 4: Your elopement or wedding day

The day is finally here. Focus on each other and enjoy your day as much as possible. I’ll be there to document your connection and emotions throughout this forever special day.

step 5: Cherish your images forever

After your session, I will edit your photos and most likely post a sneak peek of your images on my Facebook page or Instagram. Sneak peeks are an opportunity for you to see some of your images earlier. You will then receive your final gallery and you can download your images and share them with family and friends.

Wedding couple smiling for photography with west sussex destination wedding

this is how it works

step 1: Have a look around

Take your time to check my portfolio, understand my style & approach. Then go through my packages and pricing to find what suits your needs. After that, get in touch using my contact form. We’ll start chatting and make sure we’re a good fit.

step 2: Let's find a date for your elopement/ wedding day

Let’s find a date that suits us both. Because each elopement is unique, we will also chat about your details and what are your expectations for your special day. I am available via email, phone and video call to answer any questions you might have.

step 3: Contract

Once we have agreed on all the details, I will send you a contract for you to sign. I will require a 20% non-refundable retainer fee to secure the date. The remainder is due one month before your date.

step 4: Your elopement or wedding day

The day is finally here. Focus on each other and enjoy your day as much as possible. I’ll be there to document your connection and emotions throughout this forever special day.

step 5: Cherish your images forever

After your session, I will edit your photos and most likely post a sneak peek of your images on my Facebook page or Instagram. Sneak peeks are an opportunity for you to see some of your images earlier. You will then receive your final gallery and you can download your images and share them with family and friends.

Wedding day couple kissing with Sussex wedding photographer

scroll down to discover Elopement & wedding packages and pricing

Elopements & Weddings

The complete experience

Love & endless fun
£ 1850
  • Face-to-face/ zoom meeting
  • 12 hours of coverage
  • Minimum of 650 highly-edited photos
  • 50 highlights preview
  • Online password protected gallery to share with family and friends
  • USB stick posted out to you
  • 15 high-quality 6x4 prints of your choice

The full experience

When love is meant to be an adventure
£ 1500
  • Face-to-face/ zoom meeting
  • 10h of coverage
  • Minimum of 500 highly-edited photos
  • 30 highlights preview
  • Online password protected gallery to share with family and friends
  • USB stick posted out to you

Half-day Experience

Short & Sweet adventure
£ 900
  • Face-to-face/ zoom meeting
  • 5h of coverage
  • Minimum of 300 highly-edited photos
  • 10 highlights preview
  • Online password protected gallery to share with family and friends

Sessions with more than 100 guests will require a second shooter. Prices are applicable for the year 2022 and may be subject to change.

To book your session and secure your date, a non-refundable 20% retainer deposit is required and a signed contract.

The remainder is due 1 month prior to the wedding day.

Travel up to 2h from Pulborough included in all packages.

Galleries stay active for up to six months for downloading.

Ad-Ons: Things you can add to your PHOTOGRAPHY package

Fine art Prints

Your story at your hands
£ 150
  • 20 beautiful fine-art prints in 6x4
  • Other print sizes are available, please contact me to get a personalised quote
  • Comes in a handmade wooden box to keep your prints

Fine art album

Your story in a beautiful narrative way
£ 550
  • 10x10" Linen fine art album - 30 pages
  • Other materials and sizes available
  • Option to add more pages
  • Option to add a 6x6" parents duplicated album - from £200

Couples/ Engagements photography packages

Couples/ engagement photographer in West Sussex, UK

Engagement photography session

Documenting all your emotion & connection
£ 200
  • Assistance with styling & location selection
  • Access to my client wardrobe
  • 1 hr session on an outdoor beautiful location at sunset
  • An online gallery to view all the images from your session
  • 5 of your favourite digital images chosen by you (when you book it together with your wedding, you'll receive a minimum of 30 photos)
  • Possible to add digital images, prints and/or photobook after the session

Prices are applicable for the year 2022 and may be subject to change.

To book your session and secure your date, a non-refundable 50% retainer deposit is required.

The remainder is due 1 month prior to the session.

It is possible to reschedule a session due to sickness or extreme weather conditions.

Travel fees may apply depending on the location chosen.

Galleries stay active for up to three months for downloading.

Ad-Ons: Things you can add to your photography package

small extra

£ 100
  • 5 additional digital photos in high-resolution for you to download

All-in digital

£ 150
  • All the images from your gallery available for digital download

All-in digital & Fine-Art Prints

£ 200
  • All the images from your gallery available for digital download
  • 10 beautiful fine-art prints in 7x5''

All-in digital & Photobook

£ 250
  • All the images from your gallery available for digital download
  • 10 pages fine-art Photobook 20x20cm (8x8'')

answers to your Frequently asked questions

You can follow this link to my contact form or send me an email directly at hello@vanessagomesphotography.com and I’ll get back to you within 48 hours.

After the highlights review, you will get your images 12 weeks after your wedding. 

This will depend on the package you’ve selected. The complete experience included 650 photos and the full day package includes roughly 500 photos. The half-day package includes about 300 photos. 

I recommend meeting before your wedding day to discuss details and go through the plan for the day. If this is not possible due to distance, etc, I will be available for a zoom call.

I would appreciate to be provided with a meal if you chose the full day package – I normally eat quickly at the same time as the guests. If you went for the half-day package, no food is required.

For destination weddings my package prices remain the same but, I kindly request travel and accommodation to be covered additionally which normally is around £500. 

Yes. I have insurance for public liability, professional indemnity and an equipment cover.

If you have any questions, I’d love to chat! 
Feel free to request my wedding brochure for more information, using my contact form or send me an email directly at hello@vanessagomesphotography.com

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