When you look through the gallery of this romantic Brighton wedding shoot, Jessica and Claudia might look familiar to you. You can find this gorgeous couple over on YouTube, where they have a successful channel of nearly a quarter of a million followers! Once you’ve finished here, you should definitely head on over to YouTube and check it out.
Jessica and Claudia Kellgren-Fozard were already married when I met them – they had a beautiful wedding ceremony at Frenchay Quaker Meeting House and their reception was held at Kings Weston House– an elegant early 18th-century country house that Jess grew up in the grounds of and that has been important to her since childhood. Their wedding day was beautiful, but it was also one of the rainiest on record, and they weren’t able to get any shots outside. They wanted, then, to do a post wedding shoot in their stunning dresses in and around their hometown of Brighton, and I was over the moon to be asked to shoot it for them.
Brighton is such a wonderfully quirky, colourful and surprising city, and it was wonderful to be able to shoot Jessica and Claudia in a real variety of locations. We covered lush greenery in the park, candy coloured beach huts, gritty graffiti and crashing waves. It was an amazing day, and these two looked absolutely stunning. Jessica channelled Grace Kelly in her dress by Lou Lou Bridal, and Claudia looked effortlessly chic and gorgeous in her lace embellished number from White Leaf Bridal.
I adore this couple. Their love for each other is palpable and it was a joy to spend the day together with them. Jessica explained a bit about how they met, and it’s just so clear from spending any time with them how strong their connection is. She says:
“Claudia and I met online at the end of summer 2014 and almost immediately snapped together. It was a classic case of ‘when you know, you know’ and we were living together within a month! After spending Christmas with my family, Claudia took me to Rome for my birthday and proposed as we watched the sunset over the Colosseum from the top of Il Vitriano.”
Jessica has two genetic disorders, which means she suffers chronic fatigue and pain, and occasionally needs a wheelchair, and they also affect her hearing so she wears hearing aids. When I got in touch with them to let them know I’d be blogging their shoot, I asked Jessica to say a few words about her disabilities. Her response is so perfect that I had to share it here verbatim (get ready to fall in love with these two yourselves!):
“Claudia was the first person I went on a date with who genuinely didn’t find any of that off putting or a ‘problem to be overcome’. She sees my disabilities the way I do; as just a part of me. A lot of young disabled people think they will not have a chance at romantic love. It’s important to show that Claudia’s love isn’t because or despite my disability, is just another part of who I am. Also just to show abled bodied people that disability isn’t scary and dating someone with a disability is not a terrifying prospect that they should close their minds to.”
Have a look through their highlights gallery, and leave Jessica and Claudia some love in the comments.