Hugo and Harvey, first couple to have a civil ceremony on Brighton Bandstand
Hugo and Harvey were the first couple to have a civil ceremony on Brighton Bandstand this weekend, after the granting of a wedding license for the venue by Brighton and Hove City Council. They had a fantastic sunny day for it and managed to cram over 120 guests in for the event.
The grooms hid in the Brighton Hotel opposite until the guests had arrived and furniture had been set up for the ceremony. In fact the couple were so well hidden that the registrar couldn’t find them for his pre-wedding interview, until friend and organiser E.J. let him in on the secret. When everybody was ready Hugo and Harvey made their grand entrance and stood in the middle of the bandstand with the guests forming a circle around them. Despite the number of people attending it didn’t feel too crowded and seemed quite private. A few curious members of the public tried to join in but were gently turned away at the entrance, which had been roped off for the occasion.
After the ceremony all the guests made their way down to the terrace at beach level for a drinks reception, and I had a chance to take photos of Hugo, Harvey and their families on their own, with a bit more space to work in. I spent a couple of hours on the terrace as well, taking informal photos of everybody chatting and socialising.
Later in the afternoon the party made their way to The Old Market for the wedding breakfast. This was a short booking for me, so, after taking some shots of the receiving line, I said goodbye and left everybody to enjoy their evening.
I’ve taken newly weds on to the bandstand a few times since it’s restoration last year and it’s always a great spot for wedding photography. This is the first time that I (or anyone else) have attended a full wedding ceremony here and I’m sure it will be a very popular venue.
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