I was at The Royal Pavilion this Saturday to photograph Sally and Masood’s wedding.
The wedding ceremony was in The Red Drawing Room, a lovely venue but always dark from a photographers point of view. Brighton registrars are usually very helpful about this and allow the use of some flash, except during the actual wedding vows. A bit of discreetly used flash, bounced off the ceiling, gave a nice light and solved the problem.
After the ceremony the newly weds and their immediate family went through to the Music Room for some formal photos. The Music Room is open to the public as part of the Pavilion tour, so there is usually an enthusiastic audience of complete strangers watching newly married couples as they have their first photos taken together. This room is dark as well, and I always bring an off-camera flash kit with an umbrella when I’m working here. There are several nice spots to get shots, in front of the grand fireplace, by the Chinese Doors, underneath the huge ornate light shades and nearer the windows if there is enough daylight. There was only about ten minutes allowed for this in the schedule, so I needed to move quite quickly to get everything done.
For the larger group shots all the guests were escorted around to the the front of the building, to meet the couple as they left the Music Room through the french windows. If the weather and light allow it, I like to get a shot of the whole wedding party with the Pavilion in the background. The sun was shining in the guests’ eyes for some of these photos, something I try to avoid if possible, but in this case the location made it worthwhile.
This was a short four hour booking for me. Sally and Masood had decided to have a small wedding in Brighton, then a much larger party for friends and relatives in the week when they were back home in London. After finding my website Sally had decided to book me as their wedding photographer without meeting up first. I usually try to meet all my clients but, as the booking was made quite close to the wedding date, we didn’t get a chance to do this and organised everything by phone and email.
After the formal shots I joined the party in the King William IV Reception Room for the wedding breakfast, which gave me a quick opportunity for some reportage shots before leaving. If you’ve never been in this room, check out the wallpaper in some of the photos, they don’t sell that in B&Q!
Sally and Masood in the Red Drawing Room for the wedding ceremony
In front of the fireplace in The Music Room
The Music Room
The newly weds underneath the ornate light shades
The whole wedding party in front of the the Pavilion
Sally and Masood waiting to go into the wedding breakfast
The King William IV Reception Room prepared for the wedding breakfast
A few shots of the guests during the meal
Sally and Masood enjoying a glass of champagne