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Kate and Nigel’s wedding at Brighton College

I missed my first wedding ever this Saturday, as Kate and Nigel got married in Brighton register office at 10.00 am. Luckily this was all pre-planned, as the couple had decided to get the marriage out of the way before even getting ready for the day. After visiting the register office, Kate, her mum and bridesmaids made their way to The Metropole Hilton on Brighton seafront to start putting on the glamour. I stayed with them for just under an hour before setting off for the main ceremony at Brighton College. The college has it’s own chapel, which isn’t licensed for marriages but can be booked for blessings. For anyone thinking of using the college, they do have a wedding license for the Hordern Room next door, so you can have your whole day in one location if you want.

The chapel is lit with my least favourite light bulb in the world, the appalling orange sodium light, great for reducing your electricity bills but the worst possible choice for wedding photographers. I’ve done my best with the colours, but will probably end up converting a lot of the shots to black and white in the end. You can see an example of both in the posted pics.
Despite my moaning the couple had a lovely ceremony, choosing a Humanist service run by local celebrant Michael Wooler, followed by a wedding breakfast in The Great Hall.

The best part of the day, from a photographic point of view, was a trip in a taxi down to the Brighton bandstand on Hove seafront at twilight. The sky was just darkening as we arrived and it’s given a lovely atmosphere to the scene. The wind was quite strong, but this ended up being a real asset as it blew Kate’s dress into various great shapes. A bit of off camera flash added an element of drama to the shots. I could have carried on shooting here for half an hour or so, but the wedding schedule only allowed us a few minute before we headed back to the college for the cutting of the cake.

bride and groom on Brighton Bandstand at twilight

Kate and Nigel on Brighton Bandstand at twilight


bride in dressing gown shows ring in Hilton Hotel

Kate showing her big sparkly ring at The Hilton


Bridesmaids getting ready in Brighton Hilton

The bridesmaids getting exited while Kate gets ready


Wedding roses in box at Brighton Hilton

The flowers arrive at The Hilton Metropole


Bridesmaids outside Brighton College chapel

The bridesmaids waiting to go into the chapel at Brighton College


Bride and groom during wedding ceremony at Brighton College

The bride and groom during the wedding ceremony


Couple exchanging rings in Brighton College chapel

Kate and Nigel exchanging rings in the chapel at Brighton College


Bride and friends posing outside Brighton College

Kate and friends outside the chapel at Brighton College


Groom and ushers in line up outside Brighton College

Groom, ushers and best man outside chapel at Brighton College


Bride's father making speech with bride and groom at side

Kate's father making his speech


Bride and groom on Brighton Bandstand with West Pier in background

Kate and Nigel on Brighton Bandstand with the West Pier in background


Bride in swirling white dress on Brighton Bandstand

Kate with her wedding dress blowing in the wind


Newly weds on Brighton Bandstand in the evening

The bride and groom on the bandstand as the sun went down

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Kevin Watkins - Lovely post production on these!

DaveP - Thanks Kevin. Post production is such a big part of digital imaging but it’s one of those things I always find difficult to explain to clients, glad you noticed it!

rudiger kennard - Excellent images, creative and well edited, it has the ‘glossy magazine style feel’ well done.

DaveP - Thanks Rudiger, Dave.

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