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.
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