Wedding Day – Emma and Bianca – Travelling Light

June 11, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Wedding Day – Emma and Bianca – Travelling Light

Brighton Town Hall and Hotel du Vin

April 2014

Emma and Bianca’s wedding took place on a bright, sunny spring day in Brighton. It was a midweek wedding, and I always enjoy doing these. I don't feel that a weekday wedding should be treated any differently to a weekend ceremony, and this includes photography. The wedding group was relatively small and I was only needed for a few hours. This again is something I'm very happy to do. All weddings, great and small, are emotional occasions which deserve to be properly photographed.

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I was needed at three locations: Bianca's home for her final preparations, Brighton Town Hall for the wedding ceremony and at the Hotel du Vin in Ship Street for the drinks reception. Now, moving across a bustling city like Brighton is never easy. For me part of wedding photography is risk management and planning properly, so that I am where I'm supposed to be when I have to be there. As it was a relatively short booking for me I decided to use public transport, train and bus, to arrive. That meant packing my bag very carefully to make sure I had everything I needed for three hours, without weighing myself down with clutter.

After taking some documentary images and posed portraits at their home I actually made the journey to the Town Hall in a taxi with Bianca and her best man, David. It occurred to me that this was the first time I had ever arrived with the bride. At least I didn't have to worry about racing her to the venue, and I was able to take some reportage images of the journey itself.

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The ceremony took place in the small registry office at Brighton Town Hall, which opens out into a room containing some regency style chairs and mirrors. Fantastic for posing in!

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As the wedding group was small we were able to be far more spontaneous and flexible than usual. We strolled through the Lanes, taking a very distinctive group portrait on the way,

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before deciding on a whim to visit the beach 

Couple Together on Brighton BeachCouple Together on Brighton Beachinfo@davidashpeake-photography.com

before going on to the the Hotel du Vin.

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It's a place that I think is truly evocative of Brighton: a sense of history with a contemporary twist.

An Intimate Wedding Party, Hotel du Vin BrightonAn Intimate Wedding Party, Hotel du Vin Brightoninfo@davidashpeake-photography.com

It suited this Brighton wedding down to the ground. And I had a very enjoyable stroll back to the train station, feeling very happy with the day.


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