Having photographed a wedding on a cloudy grey day in Brighton the day before, I was very pleased to see the sun in Worthing for Edward and Diana’s wedding at the Chatsworth Hotel on the Steyne. Occasion Photos has photographed a number of times in Worthing and we know the town very well. We photographed Jenni and Phil who married at Sompting Parish Church and we filmed Fiazul’s Asian Mehndi at Offington Methodist Church. Wayne and Karen’s wedding was photographed at the Windsor Hotel, where we also filmed Adam and Ellie’s Wedding. I have written a Windsor Hotel Wedding Venue Review as well as a Highdown Hotel Wedding Venue Review following Sara and Roberts wedding reception there. Their wedding was at Field Place.
Facing the hotel from the Steyne Gardens on the left is the seafront and to the right is Warwick Street, one of the oldest streets in Worthing. Author of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, stayed in a Stanford Cottage on Warwick Street in 1805. The cottage is now a Pizza Express Restaurant! There is a blue plaque outside commemorating her visit.
Chatsworth Hotel itself is one of the largest and, arguably, finest hotels in Worthing. The ivy covered exterior gives the hotel an historic and grand feel. It has a traditional feel inside, with creaking corridors and slightly dated, but not unpleasant, decor.
I arrived rather earlier than perhaps I should and ended up wandering round the hotel for a hour or so taking random shots. The ceremony was in the very nice Hartington first floor room overlooking the sea on one side and the Steyne gardens on the other. It was rather odd at one point to look out of the window of the Hartington Room whilst preparing and see my two eldest sons playing football on the grass outside!
The room provided a lot of light and both Edward and Diana have a natural ability to smile just at the right time. They were a pleasure to photograph and the ceremony went beautifully. We took the main group shots on the lawns of the Steyne and I wished I had had a ladder as it would have provided a little more room for manoeuvre. However, I think we got everyone in. There always seem to be one or two in a large party who don’t really want to be photographed and hide behind taller people!
Photographs on the Beach
After drinks back at the hotel took Edward and Diana over the road to the beach. The sun was setting and we were very lucky to get some beautiful light and very nice photographs with Worthing pier in the background. As a Worthing Wedding Photographer I have photographed a number of times in the town but this was the first time I have actually taken a couple out on to Worthing beach for photographs. I have been the wedding photographer at the Windsor Hotel and the Burlington Hotel, which are both close to the seafront, but on both those occasions I seem to recall specific reasons why it simply wasn’t practical to go to the seafront. Furthermore Field Place, where I have also photographed weddings is a little way from the beach to be fair!
I stayed on for the wedding breakfast and reception, leaving at around 9pm. I am sure Edward and Diana will be very pleased with the way their Chatsworth Hotel wedding has been captured and hopefully it will preserve some lovely memories for them.