Sussex Wedding Photographer

Chichester Park Hotel

In Chichester Weddings, Wedding Stories, West Sussex by Stephen Cousins

I had not photographed a wedding in Chichester before, so there is a first time for everything. Paul and Katie married at the Chichester Park Hotel, a mile or two out from the city centre.

Wedding Photographs

It was a rather chilly day at the end of March 2013 and the sun wasn’t keen on making an appearance. The hotel, however, was very comfortable and there is a sheltered courtyard where we took most of the photos after the ceremony.

I like it when I’m able to get nice and close during the ceremony. I feel terribly restricted when I’m asked to stand at the back, which has happened on one or two occasions. Today I was able to move freely around the room, whilst maintaining a suitably detached and invisible presence! This does allow me to capture the couple from a number of different angles and to get close up shots of rings and kisses being exchanged.

Chichester Park Hotel

The ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception all took place at Chichester Park Hotel which also makes for a relaxed, stress free atmosphere. Although this wedding was tinged with a degree of sadness as Katie’s mum had succumbed to illness and died only a few days before. Thankfully, she had been able to help Katie with her wedding plans and see her in her wedding dress. But nevertheless there were a few tears as the speeches were made and at times it was an emotional day. There was also a lot of laughter and I am sure I have captured much of that in the photographs.


Weddings can evoke very different feelings in people. Ultimately it should be up there with the happiest days of your life as the bride or groom. But it can be very stressful. It can be a nervous, almost frightening experience for some! Like at Christmas, we often see people we’ve not seen for years, and this comes with its own tangled web of conflicting emotion. Then there is sadness for those who can’t be there and comfort in being with those to whom we feel closest. What a day!

I wish Paul and Katie every success and happiness in their new life together and feel privileged to have played a small part in their special day at the Chichester Park Hotel.