It’s not just true of buses, I waited ages, as a photographer, for a wedding in Hastings and then four came along at once. Shane and Tanya’s wedding at Beauport Golf club was virtually next door to where I was the videographer for Ben and Emma’s wedding at Bannatynes Spa Hotel.
Weddings in Hastings
I also photographed Debbie and Steve’s wedding recently. Their story is recounted in my post entitled ‘Wedding in a Chinese Restaurant‘, although strictly speaking the wedding proper was in Park Road Methodist Church. We had food at the Double Dragon Chinese Restaurant afterwards.
Finally, in this years series of Hastings weddings, I was the wedding photographer for Brad and Stacy who married at the Church in the Wood in Hollington.
Ceremony at St. John’s Church
Back to Shane and Tanya’s windswept wedding at Beauport Golf Club. The wedding itself was at St. John’s church, another in Hollington. This church is a lot newer than the Church in the Wood though, having been completed in 1953. There has been a church on the site, however, since 1865 and this building is the fourth incarnation.
Tanya was fashionably late arriving, although Shane was calmness personified and despite it being rather windy, the day had started out bright and sunny.
The vicar of St Johns was clearly wary of wedding photographers as his opening words to me were, “please don’t use flash, although you probably won’t take any notice”. I do my level best to achieve the best photographs for my clients within any limitations I encounter and if I’m asked not to use flash in a church, I won’t use flash. Not long ago I was informed that I couldn’t even take photographs during a ceremony in Hastings, so having to manage without flash is really not an issue. My Canon 5D has enough latitude to cope with very low light and still take great shots.
I got the guests together under the shade of a tree outside the church for a big group photo, but we decided to take the majority of shots at the reception venue. By now the sun was beginning to disappear behind the clouds but the views at Beauport Golf Club made me think it would be worth waiting.
Wedding at Beauport Golf Club
I must admit to being a little disappointed with the interior of the golf club. It felt like it needed a spring clean and a makeover. It just looked a little sorry for itself. But it’s not the venue that makes a wedding but the people. This is just as well because the weather wasn’t helping either. Beauport Golf Club is set in sumptuous grounds with fantastic views out over the valley. Unfortunately as the day progressed the weather deteriorated. By the time we came to take photographs it was very windy, cold and spitting with rain. We did, however, manage to get some pretty decent looking pictures before the rain really started to come down!
By the evening everyone seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves. It was shoes off time for Tanya as she joined in the dancing. Shane sat with his best man and celebrated with large amounts of falling down water and I managed to get some great shots of ‘dad dancing’ and general merriment.
Despite the cold, windswept wedding at Beauport Golf Club and the rain, the day was a huge success and I am really hopeful Shane and Tanya will have a wonderfully happy future together. If you have enjoyed this wedding blog, please read the story of Rebekah and Joseph’s wedding at the Bannatyne Spa Hastings. Bannatyne’s is a beautiful wedding venue, literally next door to the Beauport Golf Club.