The very first wedding I photographed was in Eastbourne some 20 years ago. So now I’m an established wedding photographer Eastbourne holds some happy memories for me. Furthermore many of the weddings I have photographed have taken place at the town hall. Ian and Nicola join recent newlyweds Barry and Thelma as well as Nick and Nicola who all married at Eastbourne Town Hall.
For my sins I am also a wedding videographer and had the pleasure of filming Dan and Sara’s Eastbourne Wedding at St.Agnes Catholic Church. They had their reception at La Locanda del Duca restaurant. If you would like to watch the film of their wedding please view it here.
Hot Day for a Wedding
So, as you can see, I have some experience of photographing weddings in Eastbourne. Ian and Nicola chose one of the hottest days of the year to marry. Luckily the town hall corridors are quite cool and the ceremony itself was held in the larger of the rooms licensed for weddings at the town hall. The ceremony was well attended and Nicola was full of excitement and could not stop smiling at the thought of marrying her man.
Ian on the other hand was a lot more laid back. He is clearly the more chilled of the two and calmly took Nicola by the hand after her walk up the aisle. Her excitement had turned to nervous anxiety as she was waiting outside. Both managed to make it through the vows without incident and my only problem was that it was a little dark, despite the hot sunshine outside, and I needed to set my camera up for low light conditions. This is never ideal but thankfully the camera I use still produces great results even in low light. It’s also perfectly possible to brighten dark photos afterwards on the computer.
Eastbourne Registry Office
Marrying at Eastbourne registry office means photos on the steps of the town hall. It was so hot it was uncomfortable but it was also a job to make sure the weren’t shadows across the faces of my subjects and that they weren’t squinting in the sun. These are the two major challenges faced by wedding photographers on sunny days. I think we did pretty well and in addition to the formal photographs I also managed to get some nice candids. For a wedding photographer Eastbourne Town Hall is an excellent venue, with beautiful rooms, a grand staircase and majestic entrance. All it lacks is a beautiful garden at the rear in which to take some more colourful photographs.
The Bear Inn, Burwash
It was a rather long drive out to the Bear Inn at Burwash where Ian and Nicola held their reception. Happily it was worth it as the views from the garden are fantastic. I have been to the Bear Inn before, but it was a long time ago and I had forgotten how lovely the views are. It is often the case that I feel sorry for brides and bridesmaids having to wear dresses which are often sleeveless, backless or short, because it’s so often cold. On this occasion however, I could not help but feel bad for the men, myself included, fully dressed up in suits and ties, some with waistcoats. We were melting in the heat! Before we finally succumbed we did manage to get some great shots with rolling hills and blue skies in the background. I was not required beyond the wedding breakfast and so once everyone sat down for their meal I was free to get a cold drink and relax.
Wedding Photographer Eastbourne
I am delighted to say that Ian and Nicola were really pleased with their pictures and the photo book I designed for them. If you are getting married in Eastbourne or Burwash or anywhere in Sussex, Kent or Surrey please get in touch and we can have a chat about how best we can meet your needs. I love Eastbourne in the summer and for a wedding photographer Eastbourne has so many great photographic opportunities, including the seafront, Beachy Head, the Wish Tower, the pier and band stand. Let us help you make the most of those fantastic places to have your photograph taken on your wedding day.
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