Updated: Nov 23, 2021
One of the biggest allures of Eastbourne, East Sussex, is its situation by the sea. There's something about the salty shores and coastal air that set it aside as a special place to make memories. It makes it a hotspot for British tourism, and a remarkable place for milestone moments in life.
When I got an email from a couple looking to have their special day captured in this town (which is just a 20 minute drive away), it was an easy yes.
Bridal preparations kicked off around 11am, from the stunning location of suite 317 in the Hydro Hotel. Lorraine, her maid of honour, and her beauty team had a great time as they prepared for the big day ahead.
Scott, the groom, and his best man arrived around 1:00pm, with the guests filtering in just after. With the ceremony beginning at 2pm, the sun was high in the sky, and the small but delightful arrangement of chairs set the scene for the beginning of this couple's married life together.
The Hydro hotel's location right on the seaside of Eastbourne provided an unrivalled backdrop for the vows, exchanging of rings, and that highly anticipated first kiss. There is often a temptation to think that bigger is better when it comes to weddings - more guests, more flowers, more food - but, seeing the 32 chairs laid out before the mini dome at the front had an undeniably humble elegance to it.
With the new Mr and Mrs heading back up the aisle, it was time for cream teas, fizz and a natter. All amongst the setting of some beautiful sky blue table cloths, napkins, glass and cutlery.
I was joined by assistant photographer Loken for this wedding, who did an excellent job of getting extra shots along the side.
Cream teas were followed by some more drinks, and then it was time to get that much anticipated selection of group shots!
Scott and Lorraine took a relaxed approach to the speeches, with Scott and his best man just sharing a few words and handing out a couple of gifts to the little ones. After this, the party began to start, with a comical photo booth opening, more guests joining the scene, and food arriving in classic buffet format.
The evening ended with that long awaited first dance, illuminated by the RGB strobes of the DJ desk, and as the sun set over the Seven Sisters cliffs, this day finished laying its foundations as one to remember.
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