Brighton Town Hall | Erika & Colin

Brighton Town Hall

Documentary wedding photography at Brighton Town Hall

A wedding in Brighton for Erika and Colin – now their hometown. Brighton Town Hall, followed by a bus journey to the small village of Iford, just south of Lewes. A small, DIY wedding with close family and friends. All who had been waiting for this day, since Erika and Colin met at university.

So, coverage kicks off at their flat in Brighton. Here, Erika was getting ready with her bridesmaids and bridesman (or Manmaid, as he later called the job title), along with her mum. Hair and makeup in front of episodes of Friends. Their cat slept through it all. A smart car then into town and to the Town Hall. Here Colin waited with his family and another wedding party, in the foyer. Like many town halls on a Saturday, there is a procession of weddings (Makes it hard for the wedding photographers, to photograph guests arriving – as you can’t be sure to which wedding they are arriving?) As two of her bridesmaids waited outside, another wedding burst out of the Regency room, just before Erika arrived. Colin now able to go into the ceremony room, Erika could enter the town hall.

Wedding ceremony at Brighton Town Hall

With Colin’s brother poised on ipod duty, the registrar announced the wedding party in. The music played….no-one appeared…eventually the registrar went back to the door, thumbs up…ceremony began. All went smoothly from then on, including the ringbearer’s task. Confetti and bubbles outside, before everyone walked around to the seafront and boarded the bus to the wedding reception.

Iford village hall wedding reception

Iford sits just above the flood plain of the river Ouse, beside the South Downs. It also sits on the Greenwich Meridian. Having decorated the hall themselves, the day before, it had a nice casual feel to it. Simple but effective decorations and flowers. Outside, Harold’s Hog roast was cooking up the BBQ. Plenty of food and some paper airplanes later, even an inquisitive visit by a village dog, it was then time for the speeches. Naturally, as is often the case at weddings (in the UK), when everyone was inside, the sun came out. By the end of speeches and the dessert, in the form of the ice cream van – the sun had gone and the temperature had dipped a few notches.

Wedding ceilidh

But not a problem, no-one would get cold – it was ceilidh time next! All hands to clearing the tables away and chairs to the sides of the hall. The ceilidh chaos was to follow the first dance…

A nice, relaxed, intimate wedding for Erika and Colin. Here are a few images from the day…


Cat sleeping through the bridal preps

Bridesmaid in the mirror

Makeup in the hall

Smiling bride

Bride makeup

Tying ties

Wedding dress reveal

Waiting for the bride

Bride arrives at Brighton Town Hall

Wedding bouquet

Bride and her neice

Groom and his father

Final group hug

Start of the wedding ceremony in Brighton Town Hall

Brighton Town Hall wedding ceremony

Ringbearer nephew

Handing over the wedding ring

Brighton Town Hall wedding photography

kiss at Brighton Town Hall wedding

A reading

A kiss after the ceremony

Confetti and bubbles


Hug for her father

Boarding the bus

Table decorations

Wedding reception at Iford village hall

Wedding reception at Iford village hall

Iford wedding portrait

Checking out the pictures


Wedding meal at Iford village hall

Wedding cake

Paper airplanes

Visiting village dog

Pouring the fizz

Paper aeroplanes

Wedding speech

Wedding speeches at Iford village hall wedding

Bride and groom handing out the ice cream from the van

Clearing the hall for the dancing

Cutting the wedding cake

First dance at Iford village hall

First dance

Wedding ceilidh


Sussex wedding ceilidh

Sussex wedding ceilidh at Iford village hall


[…] an old drainage ditch, running into the river Ouse. Just a couple of fields away, I photographed a wedding back in April, for another couple from Brighton. Grooms with the same surname too. Nice part of […]

Fantastic wedding photography!

Great storytelling and gorgeous processing Martin.

Thank you so much for capturing our day so well Martin. We absolutely love the shots, especially of Erika’s nephew and her mum pouring more prosecco!

Really nice to see natural photos instead of false poses. Captured the moment well, fantastic photography.

You captured the day and special moments of the day really well

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