All Saints Chapel wedding in Eastbourne
A large chunk of Shetland came down to Sussex last week. They brought the weather with them – deep blue skies and hot sunshine. (I’ve never been to Shetland, but it’s how I imagine the weather in a subarctic archipelago, north of the Scottish mainland…..?)
Local boy, Dave, married Shetland lass, Cheska (Francesca), in the town that they met in – performing in pantomime. The venue was All Saints chapel, on the edge of East Sussex seaside town, Eastbourne. Formerly a nunnery, then an NHS hospital, with another well known local being associated with it…Theresa May’s father was the chaplain here in the 1950’s. The NHS hospital closed down a few years back. The main buildings became luxury housing and the chapel – with it’s neo-gothic interior, a wedding and dining venue. Get the architecture, without the religious bit!
Maid Marian, in Eastbourne’s panto that year, was marrying the new drummer that year. Their theatre producer friend had cast them for life.
Coverage here, begins at Wingrove House in the pretty village of Alfriston. Cheska got ready with her mother and sister, before the big reveal for her father waiting downstairs. A short drive to All Saints (some frantic minutes looking for a parking space…) and guests were gathering in the chapel. Friends playing, singing, reading – the wedding ceremony went smoothly, before a confetti ambush on the way to the lawn. Then a quick trip to the beach – in the wedding car. The idea to get some quick portraits done there. Not the ideal time of day – the sun is high and harsh then – the beach full of semi dressed people, burning. So it may have looked odd to the onlookers (and well wishers in bikinis) but up onto a concrete plinth for pictures with the bride and groom – eliminating the messy background. Some quick pics , even a very cheesy pic in the car and then back to the reception and a magician. A magician, who is one of the cast in the show Dave is drumming for at the moment, in the West End, Girls.
For Dave’s nephew, the magician became an objective, to work out how he did those tricks! Then it was time to head in for the meal, after a Shetland toast. Speeches followed….all good but the best men, Dave’s father and brother, set a new benchmark. Very brave of them to sing in front of many professional performers, but this was comedy, at Dave’s expense, with a Rock Medley. Didn’t need ‘good’ singing, the lyrics were enough. Some drinks/pictures outside, tables cleared, the band setup – time for the ceilidh!! This is the bit they had been waiting for – with Cheska and Dave being part of this band – Licence to Ceilidh. More on this below….
So, here are some images from this sunny Sussex/Shetland wedding at All Saints chapel….
Have we met before?
As I mentioned earlier…Licence to Ceilidh – the world’s youngest looking ceilidh band!
Most couples who book me, I don’t meet until the wedding day. Occasionally a meetup in person before the actual wedding day but mostly just phone conversations or Skype. It’s a pattern I quite like. It was always struck me that people either get this style of wedding photography or they don’t. Those that aren’t sure, often want a meeting. Those who get it, often book quick – sometimes within hours of first asking if I’m available. Cheska and Dave booked me last April – the day after first enquiring. Just emails, no meeting.
So, roll forward to last August. This wedding in Hertfordshire – on another very sunny day. I’d eaten and went out, wandering the grounds, scouting for locations for portraits at sunset – it was beautiful light. I went back in to grab my cameras and a band was sat eating their meal. We nodded. Only when the blog post went up, did Francesca get in touch to say it was them! I then met Dave at this wedding in London and then Francesca again, just a few weeks ago, in Sussex.
Which got me thinking, as I drove to this wedding. If they don’t like their wedding photos, it’s going to be a bit awkward at some future wedding….??!! Fingers crossed then!