All Saints Chapel – Cheska & Dave

Sunny Sussex wedding

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 1950s. The NHS hospital closed down a few years back. The main buildings became luxury housing and the chapel – with its 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…

Note from the groom to the bride
Bride doing her makeup at Sussex wedding
Bride laughing with her mother
Doing up the wedding dress
Bride in her wedding dress
Reveal for her father
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Bride arrives at All Saints Chapel under blue skies
Groom waits at the end of the aisle at All Saints Chapel
Start of the wedding ceremony at All Saints Chapel
All Saints Chapel wedding
Bride hugs her father
All Saints Chapel wedding ceremony
Struggle to get the ring on the groom's finger
All Saints Chapel wedding photography
Confetti at All Saints Chapel wedding in Eastbourne
More confetti
Couple portrait on Eastbourne beach
Behind the scenes shot at All Saints Chapel wedding
Bride and groom in the wedding car in Eastbourne
All Saints Chapel wedding reception
Magic act at All Saints Chapel wedding
Wedding entertainment at All Saints Chapel
Bride and groom walk into dinner at All Saints Chapel wedding
All Saints Chapel champagne
Wedding speeches at All Saints Chapel
Cutting the wedding cake at All Saints Chapel wedding
Bride and groom portrait in the garden at All Saints Chapel
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First dance at All Saints Chapel wedding

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!

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  1. Fantastic photos, you all look beautiful, looks like a lovely memorable day for everyone. Looking forward to the Hamefarin! CONGRATULATIONS!!

  2. Thank you so so much Martin for the incredible photos- these are memories we will treasure forever and the photos reflect the day perfectly. Thank you thank you thank you!!! xxxx

  3. These are just gorgeous. Shame one of them looks like I have no teeth on the dance floor! Lol xxxxx

  4. What gorgeous pics Cheska! You all look amazing and so happy! (Especially loving the mature ladies in swimsuits – made me laugh out loud!) See you in July! xx

  5. These photos just made me cry!! So so lovely! Francesca you are so beautiful and so happy! Can’t wait to see you both in Shetland! Xxxxxx

  6. Just beautiful!!! Boanniest peerie bride I’ve ever seen – looked a wonderful day – looking forward to the hamefarin !!! Xx

  7. Well done Martin – beautiful photos of a beautiful wedding! You have caught the spirit of the day perfectly. It was a truly wonderful and memorable day. Thanks Peter Cottrell (David’s Father)

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