Spring wedding at Brighton Royal Pavilion
Geraldine & Dany wanted the smallest quietest spring wedding they could imagine. Alone together, away from the crowds, without any fuss and a big hoo haa. But things don’t always go to plan! Instead, at the last minute, they were joined by Geraldine’s lovely mum who made the trip from Ireland, and Geraldine’s sister Claire, so their wedding day was literally the four of them. And me of course! On this beautiful spring day, I got to the Pavilion early and awaited the couple.
A Hand-Fasting Ceremony in the Red Drawing Room
I’ve shot quite a few weddings at the Royal Pavilion, one of my most fave venue’s in Brighton, but this was the smallest. Originally they’d planned to arrive romantically in a horse and carriage but last minute changes meant they arrived in a rather glossy Bentley instead. No bad! They both arrived together and with beaming smiles, made their way into the red drawing room. Claire and Mum then arranged the rings, hand-fasting ribbon and roses ready for the ceremony. And so the ceremony began.. Geraldine & Dany had also opted for a hand-fasting ceremony as well as the more usual exchanging of rings. A hand fasting ceremony, is a legal and spiritual commitment, which is always very touching to witness. Claire read a beautiful blessing and the last part of the ceremony involved the exchange of roses. Such a sweet and romantic ceremony, without any fuss, and all about heartfelt commitment. Just as quiet and without fuss as they’d wanted.
A trip around Brighton
After the ceremony, we’d made time for photos in the stunning Music Room and on the terraces outside. It was a beautiful day so we then headed out into Brighton for photos on the pier and bandstand. The newly-weds really wanted to make the most of their Brighton wedding, and show mum some of the places they loved! The weather was amazing for the time of year, even though a few clouds were on the horizon. Geraldine was so delighted that it hadn’t rained which was 100% guaranteed had they married back home in Ireland. Then onto the Grand hotel for their celebratory wedding dinner together. I can’t help but become part of a small wedding like this but whether I’m photographing a 200 person wedding or a 4-person wedding, they all get the same TLC. Quietly capturing the moments as they unfold, in as discreet a way as possible I’m there to tell the story of your wedding, big or small. Pleas do get in touch here if you’re having a Brighton wedding particularly if you’re planing one at the Pavilion. You can also look through my galleries and blog posts for other Brighton weddings I’ve done. Id’ love to hear from you!