Brighton Town Hall Weddings are always so unique. Sometimes it’s just two people, and sometimes it is all their nearest and dearest. And in the latter case, I’m so glad I can say that’s who was at M+C’s wedding.
You see, they had a big day all planned for August 2024. But M’s dad got sick. Really sick. It wasn’t likely he’d make it August.
And so they rang me and asked me what they should do. They knew they wanted to bring the wedding up, but to when? Their venue was offering January, but what did I think?
I couldn’t make the decision for them, but I could pose questions to them and help them find the answer for themselves. So that’s what I did.
Ultimately they decided they wanted her dad to be in the best health possible. They didn’t want to risk moving everything and having an empty chair at the head table. Dad had to be there. So the planned a whole new wedding in less than 2 months.
And it was beautiful. The photograph where M leans over to kiss her dad whilst C smiles will forever be one of my favourite.
Because these two will have lost so much as such a young age.
C has lost both his parents already. His mum whilst living, is so very lost to him. Within reach, but no longer there.
Getting Ready for Brighton Town Hall Wedding
M decided to get ready at their family home with their beautiful daughter O. I’d last photographed O before her parents had even announced the pregnancy. So it was a huge honour to finally met the little girl in the sonogram I’d seen at M+C’s Brighton Bandstand Proposal.
The morning was a bit rushed with hair and make up behind schedule. But we got in all the moments M dreamed of with her dad.
Scroll to see a few of my favourite photographs from the morning.
Regency Room Ceremony at Brighton Town Hall Weddings
M+C booked the Regency Room for their wedding ceremony at Brighton Town Hall Registry Office. And thankfully their wasn’t another wedding booked after theirs. Because C’s mum was dropped off at the completely wrong location and was over 30 minutes late to the ceremony. As C’s mum is in a care home, he was completely gutted the taxi service had messed up so badly but accepted nothing could be done besides delay as long as they could. They were able to delay the ceremony for about 20 minutes, but ultimately his mum and carer had to sneak in the back whilst the ceremony was in progress.
It also meant we weren’t granted any time on the stairs. The stairs at Brighton Town Hall are only “guaranteed” to couples who book The Council Chamber. And couples are often denied re-entry after the confetti toss. So with that knowledge in mind, we RAAAANNN up those stairs instead of going into the Ante Room. We took about 3 quick pictures on the stairs and then ran back down before the registrar knew what we had done! Okay he knew, we were all out of breath. But our speed impressed him! We were so fast we were back down the stairs waiting for the last few guests to go outside for the confetti toss. And with less than 40 guests in attendance, I’d say that’s fast!
Nostos Hove Wedding Reception by Sussex Wedding Photographer
Instead of the big wedding they had planned, C+M went big in other ways. And in my humble opinion, the best way: food.
Nostos in Hove has some of the best food I’ve had in long time. And the food was endless!
Till next time,
As an East Sussex Wedding Photographer, Kelsie Scully Photography photographs Brighton Town Hall Weddings and other special days in Sussex, London, Surrey, Kent and beyond.