I guess that sometimes, I forget what its like to start from scratch and imagine myself planning a wedding. I have the privilege of working with incredibly talented suppliers in the industry and I can see first hand what is achievable from the smallest to the largest budgets. When The Electric Palace Cinema contacted me to photograph their venue as they were opening their doors to weddings, I thought.. here is my chance to start from fresh. I asked myself some questions: ‘who would get married at the cinema?’ It seats 48 guests, but the space around the seats is modest, so where would guests enjoy a reception? They could hire a hall above one of the Old Town pubs, or if it’s a particularly intimate guest list, they could head to The Crown Pub for dinner? The Crown pub doesn’t charge ahead and can reserve space for up to thirty guests. Having held many meetings at The Crown and eaten there many times, I could see how The Crown would be special enough yet still modest enough to be the perfect accompaniment to the unique cinema wedding.
The goal was to use only local clients. We reached slightly out to our neighbours Rye and Tunbridge for our suits, film and our stationery but you can find Tara Deighton directly opposite The Crown pub and you only need to walk down the high street to find Shimizu flowers where Mao works with her fine eye to create beautifully structured floral arrangements. Her shop window is one to look out for and admire in the town. Just down the street you will find Judges Bakery for some impressive, giant and beautiful meringues. I am based in St Leonards, as is Grace Benson, Lulabelle (Emma) our stylist who offers some beautiful festoon lighting, brass candle sticks and candles AND also not forgetting Veronique Pullen. Veronique lent us her beautiful Hastings inspired anemone earrings. Earrings that are incredibly beautiful, inspired by our local, charming town and made from her home in St Leonards…worn with a dress made literally in an atelier by the sea.
Speaking of the sea, the shoreline is a three minute walk from The Crown Pub, so when portraits are considered – and they must be considered – it makes complete sense to put your wedding into context via the pebbles and waves.
An Old Town wedding by the sea could be so full of charm that it makes my heart sing.
I hope that it is inspiring to you as something simple yet carefully-and-tastefully curated, so that you and your partner can feel proud to have shopped locally, avoided any wedding cliches but welcomed a wedding that can be as personal and impressive and downright charming as any.
WEDDING VENUE: THE ELECTRIC PALACE CINEMA HASTINGS / RECEPTION VENUE: THE CROWN / FILM: DALE ROOK FILMS / MUA: GRACE BENSON / DRESS: TARA DEIGHTON / SUIT: WJBENNETTRYE / JEWELLERY: VERONIQUE PULLEN / FLORIST: SHIMIZU / STYLIST: LULABELLE WEDDING HIRE / MERINGUES: JUDGES BAKERY / STATIONERY: LYNDA LOVES