NATALIE & CHRIS – BANNATYNES HASTINGS
Natalie and Chris were married at The Bannatynes Spa Hotel in Hastings which is just round the corner from me…
I met Natalie and Chris at Bannatynes when they visited to trial the different menu options for their wedding breakfast. We had a good chat about their plans for the day and I ended up with the casting vote on the dessert! I’ve worked at the venue on several occasions in both rain and shine so have a good feel for the photographic possibilities both inside and out.
I spent the morning of the wedding day with Natalie, her bridesmaids and mum getting ready in the hotel before going downstairs to meet Chris greeting guests as they came into the Montgomerie Suite for the ceremony. I popped back out to meet Natalie walking round from the Hotel with her bridesmaids and family and their were a few nerves but plenty of smiles too.
The ceremony was full of lovely emotional moments, laughter and heartfelt readings and afterwards, there was a chance for guests to mingle and explore outside. The grounds provide lots space for people to do their own thing. soon after the ceremony, the couple had gone for a walk with Chris’s cousin who wanted some formal photos of them but I could smell rain in the air so quickly grabbed my umbrella from inside and despatched it to them via one of their guests – just in time!
Even in the wet there’s enough covered space for people to chat outside there was plenty of time before the wedding breakfast. Speeches and the cutting of the cake followed before people hit the dance floor and the evening celebrations got going. It was a real pleasure to work with such a warm and trusting couple.