A Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel Wedding
“So shines a good deed in a weary world” is one of my favourite quotes from one of my favourite movies. If you know that this is from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory then give yourself a pat on the back. But it’s particularly relevant here as Sam & Liv were kind enough to pay me well in advance of their Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel wedding. This was at the height of the COVID lockdown and was very much appreciated in keeping my business ticking over during what was a very difficult time for everyone especially in the hospitality / wedding industry.
So it was with a real sense of affection and excitement that I pitched up to the Mercure Seafront Brighton Hotel on a chilly and very windy Saturday in November to shoot their wedding.
Sam & Liv had gone for a Disney princess / movie theme for the day from character names on dressing gowns to the table names for the seating plan. This was a really nice personal touch and added to the fairy tale ambiance of the day.
The hotel itself is a boutique hotel with a funky and chic style that really leant itself to the feel of the day. Sam and her friends got ready at the Mercure while Liv and her party based themselves just a stones throw down the road at the Metropole. What was really nice here is that Sam had two nice rooms opposite each other. This meant there was plenty of room for everyone to get ready and the hair and make up artist weren’t tripping over each other. At the end of the transformation both brides looked fabulous.
The Mercure has a large, airy function room which photographed really (although there were lots of mirrors so I had to take care not to get my ugly mug in too many!) This room was used for the ceremony, wedding breakfast and reception. The staff were adept in getting it turned round in pretty short order and guests were able to decant into the bar and reception in the interim. I had planned to take the group shots at the front of the hotel but the hotel but it was blowing such a hooley that we sensibly re-located inside.
Sam & Liv were also really good sports in agreeing to venture out to the nearby bandstand for some couple shots. Not quite Shackleton of the Antarctic but not far off! Their sense of humour and fun certainly kept all our minds off the weather and you wouldn’t know looking at the photos.
There was a really warm, loving feel to this wedding and I think that strongly comes through in the images. For anyone looking for a central-ish Brighton venue for their special day then a Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel wedding should be high on the list of possible contenders.
And if you are planning on getting hitched and need a Brighton Wedding photographer – drop me a line!