The Old Rectory in Hastings – what a place to have a wedding. Originally it was built in the 16th century as the rectory to All Saints Church next door, but recently it has been converted into a boutique, bed and breakfast, with stylish interiors and stunning gardens outside.
It was my first time to The Old Rectory in Hastings and when I arrived in the morning for Sally and Jeremy’s wedding, the weather looked ominous. Nothing new for an English seaside town in mid-June and there was some rain at the getting ready stage. The chairs were only put out at the last minute once the outdoor civil ceremony on the garden terrace had been confirmed. This happens quite a lot. Wedding venues usually err on the side of caution with outdoor, uncovered ceremonies. Lots of guests getting wet and running for cover isn’t what they want and mostly they play it safe. Once the forecast looked alright, there was no going back and the day just got better and better.
I did a recce of the area before I started. The beach is less than ten minutes walk away. Straight down All Saints Street and you’re there with the Jerwood Gallery straight in front of you. I worked out a quick route along the Rockanore, in amongst the iconic, tall, black fisherman’s net sheds which then give way to amusement arcades and fish and chips. I love the Old Town end to Hastings. It’s a real eclectic mix of fishing history, small lanes of antique shops, restaurants, cafes and independent retailers.
The whole day was lovely to photograph. It was very laid back and the guests had room to stretch out and move around. From a photographer’s point of view, it’s great to have visually interesting backdrops wherever you look.
The Old Rectory in Hastings
If you’re planning a wedding at The Old Rectory in Hastings or anywhere else, please get in touch. I travel all over the UK and further – contact Craig