Love you to the moon and back

For a second time in 2022 we return to Herstmonceux Science Centre. Only this time for a real wedding! I’ve known Alex and Alice for a number of years, with Alex being the brother of my brother in law’s Wife (if that makes sense). So I was delighted when they asked me to capture the day for them. This one really turned out to be one of the most spectacular weddings of the year in such a unique location too.

Venue: The Observatory Science Centre

Brides Dress: Tying the Knot Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses: JJ's House

Florist: Pat's Flowers

Hair & Makeup: Blush Beauty & Hair

DJ : East Sussex DJ's

I arrived at Alice’s parents lovely home in Hellingly, preparations were well underway with Penny from Blush Beauty and Hair already working away. I found a lovely long hallway upstairs which made a great spot for the dress to hang. I try not to use flash at all in the mornings, instead seeking the natural light of a location wherever possible. 

Bride and bridesmaids all laughing together.

The ceremonies over a certain size at the Science centre are held in the big octagonal marquee at the back of the venue. The lighting is fabulous, and gave the service a really unique feel. The couple had also chosen to have their ceremony conducted by their neighbour who also happened to be an excellent celebrant. 

After the service, drinks and canapés were served on the front lawns of the centre, between three of the telescope domes. Despite a slight shower of rain, group photos and confetti shots went really smoothly. It was lovely to have my brother & sister in law and my little niece there for the day too. 

The real main event for us on the day came when it was time for couple shots. Talk about unique! We were given access to a number of the centres domes all with unique photo opportunities. My favourite though has to be Dome C which is pretty much untouched from when it was first built and is still used for star gazing. The roof of the dome rotates giving you light from any direction you like and I found an awesome shot. By placing Alex and Alice up a ladder and positioning the open part of the dome behind them, I created this really nice frame/window.

For the evening we headed back into the octagon marquee where my friend James from East Sussex DJs, on the decks was creating an awesome party atmosphere. There was line dancing, face masks and some old skis now fitted with shot glasses! I’m sure they had an incredible night after we left.