Mermaid Inn Wedding Photography in Rye
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The Mermaid Inn – Wedding Photography in Rye

The Mermaid Inn – Wedding Photography in Rye

Mermaid Inn Wedding

Mermaid Inn Wedding // Marie & Nicholai

Rye; the impossibly beautiful medieval town in East Sussex, with its quaint cobbled streets and ancient pub The Mermaid Inn, steeped in maritime history and tales of smuggling, was the setting for Marie and Nicholai’s wedding earlier this summer. The couple live in Norway, and I wondered when they booked me why they had chosen Rye, beautiful as it is. There was a reason, and a good one; Nicholai’s parents had married in Rye, in the same church, with their reception at the same hotel, 40 years ago to the day. It’s enough to make you glow inside. Marie got ready at The Mermaid Inn, a most lovely and Olde Worlde inn as you could hope to find. Built in 1420, and with Norman cellars dating back to 1156, The Mermaid has a rich history of  smuggling and stories of hauntings. There were no ghosts to be seen on the day I was there, just the stunningly beautiful Marie getting her hair and make up done and looking alarmingly reminiscent of Grace Kelly. The boys were also getting ready at The Mermaid, and it was just a short stroll across the rooftops and through an open window (yes, really) to capture them getting ready. On to St Mary’s Church for the ceremony. Some churches, and the ministers who run them, can have very strict rules on photography. From being made to stand at the back or even outside under the watchful eye of a verger who’s sole purpose is to prevent you from lifting your camera. Not so at St Mary’s, where the verger and the Reverend Frost were so accommodating and laid back, and made sure I had access to all areas of the church in order to photograph the ceremony. The ceremony itself was lovely, with the piano being played by Marie’s grandmother, and the church’s cat, Sylvester, on hand to keep an eye on things. Back out into the glorious July sunshine, the bridal party and myself headed down to nearby Winchelsea for some portraits. It was a brief visit as the wind was a little vigorous to say the least. Drinks and canapes were enjoyed back at The Mermaid before the guests sat down to eat. It was here that my day ended, and I left this gorgeous couple and their guests to enjoy their dinner and their evening. A lovely Rye wedding, favourites are below

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10 Comments
  • Steven
    Posted at 13:01h, 21 August Reply

    Phenomenal work, Miss Goddard.

  • Annett
    Posted at 15:11h, 21 August Reply

    Absolutely stunning! Love how you capture the happiness of the occasion!

  • Martin Makowski
    Posted at 18:22h, 21 August Reply

    Great work Lyndsey. As always:)

  • Az
    Posted at 23:31h, 21 August Reply

    Enjoyed looking at these so much. Well done!

  • Tom Weller
    Posted at 09:26h, 22 August Reply

    Cracking work Lyndsey – particularly enjoyed the bridal prep images – such lovely light.

  • Martin Beddall
    Posted at 17:50h, 22 August Reply

    Those bridal prep shots – how to turn not great light to your advantage ( instead of sticking a flash on the camera and bouncing it off the ceiling ). Nice!

  • Neale James
    Posted at 13:19h, 08 September Reply

    I’m not usually at a loss for superlatives but this really is an outstanding set of images. From the contrast in your black and whites to the depth of your colour work, your use of natural light is superb. You’ve beautifully captured details, moments and expressions, and both your documentary work and portraiture is stunning. Bravo Lyndsey. Really exceptional wedding photography.

  • Linus
    Posted at 14:06h, 06 October Reply

    Stunning work Lyndsey. Refined and elegant captures depicting this wonderful wedding in one of those remarkable English seaside towns. Oh how I miss the place!

  • AJ Mellor
    Posted at 15:03h, 16 October Reply

    What a beautiful and unique wedding, and such beautiful images. Those beach shots are stunning. Great work Lyndsey.

  • Rob Dodsworth
    Posted at 12:06h, 20 November Reply

    Superb documentary work and your use of light is similarly outstanding. Love this set!

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