The Old Rectory Hastings – Helen & Umberto – Wedding Day

Cambridge Wedding and Lifestyle Portrait Photographer

It’s been a fun filled couple of months but I have had the best of times ever. And I get to re-live it all again by writing up this series of blog posts, editing and making albums for my wonderful couples. So it’s time for me to introduce Mr & Mrs U Grieco aka Helen and Umberto.

I love building relationships with all my couples and always find introductions easy, I suppose its because I love being around people. Although in my previous life we all had worked for the same company I hadn’t met Umberto prior to our consultation meeting. Whereas Helen and I worked in the same office in the days of my Monday to Friday, 9-5 regular routine life. That was before my life became exciting and satisfyingly fulfilled, the world of capturing memories and telling stories all about LOVE through my images. I am not knocking my old life at all and I still have so much respect for the organisation I worked for for many years. It taught me a lot of the lessons I have taken forward into my own business, but I must say I love my new world even more.

Often for the bride, weddings are a series of dreams floating around that have to be caught at various stages and pieced together. We started our dream catching ahead of the big day. Helen, Umberto and I had spent a summers evening on London’s South Bank for their pre-wedding shoot.  The shoot was lots of fun and prepared us all for what lay ahead. For an equal amount of time that we had spent on the shoot we chatted excitedly over coffee about the big day, which by that stage only three weeks away. I knew instinctively that most, if not all, of the items would have been ticked off from Helen’s long ‘to do’ list so all that was left for us to do was to pray for the one thing that was out of our control – THE WEATHER!

My couples often tell me time catches up with them. Helen and Umberto knew that all too soon they would be standing in front of the registrar in an outdoor ceremony repeating their vows to each other, family and friends watching on. Our prayers for nice weather were answered, the sun shone all day and right on cue. It was going to be great day!

The wedding was held at The Old Rectory in Hastings, a fantastic setting for the perfect wedding. A jewel in the crown of this quaint seaside town. The amenities found at The old Rectory would be hard to beat and the warm welcome, excellent personal service, and attentive staff members makes this a wedding venue you really should check out if you are in the market for a small intimate wedding or celebration meal.

The surprises just kept coming from the individually stylish rooms, Helen’s room with a free standing roll top bath. The beautifully decorated marquee, the wonderfully friendly registrar, the weather, the guests, and tasteful prepared and well presented food, the list goes on. Topped off with live entertainment from the talented Rock. Pop and Soul band Little Informer who entertained outside on the garden terrace before the guests headed in to the house and danced the night away to a mixture of classic and cheesy dance tunes from the DJ.

As a wedding photographer you get to witness the roller coaster of emotions, the nerves, the tears and the happiness. I witnessed all of it here in abundance at Helen and Umberto’s wedding but most of all I witnessed those rare stolen moments with the proudest, loyal and most loving parents who were seeing their little girls dreams becoming a reality and marrying the man she adored.

If you are planning a wedding or special event please get in touch by using my contact me page on my website or by email I would be flattered to be considered to document your special day so that you can treasure those memories for years to come.




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