One of the most interesting parts of the whole wedding process is how the bride and groom celebrate their last few days of “freedom” in the respective Stag and Hen parties. For David and Jo’s wedding in June I was invited to join the “boys” as they celebrated in Brighton.
David’s Stag do ran over 3 days including 2 nights in the Holiday Inn on Brighton Seafront, and included a trip to a casino, go kart racing, artisan beer tasting, several meals out and needless to say a few drinks, so there were plenty of opportunities for a range of different shots.
The first event for the Friday evening was a trip into the bustling Brighton town centre for a meal and then a trip to the Grosvenor Casino just a few minutes walk from the hotel. The Best Man had arranged for every one to wear Hawaiian shirts which certainly mean the group got noticed while they were out and about.
Saturday morning, brought a trip to Team Sport in nearby Lancing for the centrepiece of many stag do’s… go kart racing. The Team Sport facility was excellent, with a large track including a bridge and enough space to make passing possible but not easy! The event was very well run with a strong emphasis on safety and featured a La Mans style endurance race with each team being responsible for managing their drivers and pit stops.
The next stop on the celebrations was a visit to the Craft Beer Co. in Brighton, just a few minutes from the main Western Road shopping centre. The group were provided with a private room and our own guide who was very knowledgeable about the different beers on tap and was able to guide and educate us in selecting several different beers and ciders.
Saturday night ended with a visit to one of the many night clubs in West Street, where everyone partied to the small hours.
Being a light sleeper the bright sunshine of Sunday morning tempted me from my hotel room at around 7:00 AM, to take advantage of some free time to do some photography for myself. Having grown up in Brighton I knew the places I wanted to visit and set about strolling along the seafront and then into the North Laines, before looping back via the Royal Pavilion.
The first shot which took my eye was this one showing the now derelict West Pier, and some of the construction equipment being used to create the Brighton i360 – a viewing platform which will rise some 138M above the seafront (higher than the London Eye) and will offer 360 degree views over the town and out to sea. I’m particularly happy with the composition of this image and the use of differential focusing so that just the security fence and keep out signs are in sharp focus.
After a breakfast, the guys took a walk along the Brighton Pier (formerly known as the Palace Pier) and then to Maderia Drive when the Annual Mini Rally was taking place with cars from across the country meeting up on the seafront.
The stag do was a success with every one having a great time and no dramas. For me it was fantastic to spend some time in Brighton where I grew-up, and spend some time with the Groom and best men prior to the wedding itself.
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