Martin and Robyn – Rye Town Hall | East Sussex Wedding Photographer

This is a tribute to this lovely man Martin, who sadly one year after this wonderful wedding  died of cancer. Live life to the full people!


There really is no place like our home town of Rye to shoot a wedding and Rye Town Hall is our favourite venue. With it’s relaxed feel and colourful surroundings it never disappoints . So we were delighted to be asked to photograph Martin and Robyn’s wedding.

By Andrew Jelf and built in 1742, the present Rye Town Hall is the third known to have existed on the Market Street site (the first of which was burned to the ground by the French in 1377). It is a Grade II* Listed Building and is, therefore, in the top 4% of Listed Buildings in the country. Strange fact! – The Rye Gibbet Cage lies in the room upstairs, contains the remains of John Breads, a local butcher who was executed and hanged in chains for the murder of Allen Grebell (the Deputy Mayor) in St Mary’s churchyard in 1742.

Martin and Robyn came to visit for a consultation and it was immediately apparent what a layed back, relaxed couple they were. They expressed a wish for their photographs to reflect this and for the day not to be too staged. The wedding was to be a real celebration of their love with their close friends and family.

Robyn got ready at ‘ The George‘ where the couple were to have their reception. I think we captured some stunning images of Robyn and her gorgeous daughter, which wasn’t hard to do as they were both so beautiful. Martin took the short walk to The Town Hall with his best man to await his bride. He looked slightly nervous but quite obviously delighted that this day had come.

The photographs of the service are some of my favourite we have taken. I loved the little looks they gave each other, with a mixture of tears and laughter they were a joy to edit.

After the service and group shots we of course had the customary walk with the Town Cryer down to’ The George’, then whisking the couple away around Rye for a few romantic pictures. With Martin and Robyn’s quirky style the back drop of Rye really suited them. I love these pictures!!