Brighton’s historic Council Chamber, home to decades of political debate, was filled with a different type of vow and commitment this weekend.
Arron Clark and Lisa Nicol were the first couple to be married in the Council Chamber at Brighton Town Hall which was licenced for weddings earlier this year.
The couple have been together for ten years and love living in Brighton & Hove. Arron traces his Brightonian roots back three generations so when it came to their wedding day, the couple wanted a venue in the city centre which fitted their family heritage.
Lisa explained: “We chose the venue because it is in the heart of the Lanes, and the room has a sense of charm and importance. Arron’s Grandfather has run a shop in the lanes for 40 years and our two children were both born in Brighton.”
The Council Chamber is on the second floor of Brighton Town Hall with a semi-circular seating arrangement designed for everyone at meetings to be able to see the speakers. It is also a perfect layout for a wedding ceremony, with a maximum capacity of 120 people.
Sue Baker, registrar for marriages for Brighton & Hove city Council, said:
It was wonderful to do a ceremony in this beautiful room. Now we can cater for larger wedding parties, it will be even better for the couples coming to be married in Brighton Town Hall as this gives more choice. Arron and Lisa were utterly charming and seemed to enjoy the experience of making history here today.”
The sense of history is evident in the room’s traditional wooden panelled décor as well as the wall display featuring the names of all Mayors dating back from present day to Lieutenant Colonel John Fawcett, first Mayor of Brighton, in 1854.