September 18, 2013
Hastings Castle is forever linked to the most famous date in English history – 1066 – however for newlyweds Adam and Leanne Stockley the historic ruins have a much more recent, and personal, connection.
For the Hastings couple used the famous Norman castle as the backdrop for their wedding celebrations earlier this month.
Displays supervisor Adam, 31, who has worked at the castle’s sister attraction Blue Reef Aquarium for the past eight years, and sales executive Leanne Lawrence, 29, decided the castle would be the perfect place to mark their betrothal.
Famed as the first castle to be built in England following William’s invasion in 1066, the ruined fortification, perched on West Hill and overlooking the town, played host to more than 120 wedding guests.
The couple officially got married at Hastings Registration Office but wanted a truly romantic location to have their wedding blessed.
“It really was a wonderful experience and the perfect way for us both to celebrate our wedding together with all our friends and family,” said Adam.
“The castle is such an iconic location and we were really lucky to have the weather on our side.
“To be able to look out over the whole town and out to sea while surrounded by the ruins of a castle which has stood here for nearly a thousand years is something neither of us will ever forget.
“Working at the aquarium there had been some suggestions we should tie the knot in an underwater ceremony in the main ocean tank but we both agreed that this was a far better alternative!” he added.
The reception was then held after the castle blessing at The Green Room at the Chatsworth Hotel.
Blue Reef Aquarium’s Chris Ireland, said: “This is the first time we have used the castle for a wedding blessing,
“It’s not something we would normally do but after the event’s success it is something we are looking into for the future.”