If you’re struggling with these dreary and grey autumn days, we’ve got just the tonic for you, in the shape of Love Sussex Weddings readers Hannah and Conor’s August bank holiday bash!
The couple, who originally hail from Leicestershire (Hannah) and Belfast (Conor) and live in Teddington, London tied the knot in a beautiful bunting and fairy light laden ceremony at East Dean’s Birling Manor and continued their pretty vintage-inspired garden party themed big day in a capri marquee on the crocket lawns.
We caught up with gorgeous bride Hannah to talk crafting, mother-in-law cake offs and why these London-locals chose to marry in Sussex:
Hi Hannah! Before we start chatting away about your beautiful big day, tell us – how did Conor propose?
We’d been together six and a half years in July 2013 - Conor had just started working for a new company and they used to have competitions every Friday with amazing prizes. Conor pretended he’d won a night away in Stoke Park Hotel –a luxury 5 star hotel. On arriving in the amazing suite, I tried to rifle through the mini bar saying that as we were not paying for the room we should treat ourselves to a bottle of champagne – Conor obviously very uncomfortable, tried to convince me otherwise!
We had a fabulous meal with the very last course being bought out to us both under a silver dome. Still completely oblivious to it all I lifted off the dome and underneath was a red ring box! Conor then got down on one knee and said “it’s not a competition, will you be my wife?” The ring belonged to his grandmother and is from the 1930′s.
We both love East Sussex! It’s just short drive from London and the sun always shines (mostly!). I think we will move, eventually. Conor saw our wedding venue, Birling Manor online. We decided to go down for the weekend and it was love at first sight! We didn’t see ANY other venues and signed up for the Bank Holiday weekend there and then.
We rented six Beachy Head Cottages for 4 days, to include the wedding party and close friends, all centred around a beautiful kitchen garden. It really was so much fun nipping in and out of each other’s cottages during the whole weekend! We were looked after so well by the estate manager too. We had a BBQ Sunday and it made the wedding into a whole weekend celebration rather than just one day. [CLICK TO READ MORE]