A Fun-Filled Brighton Hen Weekend! Face-Cakes, Firemen & Friends!

Bride-to-be, Lou

Today we’re bringing you something a little bit different; an epic Brighton hen weekend. For any of you thinking of pubbing it, clubbing it or afternoon tea-ing it for your hen weekend then you can’t go far wrong with a Brighton hen do!

These lovely gals threw in a speedboat ride (the ultimate hangover cure), some vintage hair do’s, a fireman’s lift, and some tasty Face Cakes too! Oh yes!

Over to Devon based bride-to-be, Lou, who came all the way from Exeter with her best girls, to have her fun-filled hen weekend here in sunny Brighton, as photographed by the lovely Gemma from Taylor Wolf Photography:

“I live in Devon and work as a teacher in a school for the blind. As well as planning our wedding, me and Shawn are also in the process of moving down to Cornwall, we’re quitting our jobs and opening a B&B so there’s a lot going on at the moment!

I met Shawn when I was 18 and started uni. Although we didn’t know each other well, I saw him around over the years. It wasn’t until we moved in as flatmates when I was 21 we finally got together. We’ve been together for 13 years now.


I actually thought he was joking when he proposed, after 13 years you don’t expect it! We had gone down to Cornwall for the weekend and were walking down to check the surf on a beautiful beach when he dropped to one knee! He’d been planning it for ages and my best friend (who’s a jeweller) had made the ring, we had 2 nights booked in a hotel in St Ives, restaurants booked, new outfits bought…. he definitely outdid himself on this one!

I chose Brighton for my hen weekend because I went to Brighton uni and lived there for 7 years in the end. I love Brighton and have such fond memories of the place I knew that was where I should have the hen.

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A Sussex Barn Wedding With Country Fair Theme & Epic Honeymoon!

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Roll up, roll up we’ve got a stunner of a Sussex barn wedding, with all the fun of the fair coming your way today, in the shape of Julie and Sam’s AH-MAZING big day. Held at Upwaltham Barns in West Sussex (one of the most popular Sussex barn wedding venues!), this cool, fun-loving couple planned one of the most epicest (new word alert!) weddings in just six months. There’s bold and beautiful blooms, an epic cake AND a FUNFAIR. Oh and just to top off celebrations, two weeks after saying ‘I Do’ Julie and Sam started their YEAR LONG honeymoon backpacking around the world (jealous, us?).

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Right, we’re piping down and passing over to beautiful bride Julie, as we’re chomping at the bit to share this sensational September wedding with you…

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Sam proposed to me in January 2015 in Rome after seven years of being together. At this point we were already planning a year trip around the world backpacking and were aiming to leave in September 2015. I think Sam had thought we would get married when we returned from travelling in 2016, however that didn’t last too long and once we were back from Rome we were already starting to look at venues to see how possible it would be to get married before we left and how great would it be to have a year’s honeymoon travelling the world together!

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We chose to get married in Sussex as we have both lived in Brighton for 12 years, we went to Brighton University and loved it so much that we stayed. We knew we would be going away travelling for a while so wanted to keep the wedding local in the Sussex countryside which we both love.

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A Small and Intimate Arundel Wedding ~ Tara & James

One of the things we love most here at Love Sussex Weddings HQ is sharing the love stories between couples and oh boy, do Tara and James have one of the sweetest stories ever! Meeting in Horsham (where they are both from), within a month, the couple were off on their first holiday and within two, they were planning an epic move to Dubai!

Fast forward a few years later to October 2015, and the couple returned to Sussex to hold their intimate do at Arundel Town Hall and then the gorgeous Arundel House – for just a handful of their closest family members. Needless to say, we’ve fallen head over heels for this beautiful couple and their stunning Sussex wedding!

Here’s bride Tara to give us all the goss about planning her wedding from abroad:

James and I first met in our hometown through mutual friends and a month later were on a skiing trip together in France. Once we returned from skiing James told me of a job offer that he was considering in Dubai and asked if I would be crazy enough to go join him, having only known each other for two months! I instantly said yes, somehow I knew that it was meant to be. It had been a crazy three years together, then in May last year he surprised me with a ‘late birthday’ trip to Oman. We visited the most magical place I have seen called Wadi Ash Shaab; we swam through natural valleys to a cave with its own waterfall inside. That night we camped under the stars in the desert where James got down on one knee to ask me the big question…of course I said yes.

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We chose to get married in Arundel as we are originally from Horsham in West Sussex and both love the area and surrounding villages and countryside. In Arundel we had found the perfect intimate wedding venue for us, and it is a lovely place to go back each year for our anniversary!

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Could your mum be Gina Bacconi’s Mother of the Bride or Groom 2016?

Weddings are very special occasions for everyone involved. Behind every bride and groom are often two mums glowing with pride. The lovely things these ladies have done to help the happy couple make it to the aisle are often stories that go untold. Gina Bacconi, a luxury womenswear brand specialising in occasionwear and Mother of the Bride outfits, wants to change that and bring these fabulous women to the forefront.

Founded in 1913 in East London, Gina Bacconi has been helping women look gorgeous for over 100 years. The current collection of occasionwear, Mother of the Bride outfits and party dresses features modern silhouettes designed to flatter and make the wearer stand out in the crowd. However, it’s not just a fabulous outfit that a Mother of the Bride deserves.

To help brides and grooms thank the special women who have played an important role bringing them up, Gina Bacconi has started the search for Mother of the Bride or Groom 2016. Whether you’re newlyweds or currently planning your wedding, the brand invites you to nominate your mum and share your story about the wonderful things she’s done in the run-up to your wedding.

As a special treat for the winning mum, Gina Bacconi will invite her to their London showroom, an amazing space with exquisite dresses from past collections on display. There she’ll be pampered and preened, allowed to choose an outfit from the SS16 collection and be given a gift bag full of lovely goodies.

Brides and grooms can nominate their mums (or the women who are very close to their hearts) via this online entry form. All they need to do is:

  • 1. Upload a picture of the person they’re nominating
  • 2. Tell Gina Bacconi her name
  • 3. Write a short explanation about what she’s done to make their wedding day even more magical
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Shhhh – A Secret Speakeasy Prohibition Experience in Brighton

Edit: This event is now sold out.

Looking for a fun night out with your pals to take a break from all that wedding planning? Well the lovely guys from Gin & Bear It have joined forces with Polygon Pop Up to create an evening of 1920s underworld style speakeasy shenanigans where gin is king! Here’s the low down from them:

Polygon pop-up and Gin & Bear It are collaborating with Small Batch Coffee in bringing a pop-up speakeasy prohibition bar experience like no other in Brighton.

The year is 1922, Flappers abound and the charleston reigns supreme on the fashionable dancefloors.

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Oh My Honey Spring Wedding Dress Collection Launch Party!

Oh how the Love Sussex Weddings team whooped when an invite to Brighton wedding dress designer, Louise O’Mahony (aka Oh My Honey)’s new collection launch party landed in the inbox!

Oh My Honey started in 2009 and ever since has been a favourite amongst vintage-loving brides both throughout the UK and internationally, who want a dress with a fun, modern twist.
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We Love Sussex Wedding Proposals!

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, what more of an excuse did we need to re-live utterly romantic Sussex love stories and proposals that totally blew us away?!

We’re not just talking massive rocks or movie-style romances either, as we’ve found, some of the most loveliest and touching tales come from truly personal experiences that just make you sigh and think ‘those two were meant to be together!’. So, stop wedding planning for a mo, and get swept away in all the lurve…

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The “Let’s Take The Dog For A Walk” Proposal

Childhood sweethearts Kristie & Aaron, met at Chichester College, over ten years ago, went to uni together and travelled the world, before returning to Sussex and buying a home and adding adorable schnoodle Alfie to the mix. Their lovely love story was made even sweeter when on a dog walk to the spot where Aaron originally asked Kristie to be his girlfriend, he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him! All together now: aww!

This cute couple then tied the knot in a stunning summer ceremony at Southend Barns and last year, welcomed a baby to their brood. Sounds pretty perfect doesn’t it? Read more about their engagement and beautiful barn big day here!

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The Action Filled Proposal

OK, so when romantic Richard popped the question to his beautiful bride Danielle, he wanted to WOW her and oh my, did he go to town! There was a picnic, a HELICOPTER ride around London, a chauffeured motorbike ride and then as the sun was setting, at the top of The Shard, Richard proposed!

Knowing his fashion-forward bride so well, this gorgeous (and very thoughtful!) groom had even taken a change of clothes for her for their celebratory ‘official’ photos at her fave French restaurant. We doubt James Bond could have planned a more sophisticated proposal!

Of course, with a BIG proposal came TWO awesome Sussex weddings – one at Brighton’s iconic Pavilion and another at Wakehurst Place! Fancy a peek? Here you go

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The Valentine’s Day in Venice Proposal

We absolutely get swept away in the romance of it all, when a groom plans a beautiful proposal that he know his wife-to-be will love. For Dave who asked that all-important question to Sophie on a sort-of shock trip to Venice, via Paris, over Valentine’s Day (cute!), he definitely had taken time to organise such a wonderful experience. Just before he popped the question, the loved-up couple had dined outside, in candlelight, snuggled in blankets, before going for a moonlight walk around Piazza San Marco, where Dave then got down on one knee and asked Sophie to be his wife!

Last summer, the couple said I do in Dave’s family church and celebrated with a gorgeous Fitzleroi Barn reception. Caution: this wedding will definitely make you beam at your screen!

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The “This Should Be Made Into a Film” Love Story

Y’know when you read something and think “this is so romantic, I can’t believe it’s real life?” – that’s exactly how we feel about Anna and James!

This loved-up couple, who met in Sussex and now live in London have one of the most amazing stories that we have ever heard. Introduced by a mutual friend, just a few months before James was heading off to work in Aspen, James invited Anna to join him for a holiday. After having a fantastic time on the ski slopes together, he asked her to stay… and well, after returning home broken-hearted and subsequently handing in her notice, Anna was back in Aspen, within a month! From there, the couple travelled around the USA, Mexico and then South America!

Fast-forward a few years and James asked Anna to pick her favourite restaurant for their New Year’s Eve meal, which just so happens to be on a quiet vineyard in Tuscany. After an afternoon walk, James proposed with an Accessorize ring and just shy of three years later, the couple were married in a picturesque lakeside ceremony at Duncton Mill Fishery in West Sussex. *Swoon*

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The Personal Proposal

We love all proposals – whether they’re fabulously fancy or loving and low-key, and often the ones that really pull on our heart strings are the simple and personal ones, just like Lucy and Sam’s.

Lucy sadly lost her mum, suddenly in October 2011 and just a few month’s afterwards, on New Year’s Eve (after dreading the first Christmas and New Year without her lovely mum), Sam proposed, in her auntie’s back garden, a few minutes before midnight. While it wasn’t how either of them had expected to have gotten engaged, Lucy thought it was perfect. And so did we! It gave Lucy hope and a great start for a New Year. Best of all; Lucy knew her mum would have loved that she was getting married!

This sweet couple married at St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Hellingly and continued their country fete and afternoon tea inspired wedding celebrations at nearby The Sussex Barn. Go on, take a look here

“I Really Didn’t Need to Consider My Answer”

The beautiful simplicity of Andrew and Neil’s proposal story is another that really makes us beam and pulls on our heart strings.

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Andrew told us:”Neil proposed to me more or less in passing at the top of the stairs in my house, about five years ago. I think the thought suddenly took him – I said yes, and we carried on with whatever it was we were doing, it all seemed very natural and I really didn’t need to consider my answer.” That last sentence gets us every time, so lovely, it should be in a film or a book! We love Andrew and Neil’s proposal story and the fact that it led to their historic and beautiful Brighton wedding too of course!

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A Beautiful Bohemian & Gold Wedding Inspiration Shoot


Oh wow! This beautiful Bohemian wedding inspiration shoot has got us longing for warmer days so we can kick of our winter boots and get all boho and barefoot! We love the idea of lavish wedding style on a bohemian friendly budget and we think you’ll agree that the team behind this gorgeous shoot have done an amazing job. Big thanks to Jessie, Brighton & Hove based wedding photographer and one half of Paper & Primrose for sending these delicious photos our way.

Here’s Georgia from Westwood Design (stylist on the shoot) to tell us more:

I borrowed and gathered as much as I could from the people who inspire me (most notably my world traveling super glamorous Nana!) and set out to design the most lavish, yet bohemian budget-friendly wedding shoot I could imagine. It’s amazing what a can of gold spray paint can do!

Our photographer duo, Paper & Primrose love bright colors, as you can see from their photographs.

Their adoration for deep, rich tones worked perfectly with the colours found in Moroccan throws and cushions.

Whilst opulent, I was keen to keep everything looking clean and fresh. Dark reds and burnt oranges were combined with café au lait dahlias and silvery eucalyptus and I used crockery and vases from Helene Millot, who provides opulence at its best!

The cakes were homemade and the fruit was either picked or bought at the local farmers market in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

What made this wedding inspiration shoot completely glamorous was the gorgeous Daughters of Simone wedding dresses, provided to us by Heart Aflutter bridal Boutique  in London.

They perfectly encapsulated the ethereal gypsy feel of travelers all over the world; floaty and worn barefoot – obviously!

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2015: 5 Stunning Sussex Weddings That Had Us Swooning!

2015 may have ended last week, but before we close the lid on another fantastic year, full of fabulously quirky Sussex weddings, we wanted to send it out with the style it deserves. And there’s only one sure-fire way of doing that; by re-living a few of our faves, of course! So, whether you’re a regular reader or a newbie bride-to-be (if so; hello and congratulations!), get the kettle on, raid the biscuit tin (we won’t tell anyone!) and get comfy. Oh 2015, how pretty you were!

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One of our earliest weddings showcased was Vojin and Chrysso’s gorgeous beach-inspired wedding at the romantic Gallivant in Camber. Their wedding with “French granny’s house” themed décor (their words, not ours!), bow ties, braces and romantic beachside pics, made our hearts skip a few beats…

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Who can forget Candy and Ron’s colourful fairytale wedding at Herstmonceux Castle? We certainly can’t! From the bunting to the balloons, the bubbles to the owl ring bearer (yep; you did read that right!) AND not forgetting, it was planned ENTIRELY by the groom, this is definitely one of those weddings brimming with beautiful (and fun!) ideas to borrow for your big day!

Fitzgerald Photographic

It’s fair to say that any wedding that has a Choccywoccydoodah cake is going to stick in our minds! Team that with a cool pub ceremony and a jaw-droppingly amazing Alice in Wonderland tea party (and not to mention a really lovely couple!) and yes, you guessed it – we fell right down the rabbit hole for Keith and Johanna’s ‘do

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Emma and Tony’s Sussex summer fete wedding at Westmeston Parish Hall not only saw Vintage Scoops’ ice cream van rock up, but also boasted an outdoor ceremony, oh and thirty kids (under 10!) have what we can only imagine as the most fun afternoon EVER. This wedding is a must-read for all of you planning on having children at your wedding – this pro pair had it down to a tee!

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The Gallivant – A Beautiful Beach Side Sussex Wedding Venue

Today we are handing over to a truly beautiful beach-side Sussex wedding venue, The Gallivant to tell you all about their New England Beach House style restaurant with rooms, a stone’s throw from the gorgeous Camber Sands in East Sussex:

Weddings at The Gallivant are magical affairs. Styled to feel like a New England Beach House, we become your private residence for your wedding celebration, minutes away from an extraordinary sandy beach.

Whether you are looking for a marriage ceremony or a renewal of vows, we are the perfect venue to celebrate this special occasion.

The layout and style of The Gallivant sets us apart and makes us rather unique. As a venue across from the sea, we style our packages to make use of our local surroundings.

Drink and canapés can be served on the beach, photographs in the magnificent dunes before being served a meal made from ingredients sourced from within 20 miles. 95% of our meat and fish is sourced from within 20 miles. The emphasis on using locally sourced and seasonal produce is again unique.

Weddings with us are on an exclusive basis, so you have our focussed attention throughout your stay. If you have always dreamt of getting married in a relaxing, coastal, environment, eating exceptional local food expertly prepared for you have found your ideal spot.

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