This Brighton-based couple filled their gorgeous East Sussex wedding venues with beautiful crafty homemade touches. They started their day with a traditional ceremony at the quaint St Peter and St Paul’s Church and continued their country fete and afternoon tea inspired wedding celebrations at nearby The Sussex Barn in Hellingly. Here’s crafty bride Lucy to tell us all about her DIY big day:
Sam proposed on New Year’s Eve in 2011 in my auntie’s back garden, just before midnight. It wasn’t the proposal that either of us expected but it was perfect. My mum died unexpectedly in October 2011 and I had been dreading Christmas and New Year. I couldn’t make up my mind where I wanted to be, whether it would be too difficult to stay at my parents house at New Year.
Sam thought that although the year had ended badly for us, that it would be fitting to have something good to start 2012, something to look forward to that Mum would have loved, so he picked out a ring which I love (I had always been a big vague on what I liked – something a bit different but definitely not a tiny diamond!), and organised with my auntie how he would do it.
We had a quiet evening with my auntie, uncle, my brother and his girlfriend (everyone knew apart from my brother who was deemed a security risk!) and then just before midnight, Sam took me outside and had prepared the words to “All I ask of you” from Phantom of the Opera to read out to me as a poem, the garden was covered in fairy lights but I still hadn’t twigged what was happening. He read the poem and gave me a rose and then said that was all really, by this point I was quite confused and then he got down on one knee – I was speechless. We had the card he’d written the poem on framed and placed on card/table plan table at the wedding.