A Tim Burton-Inspired Brighton Beach Blessing With Extra PUNK!


As you already know; we LOVE to see couples celebrate their day in their very own way – and OH MY did Paul and Lydia do this in spectacular punk style.

The cool couple (who hail from Birmingham) said ‘no thanks’ to the usual suits, bridal heels and a reception (they’d done this earlier in the year already, but wanted something that was ‘just them’) – favouring instead a laid-back beach blessing, with a bridal dress bought from eBay, chunky black boots and having a few ‘quiet’ drinks around Brighton afterwards. Oh and it all has a super-awesome Tim Burton gothic vibe. Basically if we could insert all the heart emojis, we would.

Right, enough rambling from us. Here’s Paul and Lydia to tell us ALL…

We wanted a personal ceremony and kick-ass photos, we married earlier in the year at a hotel and had a sit down meal, speeches, and a party. Our photographer Rob did a great job finding some areas in the hotel that matched our style, but mentioned at the time about an ‘after wedding shoot’. This got us thinking we would have loved a beach wedding and decided to do it all again with just us. All on Paul’s birthday!

We love the alternative scene, and Brighton was perfect. We wanted a beautiful beach setting and were blessed on the day with perfect weather. Brighton and Hove is such a wonderful place!

Inspiration for our wedding came from our love of the same music; punk/post punk/new wave/gothic/alternative music. We had a gothic/punk theme. We are both big fans of Tim Burton, so there was a theme running throughout our special day!

It was all non-traditional

It was all non-traditional. We were married by Ellie of Alternative Ceremonies who was perfect for us with the theme we wanted. Rob of Rob Farrell Photography also came up with some cracking ideas for the shoot (as you can see!). They were perfect for us and we highly recommend them for anyone wanting to do something different for your special day.

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All The Fun Of The Brighton Harbour Hotel Wedding Fair

As you may have already seen, we’re big fans of the new Brighton Harbour Hotel & Spa, so when we were asked if we wanted to pop down to their first ever wedding fair on Sunday (23rd October), we jumped at the chance! A Sunday afternoon spent sipping fizz, talking to fun and fabulous wedding suppliers at Brighton’s newest wedding venue sounded far too good to miss, didn’t it?! Love Sussex Weddings’ feature writer Shelley headed down to find out more….

The Fair (organised by Empirical Events) was free to attend and after meeting the organisers and the lovely Charlotte – the hotel’s Sales Manager – I was shown into the beautiful Marine Room.

The magical room, complete with original stained glass windows and views out to sea is where the hotel hopes many couples will say I Do. It really is a stunning setting that has one of those sense of occasion atmosphere’s about it.

It’s one of those rare finds – a beautiful calm space in the bustling heart of Brighton boasting stylish original features, yet it’s contemporary enough that any theme you dream of could easily come to life there. Seeing it done up with tables, sequin table clothes, glassware and those wedding must haves; the giant light up LOVE letters (all provided by the fabulous Sam at Mulberry Events), certainly got my creative wedding juices flowing! I overheard other brides (and grooms to be) aahing and creatively dreaming up how they would love to use the venue too.

I then had a good ole natter with amazing suppliers including gorgeous photographer Lucy Carnaghan (these are her fab photos too!), Hove’s MODE Bridal and her to die for designer gowns, the super-passionate Weaver Family Limousines (who started their chauffeur business after retiring because they wanted to share their love for classic cars!), blooming fabulous Nell’s Flowers (and the equally awesome Shelley from Sussex Flower Farm!), cake baker and designer extraordinaire Dotty Rose, jolly toastmaster and celebrant Guy Boyling and designer honeymoon and holiday planner Debbie Hammond from Designer Travel, to name just a few!

After all of that talking, Charlotte gave me a private sneaky look-see of the tranquil spa. As soon as I walked down the steps into the scenic spa, I instantly felt calm. The oasis has relaxing and stylish treatment rooms – including one for couples, which would be perfect for a pre or post wedding pamper together! The hotel will shortly be opening its stunning swimming pool and hydrotherapy suite and get this – by next summer will have a roof top pool! Just imagine; taking a dip overlooking the city and the sea the morning after your wedding. Sounds like heaven!

My love affair with the new wedding venue then hit dizzying heights as I was shown the hotel’s honeymoon suite. And OH MY is it lush! The plump bed looks every inch luxurious with crisp white bedding and sumptuous pillows. There’s also a Nespresso machine AND gin and sherry decanters for complimentary use.

But of course, it was all about THAT view. What could be better than seeing your wedding day out than with a glass of champagne, as the sun sets over the sea? I practically had to be dragged out of there with a heavy heart!

All in all, I loved my time at the Brighton Harbour Hotel Wedding Fair – I already can’t wait for the next one!  A big thank you to Charlotte and the team for the invite! Also, massive love to super-awesome photographer Lucy Carnaghan for taking these photos from the day!

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A Beautiful NEW Brighton Wedding Venue: Brighton Harbour Hotel & Spa

Brighton Harbour Hotel and Spa opened just this summer and we jumped at the invitation to head down to meet the lovely team, have a drink at the HarBar and have a little look-see around at Brighton’s newest seafront wedding venue!

Located on Kings Road (and quite literally a stone’s throw from the pebbly beach), the seafront venue (dating back to 1850) offers uninterrupted panoramic views of the beach and sea – guaranteeing a beautiful backdrop for vows, whatever the weather!

The magical Marine Room is newly renovated and licensed for up to 100 wedding guests, it boasts colourful stain glass windows and is just a few steps away from Brighton beach. The sumptuous décor also adds a true sense of chic sophistication to proceedings and will definitely wow your guests.

Speaking of your lucky wedding guests, there’ll be no need for them to sit in city traffic or worry about needing to pay for a taxi to get home when there’s 78 luxurious bedrooms, (we loved the sunken beds and amazing sea views), to reside in before and after the big day! Of course, the hotel’s convenient location to The Lanes, Brighton Pier and the British Airways i360 will provide plenty to see and do. There’s also the spa for post and pre wedding pamper time too!

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A Beautiful Broyle Place Sussex Wedding (With Awesome Superhero Touches) ~ Becky & Christian

KA-POW! Becky and Christian’s super-cool Broyle Place wedding was packed full of personal touches – and references to the groom’s ‘superhero geek’ side (as the beautiful bride says!). Love Sussex Weddings reader Becky added loads of surprises for her Batman, including a hidden Batman in their wedding cake AND rocking a funky garter. Team this with a gorgeous springtime outdoor ceremony (in April!) and blush and grey tones and you’ve got one helluva wedding day! You ready to hear more? Here’s Becky to unleash all the goss!

We spent the day choosing the perfect ring

After three years together we both knew that we were going to be getting married in the near future but on a day out in London, Christian surprised me with a trip to Hatton Garden and we spent the day choosing the perfect ring.

We chose to get married in Sussex as we wanted to remain local. A lot of my family live in London and Essex and travelled down for the bank holiday weekend which was great. As soon as we walked through the gates of Broyle Place we knew immediately it was where we wanted to get married – we didn’t even look at anywhere else!

Our planning came through recommendations, online searches, wedding fayres, magazines and blogs (including Love Sussex Weddings!). Word of mouth was great, as was wedding fayres getting to speak to the suppliers directly. The internet was probably the biggest help.  I would spend hours searching for suppliers both in the local area and further afield. Pinterest became my new best friend for inspiration!

 

I would describe our wedding theme as rustic with a hint of superhero! Our colours were grey and blush pink.

Making it personal

We wanted the whole wedding to be as personal as possible. We created a table full of both families wedding photos throughout the years. The guests each kept their photos which they all loved.

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A Festival Inspired Forest Photoshoot

Today we are handing over to a very talented team of Sussex based wedding suppliers, including Jessie from Paper & Primrose to tell us all about this gorgeous festival inspired, wedding inspiration shoot. . .

Flower crown, bare feet and hair down – the recipe for a beautiful day.

Whilst out walking in the beautiful Ashdown Forest, photographer and florist friends Roberta Emmott and Jessie Ford fell in love with this pretty woodland location: “We found a lush green field, with the forest behind; creating the perfect natural backdrop to the scene. Such an idyllic setting was crying out for a party to be thrown!”

Roberta and Jessie met working on a mutual friend’s wedding a year ago and immediately started collaborating. Pulling together other local vendors, this photoshoot is a culmination of some of Sussex’s finest talents.

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A Vintage Brighton Bandstand & Iford Village Hall Wedding (for under £5K!) ~ LSW’s Shelley & Scott

We are ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTED to bring you our lovely feature writer Shelley’s big Brighton day with a £5K budget! You may have already read her post about why her wedding day was the best day ever (and why yours will be too!), but today, we’re delving into all the little details and getting all the goss. Here she is to tell us more…

This is a little bit surreal for me to be writing about my own wedding, after writing about all of our lovely readers’ weddings for years. Before I go into bridal gushing mode, I just wanted to thank all of the brides and grooms who have gone before me and shared their top tips, given their advice and excited me along the way – my wedding has been well and truly inspired by the divine dream days I’ve been fortunate enough to write about. THANK YOU! Now, it’s time to finally reminisce about our wedding which took place on 25th June at Brighton Bandstand! Eep.

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A Rustic & Romantic Sussex Barn Wedding ~ Hannah & Dave

Gorgeous couple Hannah and Dave from Uckfield married in a wedding full of the three r’s: rustic-ness, romance and relaxation. In other words, it’s a stunner! They tied the knot last summer at The Chantry in Turners Green (just wait ‘till you see it!) and then partied on at the Sussex Barn in Hellingly.

Over to the happy couple to hear all…

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5 Reasons Why My Wedding Day Was The Best Day Ever!

Photography by Chris Giles

Today we are EXTRA-excited to bring you brides and grooms-to-be some notes from the other side, as Love Sussex Weddings feature writer, Shelley shares her post wedding musings on why her beautiful Brighton bandstand wedding day ended up being her best. day. EVER!

Over to our gorgeous and newly-wed Brighton Belle, Shelley…

It feels so cliché to say it (well write it) but I can hand on heart say that Saturday 25th June was the best day of my life. And no, it wasn’t because everything went to plan OR because we had a wedding planner co-ordinating everything – in fact, we did most of it ourselves for a budget of less than £5K – it was all due to the fun of the big day. So, if like me (in the run up to our wedding), you’re stressing yourself silly; stop, relax and read this. Because, I’m sure you will have the best day too.

I spent it with the people I love most

When was the last time that you had a whole day with your nearest and dearest? For me, getting everyone together (and seeing unlikely friendships form!) was one of the best things about our wedding day. My nans nattering over a glass of fizz, both mums dancing together, our nephew and nieces from both sides meeting and chasing each other for most of the day and friends – both old and new – laughing together; it was wonderful. If you can, take a step back and just observe this happening at your wedding. You won’t regret it!  [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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Some WOW News!

As some of you may already know, behind the scenes here at Love Sussex Weddings we have been beavering away at something big . . . A brand new big sister website to keep Love Sussex Weddings company, launching later this year! We can’t believe that Love Sussex Weddings has been running for over 4 years now and can’t wait to show you our new website!

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Beautiful Boho Wedding Styling by The Boho Blonde

When it comes to weddings, we know the little details can really mean a lot; and bring a ceremony or reception idea to life.

This week, we’re really pleased to be shining the spotlight on Sussex wedding and event stylist (she also does prop hire!) Sophie Ebeling aka The Boho Blonde! Here’s Sophie to tell us more about her love for what she does, styling inspiration and swoon-worthy shoots…

About The Boho Blonde

I am passionate about creating stunning room and table designs and I especially love vintage and boho themes (hence the name!) I started my business selling upcycled, shabby chic furniture but recently re branded and ventured into wedding styling.

It is an exciting time to get involved with us because we are fresh in the industry and full of unique and creative ideas to bring to the table. We offer a range of styling packages such as table design and photobooth styling but we are happy to work to any brief or budget to create your dream look, so feel free to get in touch even if just for a quick chat.

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