Today we’re bringing you one ruddy stunning Sussex wedding, in the form of Emily and Ryan’s beautiful barn big day. It’s made us laugh, cry and smile simultaneously – and we’re sure you’re going to love it too!
Having found their gorgeous Sussex barn wedding venue on Love Sussex Weddings, Brighton couple (and avid Love Sussex Weddings readers) Emily and Ryan, planned their sensational September wedding in just six months and boy, oh, boy, did they get hands on! From creating their stationery and wooden table plan to making over 200 decorative pom-poms (and also roping good ole grandad in to make wooden signage), this creative couple injected their elegant style into their dream day.
Here’s blooming bride Emily to tell us about making quick decisions, getting hands-on and falling in love… in a car park!
Ryan and I met in Rottingdean when we had gone for a drink with friends. We had mutual friends but hadn’t met each other before. Ryan described in his wedding speech that love pops up in unusual places and for us it was in a Rottingdean car park outside Tesco Express!
Ryan and I are both born and raised in Brighton so we wouldn’t have wanted to get married anywhere else – we went to look at many venues, but as soon as we visited Laughton Barns we knew it was the one. We took our parents straight back who loved it too, so we were reassured it was the perfect choice!
We did a lot of research online, browsed lots of magazines, I went to the Wedding Fayre at the Amex stadium which was really helpful, we had many recommendations from family and friends and Love Sussex Weddings was brilliant for local suppliers, inspiration and ideas. We found the venue and Sussex Love Bug from Love Sussex Weddings too.
The venue gave us inspiration!
Finding the venue started the inspiration for us as Laughton Barns gave us the opportunity to do pretty much anything we wanted – once it was booked, I couldn’t wait to get started. Pinterest had so many ideas for barn weddings so I had lots of pin boards for each part!
A traditional wedding, with less formality…
We opted for a relaxed, country rustic theme. We wanted to have a traditional wedding but a little less formal and a little more relaxed. We had lots of flowers and wooden signs for decoration, and made the most of the open space at the venue by having garden furniture and games outside for everyone to enjoy.
We were very lucky to have a warm and dry day which allowed us to have our service outdoors Ryan and I stood underneath the hood of the barn roof and our guests were sat outside.
Personal and oh-so-pretty touches
We made our favours using hessian bags and having a personalised stamp made with our initials and date of our wedding and tied wooden pink and green heart name tags to them so they also worked as name places.
My grandad made us wooden signs for our order of the day, directing guests to the ceremony and restrooms and also names for the back of each chair on the top table.
We made over 200 pom-poms to hang in the main barn under the chandeliers and on beams, and also on the chairs for the ceremony.
For our table plan, we painted an old wooden ladder and decorated it with ivy and flowers.
As our guest book, we had a wedding tree, where each guest stamped their fingerprint and added their name next to it which we can now hang on our wall at home.
We had a photo booth set up in the evening and had a large wooden heart next to it with nametags hung on it for every guest. Everyone went into the photo booth and replaced their nametag with their Polaroid so at the end of the night it was covered in everyone’s photo – it was so much fun and looked amazing!
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