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!
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.
Today we’re excited to bring you Suki and Thea’s EPIC tropical picture house Brighton wedding from July last year.
We’re all heart eyes over artists Suki and Thea’s beautiful Brighton cinema wedding where, in their words, they ‘Let our creative imaginations run riot and created something that was truly special to us’.
How beautiful are these photos from Anja and Moa at 7Two9 Photography too?
Before we hand over to this gorgeous and cool Sussex couple, for the low-down on their beautiful Brighton and Worthing wedding, here’s a few lovely words from their photographers Anja and Moa too:
Today we are taking you on a trip to some beautiful East Sussex woodland near Eastbourne for a gorgeous bohemian inspired wedding photo shoot. Get your peepers around these stunning photos by Fizzy Robot Photography for some local and lovely wedding inspiration. Over to Sussex bridal shop Bustles and Bows for the low-down…
Bustles and Bows is a longstanding Bridal shop based in Hastings, East Sussex. Established in 1997, we are fast approaching our 20th happy year of making brides dreams come true!
We love to keep our ideas fresh and are forever customising gowns to bring bridal visions into life, and sometimes of course for fun we bring our own ideas to life for shoots.
Our stunning Sussex woodland shoot was inspired by an eclectic combination of laid back bohemian bridal style mixed with an ethereal fairy whimsy, celebrating the joyous beginnings of spring, with all it’s emerging lush green grown and beautiful bluebells. Our amazing team were able to interpret our ideas to perfection. Both gowns were selected from this coming seasons range from English designer Romantica of Devon.
For our bohemian inspired look we chose the gorgeous dress Victoria, an exquisite lace column style empire line dress with cappuccino underlay, an ivory lace overlay, a scattering of vintage style sparkle, and a divine plunging back. We paired the dress with a blush pink and ivory laser cut diamante hair garland from Richard Designs.
Love Sussex Weddings reader, Jackie and Dan from Brighton met whilst backpacking in Australia. Fast forward six years to September 2015 and they are driving around the streets of East Grinstead in the dinkiest bubble car we ever did see (lovingly restored by Jackie’s dad), en route to celebrate their West Sussex wedding in vintage inspired style.
Here’s Jackie to tell us more:
Dan and I met in Australia six years ago. We were both backpacking and met in a hostel in Brisbane, Queensland, three months into our year long trips.
I was travelling with a friend so left Brisbane to travel up the East coast of Australia, ending up in Cairns. Dan wouldn’t want to admit it but he travelled the same way and one day drove 8 hours to see me!! We ended up travelling together with friends the rest of the trip and came home together via a month long trip in Thailand.
Growing up in East Grinstead, and with my Dad’s love of vintage cars we used both his vehicles in our wedding. Dad’s VW camper was used to transport myself, Dad and four bridesmaids to the church.
As children my sisters and I grew up going on holidays in the camper van, so we felt this was the best way to get me to the church!
My husband drove me from the church to the reception venue in my Dad’s BMW Isetta 300 bubble car. A three wheeled microcar! My Dad bought it in a very poor condition and spent 12 months doing it up. With a ‘Just married’ sign on the back, we drove round the local area, getting a few toots from other cars! This was certainly a highlight of our wedding day!
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.
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?).
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…
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
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.