We Love Sussex Wedding Proposals!

Andrea Sarlo Photography

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…

Kristie & Aaron Southend Barns

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!

Mona Ali Photography

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

Andrea Sarlo Photography

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!

Zara Price Photography

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*


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.

Photo by Rhapsody Road

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!

Shaw Shots Photography

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…

Horseshoe Photography

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

James Winspear Photography

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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A Beautiful Brighton Barn Wedding ~ Sandira & Alan

Hessian, hay bales and one stunner of a naked cake, can only mean one thing – we’ve got a helluva rustic barn wedding up our sleeves for you today, in the shape of Sandira and Alan’s beautiful Brighton big day!



This gorgeous couple tied the knot at St Nicolas Church and continued their celebrations at Pangdean Barn, both in Brighton, in July 2015, after almost ten years (their meeting story is amazing!) and two absolutely adorable children together.


Here’s Sandira to give us the low-down…


We met in 2004 when our eyes met across the paint aisles of Homebase – very romantic! We worked there when we were both at college and after ten years together he proposed at the bottom of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, when I was five months pregnant, I was totally bowled over.


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A DIY Sussex Festival Wedding ~ Freya & Chris

It may be just a month to go ‘till Christmas (and not to mention, FREEZING) but, we’ve been well and truly transported back to sunny August days, with Freya and Chris’ colourful festival wedding.

Not only did this creative couple do most things themselves (and completely think outside the box – just wait ‘till you hear what they did with their marquee!), but they also roped in their fab family and friends and even held their wedding reception at Freya’s family home, making it one of the most personal weddings we’ve seen yet. Aw!

Ready for a few minutes of summer sunshine? Grab a Pimms (OK, a hot chocolate) and enjoy!

The proposal                                                 

Chris proposed to me underwater whilst scuba diving in Honduras – he even brought the ring down with him!

Home is where the heart is

We chose to get married in Sussex because we wanted a festival feel for our wedding and my mum and dad’s garden was the perfect place for our reception. That, plus this being where I grew up, meant there really wasn’t anywhere else but Sussex to have our wedding.

We found suppliers by doing some browsing online but the rest was word of mouth from friends in the wedding catering business and friends in the wedding marquee industry. A family friend recommended our photographer Neil, who was brilliant.


We got a lot of inspiration from Pinterest and from festivals, as well as ideas from family and friends.

We created this wedding ourselves…

We wanted to make it feel like a bright beautiful multi-coloured festival! We created this wedding ourselves, and so many fantastic family members and friends contributed. The only thing we hired were the glasses and the tables. We bought what wasn’t given or made, including the sound system, lights, etc. and we are now selling them on eBay! We imported our own marquees from India – we had to do this several months before and allow for shipping time but it only cost the same as the UK hire price, and we could sell them afterwards!

We made pretty much everything ourselves; the bar was made from old fence panels, the dancefloor was made from ply and paint, the seats were bales. I handmade the ties for Chris and the groomsmen.

Non-traditional touches

There was loads that was not traditional – we had a tug of war led by the bride and groom, our guests ate festival food rather than sitting down for a meal, we had fancy dress later in the evening with contributions from guests, and everyone including us camped on site. We had eco loos that were homemade!

My top tips for other Sussex brides to-be are…

Relax and enjoy it! Don’t stress about the little things.

What we enjoyed most about planning our wedding had to be…

Being able to think creatively!


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A Sussex Countryside Wedding at Fitzleroi Barns ~ Sophie & Dave

So, Sophie and Dave’s romantic wedding (inspired by their love of the Sussex countryside) is ticking all of our wedding boxes today; there’s a beautiful barn, a bargain cake and a bride and groom really bloomin’ in love. It’s making us beam, as we sit here looking at it.

This gorgeous pair, who live in Worthing tied the knot on 4th July, this year at St Mary’s Church, West Chiltington (Dave’s family church – aw!) and continued their summer celebrations at Fitzleroi Barn in nearby Fittleworth.

Grab a cup of tea for five minutes and just lose yourself in this truly beautiful wedding! Here’s Sophie to tell us all…

We’d been friends for 7 years before we got together, it was all in the timing!

For his proposal, Dave did a lot of planning! My birthday was in the January, he gave me a card that said we were going to Paris for five days in February! Everyone was convinced he was going to propose but I was convinced he wasn’t as his brother proposed in Paris to his (now) wife and I knew Dave wouldn’t do the same.


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An Elegant and Enchanting Sussex Wedding Inspiration Shoot

This whimsically romantic inspiration shoot at Broyle Place in Lewes, East Sussex is the beautiful product of five locally-based wedding suppliers, and boy-oh-boy, is it pretty.

A real fairytale themed editorial, it features the dreamy designs of MODE Bridal (with lace dresses handmade in Rome), hand-crafted accessories by Donna Crain, enchanting hair and makeup by Catherine Bailey, wild flowers by Bettie Rose, all perfectly captured by Alexandra Joseph Photography.

Right, enough from us, we know you can’t wait to see more…



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Circa Events Introduce NEW Mobile Pizza Trailer!

Yep, you read that right. You and your lucky wedding guests can now indulge in a slice or two of pizza while you party, thanks to Brighton-based Circa Events’ latest venture: their mobile pizza oven, which, rather excitingly, looks like a cool cattle trailer and is the first of its kind in the UK!

From farm weddings to village hall ‘dos, picky kids to hungry nans, we think that this is one fun catering option fit for all venues and guests!

Say hello to Circa Pizza!

Circa Events are proud to introduce the newest member of the Circa Family – Circa Pizza. Presented on the back of a cattle trailer, our new mobile pizza oven is the only one of its kind in the UK!

Circa Pizza is the perfect addition to your wedding day or occasion, a truly spectacular event to wow your guests. Hand-stretched dough, topped with the freshest locally sourced ingredients, our rustic pizzas are beautifully crisp and light, with that real authentic Italian flavour.

Handmade on our farm in Brighton, we are very proud of our pizza oven creation. Hidden on a trailer usually used to transport livestock, our Clayburn oven fires temperatures up to 500C, to create crisp perfection.


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Wedding Fashion Show for a Good Sussex Cause

Bubbly, a designer wedding dress catwalk and bridal goody bags – sounds like the perfect Friday night out, doesn’t it? Whatever your plans for Friday 30th October; rearrange, as there’s a Sussex wedding event that you definitely don’t want to miss!

Taking place at the stunning Hendall Manor Barns, near Uckfield from 7pm, the evening will see guests enjoy a glass or two of fizz (hey, it’s a bride-to-be’s prerogative!), canapes, live music, a dream dress catwalk, with sneaky peeks at 2016 collections from Maggie Sottero, Johanna Hehir, Stephanie Allin and Sottero and Midgley, AND will even have the opportunity to bid for some absolutely amazing prizes in an auction of promises! Best of all, all proceeds from the auction will benefit local hospice; St Peter and St James.

Just some of the items exciting us are: receiving £1000 off a Mathilda Rose wedding dress, bagging a designer wedding dress from Johanna Hehir and a photoshoot from Danni Beach Photography, oh and getting your hands on a pair of RTFJ diamond earrings… Get ready to start bidding, girls!


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