A Romantic Hove Wedding, Planned In Just Five Months ~ Andy & Sarah

Could you plan a wedding in just five months? Hove couple Andy and Sarah did just that and by keeping it simple, we think they created a very special wedding indeed.

Tying the knot in July this year, at the pretty St Andrew Church, the couple and their guests were able to walk to their reception venue, The Ginger Pig, for a delicious pub lunch and games on the beach. The newlyweds then shunned the traditional disco and went off for a romantic evening meal, by themselves. Aw!

Here’s beautiful bride Sarah to tell us all about inspiration, planning and of course, having their dream day, their way!

Andy proposed in Yosemite National Park, California, by the Emerald Pool. Incredibly romantic which led to a five month hunt for the perfect emerald engagement ring. Luckily, it was bought before the big day as we organised our wedding in just five months

With our family homes being in Kent and Birmingham, Hove is our chosen new home and where we have lived now for the past two years. We love being by the sea and felt able to have a local feel for our wedding with everything within walking distance.

We found inspiration for our wedding just by incorporating the things we like and what is important to us. We wanted the day to be our own, informal, relaxed and local. The Ginger Pig has a fantastic reputation and on meeting with the manager James we had every confidence our day would be great and provide our guests with a relaxed, fun feel!

I was just after a beautiful dress…

I really wanted a pretty dress for my wedding and didn’t feel that a formal wedding dress was perhaps what I was after. After shopping around on the High Street and in boutiques, I found that a lot of modern dresses felt quite synthetic and old wedding dresses were a bit formal looking.

I’d been in to Hope and Harlequin in North Laine and after a fun dressing up session in their wedding section and trying on just some of the dreamiest dresses I realised, I really was just after a beautiful dress.

On one of my visits to the shop, I was recommended the dress in the window and on squeezing into it, just 15 minutes later returned to the shop to buy it. Although not a vintage dress I just loved the silk slip under dress and the delicate Italian lace.

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An Alice in Wonderland Tea Party Sussex Pub Wedding ~ Keith & Johanna

We have a wedding full of wows for you today! There’s homemade book bouquets, a doggy ring bearer and one truly amazing Choccywoccydoodah cake – oh and Keith and Johanna’s cool theme centred around Alice in Wonderland too!

But, enough from us (we know you’re chomping at the bit to see it!), here’s beautiful bride and Love Sussex Wedding reader, Johanna to take us down the rabbit hole and reminisce about her dreamy day at The Bell Inn, Ticehurst:

The proposal

We live so close to the sea (you can see it from our front door) so Keith used the beach for his proposal. He got up early when the tide was out under the pretence of our dog, Lizzie, needing a walk He then wrote ‘marry me’ on the sand. He raced back to the house and told me he’d found something on the beach and I had got to come see. When I got down to the beach I saw what he had written and he dropped to one knee and proposed!

We chose to get married in Sussex because it’s home! I was born in Eastbourne and Keith moved from Croydon to Pevensey when he was three.

Through the looking glass…

Our wedding theme was inspired by Alice in Wonderland (vintage Tenniel Alice not Disney!) and we found most of our inspiration on Pinterest.

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A Relaxed Sussex Country Pub Wedding ~ Hayley & Chris

Morning! Today we’re reminiscing about Chris and Hayley’s fab, fuss-free Sussex pub wedding, which took place last July at the quaint Anchor Inn in Barcombe and what a stunner it is!

This lovely, laid back day boasts tipis, boating and a whole lotta beer – the perfect combination for a relaxed pub wedding, don’t you think?

Here’s beautiful, fun-loving bride, Hayley to tell us all about her swoon-worthy summery Sussex wedding!

The proposal

Chris proposed when I was eight months pregnant with my son Noah at the top of a very steep walk up Wolstonbury Hill on the Sussex Downs!

Happy campers!

We found lots of inspiration online on websites such as Pinterest, however we just really liked the idea of having an outdoorsy theme with camping, as it meant our guests could stay with us and party all night long! I’d describe our theme as simple and fun!

There was no church service… The entire ceremony was done at the pub!

The venue were amazing, such lovely fun people, all the staff were very attentive and just gave us a real at home, comfortable vibe.

DIY Décor

We hung our own paper lanterns throughout the marquee, we bought tons of them cheaply off of Amazon and dropped battery powered tea lights in them, giving them a lovely glowing effect at night. The glass jars we placed on the tables outside we filled with moss & more electric tea lights, again all from Amazon. Our favours were lottery tickets… No one won a single pound!

The thing we enjoyed most about planning our wedding was

We just enjoyed being able to throw all our ideas into this day. It was perfect!

Our least favourite part of wedding planning had to be…

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Gin & Bear It! BRIGHTON’S OWN MORRIS MINOR BASED GIN BAR

Today we are handing over to Gin & Bear It, an amazing Morris Minor based Gin bar! Love it!…

Gin lovers both, we are Aaron Burns and John Azzopardi. Though not born and bred Brightonians, we have been living in this wonderful city for more than 10 yrs having moved here from Bath and Melbourne respectively. We now consider ourselves very much locals. We love being by the beach with everything that this incredibly creative town has to offer! Gin and Bear It! is as Brighton as the Pavilion and we want to share it with you!

Gin & Bear It will supply a professional mobile gin bar service for your special occasion. If you need a wedding bar, birthday bar, corporate bar or any other type of event bar, we have it covered.

Don’t like gin? No worries. Though we specialise in gin and gin based drinks we are very happy to design a package to fit your needs. Be it wine, beer or other spirits just talk to us and we can organise it for you.

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An Blush Outdoor Wedding at Buxted Park Hotel (with a touch of OZ) ~ Kym & Paul

Morning! Now, have we got a corker of an outdoor wedding for you to swoon over today! We’re so lucky that we get to chat to so many lovely recent brides and hear not only about their wedding day, but also get a little insight about their love story too – and Kym and Paul’s story is like something from a film!

Meeting by chance in a pub in Sydney, Australia, in 2011, the couple kept in touch and eventually started dating in 2013 – just a few months later; Paul popped the question and in August 2014, they tied the knot in a beautiful outdoor ceremony at beautiful East Sussex wedding venue Buxted Park Hotel (chosen by the groom, no less!), with daughter Milly by their side. Awwww!

Here’s beautiful bride Kym to tell us all about planning her dream Sussex wedding from Down Under, searching the globe for her dress, and injecting a little bit of Oz into her bloomin’ lovely blush-themed big day:

We met in May 2011. I lived in Sydney, Australia, Paul lived in the UK. Paul was visiting Sydney for work and extended to stay for the weekend.  By chance we met on his final Friday night.  He was meant to be at a rugby game and decided to stop in at a pub for a drink, which is where we met. He flew back to the UK the next day, we remained in contact and become great friends.

Our first date was not until 2013.  Paul’s work had transferred him to Australia.We went to a Japanese restaurant in Sydney, followed by a drink at the Shangri La Hotel, the bar is on the 36th floor and overlooked Sydney Harbour.

The proposal

We had come to the UK for Christmas in December 2013, and had only been dating a few months.  He had returned the month prior so I was pretty excited to see him. We decided to book a night in Covent Garden and go Christmas shopping and go out for dinner.  I was meant to arrange it but he said he would look after everything.

We spent the day shopping and eventually checked into our hotel. Paul had arranged for the room to be decorated with candles and flowers and we had a suite that overlooked Big Ben.  It was a private proposal and very romantic.  After I said yes, he gave me the ring, which was gorgeous. We then had a bottle of champagne, and had a late dinner at OXO.

The entire day was amazing and was a complete surprise as we had only been dating a few months.

The venue

We initially were looking at venues in Sydney, Italy or the UK but decided on a country UK wedding. I was a little worried about the weather but it was perfect on the day.

I was living in Sydney at this stage, but Paul had returned to London for work.  He actually went to view it and selected it as our venue.

The first time I saw Buxted Park Hotel was in the June prior to our wedding, I instantly fell in love with the venue.  Paul chose well!

We took Buxted over exclusively so the entire hotel was ours for the day, it was brilliant. It has beautiful grounds, and a gorgeous Orangery as a backup for our ceremony in case it rained.

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Sussex Summer Wedding Trends

Whether you’re tying the knot this summer or next, be inspired by our top five summery Sussex wedding trends, that never seem to go out of style – best of all, they can all be adapted to ensure you have your dream day, your way! Go on, grab that wedding planning notebook and feast your eyes here…

Blush Big Day

Blush weddings have been big news over the last few years, with so many Sussex brides and grooms basing their gorgeous schemes around this deliciously delicate and very elegant pastel colour, including Emily and Ryan, who married at Laughton Barns, last year.

Opt for pretty pink bridesmaids dresses, centrepieces and decorations, or keep it sophisticated and simple by adding a blush hue to your big day blooms. This gorgeous trend works well in all locations – be it a hotel, house, barn or village hall, so we can’t see it disappearing anytime soon!

Oh I Do Like To Be Beside the Seaside!

Don’t they say that looking out to sea can provide inspiration? We certainly think it does with wedding planning – given the amount of beautiful beachy weddings we have seen!

From going all-out with beachy accessories like Catherine and Robert (who also held their reception at Arun Yacht Club!) to giving just a simple and understated nautical nod to proceedings (à la Victoria and Jared, with their amazing cake!), this really is a timeless theme that can be bohemian and relaxed (think driftwood, pebble place settings and sprinkles of seashells) or fun and whimsical, with fish and chips, postcard centrepieces and fairground rides! Itching to see more nautical wedding ideas? Check out this dreamy seaside inspo post!

Country Wedding

We are a lucky county, aren’t we? Not only does Sussex boast miles upon miles of sandy and shingly shores, but we also have rolling hills, Areas of Outstanding National Beauty and pretty villages – all providing the perfect back drop for summery Sussex weddings! Again, this theme has a lot of scope!

It lends itself to rustic barn weddings with hay bales, hessian and naked cakes, fun and fabulous festival big days, as well as vintage-y village hall weddings with Pimms, afternoon tea and summer fete games, like this inspiration shoot. Swoon!

Mapping it Out

Travel themed weddings seem to be one of the hottest trends, with popularity rising steadily over the last few years. As that famous quote suggests; “As with any journey, who you travel with can be more important than the destination;” romance and travel go hand-in-hand, making it a top choice for any bride and groom to be.

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A Pastel Pretty Wedding at Slaugham Place ~ Andrew and Sonya


If you’re a fan of pretty weddings with an elegant and romantic touch – be prepared to fall head-over-heels in love with Andrew and Sonya’s sensational West Sussex wedding!

The gorgeous couple who got engaged on a windy, rainy afternoon at fairytale-esque Bodiam Castle, said I do on a sunny August day at St Paul’s in Haywards Heath and then continued their chic wedding celebrations amongst the enchanting ruins of a Grade II Elizabethan manor house at Slaugham Place!

Here’s beautiful bride, Sonya to tell us more about her gorgeous Sussex wedding day:


As many of our friends and family are based around London, we wanted somewhere with a rural feel, but we didn’t want to make our friends and family travel a long distance, so Sussex worked well.

We found inspiration for our wedding through Pinterest and borrowing ideas from friends’ weddings.

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Six Sussex & Brighton Hen Night Ideas

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From countryside getaways to spa retreats, exhilarating outdoor adventures to creative and crafty days by the seaside, Sussex and Brighton certainly has some exciting hen night (day or even weekend!) options for even the fussiest of brides and their hens.

With so much to do, we’ve compiled just some of our and our featured brides’ most favourite Sussex and Brighton hen night and day activities, the question is which one will you choose?!

Hen Workshops: Make & Create

From getting crafty with a pair of self-pimped pants (ooh-la-la!) to learning to make and decorate cupcakes like a pro, or even make bunting for your big day, a hands-on hen do is perfect for DIY brides and their creative chicks. Super & Super HQMake Do Menders, Make Do and TrendThe Crafty Hen and Angel Food Bakery are just some of the quirky local makers that can help you create a fun (not to mention, useful!) afternoon.

Hen Spa Days

One of the most popular choices for hen do’s has to be a spot of pre-wedding pampering! Head to country retreats like Alexander House near Crawley, for some lady-of-the-manor inspired R & R. Or, if you and your lucky ladies fancy a posh seaside spa escape, there’s plenty of luxurious Sussex seaside hotels, offering blissful spa packages.

Country Hen Weekend Getaways

Getting away with your favourite girls and having a great time is surely what a hen do is all about? Take time away from the busy planning of all things wedding and enjoy a weekend in a rural Sussex cottage, hotel or yurt even. With miles upon miles of rolling countryside in our stunning county, there’s no reason to go that far either! Check out Airbnb for some cute and quirky places to rent, you could even hire a chef in for an extra special nosh-up!

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Vintage Hen Ideas

Over the last few years, we’ve seen a rise in vintage hen do’s here in Brighton – and we can see why! From afternoon teas and retro makeovers to photo shoots and even chorus line dance classes, a nod back to nostalgic days gone-by is a great option for an all-ages hen party. 1930′s inspired tea-house, Metrodeco in Brighton has some fun vintage hen packages and you can check out co-owner Helen’s vintage inspired Brighton wedding here on Love Sussex Weddings too!

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A Handmade Wedding & A Rustic Sussex Barn Wedding Venue ~ Kristie & Aaron

To say childhood sweethearts Kristie and Aaron’s beautiful Sussex barn wedding was a personal affair would be an understatement! There were a plethora of homemade delights, photos of late family members and the couple’s gorgeous schnoodle, Alfie even strutted his stuff down the aisle, after the bride! Held in a charming and rustic Sussex barn wedding venue too. Grab that cuppa, your notebook and maybe a hanky or two, we think you’re going to need it… Here’s their beautiful wedding film by HD Moments.


Here’s gorgeous summer bride Kristie to tell us more…

We met at Chichester College, we were both in the same psychology class. Something about Aaron had caught my eye and the feeling must have been mutual, as Aaron later confessed he would collect worksheets to give to me when I had been absent so that I would notice him. We started speaking and the rest, as they say is history, ten years later; we have been to university together, travelled around the world, bought our first home, added our schnoodle Alfie to the family, married and are now expecting our first baby in June. It’s been quite a journey!

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