Tying the knot in a ceremony at Anne of Cleves House and then hotfooting it over to The Swan for a laid-back August afternoon of mojito-sipping, sausage roll eating, Morris dancing and even a sing-a-long with Elvis, Claudine and Wayne really injected their fun personalities into their big day. Over to beautiful bride Claudine to find out more:
When local love birds Julie and Alex tied the knot they wanted a Sussex-based July ‘do, that reflected not only their love for each other, but also their love of animals and nature too. Did their dream day become a reality? You’ll have to read on to find out… Over to beautiful bride, Julie (a Love Sussex Weddings reader) to hear all about it:
We wanted to get married in Sussex as it’s where we live and where we grew up, all of our family live here too. There are some beautiful areas and the venue was just perfect for us.
When we saw the lovely Lulu and partner Ryan’s Wiston House wedding photos taken by the fabulous Sara Reeve, we just knew we had to share these with you!
Lulu and Ryan based in Hurstpierpoint tied the knot in an elegant ceremony at Wiston House in July 2013, after two years of planning and perhaps one of the most romantic proposal stories we’ve ever heard. Over to Lulu to hear all about her big day:
“The proposal was utterly amazing! We went away with Ryan’s family and friends to the Norfolk Broads for a long weekend for Ryan’s mums 50th birthday. We got off the boat and I was asked to take a video of everyone holding up pieces of paper supposedly reading ‘Marie is 50’, what they actually spelt was ‘Marry Me Lu’ so we’ve got it all on video which is lovely to have as a keepsake! I had absolutely no idea and it was a complete surprise!
We’d both always dreamed of getting married in a big English house and Sussex has some beautiful venues with beautiful gardens and as we live in Sussex we thought it would be perfect to stay locally!
Our main inspiration came when we chose our wedding venue, I always knew I wanted something classic and elegant and this venue ticked all of the boxes for us, we absolutely fell in love with Wiston House! Once we had chosen our ‘theme’ as such, we trawled the internet for ideas, I fell completely in love with using Pinterest, and there are hundreds of great ideas on there!
A friend of a friend had chosen our photographer Sara for her wedding and once we saw her pictures, we knew we had to have her! After meeting her we knew she would be perfect… and she was!
We had a pre-wedding shoot on Saltdean beach which was a great thing for us as we didn’t want to feel awkward and uncomfortable on our big day so this relaxed us and we got to know Sara better and how she works. We couldn’t recommend her more, she was totally fantastic!
Ryan is Scottish so the boys opted for kilts. He chose a teal kilt so we aimed for that colour, we did however struggle to find an exact match for teal as there are so many different variations so actually the colour scheme ended up being navy blue/teal. [CLICK TO READ MORE]
Here at Love Sussex Weddings we can never get enough of your amazing Sussex weddings and we also love a bit of X Factor (probably a bit more than it is cool to admit). So when we got our mitts on this amazing Sussex wedding (photographed by the super lovely Sara Reeve) and saw the: teal kilts, amazing decor and gorgeous Sussex setting – not to mention a guest who is a real live X Factor contestant – we just had to sneak peek it straight away!
In need of some summer cheer? We’ve got just the tonic in the shape of Hove-based Bev and Rod’s jubilant July wedding.
Tying the knot at the beautiful Buckhurst Park (after an invitation to do so by Lady De La Warr herself, we must add!) and then continuing their vintage celebrations with a fun afternoon tea party in Eridge Village Hall, this is the stuff summer wedding dreams are made of.
So, pull up a pew and get ready to pour yourself a Pimms. Over to beautiful bride, Bev to hear all about her big day:
“Me and Rod met at Brighton Peace and Environment Centre’s New Years Eve Party in 2007. I only just made it out that night due to having just moved and having a stinking cold/flu bug! Somehow my friend Shelly persuaded me it would be a great idea to go, so I made it along to the party. I noticed Rod as soon as he walked in the room, how could I miss a tall blond guy in a kilt when I’m part-Scottish myself!
I think we managed to speak for a total of two minutes before I left just after midnight due to not feeling well. Luckily Shelly took his number for me, and despite me not being well enough to meet up for our first date for another three weeks (which gave us time to get to know each other chatting online), as they say, ‘the rest is history’…
We both wanted a country wedding and as I grew up in Sussex and we now live in Hove, we wanted somewhere near to both. Our ceremony venue chose us, as I know the family (my aunt has worked for them since the early 1980s) and we were delighted when Lady De La Warr suggested we hold our ceremony at Buckhurst Park.
This week’s wedding is a fresh springtime feast for the eyes, so grab a cuppa and a well deserved piece of cake (if you’ve got a doughnut, even better!) and just enjoy. Over to beautiful bride Laura to find out more:
“Chris and I are both from Lewes and wanted all of our friends and family to be at our wedding and not have to travel far. We are spoiled for choice with amazing venues in the county but Broyle Place stood out because of the option to have the ceremony outdoors and bring along our own caterers and suppliers, rather than being stuck with a rigid hotel-style format.
We first met aged four at a wedding that our parents had attended, while we don’t remember it, a photo was taken of us sitting on a wall. It’s now one of our most treasured possessions and we had it on display at our wedding – who could’ve known that we would meet properly and one day marry! We then met again at college, aged seventeen and have been together ever since.
Most of my inspiration came from Pinterest. It is the one app that I would recommend to any other bride over any other. I used it to create different boards of ideas I liked that I could capture and share with Chris.
We are incredibly lucky with the weather and had what was probably the best day of the year so far. Because we had the option of an outdoor ceremony we had to decide the day before whether to take the plunge and base the service outside or not. Despite having raining all week (actually, month!) in the run up the Big Day, the forecast looked good to we decided to take the risk. When I woke up in the morning and the sun was shining I couldn’t believe our luck.
When Love Sussex Weddings reader (and our Blingbacks competition winner!) Jenny got in touch to tell us about her and partner Luke’s rustic April ‘do at South Lodge Hotel in Horsham, we just had to show you their wonderful West Sussex woodland wedding. So, enough from us and over to the beautiful bride, Jenny:
“Luke and I met several years ago and stayed friends on and off for a long time. It took a lot of Luke asking me to meet up with him for cups of tea, before I gave in and fell in love! I was taken for a surprise trip to Sweden for my birthday, after a great night out we got back to the hotel room and were dancing to some music, when Luke went down on to one knee. Automatically I presumed he was offering me a foot rub! Then of course he produced a ring, and queue the tears. He later revealed he had concealed the ring in his socks!
We chose to get married in Sussex as we both grew up and have always lived here, so most of our family and friends are all local. Luke had always wanted to get married in his local church, and we fell in love with South Lodge as soon as we drove in to view it for the first time. When we walked through the halls and the place oozed sheer luxury, and then when we went into where our wedding breakfast would be, with the Sussex countryside all around us, it was everything we could dream of.
I have always wanted a Spring wedding, as it’s my favourite season. I found a picture on a blog of a table decoration which was a little wooden animal holding the table number and from that picture came all of my inspiration. I then trawled through blogs and the internet for further inspiration and created a number of boards on Pinterest to work from.
We love a wedding with personality here at Love Sussex Weddings and Nadine and Andy’s doesn’t disappoint. From the wow-oh-wow sequin bridal gown (it’s a showstopper alright!) to the moustache themed accessories and funky first dance, grab a seat and enjoy, this week’s wedding is guaranteed to get you smiling. Over to the beautiful bride, Nadine to hear all the goss:
Andy and I met on Match.com, he proposed on our fourth year anniversary when I was heavily pregnant with our first child on the Brighton Wheel. I thought he was joking and told him to stop messing around. When he managed to get the ring on my finger I flicked my hand and it flew off missing a drain by a few centimeters…
We chose to get married in Brighton because it’s a great place to visit, especially if you’re from out of town and as we live in Brighton we found it easy to arrange a wedding here. Of course, it’s great for our local friends too!
I’d describe our theme as an eclectic mix of classic, vintage, moustaches and birds. We wanted an element of silliness and fun to our wedding so we had moustaches on sticks, a goofy 1st dance (the twist dance from Pulp Fiction!), cheeky table names and a sweeties trolley. I also arranged child care from 7pm so all the adults could let their hair down!
I got ready with my bridesmaids and Mum in a beautiful suite at the Hilton looking out to sea, I’m a bit of a captain organised and had a tight timetable. The girls were saying I was very calm and that everything was going to plan. Then literally two minutes later the fire alarm went off and we had to evacuate. I was in my dressing gown and rollers and not so relaxed any more…
I think it’s so important to like your hair and make-up team and feel confident with them on your big day. The make-up was the second most important thing to me, after the dress and we ended up having two trials because the first one I did was 10 months before the wedding which was very silly of me, I was a bit over excited shall we say!
“ I wanted an impact dress and I got it!”
My dress was from Leonie Claire. The bridal boutique was recommended to me by a friend, and from the minute I walked in I knew they would have exactly what I wanted. They had a lot of vintage and classic style things I liked. I ended up getting everything from them. When I was going through the rails, I knew I wanted my dress before I even got to it and when the assistant took it out, I just had to have it! It was so beautifully glamorous and very much my personality. I wanted a dress that didn’t look like a traditional wedding dress, that I could dance in and wasn’t heavy. I wanted an impact dress and I got it. I also got a beautiful bolero; I think it really added to the whole 30′s look.
Little did Andy know how glittery my dress was and he chose a sparkly bow tie, with vintage braces for his outfit which I felt went so well with mine. I had given him lots of red herrings as to what I was wearing. I had folded down pages of big princess dresses and talked about veils so he really didn’t have a clue and when I came down the aisle! The first thing he said to me was “that dress is amazing.” [CLICK TO READ MORE]
We have a gorgeous slice of Sussex summertime for you today with this fab August wedding…
East Sussex-born Dani and proud Scotsman Kev tied the knot on 10th August in an outdoor ceremony at Lewes Castle and continued their wedding day celebrations in a gorgeous pop-up vintage tea party marquee in the grounds. With lots of makes, cakes and kilts, it’s over to beautiful bride Dani to hear all about her big day:
“I grew up in East Sussex, but after being with Kev for two years we moved up to Scotland to live for a while. For me East Sussex was always the place I had envisioned getting married.
We found Lewes Castle from searching for outdoor wedding venues on the web, as soon as we came across their site and saw pics of previous weddings there we fell in love with the venue; it was outside, had incredible views, was just the right size for our wedding and would allow us to spend the whole day there, having the ceremony in the morning at the top of the castle and then having our reception straight after in the gun gardens below. We rang up and secured the date straight-away!
I did a lot of searching on the web for suppliers and looked over many quotes! We had a piper playing when the guests arrived and when I walked down the aisle, I found him online. I also found my bridal shop online too…
As soon as I walked into the shop, I knew I’d find my perfect dress, the fabric and styles of the dresses hanging up were exactly what I was looking for and the first dress I tried on I fell in love with! The boutique is run by Blanca, who is also the dress designer, she creates beautiful dresses and has amazing attention to detail. My wedding dress represented who I am and what I like perfectly. It has really old looking lace on the top that creates a beautiful neck line; the back is cut slightly low with lovely button detailing going down the back. Then from the waist band down it is very simple, with a moderate sized trail at the bottom.
I’d describe our theme as vintage / English afternoon tea / with a little bit of Scottish mixed in for good luck! I wanted a pretty, country garden, handmade, relaxed and fun feel to our wedding which I think I managed to create.
As I am English and Kev is Scottish I wanted to create a really lovely mix of the both, so we had afternoon tea and country garden flowers but also most of the men were dressed in kilts, a piper played when we walked down the aisle and we had a Scottish ceilidh band for the dance.
We had lots of non-traditional touches at our wedding. Instead of the best man and groomsmen wearing identical outfits they all had different tartans for their kilts, we just asked them to choose which tartan they liked the best and that’s what was hired! In the end it looked really good in the photos, with all the different colours.
Similarly, with our bridesmaids although their dresses were the same, their hairstyle, shoes, makeup and jewellery were up to the individual.
Finding your perfect wedding ring can be an overwhelming experience for so many brides and their groom to-be, there’s the fit to find, ever-lasting style to consider and not to mention a budget to stick to. With that in mind and armed with an array of questions, we headed to Brighton’s Wedding Rings Direct for an afternoon of sparkles, fabulous service and advice, and of course a glass or two of champers…
Greeted by the friendly faces of the Wedding Rings Direct Team, including Senior Customer Services’ Olivia, bubbly Purchasing Manager Janine, Photographer Gem and the company’s founder, the ever-knowledgeable Anthony, we began, starting with the toughest question of them all – which metal or non-metal do I choose?