Helen and Michael got married at Brighton Bandstand on September 3rd last year. They followed this with a Brighton beach photoshoot, and a festival-vibe garden party wedding reception at Spring Farm, Heathfield, a holiday rental home with a large garden (what an ingenious idea).
You may recognise Helen and Michael from Brighton’s one and only 1930’s Parisian style tea-salon and vintage furniture shop, Metrodeco (which Helen co-owns). Based in Kemp Town, Metrodeco is renowned for its bespoke blends of fine tea, art-deco furniture, social media innovation (Michael’s department) and more recently, vintage-inspired bachelor and bachelorette parties (read more about these here in our write-up of Love Sussex Wedding’s launch at The Vintage Wedding Fair in Brighton, where we first met the lovely Helen last month).
We were very excited about receiving this wedding and we must say it didn’t disappoint!
In fact there is so much fab Sussex wedding inspiration packed into Helen and Michael’s wedding that we have divided it into two parts. Starting with their beautiful beach-side Brighton Bandstand ceremony in Part 1, and then whisking you off to their magical Sussex garden party reception in Part 2, where we are talking festival vibes, love songs, and cheese and champagne tents.
So sit back with a nice cup of chai, and enjoy Part 1 of Helen’s wedding journey, from a peaceful hillside in India to a family and friends filled Bandstand on Brighton’s pebbly beach. The photographic kudos in this post goes to Helen’s good friend Tristan of Apix Photography.
Love Sussex Weddings: Hi Helen thanks for sharing your gorgeous Sussex wedding with us. Let’s go right back to the beginning, any proposal stories to share?
Helen: Michael took nearly two weeks to propose to me while we were on holiday in India. He had traveled to Huddersfield from Brighton the week before, unbeknownst to me, to ask my dad for permission to marry me. He brought along a video of my parents to show me when he popped the question on a hillside in Mccloud Gange. We were surrounded by prayer flags and it was a very beautiful, peaceful setting and one Michael was relieved to find as he was running out of time until the end of our holiday, due to a few false starts.
LSW: And how did you plan for your wedding and find inspiration?
Helen: We did a lot of research and looking online. Many suppliers were from word of mouth and of course we also had the help of friends and family, including Tristan Glinski of Apix Photography who did our photography. It was actually through my friendship with Tristan that I originally met Michael.
We got our inspiration from a shared understanding that we didn’t want a formulaic wedding and from wedding blogs.
LSW: Now let’s talk outfits! We love your vintage-inspired look. Can you give us the low-down?
Helen: My dress was from Hope & Harlequin. I love vintage but wanted something very simple, and it had to be under £500. I went in to drool not thinking I would find anything but I saw a dress and knew it was for me. And it fitted. Perfect.
Jewellery-wise I just wore earings which were small pearl like drops, £8 from a charity shop. I also carried a little purse that I got from Kempton antiques fair.
Our wedding rings were from Baroque Jewellers and are white gold. My engagement ring is an uncut ruby in platinum. It is totally unique and not a typical engagement ring. Baroque are an independent Brighton jewellers and were charming
Oh yes, and our bouquets and buttonholes were from from Planted.
LSW: Thanks Helen, and your shoes?
Helen: Erm, Primark £12
LSW: They’re fab, good old Primarni! Hair and makeup?
My hair was done by Pearl at Cuttlefish, and my friend Anna did my makeup for me and managed to make me look quite attractive (for most of the day) I was shocked!
LSW: We think you looked gorgeous. And Michael looked rather dashing too — tell us about his outfit?
Helen: Suit from Gresham Blake. Shoes from Moda Italia.
LSW: Can you tell us a bit about getting ready for your wedding ceremony at Brighton Bandstand?
Helen: I got ready at a friend’s flat near the Bandstand so that I could walk down with my Dad. We stopped on the way and had lemonade from some children selling drinks and cake to raise money for a charity. They couldn’t believe it and we had our photo taken with them.
LSW: Aww what a sweet way to start your day. And the best bit of planning your wedding?
Helen: I enjoyed finding out about different people who could help put our day together and I loved the fact that my friends helped out as it felt like we were all in it together.
LSW: And finally, any tips for other Sussex brides to-be?
Helen: Don’t do too much yourself as it will all seem too much, but make sure you do enough that you feel you are part of the wedding and not just a guest of honour on the day.
Photography: Tristan Glinski, Apix Photography
Ceremony venue: Brighton Bandstand
Reception venue: Spring Farm, Heathfield
Bride’s dress: Hope and Harlequin, Brighton
Bride’s shoes: Primark
Bride’s hair: Cuttlefish, Brighton
Bride’s makeup: Friend of Helen
Groom’s suit: Gresham Blake
Groom’s shoes: Moda Italia
Wedding rings: Baroque Jewellery, Brighton
Earings: Charity shop
Accessories: Kempton Antiques Fair
How happy do Helen and Michael look when they clap eyes on each other! Loving the air-punch photo on the beach too!
The Bandstand makes such a beautiful backdrop for a vintage inspired wedding like Helen and Michael’s, and we are always very partial to a Brighton beach photoshoot! Thanks to Tristan for his brilliant and vibrant photos of the day.
Big thanks too, to Helen and Michael for sharing their beautiful vintage-inspired Brighton wedding ceremony with us, we love their style! Make sure you stay tuned for Part 2 of Helen and Michael’s Sussex wedding, a magical garden party reception with a festival vibe, coming up later this week. Let me tell you, this lot certainly know how to party!