Charlie & James Part 3 – A Romantic Wedding Adventure in Lewes

So we’ve already seen Charlie and James’ brilliant wedding video in part one. We’ve also heard from Charlie about their family, friends and fun filled village fete-inspired country wedding (in part two). So now we arrive at part three, the legal bit. And what a beautiful and romantic legal bit it is too.

All photography in this post by Andrew J R Squires

Charlie and James — accompanied by two of their best friends Andy and Emily, and a bottle of champagne — hopped on a train from Brighton to Lewes to hold their legal ceremony at the beautiful Lewes Register Office last year. Luckily for us James’ friend Andy also happens to be super-cool Brighton based wedding photographer Andrew J R Squires, who has captured the romance and intimacy of the day beautifully. This wedding was first featured on the a-mazing Rock n’ Roll Bride wedding blog.


Given that Charlie is a TV journalist (for Sussex’s very own Meridian) and that James’ best man Andy is a wedding photographer extraordinaire. We will leave you in their very capable hands for this gorgeous helping of Sussex wedding inspiration…

Charlie told Love Sussex Weddings: ‘We decided to have an intimate ceremony as our main wedding venue wasn’t registered. We took ourselves off to Lewes Register Office with two of our best friends, Andy and Emily.’

Lewe register office wedding Sussex

Lewes Register Office

‘The ceremony itself was supposed to be low key and it was but we were unprepared for just how emotional and romantic it was going to be.’

‘James and I got totally choked and it was such a special experience just saying the words in such an intimate setting.’

Register office wedding Sussex

‘It was a bit of a gloomy start to the day but by the time we were declared as husband and wife the sun was shining for us and we had a perfect afternoon.’

‘We had a fabulous afternoon having photos taken in the gorgeous surroundings of Lewes Register Office.’

Lewes register office wedding


‘Andy was able to capture every moment of the day from hopping on the train to enjoying a glass of sparkles after the event.’

Bills Cafe Lewes

‘We had a champagne lunch at Bill’s and the staff there really made the whole experience extra special.’

‘It was a truly magical day and one we will treasure for the rest of our lives. The best bit was knowing the fun had just begun, because our big wedding day was just around the corner…!’

Team Wedding:

Photographer: Andrew J R Squires
Wedding venue: Lewes Register Office
Reception venue: Bill’s Cafe
Grooms suit: Topman
Bride’s dress: Therapy for House of Fraser
Bride’s shoes: New Look
Flowers and champagne: Gift from Bill’s Cafe
Sign (Love You Like Biscuits & Gravy): Union Music Store (gift from Andrew and Emily)
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Wow! What a romantic and fun way of doing an intimate legal ceremony in Sussex. We love that Charlie and James made a mini-adventure out of it, drinking champagne on trains, lunching at the gorgeous Bill’s Cafe, and stumbling across cool music stores along the way.

And how cool do Charlie and James look? James is rocking that tweed with no socks look, and Charlie looks like a beautiful 1960’s Hollywood starlet in her gorgeous retro-inspired angel-winged dress. Lewes Register Office is a real local treasure too, set in an Elizabethan Manor House with beautiful gardens and sweeping lawns it must be one of the prettiest register offices in the UK.

Thanks again to Charlie and James for sharing their beautiful day with us. Do have a peek at parts 1 and 2 of their wedding if you haven’t already done so. Love Sussex Weddings will also keep you posted about the next fabulous Brighton Bridal Bootfair (which is run by Charlie and her friend Emily).

Coming soon on Love Sussex Weddings, we have loads more beautiful Sussex weddings, a gorgeous Pagan inspired bridal inspiration shoot, guest posts, and some exciting news about how we are partnering up with a very cool vintage wedding fair this year. Plus watch our directory over the next couple of weeks for all the new and lovely listers (who are patiently sitting in our inbox waiting to be added)!

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6 Responses to Charlie & James Part 3 – A Romantic Wedding Adventure in Lewes

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  2. lovesussexweddings says:

    Thanks Becca. We love Lewes too!Glad you are settling in well. xx

  3. Becca Lowe says:

    What a lovely looking day, i have to say that ever since i moved to Lewes i have had nothing but wonderful experience with people in town. Its such a lovely place to live with a real sense of community!

    ps some wonderful photos of the beautiful day

  4. Charlie Felgate says:

    Ahhh Jamie – We had so much fun looking round your shop and we now have a gorgeous momento as a reminder the day too. It was awesome – thanks for being part of it! x

  5. lovesussexweddings says:

    Thanks Jamie! They look like they had a perfect day don’t they. And the photos are just lovely – it was the first ever wedding that Andy shot I believe. Will have to come and find your lovely looking shop next time I’m in lovely Lewes!

  6. Bloody LOVE this! We remember these two coming in very well indeed, it was such a romantic day they were having and it was lovely to be a tiny part of it. It was so cool of them to pop in a do a little shopping on their big day 😉

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