A Buxted Park Hotel Wedding – Kelly & Ben’s Texan-English BIG day!

London based Kelly and Ben held their Texan-English wedding reception at Buxted Park Hotel, East Sussex on August 26th this year. Their ceremony was at Herons Gyhll Catholic Church.

All photography in this post by Lisa Devlin/Devlin Photos

The gorgeous photos today are by fab Brighton based wedding photographer Lisa Devlin.

Kelly and Ben’s wedding journey was a little bumpy in the run up to their amazing Sussex wedding with a destination wedding in Las Vegas that they both managed to miss due to flu and snow. Luckily everything turned out amazing in the end, as they managed to re-do their eighties inspired Vegas wedding and have this gorgeous Sussex wedding day too.

Here’s our Q & A’s with today’s gorgeous Texan bride, Kelly:

Love Sussex Weddings: So Kelly, how did you two get together?

Kelly: I think Ben fell in love when he heard me say Y’ALL, hehe. Ben is English and I am originally from Texas. We met through mutual friends one night in Soho for dinner. We met, had a BLAST and stayed out dancing and talking until 5am. Then, I left (without saying goodbye) as I was soooo tired. Ben stayed at my friend’s house and couldn’t figure out where I had went. Well, eventually, he found out that I left. Next thing I know, I get a text message the following morning asking me out for Valentines day. I let him sweat it for eight hours and then I said yes, I would love to have dinner and drinks. SO, our official first date is Valentines Day in Charlotte Street Hotel.

Love Sussex Weddings: Why did you chose to get married in Sussex?

Kelly: Well, we looked everywhere in England and just couldn’t decide, just too many beautiful places. We found Buxted Park Hotel and completely fell in love with the countryside and stunning manor house. It is everything we had both envisioned our wedding to be. Quintessential English.

Love Sussex Weddings: How did you do your wedding planning?

Kelly: I just looked online and had help from Buxted Park‘s event coordinator, Amy.

Love Sussex Weddings: And where did you get your wedding inspiration?

Kelly: No inspiration really. We just wanted a minimalist Texas-English Wedding.

Love Sussex Weddings: How you would describe your wedding theme?

Kelly: Hmm, Brits N’ boots! My dad wore his cowboy boots and bolo tie as he walked me down the isle, hes a traditional cowboy!

Love Sussex Weddings: What were your wedding colours?

Kelly: My bridesmaids wore black and my maids of honor (my sisters) wore navy blue (they were my something blue).

Love Sussex Weddings: Did you do anything differently at your wedding?

Kelly: Everything was pretty traditional. However, I didn’t wear a veil the second time around.

Oh yes we had 13 groomsmen too! While I got ready in the bridal suite they all went to The Pig and Butcher to have a few pints!

Love Sussex Weddings: Any tips for other Sussex brides to-be?

Kelly: You will have so many people giving you their opinion but, at the end of the day do what you want to do. It is your day and just enjoy every minute of it as it goes by so quickly.

Love Sussex Weddings: Did you add any personal touches to your day?

Kelly: For our photo-booth we provided buddy holly wafer glasses and mustaches (of all sizes and colours), everyone absolutely loved that!! They were a total hit!!

Love Sussex Weddings: What did you enjoy most about planning your wedding?

Kelly: Planning it all with my husband. We had so much fun, we did what we wanted to do.

Love Sussex Weddings: And your least favourite bit?

Kelly: Organizing family stuff from overseas that was the most stressful part as well as people canceling the week before the wedding. That was a bit stressful but, things happen. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Love Sussex Weddings: Any parts of the wedding details that you made yourself?

Kelly: No, I had help on every end. Thank goodness.

Love Sussex Weddings: Wedding photographer?

Kelly: Lisa Devlinamazing lady and so much fun to work with. Defo recommend!!!

Love Sussex Weddings: OK , quick-fire questions now, dress?

Kelly: Pronovias, just fell in love with my dress.

Love Sussex Weddings: Shoes?

Kelly: Jimmy Choo.

Love Sussex Weddings: Jewellery?

Kelly: Tiffany’s pearls that were given to me by my sister and brother.

Love Sussex Weddings: Hair and makeup?

Kelly: Claire Wallace, Zara worked with me and did a fab job.

Love Sussex Weddings: Bridesmaids’ outfits and accessories?

Kelly: Badgley Mischka, Brian Atwood shoes, BCBG accessories and Vera Wang dress and Steve Madden shoes.

Love Sussex Weddings: Groom’s suit?

Kelly: Moss Bross

Love Sussex Weddings: Rings?

Kelly: Bespoke wedding bands

Love Sussex Weddings: Cake?

Kelly: Humming Bird Cupcakes London

Love Sussex Weddings: Flowers?

Kelly: Flower Bug, Sharon is soooo lovely to work with!! Love her.

Love Sussex Weddings: Entertainment?

Kelly: Ear Candy, The Grove (the band) DJ Mr. Thing (DJ in London and we asked if he would DJ our wedding, amazaballs!!)

Love Sussex Weddings: Stationery?

Kelly: Hiptwist Couture Stationery, Sarah was wonderful. Love her!

Love Sussex Weddings: Transport?

Kelly: Phantom World Cars, Michael was fab!

Love Sussex Weddings: Décor?

Kelly: Bows Wedding Hire (for the candelabras).

Love Sussex Weddings: Food and drink?

Kelly: Buxted Park Hotel. Amazing staff that worked extra hard on our big day! They were all wonderful!!

Love Sussex Weddings: And finally, any wedding stories to share?

Kelly: Well, we have been married twice. The first time was a year and a half ago in Las Vegas. The funny thing is that we had about 18 guests going, the theme was a cheesy 80’s wedding in the Little White Wedding Chapel and everyone was going dressed up (if we were going down so were the rest of them)! Needless to say, we missed our wedding twice, (due to the severe snow storms in December) we both got severe cases of the flu, all of our friends and family made it out except for us, the Bride and Groom. We were devastated.

We didn’t get out to Vegas until two weeks later. By that time, everyone had gone (due to holiday’s, going back home etc). Lucky enough, my brother, sister and close friend of Ben and I flew back out to Vegas for the second time and were able to be there for our wedding. It was absolutely beautiful. My husband was dressed in a baby blue 80’s tuxedo, I in a proper vintage 80’s mini wedding dress (just like the dress in the Guns N’ Roses video) with a couture birdcage veil. My sis wore a HUGE green velvet dress with giant gold sleeves and my brother wore a tan and brown 80’s tux, it was amazing!

Team Wedding
Ceremony Venue: Herons Gyhll Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Buxted Park Hotel, East Sussex
Photographer: Lisa Devlin, Brighton
Wedding Dress: Pronovias
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Jewellery: Tiffany’s pearls
Hair and makeup: Claire Wallace, Hove
Cake: Humming Bird Cupcakes, London
Flowers: Flower Bug
Entertainment:Ear Candy, The Grove (the band) DJ Mr. Thing
Stationery? Hiptwist Couture Stationery
Transport: Phantom World Cars
Décor: Bows Wedding Hire
Bridesmaids outfits:  Badgley MischkaBrian Atwood shoes, BCBG accessories and Vera Wang dress and Steve Madden shoes.


Wow! What a beautiful Sussex wedding eh?

Big thanks to our Texan rose Kelly for sending over all the deats of her and Ben’s gorgeous day. Everyone looks amazing, love Kelly’s dress (how gorge are those feather details?). Loving the country grandeour meets urban chic feel of it all too, with the bridesmaids all in dark colours.

Thanks to Lisa Devlin too for sending this lush wedding over to us, the photos are stunning. For any wedding togs out there trying to think of what to put on your Christmas list this year, Lisa is running ‘Farm Week’ in January 2013, a new non-residential series of talks and workshops for ‘nurturing and growing the minds of awesome wedding photographers in the UK’ (find out more on Lisa’s website here).

And for anyone who is intrigued to see a photo from Kelly’s ‘cheesy eighties’ Vegas wedding, check out our Love Sussex Weddings facebook page later on today for a peek!

Lots of exciting stuff being planned for 2013 behind the scenes here at Love Sussex Weddings, we’ve also done some tinkering to the Love Sussex Weddings site this week to make it faster and easier to share. Loads more beeeautiful Sussex weddings and wedding bits coming soon of course and we’ll be at the Oh My Honey Party tonight too, so watch this space for photos from that too! See y’all laters.

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