Love this Brighton wedding! The flowers are so pretty and big white balloons rule!
Thanks to Andrew J R Squires for sending us over his super cool photos too.
Here’s what Emma told Love Sussex Weddings about her and Chris’s Brighton wedding:
I grew up in Worthing and wanted to get married near my family home. My life now is in Brighton, including my church, St Peter’s, so it seemed the obvious choice. We had family flying over from the States and so wanted to keep everything close together in Brighton to make it easier for them, we put on a bus between the church and reception to make travel easier.
Chris and I met while I was travelling. I did a round the world trip and went to Portland, Oregon, USA, (Chris’s home city), to visit good friends of mine and they introduced me to Chris. We hit it off straight away, but had to decide early on to ‘go for it’! From there we were traveling back and forth, not being able to stay in either place for any great amount of time because of visas, after around 18 months we got engaged.
We did our planning for our wedding online using blogs. We also used word of mouth and magazines.
We didn’t really have a particular theme for our wedding. We just used different things that we liked and it all came together.
For example, we really liked images we had seen of weddings with giant balloons, so we were set on using them. We also liked the idea of having a natural, rustic feel, so for the tables we used discs of wood as centre pieces, along with hessian table-runners, vases of bright flowers and bundles of herbs at each place setting.
Colour-wise we used a lot of grey and white and had bright flowers to add in splashes of colour.
We wanted the day to feel informal, the bridesmaids had mis-matched dresses and the guys wore their own grey suits.
Chris is a graphic designer so he designed all of our stationery, which was very personal to us. We also had our own wedding website (chrisandems.com) again created by Chris which was really useful as we were both in Portland for most of the time leading up to the wedding. Chris also made a personalized stamp which we used on envelopes for invitations, place names and various other places.
We got married on the same day as Pride in Brighton, we were worried about the logistical details as we knew it would be so busy, but in fact it really made our day! It didn’t cause any problems, everyone made it on time, even the bridal party travelling from Worthing and it was such an amazing party atmosphere. We wouldn’t change it now.
My favourite part of the wedding planning was collecting ideas from different places and seeing our own wedding come together.
We made a lot of our own decorations for the venue: table runners, wooden disc centre pieces and paper pom poms. We got most of our ideas for these online, on Pinterest and weddings blogs. As well as saving money, it was a great way to personalize the wedding and for people to help out and be a part of it.
We got the big balloons in America and brought them back over with us, they were much cheaper there!
Our venue was Fabrica art gallery, we loved this venue from the start and chose it partly because we could personalize it so much.
We had the venue the day before to decorate. We used Hire All for all the equipment, who were recommended by the venue and we did all the decorations ourselves: bunches of 3ft white balloons and paper pom poms suspended on natural twine .
For our wedding favours we had bundles of home grown herbs attached to the place names, an idea we had found on Pinterest .
We had pies for our main reception food and a cake of cheese for the evening, along with a more traditional wedding cake.
Our wedding photographer was Andy Squires, we were in Portland at the time of choosing, but looked on loads of websites and Andy’s images had the feel we wanted, we chatted to him over the phone and knew then he would be perfect. We love our photos.
Also we both love using Instagram so we had our friends take pictures throughout the day and hashtag them #chrisandems so that we had a collection to look through after the day.
My advice to other Sussex brides would be to try to do as much in advance so you can really enjoy the final run up to the wedding. Ask friends and friends of friends to help out, it can really save money and people love to do it. Enjoy it all!
Wedding Venue: Fabrica
Ceremony venue: St Peter’s Church, Brighton
Wedding photographer: Andrew J R Squires
Decor: Hire All
(More suppliers will be listed in part 2 coming up next week.)
Wow! Chris, Emma and their friends made such a beautiful Brighton wedding. Love all the creative touches they added, they really made the venue their own with those home-made paper pom poms. Fabrica is such a cool Brighton venue too.
Love these photos too, Andy‘s really captured the day beautifully.
There was so much lush stuff packed into Emma and Chris’s wedding in fact, that we have cut it in half and will be bringing you part two next week where Emma will be telling us more about the flowers, outfits, rings and their honeymoon.
Enjoy your weekend and any Christmas parties you are going to and wrap up warm it’s freezing here in Brrrrrrrrrighton.