Charlotte and Kevin got married at the beautiful Buxted Park Country House Hotel in the Ashdown Forest, Uckfield, East Sussex. Sara Reeve accompanied them on the day (Friday 13th April this year) as their wedding photographer and took all the gorgeous photos below.
Here Charlotte tells us about their pretty Sussex wedding and how she first met her husband Kevin. Over to Charlotte:
“We were introduced 10 years ago by my best friend at a party. Kevin proposed on a beach holiday in Croatia, we went for a walk along the marina after dinner and he got down on one knee with a beautiful ring. I thought he was joking, I was so surprised! He even asked my dad’s permission before hand, which was so thoughtful and respectful.”
“I enjoyed being a little bit of a DIY bride and made the invitations, the table plan, the drinks flags and the favours. My mum made the cake and family even got involved tying peach ribbon round all of the menus the morning of the wedding. For me that made the day even more special as we had put so much effort into it.”
“Our main inspiration came from our venue, as soon as we saw it we knew it was ‘The One’. We knew we wanted to go with the elegance and traditional beauty of Buxted Park and the country grounds and so we worked with that. I didn’t want our wedding to look too modern and date quickly, I wanted it to be fresh but have an oldy worldy vintage glamour to it. We got married in the Victorian Orangery. It’s all glass, light poured in and we had all the doors open. It felt like we were getting married outside.
“I bought my dress from White Mischief in Henfield. As soon as I started looking at wedding dresses I was particularly drawn to Pronovias lace gowns. They were so romantic and timeless but fairly modern and fresh at the same time.”
“My dress was the third one I tried on, I knew it was ‘The One’ as soon as I tried it on, it had all the details I love. It was dramatic but soft and I loved the buttons down the back and the long train. Two weeks before the wedding I decided I felt self-conscious in a strapless dress so I had the seamstress make cap sleeves out of some lace trimmed from the bottom of the dress. I am so glad I did as it made the dress! Everyone commented on the sleeves and I can’t imagine the dress now without them.”
“I chose a plain elbow length veil, I did look at lace edged veils but I decided I wanted to keep my overall look quite young and fresh and a lace veil seemed to over complicate the look. I also wore a vintage style crystal hair comb in the evening from glitzysecrets.com”
“My shoes were LK Bennett. They were elegant, simple courts with a beautiful bow on the front to add some drama. It was like wearing nice underwear under my dress (no one could see my shoes, they were more for me than anyone else.”
“The bridesmaids wore their hair in styles they chose, to compliment their different personalities. I didn’t want them to look too matchy, matchy but united the look with a David Austin rose in each of their hair. They wore simple crystal drop earrings (all different styles) from Accessorize.”
“Our wedding photographer was Sara Reeve. Sara was fantastic from start to finish, she made us feel so comfortable and fitted in so well on the day. All our guests commented on how brilliant she was. Our pictures were even better than I could have imagined! They are quite contemporary but the ones of just us as newlyweds are a more dramatic but still timeless. Sara was a pleasure to have involved in our wedding.”
“Carly Parsons a friend and hairdresser did mine and the girls hair. We all had different styles and they all suited the tone of the day, elegant but soft. I did my own make up and so did the girls using all Laura Mercier products. I chose a subtle peach lipstick to compliment my bouquet and a slightly smoky eye for a bit of drama.”
“Kev wore a three piece Ted Baker classic navy suit with a navy tie. We decided not to have the ties co-ordinated with the girls dresses as we thought it was a bit of a dated look. Instead the bridal party were united by a Sweet Avalanche rose.”
“Kev’s best man was best friend and business partner Steve, brothers were ushers and dads were witnesses. They wore navy suits with cream waistcoats and navy cravats from Perfection Bridal in Hove.”
“Our flowers were from Pollen flowers in Hove. They decorated the whole venue. When I first started looking at bridal magazines I saw a real wedding where the bride had David Austin roses in peach and I fell in love, I adored them and the rest of the colour scheme derived from the flowers. I decided on peach and blush pink roses with rosemary and jasmine. We had sweet avalanche roses for the bridesmaids and groomsmen and pale pink ranunculus for the mums and grandmas. Donal from Pollen wound my bouquet with a trimming of lace from my dress.”
“My lovely mum made our wedding cake! She made her own wedding cake and insisted she would love to do it for us too. She put so much time and effort into the cake and it really showed. It was really special to us to have such a labour of love and I must say it tasted as good as it looked! My mum took inspiration from my dress and created a lace effect pattern around the 3 tiers. It consisted of 3 tiers, 1 lemon and 2 fruit.”
“We love retro sweets and decided to give our guests small bags of Dolly Mixtures (for the girls) and Flying Saucers (for the boys) all tied with peach ribbon. A family friend a little teary moment when she saw the Dolly Mix as they were my favourite sweets when I was a little girl.”
“Our rings were from Kellerwood Jewellers in Brighton. I chose a platinum half diamond eternity band and Kevin a simple silver band (he is a builder and can’t wear it often!)”
“Our first dance was The Rifles ‘Spend a Lifetime’ it’s not your traditional first dance song but the words are just beautiful. Kevin realised he wanted to marry me when he heard the song, so it meant a lot to us to dance to it on the day.”
“My advice to brides-to-be would be, it’s your wedding so make it reflect you! Just because other people have done something doesn’t mean you have to. The smallest touches can have a big effect so pay attention to the small details as well as the bigger picture. Stand your ground and choose what’s right for you as a couple. Don’t discount anything, from dresses to music choices, sometimes you will be surprised how much you like something when you would never have chosen it. Lastly remember what it’s all about, it’s easy to get caught up in ‘the dress’ and ‘the food’ and forget why you are doing what you are. But what really struck me was the day is all about love, but for all of the people you love and not just each other.”
Thanks so much to Charlotte for her lovely words and great tips and to both Charlotte and Kevin for allowing us to share their gorgeous Sussex wedding today. Every inch of their wedding just looks so classic and pretty. The elegant venue, the lace, the roses, the light, every thing about this wedding is just breathtaking, everyone looks just stunning too. Thanks also to Sara for the brilliant photos, they’re making me want to dive back into that spring sunshine and sip Pimms through pretty straws. How amazing is the cake too? What a talented mum Charlotte has!
Watch this space for another gorgeous Buxted Park wedding that we have coming up soon for you, plus heaps more gorgeous Sussex weddings and weddingy news.
Venue: Buxted Park, Uckfield, East Sussex
Wedding photographer: Sara Reeve, Sussex
Wedding dress: White Mischief, Henfield
Hair accessory: glitzysecrets.com
Bride’s shoes: LK Bennett
Bridesmaids earrings: Accessorize
Groom’s suit: Ted Baker
Groomsmen’s suits: Perfection Bridal, Hove
Wedding flowers: Pollen, Hove
Wedding rings: Kellerwood Jewellers, Brighton
Band: Four Colours, Sussex Music Academy