A Beach & English Themed Brighton Pier & Pavilion Wedding ~ Rocio & Paul (Part One)

Brighton based Rocio and Paul got married in May this year at Brighton’s Royal Pavilion followed by fish and chips on Brighton Pier.

Their wedding was a Sussex beach and English themed wedding influenced by tea houses the Olympics, and the Queen’s jubilee.

The gorge photos today are by Andrew J R Squires.

We are handing over to the beautiful Rocio today, to tell us all about her and Paul’s beautiful big day:

“Paul proposed at sunset on Christmas Eve on Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, pretty unforgettable for both of us. Particularly as the beach was practically deserted, except for a guy with a guitar who serenaded us!”

“When I was planning the wedding the Brighton Bridal Boot Fayre was a great help. Etsy was good for original handmade items which I could check online recommendations for too. For important things (like my dress) word of mouth was key, too.”

Brighton Pier Wedding Reception

Pinterest was good for ideas and also we attended eight fantastic weddings the year before we got married. That was great to get tips about do’s and don’ts! As I’m Spanish, we looked for an English theme: tea houses, the Jubilee and the Olympic games provided us with lots of ideas and inspiration.”

“We chose the Pavilion as our venue as we are based in Brighton and it is such an extraordinary place to get married!”

“We designed an amazing wedding website with all our wedding information on it. This was very useful, as we had people traveling from Ireland, Spain and different English locations. The website was great, it was in Spanish and English and we could update it easily, very handy for last minute changes! We also included Spanish vs English wedding traditions, FAQs, what to wear, descriptions of English drinks (like Pimms!), maps, weather and Brighton tourist information on there. Thanks to Claire King who made it very easy for us to build our own special site.”

“I also designed the wedding invitations myself, choosing a typical Brighton image and writing the key details of the event on top. I printed them with a company called Genie. Thanks to all the team there too for being so supportive with my design!”

All photography in this post copyright of Andrew J R Squires

Andy, our photographer gave us lots of ideas about where to have our pictures taken. We decided on a tour starting at the Brighton Pavilion with the more traditional pictures of the family and then the three of us headed to the North Laines for photos in front of the graffiti (on our way we encountered a theatre group from the Brighton Festival with several actors performing as… brides and grooms!) and finally we headed to the lovely Brighton beach.”

“Our theme was a Sussex beach theme without a doubt! Fish and chips on the Brighton Pier, photos with the cut-out of the Royal Family on the Pier and lovely pictures in front of the beach huts and on deck chairs. Our wedding colours were bright red and white, for a touch of Spanish and of English.”

“I chose a bouquet made of brooches (instead of real flowers) from Etsy that was absolutely stunning! I now have it in a vase in my living room, bringing memories of a lovely day.”

“We got married with “fake” rings as we decided to buy our rings in Japan during our honeymoon! We exchanged rings in the bar from the film Lost In Translation with views across Tokyo, amazing!”

(To be continued…)

Team wedding:
Ceremony venue: Brighton’s Royal Pavilion
Reception venue: Brighton Pier
Wedding photographer: Andrew J R Squires, Brighton
Bouquet: Etsy
Wedding website: Claire King
Wedding stationery printing: Genie, Brighton
(More suppliers coming up in part two too)


Such a Brighton beautiful wedding isn’t it? Love the splashes of red and all the funky Brightony backdrops in Andy’s great photos (big thanks to Andy for sending these over)! Paul and Rocio look amazing too of course. What a cool place to exchange rings too, I’ve always fancied going there – well jel (love that film too)!

Thanks so much to Rocio and Paul too for sharing their beautiful Brighton wedding with us. Lots more from this wedding to come in part two next week where Rocio shares some useful tips (one learnt the hard way) and talks outfits and honeymoon!

Check back next week for part two and loads more cool Sussex weddingy stuff.

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