A Cute & Quirky Brighton Wedding at Stanmer House

Eeek, we’re excited to share our first Stanmer House, Brighton wedding today. . .

Move over Paris, it seems Brighton is the city of love. For Emily and Wallace, who met and fell in love in the city five years ago, there was only one place they could ever want to tie the knot; Brighton of course! 

Using only locally-based businesses, Emily and Wallace’s dream day was filled with personality and that infectious Brighton charm.

Over to the beautiful bride to spill the beans about her big day:

We Heart Brighton

“Choosing where we wanted to get married was an easy decision. We wanted a very “Brighton wedding”; we met here and live here so it’s our favourite place!

Bridal Bargain Hunt

Our wedding colours were yellow, black and white, inspired from my favourite dress I bought years ago which is lemon yellow with black flowers.

One day, I told my sister that I wished they could be my bridesmaid dresses as they are a bit unusual but really summery and she said; well, why not?!

Being a bargain hunter, I somehow found six of these dresses to use as my bridesmaid dresses on eBay, one was just 99p! I had the dresses professionally fitted through a friend at work who is a sewing wizard!

My top tip for other brides: never accept the first quote!! But, if you have found a bargain, grab it. For the important decisions, sleep on it.

Mustang… Emily

Ever since I was little I wanted a Mustang for my wedding car, and fate struck as a friend of one of my bridesmaid’s has a yellow and black mustang that looks like the car in Transformers – I died and went to car heaven! It matched our theme perfectly too.

THE Dress

My dress was the one thing I wanted to be different. I knew I wanted something a bit quirky! Most dresses I just didn’t like, but then I came across an Ian Stuart dress, Swan Lake, and my eyes lit up!

Nothing else compared. I went to The Ozone in Brighton as they stock his dresses but it wasn’t there. Luckily I decided to ask them to order it in and I instantly fell in love with it! It’s perfect, short at the front but long at the back, plus fluffy and sparkly!! I felt like a million dollars on the day and I was so happy when Wally said “you look amazing, I knew it had to be different!”

That Trilby Shot

When I met Erika from Photomadly, I thought she was so cool. I loved her style and that she liked my wedding ideas, including our “trilby shot” so it helped that she was really excited with us!

This picture is a little wink at all the fun we had with our friends going to a club night called Hat Club – where you had to wear a hat to get in!

She really is a talented chick! On the day she had even more ideas and we think the photos are perfect!

The cake

Our wedding cake was made by Sada at Flutterby Bakery. I spent a long time looking for someone who was as passionate about my ideas as me, so when I found Sada everything clicked into place. When I said I wanted a massive five tier cake with each tier a different flavour, she didn’t bat an eyelid! She really is as sweet as her yummy cakes. Her masterpiece was exactly what we wanted and got so much attention!

We wanted to get married at St Laurence Church in Falmer as it was my parish church whilst at the University of Sussex. With the picturesque views out over the South Downs, it could not have been any more perfect.

As for our reception we knew immediately where we wanted it – we like to go jogging around Stanmer Park, so Stanmer House was it for us! It’s gorgeous and we just love the location! We even named our reception tables as some of our favourite places in the world; including Brighton Beach and Brighton’s South Laines.

We wanted to try and use Brighton companies, to support our local businesses.  We wanted a mix of companies including those not so well known.

If we could do it all again we would…

We would definitely do it all again, it was so much fun! There isn’t much we’d change, but we do wish we’d paid for photography/videography for the evening too because that’s when the party started – we were all dancing on the tables!

The thing I won’t forget

I had been really worrying about saying my vows; not saying them loud enough, saying it wrong, forgetting what to say. But on the day I realised what they meant to me and I felt so happy to be marrying Wally, it was hard to keep the tears in!!  When Wally was saying his vows he looked right into my eyes, I won’t forget that feeling.”

Team Wedding:

Wedding venue:  St. Laurence Church, Falmer 

Reception venue: Stanmer House, Stanmer Park, Brighton

Bride’s dress: Ian Stuart called “Swan Lake” from The Ozone in Brighton 

Bride’s shoes: “Diva” by Dune

Bride’s makeup: Gemma Sutton 

Groom’s outfit: Perfection Suits in Hove

Rings: Bespoke wedding bands from Ring, Brighton

Cake: Sada Ray at Flutterby Bakery

Cake Topper: Kerry at Cherry Berry Miniatures

Harpist: Andrew Ballentyne

DJ:  Beach Entertainments

Wedding photographer:  PhotoMadly

Videographer: Egg Cosy Productions 


Wow, oh-wow, what’s not to love about this cute and quirky Brighton-based wedding?! We love how the couple made the decision to use local businesses that could really get to know their wedding lust-list – a fabulous idea that clearly paid off!

The yellow, black and white theme, based around one of Emily’s favourite dresses which she managed to miraculously find six of on eBay (one for less than a £1, dare we add!) became her bridesmaid dresses, gave a personal touch and also kept the budget down!

Of course, we can’t fail to mention Emily’s OMG dress, so individual and unique – very Brighton indeed!

Thanks to PhotoMadly for sending this wedding over to us we love the funky photos and thanks to Emily and Wally too for sharing your brilliant day with us!

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3 Responses to A Cute & Quirky Brighton Wedding at Stanmer House

  1. lovesussexweddings says:

    Thanks Emily and Wally. It looks like your day was amazing. Thanks for sharing it with us. Love the Bumblebee/Transformers car by the way, my little boy (car and transformers fanatic) would go crazy if he saw it! Liz xx

  2. Emily Hempstead says:

    Thank you for the lovely blog post, we had an amazing day that we’ll never forget! With love from Emily & Wally x

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