A Pelham House, Vintage Inspired Wedding With A Tea For Two Marquee Reception (Part Two)

Today, we’re looking at part two of Matthew and Miriam’s cutesy afternoon tea-party East Sussex wedding. If you’re a fan of cake, bunting and escaping the rain, you will love this wedding! The gorgeous photos today are courtesy of Heather Shuker from Brighton Photo.

All photos in this post by Brighton Photo

After holding their ceremony at Lewes’ Pelham House, the wedding entourage headed to Firle Village’s Cricket Field via vintage buses for an unforgettable afternoon tea!

Love Sussex Weddings: So Miriam, what gave you the idea for your lovely reception?

Miriam: For the reception we wanted to create a DIY wedding and put our own stamp on it. It was actually one of our chefs who recommended Firle Cricket field as he had catered at a wedding there before.

We visited on a sunny spring day and it was just perfect. Firle is such a quintessentially pretty English village and is surrounded by rolling Sussex countryside.

The only problem was our vintage double decker bus couldn’t get through the arch of tree’s into Firle village, so that meant our gallant guests walked the 0.4 miles with no complaints!

Love Sussex Weddings: Oh no! Tell us about your reception food. It sounds foodie-fabulous!

Miriam: I approached Delish in Lewes who I knew did gorgeous sweet things and asked them to do afternoon tea, and our barbeque chefs were friends who have worked at many of Sussex’s top restaurants.


Love Sussex Weddings: Speaking of friends, your lovely pals helped with all the venue decorating too didn’t they?

Miriam: At the Marquee we had 100’s of jam jars tied with ribbon and lace, shepherd crooks with suspended jam jars full of flowers, bunting and over 80 pom poms suspended from the ceiling, these were all created and arranged by my wonderful friends!


Love Sussex Weddings: It’s great having so many unique and personalised touches on your big day. What others did you have?

Miriam: Instead of ‘Ladies’ and ‘Gents’ loos, we named our venue toilets Ronnie’s and Daisy’s (after our two little dogs!)

As our initials are M and M, we had a large jar of M&M’s at our reception. Matthew also had ‘M’ cufflinks too!

We had a ‘love rocket’ which we asked guests to attach a (heart shaped) post-it note to. We let it off during the evening (it was a big bang, of course!)

Whist there were absent family member who couldn’t be there, we had my Grandma’s ring and Matthew’s Granddad’s vintage suitcase, complete with ‘Boote’ (our surname)  label for our gifts.

We decided to give our guests a stick of traditional Brighton rock, with luggage label ties on. Decorated with ribbon (for the boys) and lace (for the girls), the rock favours had guests names on and said ‘with love from Brighton’

We also had a fantasy dressing up box for the children (and adults), who danced the night away in rabbit masks and fairy wings, croquet outside for in-between the showers and gifts for the children to keep them occupied.

Finally, we had a bar, ‘The Watering Trough’ which we stocked ourselves  with 27(!) of our favorite drinks including Dark Star Ale, Middle Farm Cider, Lashing of Prosecco and Raspberry and Elderflower soda.

Love Sussex Weddings: Wow! That sounds fantastic! Nice to see some local brews in there too. OK, so we heard a bit about your beautiful White Leaf Bridal dress in part one, tell us a bit about your bridesmaids dresses?

Miriam: They’re sapphire blue twist and wrap dresses, from BHS!! They’re similar to the ‘Two Birds’ dress but half the price. This was the perfect solution for different body shapes and everyone felt wonderful as three of my bridesmaids were new Mums

Love Sussex Weddings: They’re amazing, love the sapphire colour! So, the rain clearly didn’t dampen your spirits?

Miriam: We had an incredible day, in spite of torrential rain (I thought people said that because they had to but I realise it’s now actually true!) and ran in and out of showers for photos. Sussex looked stunning for all our guests, even in the rain. We wouldn’t have changed it!

Love Sussex Weddings: If you could give any advice to other Sussex brides, what would it be?

Miriam: Always ensure your wedding is weather proofed! Also, if you don’t ask you don’t get (I managed to negotiate quite a few discounts). Finally, choose places which are special to you rather than showy, it makes your day even more meaningful!

Team Wedding:

Wedding photographer: Heather Shuker of Brighton Photo
Bride’s dress and accessories: White Leaf Bridal, Brighton
Bride’s hair and Makeup: Bridal Beauty Team
Bridesmaids dresses: BHS
Flower girl outfits: Monsoon
Groom’s suit: Adams of London
Groom’s  shirt: Bruno Morris
Groom’s tie: Jump the Gun.
Flowers: Miss Moles Flower Emporium, Brighton
Band during afternoon tea: Menage a Trois
Evening band: The Judith Chalmers from Essex
DJ: Tim Aldous, Brighton.
Transport:  Porche from Porsche Mid Sussex
Vintage double-decker bus: South Coast Motors
Tent hire: Trumps marquee
Cake: M&S

We loved this gorgeous pretty pastel wedding, filled with personality and uniqueness! It was also great to see that even torrential showers couldn’t dampen spirits at the newly-weds marquee reception either!

Miriam’s top tip of making sure your venue is weather-proofed, came in very handy indeed here. If you’re planning an British outdoorsy wedding, regardless of the month, take note!

Love those sapphire blue BHS bridesmaids dresses and the M&S cake is fab too, some great high-street finds there by Miriam!

Thanks so much to Miriam and Matthew for sharing their big day with us and of course, the very talented Heather Shuker of Brighton Photo for sending over these beautiful photos. They’ve certainly made us swoon!

Do take a peek at part one of Miriam and Matthew’s wedding if you haven’t done so already.

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