A Brighton Town Hall & The Coach House Wedding ~ Jenny & Ian’s Simple & Sophisticated Celebration

Fed up with the fussy and over-fancy? You’re in for a treat with this understatedly elegant Brighton Town Hall and The Coach House wedding!

Living up to the less is more theory, Hove-based Ian and Jenny’s Autumnal big day is refreshingly non-traditional, focusing on fun, food and well, that mini wedding dress!(Top marks for bridal pins from us!)

All images in this post are by Page and Picture Photography

Over to the oh-so-chic bride, Jenny to tell us more:

Love Sussex Weddings: Hello Jenny! Wow, what an elegant wedding! What made you want to get married in Sussex?

Jenny: We’ve lived in Sussex for a few years. It was important to us to have our friends and family come to the place we’ve made our home. We were also keen to have a city wedding, both because we love Brighton and because we wanted everyone to be able to walk from place to place.

Love Sussex Weddings: So, tell us, how did Ian propose?

Jenny: Ian proposed to me on my birthday on the bandstand on Brighton seafront. It was dark and the bandstand was all lit up. It was a complete surprise but a very happy one!

We also had our engagement shoot on Brighton beach.

Love Sussex Weddings: Oh how lovely! We loved your simple yet stylish wedding. Where did you get your inspiration from?

Jenny: We wanted it to have an Autumnal feel. We didn’t want anything too showy and wanted things to be fairly laid-back for our guests.

We didn’t do it the ‘traditional way’ we didn’t have a colour scheme, bridesmaids or best men, we just tried to keep things simple. I think we just wanted to avoid too much formality so we could get on with the eating and drinking!

Love Sussex Weddings: Sounds good to us! So how did you start planning your wedding?

Jenny: It was a combination of on-line research and word-of-mouth. A friend recommended The Coach House as our reception venue and it turned out to be a fantastic decision.

Love Sussex Weddings: It looks fabulous! We loved your table decorations too. Did you make them?

Jenny: Yes, we made the seaside feel table decorations and place name settings.

We also made a guest book from our pre-wedding photo shoot, which we asked everyone to sign.

We made our own save the date cards too, drawn by Ian and made into postcards and our own invitations with a little help from a friend.

Love Sussex Weddings: Aww lovely! So tell us, what were your favourite and least favourite parts of planning your wedding?

Jenny: Our favourite parts had to be choosing the wine and the food.

Our least favourite bit was working out how to pay for it!

Love Sussex Weddings: Ha! So, what tips do you have for other Sussex brides?

Jenny: It’s sort of a cliché, but I’d say the most important thing is to remember that it is a day for the bride and groom. It’s easy to get caught up in the expectations of others. Luckily, our families and friends were really laid-back and helpful.

Team Wedding:

Wedding venue: Brighton Town Hall
Reception venue: The Coach House
Wedding photographer: Sam Stephenson – Page & Picture
Brides dress: French Connection
Brides shoes: Aldo
Bride headpiece: Glitzy Secrets
Bride’s hair and makeup: Jeni Dodson
Rings: made by Emily Thatcher
Flowers: GoBotanica


We can’t get over how stylish this wedding is! We love the laid back, relaxed feel to the day and reckon it was one hell of a party!

Of course, we must mention that dress too! Wow-oh-wow, Jenny looks effortlessly chic in her French Connection mini shift dress with those show-stopping sparkly shoes.

Massive thanks to the fabulous Sam Stephenson from Page & Picture for sharing these perfect pictures with us (we love the engagement shoot pics too, so sweet!) and thanks to the lovely bride and groom, Jenny and Ian too for telling us about their big day in good old Brighton.

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