This week’s Brighton wedding is an absolute corker and will surely inspire you brides-to-be to get hands on and turn your dream day ideas into reality!
When Brighton-based copywriter, Victoria and her partner, graphic designer, Martin tied the knot back in September 2012, individuality, for this very creative couple was key.
So, get ready to swoon at this wonderful wedding filled with so many pretty personal touches and captured beautifully by Danni Beach Photography.
Over to lovely Brighton bride, Victoria to find out more:
“Martin and I met when I was writing for a music website and had to interview the band he was in. They have a really long name, it’s up-c down-c left-c right-c abc + start, or you can just call them upcdownc for short. So I had to liaise with Martin to set things up and we became friends from there.
We got engaged four years ago during a weekend in London. We took a walk around Regents Park and stopped to sit down near the bandstand. I plonked myself on Martin’s lap (not knowing I was stopping him from getting down on one knee). I looked round to him and saw two giant eyes staring at me and saw he was holding an open ring box.
He tweeted a coded message to let everyone know I had said yes, and meanwhile his family had been on the phone to our hotel to tell them what had just happened and when we arrived back to the hotel in the evening they had put us in their penthouse suite on the riverside overlooking the London Eye. It was a really special time and we flew out for a dream holiday to Tokyo a couple of weeks later.
We both hail from Kent originally (Medway and Maidstone) but Brighton has been our home for over eight years now. We wanted to bring our family and friends together in the heart of the city to experience a little bit of the magic of Brighton that made us fall in love with the place.
Wedding blogs became a part of my daily reading and were a real source of inspiration – a mixture of DIY weddings and clever styling ideas from professionals. I previously worked in the events industry so I had a few of my own ideas up my sleeve that I wanted to surprise people with.
My husband being a graphic designer, got really involved with the overall styling and particulary hands-on designing and printing all our save the dates, invites, order of service, venue signage; and building our initials from reclaimed wood which were illuminated with festoon lights, carnie-style!
We wanted our day to be the kind of wedding no one could look back on in twenty years time and forget whose it was. It had to be special to us and include all the people we love in the celebrations. So we really wanted to encapsulate who we are, a couple of fun-loving big kids, who love great food, art, games and most of all, fun!
It was fun looking at blogs of other people’s weddings and thinking “ooh that’s nice” or “hey that would be cool to have”, but really if it didn’t connect with us in any meaningful way then it was just a game of collecting random ‘stuff’ that wasn’t going to flow together. We had a vision of a Mad Hatter’s tea party meets funfair and stuck with it.
I loved planning the wedding!
From all the supplier appointments, magazine clippings, Pinterest boards, trawling the web for hours researching, making To Do lists, budget spreadsheets, floor plans, kit lists, function sheets, load in and load out schedules – it was like having a fun extra part-time job in the evenings.
My dress was from Leonie Claire. I knew I’d found the right dress as soon as I got it on. I tried on five others that day, but The One was the only dress to make my mum and my bridesmaid cry so I knew it hit the right note!
I struggled to find a shrug that complimented my dress which was heavily embellished in applique, pearls and bling, so I quit trying to match and went for something that was standalone awesome, from Ted Baker, when else can you wear real feathers if not your wedding day? I felt very Swan Lake.
My bouquet from Miss Mole’s Flower Emporium included a photo locket which had pictures of all my grandparents inside it. They’ve all passed away so it was nice to be able to have them with me during the day. My mum kept her “something blue” from her own wedding day, a baby blue bow made of ribbon which was sewn into the underskirt of her wedding dress, so she pinned it into my dress.
Danni from Danni Beach Photography was the perfect wedding photographer, amazing photos, a genuinely warm and friendly person, unobtrusive and a totally reassuring and calming presence on the day. We love our photos!”
We made use of Brighton Town Hall’s live ceremony streaming service. We hooked up a big TV to a computer at the reception venue and broadcast our ceremony live to all the guests who couldn’t fit into the Town Hall, so no one missed a thing!”
Wedding photographer: Danni Beach Photography
Wedding Venue: Brighton Town Hall
Reception Venue: Fabrica Art Gallery, Brighton
Bride’s dress and hair accessories: Allure from Leonie Claire
Bride’s shoes: Blog Peep by Russell & Bromley
Feather shrug from Ted Baker
Lace ankle socks: The Sock Shop
Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Nicola Downey
Bridesmaids’ dresses: French Connection
Groom’s suit: Ted Baker
Groom’s shirt: Thomas Pink
Groom’s shoes: Russell & Bromley,
Groom’s cufflinks: hand-painted wooden from Etsy
Groom’s tie: Tie Rack
Groom’s ring: from the Harmony range at Goodman Morris
Bride’s ring: the Coco collection at Baroque Bespoke Jewellery
Flowers: bouquets and buttonholes by Miss Mole’s Flower Emporium
Stationery: Designed by the groom, printed locally at One Digital bespoke duo-coloured envelopes from PP Envelopes
(More suppliers will be listed in Part 2 next week)
Stay tuned! You just don’t want to miss part two of this wonderfully personal wedding. From retro Scalextric competitions to a ‘Tea at the Ritz’ style wedding breakfast and even more quirky touches, there’s still loads more to come.