A Vivacious Vintage Wedding at Proud Cabaret’s Brighton Ballroom & Brighton Town Hall

All photography in this post copyright of Sue Kwiatkowska

This week, we’re looking back to last October and the wonderful wedding of Brighton couple Rachael and David, who tied the knot after over five years together in a romantic ceremony at Brighton Town Hall followed by frivolous family fun at Proud Cabaret’s Brighton Ballroom in Kemptown.

But, enough from us, over to beautiful bride, Rachael for all the gossip!


“We decided to get married in Brighton as we live here, and so do many of our friends and family. Our wedding was very much about celebrating with our friends and family and having a good time. We had been talking about getting married for a while and just decided one evening that we would! As neither of us like long build ups to things we thought we’d do it in six months time, around our five year anniversary, and surprise our friends and family with an invite. We decided on a date and then looked for a venue. After searching online for appropriate local venues and getting some quotes, we quickly decided we both liked the Brighton Ballroom as we had attended gigs there together and thought it would be great to have the reception there. Luckily they were free!

We didn’t have a specific theme, although the dress my Mum and I designed had a definite 50’s influence because I love that style of dress, the venue has a more 20’s feel to it and the bus we hired was from the 60’s. So we had a mix of era’s all evident throughout our big day. We chose burgundy, teal and ivory as our colours. We added so many personal touches to our day! We loved having our friends and family heavily involved. Our invites were designed by a friend, the dresses were made by my Mum- a retired dressmaker, the gingerbread place names were made by my bridesmaid and decorated the day before by me and a couple of friends, the flowers were lovingly created by a friend and I was driven to the registry office in a friend’s car. One of the most important aspects of our wedding was ensuring our three year old daughter had a good time and was happy which she definitely was and she still refers to it as ‘her’ wedding. Even when she threw up all over my wedding dress (after eating too many gingerbread men!) just before the speeches it was just one of those things and we just cleaned up and carried on regardless. Going over to Spain for my dress fitting, was one of my most favourite parts of the wedding preparations, and I’d have to say my least favourite part had to be planning the seating and logistics of everything!  My top tip for other Sussex brides to-be is: Don’t stress and try and enjoy the process. If we could do it all again we would… Do it the same. We loved every minute of it.”
Team Wedding:

Ceremony venue: Brighton Town Hall

Reception venue: Proud Cabaret Brighton

Wedding photographer and website: Sue Kwiatkowska

Bride’s and bridesmaids dresses and accessories: All Made by Mother of the Bride.

Bride’s shoes: Irregular Choice

Bride’s veil: Lily Bella

Bride’s hair: Ali from Pod Brighton

Groom’s outfit: Gresham Blake

Cake: Angel Food Bakery

Entertainment: Nile Sledge 

Stationery: Anna Gatt

Transport: Southcoast Motor Services

What a wonderful vintage-feel wedding. We loved Rachael’s 50s pin-up inspired handmade dress and those sumptuous bridesmaids dresses too. We bet they looked fabulous swirling around the sultry Brighton Ballroom!

Thank you so much Rachael and David for sharing your gorgeous Brighton wedding with us and big thanks to fantastic photographer, Sue Kwiatkowska for letting us see these gorgeous pics too!

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5 Responses to A Vivacious Vintage Wedding at Proud Cabaret’s Brighton Ballroom & Brighton Town Hall

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  2. lovesussexweddings says:

    Thanks Anna. It does doesn’t it! Your flowers must have been very pretty too then ( : x

  3. Love this. I had similar flowers at my wedding. This looks such fun.

  4. lovesussexweddings says:

    I didn’t know that!I didn’t realize cupcakes were around back then either!

  5. I love the use of cup cakes instead of a wedding cake. Did you know in Medieval times, the bride and groom had to kiss over a table full of cupcakes and if they did, it’d mean luck in having children.

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