A Dazzling Brighton Wedding at The Hilton Metropole ~ Nadine & Andy

We love a wedding with personality here at Love Sussex Weddings and Nadine and Andy’s doesn’t disappoint. From the wow-oh-wow sequin bridal gown (it’s a showstopper alright!) to the moustache themed accessories and funky first dance, grab a seat and enjoy, this week’s wedding is guaranteed to get you smiling. Over to the beautiful bride, Nadine to hear all the goss:

Andy and I met on Match.com, he proposed on our fourth year anniversary when I was heavily pregnant with our first child on the Brighton Wheel. I thought he was joking and told him to stop messing around. When he managed to get the ring on my finger I flicked my hand and it flew off missing a drain by a few centimeters…

We chose to get married in Brighton because it’s a great place to visit, especially if you’re from out of town and as we live in Brighton we found it easy to arrange a wedding here. Of course, it’s great for our local friends too!

I’d describe our theme as an eclectic mix of classic, vintage, moustaches and birds. We wanted an element of silliness and fun to our wedding so we had moustaches on sticks, a goofy 1st dance (the twist dance from Pulp Fiction!), cheeky table names and a sweeties trolley. I also arranged child care from 7pm so all the adults could let their hair down!

I got ready with my bridesmaids and Mum in a beautiful suite at the Hilton looking out to sea, I’m a bit of a captain organised and had a tight timetable. The girls were saying I was very calm and that everything was going to plan. Then literally two minutes later the fire alarm went off and we had to evacuate. I was in my dressing gown and rollers and not so relaxed any more…

I think it’s so important to like your hair and make-up team and feel confident with them on your big day. The make-up was the second most important thing to me, after the dress and we ended up having two trials because the first one I did was 10 months before the wedding which was very silly of me, I was a bit over excited shall we say!

 “ I wanted an impact dress and I got it!”

My dress was from Leonie Claire. The bridal boutique was recommended to me by a friend,  and from the minute I walked in I knew they would have exactly what I wanted. They had a lot of vintage and classic style things I liked. I ended up getting everything from them. When I was going through the rails, I knew I wanted my dress before I even got to it and when the assistant took it out, I just had to have it!  It was so beautifully glamorous and very much my personality. I wanted a dress that didn’t look like a traditional wedding dress, that I could dance in and wasn’t heavy. I wanted an impact dress and I got it. I also got a beautiful bolero; I think it really added to the whole 30’s look.

Little did Andy know how glittery my dress was and he chose a sparkly bow tie, with vintage braces for his outfit which I felt went so well with mine. I had given him lots of red herrings as to what I was wearing. I had folded down pages of big princess dresses and talked about veils so he really didn’t have a clue and when I came down the aisle! The first thing he said to me was “that dress is amazing.”

Photo Perfect

I had looked at a lot of photographers and Andy likes to dabble in photography too. We interviewed a few and it wasn’t a hard choice. Initially, Sara was booked and when I was arranging interviews, I thought I would try my luck and low-and-behold she was free. We really love our wedding photos!

The food and drink were provided by the Hilton, we had canapés with welcome drinks after the photos but we missed them as we were having fun with our photographer!

We had a three course sit down meal and we served fillet of beef which went down a storm, so it was worth the extra money. The quality of the food was important to me and it was lovely – we spent most of our budget on the venue and food, but it was worth it.

For the evening I went for a sea side theme. We hired a sweetie trolley with traditional sweets, sticks of rock, sherbet cocktails which I recommend and candy floss.  We also had mini fish and chips and mini battered sausages. I bought shells and they were scattered around the buffet table.

Our DJ Brett from Hotsteppaz was brilliant! His set looked and sounded fantastic and he was a pleasure to deal with.We hired his services for the whole day, he played songs for the ceremony, during the meal and of course for the party afterwards.

Brett played a few special songs that we requested and he judged our crowd perfectly playing great tunes meaning that the dance floor was never empty, all ages and all people were up dancing and having fun. We had lots of comments from our guests saying that it was the best wedding disco they had been to. We couldn’t have asked for anymore from a DJ, he really helped make our day so special.

My top tip for other Sussex brides to be is:

Try not to get stressed over any little thing that goes wrong. It can’t take away the love you have for husband to-be and the pure beauty of you looking into each other’s eyes and saying your vows.

If we could do it all again we would…?

Do it the same, but I would get drunk and let myself go!

Honeymoon Hotspot: We went to El Dorado Seaside Suites in Mexico, it was a perfect honeymoon! We swam with dolphins, relaxed in the spa and on the beach in hammocks, had moonlight walks along the beach and had lots of cocktails, it really was a great destination.


Wedding photographer: Sara Reeve  

Wedding Venue: The Hilton Metropole Brighton

Bride’s dress, shoes and accessories: Leonie Claire

Bride’s hair: Coco Belle Styling

Bride’s makeup: Bebe Newson

Bridesmaids dresses & accessories: Debenhams and ASOS

Flowergirl outfit: Debenhams

Groomsmen’s outfits: M&S

Rings: Baxter and Hanks

Cake: Chic and Unique Cakes

Flowers: Quince

DJ: Hotsteppaz

Wedding favours: Just Add Water
We hope you’re smiling as much as we are with all of these fun festivities! From Nadine’s dazzling ‘impact’ dress, to the tongue-in-cheek table names, we loved how unique and full of personality Nadine and Andy’s big day was. All captured perfectly by the fabulous Sara Reeve, a huge thank you to you all for sharing this beautiful Brighton wedding with us!

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