An Outdoor, Broyle Place Wedding in Lewes ~ Childhood Sweethearts Laura & Chris

Broyle Place Wedding Lewes, Outdoor Ceremony

This week’s wedding is a fresh springtime feast for the eyes, so grab a cuppa and a well deserved piece of cake (if you’ve got a doughnut, even better!) and just enjoy. Over to beautiful bride Laura to find out more:

“Chris and I are both from Lewes and wanted all of our friends and family to be at our wedding and not have to travel far. We are spoiled for choice with amazing venues in the county but Broyle Place stood out because of the option to have the ceremony outdoors and bring along our own caterers and suppliers, rather than being stuck with a rigid hotel-style format.

We first met aged four at a wedding that our parents had attended, while we don’t remember it, a photo was taken of us sitting on a wall. It’s now one of our most treasured possessions and we had it on display at our wedding – who could’ve known that we would meet properly and one day marry! We then met again at college, aged seventeen and have been together ever since.

Most of my inspiration came from Pinterest. It is the one app that I would recommend to any other bride over any other. I used it to create different boards of ideas I liked that I could capture and share with Chris.

The boys wore navy and the flowers were nude and blushy pinks to contrast with the bridesmaid’s light grey dresses.

We are incredibly lucky with the weather and had what was probably the best day of the year so far. Because we had the option of an outdoor ceremony we had to decide the day before whether to take the plunge and base the service outside or not. Despite having raining all week (actually, month!) in the run up the Big Day, the forecast looked good to we decided to take the risk. When I woke up in the morning and the sun was shining I couldn’t believe our luck.

We didn’t have a theme as such – we wanted the whole day to be personalised and unique to us and our friends and families. So we wrote our own vows, asked my sister and cousin to choose the readings they thought would fit us and did personalised foodie favours. We gave rhubarb and strawberry jam to the female guests and chilli jam to the boys!

Foodie Fabulous

As we are both keen foodies, we chose local caterers Circa Events and designed a menu that combined our love of local, seasonal produce with a fun twist!

After the wedding breakfast (which included Sussex lamb and chocolate parfait with hazelnut crumb and cherry shake) we replaced the traditional wedding cake with a decorated doughnut tower made of Krispy Kreme doughnuts!

Evening guests enjoyed a takeaway ‘wagon’ serving curry, roti, and other spicy snacks.

Without a doubt, the process of choosing and tasting the wine and menu was our favourite part of wedding planning!

My least favourite part of wedding planning was being overwhelmed! Immediately after getting engaged, the amount of choice in terms of everything feels overwhelming. There are so many great ideas, options and suppliers so working out what you want isn’t easy when the wedding senses are over-loaded!

My top tips for other Sussex brides to-be are:

It sounds like such a cliche, but relax and have fun with it. Being organised is great and it’s important to feel in control-but not at the expense of enjoying it. We would recommend leaving some of the less stressful, enjoyable parts until later on to really help you get in the mood.

On the whole I was really organised and we made lots of decisions early, we left our menu tasting and my make up trial as late as possible to help us get excited nearer the big day.

If we could do it all again we would…? Not change a single thing.

Honeymoon Hotspot: Three nights city break in Bangkok followed by two weeks in a hideaway retreat in Koh Samui in Thailand.”


Reception venue: Broyle Place, Lewes

Wedding photographer: Sara Reeve

Bride’s dress: Justin Alexander purchased and fitted from Leonie Claire Bridal

Bride’s shoes: Rachel Simpson customised by Leonie Claire Bridal 

Bride’s makeup: Caroline Ort (Powder & Glow)

Bridesmaids dresses: Coast

Groom’s outfit: Bespoke three-piece suit designed and made by Hugo Morris

Rings: Platinum bands (with the date engraved inside) by Wedding Rings Direct 

Cake and food: Circa Events

Flowers: Highgate Florists & Growers 

Wedding singer: Jazz singer David Tughan

See! We told you, it was pretty (and we bet you now fancy a doughnut!). Their outdoor ceremony looked beautiful and they were so lucky for a day of springtime sunshine. We loved that the couple ‘met’ aged four and had the photo to prove it  – how amazing was that? Of course, we must mention that doughnut cake too, the caterers really pulled this out the bag for foodie newly-weds Laura and Chris, and we bet their guests were delighted too.

Laura looked effortlessly elegant in her lace gown with customised shoes from Leonie Claire while Chris looked dapper in his bespoke suit.

A big thank you to Laura and Chris for sharing their dream day with us and, of course to photographer Sara Reeves for allowing us to share these fabulous pictures!

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2 Responses to An Outdoor, Broyle Place Wedding in Lewes ~ Childhood Sweethearts Laura & Chris

  1. lovesussexweddings says:

    Thanks for your comment Clare. The doughnut wedding cake looks delicious doesn’t it! Agree about Laura’s hair too – she looks great.

  2. What a fab wedding and venue. We love the doughnut wedding cake and I love the bride’s simple but elegant hairstyle…

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