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.
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!
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!
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.
Reception venue: Broyle Place, Lewes
Wedding photographer: Sara Reeve
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.
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!