When local love birds Julie and Alex tied the knot they wanted a Sussex-based July ‘do, that reflected not only their love for each other, but also their love of animals and nature too. Did their dream day become a reality? You’ll have to read on to find out… Over to beautiful bride, Julie (a Love Sussex Weddings reader) to hear all about it:
We wanted to get married in Sussex as it’s where we live and where we grew up, all of our family live here too. There are some beautiful areas and the venue was just perfect for us.
I used the internet (and my IPad) to plan and get inspiration, including reading Love Sussex Weddings. We also were lucky to get some great word of mouth recommendations too.
We made our wedding save the dates and invitations ourselves and really enjoyed designing and creating the stationery. Alex made a website which was available to look at when we sent the invitations providing information about the wedding including timings for the day, directions to the venue, contacting us, RSVP and links to our gift list online. It was amazing!
We love sweets and filled jam jars with love hearts and chocolate eggs to add to the table for fun. We made them look vintagey with fabric lids, tied with twine and personalised sticky labels. We gave each guest a seed sachet as our wedding favours, so they could grow forget-me-nots.
For the children, we made them goody bags, with small toys, colouring books and stickers inside, so that they would be busy while everyone on the table was talking. We used dried rose petals from our engagement in our confetti. We also had our speeches before the wedding breakfast so that everyone could relax!
Top Tips for Sussex Brides:
We didn’t use real flowers for our table centrepieces. I wanted nests and our florist created nests with artificial flowers and foliage which looked great. This saved us loads of money and looked lovely.
I think my top tip for other brides to be would be to ask friends and family if they can make anything to use in the wedding that will save money. My sister in law made our bunting and my mum made all the birds and our wedding cake!
I enjoyed making everything from scratch and choosing colours and themes. It was great that all the family and friends got involved. I’d say trying on my dress was a highlight too!
Wedding photographer: Sara Reeve
Wedding Venue: Northease Manor
Bride’s dress and veil: White leaf Boutique
Bride’s shoes: Debenhams
Bride’s hair and make up: Cherri Bennett
Bridesmaids dresses: Marks and Spencers
Bridesmaids shoes: Next
Groom’s suit: Moss
Grooms shoes: Kurt Geiger
Grooms and Groomsmen’s waistcoats: Debenhams Hire
Flowers: Riverside Flowers, Lewes
Wedding Band: The Mix Tape
Transport: Country Style Wedding Cars
Tent hire and Catering: Circa
Wedding favours: Seed Sachets from Wedding in a Teacup
We’re chirping with delight at this gorgeous wedding and love that Julie is a Love Sussex Wedding reader too. Julie and Alex’s choice of venue worked brilliantly for their big day with the marquee for the wedding breakfast being decorated to perfection with nests and birds galore.
Julie looked blooming beautiful in her vintage-inspired gown and Alex scrubbed up rather handsomely in his suit too. A huge thanks to the love-birds and their fabulous photographer, Sara Reeve for sharing their day with us!