Fab Festive Wedding Celebrations at Hotel Du Vin, Brighton ~ Lisa and Rafael

Today we’re heading back to December for Lisa and Rafael’s romantic post-wedding party! The couple, who now live in Brazil, returned to Brighton’s slightly less sunny shores to celebrate with their family and friends in Hotel Du Vin’s delightful dome room.

We caught up with loved-up bride Lisa to talk crackers, Christmas and coming home:

I grew up in Uckfield and lived in Hove with Rafael for two years. Even though we are currently living in Brazil, Sussex will always be my home.

When it came to wedding planning, I used just four suppliers! Our photographer, Erika from PhotoMadly was also my sister’s wedding photographer, she did such a great job with her wedding that she was the obvious choice for ours.

I bought my wedding dress in Leonie Claire, I accompanied a friend to the shop a few years ago for a fitting and fell in love with the place!

Our DJ was Paul Budd from Unity Talent, who again was my sister’s wedding DJ, he did a great job of getting everyone up on their feet and dancing the night away!

And finally the venue, Hotel du Vin who were wonderful, I cannot express in words what a great wedding venue they truly are. All the staff were kind, useful and friendly and they made the whole process really enjoyable. The Dome boasts an outstanding wine glass chandelier a great focal point to the room. It was lovely and cosy inside even though it was freezing outside and has some lovely Brighton artwork on the walls. Everything else was made by a friend or we created ourselves!

I’m not going to lie, I’m ever so slightly embarrassed to tell you this but the inspiration for our wedding came from Edward and Bella´s wedding in Twilight, I loved all the twinkling lights and the twiggy leafy table centres. My bridesmaid mentioned the same thing a couple of months before the big day so when her family offered to do the wedding flowers I was over the moon as I knew they had what I had pictured in my head in their own.

Christmas played the biggest part in our wedding theme, with lovely red berries in our table centres, personalised crackers on the table, and the bridesmaids wearing long red dresses. I also used vintage maps on the table plan and for the table names as me and my husband have lived in quite a few different places, both individually and together. Travel is important to both of us and we spend a lot of time dreaming about where we´ll go next.

My Top Tip For Other Sussex Brides to-Be is…

The most important thing I would say is enjoy your time planning your wedding and don’t let it become a job – it’s supposed to be fun! Enjoy spending time with friends planning, gluing, drawing, writing, creating, if there´s something you don’t want to do – don’t do it!

The Thing I Enjoyed Most About Wedding Planning Was…

I loved trying on my dress in the shop! The soft carpets, the oos the ahhs, the genuine responses and helpful advice from the shop assistants, the sparkling wine, it’s just a lovely fun thing to do.

Day Job DIY

I am a wedding stationery designer by trade so I designed our wedding stationery myself including invitations, RSVP cards, table plan, table names and personalised labels for all the crackers which doubled as wedding favours.

If we could do it all again we would…

Do it exactly the same, we both had a wonderful time and wouldn´t do anything differently!

First Dance: Kiss Me by Sixpence None The Richer.

Honeymoon Hotspot: Snowboarding in Switzerland.

Team Wedding:

Photography: PhotoMadly| Reception: Hotel du Vin | Bride’s dress: Leonie Claire
Shoes: Coast| Bridesmaids: Oasis| Groom: Zara| DJ: Unity Talent| Stationery: Lisa Loves Design

We don’t know about you, but here at Love Sussex Weddings HQ we’re feeling a little bit a teary about Lisa and Rafael’s Sussex-based celebrations! We loved how the bride and groom returned back to breezy Brighton to celebrate with loved ones – proof that you just can’t beat a Sussex wedding!

Of course, we must mention the romance of a Christmas themed party too – all kept simple and stress-free with just a handful of recommended suppliers and getting crafty with friends! And, we love the fact that Lisa was inspired by the rustic and romantic feel of Bella and Edward’s Twilight wedding too.

Thank you to Erica from PhotoMadly fame for sharing these wonderful wintry photographs with us and a big obrigada to Lisa and Rafael for chatting to us back home in Brazil!

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2 Responses to Fab Festive Wedding Celebrations at Hotel Du Vin, Brighton ~ Lisa and Rafael

  1. Teila says:

    What a stylish wedding!

  2. Paul says:

    Lovly piece and some great pics from Erika – Really enjoyed the night and Lisa & Raf were a lovely couple to work for. Hope Brazil isn’t too sunny for you both!
    Paul – Unity Talent DJ’s – Brighton

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