A Lovely Laid Back Pub Wedding In Lewes ~ Louise & Lee

If you’re a fan of fuss-free non-traditional weddings, you’re going to love Louise and Lee’s relaxed big day. The bridesmaids and groomsmen sorted their own matching outfits (top marks ladies and gents!) and the bride did her own hair and make-up too.

Marrying at Lewes Town Hall and continuing their celebrations at nearby pub, The Pelham Arms, these former Mancunians (now living in Brighton) have really blown us away with their unique, quirky and quaint wedding.

Here’s the lovely Louise (a Love Sussex Wedding reader) to tell us all:

Lee proposed in a snow storm in Iceland. Initially he planned to propose under the Northern Lights, but after three days there was no sign of any activity. He then planned to propose in a National Park whilst admiring the waterfalls but en-route the weather got in the way!

We’re from Manchester originally but have both lived in Brighton for over five years and it now feels like our home. Sussex is a beautiful part of the UK, lots of history and stunning countryside, it was an easy choice to get married here.

Our inspiration came from visiting cosy pubs in Sussex, our love of Brighton and its quirkiness and the desire to create something that reflected our personalities. We love vintage/ bric-a-brac style and wanted a small, intimate and informal reception in lovely, quaint surroundings.

I got ready with my bridesmaids (and Mum and Dad) at the Pelham House Hotel, while Lee got ready with the boys in our flat in Seven Dials, Brighton. Following our ceremony at Lewes Town Hall, we walked down the hill to the lovely Southover Grange Gardens, where friends had set up a gazebo for us to serve drinks and the staff from The Pelham Arms came down to feed us all canapés.

Our wedding was a little untraditional as we didn’t use a ‘wedding venue’ as such and made our day as customised to our tastes as possible. We would have also forgot to cut the cake had someone not reminded us! We also created our own playlists for the reception and there wasn’t a usual wedding reception song in sight!

My top tips for brides-to-be are…

Get creative and make your own things – it makes the planning fun! Our friend designed our wedding invitations, we made our own paper pompoms, I made caramel truffles (that we forgot to put out) and we stamped all our name tags! Also, don’t feel like you have to follow the norm, or please other people, make it what you want it to be!

If we could do it all again we would…

We wouldn’t change a thing! Well, maybe we would put the chocolate truffles out, we were eating them for weeks afterwards!

Honeymoon Hotspot: New York! We stayed at The King & Grove in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Lee’s best man kindly bought us a helicopter flight over Manhattan and around the Statue of Liberty which was amazing.

Team wedding:

Photographer: Betti Confetti Photography|Ceremony: Lewes Town Hall |Reception: The Pelham Arms

Bride: White Leaf Boutique| Groom: Hugo Morris |Rings: Exclusive Jewellery

Cake: The Brighton Cake Company|Flowers: Gunns

Louise and Lee’s lush chilled wedding really proves that even when it comes to your big day, less faff and fuss can still be more.

Louise looked stunning in her lovely lace gown and custom-made headpiece, both from Brighton’s White Leaf Bridal and we love the navy and pink combo of Lee’s Hugo Morris suit too (that bridesmaids dress is uber cute too!).

We must say a huge thank you to the lovely Gemma at Betti Confetti Photography for sharing these fabulous photographs with us, and big Love Sussex Weddings love to Louise and Lee for chatting to us, your laid-back wedding looked like a perfect day!


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