Thinking about going small and intimate for your Sussex wedding venue? Well read on for some gorgeous inspiration! We’re so excited to share with you Olivia and Andrew’s absolutely delightful Brighton wedding held at Hotel du Vin in July.
Inviting just thirty guests, having a pretty blush and grey colour scheme and adding some truly personal details (including a nod to Olivia’s late Nan), this summer wedding will have you smiling and reaching for your hanky at the same time!
We caught up with beautiful bride Olivia to hear about her stunning Brighton wedding day:
Hi Olivia! We’re so excited by your Brighton wedding! So, tell us why you chose to get married in Sussex and how you chose your venue?
We are both from Brighton and after visiting Hotel du Vin, we loved it, and booked it up straight away!
There was lots of looking through wedding mags, a lot of researching online including looking at Love Sussex Weddings, Pinterest and also recommendations from friends. I had a clear idea of what I wanted so it was just a case of putting it all together!
We wanted to have a very small wedding with only 30 of our immediate family and close friends, it was really important to us to keep the day relaxed. We invited extra guest to celebrate with us in the evening.
So many! We had old wedding pictures framed of both of our parents’ weddings and my grandparents wedding on our guest book table.
Adrianna, who did my dress alterations, used a button which was my nan’s to secure the train of my dress up for the evening, and she attached some blue ribbon which was also my nan’s to the inside of my dress for my something blue!
Oh, that’s so lovely! What a touching addition to your day. Did you have a go at making anything too?
I made lots of things! I made candle holders for the courtyard using old jam jars, lace and ribbon. I also customised my Nan’s candle in the same way and attached the note using a brown luggage tag. I made our table plan, I brought the birdcage for $10 in Orlando and customised it myself. I used brown table number tags and hand stamped them, I then brought a vintage rose garland to wrap around the edge of the bird cage.
I used vintage photo frames to display our table names, our table names were our favourite pubs from Hove.
They look lovely! Nice pub choices too! So, if you had to pick, what did you enjoy the most about wedding planning?
I loved all of it especially choosing all the little things that made the day look so beautiful. Also loved our menu tasting day, the food and wine at Hotel du Vin is so amazing, it was really hard to choose!
Deciding on our first dance, which ended up being Elbow’s One Day Like This!
Try not to worry about the day itself and how it’s going to flow. Be as organised as you can, and try not to over think any decisions that you made, because they were exactly what you wanted at the time. Most importantly have fun, relax and take every single moment of the day in- it goes by far too quickly!
Fab tips! So many brides say how time flies! If you could do it all again, would you?
YES PLEASE! We loved every minute of it, it really was the best day.
All together now: awwww! What a gorgeous couple? And, what a day?! Olivia and Andrew’s relaxed and family-focused wedding day really proves that a hotel wedding doesn’t need to be stuffy or formal. We loved their handmade touches – especially the vintage birdcage that Olivia found in Florida and up-cycled.
Olivia looked every inch the beautiful bride in her gorgeous lace gown. It was so sweet that she added button and ribbon, as something borrowed and blue; all owned by Olivia’s late Nan too.
A huge thank you to the lovely Olivia for chatting to us and also her and hubby Andrew’s fabulous photographer, Sara Reeve for sharing these utterly wonderful wedding pics with us!