An Intimate and Elegant Hotel du Vin Brighton Wedding ~ Olivia and Andrew

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! 

It looks absolutely stunning! Where did all of your inspiration come from to create such a pretty day?

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!

And it seems you did that perfectly. Your wedding seems a low-key, chilled affair – how did you make it look so easy?

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.  

That’s a great idea. What other personal touches did you add to your big day?

So many! We had old wedding pictures framed of both of our parents’ weddings and my grandparents wedding on our guest book table. 

We had a Polaroid guest book with props, for our guest to take pictures of themselves, and stick it next to their note.

We had a candle at the bar to remember my Nan with a poem “we know you would be here today if heaven weren’t so far away.” 

Our page boys and flower girl had personalised toy bags with vintage toys in to keep them busy. 

We had a basket of “dancing shoes” near the dance floor for the girls to change into, a mixture of slippers and flip flops tied up with twine.

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!

We can imagine! Dare we ask…what was your least favourite part of the planning process?

Deciding on our first dance, which ended up being Elbow’s One Day Like This!

Great tune – very fitting too! Do you have any tips for other Sussex brides to-be?

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.

Team wedding:

Photography: Sara Reeve| Venue: Hotel du Vin | Videographer: Jordan Mansfield

Dress, Belt & Veil: Blessings Bridal |Shoes & Hair Band: Leonie Claire Bridal | Bridesmaids: Debenhams, Accessorize & Tiffany & Co

Flowergirl & Pageboys: M and S | Groom: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen: Next

Cake: The Little Big Cake Company | Flowers: Go Botanica | Harp: Alexandra King

DJ: Wedding Party DJs | Decor: Ambience Venue Styling

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!

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