For Brighton couple (and Love Sussex Weddings readers) Victoria and Jared, there was no place quite like Hove to tie the knot! Marrying in the first ever wedding ceremony at the iconic Angel House, overlooking the sea and then continuing their celebrations, just around the corner at the party-perfect Caribou Rooms, this is one rather lovely local ‘do at two lovely Hove wedding venues.
Oh and did we mention it was planned in less than six weeks?!
We pass over to beautiful bride Victoria to hear all about her stunner of a seaside-inspired big day:
We had planned to get married in May 2015 but unfortunately my beloved dad became suddenly ill and we were told the devastating news that his life expectancy was short. We decided to bring the wedding forward and managed to plan a wedding in just six weeks. At first this was very daunting as we needed to find venues at such short notice and I hadn’t even bought my dress yet but it made us focus on what is most important about our wedding day.
It made me realise that deliberating over the napkins and colour schemes are simply not the important parts of a wedding. Instead it’s about the coming together of family and friends, it’s about marrying the person you want to share the rest of your life with and it’s about celebrating this with all the people that you love.
Planning a wedding with such short notice meant I had to make very quick decisions which actually felt strangely liberating and took away a lot of stress over making decisions. To help plan our wedding we visited two wedding fayres and I visited Love Sussex Weddings on a daily basis and loved looking at everyone’s different ideas and venue choices.
I think it’s safe to say I also developed an addiction to wedding magazines and loved searching through them pulling out ideas. My bridesmaid Laura was an absolute rock, having got married herself a few months before was able to offer lots of advice. My wonderful mum worked tirelessly to help me and she took on lots of planning for me too – I couldn’t have organised it so quickly without her.
We were so happy when Phill agreed to let us become the first couple to get married at Angel House in Hove. It’s a stunning venue which faces the sea and the iconic ‘Peace Statue’ and is situated on the border of Brighton and Hove. As soon as we saw Angel House we knew we had to get married there, we fell in love with the gorgeous chandeliers and the beautiful restoration of the building that Phill has lovingly completed.
We only invited 30 guests to our ceremony because we wanted it intimate, but later in the evening we had a bigger party with all our loved ones at the Caribou Rooms, a shabby chic cafe in the day that turns into a perfect party venue by night. This was so much fun and became the celebration of the day. Both venues were within a short walking distance of each other and it was fantastic to have a formal setting for the day time and a relaxed party atmosphere for the evening.
“We went to another wedding on our wedding day!”
It was late in the evening and we were having our photo taken outside and we bumped into another wedding party and were invited to their reception by the bride and groom. It was so surreal and most of our guests didn’t have a clue where we were but it is a very special memory. We drank champagne and toasted to our futures, and then scuttled back to our own wedding. It was a beautiful moment.
We had a wonderful surprise on our wedding day. Just after we said our vows we were waiting for the confetti to be thrown and we saw our friends and family waiting on Hove lawns instead. We were beckoned over and saw that a plane was going up and down Hove seafront with a banner saying ‘Vic and Jared just married.’ It was a really special present from my parents and a wonderful memory.
My top tip for other Sussex brides to-be is…
I wish someone had told me it’s normal for small things to go wrong. I had this vision of a ‘perfect’ day and it was perfect – however not everything went perfectly to plan. Be flexible, try not to stress and embrace the spontaneous moments as these are such precious memories now.
“It was really important to me to have as many personal touches as possible”
My dad and I walked to Angel House from our family house – we walked along the same pavement where he taught me to ride my bike as a child, this meant so much to me. I made our confetti using petals from the roses Jared brought me when he proposed. The Morris Minor Jared arrived in was the same car that his parents used on their wedding day 30 years before.
We also bought various fun props for the Caribou Rooms, we hung up twine and mini pegs so guests could use the Polaroid camera to hang photos up with. We had lots of nautical and seaside props such as a Brighton Pier style picture for people to pose with. I bought postcards and framed them and also made a pick and mix station using jars and shell shaped containers. My friend kindly made us some beautiful bunting and table runner. We bought a buoy and added our names and the date we got married to it using vinyl lettering, which is now hung up at home as a lovely reminder.
Finding a theme for our wedding- when we talked about having a ‘seaside’ wedding it just seemed to feel right. After deciding on a theme our wedding planning became much more focused and fun and it was a lot easier to plan for ideas when we had a clear vision in mind.
I found it difficult not having the time to reflect on the enormity of the situation beforehand. The planning process was very intense and I felt I was planning the wedding up until the last possible minute! In an ideal world I would have paused more and made more time to enjoy each process.
All hands on deck
Our lovely friend Dave made our wedding invites for us which really reflected our theme and seemed so personal, we loved them. My mum individually made heart shaped sailors knots out of gold rope for each napkin. They looked beautiful and were an elegant way of getting our theme across. My two wonderful friends came over to mine for a ‘craft’ day and we made pretty candle holders by adding glitter and rope to jam jars and made place settings by making origami boats and writing the guests names on the sails. These were inexpensive but effective and I loved the fact they were personal and unique.
Our venue and food was the biggest expense but we were very lucky that we have such talented friends and family that were willing to help us – it meant we were able to save money and made it more personal. I couldn’t have planned it in six weeks without their hard work, love and support.
Aw! How lovely was this family focussed Hove wedding? Victoria and hubby Jared reminded us all of what really matters when it comes to getting married – celebrating your love for each other with those nearest and dearest to you.
They also proved that a wedding can be planned and pulled off in just a matter of weeks, and what a fantastic day it turned out to be!
Of course, for bride Victoria (who looked truly beautiful in her delicate lace dress, didn’t she?) it was so important to have her dad by her side. We loved the nostalgic and family focussed nods that the couple incorporated into their celebrations, including the memorable walk from Victoria’s family home to Angel House, the romantic rose confetti (what a clever idea!) and the groom’s wedding transport; we just can’t believe how much the couple managed to squeeze in, in just six weeks – we take our hats off to you!
BIG Love Sussex Weddings love to Victoria and Jared for sharing their emotional and lovely big day with us, and of course to their fab photographer Chris Giles for sending us these photographs– we felt as though we were there!