We’re pretty sure that when most couples plan for a summery country wedding, they picture themselves sipping a celebratory drink or two with their loved ones, in the sunshine – for Sarah and Sean, who tied the knot last August at the breath-taking Our Lady of Ransom Church in Eastbourne and then partied on at their local pub; The Plough in Upper Dicker, this idyllic scene certainly provided inspiration.
Favouring a laid back and relaxed rural affair, the loved up newlyweds opted for outdoor speeches (and drinks!), deckchairs and gorgeous rustic touches – we think you summer-loving brides will be swooning! Check out Sarah’s gorgeous gold wedding dress too. Here’s bloomin’ beautiful bride Sarah to tell us all about her dreamy East Sussex day:
We met when I was 17 and he was 22. It was up and down for the first two years, I went to uni in Birmingham but we stuck with it and have been solid ever since. We were always the couple who our friends saw as the ones who would be together forever and they constantly nagged Sean to propose. I was shocked when he proposed on December 25th (total clichéd proposal) with Bruno Mars’ Marry You in the background.
Inspiration came throughout the planning process, the more I sifted through Pinterest, Facebook pages and websites the more I was able to put ideas together. I am terrible at making decisions though so it often took days for me to make a decision and stick with it.
One example of this was the wedding favours, I so nearly ordered sunflower seeds, on several occasions and spent hours on eBay and other websites deciding which I liked best.
All of the decor was bought by me or given to me by friends. We had a cake table which friends kindly bought cakes and biscuits for and we had sweets for the children. The table plan I created on word and added the heart buttons. I decorated jam jars for the flowers and tea lights to go in. I also used the jam jars for the straws and pens.
My friend made the ‘Love is Sweet’ sign and two others for me. Another friend made wooden coasters for the centrepieces, we used a jam jar for the flowers, a candle and an idea that came to my florist friend was to use amethyst crystal which I absolutely loved, it was so unique. I also had the wooden base for our wedding cake made and it has our initials and wedding day engraved on it made by Knock on Wood. I tried to use as many friends or local businesses as I could for everything. This kept the cost down hugely!
To research as much as you can and be prepared for your ideas to change and develop!
The food and drink which was still an amazing price. Sean’s suit cost more than my dress..!
Well, wasn’t that gorgeous?! It looked like Sarah and Sean had a day that all of their lucky guests will remember forever! The couple really ensured that everyone’s needs were catered for; from sweets and an over-flowing cake table for children (and big kids alike) to cosy blankets for friends and family to snuggle up in, after the summer sun set.
Sarah looked stunning in her handmade gold wedding dress teamed with High Street shoes and accessories (a winning combo) while her dapper groom wow-ed in his grey designer suit… it may have cost more than the bride’s dress, but hey; it’s a groom’s prerogative to dress up for his big day too!
A big thank you to our happy couple for chatting to us about their wonderful East Sussex wedding and lots of Love Sussex Weddings love to Teri of Teri V Photography for sharing these fab photos with us!