Morning! Now, have we got a corker of an outdoor wedding for you to swoon over today! We’re so lucky that we get to chat to so many lovely recent brides and hear not only about their wedding day, but also get a little insight about their love story too – and Kym and Paul’s story is like something from a film!
Meeting by chance in a pub in Sydney, Australia, in 2011, the couple kept in touch and eventually started dating in 2013 – just a few months later; Paul popped the question and in August 2014, they tied the knot in a beautiful outdoor ceremony at beautiful East Sussex wedding venue Buxted Park Hotel (chosen by the groom, no less!), with daughter Milly by their side. Awwww!
Here’s beautiful bride Kym to tell us all about planning her dream Sussex wedding from Down Under, searching the globe for her dress, and injecting a little bit of Oz into her bloomin’ lovely blush-themed big day:
We met in May 2011. I lived in Sydney, Australia, Paul lived in the UK. Paul was visiting Sydney for work and extended to stay for the weekend. By chance we met on his final Friday night. He was meant to be at a rugby game and decided to stop in at a pub for a drink, which is where we met. He flew back to the UK the next day, we remained in contact and become great friends.
Our first date was not until 2013. Paul’s work had transferred him to Australia.We went to a Japanese restaurant in Sydney, followed by a drink at the Shangri La Hotel, the bar is on the 36th floor and overlooked Sydney Harbour.
We had come to the UK for Christmas in December 2013, and had only been dating a few months. He had returned the month prior so I was pretty excited to see him. We decided to book a night in Covent Garden and go Christmas shopping and go out for dinner. I was meant to arrange it but he said he would look after everything.
We spent the day shopping and eventually checked into our hotel. Paul had arranged for the room to be decorated with candles and flowers and we had a suite that overlooked Big Ben. It was a private proposal and very romantic. After I said yes, he gave me the ring, which was gorgeous. We then had a bottle of champagne, and had a late dinner at OXO.
We initially were looking at venues in Sydney, Italy or the UK but decided on a country UK wedding. I was a little worried about the weather but it was perfect on the day.
The first time I saw Buxted Park Hotel was in the June prior to our wedding, I instantly fell in love with the venue. Paul chose well!
We took Buxted over exclusively so the entire hotel was ours for the day, it was brilliant. It has beautiful grounds, and a gorgeous Orangery as a backup for our ceremony in case it rained.
I searched everywhere for my dress, Australia, Dubai, London to New York. I really struggled to find a dress as I am only 5 ft tall. Finally, a friend of Paul’s mentioned that I should go look at Suzanne Neville in Knightsbridge (this is where she found her dress). And she was right, I selected five dresses to try on and fell in love with two instantly. I then dragged my sisters back to make the final decision.
I selected, a silk strapless grown, which had a beaded belt. It was simple and classic. Suzanne also custom made beaded sleeves for the wedding that I took off at night for the evening events. I also had a full-length veil with crystals on it. It was beautiful.
“The petals were from all the bunches of roses Paul had ever given me…”
We had a taxi photo booth from COCO Photo Booths. It arrived at 9pm and finished at midnight. We got some great photos.
We had pale pink lanterns, Chinese paper umbrellas and fairy lights for the Orangery. There were kids’ games on the lawn, plus I had a children’s room filled with party games, balloons, colour / activity books etc. I also hired a children’s entertainer called Fred In The Shed – he was brilliant.
The wedding favours were made by Paul and I, they were little pillow packs filled with pale pink & silver sugared almonds. Outside was a pale pink ribbon and a monogram sticker we made for our wedding. I am half Italian and grew up eating sugared almonds when I visited my grandad. I wanted something that reminded me of my Italian heritage.
I wanted to add a little bit of Australia, so our cake topper was a little Koala, Paul was a Lion, and our daughter Milly was a baby Koala.
My top tips for other Sussex brides and grooms to be are… Don’t stress about the little things that go wrong, no one will even know or remember. Enjoy every moment as it goes so quickly. Sneak away and take some time during the day to have a glass of champagne and escape the crowds.
Our first night was back at our home in Richmond, we didn’t fly out straight away as we had family and friends who had flown in from different places and we wanted to spend some time with them all.
Beautiful, non? Thank you so much for chatting with us Kym – you certainly gave us (and our Sussex brides-to-be!) top tips for planning a beautiful Sussex wedding! We loved how Kym and Paul planned games, activities and even an entertainer to keep the kids occupied and happy; great idea, guys and we bet many brides will use the advice of sneaking away for a glass of champers with their new hubby too!
Of course, a huge thank you goes to the couple’s wonderful photographers Geoff and Becky from Dennison Studios Photography, for sharing these fabulous photographs with us.