Could you plan a wedding in just five months? Hove couple Andy and Sarah did just that and by keeping it simple, we think they created a very special wedding indeed.
Tying the knot in July this year, at the pretty St Andrew Church, the couple and their guests were able to walk to their reception venue, The Ginger Pig, for a delicious pub lunch and games on the beach. The newlyweds then shunned the traditional disco and went off for a romantic evening meal, by themselves. Aw!
Here’s beautiful bride Sarah to tell us all about inspiration, planning and of course, having their dream day, their way!
Andy proposed in Yosemite National Park, California, by the Emerald Pool. Incredibly romantic which led to a five month hunt for the perfect emerald engagement ring. Luckily, it was bought before the big day as we organised our wedding in just five months
With our family homes being in Kent and Birmingham, Hove is our chosen new home and where we have lived now for the past two years. We love being by the sea and felt able to have a local feel for our wedding with everything within walking distance.
We found inspiration for our wedding just by incorporating the things we like and what is important to us. We wanted the day to be our own, informal, relaxed and local. The Ginger Pig has a fantastic reputation and on meeting with the manager James we had every confidence our day would be great and provide our guests with a relaxed, fun feel!
I really wanted a pretty dress for my wedding and didn’t feel that a formal wedding dress was perhaps what I was after. After shopping around on the High Street and in boutiques, I found that a lot of modern dresses felt quite synthetic and old wedding dresses were a bit formal looking.
I’d been in to Hope and Harlequin in North Laine and after a fun dressing up session in their wedding section and trying on just some of the dreamiest dresses I realised, I really was just after a beautiful dress.
On one of my visits to the shop, I was recommended the dress in the window and on squeezing into it, just 15 minutes later returned to the shop to buy it. Although not a vintage dress I just loved the silk slip under dress and the delicate Italian lace.
Modern shoes were mostly too bling or shiny. Leather shoes too formal, sandals played the dress down and killer heels or wedges just looked wrong. I was struggling. But three weeks before the wedding I had an unfortunate accident with my flip flop sandals, they broke leaving me flapping down the High Street in Horsham, in desperate need of some replacement shoes.
I happened to walk past a shop on my scouting mission and saw a perfect pair of wedding shoes in La Vida. The assistant/owner was super friendly and the shoes were perfectly comfortable and suited my dress.
I would describe our wedding theme as traditional but not conventional.
Our wedding was a traditional church wedding with wedding breakfast served at 12.30pm.
As we had a lot of family and friends with children, we decided to have an early lunch and hit the beach after for games and drinks. Andy and I left our guests for a romantic meal for two in the evening.
We made our favours by replacing the picture of the pier in the Brighton Rock with a photo of us. We had a children’s play table with colouring in, stickers, games and craft area which kept them entertained and their parents. We both hate wedding cake and so went for tasty Julien Plumart pyramid macaron tower in four flavours which went down a storm (good gluten free option too).
Andy is a designer and so invites and orders of service were done exactly how we wanted. I am creatively challenged but enjoy flower arranging so the table settings for the reception were done by me.
Advice-wise: do the bits you can and would like to do as this adds the personal touch. But leave enough time for things, it may only take five minutes to tie two ribbons to an order of service but remember you’re doing it multiple times – keep a glass of wine close at hand.
Don’t be pressurised into what your wedding should be, choose what you want. Try to remember to laugh and breathe at the crazy stuff.
What we enjoyed most about planning our wedding was…
Meal/wine/macaron tasting. Ticking off the to do list and getting to the other side of it together.
The part of wedding planning we liked least was…
We had a couple of let downs en-route which meant we had to go back to the drawing board, so re planning and adding to the to-do list.
Honeymoon hotspot: Cool Iceland.
Well wasn’t that a breath of fresh air?! The bride didn’t wear a ‘wedding dress ’, the couple opted for macarons, instead of a traditional cake, and waved goodbye to their guests to enjoy a romantic meal, just for the two of them! We think Sarah and Andy’s choices may inspire your dream day planning, we love their style!
Sarah’s top tip of not being pressurised into what a wedding should be and choosing what YOU want will certainly stay in our minds too.
Thank you so much Sarah and Andy for talking to us so soon after your fantastic big day and HUGE Love Sussex Weddings L-O-V-E to Racheal Emily for letting us share these fabulous photographs!