Steph and Harry had a quintessential Brighton wedding. Their ceremony was on the famous Brighton bandstand, they had photographs taken on the iconic seafront and their reception was at the amazing Proud Cabaret.
“Our theme was a little bit mad”, laughed Steph. “We love the peacock colours so that became our colour palette. We were never going to have a traditional wedding in a church or hotel, we wanted something fun and memorable. Our wedding was all about having fun, getting our families together with things that we love such as the sea, fashion, textiles and creativity. We made most of our decorations and favours as well as the bouquets. It was a very hands on wedding and I enjoyed the prep as much as the actual day.”
“The ceremony venue also made it unique. The bandstand is incredibly beautiful and it’s not everyday you get married on Brighton’s oldest landmark. It’s got such character and is stunning but it was always risky this our wonderful British weather!”
“We chose skulls instead of flowers for the buttonholes, we had a skull cake and our reception at a cabaret bar!” she continued. “We ended up having a sea theme on the tables with the octopus and the lobsters!! The lobsters were a personal joke – for anyone that watched Friends they’ll understand..! Harry was also brought up in Clacton on Sea, and is very much a seaside boy. It was also very appropriate. Our table plan was prints by my favourite tattoo artists, Angelique Hautkamp.”
29th March 2014 was a good day in England, because same sex marriage finally became completely legal! While gay couples have been able to become civil partners for a few years now, it’s crazy to think that until two months ago they didn’t have the exact same rights as heterosexual couples.
So, with an amazing development in human rights taking place, hundreds of same sex couples rushed to say “I do” as soon as they could. One of the first was Phil and James, who were married at 8am in Brighton & Hove Town Hall.
“Our wedding was unique in the sense that it was the first LEGAL same-sex wedding at Brighton & Hove Town Hall and was attended by Madam Mayor Cllr Denise Cobb who presented us with the Brighton & Hove Crest in the form of cufflinks and a pin-badge”, they explained. “From the ceremony we went on drive around Brighton making as much noise and celebration as we could before pulling up at the front of Brighton Pier where we were greeted by a FLASHMOB doing their rendition of Kool & The Gang’s Celebration! And of course, we had to join in as did our guests and members of the public.”
Don’t you just love looking at weddings when the emotion completely pours out of the photographs? This is totally applicable for Ash and Pat’s Brighton elopement! They wanted a low key and budget-friendly wedding and so were married at Brighton registry office. It was just the two of them, two witnesses and their photographer Sassy of Assassynation in attendance. After the ceremony, they all went to JB’s American Diner for burgers and milkshakes.
“Pat and I had originally planned to do the traditional wedding with a large venue and a ceremony with lots of people, we even had the photographer and venue booked for August 2012″, explained Ash. “But life got a little complicated and we decided that it would be best to postpone for a while whilst we got back on track financially and as a couple.”
“I’d always said, as I’d been married before, that if I were to do it again I’d rather elope than go through the stress of organising something so big again, let alone the added stress of the financial implications of it all. But most of all I had come to realise that the only thing that I felt was really important about marriage and a wedding is what it means to us, as a couple. We so rarely made or got time to reflect on our relationship, the things we had gone through and the achievements we had made by being a grounding force for each other. And to me there was no better way to cement those feelings and our love for each other than to say it, with no fuss, no stress… just peaceful quiet contemplation, hearing every word that is said without distraction so that we can fully appreciate just how much the moment meant.”
Gena and Lea were married on the beach in front of The Shoosh Club in Brighton. They wanted a fun and relaxed wedding and so after lunch and milkshakes at JB’s Diner they booked the VIP area of the club for their after party! Neither venues needed decorating and he whole thing was cost effective and chilled out for the couple and their guests.
“Our wedding was a beach wedding with a 1950s and 60s twist!” wrote the bride. “My whole family travelled over from Belgium, France, Sweden, Finland and so we really had a three day wedding, with late dinners and early breakfasts with everyone all week. We were over the moon to have everyone around us for three entire days! Our friends and family made the wedding awesome. We had a dress code and most of them respected it.”
Lynda and Soph were married in the Brighton bandstand followed by a tipi reception at the Knepp Castle Estate. The whole day had a very laid back vibe and they chose mint, grey and red as their colour scheme.
“As designers, we aren’t the kind of people to go for a ready-made wedding. “his was about doing what we wanted, our way”, they began. “We started off with a field and worked from there up challenging ourselves to do as much as possible (with the help of our friends). We wanted to create a fun, laid back day where everybody could really enjoy themselves, and so that meant tipis, a hog-roast with a vintage ice-cream van to serve dessert, great live music and fantastic local beer.”
Anna and Timmy were married in Brighton. Their ceremony took place in the iconic Royal Pavilion and their reception at The Latest Bar. This budget friendly, DIY wedding was full of unusual and fun details including dinosaurs, zombies and anatomically correct heart cakes!
“Timmy and I met due to our mutual love of vintage VW cars”, Anna began. “We chatted online first on a national VW forum, Volkszone, and met for the first time at a show in July 2012. I had the strangest feeling looking at a photo of him prior to us meeting and said to my daughter, ‘I am going to marry Timmy’. She told me not to be so silly! In September, he proposed, we both lost our previous spouses who died young and we knew life is too short not to grab each moment. Whilst on a romantic weekend to Brighton we decided to look round the pavilion to see their ceremony arrangements. We are lovers of kitsch and romance and were bowled over by the setting. We were surprised to learn that the ceremony and registrar inclusive were £1,100. We didn’t think that was too bad for such a spectacular setting plus the staff were lovely and so obliging.”
Anna wore a stunning vintage dress from Hope and Harlequin, a vintage wedding dress shop, also in Brighton. “That same weekend I popped into Hope and Harlequin ‘the’ dress. It was a lovely original 1920s number with a sumptuous beaded bow sewn on in sequins. I excitedly went to try it on to find it wouldn’t even go over my head. I was determined to get into it by the wedding and had been following the Cambridge weight plan since before I met Timmy in an effort to get both my life and weight under control, so I bought it anyway. It was the first dress I looked at. We got Timmy’s vintage suit a few doors down at Rob the Dog.”