A Humanist Lewes Castle Wedding: Sara & Lucy

Sara & Lucy were married in a humanist ceremony at Lewes Castle, just outside of Brighton (they did the ‘legal bit’ a few days before in Brighton register office). Both girls wore coloured dresses. Sara found her 50s floral number at Fur Coat No Knickers and Lucy wore a a grey dress from Pretty Eccentric.

The low key reception was held at Bill’s Cafe, an organic restaurant in Brighton, which didn’t need much decorating. However they added a few personal touches with the table names, the bunting and the flowers. “Bill’s organised all decor”, the girls told me. “They were amazing.”

“We decided to walk from the castle to Bill’s to gave everyone a chance to see Lewes, walk off some bubbles and approach Bill’s who had laid out lanterns and Bay trees for our arrival,”, they continued. “Flip flops were required for both brides for this journey!”

“Originally we were trying to avoid a totally traditional wedding”, they explained when I asked them what influenced their day. “When we realised we were getting married in a castle in a well known and beautiful market town we had to change things up a bit! Sara’s dress was a 50s dream and Lucy’s outfit and make up was smokey and gorgeous. Our first dance was The Cure ‘Close to Me’, and we ended up on The Eurythmics ‘Sweet Dreams’. Luce was wearing a feather boa and bowler hat by this time!”

“It was an amazing day”, they concluded. “So many people helped us pull off what turned out be a sunny, happy evening with our favourite people in one of our favourite places.”

Gorgeous! Thanks to Sara & Lucy and photographer Heather for sharing today.

Supporting Cast:

Photography Credit: Brighton Photo
Ceremony Venue: Lewes Castle
Reception Venue: Bill’s Cafe
Sara’s Dress: Fur Coat No Knickers
Sara’s Shoes: Rachel Simpson
Lucy’s Dress: Pretty Eccentric
Lucy’s Shoes: Nine West
Cakes: DIY
Flowers: Miss Moles Flower Emporium
Hair & Make Up: Alessia Mancini


  1. Gorgeous wedding and venue, the photography gives it all the justice it deserves! Loving the cupcakes as well, great touch!

  2. Sara Bryans


    Thank you, thank you – I can’t quite believe we made it onto the blog that gave us so much inspiration…. seeing it up on your site brings all those happy memories flooding back.

    All our love

    Lucy and Sara xxx

  3. rachael

    WOW !!!! fabulous photos of what sounds like an awesome day girls – stunning, just stunning xxxxx

  4. Liz B

    I love that you blog about same sex weddings as well and you treat the entry as you do the other entries, not making sure to label it in the title that it is a “same sex wedding.” Because frankly, that does not matter. What matters is that two people love one another!

  5. Fabulous and inspirational post. Sara and Lucy look so happy, gorgeous and confident! Congratulations to them and long may they continue to do it `their way’! Just wish I’d made the cake… I especially loved the 50s frock.

  6. Emily

    We had our wedding reception at Bill’s in Horsham last month. They were fab in Horsham too.
    I’m hoping the article is wrong and the beautiful brides didn’t walk from Lewes Castle to Bill’s Brighton. Even in flip flops that’s a hell of a schlep!


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