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Brighton Beach and Retro American Diner Wedding: Gena & Lea


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.”


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DIY Brighton Bandstand and Tipi Wedding: Lynda & Soph

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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.

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“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.”

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Dinosaurs, Zombies and A Ghost Walk Wedding: Anna & Timmy


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.”


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A Wedding of Two Halves: Jen & Steve {Part Two}


Six months after their legal ceremony at Brighton Register Office, Jen and Steve had what they would consider their ‘real’ wedding. “We wanted a spring weekend of celebration, filled with love, laughter and true meaning”, Steve explained. “Having got the ‘legal’ bit out of the way we could design the entire day around what we really felt important to us, which was to be surrounded by like-minded souls having a relaxed weekend house party with a festival feel, centred around a Humanist ceremony that we wrote specifically for ourselves and witnessed by friends and family.”


“We chose Hill Place as a perfect private setting where we could create our event as if it was our home for the weekend with a house full of guests. Some stayed in rooms, others camped in the gardens and some visited on the day. The owners of Hill Place, Rebecca and Will, are lovely people who have opened up their house and grounds to like minded people who can take the entire place over and treat it as their own, rather than a typical venue that has staff, restrictions and rules.”


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A Wedding of Two Halves: Jen & Steve {Part One}


It’s unusual that I’ll split a wedding into two parts, but as Jen and Steve had two very distinctive and very different wedding days I feel it’s only fair to give both of them equal air time! Their celebrations kicked off with an intimate legal ceremony at Brighton register office… with an Elvis and Marilyn Monroe impersonators as their only witnesses!


“Our wedding was a game of two halves. . . and of two weddings”, the bride began, “We did not want to be married by religion or the state, but had to legally. So, we decided to get the legal bit done in our home town of Brighton at the registry office on our ten year anniversary. No one knew apart from Simon our photographer, it was a total secret. We wanted it to be fun and informal and didn’t take this part too seriously, so it seemed fitting to have the legends that are Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley to be our witnesses to complete the farce and to which family and friends could not get upset over. It worked perfectly. We had a magical time with a most irreverent ceremony full of laughter and fun, poked two fingers up at the establishment and then went to the pub for a drink and on to Brighton pier for some photos!”


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Blustery and Bright Brighton Wedding: Charlotte & Leo

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Charlotte and Leo, originally from Brighton but currently living in Liverpool, knew they wanted to marry in the city where they met. So they planned their wedding from afar and booked out an entire guest house right on the sea front to accommodate their guests! A Room with a View has nine guest rooms and was the perfect place for everyone to get ready. The floor to ceiling windows looking over the beach and pier made for some great photos from Lisa Devlin too!

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The ceremony was held in the cafe below the famous Brighton bandstand (they originally planned to get married on it but the weather wouldn’t allow it!) “When we began planning we decided we wanted to have a big party to celebrate with our friends and family, most of whom live down South, while we are currently living in Liverpool for my job”, began Charlotte. “We don’t get to go down as often as we would like, or to see everyone on each occasion, so we wanted to make the day as fun as possible for all the family and friends who are so important to us. We consciously decided in the end not to call upon our friends’ many musical, artistic and culinary skills as we wanted everyone to be able to relax and enjoy the day, although many of them were absolute super stars at helping us set up the day before.”

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