Our first date was at The George in Rye. I want to visit some suppliers who were exhibiting at their wedding fair, so I suggest to Jon that we pop in and then explore Rye. We eventually ended up at Hastings playing crazy golf and eating fish and chips on the beach. So when it came to choosing our venue it seemed fitting that our wedding was held at the location of our first date!
We wanted a cosy and intimate celebration, so we chose to have private dining with just 30 guests. Having just had George nine months before, it also meant we didn’t have a big budget to play with. The plan was to have a small wedding, then a village hall celebration the following year (we’re still yet to plan that, so I have a feeling it will be to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary instead!)
We live by Ashdown Forest in East Sussex and love family walks, so we decided to incorporate a forest theme to our day. I wanted lots of green foliage, teamed with warm shades of burgundy. This was perfect for winter, and we decorated with lots of fairy lights and candles to create a cosy atmosphere. Now I say we, but actually I mean Rachel and David from Hire Love. They literally saved the day and we will forever be thankful for all the hard work they did.
As usual, I had left everything to the last minute. Running a business, and working out how a baby worked didn’t really mix well with wedding planning. In my job, I see so many lovely weddings, in fact I’ve planned other people’s weddings, but when it came to the crunch I found it really hard to plan my own.
Rachael’s (Hire Love) brief was a few images sent over text with the words “I kind of like this”. Thankfully Rachael just got it and I literally left the rest to her! (I will talk about how Rachael and David saved our day in a blog post soon)
My Dress… Having just had George nine months before, the last thing I wanted to do was try on dresses in the shops. I think some people dream of standing in a boutique with the bridesmaids, but I couldn’t think of anything worse for me at the time. Jon’s best friend is a dressmaker: so she kindly offered to work with me to create my dress. We took our inspiration from the black dress Adele wore at Glastonbury one year and Tanya sketched away. I wanted a blush fabric with a lace over the top and I really wanted sleeves.
Bridesmaids…It was important for me that my bridesmaids felt comfortable in what they wore too. I gave them a small budget of £70 and I said they could get what they want as long as it was navy. After an evening session with a cheeky take away trying on dresses, they ended up with the same dresses and both were in a sale – bonus!
Our ceremony was at 5pm, so our photographer Livvy suggested that we have our photographs beforehand, while it was still light. This definitely calmed the nerves too! When it came to walking down the aisle, it was so lovely to see Elliot (my step-son) and George looking for me. They looked so smart in their outfits, it really was the perfect day with our closest friends and family.
Over the next few weeks I will talk in detail about our planning process, where we got inspiration and our AMAZING suppliers.
Our Super Suppliers
Photography / Livvy Hukins Photography
Venue / The George in Rye
Styling, Props and Furniture / Hire Love
Flowers / Florist In The Forest
Cake / Purple Flour
Stationery / Hannah Edmonds
Dress / Tanya Shearman / 07889 385338
Hair & Make-up / Sweetpea Hair & Make-up