I hope you guys are having a fun Thursday. I have got a visual treat for you this evening! The super cool, super lovely Dan and Georgie got married in Brighton in November last year. Brighton is my home away from home. I love to feeling of being there and the wonderfulness of being by the ocean. These guys planned the perfect day. It started with a first look shoot with their best friends on Brighton Pier, in what felt like freakishly perfect weather (you wont believe it was November) and the ended with some crazy dancing at one of my favourite wedding venues in Brighton – The Coach House. This wedding was the exact reason why I do this job. Wonderful, creative people making a commitment to each other in a super laid back day full of food, laughter and a fancy dress hat or two.
Huge thanks to Dan and Georgie for allowing me to be a part of slice of bliss. <3
Here are some of my favourite images from the day and some words from Dan and Georgie.
Venue: Coach House
Dan and I were travelling when we got engaged and spent 4 – 5 days driving up the Californian coast, just the two of us, discussing ideas for the wedding. We decided not to wait until next year, we wanted an informal occasion and one that wouldn’t break the bank as we were still travelling for 3 more months and didn’t have jobs to return to at the time. We also wanted to be different so decided on a winter date. We had previously lived in London but knew we wanted to move to Brighton when returning to the UK so we spent some time searching for venues in Brighton. One stood out for us, this was the Coach house. I asked one of my girl friends who lives in Brighton to go and check it out and send me some pics / video. Following this and my friends seal of approval, I called the venue and spoke to Sian, the wedding planner there. She was amazing! She talked about how she would be able to recommend ways to have an amazing party without it costing a small fortune. The menu could be tailored to basically anything we wanted, she loved a challenge and had so many years experience we immediately knew we could trust her judgement. She had lots of contacts and re-assured us we didn’t need much time to do everything. The 10th of November was available and Sian offered to hold the date for us until we got back in June. We didn’t even look at anything else! When we finally arrived back to the UK we arranged a time to see Sian and talked about travelling over wine for hours. We loved the atmosphere of the venue, loads of fairy lights and a rustic feel. We also decided we wanted to get married at the registry office in Brighton rather than a church and the 10th November was also available so we booked both and didn’t even consider another option. It was perfect for us and the Wedding we wanted.
Keeping the costs down was an important factor for us. We had just spent 10 months travelling the world and planned to buy a house in the not too distant future. We wanted to get married and to make it special but were quite practical about this being a one day event. One dress jumped out at me as soon as I saw it online at Phase Eight, so I ordered it and loved it as soon as I saw it. I accessorised with a beautiful emerald green stole in ostrich feathers that my mum found while we were wedding shoe shopping in Brighton.
We got Dan’s suit from a tailors in London that had been recommended by a friend, a full tailor made 3 piece suit here was much more affordable that anywhere we had seen in in Brighton. The tailor is called Jennis Warman in Stoke Newington. We didn’t know at the time but the suit would take 35 days to make and we had 40 until the wedding day. Dan loves leaving things to the last minute!
Another recommendation – Hatton Garden, Premier Jewelers. We had a budget and luckily both the rings we wanted fitted in to that after the owner of the shop had offered us a great deal.
Cake: Cloud 9
We got our cake from Cloud 9 in Brighton (a recommendation from Sian at the Coach house) It was their signature rainbow cake and went down a treat with all the guests although Dan and I couldn’t manage any on the night. We ended up with half it left and ate a few slices over the following days.
Flowers: Ginger Lilly
I left this one to my mum initially as I don’t really have a clue or much of a preference about flowers. I gave my mum some direction in that I wanted something rustic, earthy and natural. No red as I didn’t want it to feel Christmassy at all. The whole wedding theme that seemed to develop naturally was autumnal. I’m also not particularly girlie and said I’d feel more comfortable walking down the isle with a bunch of twigs and leaves in my hand! Mum researched a few local florists and decided on Ginger Lilly. We arranged a meeting at the shop when Mum came to visit and I loved Darren’s ideas so it all fell in to place.
Photographer: Laura Rhian Photography
Sian had given us some names of photographers and I checked them, they were really good but I didn’t feel like they would represent mine and Dan’s style. We wanted plenty of natural photos and found Laura Rhian Photography on Instagram. I then checked out her website and felt drawn in with how Laura described herself and her business. Her pictures were stunning and just the natural feel we were looking for. Luckily she was available on the 10th November also and was really excited to work in Brighton again. It was an ideal match!
This was all down to Sian. We were stuck for ages and couldn’t decide what to do about entertainment. Our main focus was to have a bloody good party, we wanted dancing and good music. We wanted a band but weren’t sure what to do after that. We had initially been against a DJ as we didn’t know anyone ourselves and they can be quite cheesy. Sian recommended Paul at Unity Talent DJ’s and suggested he was a genius! He actually is! And he is such a lovely guy. Paul meets everyone he does a night for before booking so he can spend sometime getting to know you and what sort if music you like. Dan and Paul hit it off and had lots of common interests. Before the DJ set which was due to start at around 8:30pm we wanted a band. Sian had put us in touch with a local Brighton band called Jorge’s Hot Club. Dan and I went to see them on a Sunday night in Brighton, they were quirky and cool. Just what we were looking for. Their style was ‘gypsy jazz’ and we know no one would have seen or heard anything like them. Everyone loved the band and the DJ and we all partied from start to finish.
When you were planning, what were the most important things that you wanted for your wedding?
We wanted it to be relaxed and not at all traditional. We just wanted to have a party with all the people that we love.
Is there anything that you wished you had done differently? Not at all but if I had to pick something I would have got married at 2pm instead of 4pm so we had more time in the evening.
Can you offer any advice to couples in the planning process?
I would say 3 points of advise – 1. If you like something go for it! I didn’t look at many options for anything, I saw something I liked and decided to book / buy. It can get very confusing if you shop around too much I think. 2. Have the wedding you want to have, don’t feel pressured / obliged to do things for other people. It might sound a little harsh but its your wedding and they will understand in the long run. 3. Set your budget and stick with it, its very easy for £100’s to become £1000’s and the value of money goes out the window!