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Handcrafted Sussex Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Today we’re going across the pond to share another stylish British wedding, this time shot by Browns Photography. What wasn’t handcrafted by friends and family was purchased vintage, like Anna’s vintage lace wedding dress. It’s true that we envy British brides for their endless options of quaint and idyllic venues, but not quite like this one. Anna and Rakesh were married at Bluebell Railway, an old train station in West Sussex. SO much more to see in the gallery!
West Sussex Vintage Wedding
West Sussex Vintage Wedding
West Sussex Vintage Wedding
West Sussex Vintage Wedding
West Sussex Vintage Wedding
West Sussex Vintage Wedding
West Sussex Vintage Wedding
West Sussex Vintage Wedding


Browns Photography. What wasn’t handcrafted by friends and family was purchased vintage, like Anna’s vintage lace wedding dress. It’s true that we envy British brides for their endless options of quaint and idyllic venues, but not quite like this one. Anna and Rakesh were married at Bluebell Railway, an old train station in West Sussex. View all images in the gallery

Watch the video by Lauren Pires:

Wedding Songs:

Processional: “Come Softly” – the Fleetwoods

First dance: “I Gotta Know”- Wanda Jaskson

Wedding Vendors and Venue (Highbrook, West Sussex, UK):

Photographer: Browns Photography / Decor: DIY by friends and family / Groom’s Suit: Gresham Blake / Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Avey / Bridesmaids and Flower Girl Dresses: handmade / Flowers: Miss Moles Flower Emporium / Cake and Catering: DIY / Music: friends and family / Venue: Bluebell Railway, Horsted Keynes Station / Reception: Highbrook Village Hall / Stationery: DIY

1920s Inspired Wedding II

Real Weddings, Vintage Weddings

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If you are looking for a gorgeous, strikingly chic vintage wedding, then today is your day. Earlier we showed you part I of Victoria and Graeme’s 1920s inspired wedding, and now we’re back to show you the reception and their portraits. Oh my, their portraits… Big thanks to Simon Fazackarley for sharing their wedding with us! When I didn’t think this wedding could be any more amazing, Victoria tells me they walked down the aisle to David Bowie’s Heroes. Shut. the. door.

 bride and groom first look happy smiling
 bride and groom vintage first look
 bride and groom hug and kiss

From the bride: We were going for a vintage summer picnic, very relaxed and informal with plenty of champagne and cocktails with home made elderflower cordial! It was very DIY, I made most of the decorations myself (with a little help from Graeme and other friends and family). There was no particular colour theme, though I tried to stick to more muted pastel colours.

 bride and groom embrace loving
 bride and groom kissing vintage wedding
 felt hearts in a jar
 wedding guests looking at displays
 smiling bride and groom happy
 champagne and drinks with striped straws
 ice cream chalkboard sign
 tags as wedding guestbook
 table settings and tags for seating cards
 red white striped straw and bride
 vintage table settings with clothespin

We ignored tradition and combined the wedding cake and dessert into one. And instead of spending a fortune on a shop made wedding cake I asked all our friends to bring along a cake or dessert to contribute to the cake buffet. My sister in law stayed up the night before making hundreds of profiteroles and I spent the day before my wedding baking (it was surprisingly relaxing) I ended up making three cakes – courgette, elderflower and strawberry shortcake.

 maroon burgundy bow tie
 red and white wedding table settings
 wine and small table centerpieces decor
 wedding dessert bar
 bride and groom at beautiful water seaside
 groom having fun with guests
 horseshoes fun lawn games at wedding

Advice from the bride: Don’t worry about flouting tradition and doing things the way you want. We didn’t have a traditional wedding cake cutting. We walked down the aisle as man and wife to David Bowie’s Heroes. We wrote our own kooky vows and we spent our first night as man and wife in a tent. Just have fun, enjoy yourselves and take everyone else along for the ride! The day will go so quickly, so make sure you sit back and take it all in once in a while.

 bouquet toss to waiting wedding guests
 happy smiling bride and groom funny

Wedding Vendors (Sussex, UK):

Ceremony and reception location: Laughton Barn / Florist: DIY flowers, purchased from a supermarket / Photographer: Simon Fazackarley / Wedding Dress: Sarah Arnett / Hair Accessories: Etsy seller Romancingthebling / Jewelry: Bride’s grandmother’s and mother’s / Shoes: Dune / Feather shrug: Principles / Groom’s suit: Gresham Blake / DJ: a friend of the couple / Caterer: Circa Events / Dessert bar: potluck by friends and family / Wedding invitations: created by groom, a designer

1920s Inspired Wedding

Real Weddings, Vintage Weddings

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When Victoria, the bride, sent over her engagement session and told me about her wedding plans, I immediately jumped at the chance to share her story and images. If you were smitten by the teaser I posted yesterday as much I was, be ready to ooh and ah over her wedding. Their sweet ceremony is only part one of Victoria and Graeme’s feature and a glimpse of their insanely beautiful vintage wedding in Sussex, UK. The perfectly sweet images are by Simon Fazackarley, who was kind to share them with us today.

 groom kissing brides hand
 wedding outfit brides dress gown shoes

From the bride: It was Graeme’s idea initially, he suggested we get married at the Charleston farmhouse in Sussex (home of Virginia Wolfe’s sister) and the whole idea of a vintage 1920s theme came from there. When we found out Charleston was unavailable we decided to just go ahead with the original theme anyway. We both love that era and we wanted an excuse to go vintage!

 bride and groom talking after wedding
 holding hands bride and groom outdoor wedding
 happy bride and groom during toasts
 bride and groom walking together aisle

When we first went to see the venue, the sun was setting over the South Downs and gleaming off the ponds. A group of geese were grazing at the other end of the field – we couldn’t have found a nicer venue. Another couple had dropped out of the first weekend in August, freeing up the 7th for our wedding. It seemed like fate!

 wing tip shoes vintage wedding
 happy laughing bride and groom
 kissing happy couple wedding bride and groom
 

My dress was by a local, Brighton based designer called Sarah Arnett. She was having an end of line, closing down sale for her ready to wear collection and I dragged Graeme along to go take a look (I’ll admit it, I was scared of going alone because of all those ladies you hear about – grabbing and ripping clothes out of each others hands). I saw the dress! Another woman was just returning it after trying it on and I pounced on it, it was worth it. I grabbed myself a ridiculous bargain – £100 reduced from £1700.

 bride and groom celebrating confetti toss

Check back soon for part two. Victoria will be back to share more details about their insanely beautiful day!

Wedding Vendors (Sussex, UK):

Ceremony and reception location: Laughton Barn / Florist: DIY flowers, purchased from a supermarket / Photographer: Simon Fazackarley / Wedding Dress: Sarah Arnett / Hair Accessories: Etsy seller Romancingthebling / Jewelry: Bride’s grandmother’s and mother’s / Shoes: Dune / Feather shrug: Principles / Groom’s suit: Gresham Blake / DJ: a friend of the couple / Caterer: Circa Events / Dessert bar: potluck by friends and family / Wedding invitations: created by groom, a designer