A Mismatched Homespun Wedding

east sussex vintage wedding



Morning lovelies, i hope you had a super lovely weekend and are ready for a fresh new week. This morning i have a happy celebration to share to wash away those Monday blues.

Anna and Mike held their wedding at Brightling Park, East Sussex. They wanted their day to be mismatched and relaxed with a vintage feel.

Anna opted for a simply beautiful vintage dress from Elizabeth Avey teamed with gold peep toe heels and natural hair. While Mike chose a grey Paul Smith suit, Jaegar tie and The Kooples waistcoat and they both looked incredible.

I love the way they organised their wedding, with much help from their loved ones. With homegrown flowers arranged by family, the cake baked by Anna’s mum, pretty handmade decor for the marquee and a homemade flower girl dress. It really was a day filled to the brim with love and care.

Thanks so much to the wonderful Charlotte Knee Photography for sharing her photography with us today.


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Names…. Anna & Mike

Wedding Date…. Saturday 1st September 2012

The Proposal…. On a lovely walk along the South Bank in London, after a romantic dinner at the Skylon restaurant.

The Vision for the day…. I didn’t want anything too colour coordinated or formal. Just a relaxed, vintage(ish) feel. I didn’t really want it to feel themed, just a mix of colours and styles. I wanted it to be family and friends orientated, which happened naturally with my Mum making the Cake, and family arranging all the flowers, and friends recommending suppliers etc.

The Planning process…. Took longer than expected! We got engaged in Sept 2011 so had a year to plan it.  I was initially looking into barns for the venue but couldn’t find anything suitable… We went to a wedding event/open day at a nearby barn venue and got chatting to someone that suggested Brightling Park. We went straight there and booked it on the spot!  I loved the idea of walking from the church to the marquee through the woods… The DJ was a friend of a friend, the caterer was recommended by the marquee company, jazz band was recommended by the caterer, photographer was a friend of a friend and my Dad was happy to research the wine…

The Venue… Brightling Church and Brightling Park, East Sussex. We got married in Lewes registry office in the morning with just our close family there. We then had a blessing in Brightling Church, which is on the grounds of Brightling Park where we had a marquee. The church has an ancient pyramid tomb in the graveyard, which made for an interesting backdrop! The route to the reception was through a small door in the church grounds and through lantern lined woods to get to the Marquee and drinks reception, which we served on the lawn.  Just beyond the lawn and croquet we had beautiful scenery with views across the Pevensey Marsh to the South Downs (with follies in the distance).

The Dress + Accessories….. 1950’s vintage wedding dress from Elizabeth Avery. Hair piece from Etsy, Gold peep toe heels from Russell and Bromley. My heart earrings were a gift from my husband and a beautiful necklace pendant, a family piece and my something borrowed. (Mike’s Mum and sisters also wore it on their wedding days)

Finding the dress…. I did lots of internet research but actually found my dress in the first shop I visited! Elizabeth Avery, vintage wedding dress shop in Archway. I was lucky that it fit me perfectly (just needed to make a small alteration to the neckline).   

Groom’s attire… Suit from Paul Smith, Tie from Jaegar, waistcoat from the kooples, Barker shoes…

The Readings + Music…. 1 Corinthians, Chapter 13. Extract from “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gabran. Organ in the church played by a good family friend. Jazz band during drinks/dinner. DJ in the evening… lots of funk music.

Beautiful bridesmaids….. My head bridesmaid, was my good friend and wore a blue Whistles dress. Our niece was a flower girl and her dress was handmade by Mike’s Mum – as was our nephew’s page boy waistcoat.

The Flowers… All from our gardens. Rosemary and gladioli in the church (all arranged by myself, the mums and aunties). Table flowers arranged by aunties – all flowers/berries from their gardens. Bouquets etc.  White double lizzianthus, blue delphinium, white lismachia or veronica, limoleum (pale lilac).

The Cake… My mum made it – decorated with flowers from her garden.

Your Photographer…. Charlotte Knee… Very good!! Lovely informal shots.

The Details + Decor…. Bunting handmade by my auntie and hung around the marquee. We used an easel for the framed table plan, and had collected candlesticks from charity shops and some from ikea. Paper lanterns for outside the marquee for when it began to get dark. We also lined the route through the woods with lanterns. We used lovely liberty print wrapping paper to cover the menus and name tags on the back of chairs, along with vintage travel posters on postcards as table names. All the special places we’ve been on holiday together. Mike’s cousin designed the invites and Order of Services and a good friend of ours supplied the fresh crab for our amazing starter.

The Honeymoon…. We spent two beautiful weeks in Italy – the first in Tuscany (near Cortona)  followed by a week in  south Italy. We hired a convertible fiat 500 to travel around in, which was great fun.

Memorable moments… The music was brilliant – the dance floor was always packed. The cheese board in the evening went down a storm, and soon disappeared!

Advice for other couples… Keep it simple.  Good music, nice food and wine and your guests (and you!!) will have fun… If you want to get married in a church make sure you have the necessary qualifying connection  to that church. it’s not as easy as you might think.

Credit where credit is due…

Venue: Brightling Park, East Sussex, www.brightlingpark.com

Catering: Caroline The Cook http://www.carolinethecook.co.uk/  and Henderson Seafood http://www.hendersonseafood.com/

Photography – Charlotte Knee Photography http://photos.charlotteknee.com/

Wedding Cake – Homemade, by the Mother of the Bride.

Flowers: Bouquets – Battle House of Flowers http://www.battlehouseofflowers.co.uk/

Church and Marquee – From family member’s gardens.

Invite and Order of Service design: Lizzie Lees http://www.lizzielees.co.uk/

Bride’s dress – Elizabeth Avey  http://elizabethavey.com/

Bride’s shoes – Russell and Bromley  http://www.russellandbromley.co.uk/

Bridesmaid’s dresses – Whistles http://www.whistles.co.uk/

Decorations – charity shops, LIberty http://www.liberty.co.uk/ and ikea http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/


Oh so lovely. Thanks so much to Anna and Mike for sharing their gorgeous wedding with us today XOXO Lou

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