Did you ever see a lovelier gang of girls? They all looked so stunning. The style and glamour at this wonderfully quirky wedding celebration is just phenomenal and you’re going to adore everything, just you see.
Leanne and Chris were married on the 22nd October 2016 at The Bell in Ticehurst, Sussex. They fell for the decadent pub with it’s atmospheric vibes, cool lighting and red carpet. Just perfect for a vintage glam affair then. A day that reflected them, which was also unique were their top priorities and their day had personality by the bucket-load. The gold colour scheme oozed style and teamed with hints of red and pink in the florals, worked super well.
Let’s talk about those outfits shall we? Leanne chose to wear a heavily embellished sparkling long sleeved Needle and Thread dress, which looked so amazing on her. Her fave girls meanwhile wore gold plisse dresses and fringed beaded shrugs for a dose of gatsby glam. Chris’ Hugo Boss 3 piece suit looked very dapper and the groomsmen chose their own navy suits to tie into the look.
Jackson & Co Photography, thank you so much for sharing these incredible images with us.
THE PROPOSAL | 14th May 2016. Two weeks before our 9th anniversary. Chris is Welsh but we met and live in London, he proposed on a beautiful beach in South Wales just as the sun was breaking through the clouds. We booked the wedding for as soon as we could as my Step Dad was rather unwell and in hospital at the time.
THE VISION | Laidback, intimate and vintage glam. We didn’t have a huge budget so I used Pinterest a lot to get ideas so we could do lots of things ourselves. We just wanted to celebrate in front of all our amazing family and friends in a laidback but unique venue that reflected us.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Quick! We only had five months within which to do it! I found a lot of suppliers through Instagram who had done weddings before at The Bell, it was pretty full on but I’m glad we did it so quickly, as I was so excited about getting married I don’t think I could have waited a year. Luckily as our wedding was at the end of October a lot of suppliers including our amazing photographer Michael Jackson were free.
BUDGET | £12,000 not a big budget so did a lot ourselves such a printing the invites on Vistaprint and making our own signs and props.
THE VENUE | The Bell in Ticehurst. An amazing vintage pub in Sussex, with 3 function rooms. It was perfect and ticked every box for us. As soon as I saw the gold and red wallpaper and huge chandeliers in the ceremony room, I knew it was the one. Plus we could have 4 long tables for the wedding breakfast so really intimate and informal. The fact we could walk down a raised red carpet table with my friends throwing confetti on us was another clincher!!
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Dress – Needle and Thread. I wanted something with a vintage feel that was heavily embellished, unique and unwedding-gy. Stunning headpiece was from Liberty in Love, shoes were from Roland Cartier. I didn’t want a veil.
FINDING THE DRESS | No great story here, I saw it online and ordered it. All my bridesmaids came round when it arrived to see me try it on. I fell in love from the moment I put it on and it fitted like a glove.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Hugo Boss 3 piece suit, we let the all the Groomsmen wear their own navy blue suits and we provided gold ties.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Readings – ‘Chapter one of one thousand’ by OJ Preston (my grandpa who is no longer with us read this at my brother’s wedding 3 years ago, so my brother read it at ours, which was very emotional), ‘Friendship’ by Judy Bielicki read by Chris’s Usher, Ben. ‘On your wedding day’ author unknown read by my lovely Mum.
Music we walked down the aisle to Eva Cassidy ‘Songbird’, we looked for something older with a lot of meaning. For the signing of the register ‘We are Man & Wife’ by Michelle Featherstone and on exit we played ‘My Sweet Lord’ by George Harrison. It was my late Nan and Gramp’s favourite song, so it was a surprise to my Mum at the end.
In the evening we really wanted a live band but the budget couldn’t stretch to it so we found a vintage singer called Curtis Skinner who was amazing and really worked the crowd. On his website he does his own version of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ which is what we wanted for our first dance, so as soon as we heard that we knew he was the one. He was lovely, very talented and so reasonable versus a band so a very happy compromise (in fact I would choose him again even if I had double the budget). My bridesmaid Kate is also an amazing professional singer so she sang ‘Wings’ by Birdy straight after the first dance song. I balled my eyes out.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My 4 best friends (one of whom is also my sister in law) Becky H, Sofie, Kate and Becky A. As I work in fashion one of my suppliers made the gold plisse dresses for me as a present and the fringed beaded shrugs were from ASOS. They wore their own shoes. The flower girls who are my God Daughters wore “Little Mistress girls’ and the cardigans were from Matalan. For the bridesmaid presents I bought them all a memory locket that had floating charms inside that were personalised to them.
THE FLOWERS | Liz from Flowers by Liz – this was the only part of the wedding I really struggled with. I didn’t know what I wanted so I showed Liz a lot of Pinterest images of the kind of look I wanted I also didn’t really have a colour theme apart from gold and of course you don’t get to see the flowers before the big day. But they were amazing and totally surpassed my expectations and were exactly what I wanted. For the flowers for the ceremony I borrowed vintage glass decanters from family and Liz filled these with off cuts. They were then placed down the aisle for the ceremony and then transferred to the tables for the wedding breakfast.
THE CAKE | I knew I wanted a naked cake with no icing and for it to look pretty rustic. I found Cakes by Sylvia through The Bell’s Instagram page. We decided to go with raspberry and cream for the bottom 2 tiers and then lemon for the top tier.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | I found Michael Jackson from Jackson & Co Photography through The Bell’s Instagram page and I was so worried that he wouldn’t be available for our date. I loved his style of photography on his website amd knew that he was exactly what we wanted. I didn’t want a lot of formal posed shots but really informal that just captured the emotion, the day and everyone having a good time. I didn’t even notice him there half the time but he felt like an old friend we’d known for ages and we felt so relaxed. All of our guests commented on how brilliant he was and I love our photos almost as much as the day itself!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We had a gold theme so I bought lots of gold glitter and decorated jam jars and photo frames. I printed the name places by buying luggage tags and a stamp set from Hobby Craft and stamping them ourselves. We also spray painted wooden letters in gold. For our guestbook I bought a scrapbook from Paperchase and a polaroid camema. Then on the tables I put gold sharpie pens and stickers and people stuck their photos in and wrote notes to us. It’s one of my favourite things from the wedding. I also bought an old scrabble game from a charity shop and spelt the words cake and cards and photo book and placed them next to them. For our card box we bought a cardboard post box from Hobbycraft and printed lots of black and white pictures of Chris and I over the last 9 years and then stuck them on and bought shiny glue to paint over the top. It looked so effective. For our favours I bought Welsh lovespoons online for the ladies and the men had small bottles of jaegermeister. We also bought facemats for everyone, which were hilarious.
THE HONEYMOON | We went on a mini moon to Bruges for a few days and did lots of sight seeing and drank Belgian beer. We stayed at a cute little guesthouse called the Doghouse Bruges who provided us with bikes with ‘just married’ on the back to ride around Bruges on.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Too many too choose, Chris got far more emotional than I was expecting when we did our vows. I loved walking along the red carpet. When my friend Kate sang for us after our first dance.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Do an itinerary before the wedding with timings and names and highlight and give out to all the people involved in the day. That way everyone knows exactly what time everything is happening and what jobs they have to do so no one is asking you any questions, everyone knows where they are meant to be and the day is then seamless. Also take time throughout the day to go off just the two of you to talk about the day so far and take it all in. The day goes so quickly and everyone wants to be with you but ultimately it’s important to remember that the day is about the two of you.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Jackson & Co Photography
Venue | The Bell
Flowers | Flowers By Liz
Cake | Sylvia’s Kitchen
Singer | Curtis Skinner
Dress | Needle and Thread
Bridesmaid gifts | Endless Stories
Accessories | Liberty in Love
Wedding rings | Gold Finger Rings
Honeymoon | The Dog House Bruges
How amazing were those emotional ceremony shots? Wow.
Thanks so very much to Leanne and Chris for sharing their divine story with us xo Lou