A Bright and Beautiful Modern Brighton Wedding

Morning {www}ers…. i am afraid this is today’s only post as i have been feeling poorly still… huge apologies, i promise to spoil you next week :-)

Nevertheless, it’s a bloomin’ lovely feature if i do say so myself hehe!!

Camilla and Neil were married in Brighton, at the Unitarian Church followed by a reception at the Brighton Dome Bar, back in January.

There are so many elements i love about this wedding, a stylish couple, a simple white bouquet, super cute flower girls, and eye popping reception decor. Not to mention the gorgeous photography.

Thanks so much to the lovely Sara Reeve Photography for sharing her images with us today, here is what she had to say about the day;

“I met Camilla at a wedding fayre, and instantly loved the sound of their wedding day.  Camilla and Neil had chosen two of the biggest architectural landmarks in Brighton town centre as their venues – the impressive pillared Unitarian Church, followed by their reception in the Brighton Dome Bar. Stunning!!! And just like their choices of venue, Camilla and Neil are a very very cool couple – both work as archeologists, and have a real love of architecture and culture.  And even though it was a cold January day, Camilla and Neil had chosen the most perfect colour scheme of neon orange and pinks to brighten things up, which looked absolutely stunning in the Dome. This was also one of the technically most challenging weddings I’ve done – with the ceremony finishing at 4pm on a cold January day, there wasn’t much available light to work with. But with some careful planning it all came together perfectly.”

Names….Camilla and Neil

Wedding Date…. 14th January 2012

The Proposal…. In a restaurant in Brighton on 14th January 2011 – and then he got down on one knee on the Brighton  bandstand (hence all the engagement photos there)

The Vision for the day…. We just wanted all our friends and family to be there, and for them to have fun.  We had 90 people at the wedding and only 9 of them live in Brighton, so nearly everyone travelled in order to be there, and friends came from Germany, Greece, Norway, Spain and  America as well as from all over the UK, so wanted to make sure everyone had a good time. We also wanted it to look good! We’re both interested in clean lines and don’t like frilly fluffy things hence the choice of the two amazing venues.

The Planning process…. We got the venues sorted out really quickly – in fact the Brighton Dome was the only reception venue we looked at and we loved it straight away. It turned out we had to persuade them to let us use the bar for a wedding as they had only done one wedding there and don’t market themselves as a wedding venue. It helped that their team got excited about doing our wedding. After that the planning was easy really – we wanted a few very bright colours for the very white room and then we chose table decorations in round glass bowls to match the round coloured lanterns. Then we picked up round pebbles from Brighton beach (oops not sure if that is really allowed!) and used them as place names by writing on them in gold pen.

Budget…. About £12,000, not including the rings, the dress or the honeymoon.

The Venue… Brighton Unitarian Church for the service and the Brighton Dome foyer bar for the reception. Both iconic Brighton venues and in the middle of town so easy for our guests to get there and to find accommodation close by. Also brilliant because the two venues are about 2 minutes walk apart from each other.

The Dress + Accessories….. The dress was made by a local Brighton dress designer and was based on one of her designs. It was very plain and simple and I loved it but I also had a fur wrap on top with a shiny brooch for a tiny bit of bling, plus very sparkly gold shoes from Zara.  I wore my late grandmother’s pearls and a ring belonging to my best friend, who died 5 years ago.

Finding the dress…. That was quite tricky! Although I only went into about 5 or 6 shops. I went shopping with my mum and everywhere we went the dresses were covered in crystals and were extremely expensive. I was getting a bit fed up until we went to White Leaf boutique and met Blanka, who will make a dress exactly to the bride’s specifications and really listens to what you want.

Groom’s attire… Neil bought a very smart 3-piece navy blue suit from Moss Bros. He had a gold tie as we had a bit of a gold theme (bridemaids dresses, napkins, etc) and lovely brown shoes from Aldo.

The Readings + Music…. We chose a reading from ‘I Love You’ by Sandol Stoddard Warbug and another from ‘The Hungering Dark’ by Frederick Buechner. My friend Ruth played the harp during the service – I have known her since we were 8 and she now plays for the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra in Norway, so it was very special to have her there. She played Sonata in D by John Parry as I walked down the aisle with my brother, All Things Bright and Beautiful (my grandmother’s favourite hymn) while we were signing the register and then Califorrnia Dreaming by the Mamas and the Papas as Neil and I waledk out (we used to live in San Francisco).

Beautiful bridesmaids….. We had Neil’s god-daughter Laura (8) and the daughter of a close friend, Nina (6 and a half). Nina’s mother Jenny is an amazing seamstress and she made the dresses from gold silk dupion, with layers of netting and lace underneath.  She also made dolls for the girls, wearing identical gold dresses.

The Flowers… We chose bunches of tulips and ranunculus in bright colours as the room was very white, in round glass bowls to match the lanterns.

The Cake… My aunt made the cake and there were three, in three different flavours: traditional fruit cake (Neil’s favourite), chocolate cake and carrot cake.

Your Photographer…. The amazing Sara Reeve.

The Honeymoon…. Miami and Key West. To carry on the Art Deco theme (not just the Brighton Dome but also my engagement ring is Art Deco – my dad bought it for my mum as her engagement ring and he died when I was 12 – she gave me the ring when Neil and I got engaged)  we went to South Beach Miami and stayed on the Art Deco Ocean Drive for a few days. Then we went to Key West and lay on the beach for a week.

Memorable moments… Neil says watching me coming down the aisle. For me it was during the service when he started to read out his personal vows and misjudged how loudly he would have to speak. So he shouted out “I love you” and everyone burst out laughing.

Advice for other couples… Go on, you know you want to!

Credit where credit’s due…

Photographer: Sara Reeve http://www.sarareeve.com/
Venue: Brighton Unitarian Church (service) http://www.brightonunitarian.org.uk/index2.html
and Brighton Dome (reception) http://www.brightondome.org/
Caterer (ythe food was fantastic) – contact is Nicola Whistle http://www.thesecretrestaurant.co.uk/
Dress: Blanka Dorell, who owns http://www.whiteleafbridal.com/about-us
Flowers: http://www.flowersunlimitedbrighton.co.uk/


Thanks so much to Camilla and Neil for sharing their beautiful wedding with us today, have a lovely end to your working week peeps :-) I shall be back tomorrow XOXO Lou


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