Real weddings and wedding ideas

See how other local couples celebrated their big day with wedding stories and ideas from Your Sussex Wedding Real Weddings features.

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To new be-GIN-innings

To new be-GIN-innings

Joe's cousin had no idea that one day, he'd be welcoming Fran into the family, when he introduced the pair. They were school age when they met and their first date involved Joe getting on the local bus to visit Fran, who says, "I knew straight away that he was a genuine and caring person, which is what drew me to him." Four-and-a-half years later, Joe organised a surprise trip to Barcelona for Fran's 21st birthday.... read more

All you need is love

All you need is love

Rosalind and Alex were the first couple to say their vows at Southend Barns since it was forced to close for events due to the Covid-19 pandemic.The pair enjoyed a small ceremony with just eight close friends and family in the setting of The Secret Garden, the venue's fully licenced outdoor wedding area.... read more

The perfect day

The perfect day

Jessica and Martin tied the knot at Swallows Oast in Ticehurst on 30th August, 2019. Although Jessica and Martin's initial attraction was purely physical when they met on a Saturday night in Hastings, a deeper relationship soon blossomed once they began dating. Jessica worked for TUI and it wasn't long before she needed to work abroad for six months. However, absence certainly made their hearts grow fonder, and they haven't been apart since.... read more

Lady in red

Lady in red

The palette of Alison and Peter's day was inspired by the bride's scarlet dress, combined with an industrial glam edge. Alison and Peter met at a house party hosted by mutual friend, ex-politician and Great British Railway Journeys presenter, Michael Portillo. Alison tells us, "As soon as we bumped into each other we had a jokey, verbal jousting kind of rapport, and there was an instant attraction."... read more

Above the clouds

Above the clouds

Joanna and Liam's wedding theme was a natural choice given they'd travelled the globe to visit hot air balloon festivals, including the capital of ballooning – Albuquerque, U.S.A... read more

Memories are made of this

Memories are made of this

Julia and Sam styled their big day with a rustic vibe at Gildredge Manor on a sunny day in July.... read more

My treasure

My treasure

Jessica and Maria chose a venue that meant to world to them, and enjoyed a wedding day packed with fun and laughter. "Maria asked her friend about me the moment she first saw me. Despite being told I wasn't looking to date anyone at the time, she then went on to wager a crate of wine that she'd be able to charm me," Jessica says of the pair's initial encounter on a night out with mutual friends. We're pleased to report that after several months Maria's charms did indeed win Jessica over, "combined with her humour, intelligence, obvious beauty, and dance moves," she recalls.... read more

Rockin' around the Christmas tree

Rockin' around the Christmas tree

Holly and Josh injected a healthy dose of Christmas cheer into their nuptials on 22nd December, 2018. Having met through mutual friends as teenagers, Holly and Josh were together 10 years before becoming engaged. The couple were living on the West Coast of Australia at the time, when they decided to take a month-long road trip over to the East Coast. Holly remembers, "On our second to last day, we were driving to Cairns and Josh pulled over so we could have one last walk on the beach. There wasn't another soul in sight and that's when he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!" Although her family in the UK had known of the proposal plan for three months, it came as a complete surprise to Holly.... read more

Bee mine

Bee mine

Libby and Jack's celebrations at Barcombe Village Hall were eco-friendly with a nature-inspired theme. Libby and Jack met while working at a pub in Brighton. Libby was a student at the time and Jack was taking a couple of years out before starting university. They had a lot of fun together at work and romance eventually blossomed as they got to know each other on the walks home after shifts.... read more

Decadently deco

Decadently deco

Rebecca and Luke tied the knot at Worthing Dome, with Art Deco twists complementing their historic venue... read more

Woodland wonder

Woodland wonder

Kerry and Craig went back to nature with the Fantastic Mr. Fox at Two Woods Estate... read more

Thoroughly modern vintage

Thoroughly modern vintage

Chantal and Joseph tied the knot at Edes House before celebrating at the groom's family home.... read more

I'm with the band

I'm with the band

I'm with the band: Eloise and Boyce wed on 1st September, 2018, surrounded by blues, greens and a hint of vintage.... read more

Make a wish

Make a wish

Rosie and Rhys were wed on 25th August, 2018, at Pangdean Old Barn with a romantic rustic theme.... read more

Lessons in love

Lessons in love

Newlyweds Claire and Sean True met at university before eventually going on to exchange vows at Grittenham Barn, West Sussex.... read more

Love without borders at Pekes Manor

Love without borders at Pekes Manor

Love without borders: Jordan and David celebrated in style with their truly international, vintage yellow and blue-themed nuptials.... read more

Vows at Christmas

Vows at Christmas

Joined in love and faith by the father-of-the-bride, Emma and John's Christmas-themed nuptials involved their loved ones every step of the way.... read more

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