A pretty real wedding in Brighton with beautiful cream-coloured bridesmaids… Sarah and Adrian got married in September 2010. Read on to find out all about it!


WHO: Sarah and Adrian

WHERE: Hotel Du Vin, Brighton

WHEN: September 2010

PHOTOGRAPHER: Victoria Kaye Photography


The proposal

“I first met Adrian at the gym, and wasted no time in asking him out!” laughs Sarah. “I guess it went well, because six weeks later we moved in together,” she adds. The proposal took place while the couple were watching the sunset during a holiday in Dubai

The bride’s real wedding outfit

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“I found my beautiful Sassi Holford real wedding gown at Pantiles Bride in Tunbridge Wells,” explains Sarah. “I cried when I put the dress on. I felt like a princess, and could really picture myself walking down the aisle with my Dad to meet my husband-to-be. I was so happy and excited,” she adds

“I couldn’t look at Adrian walking down the aisle – it was making me cry!”

The accessories

“I had my real wedding necklace made for me by Pearl and Queenie,” recalls Sarah. “My veil was a birdcage style, which I made myself from netting, a comb and pearl beads. My shoes were Jimmy Choo and probably one of my best bargains – half price in the January sales!”

The groom’s outfit

Adrian upped the ante with his navy-blue morning suit from Pantiles Groom in Tunbridge Wells. “He looked so handsome when I first saw him,” smiles Sarah. “I couldn’t look at him when I was walking down the aisle because it was making me cry with happiness,” she adds

The bridesmaids

“I have always known I would have my two special nieces as my bridesmaids,” explains Sarah. “I bought the youngest girl her dress from Next and the older one’s cream dress from Alfred Sung at Dessy.”

The ceremony

“We had a civil ceremony in The Dome Room at Hotel du Vin Brighton,” recalls Sarah. “The room has a fantastic domed roof with a large chandelier that we wanted to make a feature of. So, during the ceremony we seated everyone in an amphitheater style, which meant they all had a great view.”

The flowers

“I wanted our flowers to be the main decoration at our wedding, so height and impact were very important. Gunns Florists in Brighton provided amazing and romantic real wedding displays,” says Sarah

“We made our seating plan from a tree that had blown down in the woods”

The decor

“We didn’t want a traditional table plan, so Adrian and I made our own,” explains Sarah. “While out walking we found a tree that had blown down in the woods. Adrian carried it back to our garage where he rubbed it down. We then spray painted it silver, hung fairy lights and finished it off with hanging hearts, love birds and mounted paper showing the seating plan. It was really cheap, pretty and effective,” smiles Sarah. Other table details included a scattering of crystals, tea lights and even indoor sparklers!

The honeymoon

The newlyweds jetted to Mauritius for 10 days after the wedding. “We stayed at One and Only Resorts and it was amazing. We made the most of the great watersports on offer,” says Sarah.