Amanda & Lee
FRESH SPRING TONES | BARN SETTING RECEPTION | ANIMAL PETTING | CUPCAKE TOWER | LILY OF THE VALLEY | DECOUPAGE BOTTLES FOR DECOR
How did you Both meet?
We were friends at college before we officially started dating. There was always something special there between us and I’m glad it developed.
How did the proposal happen?
Lee proposed when we were on holiday in Sicily. He slipped the ring into my cocktail as were having drinks in our suite’s private garden. I felt something catching in my straw and as I hooked it out to see what it was, Lee got down on one knee and asked if I would marry him. I was the happiest woman in the world!
My Maggie Sottero lace cap-sleeved dress was from Champagne and Confetti in Eastbourne. It had arrived only that day. The dress had a small train and fitted without needing a corset.
I had my mum’s pearl necklace as my something old and a flower hair accessory from Accessorise in my hair. My shoes were from Next and I personalised them with shoe clips from Chez Bec.
Lee looked really smart and handsome in a traditional black herringbone tail from Dickies Suit Hire in Eastbourne. We found the perfect navy and yellow spotted tie from Debenhams.
I had three adult bridesmaids; my sister Joanna, Lee’s sister, Kerry, and my best friend Ange. They wore beautiful yellow dresses from Coast and lace cover ups for the church from a local boutique. The oral headbands were from New Look. My niece, Yasmin and goddaughter, Isabella made adorable flower girls in ivory ‘Estella’ dresses from Monsoon.
I have two favourite moments from our Church of England ceremony at St Johns Church, Polegate. The first was exchanging vows with Lee and the second was when our two-year-old nephew and pageboy, Dexter decided to start dancing behind the vicar! My dad walked me down the aisle and Lee’s dad gave a reading we came across in a real- life wedding in Wedding Ideas!
The Reception Venue
Black Stock Barn in Hellingly is set on a small petting farm so the guests and children were able to see the animals and play in the playground area.
I bought bunting from an online store and, with the help of my bridesmaids, made all of the stationery taking inspiration from free online templates.
I used a vintage photo frame for our table plan and my bridesmaids and mum helped
to decoupage bottles that we had collected. I used printed.com to print our orders of service and attached a small bag of dried petal confetti to the back of every order of service for people to use.
What did you have for your wedding breakfast?
Our guests were transported to the venue from the church in a vintage bus and were treated to packed lunches with a small cake, crisps and bottle of water inside instead of canapés. We then had a barbeque of steak, king prawn skewers, garlic and lemon kebabs and halloumi and red pepper skewers, served with artisan breads and salads.
Lady Bird Flowers in Eastbourne made a beautiful loose bouquet with Lily of the Valley to honour Lee’s grandmother because they were her favourite.
Lee’s aunt made cupcakes to match our theme, covering them in filigree cupcake wrappers.
I bought floral party poppers and favour bags from confetti.co.uk and filled them with our favourite sweets and Love Hearts from swizzels-matlow.com. The children were given goody bags filled with toys, crayons, colouring books and a personalised chocolate heart lolly.
When Lee’s brother serenaded us by singing ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ by Frankie Valli.
CEREMONY St Johns Church, Polegate polegate.org.uk | RECEPTION Black Stock Barn, Hellingly blackstockweddings.co.uk | DRESS Champagne and Confetti, Eastbourne | SHOES Chez Bec and Next | ACCESSORIES Accesorize | GROOM Dickies Suit Hire in Eastbourne | BRIDESMAIDS Coast | FAVOURS For kids goody bags, try Poundland and Heart Lollies from Thorntons | CAKE For similar, try Fiona Cairns | For vintage cupcake wrappers, try Tiger PHOTOGRAPHER FitzGerald Photographic