Susa&Pete had a brightly coloured, pom-pom filled, vintage inspired Brighton wedding. Susa’s dress was genuine vintage from Hope and Harlequin in Brighton, and it was just perfect for her.
She made her own feather and pom-pom hair comb and a pair of corsages to match for her mum and sister. We just loved the blend of elegant vintage, with vibrant and fun details!
The ultimate photo bombers: Susa&Pete’s cats are destined for stardom, at least in their own eyes. They spent a lot of time stealing into our shots – they just couldn’t upstage Susa though, however much they tried!
Martin arrived a little early at The Hotel Pelirocco where Pete was getting ready – so early that Pete hadn’t even hit the shower yet! No complaints though – 10 minutes with Hotel Pelirocco’s deliciously decked out lounge area left us with some rather peachy ring shots.
Of course, no matter how well you plan everything, some detail of the day will not go quite as planned – Pete’s best man had a lack-of-tie-and-handkerchief issue, so we had a rather fun run around some of Brighton’s shopping areas trying to find suitable attire. No problem!
They were married at Brighton Town Hall, followed by a simple, informal pub reception at The Brunswick in Hove, which they decked out with pom poms in decoupaged plant pots… very cute!
The sun-splashed garden was just the perfect place for Susa&Pete’s guests to catch up, and indulge in some al fresco dining!
It’s a long way to the top of Lewes Castle, but once you’re there, you are met by nothing but white cliffs and rooftops as far as the eye can see! What a setting! Marion arrived (50 minutes late!) in a VW camper, accompanied by her mum and two gorgeous, excitable little boys in super-cool Hawaiian shirts!
Marion fell in love with an original 1930s wedding gown she found in Hope and Harlequin in Brighton. It had sleeves and a high back which covered her beautiful tattoos, so she had the sleeves removed and the back lowered to show them off!
When I asked Marion to point me in the direction of her wedding shoes, she sheepishly handed me a pair of worn – and I sure she won’t mind me saying, somewhat scuffed – ivory suede heels. There seemed to be an in-joke, but although a little befuddled, I continued to photograph them regardless! Shortly after, all the bridesmaids gathered around Marion and presented her with a gift… a scrumptious pair of Charlotte Olympia stilettos! Wow!
Rob and the boys wore matching yellow polka dot bow-ties to set off their blue shirts – like Martin, however, their knowledge of tying them wasn’t so good, and they had to watch a Youtube instructional video for some pointers!
♥ The best photographers ever!… ”We agreed that we’d never seen photos that good before and the style was just what we were after. Neither of us were keen on staged photos and the way you both seems to catch special moments was fab! Also whenever we met you both you put us at ease straight away so we couldn’t think of having anyone else with us on the day. Penny staying calm in the craziness of babies and bridesmaids getting ready in the morning was fab and helped me stay calm too. Everything from meeting before, to emails, to the beautiful little box at the end was first class! This is also the opinion of all of our guests. Two of which have now enrolled on photography courses! Obviously we are both over the moon with the photos. Every single one of them is beautiful and we love them. Thank you. xxx”
When we meet a couple for the first time, we can’t help but dive straight into the whats, hows and whys of all their wonderful wedding ideas! Emma and Dan were ultra-excited when we started to discuss their plans, and clearly determined to infuse the wedding with their own personalities. It became immediately obvious that Dan was more involved in planning the details than many guys out there – setting the date of the wedding to May the 4th suggested we were in the presence of a Star Wars fan!
Emma, her parents and her bridesmaids spent the morning at Emma’s family home – something we really love. It feels extra special to be able to connect a past life and a future life in our photos. We love to incorporate family photos, memorabilia, and in this case a Winnie the Pooh name plaque on her bedroom door!
When Emma showed us her emerald engagement ring, she had a glint in her eye as she told us that emerald was her favourite colour, and it was going to be everywhere! It really was: from the bridesmaids dresses to the fabric decor in the church, the gorgeous key colour had even made it into the jewels in Emma’s manicure. The boys were sporting emerald ties and hankies, along with Lego men buttonholes (Dan’s also a massive fan of Lego). The Star Wars theme stretched to the boys’ cuff links and table names and of course there was only one way this pair could exit the wedding ceremony – with a light saber guard of honour!
I think our favourite idea was the collection of home-made cakes as centrepieces, each one beautifully unique, baked by eight different friends! ”Friends and family are the best suppliers you could ever have!”
Another highlight for us was their super-fun first dance. They played ‘Magic Moments’ by Perry Como with an interlude of ‘Jump On It’ from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air at which point all the groomsmen joined in for a dance, then back to a smoochy ‘Magic Moments’!
♥ You geniuses you!!… “OH my goodness!!!!!!!!!!! We have just sat down with a glass of champagne and looked through our wedding photographs… They are absolutely stunning! Everyone of them is beautiful and you have managed to capture our day perfectly. Thank you so so so much, we will treasure them forever along with all the memories that we have! Every time we clicked on a photo we smiled, squealed with delight and laughed so much, we were able to share stories and memories and even shed a tear! I will recommend you to everyone and I will keep hold of your details, you geniuses you!!
Thank you a million, Emma&Dan, the new Mr&Mrs Willows xx”
“An Emma&Dan wedding… The biggest lesson we have learnt is to always go with the ideas that you love and know in your heart will work, no matter what other people may think or say about them, make the day totally unique to the both of you!”