An intimate, relaxed, handmade wedding at The Bell in Ticehurst
Lucy&Dylan’s November wedding was a doozy – a laid back affair, full of handmade touches, that took place in one of the more unique venues we’ve seen – The Bell in Ticehurst, which has been beautifully decorated to incorporate original coach house features alongside much newer additions. The dining room was a beautiful mish-mash of eras, from the sunken dining table in the original coach house pit, to the 50’s-style neon sign and the naked light bulbs. We could see how Lucy&Dylan fell in love with it! The lodges out the back were perfect for guests to stay in, and the couple themselves had the most amazing lodge called the Love Nest, complete with a giant woven-branch bird’s nest edging the roof-terrace!
Talk about making a wedding unconventional – with Lucy&Dylan using the giant bell to announce their words of thanks, they also decided not to have traditional speeches, instead providing an eclectic collection little bells for people to ring if they wanted to say a few words!
The Choccywoccydoodah ‘All You Need Is Love’ cake sat beautifully amongst all the vintage knick-knacks dotted around the venue and added an amazing splash of colour.
The little handmade bits and pieces around the venue were just perfect, and brilliantly thought through. Everywhere we turned there was something new to discover, and the guests loved all of these little surprises. When we first met Lucy&Dylan, their creativity jumped out at us, and when Lucy mentioned that she was making her own dress, we couldn’t wait to see it on the day! The dress was gorgeous, and Lucy had even made pockets for it, which were absolutely perfect, not only because the relaxed hands-in-pocket look really suited the day, but because it also gave her a place to keep a sentimental family photo close!
Lucy &Dylan were actually legally married a couple of weeks prior to their wedding, but wanted to do something a little more ‘them’ in from of their family and friends. Using a ribbon adorned with well-wishes penned by their guests on the day, they had a hand-fasting conducted by a humanist celebrant, which was so beautifully informal!
Why not make the most of that amazing sunken dining table?! The perfect place for red carpet confetti and bouquet throwing, and from a photographer’s point of view, providing a great angle and clear shot of the moment! In fact it is as if everything at this stunning venue was designed taking into account, light, backdrops and angles for gorgeous wedding photos. We cannot wait to shoot another wedding here! Thank you so much to the wonderful Lucy&Dylan for inviting us to capture their day!
“Martin and Penny, I just don’t know where to begin, other than asking if you are indeed real life wizards! You are AMAZING AT WHAT YOU DO!!! We absolutely love the photographs and have spent the entire morning pouring over them and reliving our wedding!.. Your photographer’s eye is outstanding … and I’m chuffed to bits we found you!..Thank you both again, from the bottom of my heart … I always said the photos were the most important and now they’ve turned out to be just about the best money I’ve ever spent in my entire life! THANK YOU!!!” Lucy. Read the rest of Lucy&Dylan’s heart warming testimonial here.
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