A Bright colourful Sussex Wedding with Ocean Colour Scene elements and handcrafted details

Today I am thrilled to share this bright colourful Sussex Wedding  at The Bell Ticehurst with Ocean Colour Scene elements and handcrafted details.

Images were captured by Helen England Photography.


Helen England is a Wedding obsessive.

She takes beautiful, creative photographs that faithfully capture the story of your wedding day. But more than that, she creates photographs that make people happy!

Through her work, you’ll be able to relive the romance, excitement, energy and happiness of your wedding day – not just for now but for many years to come.

She loves to capture people who love to laugh. She photographs people who are completely nuts about each other, and people having a brilliant time.

It’s her job to capture the full story of your day: the big moments as well as all the not-so-big in-between moments that matter just as much.

Her style is relaxed, natural and authentic, and captures real moments as they unfold. she embraces natural light and bright colours with a soft, gentle and romantic edge.


Bride Charlotte says of the couples colourful Sussex wedding…


How did you meet?

We were both managers in a supermarket and I transferred into his store. I had sworn off men  but then one morning, after he’d worked a night shift, there he was.

I imagined that a man that funny and cute must have a girlfriend but luckily he didn’t, and we’ve been together ever since!

Both of us had recently come out of serious, long term relationships and decided we’d do things differently – don’t let disagreements fester, no bickering and don’t sweat the small stuff.

Tell us about the Proposal…

Pete took me back to the location of one of our first dates, Beachy Head, and presented me with a champagne picnic and my late grandmother’s engagement ring.

Tell us about your wedding planning journey…

It was pretty easy really; for our first anniversary Pete took me to The Bell and we decided there and then that we would get married there, it was quirky and cool and different – very us, and perfect for our colourful Sussex wedding.

We wanted to get married in the church that Pete’s parents attend and once we synchronised dates for The Bell, the church and Helen (our wonderful photographer who we had to have) everything fell into place.

We’re easy people so lots of simple conversations and decisions made and there we were.

There were a few requests Pete had; he didn’t want to wear a tie, he wanted ‘Pedro’ (his nickname) on the wedding invite tea towels and he thought we should have long trestle tables for dining and not round formal tables.

I knew I wanted to wear a wedding dress with colour so was happy to support the no tie and nickname ideas – ultimately we wanted it to be about us and our personalities and while some people were initially surprised.

In the end it was the most beautiful day ever.

Any special touches/DIY?

My clever Mum does cross stitching so offered to make us name tags and we used our guest’s nicknames (despite my Dad saying it wasn’t ‘proper’!) o

Our venue commented that they didn’t remember ever having so few name tags abandoned on tables!

We also made the Ocean Colour Scene table plan – a gift for my new husband as they’re his favourite band.

I contemplated ordering a stylish arty one but decided that the personal touches are the most important memorable touches.

My mother in law and her friends did the flowers – and one of my favourite displays was in a copper kettle that was a present my grandparents received on their engagement 80 years before.

What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?

All colours! I wanted all coloured flowers – like a mad explosions of colours and textures.  My Mum in law got my vision and grew an abundance of dahlias!

My bridesmaids wore simple grey Mykonos Rewritten dresses, and with my orange dip dyed dress, the flowers really stood out.

We also had an epic brightly coloured balloon installation as I love balloons!

What was the best bit of your day?

The whole day was just amazing, but I would say our ceremony as it was just beautiful.

It bucketed rain as I walked in, we could hear thunder throughout, then it rained as we walked out – but none of it seemed to matter when we were standing doing our vows.

The 30 minute drive in the campervan on the way to the reception was great. You read that it is important to take a bit of time just the 2 of you, and actually, it is important.

This felt like a super exciting time; newly married and with ALL the excitement of the reception still to come!

What advice would you give to other couples getting married?

Do things the way you want! For our colourful Sussex wedding we had a small ceremony and reception, about 60 people and another 60 in the evening.

It meant we didn’t invite lots of extended family in the day, but did have all the people that impact our lives on a regular basis.

It also meant we could spend more on those people so the banquet that we wanted (no everyone having the same thing!) and wine that we choose, and lots of it!

People might not agree with your choices, but on the day, everyone loves you and will love your day!


Wedding Suppliers

Venue –  St. Michaels and all Angel’s Church – Withyham and The Bell – Ticehurst

Photographer – Helen England Photography

Wedding Dress – Lucy Can’t Dance

Bridesmaid Gowns –  Rewritten from Rock the Frock – Essex

Cake Maker – Choccywoochydoodah (for out chocolate fix) and a clever friend made the brightly, coloured fruit cake

Florist – Mother in Law and friends

Rings –  E.H. Warford – Bexhill-on-Sea (They sourced me a 22 carat pre-loved ring to match my engagement ring – and engraved it for me.)

Stationery – The original Wedding Tea Towels.

Make up – Hannah at Definitions Hair and Beauty – Hailsham

Hair – by a family friend


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Website – https://helenenglandphotography.co.uk/

Email – helen@helenenglandphotography.co.uk

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