A pretty handcrafted Sussex Wedding with grey details and a rustic flair

Today I am delighted to share this pretty handcrafted Sussex Wedding with grey details and a rustic flair.

Images were captured by Joanna Cleeve Photography.

Joanna says of the couples day…


While weddings can often be big glamorous events, associated with lots of grandeur and formality, it’s also nice to add a quaint country touch to your day, and this was certainly the case at Freddie and Ben’s wedding last July.

Taking place at St. Mary the Virgin, Barnham, Freddie wore a beautiful sweet heart wedding gown as she entered the church for her’s and Ben’s exchanging of vows.

After an intimate ceremony, the wedding party enjoyed a mix of couple and group photos before heading to a private residence in Birdham for their marquee reception.

Here, everyone was entertained by the laughter filled speeches before digging into a delicious wedding breakfast.

Following this was the cutting of the beautiful cake and Freddie and Ben’s romantic first dance.


I hand over to stunning Bride Friday to share her story…


How did you meet?

We met while studying at Chichester College back in 2007 a mutual friend of ours introduced us together and we’ve been dating since!

Tell us about the engagement...

We were going over to Holland visiting family and also to have a weeks break in the sun in  summer 2015 when Ben decided he wanted to take a romantic walk away from the family and to “spend” some time alone.

We walked along this beautifully quiet river nearby his uncles house where then he got down on one knee and proposed!

We then had a big family BBQ celebration in the evening.

Tell us about your wedding planning journey…

We set our wedding date after we had our engagement party back in the UK and had a total of 2 years to organise our dream wedding.

We tried to do as much of the finer details ourselves such as, all flower arranging, button holes, church flowers & bouquets also all the table decorations, save the dates & wedding invites were made by hand.

We had such fun making everything unique and personal to us & the whole thing felt stressful considering we took on a lot of work ourselves.

What was the theme/colour palette of your big day?

I loved grey & silver at the time of picking colours and I felt they complemented each other & my bridesmaids although now I feel these colours are a popular choice.

What was the best bit of your day?

I thought the ceremony would be my least favourite part of the day as I was so nervous the thought of walking down the aisle and saying my vows in front of a hundred people but actually we both agreed this was by far the most memorable, relaxed and beautiful service we could of hoped for so this would be our best part of the day.

What advice would you give to other couples getting married?

I think time and organisation is key to a smoothly run wedding, give yourself plenty of time to organise the most important bits of the day and the rest will fall into place.


Wedding Suppliers

Photographer – Joanna Cleeve Photography

Reception Venue – Private Residence

Dress –  Art Couture from Eva Rose Bridal.

Bridesmaid – Eternity  from Eva Rose Bridal

Suit Hire – Moss Bros

Cake maker – Baked by Becca 

Florist – Brought from a wholesalers arrangements made by myself

Rings – Amoeba Jewellers – Chichester


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