A Rainy and fun Sussex Wedding with elements of Cornflower blue, DIY and a tree theme

Today I am thrilled to share a gorgeous rainy and fun Sussex Wedding with elements of Cornflower blue, DIY and a tree theme.

Images were captured by Zest Photography.

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Zest Photography are hubby and wife team – Rod and Julie Davies who have been full time wedding pros since 2005, and have captured over 800 weddings all over the UK and Europe.


They say of the couples Sussex wedding day…


We met Maya and James at a wedding fayre and instantly knew that we would get on.

Their Wedding day was cold, windy and very wet with nowhere to shelter for the service.

Seeing all of the guests hiding under umbrellas sitting on seats outside whilst the rain beat down in the middle of a fabulous National Trust setting was just so funny – but everyone was in high spirits and giggling like children while we all waited for Maya to arrive.

In fact there were so many umbrellas that no one really got that wet other than Julie who was soaked.

Bride Maya says of the couples day…

How did you meet?

We met on Tumblr in 2011! I had a blog on tattoos and nature and James had a blog on gaming and tattoos.

James messaged me saying one day he would be proud to have a girl like me on his arm and we started talking.

We skype dated for a few months then decided to actually meet up.

I drove up from Brighton to Birmingham and that was that! We moved in together after a few months and the rest is history.

Tell us about the Proposal…

On our four year anniversary we went out for dinner (sushi) and then drove to one of our favourite spots in Brighton (Devils Dyke).

We sat watching the sunset and James turned to me and asked me to marry him.

He proposed with two rings! One he had bought for me and the other belonged to my Nana who had passed away; my parents gave it to him when he asked their permission (old school style!).

Tell us about your wedding planning journey…

We planned our Sussex wedding over the course of two years.

All we knew is that we wanted it outside and to feel like us. It was pretty plain sailing to be honest.

We viewed three venues and fell in love with the third because it actually allowed us to get married outside as the rules in England are pretty annoying.

The other two venues would have meant getting officially married before with a ceremony on the day.

Any special touches/DIY?

We did quite a lot of DIY and thrifting!

All of our signs were done by myself and a bridesmaid. We bought the chalk boards from the pound shop and then just used Posca pens.

The seating plan was just an old wooden board painted with chalkboard paint and again using the pens to add the info.

Another favourite from the wedding which wasn’t DIY was our favours. We found a local pyrography artist who made key rings from tree cuttings.

On one side was a leaf which matched the table (All of our tables were named after trees) and the other side was the guests name; this meant that they doubled up as place cards and people actually took them!

Our wedding cake was gifted by a friend as well.

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

There wasn’t really a specific colour scheme although it ended up being cornflower blue as our bridesmaid dresses were that colour.

What was the best bit of your day?

Seeing James for the first time as I walked down the aisle. I honestly wish you could bottle that feeling.

What advice would you give to other couples getting married?

This would have been said a million times before but a) it is your wedding; plan it for yourself not for others and b) make sure you take moments in the day with your new husband/wife to just really enjoy the day.


Sussex Wedding Suppliers

Venue – Nymans Gardens – West Sussex

Photographer – Zest Photography 

Wedding Dress – Oleg Cassini – Davids Bridal (only £185!)

Bridesmaid Gowns – Warehouse (in the sale)

Suit – SC Menswear (East Street Arcade – Brighton)

Cake Maker – Val Bishop (friend of family)

Florist – Kate Langdale Florist

Rings Maya’s (Etsy) and James (The Great Frog)

Stylist/Wedding Planner – Sophie Sheriff (at Nymans) and my mum.

Stationery – Hobbycraft

Hair/MUA – Monica Cortes Hair / Sam Church (Maya) and AONO (James)


To Contact Zest Photography

Website – http://weddingsbyzest.co.uk/

Email – info@weddingsbyzest.co.uk

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