10 years after these teenage sweethearts met, they celebrated their romantic day with a beautiful church ceremony. Our WED2B Real Weddings Brighton feature reveals more:
Molly and Rob met each other when they were just 12 years old. “We were just friends for a year, and then got together ‘officially’ when we were 13”. People didn’t think the teenage romance would last long, but over the years they grew closer and closer. “It’s now nearly 10 years later, and we’re married!”
Molly had no idea that Rob was going to propose when they had booked a day at Sandown Racecourse followed by a Bryan Adams concert. “He was acting a bit strange but I thought nothing of it. I realise now he was trying to make sure I didn’t feel his pocket!” Molly says.
Bryan Adams was the first ever concert Molly had gone to when they were younger. Being up on her feet all day, Molly was getting achy feet and said she was going to sit down for a while. “Rob quickly said I couldn’t, that I had to wait for 4 more songs. He had memorised the set list to make sure he knew when the right song was on”! When the song Heaven started, Rob told Molly how much he loved her and got down on one knee at the most romantic moment in the song.
“After years and years of waiting to be old enough, this was it! He did it in front of his entire family and thousands of concert goers, it was amazing… of course I said yes!”
The perfect blush dress
Molly wore Maddie by Viva Bride. During her second trip to the store, after trying on lots of other dresses, Molly’s mum spotted Maddie in the display window. “I put it on, and even before it was done up I was in love with it,” she says. “I loved that it was sparkly, but not too over the top!”
After starting to feel like she would never find “the one” and settle for something she just liked Maddie came along. “It was perfect!” Molly says, “funnily, I had tried the same dress on in Ivory and dismissed it, but trying the Blush one on, I just knew!”
Molly accessorised her look with the beautiful Angel veil. She loved the delicate scalloped edging and the teardrop beads.
Molly visited WED2B’s Brighton store. “When I got my dress, the experience was great! The woman who helped me was so patient, I didn’t feel rushed or pressured at all.”
Traditional church ceremony
Molly and Rob had a beautiful ceremony at Heathfield Chapel, locally known as ‘The White Chapel’. “Rob was really sweet, church definitely isn’t his ‘thing’ but he knew it was important to me”. The chapel was the same as where Molly’s parents has married 25 years before and where her Grandad was a pastor for a long time.
The minister from Molly’s first church was there to conduct the ceremony, “he was very special to me”, and a family friend delivered the messages and did the traditional 1 Corinthians reading. She says, “he made the reading so personal to us, it was lovely”.
Molly’s dad walked her down the aisle. After a few practices before the big day, Molly was still unable to keep her eyes dry the moment she was her husband-to-be waiting for her. “It was a very special moment”.
A beautiful stately home garden
The couple had originally booked a small village hall to host their wedding reception. However, when family friends who owned a stately home found out, they insisted the couple use their gardens for the reception. “We were amazingly blessed with our venue! It is absolutely stunning and only 5 minutes away from the chapel we married in”.
Once the ceremony was over, everyone headed over to the second venue for drinks and canapes around 3pm. Food served towards the evening was a tasty hogroast, followed by speeches and then dessert.
Once the food portion of the evening was over, the couple introduced a fantastic soul band called Saviours of Soul to the guests. Everyone had a good time dancing. “We had our first dance at around half 7”. They danced to their proposal song ‘Heaven’ by Bryan Adams, “it couldn’t not be!” Molly says, “we had others slow dance around us as we wanted to include everyone, mine and Rob’s parents danced next to us”.
The couple were lucky to have Molly’s mum make their beautiful 4 tier naked wedding cake. “The bottom, and biggest, layer was carrot cake with cream cheese – my favourite!” Molly says. Molly’s mum also created a ‘cheese cake’ – lot’s of cheese stacked up just like a real cake – for Rob as he loves cheese and biscuits.
The cutting of the cake happened after the first dance. “Rob sliced through every layer with a hunting knife!”
A personal wedding theme
Rather than having a specific theme like “rustic” or “vintage”, Molly and Rob had a very personal theme. “Rob was very laid back about the theme and let me do whatever I wanted to,” therefore this Real Weddings Brighton was filled with all of Molly’s favourite things! Lots of pastel colours, rose gold, twinkly fairy lights, candles and flowers were dotted all over the venue. “It was very pretty and girly,” Molly says.
They had a big marquee outside for the guests, and they filled it with lanterns, twinkly lights, and shimmery pink and rose gold discs that glittered off the ceiling. Other than these delicate decorations, lots of the other main features were handmade by family. “My dad made a bar out of wooden pallets, and we also had pallets as tables for drinks,” says Molly, “we also used wood for our centrepieces and made personalised discs for favours”.
After designing and creating almost every aspect of the wedding decor, the couple family then spent around days setting everything up, with Molly even checking everything was just perfect on the morning of the big day!
Molly’s top tips
Molly wouldn’t change a thing about her big day, but she does have a couple of top tips for other brides-to-be. “Be organized by writing everything down, that way you don’t lose track of anything! Also don’t let things get too stressful, the day is about you and your future husband – just do what you two want!”
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Photography credit: Agata Carolina Photography