The magical twinkle of fairy lights in a beautifully rustic venue was just what this couple wanted for their country wedding, our WED2B Real Weddings Sussex feature reveals more:
Becki and Rob were both sports coaches at Chichester College when they met. “Rob asked me out on a date and it went from there!” Becki says.
A couple of years later, on Becki’s birthday, Rob surprised her with a proposal. “He proposed to me at home, just the two of us. This was perfect for me as I’m not into public displays of affection!” Becki arrived home to find the house scattered with rose petals, “I was expecting a birthday present but he had an engagement ring!”
The perfect oyster dress
Becki wore the Mischa dress by Viva Bride. Becki tried on a total of 6 dresses, all of which were ivory apart from Mischa, which she’d picked up in oyster. “The other 5 gowns were beautiful but they didn’t feel quite right. As soon as I tried on Mischa, it felt perfect for me.” Becki loved the intricate embroidery and glamorous crossover back feature. “It’s gorgeous,” she says, “When I showed my maid of honour and she cried, I knew it was the one!”
Becki visited WED2B’s Brighton bridal store. “One of my bridesmaids suggested WED2B and it was the first, and only, store I went to!” she says, “The staff were very helpful and let me take my time, suggesting other styles the dresses could be worn in, showing me accessories and veils that would match my dress. They made me feel very special.”
Rustic barnyard setting
The couple chose Long Furlong Barn in South Downs National Park as their wedding venue. “As soon as I saw the venue, I knew it would be perfect for our day.” The venue is a refurbished grain store sat in the heart of the beautiful Sussex countryside.
Becki loves all things magical, so when she saw that the rafters were already decorated with delicate twinkly lights, she could picture her country wedding there perfectly.
A magical country wedding
The wedding ceremony took place in the barn and they were married by a family friend. Becki’s dad walked her down the aisle to “Fort of the Fairy Queen”, an Irish song. “This was a nod to my Irish ancestry”.
With the ceremony over, everyone moved to the courtyard outside the barns for a drink reception. The photographer then took the couple off for a romantic photo shoot in the “Secret Garden”. The perfect backdrop for their country wedding.
Is This Love by Whitesnake was the Becki and Rob’s first dance song, and after this, the party began! One of the most entertaining parts of the evening was the DJ-ing. The couple had each of the guests try at being the DJ! “Seeing Rob’s elderly grandmother with her headphones on behind the decks is a very memorable moment!
A twist of magic theme
The theme for their big day was rustic with a twist of magic. “We had fairy lights, blue wall uplighters and twisted witch hazel with tealight lanterns,” Becki says. Decorations on the table included impressive silver candelabras, silver apple and toadstools and the name place cards were styled as keys.
For favours, Becki’s mum created Alice in Wonderland style silver and blue sweet boxes with little tags such as “eat me”.
A few more to inspire you…
If you love the show-stopping Mischa just like Becki, we think you’ll also want to take a look at Henrietta, Jenna and Evangeline. These dresses are all flattering fishtails, each with beautiful lace designs.
Photography credit: Kris Karl