The perfect occasion
An Eastbourne bride talks to Charlotte Pearson about her big day and how she wouldn’t have changed a thing.
Picking the right venue for your wedding is one of a number of important decisions relating to the big day you have to make.
It provides the backdrop for the special event and is somewhere you will spend a great deal of time.
Ellie Hunt, nee Webb, married Oliver on May 21, 2016, at the East Sussex National Hotel – a venue they both fell in love with.
“We had looked at quite a few in Eastbourne before this one,” Ellie reveals. “But I didn’t really like the decor of any of them.
“When we walked into the East Sussex I loved everything about it, from the chandeliers to the big glass windows.”
The couple have been together for five years and were engaged for two-and-a-half.
Oliver proposed on Christmas morning 2013 while the pair were away on holiday.
“We were in Florida and it was a complete shock,” smiles Ellie. “He had had the ring for a couple of months hidden in his sock drawer.
“I knew he wanted to get married eventually but I had no idea he was going to do it, I couldn’t believe it when he asked me.”
When planning the wedding, the pair visited wedding fairs to get an idea of what they did and didn’t like.
However, Ellie admits many of they suppliers seemed to fit together quite nicely through recommendations.
“We would meet one person who would recommend another and it grew from there really,” she explains. “The only thing we did struggle with initially was finding a photographer.”
After a recommendation from a friend they picked Jason Fry Photography.
“He works with his wife so you get two photographers,” says Ellie. “We loved their style and the package they put together.
“We did an engagement shoot and he really made us feel at ease, which really helped on the day.
“Since the wedding we have received our photos and we absolutely love them.”
The bridesmaid dresses were bought from a shop in Croydon and were made to measure. The only stipulation for Ellie was that they came in blue and she was thrilled at how each of the dresses fit the bridesmaids perfectly.
For her own dress, it was spotted while she was out shopping for her mum’s wedding dress.
“My mum got married six months before me,” reveals Ellie. “I had seen the dress I wanted online so I knew exactly the style I wanted, but as we were shopping for my mum I wanted it to be all about her so didn’t want to try it on.”
But after much persuading Ellie slipped into the dress and knew she had found ‘the one’.
“I went to other shops and tried on other dresses but they didn’t feel the same,” she smiles. “I knew it was the dress for me.”
She admits that ordering the dress two years before the wedding did make her feel a little worried but thankfully after just one fitting she still loved it.
So what advice would Ellie give to any brides-to-be?
“You always think of the bigs things you need to book but little things like invites, save the dates, the table plan and table numbers we kind of left last minute,” she reveals. “We did the plan and numbers a few weeks before.
“Luckily we had a friend who designed it for us. At first we had this plan that we would do our numbers by going to Hobbycraft and painting them ourselves, but we aren’t crafty and just ran out of time.”
The cake had four tiers made up of Victoria sponge, chocolate, lemon and a fruit cake on top and was made by Ellie’s step-dad’s daughter.
For entertainment they opted for a magician in the day and in the evening singer Tom Fitzpatrick.
“He is a crooner and Michael Buble act,” says Ellie. “I love Michael Buble and we saw Tom perform at Eastbourne bandstand, I really loved his performance so we booked him for the wedding.”
Ellie and Oliver jetted away to Florida after the wedding, but their honeymoon will be a cruise around the Hawaiian islands in spring.
So, looking back would she change anything?
“No,” she smiles. “It went by so fast that it is sometimes hard to take everything in but everything went really well and I wouldn’t change anything at all.”
Venue: The East Sussex National Hotel, Uckfield
Best man: Tristan
Bridesmaids: Lottie, Kimberley, Leanna, Georgie, Danielle and Cassy
Flowers: Infusion Flowers, Uckfield
Cake: Frosting Cake Craft
Wedding dress: Exquisite You, Seaford
Bridesmaid dresses: Sexy Her, Croydon
Entertainment: Singer Tom Fitzpatrick and magician Kevin Morton
Hair and makeup: Friends, Aimee and Danielle
Candy Cart: Paperlane
Stationery: From the internet and also assisted by Kimberley Rose Designs
Walked down the aisle: Canon in D – Pachabel
Ceremony: Bruno Mars – Just the way you are
Christina Perri – Thousand Years (instrumental)
First dance: Ed Sheeran – Thinking out Loud
Pictures: Jason Fry Photography – www.jasonfryphotography.com
September 22, 2016 Culture and Events