Your Sussex Wedding - February/March 2024 (Issue 107)

My dad and I travelled to the venue in a beautiful old Beauford. It was then that suddenly everything felt real. Kieron wore a navy suit with black trim, white shirt and bow tie. The groomsmen had dark green bow ties to match the bridesmaids’ dresses and their buttonholes were a little different to Kieron’s. Soon after they met online Katie and Kieron set up their first date. When they met at a local pub there was an instant attraction, neither could stop smiling and both knew this felt different. Kieron proposed on a steam train travelling through Snowdonia. The two had just taken a selfie when Kieron got down on one knee. He’d been pretty quiet all morning, so Katie had force fed him a Freddo thinking he was hungry, but it turned out he was just nervous. He’d had the the ring made bespoke in The Lanes to the exact design Katie had showed him in hopes he’d ask one day. When the couple viewed The Sussex Barn Hellingly they fell in love with its relaxed nature. They’d pictured a rustic barn feel for their day and the venue was exactly what they had in mind. “It felt intimate but big enough for our 120 guests including the evening reception,” Katie explains. “It’s also close to where we live, which was ideal.” So, the date was set for 16th September, 2023. Read on as we find out more... My bridesmaids were dressed in dark green wrap gowns and each wore it off the shoulder giving them a beautiful Grecian vibe. I found my perfect dress at Fross Wedding Collections in Uckfield. It was an ex-sample so it needed altering, but I loved the dainty straps and floral appliqués. It was A-line but still fairly fitted. I bought some dried grass hair clips that matched Kieron’s buttonhole, and had Hollywood waves in my hair. I loved what my hair stylist did, so I didn’t want to hide it with a veil. 38