Your Sussex Wedding - June/July 2022 (Issue 97)

Following an unsuccessful date in London a disheartened Becca wiled away the journey home by scrolling through Tinder. Some might argue that this was destiny, as if she’d waited until she was at home she wouldn’t have been in the same location radius as Jack and they might never have been matched. They got in touch and spent days chatting over WhatsApp before exchanging phone calls. “We knew at this point we had lots in common and the biggest tick of all was that we made each other laugh,” Becca remembers. They met in Crawley for their first date where, having bonded over their Nandos order, they moved on to bowling and shots at the pub – the rest, as they say, is history. Jack proposed in 2019, while in Dublin on a city break. As they walked through Iveagh Gardens, they stopped by a waterfall to take photos and Jack went down on one knee. Despite getting the ring box stuck in his pocket, he eventually managed to produce it and pop the question. “We spent the rest of the three-day trip with the biggest smiles on our faces,” Becca says. Read on as the newlyweds tells us more about their big day... LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION Two weeks after becoming engaged, super-organised Becca was determined to secure a venue and date for a summer 2021 wedding. With her being a teacher, their dates were limited. Armed with a list of venue must-haves they started to look at locations and found the Yoghurt Rooms. “We knew it was the one for us, its relaxed vibe was exactly what we were searching for. It offered accommodation for around 30 guests, which we could have for two nights and there was unlimited capacity for the rest of the wedding party,” Becca explains. What’s more, the Yoghurt Rooms had just been granted planning permission for a bandstand to be built to hold licensed ceremonies, which was completed in 2020 and was where the couple said “I do.” SETTING THE SCENE With a bright Mexican-inspired palette the venue styling was bold and joyful. Favours were packets of chilli seeds, which doubled as place names and tied in thematically with the Mexican wedding breakfast of tacos. The couple’s vision was for an informal wedding, so the DIY nature of the feast really worked to bring everyone together. Chicken nuggets, sausage rolls and mozzarella dippers were served as canapés – the most Becca-and-Jack thing ever, we’re told! Centrepieces featured gin bottles containing fairylights and tall taper candles in bright colours. Fairylights were also woven through the centre of the tables and coloured napkins completed the look. Flowers were arranged in coloured jam jars, with florist Bella of Arabella Floral hitting the bright and Mexican-style brief perfectly. Bright florals also decorated the big-day bake, which was also designed to complement the vibrant theme. Further bold and beautiful décor included colourful pom poms, dreamcatchers, macramé, and Mexican die-cut paper bunting. We particularly love the flower- and ribbon-adorned backdrop with ‘The Teagues’ neon sign. LOOKING THE PART Gorgeous Becca wore Charlene by Maggie Sottero. She saw the dress online and found a stockist in Tunbridge Wells, which she visited with her mum to try it on. It was the one! “As a slightly curvier REAL WEDDINGS 29