Your Sussex Wedding - October/November 2023 (Issue 105)

first swipe Lucy and Daniel incorporated heaps of personal touches into their big day to show guests how much they were appreciated Images courtesy of Dominic Smith Photography Thank goodness we swiped right!” says bride Lucy. She met Daniel on Tinder after her best friend insisted she sign up. It was actually she who swiped right for Dan as Lucy didn’t think he was her type on paper. The pair met up for their first date in Shoreham in 2017 and by the July had moved in together. “We were the perfect match. He’s calm, funny and thoughtful. I’m slightly less calm, but much funnier!” Lucy says. When the time came, Dan chose a special moment and place to pop the question. He’d booked a table for the two of them at The Grand Brighton. “It’s our place,” Lucy says. “Every Christmas we go there and have our photo taken by the tree. It holds such special memories for us.” Little did she know while posing for their picture this time, Dan had arranged to have it filmed as he got down on one knee. “I cried,” says Lucy. “A lot!” Southwater Church was Dan’s choice of ceremony venue as it has such a strong connection to his family. Meanwhile, Cottesmore Hotel Golf and Country Club seemed to be the perfect reception space as there was so much potential for the couple’s decorative vision. “We wanted somewhere our family and friends could stay too, so we could all have breakfast together the day after,” Lucy explains. The date was set for 13th May, 2023. Read on as the bride tells us all about it... “ LOVE AT 39 REAL WEDDINGS