Your Sussex Wedding - June/July 2024 (Issue 109)

Sasha and Ted’s big-day theme was inspired by a Sussex, countryside garden Images courtesy of Will Stedman Photography FROM SUSSEX with love Sasha and Ted’s story is a modern romance having met on Tinder back in 2016. Sasha had just moved back to her parents’ in Eastbourne after university, and Ted was working in Lewes. “I will admit, it was the photo of Ted with his family’s boxer dog, Bruce, that made me think he seemed like a really nice guy,” Sasha shares. They went for their first date at a local country pub and hit it off right away, soon discovering a similar sense of humour and shared family values. Ted popped the question during a staycation in Wales as they stood next to the beautiful Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall with their dachshund, Derek. “It was a stunning setting and I loved that we were just in our walking gear – very us,” Sasha remembers. She did confess to having a slight inkling that a proposal might be on the cards, and had her nails done for the trip, just in case! The couple already had a church ceremony in mind, and knew it had to be somewhere in Sussex. Ted’s family had lived in Buxted, and Ted had played for the town’s football team for most of his life. They loved how beautiful the historical church there was and received a wonderfully warm welcome from its congregation. Hendall Manor Barns was chosen for the ensuing celebrations and was actually the first venue they viewed. “We fell in love with it straight away,” Sasha explains. “We forced ourselves to look elsewhere just to prove it really was the one. But it was so peaceful and beautiful there, and we instantly felt in good hands with the owners.” So, nowhere else came close for them, and they booked their date – 17th June 2023. Read on as Sasha tells us more... 38