Nautical and nice

Blue set the tone for Hannah and Glyn's nuptials on 19th May, 2012

Hannah Horsfall and Glyn Thomas met when they were just sweet 16. “We became acquainted when my cousin Joe brought his friend Glyn along for a drink in Lewes. It was instant attraction – he was tall, dark and handsome and, the rest, as they say, is history!” explains Hannah.

Glyn proposed during the August bank holiday in 2011. “After I'd bought the engagement ring I drove straight to Hannah's parents' house and asked the question that petrifies most men!” reveals Glyn. “That weekend, while Hannah and I were on a camping holiday in Guernsey, we enjoyed a lovely meal and afterwards took a stroll past Castle Cornet in St Peter Port to the lighthouse at the end of the pier, where I got down on one knee.”

When the couple arrived back home, they started to plan their wedding and used their engagement as inspiration for their nautical-themed nuptials. Read on for Hannah's account of the big day.

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We tied the knot at the Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Fletching. It was always one of Glyn's dreams to get married there as he used to live next door.


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We fell in love with Barcombe Village Hall as it's surrounded by beautiful countryside. Our friends and family helped us decorate it the day before our wedding.


Nautical and nice: Image 3aI absolutely adored the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress. As soon as I saw a similar design online by Kitty & Dulcie I knew it was the one.

Nautical and nice: Image 3 My best friend Zara was my bridesmaid. She wore a knee-length royal blue prom-style dress from John Lewis with matching Kurt Geiger shoes and a grey bolero from Phase Eight. Her son Aron was one of our pageboys, along with our nephew Kristian.


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I accessorised with a hair comb which was given to me by my great grandmother.


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“All the groomsmen wore suits from Moss in light grey. I wore a Chelsea blue tie and pocket piece as a way of showing I'm an avid supporter of the football team!” – Glyn


Nautical and nice: Image 6a“Each of the ushers wore a superhero model buttonhole made by my mum Yvonne.” – Glyn

Nautical and nice: Image 6 My dad drove me to the church in his 1934 Ford.


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Jill, a friend of my parents, made the bouquets as well as all of our floral arrangements, which we gave to guests after the wedding.


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We arrived at our reception in a bright yellow 1933 Ford Y-Type model.


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My uncle's band Newick Folk played some lively music during the drinks reception.


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Our mums hand-painted guests' names onto pebbles for the place names.


Nautical and nice: Image 11aOur table names were named after places in Guernsey and Herm.

Nautical and nice: Image 11 My mum Gloria was a graphic designer and is now a botanical artist. She painted a watercolour picture of the lighthouse in Guernsey where we got engaged and printed it onto the stationery.


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The wedding breakfast was delicious – we chose antipasti for the starter, platters of quiche, roast beef and ham, potatoes, couscous and salad for the main, followed by strawberries and cream for pudding.


Nautical and nice: Image 13aMy dad, Glyn and his best man all made speeches. At one point Glyn presented my dad with three wooden camels as a joke, as my dad was once offered this by a man in exchange for my hand when I was running an Arabic conference.

Nautical and nice: Image 13 “My mum is known for her cakes and together we created a four-tier creation as a surprise for Hannah.” – Glyn


Nautical and nice: Image 14aOur favours were mini honey jars given to us from a friend who works as a beekeeper in Newick.

Nautical and nice: Image 14 In the evening DJ Darren Beal got our guests up on the dancefloor – he played everything from rock'n'roll to pop tunes.


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Our first dance was to L.O.V.E by Nat King Cole. We performed a surprise routine – it was such good fun.


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One of my favourite moments was leaving the reception to the DJ playing Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight by The Spaniels. We said our goodbyes and, as we walked to the taxi, our pathway was lit up with candle bags.


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We went to Crete for our honeymoon. It was great to relax and reflect back on the big day.


Hannah and Glyn's contact book

Newick Folk

Bride's dress
Kitty & Dulcie

Bridesmaid's dress
John Lewis

Simon W Desmond Chef Services
Tel: 07957 562 980

Darren Beal

Groom's suit

Hair stylist
Sharon Wilson Hairdressers
Tel: 01825 722 989

Laura Sheppard Photography

Miles Wholey
Tel: 01435 872 224


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