Real Fabulous Weddings: Rachel & Richard’s Seaside Chic Wedding

by Mel Lazarus

Boy, have we got a treat in store for you this month… Rachel & Richard’s colourful, elegant wedding – where Rustic Chic met Victorian Seaside Splendour.


They were keen to reflect their love of the Ocean in their day –  having met whilst working in Sydney, Australia and doing their Scuba Dive Masters in Thailand together.


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Rachel & Richard opted for a quirky and elegant wedding ceremony by the sea at Brighton Bandstand, famous for its stunning ornate Victorian architecture.


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The couple then rode their jaunty VW Camper Van “Peanut” to the reception venue at Nymans Gardens, Handcross – a 20th Century National Trust gardens, set amidst the romantic ruins of a fairytale gothic mansion, complete with very fabulous wedding teepee.


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The Milestones of Motown, Disco, Funk & Soul entertained them & their guests and had the dancefloor thronging all night. Even Rachel’s mother (who claims not to have danced for about 40 years) was up on her feet!


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Rachel & Richard sent us this lovely note after the Big Day…




Party on, Rachel & Richard, and congratulations to you both! Xx


Wedding details:

Photographer: Nigel Lees Photography
Ceremony venue: Brighton Bandstand
Reception venue: Nymans Gardens, Handcross
Bride’s entrance song: All I Want Is You by Barry Louis Polisar
Wedding band: The Milestones
First dance: Walking on a Dream by Empire of the Sun
Last dance: Kids by MGMT
Bride’s dress: Genevieve by Claire Pettibone
Groom’s outfit: Gresham Blake, Brighton