An “accidental” engagement after a long distance relationship leads to a big gay rockabilly bandstand 1950’s seaside theme wedding. What a story!
“We knew that we wanted to be together for the rest of our lives but we didn’t mean to get engaged, it just kind of happened when shopping one afternoon we stumbled across the rings we both wanted so we bought them and then once we’d left the shop turned to each other and said ‘I think that means we’re engaged!”
“I (Anna) had an idea on the type of dress I wanted, so the 1950’s inspired seaside fun theme evolved from there. We went majorly down the DIY route and roped in a lot of friends and family too! We would recommend this to save costs and it also made it loads of fun. Our friends from soul choir sang three songs at the ceremony, the bunting was sewn by a friend and all our table decorations were made by our friends who work in the creative/fashion industry and spent hours making windmills, buying buckets & spades and sourcing plastic sea creatures for the table centre piece! Our cake was made by Anna’s sister, the two cars were provided by Katie’s uncle, invites were designed by a friend, the order of service was designed by another friend, our caricature seating plan was drawn by our best man, flowers were arranged by another friend and we made all the favours ourselves (old fashioned sweets in sweet bags with a heart)”
“As we had decided on the 50’s theme, Anna designed the dress herself which was loosely based on the dress Audrey Hepburn wore in ‘Funny Face’! She also wore a veil that was handmade by local Brighton based dressmaker Jill Nina Burt. Anna’s shoes were by Irregular Choice and Anna also wore some red glitter Vans for the rest of the day. Katie’s high waisted wide-leg trouser, halter neck and bolero combo fitted the theme perfectly, especially as she didn’t want to wear a dress, but still wanted a feminine look. Katie’s outfit was bought from Vivien of Holloway and she topped it off silver glitter Vans.”
“The ceremony was held on Brighton Bandstand – We didn’t want to have our civil partnership in the town hall or any other licensed venue/hotel. We cycled past the bandstand daily, and thought it was stunning and right by the sea, so it was the perfect place for us to ‘tie the knot’ – although it was a risk weather wise! We also knew we wanted a seafront venue, but it needed to be big enough for our evening do and casual enough to not feel too stuffy. Brighton Music Hall was funky, relaxed and offered a Great British Seaside menu: Cherry Tomato Soup or Prawn Cocktail, Bangers & Mash or Fish and Chips, followed by Knickerbocker Glory or Spotted Dick. We offered a welcome drink of Pimms for our guests, half a bottle of wine with dinner, bubbly for toasts and coffee. All were included in the reasonable price per head. It was delicious as well as the perfect location – so ticked a lot boxes for us.”
“Don’t scrimp on the photographer, make sure your speeches are videoed, create a day that you want (don’t be led by others telling you what you should/ shouldn’t do), rope your talented mates in to help and do as much of the easy stuff (favours, decor etc) as you can – it really was so much fun creating everything!”
Photographer: Shotgun Weddings | Attire: Irregular Choice + Vivien Of Holloway + Petticoasts Aplenty | Cake: Anna’s sister | Catering: Brighton Music Hall | Entertainment: The Earthquakes | Favours: DIY | Flowers: Friend | Hair + make-up: Fran Carter | Jewellery: Jewel Thief Gallery | Officiant: Local Brighton Official | Stationery: DIY | Styling / Decorations + Props hire: Friend | Sweets: DIY | Venue: Brighton Bandstand (Ceremony) + Brighton Music Hall (Reception)