Fran and Tom’s bright and fun real wedding appears in our current issue but I wanted to feature it on the blog too to showcase more of their fabulous photos (by Olivia Judah). It’s also an opportunity to hear from Fran about the planning that went into their two-day wedding..
Q. What was the theme/style for your big day?
A. The style for the day was colourful and relaxed. Having both grown up in Worthing, the town was an important element of our day, having our ceremony at the Town hall and part one of our wedding reception at the iconic Worthing Pier. There was touch of a seaside theme, with painted pebbles for name places and the table names were all old vintage postcards, from Brighton Pier to Ferring Beach and Whitby Bay for the Northern relatives! I wanted the wedding to be bright and fun. We had lots of bright flowers, painted pebbles and 70s brandy glasses for decoration. The feature colour was gold, which I love, we had gold orb balloons and my shoes were gold!
Q. What was most important to you when it came to tying the knot/celebrating your marriage?
A. Celebrating our love, being surrounded by all the people we love most. Eating, drinking and lots of dancing!
Q. How did you choose your venue and suppliers?
A. I was a very lucky bride, I had my own unofficial wedding planner, my Step-Mum Jayne (of Sacco and Sacco Photography) she is a wedding photographer, so as soon as we agreed a date, she already had lots of suppliers in mind. Initially I wasn’t sure about the venue for the ceremony, I then heard that the town hall were starting to hold ceremonies in their council chambers. That was it decided immediately, the town hall is a 1930s building, a little bit different and the council chambers gave us an intimate feel for our 30-odd guests.
We had a two-day wedding; my husband didn’t want a big ceremony so we compromised. Day one was a small wedding ceremony and reception. For the wedding reception we wanted somewhere intimate for our 30 odd guests, we love the pier but the main room is used for large functions. So instead we had a smaller room on the pier which looks back across the coastline of Worthing, the sky was amazing that day and look out over our home town made it the perfect venue.
Day two venue was St Paul’s in Worthing – this venue is amazing! It’s beautiful and feels special as soon as you walk through the door, having everyone all in one space created such a wonderful atmosphere.
Choosing our photographer, I was guided by my Step-Mum on this one, being a wedding photographer she knows how important it is to have the right person capturing your day. Olivia was a clear choice for us, I loved her style of photography and she came highly recommended. My husband isn’t keen on having his photo taken but she really helped him relax.
Hannah Best at Petal and Feast made our bouquets for the day and they were stunning. I know Hannah’s floristry and love the bright, wild and rustic look to her arrangements.
Q. Where did you get your ideas and inspiration?
A. Pintrest and the oracle of wedding’s – my SMOB (Step Mother of the Bride, Jayne Sacco).
Q. Tell us about your dress
A. Well, it all happened very quickly, it was love at first sight! I hadn’t even started to think about a dress yet, all I knew was that I didn’t want a full length gown. Being just over 5ft, I have never worn a full length gown. I was out shopping in Brighton one day with my sister and a friend, we walked past Pretty Eccentric in Brighton Lane’s and I saw the dress in the window. Within 5 min’s I was stood in the shop wearing the dress asking them “Am I really just about to buy my wedding dress…surely it shouldn’t be this easy”? But it was! I loved my dress because I felt 100% comfortable in it, it fit perfectly and I was able to dance around without a care in the world!
I have to just talk about the shoes! As I had a shorter dress the shoes were a vital part of the outfit, I didn’t want traditional high heels, firstly they aren’t my style and secondly I would probably fall over within minutes! When I saw the Rio Gold Maguba clogs, there was no question, these were the shoes for me. Just the thought of them still makes me smile!
Q. What was on the menu?
A. Day one, the food was traditional seaside; Fish and Chips and Knickerbocker Glories, with lot of toppings and little British and Italian Flags! We drank Prosecco in vintage Babycham glasses. We had a buffet of meats, cheeses and antipasti. We didn’t want a wedding cake as we weren’t keen on the idea of doing a ‘cake cutting’ so instead we had masses of chocolate brownies and Cannoli’s, a traditional Sicilian pastry .
Oh! We also had personalised ketchup bottles with our names and wedding date on them which looked fab.
Q. What was the quirkiest element of the day?
A. I wouldn’t say it’s quirky but having the two days of celebrations was the best decision we made. We were able to have a relaxed wedding day; a 4PM wedding, dinner and dancing. Then up again the next day to dress the second venue, we had a mini-ceremony, led by my Uncle Phil and exchanged some vow’s we had written, before celebrating with all our friends and family. I think if we just had the one day it would have been over so quickly.
Q. What advice would you give other brides looking for a similar style of event?
A. I think my advice would be to go with a style of wedding that you are comfortable with. If you’re not a traditional sort of person then don’t feel pressure to conform and have a traditional wedding. Do thing’s your own way, take the wedding traditions that you want and inject a bit of your personality into your day.
Q. What was your favourite memory from the day?
A. It is so hard to choose as there are so many moments, the first look at my husband as I walked down the aisle on the arm of my lovely Dad. The confetti moment, I spent weeks cutting up biodegradable tissue paper, because in the words of my step mother “you can never have too much confetti”! It was a great memory and created one of my favourite photo moments from the day. Other favourite memories are the speeches and dancing to Elton John with our lovely family at wedding reception no1!
The beautiful words spoken by my Uncle Phil and Best Friend Lucy at our 2nd mini ceremony on day two of the wedding. Our first dace was such a special moment as it was sung by two of our best friends.
The best surprise of the day was the secretly planned performance by my Dad and his cousins, “The Four Jo Sacco’s” of Dean Martin’s “That’s Amore”. The moment they started signing on stage, and I turned round to see all our guests holding song sheets signing a long was such a magical moment!
Q. What was your first dance to/what did you walk down to the aisle to?
A. Our first dance was “You’re my best friend” by Queen, this was performed by two of our dearest friends Madi Louise Lane, www.facebook.com/madilouiselane/ and Chris Phillips, www.facebook.com/bacchusmusicuk I walked down the aisle to “You and Me” by Penny & The Quarters.
Photography: Olivia Judah Photography, www.oliviajudah.co.uk
Ceremony Venue: Worthing Town Hall, www.worthingtownhallweddings.co.uk
Reception venue No1: Worthing Pier Southern Pavilion, www.worthingpier.co.uk
Reception venue No2: St Paul’s Worthing, www.stpaulsworthing.co.uk
Florist: Petal and Feast, www.petalandfeast.co.uk
Dress: Pretty Eccentric, Brighton, www.prettyeccentric.co.uk
Brides Shoes: Maguba, www.maguba.com
Brides hair piece: Tegen, www.tegenaccessories.co.uk
Groom’s Suit: Next, www.next.co.uk
Bridesmaid’s embroidered denim jackets: Lara Sparks, www.larasparks-embroidery.co.uk
Bridesmaid outfits: Oasis, www.oasis-stores.com
Love letters: To have and to hire, www.tohaveandtohireweddings.com