Oh we do like to be beside the seaside and this ship-shape Sussex wedding takes in not one, but TWO of our fave Sussex south coast destinations – Brighton and Worthing!
Natalie and Ocean (fab name!) who live on a cool houseboat in Shoreham, had a Brighton Registry Office wedding and continued their celebrations down the coast at quirky West Sussex wedding venue Coast Café in Worthing!
Here’s gorgeous bride Natalie to steer us around her nautical Brighton and Worthing wedding…
We’ve been together for 13 years. Ocean’s from the north and I’m from the south but we met at uni and got together after we graduated. Since then, we’ve lived together and our relationship has always worked!
We chose to get married in Sussex as we live in and love Sussex, it just had to be by the sea!
We have a houseboat in Shoreham so are obsessed with anything nautical and seaside related. I’d describe our wedding theme as nautical/ Sailor Jerry. Our wedding colours were red, white and blue!
There wasn’t much that was traditional…
There wasn’t too much that was traditional; my mum gave me away, Ocean didn’t have a ‘best man’ instead ‘Best Cat’ (our lovely friend Catherine), the reception was on the beach where we had sand courts, so there was deckchairs, volleyball, hula hooping, giant jenga and outdoor games. We didn’t have a first dance as such, me and some of my hens performed a choreographed, masked dance for Ocean (to ‘Rock the Boat’ by Hues Corporation – keeping with the theme!), It was a totally unique, relaxed, fun day for all.
All hands on deck
We wanted to include our family and friend to help where they could – beautiful, handmade pompoms – made by Cat and Rose, flowers done by my lovely mum, bunting, venue decorations and setting up helped by our fab friends!
Being a bit of a control freak I did most things. We gave ourselves a limited budget which made us be a lot more creative. We designed and printed the invitations. We made the table runners, bows for the flower girls and all the favours (sea salt fudge from Roly’s Fudge, nautical trinkets all found locally). For the kids we got treasure boxes full of pirate and nautical goodies.
My top tips for other brides (and grooms) to-be are…
Do what YOU want to do, make sure you have as much fun as possible and think outside the box! Designing and making these details, made the wedding much more personal and bespoke.
If we could do it all again we would… We would probably do everything the same!
What we enjoyed most about planning our wedding was… Being creative and playing with ideas.
Our least favourite part of wedding planning had to be… Stress! Doing too much and making sure everything was done in time, especially at the last minute!
The Wedding WOW Factor
I think because it wasn’t traditional, like us, it made the whole experience much more personal, everybody was relaxed and had a great time.
Honeymoon Hotspot: We went away for a week after the wedding to Copenhagen and Amsterdam (to a friend’s wedding). Now we’re heading off to Sri Lanka and South India for a month of exploring, sunshine, sea and lots of fun!
Food & drink: Casa Ciro
Natalie and Ocean’s relaxed wedding looks SO MUCH FUN doesn’t it?! This nostalgically nautical and super cool wedding caused a whole lotta swooning over at WOW our Wedding HQ!
From Natalie’s gorgeous wedding dress to those bespoke shoes, their sand court reception venue (great idea!) to just how bloomin’ rock n roll and in love they are – we fell hook, line and sinker for this seaside-themed Sussex wedding.
Thank you to Louise Griffin for sharing these fab photos with us, and of course the happy couple for chatting to us!