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Chandeliers, candles and an aisle of sparklers – West Sussex wedding blog

An aisle of sparklers – what a fantastic idea! Today’s wedding blog is another very festive celebration with wonderful creative touches. From the choice in wedding music to the little note about weirdness and love (watch out for the photo!) I absolutely love David & Carol’s wedding!

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Having read this very gorgeous couple’s wedding report already, I’m smiling at mentions of walking back down the aisle twice (when the CD kicked in late!) and imagining that amazing aisle of sparklers – but what sticks in my mind is this: (from one of the many lovely images by James Grist Photography)

“We are all a little weird, and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours we join up with them, and fall in mutual weirdness, and call it LOVE!”

How fab is that?! Over to the gorgeous bride and groom with their wedding report (which starts about halfway down the page) and with thanks to James Grist for submitting this wonderful wedding blog today. Enjoy! Claire xxx

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Wedding venue:

The Spread Eagle Hotel and Spa, South Street, Midhurst, West Sussex

Wedding photographer:

James Grist Photography

How would you describe your wedding style?

Winter sparkle / cosy, intimate, relaxed. The wedding ceremony was held in the Spread Eagle’s Jacobean hall, in front of 50 friends and close family. Our readings were “Sooner or Later” – anonymous – and “Captain’s Corelli’s Mandolin” by Louis de Bernieres.

Tell us a little about your wedding venue styling and details:

The Spread Eagle is a small country hotel of eclectic styles. The Jacobean hall ( where service, dinner and evening reception took place) has stone walls, high ceiling and a minstrel gallery. The hall has wrought iron chandeliers and is adorned with historical tapestries and flags. Given the time of year, this was all complimented with a 15 foot Christmas tree and winter foliage and evergreen. We also added a ball of mistletoe which was hung from the minstrel gallery.

Welcome drinks and after dinner coffee was served in the Victorian conservatory, which despite the rain, provided a light and open spaces to chat and mingle. The hotel also has a cosy 14th century bar with two beautiful open fires.

The wedding night was spent at the hotel in the Queens suite, where Queen Elizabeth I was rumoured to have stayed. This suite had a 4 poster bed, antique furniture and even a powder room.

Invitations and reception stationery:

invites were pewter grey with white snowflakes. On one side were the words “He asked… …she said yes,” the other side contained the details of the wedding. Invites were designed by us on Zazzle.com.

The wedding table plan was (painstakingly!) home-made by the bride on Boxing Day morning. This followed the theme of the wedding invites and was set into a silver wooden frame.

Wedding music and entertainment:

I walked down the aisle to “Canon in D”. Music during the ceremony included: “Hoppipolla” by Sigur Ros; “Friday I’m in Love” by The Cure; and “Lovecats” by The Cure.

Our first dance was to “Lovesong” by The Cure.

Our evening entertainment was a dj disco.

What did you wear?

Carol wore a simple ivory lace dress with small puddle train and furry ivory wrap. Shoes were ivory lace, and head wear was a sparkly head band. Jewellery was kept simple but included a silver Tiffany Paloma Picasso ring given by Dave as a wedding present.

David wore a dark grey morning suit with ivory waistcoat and pewter grey cravat.

Memorable wedding day moments:

difficult as the day went by in a blur but…

  • Walking back down the aisle as husband and wife and the CD not playing so when it did work we had to turn around and walk back down again
  • Walking into the hall for dinner and seeing how beautiful it looked with the chandeliers and candles lit, Christmas tree lights twinkling and all our family and friends there to welcome us
  • Walking down an aisle of sparklers with the smoke filling the room.

Wedding day advice:

Wished we had made time to stop and appreciate the day so try to make time for that. Also wished I had popped back to the room to check hair and make-up later on – this might have also given me a chance to take 5 mins for myself to think about what was happening. Glad we did the welcome line on the way into dinner as this ensured we did speak to everyone.

Recommended wedding suppliers:

James Grist Photography http://jamesgristphotography.co.uk
Nicki’s Wedding Hair and Make-up http://www.nickisweddinghairandmakeup.co.uk
Pete at Dj at My Party www.djatmyparty.co.uk
Global Flowers www.globalflowersmidhurst.co.uk
Horace at The Spread Eagle Hotel.

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Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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3 COMMENTS
  • Hannah Webster
    7 years ago

    Cute. I do love a bit of fairy and candle light at a winter wedding. Really pretty. Can’t beat a cosy venue like that for upping the romance factor. x

  • Grace
    7 years ago

    I love the black and white photos especially the one with the knight’s armor. I can totally relate to this too, “We are all a lit­tle weird, and life’s a lit­tle weird, and when we find some­one whose weird­ness is com­pat­i­ble with ours we join up with them, and fall in mutual weird­ness, and call it LOVE!”

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