Emily in Maggie Sottero dress – Maren

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Emily and Josh got married in the beautiful town of Rye at Christmas time last year. Her ceremony was held at Rye Town Hall and after taking a walk through the picturesque streets of this darling coastal town, the couple held their reception at The George; an elegant grade 2 listed hotel.

Emily opted for simple and elegant styling for her big day which embraced the winter season, with just a touch of Christmas. Their incorporation of berries in the invites inspired the burgundy colour found throughout the day which perfectly complemented their elegant, wintery style. Emily and Josh added a personal touch with their decorations and made snowflake confetti from their which they also sprinkled around the tables.


“I wasn’t expecting to find my dress so quickly. My friend had found her wedding dress at Go Bridal and told me there was a sale after Christmas 2017. We had only been engaged for a few weeks and although we knew the venue and date we wanted to get married, we hadn’t booked the wedding yet so I wasn’t sure about going! I did have a good idea of what I wanted from watching ‘Say Yes To The Dress’: A- line cut, long, lace sleeves and when I looked there was a dress I thought would be perfect. When I tried it on, it felt like way too much material. I tried on about 6 or 7 dresses and then my sister and friend persuaded me to try on THE dress. I wasn’t sure as it was covered in sparkle which I had not wanted at all! It was also very low cut but when I tried it on it fit so well and felt perfect. I wasn’t sure about the low v neck but then Flo suggested filling it in with material which we experimented with and it was perfect. Although I thought I knew what I wanted, I was quite open minded about trying on different dresses, even just to rule them out!”


”Walking into the Town Hall and down the aisle was actually one of my favourite moments. I’d been so nervous about it and even though the music cut out so no one heard the song, it was just lovely seeing everyone I loved all in one room together! Also, I absolutely loved the dancing in the evening. All of the important bits were over and it was just a massive party and everyone danced the whole evening! We really wanted it to feel like a big party that started the Christmas season off which I think we achieved”


“Think about what you would like and try not to get swayed by lots of added extras unless you want them! We thought carefully about what we’d like to spend our money on and what we didn’t need. I used Pinterest, Instagram and blogs for some inspiration and to narrow down what I wanted for flowers, photography, hair, makeup, cake etc.
Also, I only had 11 months to plan the wedding, which actually helped as I had to be decisive. I also wanted to plan it in advance and be organised as I knew, as a teacher, I could only do certain things in the holidays. This really helped as the last few weeks before the wedding I only had a couple of jobs to do because I’d done everything I could in the holidays.”


Ceremony Venue – Rye Town Hall – www.ryetowncouncil.gov.uk

Reception Venue – The George in Rye – www.thegeorgeinrye.com

Bridesmaid dresses- Lipsy – www.asos.com/lipsy

Groomswear- Suits: next www.next.comt, ties: M&S www.marksandspencer.com

Photographer- Livvy Hukins – www.livvy-hukins.co.uk

Florist- Warrior Flowers – www.warriorflowers.co.uk

Invitations/ stationary – Retro Press www.retropress.org

Cake: Sylvia’s Kitchen – www.sylviaskitchen.co.uk

Hair: Rachel Simmons @raesmobilehairdressing

Music during reception drinks: Rachel Simmons @raesimmonsmusic

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