Rebekah and Caleb’s Sussex townhouse wedding
A stylish Sussex Townhouse wedding venue set the scene for this delightful day. Our WED2B Real Weddings feature reveals more…
Rebekah and Caleb met at their local church about five years ago. “Our first date was only about two years ago,” says Rebekah. “We went to Crust in Liverpool. I think we both had butterflies, as we’d been friends for a few years but suddenly we’d added the ‘romance’ element. It all changed that day. We’ve not looked back since and couldn’t be happier."
A romantic proposal at sunrise
The couple had been together for 18 months when Caleb proposed on 25th September 2021. “We were away with some family friends of mine in Swanage,” says Rebekah. “The morning after we arrived, we decided to do a sunrise walk. Little did I know, he’d planned the proposal in the most picturesque location with not a person in sight - just us! My dad, being the professional photographer he was, managed to hide himself in a bush to capture the moment perfectly. I was absolutely over the moon to say yes and just couldn’t believe it.”
Finding the dream dress
“I discovered WED2B online a few years ago in anticipation of the day I’d be looking for my wedding dress,” says Rebekah. “We went to the Brighton store in November last year and had the best experience. I’d been to a local boutique that morning and figured out what style of dress I wanted, so when I got to WED2B it was a case of finding the perfect dress in that style. The woman serving us was incredibly efficient at making sure I had the best selection and finding different dresses for me. It made the whole experience an easy, exciting and memorable one.”
Rebekah chose Brooklyn, a fitted sheath style. “It was a dress my mum suggested but, when I first looked at the online pictures, I didn’t think I’d like it,” says Rebekah. “However, when I tried it on and it fitted like a glove I instantly fell in love. The beautiful long train and the low back were exactly what I was looking for. Plus, the additional sparkle and lace meant it was perfect for a winter wedding. It was everything I wanted and more!” (For similar styles try Marko, Dion or Diaz)
A Sussex townhouse wedding venue
“Pelham House in Lewes, Sussex was my dream venue for years,” says Rebekah.
“I’d had my eye on it but never expected to get it! It had an intimate feel but was still grand and impressive, I was drawn to the uniqueness of each room and the classy style. I wanted a venue that was elegant but intimate and that’s exactly what I got. I fell in love the moment I saw it and was just in awe. We got married on 21st February 2022 and it was the best day of our lives.”
The big day
Rebekah and her bridesmaids got ready in the venue’s bridal prep room while the groomsmen got ready in the powder room. “After a stormy weekend we were blessed with the most beautiful sunshine with a touch of warmth, which was amazing,” says Rebekah.
“My wonderful dad walked me down the aisle, which was a very special moment indeed. We had a range of music throughout the day but, during the ceremony, I walked down the aisle to ‘Voice Memo’ by Mosaic. We also had readings from Proverbs 3:5 and an extract from Les Miserables, one of my favourite musicals."
"The most special moment during the ceremony was seeing Cay at the end of the aisle. It was quite emotional and we kept our eyes fixed on each other the whole time. We won’t ever forget that moment."
After the ceremony everyone travelled to Pelham House for a drinks reception and the newlyweds mingled with guests. "Our first dance song was ‘Chasing Cars' by Snow Patrol’, which became a special song to us after a memorable road trip when we first got together.”
“There wasn’t a specific theme to our wedding really,” says Rebekah. “My bridesmaids were in a mauve colour and the groomsmen matched, and the colour theme was woven through the decor too. We did have an element of Lord of the Rings added, as they are my husband's favourite movies. Each table number had a quote for their table, and it was a nice touch that lots of our guests loved.”
The most memorable moments
“My husband says that, ‘seeing you’ was one of his most memorable moments,” says Rebekah. “I’d agree with that and add being surrounded by all our loved ones to celebrate together. One of my favourite moments was the final song of the night, ‘I’ve Had the Time of my Life’. Everyone joined the dance floor and we did the lift!”
My top tips…
“Serve evening food, always,” says Rebekah. “You and your guests will appreciate the food later on into the night. Also, book a honeymoon. Make it one of the first things you do, as you’ll want something to look forward to, in addition to the wedding, and an escape to destress after a very long and overwhelming day. Finally, just spend as much time with your husband as you can on the day. You’ll never get that day again and it’s very easy to get caught up with socialising with other people but you’ll want to remember the day with your husband.”
Rebekah’s Dream Team
Photographer: Jacob Malinski
Sussex Townhouse wedding: Pelham House
Florist: Bella June
Videographer: Natasha Gray
Cake: Justine Grant
DJ: Mint DJs
Makeup: Elena Bedwell
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