WEDDINGS

ECLECTIC BRIDE’S DIARY: THE VENUE

A very Happy New Year BLOVED readers and what an exciting one ahead, I can now say I am getting married THIS year!! The first thing I did on New Year’s Day after this daunting thought sprung into my mind was to get online and start ticking things off the list… that was a very productive day!

For my second post I am very excited to tell you all about our venue and the search to find it.  After many nights scrolling through Pinterest, several weekends spent adventuring through the beautiful countryside and countless glasses of bubbles later, we got a date fixed in the diary and a big smile on our face – eek!

I have been to a fair few weddings now and I think you learn a lot about what you don’t want as well as what you do! We knew from the beginning that we didn’t want anything big or too formal. Just a nice and relaxed day with the people we love, and all under one roof (the thought is just too exciting!). So the hunt began…

The first venue we went to see was Buxted Park, it is the most beautiful setting to get married with its long drive, ornate high ceilings and dazzling chandeliers… plus I fell head over heels when I saw the orangery! But however much my girlie heart was pounding, there was something that wasn’t quite ‘us’ about it – I think it just all felt so grand.

After visiting a few more lovely venues which were still not quite right for us (The Orangery, Gaynes Park and St Julians), I had a bit of a wild moment where I was looking into just popping down the local pub as that felt more normal! Then, I remembered The Bell

We had stayed at The Bell before and knew they hosted weddings. It is a 12th century pub in the little village of Ticehurst, completely unique in style with its eclectic décor, wacky finishing touches and the warmest welcoming staff I have ever met. It was exactly what we were looking for – something a bit different and very us!

Looking around again was so exciting, I will let the photos do the talking but one thing I must tell you about is the new lodges they have just build out the back which are amazing. The Love Nest (as cheesy as it sounds!) is the bridal suite lodge, a cocoon of loveliness, everything about it – the copper roll top bath, the cosy log burner and fur rugs.

Now I can’t imagine getting married anywhere else. I have learnt that it is really important to find a venue which reflects you as a couple, and not worry about how it should be done.

So that was it! Everything else then just started to fall into place, but more about that next time… x

{Left row Image 4 by Dale Weeks Photography}

Louise

After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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