Marriage Mixology: A Cocktail Ceremony in Sussex

There’s nothing more amazing than planning a celebration for couples who have found their soulmate. This photo shoot incorporated an unconventional ceremony ritual which was centred around a cocktail set at a beautiful new wedding venue called Greentrees Estate in the heart of Sussex. 

For the ceremony ritual, Nikki, from Perfect Words Ceremonies, created a cocktail reading that incorporated Greg and Wes’s favourite drink: a Mojito. A riff on a unity sand ceremony, instead of combining sand, cocktail ingredients are mixed together. The celebrant explained the ritual as follows:

“Greg and Wes have chosen to include a cocktail unity ceremony today. The blending of the ingredients represents their union, not only of them but also you, their families and friends. Being the amazing team they are, they will now work together to build a classic Mojito, a drink that has stood the tests of time, as will Greg and Wes’s love for each other in the years to come.”

The cocktail was then mixed with the celebrant explaining the symbolism of each ingredient as it was added: 

“So Greg and Wes, your Mojito represents the support from your friends and family, the strength you have together to overcome life’s rough moments and the joy and happiness you will find in the smooth, sweet moments in your lives and also the sparkle of excitement you have between you which will ensure your marriage will be full of fun and joy.”

A Long Luxurious Lunch

The fun and joy did not stop there. The celebration continued with an al fresco lunch. A long table was set up under disco balls and crystal chandeliers. A light and luxurious colour palette of pale pinks and lilac was masterfully combined with silver and grey to give it an elegant, yet masculine touch. Pretty dessert sticks and tasty treats engraved with the grooms’ names from Savanna Fei Couture Cakes lay awaiting guests on each place setting. 

Key Tips

  • It’s important to select the right photographer for the occasion. Each photographer has their own style so make sure that your photographer shares your preferred style and creative vision. See B.LOVED’s tips on choosing a wedding photographer here.
  • Wedding planners should make the time and effort to get to know the couple. This ensures that the event is a reflection of the couple and their personal style. Greg and Wes have a preference for the elegant and modern so it was important that this style was reflected throughout.
  • Make sure your event is styled with the right lighting. A unique touch, like the disco balls, can add a little wow factor but also help to bring everything together.



Planner/Concept/Stylist & Florist: Hire Societies // Photographer: Kelsie Scully Photography // Venue: Greentrees Estate // Event Hire: To Have & To Hire // Crockery/Table & Chairs: Crystal Hire // Suits: Gresham Blake // Stationery: Rebecca Richards Designs // Assistant Stylist: Lucy Wells Weddings //  Cakes: Savanna Fei Couture Cakes // Cocktails: The Cocktail Connoisseurs // Celebrant: Perfect Word Ceremonies by Nikki Wood // Rings: L Guess Jewellers



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