A Sussex village shabby chic wedding

When Hannah Stevenson went on holiday to New York to visit a friend, she had no idea she was about meet her future husband! Jason Clark had a stopover in the city for a few days on his way back from a holiday in Peru – and happened to visit that same mutual friend.

Over six years later, Jason brought Hannah back to New York to propose at the place they first met. However, not everything went to plan. Jason had intended to propose in Central Park – but the park was evacuated due to adverse weather conditions before he had the chance. His plan B was to take her to the top of the Empire State Building – how very Sleepless in Seattle! Sadly, that plan was also scuppered by Hannah’s rather baffling reluctance to climb the building in New York’s worst blizzard in twenty years!

Third time lucky, Jason ended up getting the proposal really right – by proposing outside of Tiffany’s – echoing the classic movie and the first DVD Jason ever bought Hannah, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and making her feel like a real-life version of her all-time icon, Audrey Hepburn. Ahh!

After over a year’s engagement, the couple laughed in the face of superstition and married on Friday 13th May 2011 at St Marks Church in Staplefield, West Sussex.

Hannah and her father at the church

The beautiful bride

Lavender was a simple decoration that helped give the day it's vintage country feel

The reception was held in a marquee on Staplefield village common and was planned by the couple themselves. In true country village tradition, they wanted it to be a relaxed day, informal but still in-keeping with tradition. The picturesque Sussex village location provided the perfect setting for a shabby chic / vintage wedding.

The happy couple outside the marquee

The day was a real family affair. “We got married in the village where my parents live and where I was brought up,” explains Hannah, “Staplefield is a very small quaint picturesque Sussex village, with the common in the centre of village, the shabby chic theme just fitted the whole setting perfectly.” Hannah walked from her parents’ house to the church with her family (dad, mum, sister, oh and the family dog Winnie!) Winnie accompanied the mother of the bride down the aisle.

It was Hannah’s décor that made the day something truly special and unique. All 125 metres of bunting in the marquee was handmade by her best friend and family, giving it that extra special touch. Extra special was actually the order of the day. With the decorations hand-chosen by Hannah, many had a unique meaning to the couple. The tables were named after places in New York – the place it all started. A friend of the family created framed pictures rather than plain table numbers – which Hannah and Jason now keep as mementos of the day.

New York themed table numbers

For the favours, Hannah’s mum, sister and friend made homemade fudge, and Hannah tied luggage tags to them so they doubled up as place settings.

Perhaps the most quirky and personal touch was the flower-filled yellow wellies – Hannah happened to be wearing them the day she got engaged. In desperate need of snow shoes and lumped with the only colour left (bright yellow) “It became a bit of joke with friends that I was wearing yellow wellies in New York when we got engaged,” says Hannah, “I thought it would be fun to make a bit of a feature of them!”

The famous yellow wellies!

Credits

Hannah wore a gorgeous Jesus Peiro dress and was made even more beautiful by Jen Dodson, Hair and Make-Up. The flowers were by Bryony Billingham, a local independent florist, who was responsible for all the floral arrangements from lavender in the church, bouquets, table decorations and, of course, the famous wellies. The hog roast was provided by Three of a Kind Caterers.

All photo credits go to photographer, Carl Glancey, whose unobtrusive style helped the couple relax and take some fab photos.

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