A picturesque country wedding at The George in Rye with beautiful vintage styling

Put the kettle on and make sure you’re sitting comfortably to flick through these beautiful images. Emma and Paul got married back in April last year at the breathtaking Sussex venue, The George in Rye

This stunning photo spread was taken by Jacqui McSweeney and we’re just in love with the delicate details, the subtle bird theme running throughout and complimenting the beautiful decor at The George, the soft and dusky colours and Emma’s incredible Jenny Packham gown and headband! I’ll hand over to Emma to tell you all about their journey to “I do”.

“Paul and I met in a club during a New Years Eve party. In fact, my friends and I almost missed the evening altogether! Paul approached me with the line “who do we have here then?” we had a New Years kiss and the rest is history.

We had been discussing marriage for some time but Paul wanted to ensure that the proposal was a surprise. Dec 2010 we visited Paul’s Mum’s for Christmas, at the bottom of my stocking was a box, on top were some stamps ( Paul had meant to have bought some the week before so I was distracted by this little joke).  In fact it had an open ring box and during floods of tears(me) Paul proposed. Everyone was in on it apart from me!”

Images © 2012 Jacqui McSweeney Photography


“The wedding style was completed dictated by The George in Rye’s beautiful decor especially its silk, hand-painted wallpaper. We fell in love with the venue the first time we saw it. Our colour theme and all the styling was then fitted around this, birds played quite a strong part too due to the pattern of the wallpaper. We had bird cages, bird name tags and even I had a bird motif on the embellishment of my dress.

We had over a year to plan the wedding, Sarah at The George was great at supporting the ins and outs of the day. As an artist, I made as much as I could and sourced as much as possible. Each table had  vintage cup and saucers of flowers which my mum and I had been collecting from the day the venue was booked. All invites were designed and made by me, name places and table numbers too were all made by hand. I started a mood book of my favourite things, colours and styles the day after we got married which became so integral to supporting the planning of our day.

The time allowed me to make so many pieces even down to sweets decorating the venue and handmade jam used as favours. It saved us money and also ensured that the wedding was personal and unique to us and our family and friends.”



“We were living in Brighton before the wedding and therefore the morning before the wedding filled the car with all the wedding suits, bits and pieces for the venue, presents before heading off to Rye. Before we left Brighton we had to pick up our cupcakes. They had been wonderfully packed up by Angel Food Bakery with our topper cake being kept carefully in its very own box on my lap. Lets just say there were a number of roundabouts on the way to Rye. The topper cake didn’t fair too well but Paul promised to sort it the morning of the wedding. So as I relaxed sipping champagne and getting my make- up done the morning of the wedding, Paul was running around sorting a cake. Thanks to the chef and the little extras I had organised to be added to the cake tower the topper cake was saved and our roundabout slip up was rectified.”

“It’s hard to pick our most indispensable wedding supplier. The George was brilliant and the staff are still lovely a year on offering a wonderful anniversary package for our first anniversary but to be honest we could not have done it without any of our suppliers, everyone was so reliable could work with our visions and whose quality was exceptional.

When it came to my favourite detail I was really lucky as my dress was gorgeous. I was so fortunate to have such a beautiful item, my mum gave it to me as a gift.  Our bird cage table plan has been really popular and now sits in our  bedroom as a beautiful reminder and our vintage cups and saucers now decorate all our friends and families homes.”

Venue: The George in Rye
Photography: Jacqui Mcsweeney Photography
Bride’s outfit:
Dress- Saskia by Jenny Packham, Accessories: Acacia 2 headband and cuff again Jenny Packham all from White Mischief Bridal.
Shoes day-  Taupe silk, Kurt Geiger
Evening- Silver and white Irregular Choice as the Kurt Geigers were far too high to wear all day.
1940s vintage beaded clutch bag
Shrug from TK MAXX
Bridesmaids’ dresses & accessories:
Sage green Dresses both from Coast brought before brides own! Bride added wide ribbon band and secured with a vintage pin. Shrugs the same as bride’s.
Groom’s outfit: Groomsmens’ / ushers’ outfits:  Grey and sage green details hired from Moss Bros
Flowers:  mixture of hydrangeas, roses and herbs in bouquet, other garden style flowers for decor, vintage bottles and cups and saucers all Cafe des Fleurs, Rye. 
Styling / décor: By Emma – (an art teacher, artist and photographer) also has own wedding blog and styling, stationery website.
Hair:  Truffle Rye
Make-up:  Truffle Rye
Cake:  Cupcake tower by Angel Food Bakery Brighton, mixture of chocolate and vanilla decorated cupcakes. Extras, cases etc by Emma. 
Catering:  The George in Rye
Band / DJ:  DJ Organised by The George.

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