Pink Weddings Magazine Spring 2017 PinkWeddings SpringSummer 2017 | Page 58

Dee anD Debs We had wedding rings commissioned to complement the style of our engagement rings. The jeweller Julia Pharo was at a wedding fair the previous year and she helped us create the perfect rings, having them moulded around our engagement rings and taking trips to London to choose the diamonds. Julia and her husband even drove to brighton the week before to deliver them personally. ( W e wanted to follow the tradition of being apart the night before our wedding, so that the moment would be really special when we saw each other for the first time. Debs stayed at the Claremont hotel ( which is where we were having the reception. We hired all of the hotel’s 12 rooms for the wedding night, and a few of them on the first night for friends and family. both of us had our hen night on the eve of the wedding. Dee had friends down from London and hosted a party at home before going into brighton for a meal, while Debs had fizz in the garden of the hotel with her family, before a meal on the seafront. Her father, who’s 89, sat at the head of the table and loved being surrounded by 11 women! We decided to have our ceremony mid-afternoon, so that friends and family could relax and look around town in the morning. Our hire car picked Dee up from home at lunchtime – after friends had helped her get ready and steadied her nerves! – taking her to the restaurant Plateau, across from the town hall, where she hosted a mini pre-wedding champagne and buffet party. Dee’s best friend Julie was her ‘best woman’, while Debs was walked into the room by her father Terry, accompanied by 58 » pink weddings magazine