A simple, fun-filled spring wedding

16 Dec 2021

Due to Covid restrictions, Skye Brockhurst and Oliver Michael Curtis had an intimate wedding with only four guests and their photographer in attendance  

Photography: Toby Shaw Photography

How did you meet? 

We had matched each other on an online dating platform, and then went and ran a 5km for our first date. 


Tell us about the proposal 

Just before Covid-19, we had decided to travel to Bali for three weeks. We had just had a few days together in Ubud, and were chilling on the patio in Bingin Beach, overseeing the sunset on a cliff edge and watching the waves roll in. Olly got down on one knee and of course I said yes.  


How was your wedding affected by Covid-19? 

We didn't actually organise our wedding before Covid-19, but were keen to get married as soon as possible. Lockdown felt like it was going on forever, and we thought there would be a backlog of weddings.   

We then thought, as soon as the rules were changed, that we should do a low-key wedding with just four guests and our photographer. It was private and so lovely. There was no pressure at all on either of us and we didn't have to please anyone other than ourselves. 


What venue did you choose and why did you choose it? 

We chose Eastbourne Register Officer as we knew during Covid restrictions that the ceremony would be shortened. We chose The Red Lion in Hooe as our reception venue as we spent most of our time dating at this pub.  


How did you know you’d found ‘the’ dress?  

I couldn't try any dresses on in the shops, so I spent weeks trawling through the internet looking for the dress. I tried and returned only one dress. The final choice was actually a dress from ASOS, which was under £100, and I still get complimented on it today. 


What did the mother of the bride wear? Where did the groom find his suit? 

My mum chose a beautiful spring time dress.  Olly's suit was an old suit bought for him for a previous wedding, but he personalised it with a gold tie. 


Did you hire a wedding planner? How did they help? 

I used to be a wedding planner so I took control of the organisation, although there wasn't too much to organise.  


Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day 

Myself and my mum bought flowers from La Collina Gardens in Bexhill-on-Sea. We then arranged them and turned them into a bridal bouquet. We simply asked for seasonal spring time flowers. I also picked some bluebells from our garden and wore them in my hair. 


How did you feel as you walked down the aisle? 

Wedding ceremonies changed as a result of Covid. We went to the room together, conducted the pre-ceremony interview there and then sat down. Our parents then entered the room and sat spaced out in each corner. It was very different, but still very special. 

What was your most memorable moment? 

When Olly said his vows and had the biggest smile on his face. I also think it would have been when we went for a skate after a few champagnes and then jumped in the sea by Hastings Pier. 


What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding? 

We decided to keep the wedding quiet and secret, and only told friends and family post-ceremony. We knew there would be people who felt left out, so that was the most challenging part for us. 


What was the most important investment for you? 

The ceremony venue. The whole day was an important investment for us, and we did it in a special way on a very small budget. 

What song did you choose for your first dance, and why? 

We didn't have a first dance, bu we will definitely organise a reception for all of our friends and family once Covid-19 is a thing of the past. 


Did you have any evening entertainment? 

Our evening entertainment was sitting on the sofa, drinking champagne in our pyjamas at our cottage. 

Tell us about your wedding cake 

Olly's parents had organised a beautiful vegan heart-shaped cake with white icing. We cut this at their house, after our meal. 


Where did you go on honeymoon?

We left it a few months and went to Bude in Cornwall; we were very limited with travelling due to Covid. But we had a wonderful time and went swimming every day in Bude's tide pool. 

Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages? 

Don't let family members stress you out, you need to enjoy the process. Less is more.  


Steal their style 
Photography: Toby Shaw Photography
Venue: (ceremony) Eastbourne Register Office, (reception) The Red Lion
Dress: ASOS
Hair and make-up: Blush Beauty and Hair
Flowers: La Collina Gardens

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