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The Gridshell Weald and Downland Museum

The Gridshell Weald and Downland Museum | Vicky and Dan

Vicky & Dan | Win a Wedding Winners | V2 Radio

Highlights Blog of the wedding at The Gridshell, Weald & Downland Museum

In 2023, V2 Radio held a Sussex wide competition for a lucky couple to win a wedding! What a treat, with so many local wedding suppliers on board providing their services for the lucky couple. After a series of nominations, draws and a competition where the finalists had to battle it out with each other. Vicky and Dan were declared as the winners!

I met with Vicky and Dan on a sunny day at the Weald and Downland museum to have a little walk through, take them through a test shoot and chat more about the plans of their day. I loved their continuous cheeky banter and playful energy with each other! With the plans all settled and set into motion, the next thing to do was eagerly await their wedding day.

John and I started our day with a quick stop at Vicky’s to capture some details. With hair, make up and the usual hustle and bustle of the preparation time, we made quick work of the details before our next stop to find Dan! I had major shoe envy when I saw Vicky’s choice of footwear. Converse for the win, and those “bride” socks were a brilliant addition!

Vicky’s Dad made an appearance while she was getting into her dress, and in true mum style, multitasking was high on the agenda while Vicky also helped her son and daughter into their outfits for the day! The manicured gold “D” on her ring finger was also a helpful guide for Dan to make sure he knew where the bling would land during their ceremony!

Vicky and Dan have A LOT of friends and family, so much so that they upgraded from Crawley Hall, to The Gridshell at the Weald and Downland Museum to fit them all in! It is a striking and stunning venue, unique in every way, and used not just for weddings and events but also as a fully working workshop for the multitude if work, repairs and restorations that happen at the working museum.

Dressed by the Little Events Company, The Gridshell retained the connection to nature with soft pinks, trees and foliage moon arches and an array of festoon lighting. Vicky had sourced a variety of other details, both from the prize packages available and from her own inspiration. Thankfully for them, I didn’t think to leave them a garbled message on their audio guestbook, but I can imagine they had a lot of fun listening to the messages that were left as the night progressed!

Dan and his groomsmen took some time out from greeting the arriving guests to have a quick moment in front of the camera, and I have to say, at this time, Dan was full of chat and hiding his nerves very well!!

The Gridshell Weald and Downland Museum

The Gridshell Weald and Downland Museum

The Gridshell Weald and Downland Museum

The moment of Vicky’s arrival is here! You can literally feel this shift of energy change at this time. It’s like everyone goes on high alert, voices are lowered, butterflies start to kick in and suddenly it’s all systems go.

With Vicky’s daughter,  Ellie in charge of keeping the little ones in check ready for their moment down the aisle, Vicky was having some finishing touches to her veil. Unbeknownst to Dan, their son, Thomas, was walking down the aisle first, armed with his red Lightsaber to The Imperial March (Darth Vaders theme). He took his role very seriously and nailed his march, every step of the way. Followed by the slightly less intimidating flower girls, page boy and Ellie, it was time for Vicky’s grand reveal on the arm of her father. You could see the emotion and love between Vicky and Dan when they saw each other for the first time

The Gridshell at the Weald and Downland museum makes for a beautiful backdrop to a wedding. So spacious,light and airy. The ceremony was lovely, and full of laughs as Vicky and Dan giggled with each other and navigated the minor complication of sliding the rings on!!

The Gridshell Weald and Downland Museum

The Gridshell Weald and Downland Museum

The Gridshell Weald and Downland Museum

The Gridshell Weald and Downland Museum

The Gridshell Weald and Downland Museum

The Gridshell Weald and Downland Museum

The Gridshell Weald and Downland Museum

The Gridshell Weald and Downland Museum

The Gridshell Weald and Downland Museum

The Gridshell Weald and Downland Museum

A wedding wouldn’t be a wedding without a face plant of confetti and some group shots!! With a quick bit of time structured in to ensure we had covered the confetti spray and some family group shots, the guests were able to enjoy the grounds, the bar and the incredible crisps buffet to snack on! There were some favourites of mine in that collection… scampi fries and space raiders for the win!!! You could see their guests really enjoying themselves, catching up with friends and settling into to the space to relax and celebrate!

The Gridshell Weald and Downland Museum

The Gridshell Weald and Downland Museum

The Gridshell Weald and Downland Museum

I had already had a full confession from Vicky and Dan that they are not a fan of having their photos taken… the pre-wedding shoot was a great ice-breaker for this, but being the fantastic sports that they are, they conceded that portraits on the day were an essential!! In the suitable lull before the wedding breakfast, we took a stroll around the grounds to capture them at their finest (including those cheeky moments Dan almost vanished under Vicky’s dress!!) I think you would all agree that despite not being fans of the camera, they look amazing and are absolute naturals. The superb thing about getting married at the Gridshell, is that you have full use of the grounds of The Weald and Downland museum too. We certainly made the most of it!! The fields, the historic buildings and just the closeness to nature is just divine!

The Gridshell Weald and Downland Museum

The Gridshell Weald and Downland Museum

The Gridshell Weald and Downland Museum

The Gridshell Weald and Downland Museum

The Gridshell Weald and Downland Museum

The Gridshell Weald and Downland Museum

The Gridshell Weald and Downland Museum

The Gridshell Weald and Downland Museum

Again with the music choices, we arrived back at the Gridshell to all the guests seated and ready… Vicky and Dan were applauded in to the sound of The Prodigy’s “Smack My Bitch Up”!! A first for me, that’s for sure. The meal was a delicious hog-roast by Foresthogs Smokery, with Mark Anthony Bars, eagerly distributing the shots ready for the toasts and speeches! With favours also provided by way of mini bottles from Chichester Harbour Gin, it was evident that a party would be happening for sure!

Toast Live were on the case with the party, Nick was DJing that evening, and he always gets the party started. Not that the crowd needed too much encouragement! With light sticks and loud music, as soon as the first dance came to an end, the dance floor filled and all the shapes started flying out! It was a fantastic energy flowing, John and I were sad to be coming to an end and not be in the thick of it! Needless to say, we also missed tasting the delicious looking buffet that was being laid out by MA Bars too! Our final parting shot was of Vicky and her best friends…. her “something blue” as portrayed by their outfits! I loved that idea and twist on the more traditional blue garter!

Thank you so so much for having us Vicky and Dan, we hope you had a thoroughly spectacular wedding!! I’m looking forward to finishing off my edits nd tweaks and delivering the full set of images very soon!!

xX Fiona Xx

Full Supplier List below (please let me know if I’ve forgotten anyone!)

Competition set up by: V2 Radio

Venue: The Gridshell, Weald and Downland Museum

Decor: Little Events Company

Dress: The Bridal Suite

Bridesmaids: Rosedene Bridal

Suits: Stephen Lawrence

Rings: L Guess Jewellers

Flowers: Manor Nursery Florist

Cake: Lauren’s Cakes

Wedding Favours: Chichester Harbour Gin

Hog Roast: Foresthogs Smokery

Bar & Buffet: Mark Anthony Mobile Bars

Evening Entertainment: Toast Live