Today we hear from real bride Sabrina, she tells us all about her and Jonathan’s laid back beach party wedding…
We had a beachy theme for our wedding with a relaxed, laid back vibe. More like a summer garden party rather then a formal wedding. We wanted it to be very natural and wild rather then having set colour schemes and table plans.
It was important to us on the day that our guests felt relaxed and were able to mingle, this being the first time a lot of our families had met. We didn’t want our ceremony to be religious in any way. We had our legal ceremony at midday which was very intimate and then one of our closest friends married us in front of all of our guests at 2pm outside in the gardens.
We fell in love with The Beacon house as soon as we saw it. It was the first place we looked at and I knew we had to get married there. It’s located right on Whitstable seafront with gardens and meadows looking out to sea. The beach house itself had a lot of nautical decor and the gardens were in full bloom for the wedding.
I got a lot of ideas and inspiration on Pinterest and managed to create various elements at a fraction of the cost just by getting creative myself or with the help of others.
Our cake was incredible and was actually designed and made by my brother. It was fully encrusted with sugar fondant sea shells which looked fantastically real.
I made my hair piece myself out of gold wire, pearls and other beading.
I found some dried up seaweed on the beach when we first viewed the house, which I kept and then later had it worked into my bouquet.
My florist was Citrus Flowers in Emsworth but I also sourced a lot of wild looking flowers from Brighton market to keep costs down.
We hired a fish and chip van for the day from Moby Dicks. They pulled up right outside the house and people were able to have their food wherever they liked around the venue. It was perfectly in-keeping with our seaside theme and was a hit with the guests.
We got two kegs of beer from the local Whitstable brewery, and had three large Kilner jars full of Pimms and other cocktails.
I had two dresses, the first I wore in our legal ceremony which was actually the same dress my bridesmaids wore. It was a white lace tea length dress from Coast. My second dress was very fitted with a small fish tail train.I was working at a Coast outlet at the time, and every now and then we would get the odd bridal dress come in. I actually joked about trying one on having unsuccessfully found any dresses I liked in bridal shops. I felt silly in anything I tried on, everything felt a bit too weddingy (if that’s a word). So when I tried on this fitted lace understated bridal dress in Coast, it just felt right. Just a little tight (but I would work on that later!) As the dress was from my work place, and heavily discounted, I knew it needed something to make it feel a little more special and personal to me, so I found James and Elena at Occasions of West Street in Fareham, who helped me design and make a lightly embellished, sheer attachable top with pearled buttons at the back and a waist tie. It made all the difference and I also added netting underneath to give it more volume. I felt so happy that I’d essentially created my very own wedding dress at a fraction of the price most brides would pay.
Possibly the quirkiest element of our day, was that our close friend Rob married us. Our guests were completely unaware of this until the day, so was a nice surprise and it made it that much more personal.
My advise to other brides having a similar wedding would be to have a change of shoes, I had some wedges to change into as I didn’t want my heels to get caught in the decking. Enjoy the weather whatever, you can’t let the weather ruin your big day. Embrace it, get a good photographer, if weather is bad, they will know how to capture it in the best way.
One of my favourite memories from the day, was walking down the stairs of the house down to our first legal ceremony and seeing Jonathan for the first time that day along with the rest of our immediate family, (dog included). I felt surprisingly relaxed and so excited for the day ahead.
My aisle music was actually an instrumental version of ‘kiss the girl’ from The Little Mermaid …. I know it sounds ridiculous. It was sort of a joke suggestion as it was my favourite childhood film and I had visions of looking like a bridal mermaid on the day. Jonathan is an incredibly talented piano player, and composed a version of the song which in the end I just had to have. I knew no one else in the world would have this particular version so it felt really special.
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Makeup Amy-Louise Faulkner