Sarah & Tom’s Relaxed Waterside Wedding in Itchenor, West Sussex

Sarah & Tom’s wedding plans were scuppered by Covid so by the time they had their reception it was all about friends and family gathering, and the P.A.R.T.Y. Jason Williams has captured the love and laughter perfectly in his signature photography style.

Q. What was the theme/style for your big day?

A. We knew we wanted a venue that was by the sea/water, as we both love spending our spare time at the beach or in the sea. We also wanted a fairly laid-back wedding, and really wanted a party to celebrate with our friends and family. There wasn’t a set theme, but we weaved in blue colours throughout with the suits, cake, table décor etc. And then, as it was October, we picked more autumnal colours too through the flowers. A couple of other touches included a nod to our love of beer, with some personalised beer mats and hops on our invites and place settings, as well as a surfboard seating plan.

Q. What was most important to you when it came to tying the knot/celebrating your marriage?

A. We had to move the date of our original wedding due to Covid, but being married was the most important thing to us so we went ahead and got legally married on our original planned date. This was a much more intimate day as we just had a small legal ceremony with immediate family followed by beers and burgers at a couple of our favourite local bars/pubs (It was amazing to have Jason capture this day for us too).

Having got legally married already, we felt like we could take a bit of the formality out of our ‘wedding day part two’ but also do those things we’d set our heart on originally – walking down the aisle, speeches, first dances. But having everyone together was the most important part of celebrating our marriage this time. We were able to have a humanist ceremony (lead by Humanist Celebrant Caroline Lambie) which was hugely personal, full of stories, lots of laugher and shots for everyone… it set the tone for the rest of the day – laughter, love, drinks, and dancing.

Q. How did you choose your venue and suppliers?

A. We fell in love with Itchenor Sailing Club as soon as we saw it – it had a really relaxed vibe, felt a bit like a cosy country pub inside and being right on the water we knew we wanted to get married there. It didn’t need much doing in terms of decorating either, we only added some fairy lights and little touches. It also had little rooms off it where people could sit and catch up away from the band, and we had classic pub games and a polaroid camera / photo area.

With the other suppliers we found most of them through Instagram, because we liked their style – we met up or chatted to all of them beforehand and they were all so lovely too we knew we were in good hands.

Q. Where did you get your ideas and inspiration?

A. We got a lot of ideas through Instagram and Pinterest. We also drew from experiences of going to other weddings over the years; we had worked out things we really wanted, and what was important to us personally.

Q. Tell us about your dress…

A. I picked my dress from a local bridal shop – the ladies there were so friendly, helpful and patient as I tried on lots of styles. I really like vintage styles and my dress was a bit art deco in the shape and the lace pattern. Once I’d tried it on I kept coming back to it so I knew it was ‘the one’. It was especially exciting getting to wear it after waiting an extra year.

Q. What was on the menu?

A. All the food was prepared by the in-house chef, Danny, who was amazing.

  • Canapes
    • Hoisin Duck Rolls
    • Steak and Chips
    • Coronation Chicken
  • Main Meal
    • Local Crab Salad or Arancini Balls
    • Cod or Beef
    • Chocolate Fondant or Crème Brulé
  • Bacon Baps, cheese and crackers and port
  • Wedding Cake by Kasserina Cakes and flavours were:
    • Lemon and Poppy seed
    • Cherry Bakewell
    • Chocolate and Guinness

Q. What was the quirkiest element of the day?

A. Because we had exchanged rings already we wanted to do something different in our humanist ceremony – we decided it would be fun to have a shot of Whiskey with all our guests (or apple juice for the kids and non drinkers)…it was probably the quirkiest part of the day… it definitely set the tone and got the party started early! Keeping on the theme we also had two pints of ale as our first drink as ‘re-newlyweds’.

Q. Tell us about your photographer – how you found them, how they fitted into the day and what you thought of your finished gallery.

A. We found Jason on Hitched.com and we loved his style when we looked at his work on Instagram. We met up for a drink and a chat and we knew he was our sort of guy! He was so supportive and full of advice in the build up to both weddings, and we couldn’t have asked for anyone better. He captured the day(s) better than we could have imagined. On the day he was great at helping everyone feel at ease by chatting to the guests and capturing so many natural interactions – especially on the dance floor! He felt just like another one of our wedding guests.

We loved the gallery afterwards, it helped us re-live the day and see parts we missed or hadn’t noticed in all the excitement… it also helped us to remember some of the fuzzier moments later in the evening.

Jason also provided a short video/picture roll of the day which we sat down with a bottle of wine and watched about 100 times on repeat – it was the best.

Hiring Jason was one of the best decisions we made and the pictures we have are evidence of this.

Q. What was your favourite memory from the day?

A. It’s got to be the amount of laughter and fun throughout the day, from the ceremony to the speeches, to the dance floor. Having had that part of the wedding party delayed by a year and having not seen a lot of family / friends for nearly two years, it was amazing to all get together and celebrate our marriage – we think we partied accordingly!

Q. What was your first dance to/what did you walk down to the aisle to?

A. 

Walk down the aisle: “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by Lucy Spraggan

First dance: “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” by Leo Sayer, live version

Suppliers:

Venue & Food: Itchenor Sailing Club – www.itchenorsc.co.uk/ashore/your-wedding-at-isc-1

Celebrant: Caroline Lambie – humanistcaroline.com

Dress: The Bridal Mill – www.thebridalmill.co.uk

Suit: Moss Bros – www.moss.co.uk

Tie: Notch Ties – https://www.tieroom.co.uk/notch

Photography: Jason Williams Photography – www.jasonwilliamsphotography.com

Flowers: Three Wild Flowers – www.threewildflowers.co.uk

Cake: Kasserina Cakes – www.kasserina.com

Musician: Martin Sean McConnell – www.mcguitar.co.uk

Band: 8Ball UK (Through Tailored Entertainment)8ball-band.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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