Today we’ve featured Donna and Shawn’s simply seasidey wedding shot by the brilliant Sam Pharoah. We love how relaxed it was and that they encouraged their guests to head over to the pier, grab an ice cream etc!
Over to Donna…
Q. What was the theme/style for your big day?
A. Simple, relaxed, seaside.
Q. What was most important to you when it came to tying the knot/celebrating your marriage?
A. Having those we love with us and keeping it relaxed, simple and outdoorsy.
Q. How did you choose your venue and suppliers?
A. Location, location, location for the venue! We wanted a reflection of what we love – the coast and outdoors. We both have links to Worthing, in fact as teenagers Donna’s first holiday job was working at one of the Pier kiosks and Shawn worked in two of the seafront hotels.
We didn’t have many other suppliers except our photographer Sam Pharoah (mentioned below).
Q. Where did you get your ideas and inspiration?
A. I saw the idea for the table decorations using brown paper covered books but added a personal touch by choosing books that were all about us – running, the coast & teaching! We blinged it up with sparkly lights & birdcages – another outdoor link.
Q. Tell us about your dress…
A. I got my dress from Brighton Vintage Wedding Dresses. A super intimate boutique where Heather the owner was just fabulous. It was a pre-loved dress in a 20s style that fitted beautifully and suited The Dome perfectly!
Q. What was on the menu?
A. We had Pimms & elderflower reception, the Ladies & Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea & then Fish & Chips later – all perfect for the seaside.
Q. What was the quirkiest element of the day?
A. Nothing too quirky but we loved feeling like red carpet stars as we went into (and then came out of) the actual Cinema for some photos, in front of a full house waiting to see Toy Story! In fact, the photos were probably the quirkiest bit – lots on the prom, beach & pier as people carried on with their day.
We also told our guests to enjoy being at the seaside as much as we would, so encouraged them to visit the beach, the pier, grab an ice-cream – whatever would add to their seaside day out.
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 met Sam Pharoah on the off-chance at a wedding fayre at the Dome. We’d popped along to Worthing to look at the venue and found they had a fayre on so went in! Sam was friendly and approachable and we liked her style of photography. We met with Sam a couple of times leading up to the wedding where we chatted – lots! We also found out that we had a lot in common including the outdoors, especially camping and running! On top of that we had a pre-wedding shoot so by the time the day came we really felt comfortable with her around. Sam was easy company on the day, blending in effortlessly and always on hand just in case something photo-worthy was happening. We love the finished gallery, Sam has captured the emotion of the day beautifully and everything that we loved about our day is right there – sea, sunshine and love.
Q. What advice would you give other brides looking for a similar style of event?
A. Keep it simple.
Q. What was your favourite memory from the day?
A. Apart from getting married (twice really – once at the registrars in the morning & then ceremony at the Dome), Donna bumping into the Town Crier in his finery on the prom & him announcing the wedding for all to hear!
Q. What was your first dance to/what did you walk down to the aisle to?
A. We walked down the aisle together to The Proclaimers ‘Let’s Get Married’, skipped out to Katrina & the Waves ‘Walking on Sunshine’ and our first dance was Rachel Platten ‘Better Place’.
Brighton Vintage Wedding Dresses – www.brightonvintageweddingdresses.co.uk
Sam Pharoah Photography – www.sampharoah.com
Worthing Dome – worthingdomeevents.co.uk