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A Charming and Pastel Pretty Seaside Wedding in Whitstable
Oh I do like to be beside the seaside… (I genuinely do, especially when its all as joyful as today’s beautiful beachside wedding). Meet Rebecca, who has possibly the world’s best job as a professional dress-up princess, and Jonathan, a car rental manager, who married on Wednesday 8th June 2016 at The Lobster Shack at East Quay Venue in Whitstable.
“Whitstable is our favourite seaside town- we love to eat fish and chips and wander across the pebbly beach. We love its retro charm. When it came to choosing our wedding venue the East Quay Venue was simply perfect. It had everything we needed all under one roof and we adored its nautical rustic charm, not to mention their friendly, helpful and wonderfully efficient and experienced team.”
Photography by Kerry Woods
“The styling for the day was simply ‘sea themed’. This was such a fun and easy theme and we were lucky that the venues natural decor was sea themed with vintage pieces. Additional props of plastic sea creatures, buckets and spades, fishing nets were easy to source from seaside shops and online.”
The bridesmaids looked lovely in dresses from ASOS and Marks and Spencer, while the tiny little flower girl looked very sweet in a gown bought on eBay.
Hair for all the ladies was by Lucy’s Vintage hair and Makeup, while Holly Hanrahan did makeup.
“Kerry came recommended to me from our engagement shoot photographer and I just knew instantly she was the one. She was simply outstanding and the shots of our day are incredible.”
“She captured the fun, the magic, the love and some really wonderful moments.”
The gorgeous floral arrangements were the work of Jonathan’s talented Mum.
“We were very lucky that Jonathan’s Mother has done quite a few floristry classes and has a natural flair for flower arranging. We went together to the Covent Garden Flower Market a few days before the wedding and I picked all my favourite flowers- roses, peonies and gypsophila for the bridesmaids bouquets. She really did an incredible job and it was something very special for my future Mother-in-law to make my beautiful bouquet.”
Rebecca wore the ‘Viva Bride’ gown, which she purchased from the Wed2B’s Southampton store.
“This was the first dress I tried on and it just felt magical. I always knew since I was a little girl I would have a ‘princess style’ dress and this made me feel just like one. The length of the skirt was also practical for the beach. I simply adore tulle and pearls are my favourite gemstone so it just seemed to fit my personality to a T.”
Rebecca carried the romantic look through with a beautiful full veil, while on her feet she channelled another fairytale character- Dorothy, from The Wizard of Oz.
“I had my heart set on having a pair of Dorothy slippers for the wedding and I managed to track down an incredible maker who creates replicas at Randy Rainbow’s Ruby Slippers, Etsy.”
For accessories Rebecca really needed nothing but that beautiful big smile, but she also added earrings from Debenhams and a pearl bracelet which was a gift from Jonathan on the morning of the wedding.
Rebecca was accompanied down the aisle by her two younger brothers (who she describes sweetly as ‘the other great loves of my life’) to ‘Sleeping at Last’ by Turning Page.
“This song is precious to Jonathan and I and the lyrics are beautiful. I knew for a very long time this would be the song I would walk down the aisle to and it still gives me butterflies now.”
“The ceremony room looked out over the beautiful Whitstable Bay, the sunlight shimmering off the sea in the background while we said our vows.”
“After the ceremony our guests spilled out onto the beach, drank Pimms, threw confetti and skimmed stones across the sea. As the sun set and the night drew in, the music began to play, mingling with the sound of the waves crashing on the shore.”
“Jonathan and I first met while we were both working in the Toy Department at Harrods. It was love at first sight. We shared our first kiss not long after and moved in together a week later. Jonathan proposed on a secluded beach in Kefalonia on my 27th birthday. He had made a storybook full of photographs of us over the years and on the last page was a photo of my engagement ring. I turned around and there he was with the ring.”
“My bridesmaid Sandy read ‘Love is a Temporary Madness’ from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières. This is Jonathan’s favourite book of all time and it really is a beautiful piece. We chose it for its beautiful portrayal of love, closeness and two people becoming one.”
Once the vows were said, the couple exchanged rings, Rebecca’s from Chisholm Hunter and Jonathan’s from the Wedding Show at Excel.
“Jonathan and I have always been a fun loving couple and we wanted our wedding day to be full of laughter and joy. For reception decor we made a beach hut for our wedding cards and found Barbie and Ken dolls to sit outside it, complete with their very own deck chairs and beach wear. We had miniature blow up sea creatures scattered about the room, ocean themed place settings for the tables and even a seaside themed pick ‘n’ mix table.”
Jonathan looked very smart in a suit from Moss Bros, while the pageboys wore a mix of Primark and Marks and Spencer.
Rebecca and Jonathan’s wedding invitations were made by Eden Craft Project in a lobster design, along with the table plan, which was hand painted in watercolours and hung on a fishing net.
“Our cake was made by Jonathan’s Aunty Jacquie. We found a picture of a sea themed cake on Pinterest and she went above and beyond this and created the cake of our dreams, handmaking every single item from the lobster toppers to the beach huts and shipwrecked boat.”
For entertainment the couple hired a photobooth with unlimited prints for their guests to take home (supplier not named), as well as a DJ from Celebration Sounds, to keep everyone on the dance floor all evening.
“My favourite moment of the day had to be walking down the aisle and finally seeing Jonathan and his face; I’ll never ever forget that. Walking along to the beach from the hotel to the ceremony was also a very fun moment.”
“How many bridal parties get to do that? We were so lucky as it was a beautiful sunny day and I had all my favourite people around me and people on the beach wishing me good luck.“
Words of Wedded Wisdom
“The day absolutely flies by so enjoy every minute from the moment you wake up. Go for a walk and try and stomach something for breakfast because during the day you won’t eat a thing- I barely touched the delicious three course meal we so meticulously planned.
Make a playlist of your favourite songs while you get ready with your bridesmaids. The getting ready part is so much fun so make sure you leave enough time to soak it all in.
Invest in your photography, wedding rings and videographer as those are the things that will last. We are so glad we decided on getting a videographer to film the day as it’s a lovely visual memory to watch on wedding anniversaries to come.”
So many thanks to Rebecca and Jonathan- I really want to go to the beach right now and walk along the shore… Thanks also to Kerry Woods Photography for sharing these beautiful sunny photos. Is a beachside wedding your thing? Take a look here for some more seaside celebrations.