If you’re looking for inspiration on an awesome DIY and beach themed wedding, this feature is the perfect one for you. I am just in love with the details and decors our couple used in their special day. The cape topper itself is so adorable, it’s not the usual bride and groom one, it actually tells a story. The ladies’ bouquet is such a beaut – the button and brooches created an interesting and lovely take on this accessory. The reception area was decorated so nicely it felt like such a feast-slash-party. Just scroll through and we’re sure you’ll love it as much as I did. Congratulations on your wedding day Emma & Lee!
What is the overall story for this album?
Lee and I met 12 years ago in derby on a night out we moved to whitby 3 and a half years Later. We decide to move once I had finished at university, as we both always wanted to live near the coast. The north Yorshire coastline is beautiful and whitby itself has such a historic atmosphere, which we both loved. We visited whitby and fell in love with the place and decided to move here. When considering a place to get married we knew we wanted a seaview. During a summers night walk in robin hood’s bay we noitced there was a wedding party taking place in the victoria hotel garden with a marquee. We knew instantly that this was the place we wanted our wedding reception with fantasic views over the bay. With robinhoods bay itself being so beautiful we wanted our wedding guests to see the bay during our wedding. We then set about looking for a wedding ceromony reception. We found the swell cafe, it had hidden wedding reception above which was part of an old chapel and had a lovely vintage feel . The venues we chose then created the wedding theme a british seaside vintage theme. I got the idea for the button and brooch bouquets when searching for beached theme wedding dress ideas online, they were a perfect idea as they looked vintage and were sturdy for a sea breeze. Me and my mum gathered the buttons and brooches from various antique shops in whitby and other areas. I was given some by family and also found some at various online shops. My mum made the bouquets, bunting and now continues to make these for sale or hire www.mjweddingartiste.co.uk . My mum also help make my cake and table decorations. I wanted to hand make a lot of the decor to give it a vintage feel and save some money. We wanted a laidback beach wedding with a location which made all our guest feel relaxed. Robin hoods bay was perfect for photos with many varied locations around the bay to take some fantasic shots
What inspired the wedding day outfits?
The outfits were inspired by the beautiful surroundings, I really wanted a Vintage Seaside theme and felt the blue dresses fitted perfectly. The wedding dress vendors were amazing they made it possible for me to merge 2
dress styles that I liked to make a unquie vitage looking dress, which suited our wedding theme.
What was your favorite part of the day?
I loved every second of the day, it turned out perfectly – we even had beautiful sunshine and a cooling sea breeze. Most of all though I loved making our vows and promising to spend our lives together in front of all of our
beloved family and friends
Was there any Do it Yourself (DIY) projects? If so, can you describe them in detail?
Lots of them ! Mum made the bunting, which was just fantastic – there was so much of it! We managed to have it inside the marquee, around the tables and outside on the fence, which brought the theme out into the garden
too which was a really nice touch. She made the table plan based on beach huts, and all of the table decorations, which again were a seaside theme. We had bottles with flags inside all depicting different local seaside towns as
our table markers, and centre pieces made up of glass bowls containing sand, shells and starfish – plus she made all of the button bouquets, which were just amazing. I got the idea for the button and brooch bouquets when searching for beached theme wedding dress ideas online, they were a perfect idea as they looked vintage and were sturdy for a sea breeze. Me and my mum gathered the buttons and brooches from various antique shops in whitby and other areas. I was given some by family and also found some at various online shops. My mum also help make my cake, which even had biscuit crumbs on the top to look like sand, it was perfect. I made the guests name plates out of pebbles that I collected from the beach – I hand painted them with each guests name and glued on tiny little buttons to match the theme. I wanted to hand make a lot of the decor to give it a vintage feel and save some money.
What were the highlights from the ceremony & reception?
Having such input from my parents was amazing, what with mum hand making all of the decorations, and making sure everything ran smoothly, and my dad singing during the ceremony and at the evening reception, and on top of all that I got to marry the most wonderful man any girl could wish for ! It really was a perfect day.
Was there a theme for the ceremony and reception?
Vintage sea side theme
Anything else you would like to add ?
It was an absolute pleasure to photograph Emma and Lee’s wedding. Not only were they and their family and friends wonderful people to be around, but the location was so idyllic, I had a really perfect day
Photographer: Tracey Ann Photography
Jewelry: black market
Beauty: Body Line Health and Beauty
Bridesmaid Dresses: Dido Bridal
Equipment Rentals: Florida Marquee
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Formally Yours – Wedding Suit Hire Online
DJ: Keith Wallis
Ceremony Location: Swell Café Bar, Gift Shop and Wedding Venue
Dress Store: The Wedding House
Reception Venue: The Victoria Hotel