Debs & Matt
Debs & Matt
An intimate seaside wedding with bespoke wedding dress by Rae Sims at Ashley Sims a nautical theme and loads of DIY
Seaside View
Seaside View
An intimate seaside wedding with bespoke wedding dress by Rae Sims at Ashley Sims a nautical theme and loads of DIY
Broken Ankle
Broken Ankle
An intimate seaside wedding with bespoke wedding dress by Rae Sims at Ashley Sims a nautical theme and loads of DIY
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Nautical
An intimate seaside wedding with bespoke wedding dress by Rae Sims at Ashley Sims a nautical theme and loads of DIY
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Signs
An intimate seaside wedding with bespoke wedding dress by Rae Sims at Ashley Sims a nautical theme and loads of DIY
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Refresh
An intimate seaside wedding with bespoke wedding dress by Rae Sims at Ashley Sims a nautical theme and loads of DIY
Coconut Shy
Coconut Shy
An intimate seaside wedding with bespoke wedding dress by Rae Sims at Ashley Sims a nautical theme and loads of DIY
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Stationery
An intimate seaside wedding with bespoke wedding dress by Rae Sims at Ashley Sims a nautical theme and loads of DIY
Beach Hut
Beach Hut
An intimate seaside wedding with bespoke wedding dress by Rae Sims at Ashley Sims a nautical theme and loads of DIY
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southwold
An intimate seaside wedding with bespoke wedding dress by Rae Sims at Ashley Sims a nautical theme and loads of DIY
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Debs & Matt

When thinking about your wedding outfit accessories, one leg in a cast is probably not high up on your dream list… Unfortunately Matt managed to break his ankle on his stag do so the dream became a reality for him. As a result Matt was on crutches and had a wheelchair to wheel him across the Suffolk seaside town of Southwold where Debs was waiting to marry him. Southwold is very close to them both and was the perfect backdrop for this Maritime themed wedding.

With loads of DIY, outdoor games and a coconut shy built by Debs in her kitchen this is a wedding to get your pinterest on to…

Debs The Bride: When we made the decision to get married we knew the only place for us to do it was in Southwold, it’s the first place we holidayed together and it’s where we fell in love. It’s a beautiful seaside town in Suffolk full of happy memories for us. We decided to let a house overlooking the sea and with a sea view the only place to celebrate was the garden so we could make the most of the surroundings.

The DIY

I’m no craftsman but in the months leading up the wedding our home looked like a wedding warehouse! Fabric, ribbon, lace, tags, stickers, boxes – it was everywhere! I made most things for the day myself so became a part time photoshopper, seamstress and general crafter! We wanted the wedding to be a really unique event and a real reflection of us so that meant hours of sticking, gluing and sewing.
Matt and I both have very strong ideas of what we like and combining the two tastes was an interesting exercise! Ultimately, we agreed on lace combined with natural colours and fabrics. With a nautical setting we opted for elements of navy too and bound the 3 things together. We created a “brand” with set fonts and images, this ran across everything including favours, menus, stationery and signage so everything matched on the day.

The Wedding Planner

Originally I’d planned on hosting the day myself – what was I thinking?!? I under estimated the time even small tasks take so luckily Matt put his foot down and I found someone to help coordinate things. With hindsight it’s the best money we spent – even a control freak like myself needs help now and then! I found Caroline Gould online and it’s her expertise that turned our wedding from a wedding into an original experience. Her advice and recommendations were invaluable. Caroline grasped every detail and created an amazing venue for us. I didn’t worry about a thing on the day, everything was under control and I wouldn’t have been able to do it or enjoy it without her.

The Dress

Rae at Ashley Sims designed my dress, I came across her on an online forum. I gave Rae images of various dresses I liked and she designed the dress of my dreams on a shoestring budget within just 6 weeks. My bridesmaids’ dress was by Pia Michi. Matt broke his ankle just before our wedding so he ended up in a Topman suit which we had altered into shorts, luckily his best man joined him in the alteration and teamed with a pair of Grenson’s it made for some interesting pictures! Having Hugo, our dog, there on the day was a top priority so he needed an outfit too – Claire from Grace tailored it just for him and more people complemented on his attire than Matt and I combined… he did look very smart!

The Ceremony

We got married in a huge church with just 40 guests but broke with tradition and decorated the interior with balloons, it made it modern and the height of the balloons helped fill the big space. The balloons, from The Red Rose Society, doubled up as decoration for the venue as the guests took them to the house with them after the service.

After an intimate and emotional service (I cried though I was adamant it would be Matt not me that did!) we went back the venue. Luckily we had great weather on the day and when we arrived, Xenia Horne was playing pop-harp. We had a cocktail reception with a bride and grooms choice and jam jar glasses I’d decorated myself.

The Reception

We opted for a Capri marquee from American Marquees to keep it bright and airy and served afternoon tea in wooden crates lined with hessian and blue ribbon. Two Magpies did the catering and provided staff too, it was flawless. There was a selection of sandwiches, cakes, scones and a dessert in each hamper and Prosecco was at hand on each table. There was a vintage bath full of wine and drinks for guests to help themselves to as well as a number of Admans kegs to give our guests a taste of Southwold beer.

The vintage bath was hired from Something Borrowed and we also hired games from them. We had a Hook A Duck, Coconut Shy and Giant Jenga and there was a selection of nautical prizes to be won. The coconut shy cover was a labour of love! I made it out of a tomato greenhouse frame, calico fabric and lace so it was “on theme”! It was great to see it in situ opposed to erected in our kitchen for a change! In the evening Matt Moran served an amazing hog roast with brioche buns, appleslaw and BBQ sauce made by Two Magpies.

I designed our guestbook cards so it became an activity so everyone would want to get involved and leave us a message. Each guest had a sheet to complete with a mix of predictions, advice and memories asked for and there was also space for a Polaroid selfie. There are some interesting words of wisdom to “help” us through our marriage!

Paul Lyon aka Roar Photography was our photographer. We wanted a photographer to be everywhere and nowhere, someone to capture every moment without interrupting the flow of the day. Most importantly we wanted our pictures to really tell the story of the day and capture all the small details we’d put so much thought into. Paul is really easy to get on with it was a pleasure to have him there on the day, we’d only met him once but you’d never have known – he fitted right in. Paul captured everything so naturally, you can see the feelings and emotions in every picture. The day flew by and looking at Pauls’ pictures has allowed us to really see faces, expressions and feelings we’d missed – he captured everything! His work has helped us cement the memories of the day and we cannot recommend him enough.

Photography by Roar Photography
Author: Adam Crohill

Adam likes Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain.

10 thoughts on “Debs & Matt

    1. Naomi, this story has gone a little bit viral on our Facebook page today… Lots of brides to be warning grooms to be to be careful!!;)

      I think the shorts are the fashion statement of the year so far… I want this to become a trend (without the accidents of course).

  1. What a truly personal wedding, all your small touches are amazing and so well thought through. I love the guestbook idea, i’ve been really struggling to come up with something a little different for our wedding in May and might just have to borrow your idea Debs!

    1. It’s a great idea isn’t it Kathryn – I especially like the area reserved for a polaroid selfie… I don’t think you’ll be the only one taking inspiration from Debs and Matt.

  2. Love this – it looks like they had so much fun! I’ve got to know… what was the food and dinosaur reading??

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