I know, I always want to be at every wedding I share with you. I always want to wear the dress and I always want to dance with the bride. But I really really really do mean it. And this wedding is no exception. Seriously.
Michelle and Luke got married in Whitstable at The beacon House. They rented the three bedroom house on the beach for three nights and had the most perfect, intimate DIY wedding ever. Michelle rocks the perfect bridal updo. You will have fresh-flower-in-hair envy. Promise.
Michelle The Bride: When looking for a venue we knew we wanted something small and sweet, that we could put our stamp on, when we dropped onto The beacon house, we both thought it was perfect. The beacon house is a gorgeous 3 bedroom house right on the beach in a lovely town called Whitstable in Kent, it is licensed for weddings and gives you the freedom of creating something unique and personal to yourselves. We rented the house for three nights, in order for us to have time to decorate it and to have a day to relax after the wedding. The owner Katrina was more than helpful throughout the process and answered any questions we had and put our minds at ease throughout. Luke and I spent days running up to wedding making as many of the decorations ourselves, we made all the bunting, wedding favours, knife and fork sets, crates for the alcohol and the wooden signs around the venue, we had so much fun making them and we were so happy with the overall look on the day. Our lovely florist also decorated the venue with gorgeous flowers and the beautiful garland where we made our vows.
My beautiful dress was made by Parisian designer Laure De Sagazan from The Mews in London. I’d spent hours searching for inspiration online for a dress that was simple, elegant and had a more of a bohemian style. I finally came across some of Laure De Sagazan dresses and I knew I had to try them on. I was lucky enough that the one boutique in Bristol that sold her dresses was opening up a shop in Notting Hill, so as soon as they opened I made an appointment. From the beginning I had my eye on this particular dress and as soon as I tried it on I instantly had to have it. My shoes were from Badgley Mischka, I knew I didn’t want ivory shoes and wanted something feminine with a bit of colour that would match up with my bridesmaids. My bridesmaids were my sister and two friends, they wore dresses from Fever Designs, the shop had a lovely selection of bridesmaids dresses and had a selection of designs, styles and colours. I specifically chose this colour as it wasn’t too bold and looked lovely and feminine and was co-operated through the decorations, flowers and the theme of the wedding.
Luke purchased his suit from ASOS and he had the suit tailored to fit him nicely, the ties were from Reiss and the pocket squares we had made ourselves for the groom, best man and both fathers, this was because we couldn’t find a colour to match all four suits as the all the suits were different shades of browns, the pockets squares are so easy to make and helped when cutting down costs.
Hair & Make-Up
My hair and makeup on the day was done by the lovely Sarah Rumsey, we had a trial run a few months previously and I loved her ideas for the final day, the flowers that were clipped into my hair were from my florist Jane at Graham Greener and my hair slide was a little purchase I’d made from Etsy that I spray painted gold for the day.
Most of the decorations were made by either myself or Luke, we wanted to add something to the wedding of our own, plus this helped with cutting down costs, we didn’t realise how much bunting costs especially when we thought of how much we needed but to make it yourselves is so simple and cheap. The crates filled with beer,cider and pop were purchased from a garden centre, varnished then the words were spray painted through a stencil we printed off the computer. We also made several other items including the wedding favour keyrings stuffed with dandelion seeds for our guests to make a wish.
All of the cakes were made by my mum, after years of sampling them as a child there was no doubt that my mum would be making my wedding cake, I chose a simple Victoria sponge with cream and fruit and my mum made some beautiful ice peonies which matched my wedding bouquet to top the cake. Overall the food went down a treat. Lukes mum made some lovely sausage rolls for canapés after the ceremony and later we had fish and chips delivered from the local fish and chip shop and enjoyed some nibbles on the night which we purchased from Marks and Spencer party food section online.
We knew we wanted our guests to be entertained through the night, so we hired LJ, a singer we found through alivenetwork. She had a great list of songs; everything from the old to the current and kept our guests dancing through the night.
Capturing the wedding was important to us and when we found Amy, her style of photography was definitely what we wanted. After meeting for a coffee in Greenwich to discuss weddings and photography we knew she was the one we wanted to capture our day, she made us feel relaxed and at ease. Amy was very professional before, during and after and all the photos are perfect, we couldn’t recommend her enough.
Becky is at her happiest when dunking a slightly chilled chocolate digestive into a very warm, very milky cup of tea. She also loves her job and pinches herself every day to make sure that she isn’t in a graphic design dreamworld.