I am so in love with this dreamy coastal wedding, the picture’s taken on the beach are just beautiful, I had to include them all so you could swoon over them too. Imagine looking out of your venue window and being greeted with stunning sea views.
Alexa & Rich are such a unique couple with a keen eye for style and they certainly knew what they wanted to wear; which I have to compliment them both on as they look AMAZING. I’m so glad that Alexa stuck to her guns & ordered her dress from overseas as it’s beautiful and she looks fab in it and so does our beardy groom Rich in his jeans, flip flops & braces.
The Brides Fashion & Accessories
Alexa The Bride: I knew I didn’t want the standard wedding dress, I wanted to be comfortable throughout the day, we were getting married on a beach and I wanted to look like me. I had come across the Australian wedding dress company Grace Loves Lace who create beautiful vintage, bohemian dresses but wanted to see if I could find anything similar in the UK. After a couple of trips to wedding dress shops I knew I wasn’t going to find what I was looking for so I ordered the wedding dress I’d been comparing everything too. I think some people thought I was a bit reckless to order my dress from abroad without ever trying it on, but Grace Loves Lace do a fantastic job of helping you with measurements and letting you know how the production of the dress is coming along. When the dress arrived I was really pleased with it.
I become a bit obsessed with Etsy for the wedding and found all of my accessories from unique shops on there. I wore simple white and gold wooden dipped stud earrings and a gold bracelet as my accessories along with the beautiful flower crown my florist Charlotte Jenkins from Rock ‘N’ Rosie created.
The Grooms Fashion & Accessories
Richard’s outfit was also along the vintage vibe and needed to be more relaxed than your average wedding suit. In fact it wasn’t a suit at all he wore a white shirt with a black pocket, grey jeans, flip flops and braces and looked very handsome.
We were very lucky to have found Lusty Glaze, it was really the perfect venue for us. We spend a lot of time in the West Country with a lot of good memories so it felt natural to want to get married there. I think we checked out two or three venues before we found it but knew straight away the laid back, beautiful, natural setting of Lusty was exactly what we were looking for and we were excited to share it with our friends and family. We visited it a handful of times before we got married and meet the owners who we’re very welcoming and the whole team felt like part of the family by the time we got married. A special thank you for Nicola and Claire who helped organize the whole day and decorated the venue which looked amazing!
The Colour Scheme/Décor
Simple, natural, shabby beach. We went with light pastels in mint green, pinks, white and light blue. I didn’t go over board with any decorations as the venue and surrounds where already stunning and not that you could but I didn’t want to detract from them.
Charlotte Jenkins from Rock ‘N’ Rosie was our wonderful florist. She has an amazing ability to create beautiful, natural designs. I meet with her about two months before the wedding, she was so lovely, we discussed what colours I liked and if I had favourite flowers I wanted to use. I had already seen Charlottes work on her website so had complete trust in her to create the beautiful arrangements so asked her to do what she thought would work – I figured Charlotte is the expert, she does this all the time and wanted to give her free rein.
My mum and Lynn my new mother-in-law also need a thank you as they spent a day cleaning and spray painting a lot of jars and bottles we had all been collecting in the pastel colours. I handed these over to Charlotte for her to use for the table centerpieces and she certainly did them justice!
The Wedding Party Fashion
My gorgeous bridesmaids Ria and Beverly my two best friends from school wore pastel mint green dresses that I found in H&M. Again I wanted to make sure they were comfortable in what they were wearing for the day and if they wanted too could wear them again. In fact this was the idea behind the grooms, groomsmen Kelvin and Sean and my gorgeous nephew Finley’s outfits too. Finley our ‘flower person’ (key confetti hander outer / thrower) all wore the same as the Groom.
Music is very important to Rich and I so we included our most loved tracks for the ceremony, we made our own vows and had our best friend Ralphy (our dog) as the ring bearer, who made everyone laugh by howling at the crucial moment of ‘Is there anyone here present who knows any lawful reason why Alexa and Richard cannot be joined in marriage?’
Our lovely friend Celia who’s a teacher allowed us to raid her schools games cupboard. We borrowed a quick cricket set, giant connect four and a huge tug of war rope. There we’re a lot of children at the wedding but even if there hadn’t been we’d have still brought these with us! The tug of war proved a lot of fun.
We had a great rockabilly band called the Carl Morris Trio in the evening who got everyone up and dancing including my Grandma! I think choosing a band was actually one of the hardest parts as Rich knows what he likes when it comes to music and these guys did a great job!
Food was kept simple and rustic. After the ceremony welcome cocktails were served, Pimm’s, Mojito’s and elderflower Colins along with Cornish ice cream. For the main meal we had Paella a meat and a vegetarian option, with salads and scrummy breads. For desert we had Cornish cream teas. In the evening we had Cornish pasties, pulled pork baps and rustic chips.
The fantastic, laid back talented Ali Paul, who captures all the moments of the day naturally and perfectly. He had been the photographer for my Bridesmaid Ria’s wedding and we loved his style, so he was an easy choice for us.
We booked the cottage and chalet on the beach next to the venue. This allowed us to spread the celebrations over three days. Meeting people at Lusty the afternoon / night before the wedding for dinner and drinks, the actual wedding day on the Saturday and then a roast dinner on Sunday afternoon, followed by a meal and drinks in the evening with live music – all of this was luck really we didn’t pre-plan any of it until a few weeks before / at the day we arrived. My bridesmaids stayed with me in the cottage the night before the wedding and Rich stayed in our camper van at the top of the Lusty glaze cove before heading for a surf the morning of the wedding with his groomsmen and friends.
Don’t get sucked into all the wedding hype, make the day about the two of you, make it honest, genuine and true to you both and everything else will fall into place.