Saturday 7th July 2012 was a very special day down at Beach Weddings Bournemouth– it was our very first Vow Renewal Ceremony. It truly was a very beautiful but equally moving and emotional day despite the horrendous weather!
Juli and Clive are a couple very much in love- you only have to see the way they look at each other to know that. They married 16 years ago on the beach in the Seychelles so it was very fitting for them to renew their vows on the beach, although unfortunately they were not blessed with the sun which they were 16 years ago! Nonetheless, we didn’t let this get us down, and neither did they. Juli and Clive just embraced the weather, working with it and not complaining once.
Special thanks must also go to Anna Morgan, who photographed Juli and Clive’s special day. She was a real trooper on the day, battling against the wind and the rain to get some great shots of the day! She even fulfilled Juli’s wish of getting all the guests outside in the rain for a group shot! Although the guests weren’t initially too keen on this idea, they did have great fun when they were out by the sea. All of the photos in this blog were taken by Anna and have really captured the fun and happiness of the day and are stunning despite the weather!
Guests fought the wind and the rain as they were walking down the prom to the Beach Weddings Bournemouth site and were rewarded with a drink in our drinks marquee as they arrived, which provided a very welcome shelter from the elements. When Juli and Clive arrived with their three daughters, there was a huge cheer! It was very clear that they were a couple very much loved and adored by their friends and family who were all very excited to be sharing this special day with them.
Despite the weather, the main marquee as always looked beautiful and you could hear the waves crashing into the shore. Baby blue blankets were laid out on the chairs for any guests who felt a little chilly. Buckets of stunning pretty pink flowers by Arcade Flowers hung on the pew ends, creating a very romantic atmosphere inside the marquee- a sensational contrast to the wild wind and rain outside.
In contrast to a wedding ceremony, Juli and Clive walked down the aisle together, hand in hand. Their two Grand-daughters were their flower girls, who scattered rose petals on the aisle as they walked down first. They were followed by Juli’s Bridesmaids who were her and Clive’s three daughters. Juli and Clive then made their way down the aisle to the Wedding Hut, walking to a classical piece of music, Sanctum.
The ceremony was conducted by Diana Saxby, a Marriage Celebrant from Grace The Day. Diana’s ceremonies are always full of promise to be touching and beautiful and true to form, it was just that. Diana had written the ceremony along with Juli’s help, making it a very personal ceremony for everyone involved. A very poignant and unique aspect of the ceremony was that Juli and Clive wanted to not only celebrate their marriage but also to give thanks to their family and friends, who have always been there for them and offered support and love over the years. Juli and Clive had a guestbook for all of their guests to sign and as part of the ceremony, Juli and Clive to write their own message in the guest book as opposed to signing the registers in a wedding ceremony. Whilst they were signing their guestbook, a live singer, Neil Scott sang Louis Armstrong’s ‘We have all the time in the world’ which Juli and Clive walked down the aisle to when they married 16 years ago. At the end of the ceremony, Juli and Clive danced down the aisle to ‘Just the way you are’ by Bruno Mars, really lifting everyone’s spirits and demonstrating their love for life.
After the ceremony it was time for a second drinks reception, whilst the Beach Weddings Bournemouth Crew prepared their Afternoon Tea.
The food our caterers Fish Face Events prepared was spectacular! Guests were treated to sandwiches filled with Award winning West country smoked salmon, tiger prawns and lemon aioli, cucumber and Dorset Ham and Westcombe Cheddar cheese. These were followed by homemade fruit scones and homemade vanilla scones served with Dorset strawberry jam and both Dorset clotted cream and Chantilly cream, homemade chocolate fudge cake and homemade Dorset apple cake. All of this was served with fresh strawberries and raspberries along with loose tea and freshly ground coffee. Delicious!
Whilst the adults enjoyed the afternoon tea, the children enjoyed their very own tea party on the decking, being treated to cheese and ham sandwiches and jam sandwiches along with a selection of crisps and biscuits. Melanie was like the Pied Piper of Bournemouth Beach when she brought this out for them! All of a sudden it went very quiet! Once the children had enjoyed their picnic, they had great fun for the rest of the afternoon, building sandcastles and playing in the sand either side of the decking.
After the afternoon tea, it was time for the speeches and to sing Happy Birthday! For today was not only a celebration of Juli and Clive’s marriage but was also to celebrate Juli’s 50th Birthday too! The singer Neil Scott took back control of the microphone and everyone joined in for a chorus of Happy Birthday. Neil then continued to sing for the rest of the afternoon and Juli and Clive danced together with everyone watching on. Juli and Clive’s guests were then encouraged to get up and dance and they danced the afternoon away! Having a live singer really does create such as special atmosphere and has the ability to get everyone up dancing and having fun.
Lit candles gave the marquee a really cosy, warm atmosphere.
Juli and Clive’s vow renewal was a very special day and one that we will never forget at Beach Weddings Bournemouth. It was a day to celebrate special memories but also a day to create special memories. We wish Juli and Clive lots of special memories to come. Thank you Juli and Clive for choosing Bournemouth Beach Weddings to be part of your special day, it was an absolute honour for everyone involved.