This season looked like a very exciting one back when we started in April. We knew fairly early on that we would be completing around 60 weddings by the end of our second season, so we have had a lot to keep you updated on and its going so fast we have had no time to blog! So, for the summer we thought we would give you a little round up of our weddings going back to the beginning of the season so you don’t miss out on seeing any of our beautiful brides in their beautiful dresses or seeing the gorgeous décor in the marquee.
The very first wedding of the 2013 season was on Saturday 13th April. This was the very intimate wedding of Caroline and Kevin who were joined by just sixteen guests. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t very kind to them but they didn’t let this get their spirits down and their guests enjoyed fish and chips and an afternoon of fun with us. Caroline later emailed to say she wouldn’t have changed a thing about the day, not even the weather- which just goes to show you really can have a fabulous wedding day no matter what the weather.
The second wedding of the season threw us straight in at the deep end with a ceremony for two hundred people- our biggest yet! Sonja and Andrew married with us on Friday 19th April and had a ceremony on a lovely sunny day followed by photos on the beach before going back to Andrew’s parents for their reception.
Our third wedding was the following day, Saturday 20th April and again threw us in at the deep end with 150 guests for the ceremony and wedding breakfast- the biggest catered wedding we have ever held. Amy and Dean are a lovely, fun loving couple who loved every minute of their day. The weather couldn’t have been better with bright sunshine, which matched Amy’s colour scheme of sunshine yellow and her bright personality. They are a couple very much in love and we could compare her to Tigger from the moment we greeted her at the cliff lift, she was bouncing up and down with excitement all day! As the sun started to set across the bay, Amy and Dean and the wedding party wondered down the prom to Key West for their evening reception.
Danielle and Ben married with us on Thursday 25th April in possibly one of our most intimate ceremonies so far. Danielle and Ben were joined by just their very closest family and a couple of friends. The morning was incredibly foggy but luckily the fog cleared for the afternoon to reveal beautiful blue skies. Ben chose the couple’s music as a surprise for Danielle and hired live acoustic singers to sing during the ceremony and entertain the guests during the drinks and canapé reception on the sand. The couple and their guests walked just down the prom to Westbeach for a meal to continue the celebrations after they left us, allowing them the chance to get some beautiful romantic photos at sunset!
Friday 26th April was the wedding of Kate and Rob- yet another beautiful, fun loving couple (we do love our couples!) Kate looked stunning but wasn’t going to let wearing a wedding dress get in the way of her having lots of fun. During the drinks reception, the games came out including sack races and even tug of war- which the Bride and her girls won I must point out! Go the girls! Kate and Rob were also the first couple to hire our ice cream bike so it was a very exciting day! They enjoyed a relaxed BBQ followed by some hilarious speeches! We absolutely loved Kate’s colour scheme of pale blue and white- it looked beautiful in the marquee with stunning flowers by Arcade flowers and the handmade hessian table runners and bunting really finished the look off. They continued the celebrations with a beachy theme by heading down to Key West at the end of the pier for their evening reception.
The last wedding of the month was Saturday 27th April which was yet another wedding full of surprises! Caroline and Ross were joined by sixty guests for their ceremony and wedding breakfast. Caroline and their guests had a huge surprise when at 3pm a very low flying plane flew across the marquee and Ross revealed he had organised a surprise private air display. The display lasted around ten minutes and had the guests (and the staff!) wowing in amazement at the stunts. Caroline and Ross enjoyed a very special day with us before heading off in a beautiful vintage car for a trip to Sandbanks for some time by themselves (another surprise by the groom) before heading to the Highcliff Marriott for their evening reception.
On Sunday 28th April, we held our Spring open day which was a huge success, with us welcoming over 400 people to the venue to have a look around and see how the venue could work for their wedding. Our ice cream bike was on show on show for the first time and we were joined by some fabulous suppliers who chatted to our couples and visitors. Thank you to Coastal Creatives and Arcade Flowers for styling the venue, Lisa Notley for displaying her amazing cakes, English Oak Vineyard for letting our guests sample some of their Dorset bubbly, Alani string quartet for entertaining our visitors, photographers ianH photography and Fiona Moorey photography for representing our recommended photographers and taking some great images from the day and last but by no means least, our Chef Matt and the Fish Face team for providing canapés and talking to our couples about the menu choices. Our next open day will be Sunday 13th October, so if you didn’t make the spring open day come and see us in the Autumn. If you can’t wait that long, please contact us and we may be able to arrange a private viewing.
Just a few of our early weddings we love sharing with you and lots more to report back from this season as things start to quieten down for the Autumn and Winter. We can’t wait for the rest of the season! We get to know all of our couples really well so we love seeing all your plans come together on the day and sharing your happiness. We look forward to sharing all of our May and later weddings with you in a few weeks.