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2012 – This was our year!

2012 has been hugely exciting for us, marking the first season of Beach Weddings Bournemouth. It has been a tremendous year with lots of beautiful weddings and lots of wonderful couples  and their families. Being the one and only place in England and Wales that you can legally get married on the beach, we have thoroughly enjoyed getting this unique venue off to a fabulous start.  Its been hard work but we have loved every minute of it!

Image courtesy of ianH Photography

The year got off to a start with Melanie meeting Michael Underwood down on the beach to film the VT for the launch of the Daybreak competition, ‘Here comes the tide’ to win the first ever Beach Weddings Bournemouth wedding. Viewers were invited to enter the competition with the production team then shortlisting it to a final three couples. Viewers then voted for their favourite couple to win the competition.

Melanie with Michael Underwood

Frazer and Kate were announced as the winning couple and on Friday 27th April we had our first ever Beach Weddings Bournemouth wedding! No pressure with all the TV cameras, press and the hundreds of thousands of people watching at home! Our first wedding was a huge success and even the weather stayed clear for us! Congratulations Frazer and Kate.

The Daybreak wedding as it has become known was followed by an open weekend on the Saturday and Sunday to welcome all of our couples that had booked and were looking to book for the summer to come and view the venue as it was only the second time it has all been put together. All I can say is we were over whelmed by their reactions when they walked in with everyone commenting on how beautiful it all looked!

This weekend was also host to our first Baby Naming ceremony. This was a very special day, a fantastic alternative to a christening in a stunning setting. It was extra special as it was a double naming ceremony for Evie and Sebastian. Afterwards guests were treated to a champagne reception and canapes. If you would like more information about Baby naming ceremonies at Beach Weddings Bournemouth then please contact us on 01202 788271.

Each and every wedding has been truly unique and amazing to be a part of so here are some more photos of our couples from our first season. (Please forgive us for some of our amateur photography below- unfortunately we don’t have professional photos of all our couples!)

Anna and Richard who were our first couple to marry after the Daybreak wedding


Richard and Kirsty


Michelle and Adrian


Pramood and Hulya- Image courtesy of Bridle Photography


Tyrone and Gemma


Tiffany and George


Kevin and Amy


Helen and Andy


Clive and Juli

Clive and Juli were our first couple to have a vow renewal with us on the Beach. It was a little chilly on the day but it still a wonderful day enjoyed by all. The guests had Champagne afternoon tea following the ceremony and the children all enjoyed a tea party on the decking. Diana Saxby conducted a very personal and emotional ceremony which she had written just for them. If you are interested in having a vow renewal with us at Beach Weddings Bournemouth. Please contact us on 01202 788271.

Rebecca and Enzo


Jason and Christine


Michael and Bo- Image courtesy of Emma Lucy Photography


Richard and Jeanne


Carl and Debbie


Dan and Tabitha

Ros and Mark- Image courtesy of Sandie Kettle


Dan and Sophia


Jenny and Dan


Martina and Nicholas- Image courtesy of Lenka Grossmannova


Lisa and Charlie


Lee and Gemma


Amy-Jo and Jonnie


Mike and Vicky


Rajmund and Renata


Debbie and Terry


James and Denise


Chris and Ceri


Lucy and Tim


Emma and Simeon


Tracey and Andrew


Aurelie and Steve


James and Kirsten


Jenny and Graham
Kate and Tim

Congratulations to all of the couples who got married with us this year- it was an absolute honour to be a part of each and every couple’s wedding. We had such fun at every wedding! Also congratulations to Gemma and James, Sean and Ruth, Michael and Susan,  Martin and Susan and Louise and Richard who also got married with us this year but unfortunately we don’t have any photos of your weddings! Congratulations to Jon and Claire too who renewed their vows with us over the summer. Best wishes to you all for the future- keep in touch!

The icing on the cake for us this season was being shortlisted as a finalist for the Tourism Award at the Dorset Business Awards. The award recognises success and contribution to the tourism industry in Bournemouth. Unfortunately we didn’t win but after only one season we were very proud to get as far as we did and to have our achievements recognised. It was a huge pat on the back for us and we couldn’t be more pleased!

A huge thank you to Ian Hamilton who started the season with us for the wedding of Kate and Frazer and ended it with the wedding of Kate and Tim – such a pleasure to work with you so often this season.

With our first season over, we can’t wait for the second now which starts in April. The first season just flew by and we’re really missing being down on the beach! We’re now busy eagerly planning the Beach Weddings for next season- lots of exciting weddings coming up to share with you all!


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Part II ITV’s Daybreak Wedding- The wedding itself


The wedding day arrived and the beach was alive with hustle and bustle very early in the morning.  We are always very lucky with our beach weddings  that the seafront team work hard and start early to get the beach prepared for weddings and today was no exception. The tractors were out early and we were thankful for that to make sure that the beach was well groomed for the imminent arrival of one very special couple.

Kate and her bridesmaids were up early and being pampered by Kate Middleton’s hairdresser Richard Ward no less who created an elegant style for Kate with her hair up and dotted with beautiful wired rose buds.

    And our very own Laura Mackenzie who styled the Bridesmaids hair who wanted soft blow dried hair.

The wonderful and super talented photographer Ian Hamilton was appointed as the official photographer for Kate and Frazer and started work early taking bridal preparation shots at The Marriott Hotel whilst Kate was getting ready and being interviewed by Angellica Bell with live streams going out to ITV.  With all this in mind Kate was very much a calm bride and just took the day in which is a real surprise with all that had to be taken into account. Surrounded by TV crew and presenters and lots going on its enough on a “normal” wedding day but Kate had so much more to contend with and dealt with it all incredibly well – such a pleasure to be around.

Angelica Bell helping Kate with her stunning Amanda Wakeley gown

Down in the marquee Melanie was on hand to greet Frazer and his Groomsmen and we spent the final hour tweaking the marquee and the ties and buttonholes and making sure that everyone was well prepared and calm – Frazer was so calm and chilled that we had to keep checking that it was his wedding day!  No nerves at all it seemed – just enjoying the moment.

Melanie ‘backstage’ with Angelica and Michael with the TV crew getting ready to go live on air
Frazer and the Best Man pre-ceremony- and an appearance from the family dog too of course!

Coastal Creatives made this for Kate and Frazer as a gift to mark their beach wedding day
Relaxed and calm were the boys!

The stunning pew end flower buckets were from our recommended Beach Wedding florists Arcade Flowers – trimmed with blue candy striped ribbon to finish the look.


When Kate arrived we had been so lucky all morning that no one had been caught in the rain.  The press decided that they would print pictures the following day stating that we had been showered all day but in fact we were extremely lucky!   Our pretty white umbrellas were used to keep people from peeking pre ceremony and to prevent the wind from getting at that wonderful hair do!

The Bride, Kate and her stylists arriving at the marquee


Kate looked absolutely stunning in an Amanda Wakeley gown and just inside the marquee had some last minute hair and make-up tweaks and was ready to walk down to the aisle to her friend Lucy singing Eva Cassidy’s “take my breath away” which created an emotional and surprisingly private feel to the occasion although the ceremony was being streamed to millions of people across the country!

Lucy preparing to sing for the ceremony

Frazer’s face when he first saw his bride was an absolute picture.

ITV Floor Manager greeting the Bridal party as they start to walk down the aisle live on ITV breakfast television

Now viewers on the morning will have noticed that the programme actually cut short during the official ceremony.  The reason for this (and they say never work with animals and children!!) was that the two adorable children shown below were unfortunately a little late doing their thing walking down the aisle which made the ceremony run a little late and when ITV have to go to an ad break then there is no other choice!  So cute though don’t you think! 

The beautiful “three Rachels” bridesmaids looking stunning during the ceremony


On the decking of the Wedding Hut, surrounded by sand, Kate and Frazer said their vows to each other and the moments were extremely heartfelt and tender and it was a true privilege to share those moments. The guests in the marquee were still whilst watching on.

The moment that Kate arrived to Frazer to marry

Stunning image of Kate during the ceremony

Family look on with teary eyes during the ceremony
Signing of the Register inside our Wedding Hut after the ceremony

Great picture of the new Mr and Mrs Seed after the ceremony
Kate and Frazer enjoying some fun moments with their Bridesmaids after the ceremony and after the TV crew had left

Guests were treated to breakfast canapes

After the ceremony the couple went live to the ITV studios to give their feelings on the day so far and were given a fabulous cruise honeymoon as a complete surprise!

In the marquee after the ceremony, guests were treated to Champagne and yummy canapés prepared by our caterers Fish Face Events.

Melanie with the newly weds

Guests make their way from our beach venue up the cliff lift to The Marriott Hotel to continue their celebrations

It was such a pleasure to have this as our first official wedding on the beach and Kate and Frazer and their families were a real pleasure to deal with.  Not one to want to take the easy route, having our first wedding live on national TV broadcasting to the nation in not the best weather we could have asked for but it was all amazing experience and we have to say that we were thrilled with the way it all went and looking back on the last few months now that we are well into our first season it was such fun and we really loved every minute – thanks to everyone who made it possible and particular thanks to Ian Hamilton of IanH Photography who did such a superb job in shooting this wedding with very little notice, early starts, long days and having to dodge in and out of TV crews to get the pictures and boy did he get the pictures – finishing with this – one of our favourites – taken as the Bride and Groom made their way into dinner at The Marriott Hotel – simply beautiful.

All the Beach Weddings Bournemouth team


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Part I ITV Daybreak Wedding- The Preparations

The last few months with Beach Weddings Bournemouth has been something of a whirlwind to say the least which is the reason for the lateness in blogging about a really exciting development with our very unique beach wedding and event venue!  Since the end of 2011 we worked closely with ITV to bring a competition to their morning programme, Daybreak, and in February we were visited by a small crew and presenter, Michael Underwood, on the beach when they came to film a VT to launch the competition which they aptly named “Here Comes The Tide”

After hundreds of applications from couples who had a romantic story or a connection to Bournemouth these were selected down to the top 3 and their stories were each shown on the programme in April where the viewers could then vote for their winning couple.

Melanie with Michael Underwood during filming of the VT for the "Here Comes the Tide" competition launch


On 19th April 2012 Michael Underwood visited the home of Kate and Frazer live on Daybreak to announce they were the winners of the competition as voted by the public and that they had won the opportunity to be the first couple to marry on a beach in England and their wedding would take place a week later!

So we began with the final week’s preparations for their wedding and with the weather not looking at its best for April we had our work cut out. We have a strong and highly supportive team of suppliers and the way that our marquee based beach venue is organised we build everything for the worst case scenario with weather and if the sun decides to put in a glorious appearance we can easily take off the sides of the marquee to open it up but if there is a shower or windy conditions our marques can withstand it.



Now this amateur image taken on a Blackberry pre the start of the build of the marquee does not look all that fabulous does it!  Well its purposefully included to show you what a transformation was created in some of the worst April conditions we could have imagined so read on!

Midway through the morning of day one of the build the sea is still progressing far too far up the beach for our liking but the sun had decided to make something of an appearance.  The marquee team from Maidmans Marquees were working very hard to get this job completed as were the Bournemouth Council Seafront team – building a little sand wall along side the marquee to help with some of the wind and sea which was coming right for us!


So it was up!  Against all odds the guys had managed to get the marquee up so then internal works could begin on day two for things to start to take shape.  Linings go in next and then the coconut matting carpet overlay on to the hard all weather flooring – great for those ladies heels!

Linings are up, bunting starts to make an appearance and the guys are putting the finishing touches to the carpet.


And then the floristry begins!  Emma and Jenny from Arcade Flowers arrive to start working their magic with all things floral!


Louise and Rachel from Coastal Creatives even managed to find time to squeeze in a coffee!

Our marquee company Maidmans Marquees who kindly supplied the marquee for the winning couple worked incredibly hard to ensure that the structure went up in the strongest winds.  Working against all odds the team (kept happy with copious amounts of coffee, cakes and fish and chips late on Thursday night to keep them working!) pulled off this difficult job and made it look amazing.  The wall of the marquee on the sea side was a complete window wall (as with all weddings) allowing a stunning view of the sea no matter what the weather.  The rear of The Wedding Hut was enclosed last minute due to the unseasonal weather which would have prevented a clear sound signal for transmission of the ceremony live to the nation.  This is something that we can add in to couples wedding plans if the weather does seem to look difficult in the future as well.

These are some images of how things were looking when the TV crews arrived on the beach the day before the wedding to set up their gear – and boy there was a lot of gear!



We cannot thank the team enough who helped put the marquee together and make it look beautiful who were Louise and Rachel from Coastal Creatives and Emma and Jenny from Arcade Flowers – both recommended and valued suppliers of Beach Weddings Bournemouth.  The design scheme for the marquee agreed in advance and created by Coastal Creatives with floral designs and creations from Arcade Flowers and this was The Great British Seaside with an elegant feel and use of pastel shades and soft English flowers.  Louise from Coastal Creatives (with her Mum!) made metres and metres of stunning bunting which adorned the marquee and this was put up on the Thursday.


Arcade Flowers had worked incredibly hard to create the most stunning floral arrangements.  The white wooden chairs had nickel bucket pew ends with stripey blue and ivory ribbons.  The front of the marquee and the top of the cliff lift had large versions of these buckets with large silver windmills and soft moundy flowers at the base to match the rest of the themes. We had two tables dressed in the marquee for those guests who wanted to be seated after the ceremony to enjoy their canapés and champagne.  Coastal Creatives and Arcade Flowers did a great job in delicately yet effectively dressing these tables to match the overall design scheme of the marquee.

Now, the brides bouquet (and matching smaller bouquets for the three Rachels / bridesmaids) what can we say – simply dreamy – well done Arcade Flowers for the most stunning creations known to man and these photos simply dont do them justice!


 We had a full rehearsal on the Thursday night with the ITV crew and Kate and Frazer and their family which was a great opportunity for them to see the marquee (albeit not quite finished at that point)  and the way that the day would run.  The bride and groom then enjoyed  the evening with their guests before an early night as the day started very early!

Down on site after the rehearsal took place we worked late into the dark of the night to finish the marquee.  The catering team were arriving to set up the kitchen and deliveries galore were being made.   

What an exciting day of preparations this was but extremely hard work for all the team involved but so much excitement was in the air for the following day.

Huge and heartfelt thank yous go to one of our biggest supporters IanH for working so hard on shooting some of these images above in the rehearsal and then went on to cover the wedding itself for Kate and Frazer – but more about that in Part II.

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