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Royal Britannia

Kate and Tim were married on Bournemouth Beach on Saturday 27th October 2012. They married at Beach Weddings Bournemouth, the only place in England and Wales where you can have your legal ceremony on the Beach, making it a truly unique venue. For them it was very important to have all their friends and family with them to be part of their wedding day yet dreamed of getting married on a Beach. Therefore Bournemouth was the perfect option. It meant guests had to travel a little way in the car but it meant that they could all be there as their was no flying involved and therefore no expensive plane tickets and their more elderly family could still join them. Better still, no crumpled wedding gown!

Kate and Tim are both police officers so had a busy summer being involved with some of the UK’s most spectacular events such as The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 London Olympics. They had been plagued with patriotism and British fever so with this in mind they chose a Great British theme for their special day. It was the last weekend of October but although it was a little chilly they had a glorious sunny day so the guests could enjoying the sand and the sea.

Kate and Tim and their guests stayed at a Hotel just a short while along the seafront so they decided to hire a Big Red London Bus to transport everyone to Beach Weddings Bournemouth to get the theme off to a Great British start.

 

The guests loved it as it was so unusual and an old fashioned style bus which was very nostalgic and brought back some memories for lots of the guests!

The ceremony took place in the Wedding Hut, a converted beach hut, and Kate and Tim said their vows under a beautiful driftwood arch. The Wedding Hut was decorated with very romantic and seaside themed décor with a navy and white striped table cloth with anchors, wicker storm vase candles and red, white and blue flowers. The guests were all seated in a magical marquee which was built up against the Wedding Hut and was dressed with bunting and décor all in the Great British Theme.  The sides of the marquee had window walls so there were beautiful sea views, making it all the more romantic and whimsical. The ivory linings of the marquee and the white chairs made the venue look dreamy and unlike any marquee you had ever seen before and the light flooded in on a beautiful October day.

 

The aisle was lined with zinc buckets of gypsophila and the chairs had wicker heat pew ends tied with red, white and blue ribbons.

 

The Bridesmaids all had red polka dot dresses on, in keeping with the Great British Theme and Kate made a grand entrance with her Dad to Ellie Goulding’s Your Song when the curtain was pulled back to reveal her in her beautiful gown and amazing Union Jack shoes!

The ceremony was beautiful and very emotional at times

Kate and Tim left the ceremony in a sea of bubbles (as the ceremony is on a beach, paper confetti is not permitted so couples choose real petal confetti or bubbles, so they opted for bubbles and gave bubbles to blow to each person as they left).

After the ceremony it was time for the drinks reception on the golden sands of Bournemouth Beach where the guests were greeted with an old British favourite – Pimms! Buckets and spades were put out for the children and Giant Jenga, Giant noughts and crosses and Hoopla were there to keep children and adults alike entertained! The drinks reception also gave Kate and Tim an opportunity to have their photos taken against the wonderful back drop of the sea and the Dorset coastline with Old Harry Rocks in the background.

 Then dinner was served. Being by the seaside and having a Great British Theme, the guests were treated to good old fashioned Fish and Chips served with Kilner jars filled with pickled eggs and gherkins and not forgetting the white bread for those all important chip butties! Dessert was a specially requested Eton Mess to keep in with the theme with coffee served with mini seaside rock.  Continuing the theme, each table was named after a British Olympian including the likes of Jessica Ennis,  Mark Cavendish and Paralympian  Ellie Simmonds.

Kate and Tim and their guests enjoyed a wonderful afternoon at the Beach and even managed to go for a quick paddle in the sea! They then went back to the hotel for their evening reception where yet more food and a band awaited them after a walk along the beach. Their day was magical and very unique.

We had a wonderful time being part of Kate and Tim’s wedding! It was a fun day for all. Congratulations to Tim and Kate, we wish them all the best for the future.

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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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Meet the Beach Weddings Bournemouth Crew

We’re a motley crew here at Beach Weddings Bournemouth and well known for always having a smile  on our faces! We all work very hard but we LOVE our jobs! We actually jump out of bed when we know we have a day at the beach ahead of us and seeing a happy Bride and Groom makes it all worthwhile for us. Time to introduce you to everyone who helps to make your wedding day so special

Head Chef Matt on the left joining the girls with the hands on the hip! He loved it really!Image courtesy of www.ianh.co.uk

 

 

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Image courtesy of www.ianh.co.ukNatasha left with Melanie 

Melanie – The Boss!

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You will be in contact with Melanie from the day you first make enquiries with us for a quote or availability check.  Melanie is very “hands on” and likes to see enquiries through from the initial contact right through to the day itself. Its part of our service.  We try to make sure that if you deal with one person at the beginning that we see it through to the end up to and including your wedding day.  Sometimes Natasha or Nicolle will also help out but we are a small and dedicated team here. It  wouldn’t be unusual for you to receive emails from her at 1 ‘o’ clock in the morning as she does keep some unusual hours and its known as a bit of a workaholic!

Melanie will make sure you are well looked after and make it her job to personally get to know you in order to assist you in planning your perfect wedding day, recommending evening venues and suppliers. Melanie will also be there on the day of your wedding looking after each and every guest and making sure your glass is always filled to the top!

Nicolle- Assistant Planner

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Affectionately known by the rest of the crew as “The little Munchkin”! Nicolle loves her job and Melanie often gives her odd looks when she arrives half an hour early for work! Nicolle is always smiling and loves each and every wedding but also loves being in the office for cuddles with Mollie and Amba.

Nicolle is also chief blogger for Beach Weddings Bournemouth, so if anyone has any ideas of subjects you would like Nicolle to cover do let her know! Nicolle is also known as the young “Martha Stewart” and is super talented with all things relating to sewing, baking and generally being creative and worked hard on our recent first birthday bash and did a grand job in making our table runners, silk flags and decor for our chic seaside styling.

 Natasha- Assistant Planner

Image courtesy of www.ianh.co.uk

Natasha is experienced in the events world and will be on hand to meet and greet your guests and make sure they are having a wonderful day.  Also our resident mixologist, the bar is Natasha’s department and she is in charge of making the cocktails for your special day (although hates the umbrellas Nicolle and Melanie try to sneak into the cocktails)! You are more than likely to meet Natasha at one of the wedding shows Beach Weddings Bournemouth is exhibiting at ready to chat about ideas for your own wedding.

 Matt- The Head Chef

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Matt puts up with a lot of stick with having all these girls around him so he does do well to put up with us!  Matt has an impressive background including Head Chef for Marco Pierre White at his restaurant The Talkhouse in Oxford and Matt has spent time working for local venue owner Andy Price and Branksome Beach as well as working in Australia. As the owner of Fish Face Events his food is amazing and he has a real talent for flavour and using the best of what Dorset has to offer in his food.  Matt is the untidy one in the kitchen and constantly has Paul running around after him!

 Paul- The Second Chef

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The chef that hides in the back and doesn’t like to be seen! He is the tidy one in the kitchen and usually happy and smiley, unless Matt makes a mess.

Sean-Special ops

The man at our beck and call and also Melanie’s husband

Should we need anything, Sean is always at the other end of the phone and produces it within minutes! He’s always there to lend a hand and you are more than likely to see him at your wedding meeting and greeting, taking care of security and also helping you to deliver any of your personal gifts and left overs to your evening venue if you are local – all part of the service!

 Marcus and Dan – Beach Set up Team

(Unfortunately Dan is a little camera shy it would seem!)

This father and son team work very hard at all hours of the day! They are on site very early usually before the sun rises putting up the ropes to cordon off our area of the beach, construct the driftwood arch for every wedding and put out the coconut matting pathways. Any little jobs that need doing, just ask Marcus and Dan. Marcus is also in charge of packing away all of our gear into the beach hut on the prom, otherwise known as ‘the tardis’! This is no mean feat with the amount of stuff we have – Marcus is regularly heard telling Melanie to stop buying more!

Nigel, Ricky and the Maidman’s team

These guys work very hard for us and are very aware of what perfectionists we are! It takes a team of them a whole working day with a very early start to put up even one of our smaller marquee so they end up working all hours of the night! They battle the wind and the rain sometimes to put up the beautiful marquees to make your wedding what it is.

Seafront team and the Registrars

We are hugely grateful to “Tractor Dave” as we call him and his colleagues plus Lindsey and Kerry who operate the West Cliff lift and all the team at Seafront Services from Bournemouth Borough Council who often work throughout the night all through our season to keep the beach looking wonderful.  You will also see any two of a number of wonderful Registrars who we have the pleasure of working with.  Most often we see Kathy and Kathie who always make the ceremonies truly special and its great working with you all – we couldn’t do it without you!

Dave busy preparing the beach before a wedding

Melanie with Lindsey – one of the Cliff Lift Operators you will see on your wedding day

Kathie and Kathy – Registrars

And last but not least, we couldn’t forget Mollie and Amba- the office mascots!

Image courtesy of www.ianh.co.uk

Two little cuties who absolutely love being at the beach!  You won’t see them on your wedding day but you are quite likely to see them on one of our open days- they do like to make an appearance to say hello to everyone! They keep us company in the office but can sometimes prove to be quite a distraction with their cuteness! Mollie might be the little one but she is most definitely the boss and is forever stealing Amba’s treats!

Melanie witnessing a ceremony early this season for a lovely couple who surprised their family by marrying without them knowing so Melanie was a witness along with Ian Hamilton who captured the ceremony for them. This was the second time that Melanie had acted as a witness so thats a service we can throw in too!

 

Image courtesy of Lenka Grossmannova
Image courtesy of Lenka Grossmannova
Image courtesy of www.ianh.co.uk

We all look forward to meeting you soon and playing a part in making your big day so special!

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Pew end passion

Pew ends are great as they allow decoration and your theme to be incorporated into your ceremony and can make it look really magical and romantic. Pew ends are often overlooked or not thought about but we love them! They can really bring a whole theme together and ensure that it runs throughout the whole day, not just for the wedding breakfast. At Beach Weddings Bournemouth, having pew ends allows you to personalise the blank space that the beautiful marquee offers.

During our first season, we have seen some beautiful pew ends and even some home made ones!

Floral pew ends are always a winner- Arcade flowers have made some very stunning displays in zinc buckets for us this year- they look very striking!

Image courtesy of ianH Photography

Beautiful pink roses in cute pails by Arcade flowers

We loved these sunflowers at Gemma and Lee’s wedding- the Sunflowers were grown in Gemma’s Grandad’s garden which was a lovely personal touch.

These rustic rose plants were a beautiful touch at Lucy and Tim’s wedding- its an unusual idea to have whole plants as pew ends as opposed to just the flowers but it looked great and they were perfect for then using as the table centres for the wedding breakfast.

Having said that using whole plants as pew ends is an unusual idea, it has been popular at Beach Weddings Bournemouth this year! Louise and Richard chose these wonderfully romantic daises with little windmills for that seaside touch!

Image courtesy of Scobey Photography

Jam jars are the perfect size for pew ends and give a really nostalgic feel. One of our couples used baked bean cans to make their pew ends- they looked great with brightly coloured ribbon wrapped around them.

If you don’t want floral pew ends, hanging decorations look great too. You can use just about anything you wish which means you can always find something to suit your theme!

Heart shaped pew ends are very popular- here are some of our favourites.

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 These driftwood hearts are very rustic

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 Give your ceremony a nostalgic feel with these cushioned envelope print hearts

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 Is travel a passion of yours? These World map hearts could be perfect if you are having a travel theme to your day.

These silver heart pew ends are very simple and contemporary but striking. They can be hired from Beach Weddings Bournemouth so please contact us for more information. We can even change the colour of the ribbons to match your colour scheme.

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 This red and gold heart is very romantic and would be perfect for an Autumn wedding

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 Love these bronze hearts! Simply gorgeous and such a statement.

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 This shell heart would be perfect for a beach wedding!

These white wicker hearts are very magical and serene. They can also be hired from Beach Weddings Bournemouth- please contact us for more details.

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 These gorgeous wire hearts with bells are something a little bit different and give a modern but equally rustic feel.

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These pewter coloured metal hearts are very sweet and will give your ceremony  a bit of a folky feel with the hand finished detail.

Flowers or hearts not for you? There are other alternatives available.

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Birds are very fashionable at the moment and these silver birds wouldn’t look out of place for either a modern or a vintage themed wedding.

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 So, maybe not suitable for a beach wedding but if you’re having a Christmas wedding then Christmas stockings will look very cute and festive as pew ends.

Image courtesy of Fiona Moorey Photography

These beautiul starfish and Seagrass pew ends were made by Coastal Creatives for our Autumn Open Day. They have a beachey feel yet still feel very romantic, especially teamed with the soft and whimsical bunches of gypsophila by Arcade flowers

Want a real nautical theme to your wedding day? These glass buoys look great and very nautical.

These mini windmills are just perfect for a seaside themed wedding and perfect for keeping the little ones happy after the ceremony.

 

Hope we’ve given you lots of ideas!

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