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There is nothing like a bit of September rain when it comes to a wedding, especially when that wedding is an outdoor beach wedding in Devon. However, today’s lovely couple Amy and John didn’t let the rain put them off holding their wedding outside. As Jon said ‘we drove 300 miles from the other side of the country just to get married here, outside, so we are getting married here, outside!’ They braved the rain with brollies and they must have been so glad they did as the pictures are lovely. With a beach theme and the portrait shots right on the sea edge, it was worth the 300 mile journey! Thanks to Grace Elizabeth for the lovely photos.
Amy and John David were married on 6th September 2018 at Tunnels beaches in Devon. ‘We both love the beach and had our first date and proposal was on a beach, so googled beach weddings
and tunnels stood out from the rest. We had 50 guests, the venue was booked within a week from proposal…everything else was still being planned up to a week before the wedding.’
How they met
Online…first date as first day of meeting on mersea beach. 2 and half years together.
We were camping in Cornwall for the May half term with my sister and niece…we went to the watergate beach and walking along me and my sister was talking while John and Hudson walked towards the sea. Next minute my sister told me that John is calling me, so I walked over to them and Hudson had written in the sand “will you marry me” John was down on one knee proposing. Obviously I said yes!!
How did you allocate your budget?
My mum and dad paid for the venue, food and my dress… the remaining we had saved money in bank every pay day from proposal month to the wedding month
Where did you splurge and where did you save?
We didn’t hold back on anything…if we wanted it we saved and got it.
How did you choose your photographer?
We found grace Facebook online and we loved her photos, she did our newborn photos and they were perfect and we knew she would do a great job at our wedding.
My dress was brought from “just a day” bridal shop in Ipswich…my shoes where from new look in Ipswich and my jewellery was brought and trusted by John as a gift on the day from Swarovski.
Suits were from joe brown and the shoes are vans
Theme or colour scheme
Beach theme sky blue and white
White azure roses, gypsophila, blue delphiniums, eucalyptus, white Singapore orchid
Flowers, shells, table decor had sand inside the jars with candle and shells with hooped flowers around the outside of the jars
Three tier beach theme with shells and starfish…lemon, chocolate and Victoria sponge made by cantel cakes
Solo singer “yazzy” chamberlain
Who supplied the stationery?
We made everything ourselves
The ring clam shells was made by John, table plan was made by John, invites where handmade by me. The whole wedding was made personally to us
Being able to have the ceremony and first dance outside with the view of the beach was just perfect and exactly what we imagined it to be like.
Advice for other couples
To make the most of it and enjoy every second because it will be over before you know. Take in every part and detail of the whole day
Our presents to one another in the morning of the wedding
I’m Grace Elizabeth, a five-foot tall, tea-drinking, tattoo-loving, sea-adoring alternative wedding and lifestyle photographer from Colchester in Essex. With a heart of wanderlust, I will travel anywhere and everywhere! For me, photography is about getting to know people, and as a result, I am driven to tell people’s journeys, experiences and the love stories formed along the way, through my eyes. My approach to photography is relaxed and candid. I have something of a rustic, natural style to my photos, I think it’s important for them to be able to withstand time so that they become archival, exactly the kind of photos you could pass down for generations to come.
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