Their wedding was beautifully summery, with golden sunshine and stunning portraits on the beach. Then there were their stunning outfits and glorious styling. From the modern meets rustic decor to the fantastic song choices and alternative wedding cake (hello pinata smash!) you’re going to adore their nuptials.
Amy Chapple Photography thank you so much for sharing with us these sublime images of a very special celebration indeed.
Beaconside House Wedding
At Fiscavaig Bay in the Isle of Skye. We were on a hiking holiday with our beloved pooch and we went to watch the sunset down on the rocks where not a soul was in sight. The weather was beautiful and I was in my pyjamas with a plastic bottle filled with Gin & Tonic, and not dressed for the occasion AT ALL.
Shaun definitely surprised me by getting down on one knee.
I wanted something that had a mix of all the different styles I liked – it’s so hard to envision your wedding when all venues seem suited to better styles.
I liked the traditional white look but didn’t want the formal big stately home, I loved a tipi festival wedding but that didn’t suit Shaun’s style so well. So we found the perfect venue where we had the beautiful country views and the outside feeling I wanted (FYI -am happiest outside exploring) but also had the modern barn.
And I could still bring all the elements I liked of DIY, rustic with more minimal/modern styling. I wanted FUN, FAIRLY INFORMAL, RELAXED AND A BIG PARTY!
£20,000 – not including dresses and suits. We were just about on target and that included a free bar.
Beaconside House – Bideford Devon.
A beautiful country house in the Devon countryside with amazing views, woodland cabins, a pool, hot tubs and modern barn for the reception. And indoor glass conservatory if outside gazebo option doesn’t work, all for 3 days hire for us and all our guests.
The boys wore beige ‘Venice’ suits which we hired from Abigail’s Collection @ The Grooms Room in Colchester. I chose for Shaun because I wanted that summery more causal feel rather than a formal tux!
I wore a dress called ‘Gemini’ by Dando London from Confetti & Lace. It was probably the 30th dress I tried on, but it gave me everything I wanted. Elegant, no lace, a bit of glamour, figure-hugging and sophisticated but also my style.
My sister was a Gemini (she passed away a year before my dress shopping) and it seemed like a sign to me that it was the right one. I’m so pleased I chose it I love it.
The Ceremony & Music
The ceremony was outside with Devon countryside views, white chairs with gypsophila on the ends and under a decorated wooden gazebo.
Walked down aisle to – Fleetwood Mac ‘Landslide’
Signing the Register – David Bowie ‘Heroes’
Beach Boys ‘Don’t Worry Baby’
Nina Simone ‘My Baby Just Cares For Me’
Exit Song – September – Earth Wind & Fire
First Dance – Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Anything from pre-2000 is just a win for us (I’m an old soul at heart)! (Except Dre 2001 – Chronic can’t beat that).
The Styling & Decor
Rustic with modern elements.
Rustic LOVE sign
Vintage labels for name places with greenery
Modern labels for gin favours
White ornate mirror for table plan
Neon sign on rustic hanging frame with greenery
Gold frames for table names
Neutral colour pallete with hints of gold and lots of white/greenery
DIY wedding photobooth frame
Cake pinata smash rather than traditional cake
DIY signs and frames – ‘Wedding This Way’, ‘In Memory of’, ’Pick a Seat not a Side’, ‘Sign the Guestbook’ and ‘Drink Choices at the Bar’
DIY ‘Dancing Feet’ box
DIY ‘Hangover Kit’ hamper
Gold transparent card box
The Dominican Republic. Secrets at Cap Cana Adult Only Resort – 10 days of pure bliss! Amazing food, Lots of cocktails and a drunken karaoke singing our wedding song…
Having our cockapoo there for the photos
The silent disco
The cake smash pinata
Having our photos on the beach
Advice For Other Couples
Don’t sweat the small stuff. No matter how many people told me my neurotic self didn’t listen, but none of it matters on the day. Just both turning up is the most important thing!
Plan as far in advance as possible for all suppliers, and even making your decorations. It’s nice to spend the last month or so not completely stressed out on last-minute things.
Don’t stress if people drop out – it’s not the end of the world!
What a phenomenal day!
Alexa and Shaun, I can’t thank you enough for sharing your fabulous Beaconside House wedding story with us.
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