The wedding plans began with their special place; Croyde Bay, which was the setting for that proposal also. From there these newly-weds plumped for a beachy rustic style wedding and it was really rather marvellous.
Kat and Billy were married on the 2nd April in a church service followed by a marquee reception at Down End Field in Devon. Talking of the marquee it was a pretty spectacular pole tent, which was subsequently decked out in rustic furniture, fresh blooms in jars and brilliant driftwood signage. I love the nods to the seaside setting with the sandy cake table, surfboard seating plan and shell place names all taking centre stage.
Kat wore a stunning lace Lyn Ashworth gown she had customised, accessorised with colourful bouquet. Billy meanwhile opted for a dapper green tweed suit and the bridesmaids looked awesome in blue with their coordinating flower crowns.
THE PROPOSAL | At our special place, Croyde Bay.
THE VISION | Beachy and rustic with lots of laughter, music and dancing.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Billy and I knew we wanted to be married in our favourite place; so that pinned our search down to Croyde. We had been to St. George’s Church, Georgeham (the next village along) a number of times over the years, on our many surfing weekends, and we knew that was the church where we wanted to be married.
I always dreamed of being next to the ocean and Billy wanted a marquee. After a quick internet search, I discovered Blue Fizz Events and Down End Field right next to Croyde Bay. That was a real bonus – as I also didn’t want our wedding to finish at midnight; so Down End Field was fab! We had a silent disco from 11pm and continued dancing into the early hours…!!! It couldn’t have been more perfect for us. That said, I absolutely adore Clovelly so although we had hired a cottage for the fortnight in Croyde, I booked The Red Lion Hotel for the pre-wedding night – the ideal for getting ready with my wonderful Mum and the bridesmaids. Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it?
Tracy at Blue Fizz Events recommended some amazing companies, which made the planning some 4 hours away (on the north side of Oxford) relatively easy!
BUDGET | I can’t bring myself to write it down…! It ran away a bit towards the end but came in at around £20K and that was with 140 guests – with everyone eating. But it was genuinely worth every penny!
THE VENUE | St George’s Church, Georgeham – a beautiful church.
Down End Field, Croyde – an absolutely stunning location. A beautiful field adjacent to the beach with incredible views and magical sunsets.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dream dress did not exist – or rather it did not exist for my budget! Luckily, after playing the veritable sleuth for some six weeks plus, I found a beautiful Lyn Ashworth dress that I bought second-hand. That was the beginning – as from there it was redesigned. I had a dream of what I wanted and chose to create a sweetheart neckline with a dropped back. I then designed a lace top with sleeves with an open back and amazingly, by recommendation, I found an amazing seamstress to make it all a reality. Phew!
On the day, I wore a pair of red Jimmy Choo shoes in church, changing into a pair of red Hunter wellies for the field.
All my other accessories – a beautiful hand-beaded Kelly Spence broach, my lace lingerie and veil – from the newly opened, exquisite Woburn Bridal. Joanna at Woburn Bridal could not have been more helpful – go there!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Billy wore a gorgeous green tweed suit.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | My entrance music was ‘Kisses and Cake’ by John Powell from ‘PS I Love You’. Our Hymns were: ‘Be Thou My Vision’, ‘Tell out my Soul’ and ‘Glory, Glory Hallelujah’. My brother read ‘Scaffolding’ by Seamus Heaney – it’s a simple and honest poem about keeping it together when things are falling apart. And our friend Si read Romans 12: 9-18. Our first dance was ‘Stay the Night’ by James Blunt. Then we had lots of fun music, including a live Calypso Band with limbo dancing, a DJ, and finally a SILENT DISCO which was absolutely hilarious!!!
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I wanted my six bridesmaids to be different, but similar. So they each wore a shade of blue in the same style dress to tie in with our coastal theme. It was a simple floor length dress with some beading under the bust and along the scoop at the back. They wore flower crowns in their hair.
THE FLOWERS | Heather at Church Park Flowers was AMAZING. I wanted a mix of colours, flowers, lengths, shapes… everything. The flowers were beautiful. Heather also made some stunning flower crowns for myself and the bridesmaids and the flowers on the top table.
The remainder of the flowers in the marquee were put together by my Aunts, who bought a mix from Lidl – where the roses are absolutely super. Ridds, the flower shop in Barnstaple, also did a special deal on gypsophila and other foliage.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Keith and Abi Riley Photography. As soon as I saw their photographs, I knew I wanted these two. They are literally incredible. Book them – you’ll be amazed.
YOUR VIDEOGRAPHER | We chose Daisy Daisy Films to shoot our day. Andrew at Daisy Daisy Films is so lovely and we both felt really comfortable with him and Liam. Liam and Andrew are unobtrusive, capturing moments as they unfold– we hardly noticed them all day. Our video is a wonderful memento of our wedding day.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We wanted a beachy and rustic feel in the marquee and then the biggest party afterwards.
We hired our tables and chairs from the Plank Company where the guys were so efficient and helpful. The tables are perfect. I then bought everything else like sea glass, lace table runners and jam jars in the weeks leading up to the wedding – an epic DIY job!
My Auntie made tons of bunting that decorated around the marquee – just below the ceiling – while Billy’s Mum stitched beach-themed bunting to hang on the back of the chairs.
Our table names, place names, table plan, invites, menus, save-the-dates and wedding favour tags were all painstakingly hand made by Nicky, who put real love and attention into every detail. I cannot recommend her too highly – she is truly wonderful.
THE FOOD | Sarah at Miss Tea is incredible. She does Armed Forces discount which sold her to us and we quickly realized we had made the best choice. We were set some food homework which was great fun and meant that Sarah could design a wedding breakfast that we would love. We had a food tasting a few months before which was delicious. On arrival to the field, we were served a range of canapés, including tiny Cornish pasties, and dinner was either Miss Tea’s Sausage Casserole or fish cake and chips with home-made sauces. Dessert was chocolate brownie and tablet with a raspberry sorbet.
THE CAKE | I designed our wedding cake and my neighbour made it as one of our wedding gifts.
THE HONEYMOON | We’re hoping to go to Hawaii this summer – fingers crossed.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The whole day was wonderful, but exchanging our vows in church and singing the hymns with all our friends and family was so special. Walking along the beach after the ceremony with Billy and talking about our mornings and the wedding, making that time for each other in a manic day was priceless. I also won’t forget my beautiful mum helping me to dress or walking up through the cobbled streets of Clovelly with my wonderfully unique bridesmaids. And, of course, the silent disco – actually hilarious.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Make TIME. The day literally whizzes past and pretty much runs away from you. But try to make time for the things that are important to you. Think about what it is that you don’t ever want to wish you had made time for. I wish I had spoken to more people while they were sitting down for our meal. I wish I had pictures in the morning with my brother and my mum. And I wish Billy and I had spent longer at Puttsborough. I wish I had sat down and had a TIME OUT with him.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Marquee | Blue Fizz Events
Caterer | Miss Tea
Invitations | Nicky Frewin – Creations by Nicky
Band | Calypso Band
DJ | Silent Disco King
Videographer | Daisy Daisy Films
Florist | Church Park Flowers
Furniture | The Plank Company
Wow what a location, I can see just why Kat and Billy chose it.
Thanks so much to Kat and Billy for sharing their Spring nuptials with us here at WWW xo Lou