Sunday, 11 April 2010

Real Wedding: Carrie & Adrian

Seaside weddings are always amongst the most memorable. Beaches that make people feel like they're on holiday, and that carnival spirit will make your guests want to party! Carrie and Adrian's Kent wedding was a day of two halves, with their marriage ceremony at Mount Ephraim Gardens, and the reception hosted at the East Quay Restaurant in Whitstable. Traditional seaside fare was the order of the day, and the rustic restaurant adds real character to their big day. I'm loving Carrie's choice of pink detailing, starting with her stunning pink shoes, and carried on through the hot pink gerbera and stationery. The classic convertable Beetle is a great touch, and while I'm hoping the Camper Van wasn't for their honeymoon, it certainly makes a fantastic wedding prop. Do you think they handed out rock as favours? Huge thanks to David Fenwick for his gorgeous photographs, and don't miss the message from the bride below the pics!

Message from the Bride: Adi and I have always loved the sea, and having grown up in Whitstable myself we hoped to incorporate some kind of beach theme into our wedding. I stumbled across the East Quay Restaurant whilst looking online for wedding venues and although I hadn't thought of a restaurant for a wedding venue, it just seemed right for us. We didn't want a formal wedding, we wanted a fun day where friends and family could relax and enjoy the beach and we felt the East Quay was the perfect venue for this. For our ceremony we felt certain we wanted to get married outside. We wanted the outdoors to be a real feature of our wedding and Mount Ephraim Gardens was a beautiful, tranquil and very romantic setting.

As pink is my favourite colour I had to have it featured in my wedding somehow. I was so lucky to find a florist (Jane at Graham Greener) who seemed to know exactly what would suit me, and our wedding. I love Gerbera's and find them such a sunny and happy flower - they also fitted so well with the beach theme. Jane had Gerbera's in a vivid fuschia, and with the men's chocolate suits and the bridesmaids chocolate dresses, they looked amazing.

Our wedding day, although cloudy in the morning, turned out to be a lovely sunny day. After the ceremony Adi and I travelled back to the restaurant in a convertible vintage VW Beetle with the top down - it was great fun! Guests enjoyed oysters back at the restaurant followed by traditional Fish and Chips, finished off with a chocolate fudge cake. We hired a ceilidh band for the early evening to liven everyone up after their meal and then enjoyed a disco for the later part of the evening. We finished our perfect day by releasing sky lanterns off the beach which our guests had written messages on earlier in the day. It was a lovely end to an amazing day by the sea. Carrie x

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