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A Seaside Wedding with Vintage Accents

Sweet Thursday; the name of one of my favourite novels and so apt for today’s real wedding. Brimming with personality and delicious details, Ellie and James created a day that reflected them as a couple, using local suppliers and the talents of close friends. Beautifully captured by the lovely ladies at Cotton Candy Photography here’s what Bride Ellie had to say…

James and I have both grown up by the sea and love Southsea where we now live, so keeping everything local was an obvious choice. The Queens Hotel looks over the Solent so as soon as we saw the venue and its garden and saw that the room we would marry in would look over the sea  – we knew it was just perfect. Our main inspiration when planning the day was to be by the sea which we love, create a beautiful surrounding by including a vintage and classic feel and plan for a day that would be relaxed full of the things we love doing in our daily lives…

Three days after celebrating 11 years together we woke up in our home city to host our vintage seaside wedding. The day took place at a hotel situated on the seafront and the ceremony involved walking down the aisle to the Foo Fighters, exchanging personal vows, friends doing readings and we danced (unplanned) back down the aisle to Oasis. We then drank Pimms, ate ice cream and played games in the beautiful South-facing garden before sneaking off to the VW camper for some time alone on the beach.

The wedding breakfast followed where we played our favourite songs and a hot and cold buffet was served. We decorated the tables with personalised pebbles and shells which we had collected off the beach and had stick of rocks as favours.

The evening party began with our first dance and then we partied away to an ipod list including songs we knew our loved ones would like. We did take a dancing break to cut the cake and eat the cheese and biscuits served as an evening nibble. The party involved lots of dancing and the candy booth was great – as our tipsy guests thrived in the presence of some fancy dress!

Our wedding was truly the best day of our lives. The beautiful ceremony and the relaxed and celebratory atmosphere that came from having everyone we loved in one place – made it a fun and perfect day!

All the things we had planned and made looked wonderful together and made our surroundings feel so special and personal to us. There was such a lovely flow from the ceremony to the last song and the venue and sunshine allowed everything to come together the best it could have done. From when it was announce that we were husband and wife  – our wedding celebrations have propelled us in to a happy marriage together and the buzz of our day is still present. 

Credits: Photographers, Cotton Candy Wedding photography; Dress, Alfred Sung; Suit, Ben Sherman; Transport, 1960s VW split screen camper van named ‘Forrest’; Venue, The Queens Hotel, Flowers, Eden Bespoke Florist; Ice-cream bike, Matt Benecci; Cake, Made by a friend Steph Tiller; Wedding stationary, Invites & other details designed by best man Ricky Foyle

With Love,

Sarah, Boho Bride xx

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  • James October 20, 2011, 1:58 pm

    What a great of set of images, i love the vintage feel of the images. Quality!

  • Zoe October 20, 2011, 2:09 pm

    What a beautiful shoot, very inspiring.

  • Sarah October 23, 2011, 5:09 pm

    Thank you – Cotton Candy Photography have a wonderful signature style!