Our vision was to bring tropical destination vibes to a British seaside wedding shoot. The Beacon House in Whitstable is a waterfront, intimate wedding venue. With key features like a covered veranda, it is ideal for UK clients that want that ‘staycation’ wedding vibe. A seaside holiday let with a license to hold legal weddings, and stunning beach views as the backdrop. The weather was temperamental, with moments of ‘tropical’ storms, but we were lucky these cleared quickly and were left with dramatic skies and even a touch of golden hour at the end!
With our seaside location, Moody Blooms used tropical floral designs to create a colourful, fun yet stylish set up. Raffia lampshades hang over a rustic wooden table, with raffia placemats, warm stone, gold and orange hued tableware. And for drinks, a coconut bar stocked with fresh coconuts, cocktail shakers and bespoke signage. The signage displayed cute slogans related to the bar, for instance ‘Let’s go coconuts’ and ‘Paradise is just a sip away’.
Monstera leaves and kentia palm made up the large arrangements for the deck area and also the table arrangements and featured pink anthurium, pale pink gingers, mini pineapples, Phalaenopsis orchids, pincushion protea, coral vuvuzela roses and hot pink celosia. The deck area and covered veranda made the perfect location for the reception and dinner space. The veranda provides cover over the table, which also offers a solution to temperamental weather. So the outdoors can still be enjoyed, with charming sea views, even if it’s changeable. Something that the UK and tropics have in common! It can be rainy one second, and then sunny the next.
For the beach ceremony we used an open deco screen, also adorned with palm leaves and tropical flowers. Framing the sea in the background perfectly, with shapes reminiscent of waves. The simplicity allowed the couple to be the focus of the ceremony set up.
The bouquet featured pale pink anthurium, orange pincushion protea, coral Vuvuzela roses, mini pineapples, hot pink celosia, hot pink phalaenopsis orchids and pops of pale yellow lisianthus alongside robelini palm leaves.
The stationery was bold and colourful, as is Bee Davies’ signature style, taking inspiration from tropical flowers, palm leaves and coconuts. They mostly used colours from the colour scheme which included dark green, orange and pink, and modern calligraphy for the wording.
Our real couple Kieran and Aleksandra were the perfect pair for this shoot. Kieran wore a dark green suit to tie in with the palm leaves, and a statement tie. Whilst Aleksandra opted for an ethereal Anna Kara design that floated gently in the sea breeze. She wore her hair down in a relaxed, beachy do. For the golden hour the couple changed into clothes they didn’t mind messing up in the water, and the bride dazzled in a silver dress. She looked like a mermaid!
This is a vibrant, tropical wedding inspiration and shows brides and grooms planning now how to integrate destination wedding styling into your home country. Dare I say the ‘C’ word. And by that I mean Covid. Give your guests the opportunity to escape to a foreign place, when travel is otherwise tricky, by throwing a ‘staycation wedding’. This also ties in nicely with one of my favourite wedding trends, Airbnb weddings! More intimate weddings that focus on guest experience over the quantity, in a more informal but equally breathtaking setting.
Props & Furniture: @thelittleweddingwarehouse
Hair & Make Up: @rebecca.brownmakeup
Dress: @annakaraofficial from @morgan_davies_bridal
Models: @aleksandraw_ @kieranjs
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