marquee wedding by the sea in devon

What a stunning location for a wedding! A marquee with the most magnificent views. Louboutin’s, classic styling and beautiful florals.

It’s Alice and Joe’s stunning day…




The proposal

Joe​ ​proposed​ ​whilst​ ​we​ ​were​ ​on​ ​a holiday​ ​in​ ​Ibiza.​ ​We​ ​found​ ​a​ ​private​ ​beach​ ​the​ ​day​ ​before​ ​so​ ​we​ ​decided​ ​to​ ​go​ ​back​ ​the following​ ​day.​ ​Joe​ ​took​ ​a​ ​kayak​ ​out​ ​to​ ​an​ ​island,​ ​he​ ​was​ ​gone​ ​for​ ​hours.​ ​He​ ​returned​ ​with​ ​a​ ​flower​ ​from​ ​the​ ​island​ ​and​ ​I wasn’t​ ​impressed,​ ​half​ ​listening​ ​he​ ​said​ ​I ​have​ ​something​ ​to​ ​ask​ ​you​ ​and​ ​that’s​ ​when​ ​he​ ​got​ ​down​ ​on​ ​one​ ​knee​ ​with​ ​the ring​ ​and​ ​proposed!!


Where it all happened

I got ready at my parents home in Plymouth, I have lived in London since I was 19 but lived at the Plymouth house since I was 2 years old.

For​ ​the​ ​ceremony,​ ​my​ ​sister,​ ​parents, aunties​ ​have​ ​​ ​all​ ​got​ ​married​ ​at​ ​the​ ​same​ ​church​ ​- St Mary & St Boniface Cathedral in Plymouth, so​ ​it​ ​had​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​sentimental meaning​ ​to​ ​get​ ​married​ ​there.

For the reception, we​ ​have​ ​always​ ​wanted​ ​a​ ​marquee,​ ​I ​was​ ​researching​ ​marquees​ ​when​ ​Hatch​ ​came​ ​up,​ ​they​ ​have​ ​suggested​ ​locations on​ ​their​ ​website​ ​so​ ​we​ ​checked​ ​out​ ​Bigbury​ ​and​ ​fell​ ​in​ ​love​ ​with​ ​it​ ​instantly​ ​and​ ​booked! The view is amazing!


What they wore

My​ ​dress​ ​was​ ​from​ ​Sottero​ ​and​ ​Midgley​ ​-​ ​called​ ​the​ ​Prestyn.​ ​It​ ​was​ ​massive, very classic and no fuss. ​ ​At​ ​first​ ​I​ ​was​ ​scared​ ​of​ ​it​ ​but​ ​as​ ​my​ ​mum said​ ​you​ ​will​ ​only​ ​wear​ ​something​ ​like​ ​this​ ​once​ ​so​ ​enjoy​ ​it​ ​so​ ​I​ ​was​ ​swishing​ ​around, picking​ ​it​ ​up​ ​chucking​ ​it​ ​over​ ​my arm​ ​all​ ​night!

I​ ​like​ ​classic​ ​plain​ ​style,​ ​I​ ​work​ ​in​ ​fashion​ ​and​ ​swear​ ​by​ ​staple​ ​pieces​ ​in​ ​the​ ​wardrobe,​ ​my​ ​wedding​ ​dress​ ​was​ ​no different. I ​didn’t​ ​want​ ​something​ ​that​ ​would​ ​date,​ ​or​ ​was​ ​covered​ ​in​ ​lace/sequins​ ​or​ ​pattern,​ ​it’s​ ​just​ ​not​ ​me.​ ​I​ ​loved​ ​my dress​ ​because​ ​it’s​ ​so​ ​plain​ ​and​ ​classic​ ​but​ ​also​ ​chic​ ​at​ ​the​ ​same​ ​time​ ​and​ ​bonus​ ​it​ ​has​ ​pockets!!

I​ ​had​ ​a​ ​beautiful​ ​cathedral​ ​swarovski​ ​veil​ ​which​ ​was​ ​completely​ ​plain​ ​but​ ​the​ ​edge​ ​was​ ​tipped​ ​in​ ​swarovski​ ​crystals. I​ ​had​ ​no​ ​jewellery​ ​apart​ ​form​ ​earring​ ​which​ ​were​ ​my​ ​mum’s.

​I​ ​was​ ​adamant​ ​I ​would​ ​wear​ ​Christian​ ​Louboutins​! Again​ ​classic​ ​but​ ​very​ ​sparkly​ ​-​ ​when​ ​it​ ​comes​ ​to shoes​ ​being​ ​classic​ ​goes​ ​out​ ​the​ ​window​ ​i​ ​like​ ​fun​ ​shoes​ ​so​ ​they​ ​were​ ​covered​ ​in​ ​sparkles.

Joe​ ​wore​ ​his​ ​military​ ​uniform​ ​for​ ​the​ ​church​ ​ceremony then changed into tails for the reception,​ ​he​ ​has​ ​been​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Navy​ ​for​ ​17​ ​years​ ​-​ ​he​ ​is​ ​a​ ​Commando​ ​also. He​ ​was​ ​the​ ​first​ ​ever​ ​ERI​ ​PTI​ ​Commando​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Navy.

He​ ​has​ ​just​ ​been​ ​medically​ ​discharged​ ​so​ ​it​ ​was​ ​the​ ​last​ ​time​ ​he​ ​would​ ​ever​ ​wear​ ​his​ ​formal​ ​dress​ ​again​ ​so​ ​it​ ​also​ ​held​ ​a lot​ ​of​ ​sentimental​ ​value​ ​for​ ​him​ ​too.

The groomsmen wore navy​ ​tails​ ​with​ ​ivory​ ​cravats​ ​from​ ​Young’s​ ​rental​ ​at​ ​Debenhams.​ ​Me​ ​and​ ​Joe​ ​wanted​ ​a​ ​classic​ ​wedding​ ​that​ ​would​ ​be timeless.

The​ ​bridesmaid​ ​dresses​ ​were​ ​from​ ​BHLD.​ ​I​ ​work​ ​for​ ​Anthropologie​ ​and​ ​BHLD​ ​is​ ​the​ ​bridal​ ​brand.​ ​I​ ​always​ ​wanted floral​ ​bridesmaid​ ​dresses​ ​and​ ​BHLD​ ​actually​ ​did​ ​them​ ​which​ ​is​ ​unusual​ ​to​ ​find.​ ​


Styling & decor

I wanted bright colours to sit with classic ivory touches. I achieved this with bright flowers everywhere and my tableware was pearlescent and ivory with candles and barware.


The flowers

All my flowers were wild and organically grown in Devon from Inbloom.

I was able to visit the garden where they were growing and pick out what I liked and didn’t like.

This was a real luxury and made me appreciate fresh flowers – you could smell the roses in the bouquets from metres away because they were so fresh!

I also had a big hanging floral chandelier in the marquee which was a real show stopper and completed the room in a subtle way.

The church has their own florist who supplied 3 massive flower arrangements, 2 at the altar and one at the font at the start of the aisle. I took these to the marquee which added even more flowers to the reception!

I also had ivory roses posies hanging from each pew wrapped in silk ribbon at the church.


The cake

We didn’t go for a traditional tiered cake. It was a Vassos cake – a local family run cake shop based in Plymouth. I have had a Vassos cake every birthday since I was born so I had the biggest one they do for the wedding, it was a metre wide!

It was decorated with fresh cream with strawberries and hundreds and thousands – looks pretty tacky but trust me is the most delicious light and fluffy cake you will ever eat!


What they ate and drank

This was all supplied by Main Events.

We had champagne and canapés on arrival to the reception, followed by an antipasti sharing platter for each table, then followed by a chosen main meal and Eton Mess for dessert, followed by lots of cheese.

The menu was inspired by Italy because we love the food and the country!

The evening food was a BBQ.


Capturing it all

Emmer Stoner was our photographer, Maddie Eaton was the Videographer.

I have a instax camera with a backdrop area for guests to go and take pics and hang them up as a keepsake.


The party

We​ ​had​ ​a​ ​pianist​ ​for​ ​the​ ​reception,​ ​from​ ​arrival​ ​to​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​wedding​ ​breakfast.

We​ ​then​ ​had​ ​a​ ​live​ ​singer​ ​(she​ ​is​ ​currently​ ​supporting​ ​Rag​ ​&​ ​Bone​ ​man​ ​and​ ​was​ ​No​ ​1​ ​in​ ​Australia)​ ​who​ ​started​ ​at 7.30pm​ ​for​ ​the​ ​first​ ​dance​ ​and​ ​then​ ​did​ ​2 x​ ​45​ ​mins​ ​sets.​ ​in​ ​between​ ​this​ ​we​ ​had​ ​a​ ​DJ​ ​who​ ​then​ ​carried​ ​on​ ​until​ ​midnight when​ ​it​ ​finished.

Run​ ​To​ ​You​ ​by​ ​Whitney​ ​Houston​ ​was​ ​our​ ​first​ ​dance​ ​song​ ​and​ ​this​ ​sounded​ ​much​ ​more​ ​personal​ ​because​ ​our​ ​live singer​ ​has​ ​an​ ​amazing​ ​soul​ ​voice​ ​so​ ​it​ ​felt​ ​and​ ​sounded​ ​extra​ ​special.

After​ ​this​ ​​we​ ​had​ ​the​ ​DJ​ ​play​ ​classic​ ​disco​ ​hits​ ​-​ ​I ​love​ ​the​ ​70’s​ ​disco​ ​songs​ ​plus​ ​your​ ​classic​ ​songs​ ​to​ ​get​ ​everyone dancing.

Everyone​ ​was​ ​blown​ ​away​ ​by​ ​the​ ​singer,​ ​I​ ​don’t​ ​think​ ​they​ ​expected​ ​her​ ​to​ ​be​ ​that​ ​good,​ ​she​ ​wasn’t​ ​cheesy​ ​so​ ​it​ ​really was​ ​an​ ​authentic​ ​acoustic​ ​performance,​ ​like​ ​you​ ​were​ ​at​ ​a​ ​gig!


The honeymoon

We went to Dubai and Mauritius for 10 days in total, 2 days after the wedding!

Joe organised it (I hate planning trips) Dubai was a first time for me, but the 5th time for Joe. It is definitely an experience but you can’t beat the natural beauty of Mauritius.


Favourite part of the day

There are too many!

1.  Emma’s snap of Joe crying at the alter.
2.  Us both in the car with some time to ourselves on the drive out to Bigbury
3.  The quiz we did – this was a really good idea as it broke the ice and got each table talking and engaging with each other .


Advice to others

Just take it all in, and remember as much as you can! It goes so quickly!




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