Storm Brian was no match for Molly and Darren, who were a pair of troopers on their wet and windy wedding day – as was their photographer Emma from Freckle Photography!!
I love to see a couple totally get in the spirit of their day and hats off to this pair for braving the beach in howling gales.
Read on for their wedding story – as always there’s a ton more images towards the bottom of the post, along with a list of their fab suppliers…
On Christmas day, Darren surprised me with an upcoming trip of a lifetime and so on the 19th February, the day before my birthday we arrived in Rome. It was a place we had both always talked about and Darren had another surprise up his sleeve…or should I say…hidden in his wallet!
We had walked for miles and visited some beautiful places. The evening was coming to an end and Darren suggested that we climb to the top of the Spanish steps to look over the city. It was beautiful but the moment was short lived thanks to my big mouth… “It stinks up here!” and on that note, we decided to go back to the hotel.
It was reallllllly late by the time we got back, I was very grumpy because we had missed our bus and got very lost. I plonked myself on the bed and Darren asked me to stand up. Little did I know, I was ruining yet another chance for him to propose because I was sulking.
He pulled me off the bed, bent down on one knee and asked me to marry him! He really didn’t want to propose on my birthday so this was his last chance. Of course I said yes and quickly called home to share our happy news. Poor Darren!!
Where it all happened
The whole day was planned at Ocean Kave in North Devon near Westward Ho!
We chose this venue simply because it was so unique, near the beach and ticked all of the boxes for us.
Ocean Kave consists of a purpose built ‘cave’ with a romantic, candlelit atmosphere and the ‘Sunset Room’ which was the perfect blank canvas for our wedding reception.
The staff were friendly and as an added bonus, the venue neighbours onto ‘Westward Living’, luxury cottages for all of our family to stay at.
What they wore
My wedding dress was a two piece, Martina Liana, dream come true. I must have tried on every single dress in Plymouth but nothing compared to this dress. My dad gifted me the dress just a couple of months before the wedding from Sam Cox, Plymouth Barbican and I really did feel like a Disney Princess. It’s currently being framed ready to hang in my office.
Darren, a Sergeant in the Army, said “I do” in his uniform alongside my Dad who also wore his as he gave me away. Later, the boys changed into matching navy blue, flecked suits with tweed waistcoats from Next.
I am lucky enough to have lots of wonderful girls in my life, my sisters, nieces and best friend were chosen to be my bridesmaids and wore shades of navy blue, plum and blush pink. The adult bridesmaids wore multiway dresses from Victoria Lou.
Styling and decor
We didn’t really have a theme as such, I chose the flowers I liked and we worked around that.
We liked the idea of having different coloured bridesmaids so chose three colours from the bouquet. Our venue was very unique so our styling was quite minimalist.
We had lots of logs, candles and personal touches which included childhood photographs and matching stationery.
In July 2016, the wonderful Danielle Donnelly from ‘The Wedding Hub’ in Plymouth organised a wedding auction to raise money for her sisters ongoing treatment with brain cancer. With great sadness, the brave and inspirational Emma passed away and all money raised went to her children.
As a couple who were touched by their story, we were honoured to make bids on some of the items. The auction was full of local, generous wedding suppliers including Hannah Burnett, an award winning florist from Plymouth. We were so pleased to learn that we were the highest bidder and with that, our florist was chosen.
Hannah was brilliant and sure knew her flowers. We had every faith in her that she could turn our visions (and Pinterest boards) into reality and we weren’t disappointed. My bouquet, the bridesmaid posies and flower girl arrangements were simply beautiful. Hannah ensured that every detail was perfect even down to the matching trailing ribbons and buttonhole pins. Our flower delivery was one of the highlights of our day!
We had a cake but it wasn’t your traditional type! We opted for wheels of cheese which were later served at our ploughman’s evening buffet.
What they ate and drank
We opted for a sit down meal in the day followed by a ploughman’s buffet in the evening. Guests were welcomed with a ‘Pimp your Prosecco’ bar which went down a treat!
Capturing it all
Our photographer was the amazing Emma from ‘Freckle Photography’.
I had met Emma at the 2016 South West Wedding Awards and knew she would be the one to photograph our wedding. I was really keen to get lots of candid, natural look photography with beautiful lighting and this suited Darren perfectly as he didn’t like having his photo taken.
After our engagement shoot, we were delighted with the images and filled with confidence. We both felt really comfortable and Emma is such a lovely person who is easy to talk to.
Emma, who was heavily pregnant at the time of our wedding wasn’t fazed by anything and in fact very excited at the fact we wanted to hit the beach for wedding photos…IN A STORM! She was the best!!
We also had Cupcake Videography.
We partied with the wonderful ‘Swing Kings’ who produced a fantastic set and had everyone dancing all night long.
Our first dance was ‘You’ve got a friend in me’ from Toy Story and my younger sister, a children’s entertainer presented “Mr & Mrs, The Shoe Game” which had everybody in fits of laughter.
We stayed at a 5* luxury, all inclusive hotel in Egypt for a week. It was the perfect getaway with lots of snorkelling and relaxing which was very much needed! Darren lives away from home due to his job so this quality time meant the world to us.
Favourite part of the day
Our favourite part of the day was going to be beach in Storm Brian! Most people thought we were crazy but we have never laughed so hard in our lives. My hair was ruined and my dress got filthy but it was the most memorable part of our day and a memory only we can share. People passing by shook their heads and Emma abandoned her car and we ran down the steps towards the sea. It was so much fun!
Advice to others
Make sure you both spend some quality time together on your day.
Don’t rush your photos as this was one of the only times we managed to get together. The day goes so fast!
Remember, the little things that don’t go to plan will ONLY be noticed by YOU!
Write your own vows if you can, this was another favourite part about our day. Personalised vows made the ceremony so special and we are so glad we did them, even if it was a bit nerve-wracking!
The Swing Kings