Good morning everyone! If you’re Monday morning isn’t already feeling that great then be prepared, as this wedding will leave you swooning in the feel-good aisle. I’ve barely been able to cope with the absolute perfection of this wedding, and, (I may have said this a few times before) if I had my wedding planning days all over again I might just pick this one as my blueprint. Betty the bride is styled way beyond any bride’s bohemian dream, and I have to admit, dress and flower crown envy was at an all time high when I first set eyes on this wedding. Any bride that wears Grace Loves Lace on their wedding day is setting the stakes super high in my eyes! Betty and Brock were married in Whitstable right on the sea front in a bohemian, DIY wedding with heaps of flowers and lots of gold. Captured by the very talented Sasha Weddings, Betty and Brock’s day was a real team effort, resulting in a beautifully composed, magazine -style finish. Here’s boho bride Betty to tell you more about her quayside celebration….
I wanted something bohemian that reflected me. My style isn’t traditional – no white dress and small bouquets – so I just wanted to make sure everything revolved around our style as a couple rather than following the traditional wedding route.
We got engaged in December 2016 in Tunbridge Wells in the woods. Less than 1-year later we were married at a beautiful venue called East Quay right on the sea front in Whitstable. I found the venue after searching for a photographer for a friend’s wedding and one of the weddings I researched was at East Quay.
Natural Make-Up with a hint of Glitter!
My friend Sophie Hare did mine and my bridesmaids hair. She’d done all of ours before for other weddings so she was perfect! I just wanted a natural look for all of us and then in the evening she put it up for me in a milkmaid style up-do. Our makeup was done by Nicola Conell who’d also done my makeup before when I was a bridesmaid for a friend. I loved it – quite natural with a hint of glitter and a bold lip.
Grace Loves Lace
I went to five wedding dress shops and hated all of them and realised nowhere had what I was looking for – I don’t suit white or cream so I struggled finding anything until I found Australian company Grace Loves Lace online. All their dresses are beautiful and completely different to what I’d seen anywhere before. My dress was actually a top and a skirt so it was super comfortable and the colour was ‘Oyster’ which was a little bit lilac. I thought the name matched the venue! The colour of my dress inspired the colour of my flowers and flower crown – it matched perfectly. I got my shoes from ASOS and I loved them! I didn’t want to wear a veil as I wouldn’t have been able to get one the same colour as my dress and all I’ve ever dreamed about having is the most amazing, biggest flower crown on my wedding day and that’s exactly what I got! Our friend Teresa did it for me and it took her hours – I loved it so much.
I got earrings for me and my bridesmaids from Spitalfields Market and on the day of the wedding, Brock gave me a ring and bracelet from Oliver Bonas which matched perfectly. We got Brocks suit from Ashford Outlet from Moss Boss and I bought from the bridesmaid’s dresses and sandals from ASOS.
Camper Van Arrival
We had our ceremony at our Kingdom Hall. I walked down the aisle after my bridesmaids and Brock’s baby sister with my dad. My dad and I got to the ceremony in my uncle’s camper van, which him and my auntie had decorated amazingly. They’d made bunting with our names on, had Brock’s favourite beer on board and photos of us hanging in the back with cookies she’d baked!
Gold Candle Sticks and Eucalyptus
The venue was so stunning you didn’t need to do a lot to make it look beautiful. We used a lot of fairy lights and placed flowers everywhere. I used hoola hoops which I sprayed gold and then covered in eucalyptus which hung from the ceiling – we also wrapped eucalyptus around the stairs. I hung mini bottles by the bar full of flowers too and had spray-painted crates with our initials on. I dotted them around to use as tables with a suitcase for our cards to go it. My dad made silk runners for the tables which all the wine, bottles full of flowers and over a hundred gold candle sticks went on. We collected the candle sticks from charity shops and vintage fairs over the 6 months we were engaged. My talented dad also made the amazing LOVE lights which really made the venue extra beautiful.
Our song sheets for the reception were created by the talented Aimee who is a friend of a friend. Our invites I designed with my manager and her husband and he got them printed for me as he’s a graphic designer. I brought our table numbers from hobby craft, which were 3 big numbers that I spray painted gold. I made the table plans with hoola hoops which I also sprayed gold and then my dad wrapped eucalyptus around them. We pegged every individual name on a price of string running down the middle which hung from the ceiling.
Our photographer was the amazing Sasha Weddings. She had done a couple of friend’s weddings that we’d been too and I loved how her photos were so natural and captured the moment. I don’t like staged ‘lets pretend to cut a cake’ moments and unnatural lighting so she was perfect and you barely noticed she was there. We absolutely loved our photos and we had so many – we were elated. We can’t recommend her enough!
Feel Good Food
The East Quay provided a hog roast and then a few of our friends and family provided the sides and loads of friends made puddings. My friend Paige (Feel Good Catering) made all the canapés. Our cake was made by Brock’s Mum, Carrie. We had an ombré 3 tier cake with Victoria sponge, lemon, blueberry and banana! Not everyone likes traditional fruit cake so I thought we’d choose these 3 so that it catered for all. On a wedding favour note, for everyone’s name place I got 120 scallop shells which I bleached and boiled and then spray painted and hand painted everyone’s name on. This took months but was with it!
Covent Garden Market Flowers
I did the flowers with my mum, dad, Teresa, my bridesmaids Daisy and Elli and my friends Helen and Jess. We all went up to New Covent Garden market Monday morning and I just decided there and then what I wanted based on colours and we did them all in our garage. There was a lot of flowers so it took two whole days and lots of bottles and eucalyptus! I also had naturally dyed silk ribbons by Bertie and Fred which were stunning and custom made by the amazing Nicola for all of our bouquets and for my flower crown.
Probably the speeches – my maid of honour Elli gave an amazing one and so did Brock’s brother-in-law, my dad and of course Brock. They all made me cry.
Don’t rush making decisions or buying anything quickly. If you take your time you end up finding the perfect shoes, dress and accessories which is much better than rushing and buying the first thing you see which fits the theme. And also don’t try and do everything on your own and end up stressing yourself out as everybody offers to help and everyone wants to do what they can so let them help!
The Line Up
Photographer: Sasha Weddings
Venue: East Quay
Catering: Feel Good Catering
Dress: Grace Loves Lace
Suit: Moss Boss
Make-Up – Nicola Conell
Ribbons and material: Bertie and Fred