Ian & Nikkis Gusty Seaside Wedding At The East Quay Venue
Hey Folks! Today on the blog is Ian & Nikki’s gusty seaside wedding at The East Quay Venue in Whitstable. Ian & Nikki tied the knot back in early November last year in a relaxed ceremony full with family and loved ones and some crazy arsed midwives ! 😀 Thank you for a great day it was an absolute pleasure photographing your wedding day. Here is what the couple had to say about their big day.
Having had an intensive internet search and visited a couple of venues, when we walked into The East Quay Venue we fell in love with it straight away! We loved the uniqueness of the rustic/industrial hidden gem by the sea. We both wanted a winter wedding and the backdrop of the Whitstable sea, mixed with amazing venue backdrop fitted the bill for some amazing photograph opportunities – and it didn’t disappoint!
Whitstable is a place very close to Ian’s heart- he spent a lot of his childhood in Whitstable where his grandparents lived. Ian’s grandad passed away 2 years before the wedding, so it seemed an apt place to get married.Our theme was based on a woodland theme, with browns, dark greens and grey colours. We wanted a romantic, rustic cosy feel to the wedding. We used twigs, logs, pine cones, wintery white flowers and lots and lots of fairy lights and candles to get the look we wanted.
The main flowers for the décor were white in colour. We used gypsophila, carnations and lisianthus and mixed these with pussywillow and twigs in homemade decorated jars. The bouquet’s matched the colour scheme and the flowers that decorated the venue. The bouquets and button holes were designed by the very talented Jane from Jane at Graham Greener in Whitstable, who did a fabulous job.
The dress! What can I say…..I fell in love with my dress straight away, I happened to go into the dress shop on a whim and ordered the dress that day! I chose a lace, A-line, champagne coloured Ronald Joyce dress which complemented my English rose (very pale) complexion and gave me the silhouette I wanted. I did make a slight alteration to dress by changing the waist band to a plain ribbon as I wanted the beautiful detailing on the dress and the neckline to stand out, as that’s what drew me to the dress in the first place.
I very rarely wear my hair down and end up tying it up day to day, so I opted to wear my hair up in a relaxed twisted style. The detailing on my dress would have been covered if I had worn it down, so it was the best option all round. I had a beautiful handmade hair clip made to go along the top of the twist, which had ivory roses and beads in it to tie in with my flowers. My make-up was a better version of what I usually wear. I wanted to look like me (just a more polished version) so I guess you would class it as a natural look – my makeup artist Zara did a great job and achieved the look I wanted.
Ian and his groomsmen wore colours that tied in with the theme. Ian wore a brown checked, tweed 3 piece suit made by Victor Valentine with an olive green tie – what a handsome chap he looked too!
The groomsmen wore brown tweed jackets and waistcoats from Next with tan/green chinos.
The adorable page boys had a more casual look with brown corduroy trousers, cream top with green tweed braces and bow ties.
For the bridesmaids we opted for a grey tulle skirt and each bridesmaid chose a different white lace top. This tied in with the younger bridesmaids dresses that were ivory tulle with an beautiful laced top with hints of silver within the lace.The bridal party all went for different hairstyles with gypsophila in their hair and they all looked stunning.
Our best bits
The whole day was amazing and everything ran to plan, but if we had to pick…..
For Ian – his best bit was waiting (I was very late) and watching me walk down the aisle, along with overcoming his fear of writing and delivering a speech……. A job well done!
For me – it was seeing all the planning, endless jar making and decorating all coming together, spending the day with all our family and friends and of course marrying my best friend. The speeches were also brilliant and emotional, especially my husbands!
The venue staff were a god send and so accommodating……..and the FOOD!! WOW!!!! We chose the right venue for us as we love our grub.
oh………we also thought our photographer wasn’t too bad either 😉