Lucy and Sam’s Wedding By The Sea in Cornwall
Today we’ve got a post for the beach lovers (and lovely styled wedding lovers too). Here is the wedding of Lucy and Sam, who were married at the Bedruthan Steps Hotel in September last year.
It was a misty late Summer’s day, and the truly stunning surroundings were matched only by the bride and grooms quirky style.
Their photographer was the fantastic Alexa Poppe, from Alexa Poppe Wedding and Event Photography
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Here’s what photographer Alexa Poppe had to say about the big day:
I always feel blessed to shoot weddings in Devon and Cornwall due to the myriad of exceptional venues and beautiful scenery like Bedruthan Steps overlooking Mawganporth beach. On my drive to the venue, the weather was quite poor with heavy skies and dampening drizzle, but once I arrived at this exciting location, the rain settled a bit and left the coast covered in a thick layer of mist, making the coastal scenery somehow more dramatic, and I knew this was going to be a special day for photographing….
…I met the bride to be and her bridesmaid/sister in the bridal suite for preparation photos. It’s always fun to shoot the preparation as there are so many unexpected moments and beautiful details to shoot.
Lucy and Sam are both keen surfers, so they decided to have a relaxed beach themed wedding with a BBQ overlooking their favourite beach in Cornwall.They chose Bedruthan Steps Hotel as they love the hotel for its green ethics and great food, and the interior decor is a mix of contemporary and retro, which suited their wedding’s bright colours, loosely based around a turquoise, hot pink and lime green colour scheme with some beachy elements. The hotel’s Lanai area was perfect, and had a huge BBQ station too…
…Food was one of the important things to Lucy and Sam, and they chose a BBQ as its a way they love to cook very regularly. Lucy and Sam kept all their suppliers either local, or involved family and friends, and being on a tight budget, any help was welcome. Lucy’s sister made the most amazing cake with a replica of their surfboards as topping.
The whole day went perfectly and was a delight to shoot even though the misty light was sometimes quite challenging. The celebrations went on with drinking and dancing into the late night. When the couple and their guests are this relaxed, it gives great opportunity for lots of unplanned documentary-style shots, which tell a great story. This is the kind of a wedding photography I specialise in and I love to shoot weddings when I am able to blend in to capture the special moments that happen when you least expect it.
This is what Lucy had to say about her big day:
We started by wanting to get married at one of the beaches we spend a lot of time on, so Mawgan Porth was one of the favourites, and we loved the hotel, its interior decor is quite retro and suited our style of wedding. We wanted it to be quite relaxed, and found the staff at the hotel so accommodating to any of our requests, they gave us a choice of three ways of decorating, or we could choose our own, so we chose our own!
We also know the food is good there, so were sure we would be fed well! It was also great as a lot of our guests were travelling to our wedding, so it is a lovely hotel to stay in, and nobody needed to organise taxis at the end of the night…
…We also loved the green ethics of the hotel, and that they use all local suppliers.
We knew from the start that bright colours were going to be the theme, and loosely based around a turquoise, hot pink and lime green colour scheme with some beachy elements, the hotel’s retro style fitted this theme perfectly, their Lanai area was perfect, and had a huge BBQ station too. Food was one of the important things to us, and we knew from the start that we wanted a BBQ, it’s a way we cook very regularly, and found the chef fantastic and enthusiastic when planning our menu, he took inspiration from Ottlenghi, whose food we love. We opted for pasties in the evening, traditionally Cornish and filling enough to soak up the copious amounts of alcohol consumed! Colourful Vans were the footwear of choice for the men.
We tried to keep all our suppliers either local, or involved family and friends. Like everyone planning a wedding, we had a strict budget, so any help was welcome, my sister made the most amazing cake with a replica of our surfboards as topping, and this doubled as our dessert – it was so big it lasted into the evening too…
…My Mum made a fruit cake, for those who weren’t keen on the three-flavoured Madeira cake. Sam’s mum, Christine, made miles and miles of bunting, which looked amazing and really tied the theme together. I made the table decorations, I had friends and family collecting jars of various sizes, I then filled them with sand, shells and made a handle from hessian rope, they also doubled as favours and people were more than happy to take them home.
Dress and Accessories – Vus Bridal wadebridge
Flowers – Ginnys Flowers St Columb Major
Rings – Douglas hughes Jewellery in Truro
Food etc – bedruthan steps hotel
Cake with surfboards topping – Lucy’s sister