This afternoon’s wedding feels really appropriate to share today, given some of the comments on weight and body image that have been left in response to the post we shared this morning. Beautiful bride Natalie, a Community Fundraiser for the Marie Curie Cancer Care Charity married her beau Rob, the Director of an Engineering company, on 7 June this year at Bournemouth Beach Hut, followed by evening celebrations at Harry’s Bar.
Natalie’s experience of finding a wedding dress turned in to something she was dreading, in to something she thoroughly enjoyed, thanks to the services provided by the wonderful Jo over at The Couture Company. As a result, Nat was able to look and feel fabulous on her gloriously sunny seaside wedding day.
“One of the reasons I think we felt drawn to getting married on the beach was because Rob and I met at the seaside, so styling the wedding around the beach was an easy decision. We wanted it to feel very fun, colourful and chilled out. We wanted it to have lots of personal touches and lots for our guests to do.”
Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Mia Photography
“We chose Bournemouth Beach Hut because wanted something a bit different. We came across the beach hut after seeing the venue in a magazine, we fell in love with it instantly and we knew it would be right for us. It felt laid back, fun and quirky just like us.
We were given help and support by Melanie at Bournemouth Beach Weddings, she was great offering advice leading up to the day and on the day she was amazing! The whole day ran smoothly, so well organised and we felt so looked after. Her and her team at Beach Weddings Bournemouth were incredible!”
“Being plus size, I was a little worried about the wedding dress part; I read lots of articles online about the difficulties people faced. I started to panic a little and was wary about stepping into a wedding dress shop. Then I found Jo at The Couture Company and her awesome dresses, I knew that I wanted a short dress as on the beach and I had to have sleeves as I don’t like my arms out and really didn’t want to wear a jacket or bolero.”
“I told Jo what I had imagined the dress to look like and she sketched the perfect dress. I had chosen my bridesmaid’s dresses and they were a beautiful tiffany blue colour and I wanted that in my dress too. Jo suggested having it across the bust, it was a bit daring for me but I trusted her and it definitely worked. I loved everything about it, the fit was perfect for me and it was so different. I had so many compliments and it felt so special to know I had been involved in designing it.
Jo and her team really do create the most beautiful dresses. It was such a wonderful experience; I knew that I was going to love my dress. If you have an idea in your head of what your wedding dress would look like then I would highly recommend you book an appointment with Jo and her team at The Couture Company straight away, it was the best decision I made.”
“Our wedding invites were made by Suzy at The Leaf Press. We didn’t want to send the standard invites, I had an idea to do message in a bottles. We purchased lots of bottles, some sand and shells. We then contacted Suzy and told her our idea. She then designed beautiful invites rolled up to go inside, tags and stickers to go on the bottles. They were really cute pastel colours with beach huts on. Suzy went above and beyond for us and we would highly recommend her.
The table plan I made myself, it’s hard to explain, but I purchased a beach hut shaped bathroom mirror which had compartments around it, with the word beach across the top. It had eight spaces, around the mirror which was in the middle so we just made up the table plans from card and slotted them in there. It looked really good in the end.”
“We had an idea for something a bit different; instead of having a kiss after we were declared married we wanted to do a selfie. We ran this pass our registrar, who was brilliant and she had no problems with it and was more than happy to help us pull it off. I am a bit obsessed with selfies and Facebook, so it was perfect for us and it meant we could upload the first picture before any of the guests. Our photographer Mia captured this too which is brilliant.”