A Colourful East Dene Seaside Themed Wedding – Alex & Jo

Good morning OMG readers! Hope you’re having a lovely Sunday. I have a super sunny seaside wedding to share with you today thanks to the fabulous Chris Cowley of Chris Cowley Photography.  There are so many details that I love about this wedding – it has loads of fun bits to it and you can tell it really reflects the couple’s chilled out playful personalities.

Jo and Alex were married over the summer last year at Bonchuch Church – an 11th century building which also happens to be one of the oldest in the country, followed by an East Dene reception in a manor house just a few minutes away. The overall theme for the day was not really based on any sort of strict colour palette, but the two chose a bit of blue to start with and went from there. The bride said “I wanted the day to feel natural, we had beautiful surroundings so I wanted to work with that, we chose elements of a British tea party / fete alongside some nautical touches such as deck chairs, fish and chips, sticks of rock etc.”

Jo’s beautiful dress (just check out the detailing in the back – OMG!) was by Roland Joyce and her shoes were from Faith while her bridesmaids wore super cool and colourful patterned dresses by Ted Baker. Alex looked dashing in his suit from Reiss.

The invites, order of service and thank you cards were all designed by an old school friend of the couple, Naomi, who is a fantastic illustrator. Jo gave her a picture of the church and an idea of the theme,  she took it from there. I love these!

All of the table decorations were DIY by the bride and her family from the table plan, numbers and menus all the way through to the dried flowers from their garden. The place settings were  stones from the bay where the wedding was to take place and then hand painted with each guest’s name on them which doubled as favours to be taken home after the day.

Advice from the Bride:
Don’t be afraid to change your theme and ideas, mix and match different elements and keep it personal, those small touches make your day memorable. Be organised if you plan on doing a lot of the work yourself, we only had 6 months from engagement till we got married, it was hard work but worth it and it keeps the costs down!

Any regrets?
None!

Best decision made:
A few small last minute touches really seemed to make the difference, writing a personalised post card for all of our guests was a small thing but people were very touched by the gesture, getting a jazz band for our guests to listen to in the garden after dinner helped fill the space in the day that can be a bit ‘dead’ for your guests.

Thanks so much to Chris Cowley Photography for sharing and enjoy the rest of your day!

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