Kate and Ian chose to wed on the beautiful coast of south Devon, marrying a nautical theme with pharmaceutical touches to reflect the place where the couple first met and fell in love. "We both worked at St George's Hospital and met at work in the pharmacy department," reveals Kate. Ian had stunned her with a romantic proposal on a bench - bedecked with candles and fairy lights - along the Southbank where the pair had picnicked during one of their very first dates.
Reflecting the coastal setting of their reception venue, The Berry Head Hotel, and its stunning seascapes across Torbay, their nautical theme saw whites and creams spliced with navy blue and salmon pink. Along with pharmacy themed favours of Jagermeister in medicine bottles, the aesthetic was carried in an array of beautiful details. The bridesmaids wore salmon pink gowns, while the flowers comprised gorgeous salmon pink and coral roses combined with clouds of gypsophila, eryngium and green cymbidium orchid. "It all went together really well and was perfect for a summer wedding!" says Kate, who wore an elegant lace gown by White Rose.
Transportation was equally as eye-catching, and the couple relished some newly-wed together time between the church ceremony and the reception in a cream vintage Jaguar adorned with navy ribbons.
The food also echoed the seaside vibe: canapes of mini fish and chips, bruschetta, sweet chilli chicken lollipops and smoked salmon blinis were followed by smoked salmon roulade and ham hock terrine, chicken with a basil mousse and Brie and mushroom Wellington. Chocolate and caramel profiteroles and vanilla panna cotta rounded off the feast. Live band The Breaks then belted out their floor-filling covers as the sun set.
"The following day we organised a boat trip for everyone around Torbay, which was such a great idea!" says Kate of their extended seaside party. "It was a good way to chat properly, as the wedding day was so busy we didn't get a chance to catch up with everyone."
Looking back at her waterside wedding, Kate reflects on the moment she entered the church as her most cherished memory of the day. "My favourite moment was when I saw Ian at the church waiting for me and his face when he saw me - it made me feel very special and loved," says Kate. "I also loved it after the ceremony when we were on our own, that's when it all sunk in and we were very excited to get to the hotel for the reception."
Kate shares some advice on how to achieve your dream day without busting the budget. "We had a strict budget for our wedding and managed to stick to it," she says. "This was because we made most of the decorations ourselves, which included decorating jam jars and making the invitations. If you are creative and have time to make things yourself, then definitely do it! I collected so many ideas from Pinterest!"
Photography Thomas Frost Photography www.thomasfrostphotography.com
Venue Sacred Heart Church in Paignton and The Berry Head Hotel www.berryheadhotel.com
Dress White Rose at The Bridal Box www.thebridalbox.co.uk
Bridesmaids' dresses Debenhams www.debenhams.com
Groom's outfit suit Moss Bros www.moss.co.uk waistcoat Debenhams www.debenhams.com cravat BHS www.bhs.com
Flowers Les Fleurs www.lesfleursflorist.co.uk
Transport Abbey Cars www.abbeyweddingcars.net
Entertainment The Breaks www.facebook.com/thebreaksbanduk
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