Today I am excited to share this gorgeous beach inspired wedding with sprinkles of yellow, handmade elements and an Alfred Angelo Dress.
Images were captured by Rich Page of Page Creations.
Rich Page is a leading Wedding and Portrait Photographer, Based in lovely Rye – East Sussex, Covering the whole UK and beyond.
I hand over to beautiful Bride Vanessa…
How did you meet as a Couple?
“We originally met while studying at Portsmouth University.”
“However it was not until two years later while I was completing my Masters in Public Relations at Bournemouth University and Alex was doing Officer Training at Royal Air Force Cranwell that the friendship became something magical.”
“Rekindled through a Facebook profile picture of Alex rock climbing, the conversation lead us to spend a day rock climbing together, followed by many more sporting adventures.”
“The rest, as they say, is history. Now 5 years on we are happily married and rocking all kinds of sports together.”
When did you get engaged?
” We got engaged on January 31st 2013 during a snowboarding and snowkiting holiday to Jackson, Wyoming USA.”
“Alex craftily managed to source a stunning ring from a local jeweller DanShelley Jewelers in Jackson and waited for the perfect moment.”
“It was later on in the week when he realised that we were alone on the mountain, not a soul in sight, the sun was beaming down, the snow was glistening and the timing, it was spot on.”
“There on the side of the Teton Mountains strapped into our snowboards, one of our favourite sporting activities, Alex got down on not one but two knees [due to the snowboard], pulled out the ring and asked me the magic question.”
“I, of course said yes and the ring fitted perfectly.”
Tell us about your wedding planning journey
“From the start we dreamed of a day filled with love and laughter, balancing the intensity of our marriage commitment with the calm tranquillity of Camber Sands and party hard flare in our friends and family.”
“The Gallivant spoke to our outdoor sporting natures with its waterside location and its rustic beauty, providing the perfect backdrop for our creativity with handmade elements throughout the day.”
“Stepping beyond tradition we decided to show our eternal commitment to each other with several ceremonies across the day, starting with the civil marriage ceremony, followed by a Sand Ceremony in the Camber Sand dunes, plus Tying of the Knot and Broom Jumping to kick start the evening.”
“We added extra magic to the day with a 1934 Lagonda motorcar, our late Grandfather’s RAF Ceremonial Sword for the cake cutting and Harry the horse.”
“Finding the venue was the first step in our process and was a vital element forming the canvas for our personal touches.”
“As a former registration office celebrant my mother Glenda Procter knew all the wedding venues in the area and we set off on our viewing adventures.”
“The hunt came to a definite stop once we discovered The Gallivant.”
“As outdoor adventurers filling our lives with sports and beach life, The Gallivant’s rustic coastal theme ticked all our boxes.”
“We knew that with the Gallivant’s stunning offerings and our families’ design and craft skills we were onto a winner.”
“My mother is also a former interior design company owner and sewing teacher, and with time, love and passion was indispensable in helping create personal decorations to put our touch on the day.”
“Decorations made from local Rye Bay shells, drift wood collected from Winchelsea, Dungeness and Camber Sands, and locally sourced craft materials made for a magical touch.”
“”Many Brides have a clear idea on their wedding dress, however all I knew was that my dress had to be a ‘wedding dress’ clearly differentiated from the long ball dresses I wear for regular Royal Air Force events.”
“After a few shopping trips with my lovely brides maids, Wedding Bells of Banbury had THE dress.”
“The biggest challenge was trying to picture the size 16 sample dress without the excess material in a more fitting size 8.”
“I had comfortable high heel wedge shoes, knowing that I would be able to wear them again after the wedding, and I also had some big monkey slippers for once me feet started hurting!”
“A close family friend, Marylin Segar, and Aunty Sue Pinkney, demonstrated their incredible baking skills with the creation of two three tier wedding cakes.”
“Sue’s sponge cake boasted a chocolate orange and a cream and strawberry layer. There was an unfortunately travel hiccup which meant the base tear died in transport, BUT it tasted great so was kept out back for eating instead of also being on display.”
“It was a small set back but one that our dynamic family handled with ease.”
“Marylin’s cake started its journey 6 months earlier and contained two bottles of brandy – now that makes for a good fruit cake!”
“We also had cup cakes made with love by Alex’s sister, Christina Ruck.”
“To top all of this my new father in law Martin Ruck, sourced a huge 8kg tower of cheeses, all local from the Gloucester area.”
“On the Weddng Morning: It was incredible surreal; I was excited yet relaxed, it was nice knowing all of the planning was done and incredible to see the sun shining.”
“Walking down the Aisle: An unanticipated overwhelming emotion, seeing all of the smiling faces in the audience. It took all of my strength to hold back the tears, obviously tears of joy and pure intensity.”
“It was an incredible feeling, like nothing else I have ever felt. Seeing my soon to be husbands gleaming smile. It was breath taking.”
“During the ceremony it actually got so intense I asked “Can I kiss him yet?”, everyone had a giggle as I was told no.”
“We had family readings [Bride’s brother David Procter, Groom’s sister Christina Ruck, Bride’s mother Glenda Procter], we read personal vows to each other and of course exchanged our rings.”
“Guests afterwards said there was not a dry eye in the room, it was incredibly emotional. The love between us and in the room from family and friends was unbelievable.”
“Guests were hosted in the Camber Sand dunes with cocktails and canapés and provided with home-made ice creams to enjoy on the walk over [made with local/home grown ingredients by us].”
“We had happy uplifting country music playing in the dunes, a bamboo arbor for the sand ceremony and lots of Pimms.”
“I arrived at the reception on Harry, a former horse of mine.”
A Sand Ceremony was conducted by my mum, uniting not only us but also our families and friends.”
“All family and friends contributed a pinch of sand into a crystal decanter.”
“Our beautiful photos were captured in the natural backdrop of the sand dunes.”
“The wedding breakfast was laid in a top table with three wings for a total of 90 guests, and as a bridal party we did a receiving line to welcome each guest individually.”
“Each setting was laid with a closed scallop shell with Guaylian chocolate. Nametags were attached to locally found ‘Hagstones’. A miniature Jaegermeister and Red Bull and a raffle ticket where also placed in a handmade goodie-bag, just to ensure the party got going.”
“The Gallivant served incredible locally sourced food on sharing platters which ensured guests mingled and instantly got to know the people around them.”
“Speeches were done between courses to break things up, and port was served with decanters for the final toast, including a Loyal Toast. Each guest got ½ bottle of wine with dinner, port and their wedding favour.”
“Evening kicked off with a traditional tying the knot ceremony conducted by my mum, the cake cutting using our late Grand father’s ceremonial RAF sword, jumping the broom [again a fun historic element] and the first dance.”
“Firstly, myself and my father danced, before the handover to my new husband.”
“10pm saw us take the mic to announce the raffle ticket winners, winning 16 cuts of local lamb joints.”
“Each guest had a free ticket and could purchase more to support honeymoon spending money, £350 was raised.”
“Late night munchies were served in the form of bacon baps with ketchup at 11pm, and cheese, sweets and cake was available throughout.”
“The party was the latest party on record at the venue, with ourselves and several guests finishing the party on the beach with the sunrise, heading to bed at 6am.”
When did you get married?
“We were married on the 25th May 2014, Ceremony and Reception held at The Gallivant, Camber Sands, Rye, East Sussex.”
What was the best bit of your day?
“Everything, the whole day was magical, from the alarm waking me up, the giggling make up session with the favourite ladies or breakfast with the boys.”
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
“Plan everything and brief the Bridal Party thoroughly well before the big day. Plan, plan, plan!”
“Don’t wear a watch on the day, leave this to your Bridal Party.”
“Don’t scrimp on the photographer, pictures last a lifetime.”
Where was your honeymoon?
“We did a Big Texan Road Trip. The open road, 9 days wakeboarding, 5 days (1,000) miles on two Harley-Davidsons, Route 66, horse trekking in the Palo Duro canyon, rodeos, and lots of steak houses.”
To add, 21 years ago Vanessa graced the cover of Brides Magazine (July/August 1994 as a young Bridesmaid.
On her Wedding Day, Rich recreated the pose…
Thank you so much to Rich for sharing this incredible beach inspired wedding.
The stunning shells and blue and yellow in the styling are perfection and a beautiful blend to the gorgeous setting right by the sea.
All the traditions, and the handmade elements such as the cake, cupcakes and decorations crafted by family using natural driftwood and shells make it an extra special big day.
Photography: Richard Page, Rye http://www.page-creations.com
Venue: The Gallivant, Camber Sands, Rye, East Sussex https://www.facebook.com/gallivanthotel
Ceremonies – Glenda Procter [sand ceremony, tying the knot, broom jumping] https://www.facebook.com/Cloud9Ceremonies.Civil.Celebrancy
Dress: Alfred Angelo http://www.alfredangelobridal.co.uk/ from Wedding Bells of Banbury
Wedding rings: Costco http://www.costco.co.uk/ [diamond eternity ring for bride…why have a plain band when you can have sparkles!)
Bridesmaids dresses: Coast http://www.coast-stores.com/
Hair & make-up: Grace Benson, Freelance Make Up Artist and Hair Stylist http://www.gracebensonmakeup.com
Groom’s outfit: Hugo Boss – Moss Bros http://www.moss.co.uk/
Stationery: Designed by the couple, printed at Vista Print
Flowers: Dandie Creations – Artificial flowers – they still look as good now as they did on the day and no one could tell the difference – http://www.dandiecreations.co.uk
Cake: Sue Pinkney and Marylin Saeger [family]
Catering: The Gallivant, Camber Sands, Rye, East Sussex – https://www.facebook.com/gallivanthotel
Venue dresser: Glenda Procter [mother of the bride]
Transport: Phillip Erhardt – 1934 Lagonda, which has been in the family since new and done many family weddings. [uncle]
Entertainment: DJ Chris Coote, CSC Entertainments – http://www.cscentertainments.co.uk
To Contact Page Creations
Phone: 07790 325 009