When planning their August wedding, Hannah and Anthony decided they wanted to play up to the Great British summertime as well as their love of retro flair. The guys really love the British seaside and wanted to have a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy the special day with close family and friends.
A friend made bunting, they printed seaside photographs of family members to decorate the venue and their cake was made to look like a sandcastle – complete with two crabs as a cake topper! On the tables they placed photographs of their dog, Wally, with seaside themed props. Even their rings were on theme – they were wooden rings by Hoot Cornwall, made using sand from Thorpeness beach.
Choosing quirky and fun items that reflected their personality and style and seeing it all come together was the best part of planning it. It was also great using so many independent suppliers. The bride’s mother also grew all the flowers and arranged them herself too!
One of the most important factors in choosing their venue was that they could have Wally present for the whole of the day. In the end they found Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel in Suffolk which also had a mini golf course to entertain their guests doing cocktail hour! The couple served dog themed cocktails and mocktails and the bride wore a bright retro dress designed and specially made for her by a local dressmaker. They were also able to have their ceremony outside, next to the boating lake, which was perfect for the summer day. They wrote their own vows and had a dog themed reading as well as the poem – A Vow by Wendy Cope.