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  • The Queens Hotel, Bourrnemouth – A Bigeye Photography Wedding

     Forever in my dreams my heart will be hanging on to this sweet memory A day of strange desire And a night that burned like fire. Take me back to the place that I know, on the beach……

    I love today’s real wedding submission for lots of reasons. I love the beach, I have a strange fascination with beach huts -probably because they just don’t seem to exist on Northern beaches where I was brought up, I adore Simon and Suz’s DIY eco friendly wedding favours and LOVE the way Marcus Ward of Bigeye Photography has captured it all in his fresh, natural contemporary style. Simon and Suz’s personalities shines through in every image and that is down to Marcus’s easy manner.

    So without any more waffle from me I am handing over the reins of the blog to Suz so she can tell you all about their big day…… 

    Proposal

    I took Simon crab fishing off Mudeford Quay in Christchurch, Dorset. It is one of my favourite pastimes from my childhood and thought my boyfriend should give it a go. With 3 lines of the go between the two of us, on a not so sunny day in February, the last thing I expected was that he would ‘pop the question’. My reaction was ‘yes’, ‘ooh a lovely ring’ (1 huge emerald and 2 diamonds) followed by ‘put it back in your pocket’ because we were inches from the sea!

    What was important to you when initially planning wedding?

    I have always wanted to get married but felt daunted by having to plan one. Keeping it simple and including my family were my priorities. I wanted to get as much information as possible so I knew what traditions actually stood for and what would really make our day memorable.

    What did you use to plan your wedding?

    We went to a local wedding show where we live in Gloucester at Kingsholm Rugby Stadium (Simon is a big fan so it was easy to get him to go!). We also visited wedding shows at the Queens Hotel and Royal Bath Hotel in Bournemouth where we were planning on getting married. I recommend buying lots of different magazines to get as many ideas as possible. There is so much out there and as we were only on planning on doing it once even TV programmes like ‘Don’t tell the Bride’ and ‘Bridezillas’ got our attention.

    What was your wedding theme/colour scheme?

    We had emerald green as our colour scheme. This is the colour of the stone in my engagement ring, a favourite colour and also a reflection on being ‘eco friendly’.

    How did you choose your bridesmaids?

    We had one Bridesmaid, my best friend Shell, from University. We also had our Godchildren Erin and Freya as our flowergirls.

    How did you choose your suppliers?

    By personal recommendations or direct contact at wedding shows.

    Venue

    Trinity Methodist Church Southbourne, Bournemouth beach,  The East Cliff Cliff lift & The Queens Hotel, Bournemouth.

    We enjoyed a lovely service then had time for photographs on the beach before heading to our reception.

    Florist

    Family friend, Shelia.

    Photographer

    Marcus Ward, Bigeye Photography

    Cake Maker

    My Mum!

    Event Dresser

    Frank Holston from The Queens Hotel and Michelle from Covers and Co

    Entertainment

    Steve James Roadshow

    Stationery

    Designed by me ,printed by Greyhound Graphics, Bristol and Coastline Print Boscombe, Bournemouth.

    Any DIY projects?

    We grew small houseplants that we wrapped and gave away as favours.

    A friend made ivory and green bunting to decorate the reception venue.

    The confetti was home grown, packed in green stripy bags and labelled. Drying rose petals on kitchen paper is easy and it’s nice to know where it comes from.

    We made up our own photo booth with our camera, ipad and items of fancy dress, rather than buying in a company.

    The table numbers and top table signs were hearts made of green felt and hand stitched by the mother of the bride around the edges.

    The cravats and pockets were made by the Brides brother’s sister as the emerald green satin was really difficult to source. We could order extra fabric from the supplier of the Bridesmaid dress to get the matching green fabric.

    I made the sugar flowers for the wedding cake with help from instructional videos on YouTube.

    Where did you find your dress?

    At a local wedding dress shop. www.mojgan.co.uk

    How did you know you had found the one?

    My dress was uniquely designed after I tried on 3 completely different styles of dress. Mojgan sketched the dress I wanted which would include flowers and make the most of my figure.

    What accessories did you choose and why?

    I chose a hair comb with 3 large silk ivory flowers, which reflect my father’s love of flowers. I also had a pearl and Swarovski crystal necklace and bracelet simply because it completed the look.

    First dance music and why?

    We don’t have ‘a song’ so we chose Michel Buble ‘The way you look tonight’. We chose this because we spent hours listening to hundreds of possible songs and this one seems to fit the moment and one of the few we both managed to agree on!

    How did your budget change from first planning to the wedding day?

    Our budget was flexible and we feel we had value for money and every pound spent was on something that impacted our guests.

    Your favourite wedding purchase

    Our photographer – Marcus Ward. Marcus went above and beyond what we expected from a wedding photographer. He took us to a favourite spot in Gloucester for a pre-wedding shoot and also offered to do a recce to Bournemouth to familiarise himself with us and our venues. Our photos capture the atmosphere of our day and we have photographs we can treasure.

    Best wedding bargain

    Brides shoes – £10 from Oxfam in Southampton.

    Most extravagant part of wedding

    Brides dress and accessorises. It was difficult to say no!

    Thoughts on wedding day

    Our day reflected who we were. At the church our guests were welcomed with pictures of them scrolling on the screen at the front. The confetti was homegrown. We had a quiz at the reception because we first met at a pub quiz and grew our own favours. Close family and friends said how happy they were that they were asked to help in the preparation of our day. I am a bit of a control freak but I managed to find something for everyone to do from arranging cars, wrapping the ushers gifts to writing out the name cards. These little touches made our day very personal and more importantly kept everyone happy by being involved!

    The day flew by really quickly as it is just a day! It was lovely to have so many friends and family in the same place for a very happy occasion.

    Favourite part of the day

    Walking down the aisle and meeting the groom at the end of it!

    Thankyou so much to Suz and Simon for sharing their lovely wedding and to Bigeye Photography for their wonderful images. If you have a wedding that you would like to share with us please get in touch, it’s your blog so get involved 🙂 Bye for new, Jenny

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    3 Responses to “The Queens Hotel, Bourrnemouth – A Bigeye Photography Wedding”

    1. avatar @GethinJones says:

      Forever in my Dreams My Heart Will Be Down on the Beach….. http://t.co/dyD4Siqx via @lovemelovemywed

    2. avatar Keith says:

      Wow !!!! What a gorgeous wedding.
      Marcus – Fantastic images. Captured the day perfectly. Simon & Suz must be delighted !!

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