East Quay Wedding Photography
Back in the summer we were delighted to capture Sarah’s & Dan’s East Quay wedding in Whitstable. The bridal preparations took place at Sarah’s mum’s where Lydia Rae worked here magic providing flawless make up for the bridal party.
Sarah & Dan’s very intimate ceremony was conducted by a family friend at All Saints Church, Birchington, after which they made their way in a beautiful VW Camper to one of our favourite local venues, East Quay Venue, Whitstable (or The Lobster Shack as it is also known as). The venue had been beautifully decorated by Thanetian Events & Jane at Graham Greener.
The day was full of love and laughter which was especially evident during the wedding speeches and the wedding marryoke which BBV Wedding Productions were creating through the day as part of the video package the couple had booked.
Sarah and Dan have kindly agreed share the story behind their special day and some wedding tips to help others planning their wedding day.
How did you guys meet?
We first met in 2003 when we were both at secondary school, Dan was 15 and I was 13, he was a friend of my brothers and we met at band practice!
How did you get engaged? Is there a cool story?
We got engaged on the 18th June 2013, we had gone on holiday to Tenerife with my brother, his partner and my niece. Me and Dan booked a trip called Teide by Night, the evening started with a three course meal, we then got to watch the sun set over Mount Teide. While we were wrapped up in a blanket, drinking champagne and watching the sunset, Dan got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, this was then followed by star gazing before heading back down the mountain.
What made you choose your wedding venue?
We always knew we wanted a traditional church wedding and Dan had family links with All Saints Church in Birchington and so it felt right to choose that church. We wanted a venue that was relaxed, by the sea and something a bit rustic/quirky that could also fit a large number of guests. We immediately feel in the love with East Quay Venue and did not hesitate in booking our wedding after meeting with Clare and being shown around.
What was the inspiration/theme of your wedding?
We wanted a relaxed atmosphere for the venue, me and Dan had our first date at the beach and due to the location of the venue we chose to following a seaside theme, with beach huts, VW campers and a royal blue colour theme.
What was your first song and why?
Our first song was LOVE by Nat King Cole, we chose this song because the singer was a favourite of my grandparents who had passed away prior to our wedding and therefore it had a lot of meaning to us. The band for our wedding were a jazz band and therefore this also fitted in well as they could sing this for us rather than it being played. We wanted a song that was more upbeat that we could learn a routine to.
Do you have any tips you would like to share with other planning their big day?
- Make sure you are organised, my mum’s spreadsheets were a life safer for us!
- Take it one step at and time – try not to take on too much too fast
- Try and make the day personal to you, for example we asked a family friend to conduct the service and Dan’s uncle played music while we signed the register
- Try not to get too hung up on the little details
- Take 5 minutes away on the day to look around at everyone enjoying themselves, everyone says it but the day really does go before you know it!