Real Wedding: A Marine Inspired Wedding Day in Devon with a Charlie Brear Wedding Dress
Their Devon-based day was a relaxed affair, with guests hitting the dance floor for a fun-filled evening - they even drank the bar dry!
The couple enlisted their help of their friends and family to make their wedding day extra special, featuring handmade bridesmaid dresses, a cake made by a family member and amazing homemade decorations.
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How they met
Olivia and Tim met while studying marine biology at Plymouth University, and their degree choice paved the way for both their proposal and their wedding theme.<br /><br />"I had planned the proposal to be marine themed, and I took the opportunity while visiting my brother on the volcanic island of Montserrat in the Caribbean," explains Tim.<br /><br />"Olivia and I both still love marine biology and being in the ocean. We were snorkelling among the coral and fish and I pulled the ring from my shorts, dove to the bottom and came up with it saying I’d just found it on the bottom of the seabed. I then asked Olivia to marry me and in her excitement she didn’t say anything except asking “did you just find that? Really?” We got there in the end!"
The Pinterest inspiration
"We didn't particularly have a theme, but there were elements of the sea than ran throughout," says Olivia.<br /><br />"We had watery blue wedding stationery, that we created ourselves, based loosely on our love of the sea."<br /><br />"I love any excuse to craft and make, so I used the wedding as an excuse to get crafty. I held a crafter-noon with my friends, where we had lots of fun dip-dying coffee filters to create alternative bunting, an idea we saw on Pinterest."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/guests/12-wedding-ideas-you-can-ask-guests-to-help-with/20918.html" target="_self">READ MORE: 12 things to ask your guests to help with for your wedding</a><br /><br />"Liv planned the perfect wedding by Pinteresting the hell out of it," says Tim. <br /><br />"Her Pinterest board is a thing to behold!"
The table names
"We decorated and named our tables after whales and sharks," says Olivia.<br /><br />"Years ago, Tim randomly came home from a vintage fair with a box full of model whales and sharks from the Monterey Bay aquarium – little did we know they would adorn the tables at our wedding!"<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/24-unique-wedding-table-name-ideas/22479.html" target="_self">READ MORE: 24 Unique Wedding Table Name Ideas</a>
Olivia and Tim held a traditional church ceremony, followed by a reception at <a href="https://www.hitched.co.uk/wedding-venues/kingston-estate-totnes_697.htm" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Kingston Estate in Totnes, Devon</a>. <br /><br />"We added vintage bottles and sea themed books to the tables to decorate, and we used brown parcel paper as table runners," explains Olivia.<br /><br />"Our venue was relaxed and informal, with the decorations inspired by nature and the sea."
The bridal bouquet
"I absolutely loved my bouquet," enthuses Olivia.<br /><br />"It was big, loose and natural. I wanted locally grown, british, seasonal flowers – so this dictated what was in the buttonholes and bouquets. My big bouquet gave away my nerves, shaking as I walked down the aisle to Tim."<br /><br />"My bouquet was made up of cream, green, and purple flowers, tied together with long trailing silk ribbons. It was stuffed full of different hellebores, purple snake head fritillaries, white ranunculus, cream daffodils and purple jasmine with purple and green foliage, including some olive branches – a little nod to my name. I loved my bouquet so much that my sister took it home to press and dry the flowers as a keepsake, which now hang on our bedroom wall."
The Charlie Brear wedding dress
"My dress was from the Charlie Brear boutique in London. One of my sisters had arranged a few dress fittings whilst I was on a trip to see her in London. After high tea at Charlotte Street Hotel, we headed to Charlie Brear, light headed and full of cake," says Olivia.<br /><br />"One thing I knew I wanted from a dress was minimal fuss; I didn’t want a big train as I am clumsy and would probably trip up! I’m also 6ft and felt like a slim fitting, column style dress was best for my body shape. The dress was a cream silk with a lace overslip, which had a unique striped pattern on the skirt. I added a cap lace sleeves and wide champagne silk sash which was tied in a loose bow at my back."
Homemade bridesmaid dress
"My very clever auntie made the bridesmaids dresses," shares Olivia.<br /><br />"I found the dress pattern whilst visiting Liberty of London and loved the Wildflower print as it tied in well with the wedding flowers – loose, natural and British. We added a pop of colour with some cobalt piping and matching cobalt shoes. I loved their dresses – I wanted my bridesmaids to be comfortable and to able to wear their made to measure dresses again."<br /><br />READ MORE: <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/shoes-and-accessories/the-25-best-blue-wedding-shoes-for-your-something-blue/22152.html" target="_self">Beautiful blue wedding shoes</a>
The wedding cake
Olivia and Tim also enlisted a family member to make their wedding cake.<br /><br />"I made my sister’s wedding cake for her wedding in 2013 and shereciprocated by making our wedding cake," says Olivia.<br /><br />"She iced the cake with buttercream and decorated with edible flowers and gilded nuts using edible gold paint. The cake flavours were carrot, lime and coconut and lemon; it was served during the evening and was inhaled so quickly by our guests – we nearly missed out completely!"
The wedding breakfast
"We wanted a relaxed approach to the food and opted for a selection of canapés as the starter, skipping straight to the main once seated," Olivia explains.<br /><br />"We ate slow cooked porchetta and lamb (why have one when you can have both?), alongside vegetables and roast potatoes, all served as sharing dishes at each table. We then followed with sticky toffee pudding and Eton mess for pudding."<br /><br />We love the <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/stationery/unique-menu-card-ideas-for-your-wedding/22477.html" target="_self">unusual menu card idea</a> of writing your menu onto a blackboard - definitely saves money on stationery costs!
Words of wisdom
"Remember that it is your day and a day to celebrate your love – make sure the day reflects both of you," says Olivia.