Tunnles Beaches Wedding – Pip & Luke
Pip and Luke both love being outdoors and on the coast and Croyde is their favourite place to be. They looked at several venues in the area, including fields overlooking the sea, but decided that they didn't want the work of a marquee wedding. Tunnels offered an outdoor venue with experienced staff and a wet weather plan, which turned out to be just as well as it rained torrentially the whole day! Since their guests were travelling, they had a picnic on the beach with everyone the day before and got half the guests out surfing.
From the beginning, Pip wanted a halter neck but also thought that she wanted a shorter dress so that it wouldn't be stepped on... It wasn't until she tried on a few different styles that she fell for a long, bias cut sheath dress. She had the back of her dress altered to make a lower, V-back which made it feel more bridal. Pip said "I loved the length and the movement of the dress, and its simplicity. I'd recommend going and trying things on as early as possible - it's all very well looking at photos online but trying them on is completely different. After falling for a dress that cost £2,500 and then buying one that cost a twentieth of that, I thought I might regret not splashing out more on this, but I needn't have worried - I absolutely loved my dress, and being able to clamber over algae covered rocks and dance all night in it."
"My bouquet cost more than my dress, and was one of the best choices I made. It was the perfect accompaniment to my simple dress, and I enjoyed it all day and right up until I left for our honeymoon 3 days later. DIY-ing the bridesmaids' flowers meant I could afford to splash out on it, and Simone at Fjura was able to make it without a minimum order (which all the wedding-focussed florists I contacted understandably had). I enjoyed visiting New Covent Garden Flower market for the flowers and practicing for the centrepieces, but didn't leave enough time for it on the weekend, between traffic delays and spending time with guests, and getting the flowers to the venue on the day proved an unnecessary stress - I'd recommend keeping it really, really simple if you have a venue that you can't set up the day before."
We love this wedding because a lot of couples worry about rain on their wedding day and these photos just show that you can embrace the weather because it's part of the story of your wedding day! Pip and Luke bravely scrambled over rocks, took off their shoes and stood in the rain together in their wedding outfits; they didn’t let a bit (well... a lot) of rain dampen their spirits!
The happy couple kept their ceremony short and sweet, with no readings. Pip walked up the aisle to My Beloved Monster by the Eels and the lyrics ("...wearing a raincoat that has four sleeves gets us through all kinds of weather") were more apt than they'd expected. Right up until 5 minutes before Pip walked down the aisle, Luke and the grooms party were deciding whether to hold it inside or outside and they said that they're so, so glad the venue convinced him that it could happen outside. The rain stopped just long enough for Pip to walk up the aisle, and their guests kept handfuls of confetti dry under their umbrellas.
During the reception, Pip's mother and sister played some violin/viola duets. Her grandfather was a viola maker so there's a family tradition of chamber music at family gatherings. They also had a Spotify playlist for the reception that they'd put together over the months and loved hearing their favourite songs in the background.
At the last minute they booked a DJ for the evening (having considered doing a Spotify playlist for the dancing) and their biggest recommendation to anyone would be to get a DJ - "it was the best night's dancing of our lives. I was worried that a wedding DJ would play cheesy music I hated, but Mark easily worked out what we and our friends liked and we didn't leave the dance floor. And it's so inexpensive compared to a lot of other elements of the wedding."
Photography: Babb Photo // Venue: Tunnels Beaches, Ilfracombe, Devon // Dress: J Crew with alterations by Diana Alterations // Make-up: Claire Bowring // Brides bouquet: Fjura // Suit: Paul Smith // Tie: Thomas Pink // Wedding ring: Anna Sheffield // Rings: Ingle & Rhode // Earrings: V Jewellery, from Kabiri // Groom's shoes: J Crew // Bride's shoes: & Other Stories // Bridesmaids Dresses: ASOS and Coast // Cake Maker: Rosanne Hollowell // Transport: Filers Coaches