Jasmin and Brett celebrated their marriage with family and friends on a beautiful, rural island just off the Essex coast. One might be forgiven for thinking we had departed the UK, but the reality is that the venue was just a one hour drive from their home in Essex.
They brought me on board to help with the planning of the wedding, because it became quite apparent once they had found the island, that the logistics were very complex and only a specialist destination wedding planner would have the skills needed to bring it all together for them.
The island is accessed via a tidal causeway, which is open to traffic (ie uncovered by the tide) twice a day for four hours. All supplier deliveries and arrivals, plus guest arrivals and departures had to be timed carefully to ensure everyone was present when required and nobody became stranded either on or off the island.
Some guests were accommodated for the entire weekend in the island’s beautiful holiday cottages, whilst others came for the wedding day only. We ran coaches from Essex and North London as well as providing parking on the island for those who preferred to drive. Suppliers were accommodated in a glamping site that we erected specifically for this wedding.
We planned lunches, dinners and breakfasts for all of the guests staying on the island. On the wedding day itself, we hosted a pre-wedding lunch as all of the guests were required to arrive by midday whilst the causeway was open. In addition to the usual wedding celebrations we also planned an after party for those guests who were staying until the next day.
In styling terms, we embraced the island’s rural setting, which was incorporated into the floral design, the “messages in a bottle”, the welcome hampers and the event day stationery.
We were blessed with beautiful sunshine on the day and were able to host the drinks reception outside by the salt water pool. It was an absolute dream to watch the couple marrying on the coastline with boats and yachts sailing past in the most magical and romantic of ceremonies.
I have to conclude by saying that this wedding was great fun to work on. Spending four days on an island with a team of passionate and dedicated wedding industry suppliers and two lovely families who were coming together to celebrate the marriage of their children, was a professional highlight for me.
Photography by Claudine Hartzel