Craig and Kate’s Swell Seaside Wedding

‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside’ I’m a sand dancer born and bred, so its not surprising that one of the best things about the UK, in my humble opinion, is the seaside. Especially how we brits do it, and have done for generations. Its all about the kitsch, the quaint seaside towns, the sand between your toes and the smell of sea water mixed with fish n chips freshly served in a traditional newspaper wrapper.

So when Craig & Kate told me that they were planning a seaside wedding in one of the prettiest coastal villages in the country, I was ecstatic!

Robin Hoods Bay is a stunning fishing village in North Yorkshire with beautiful sandy beaches, gorgeous coastline and the type of quirky winding streets and architecture I absolutely love! This tiny fishing village is renowned for its history and character, with a multitude of tiny stone-built, pantile roof cottages clinging precariously to the steep cliffs all the way from the cliff top down to the sands and scars of the coastal bay. Around halfway down from the cliff top, Swell cafe is nestled behind some of these cottages, its location on the cliffs edge offering spectacular views across the bay.  A quirky venue to say the least! There aren’t many seaside cafes that have an old chapel on its premises!

Swell cafe, although a surprising wedding venue, was the perfect choice for Craig & Kate, they are such a lovely, unassuming couple and this quirky venue suits the two of them down to the ground! It wasn’t exactly a perfect day for the beach as I arrived at Robin Hoods Bay, as the day began with heavy rain (which was less than ideal as we were all walking from the Victoria Hotel where Kate was getting ready down to the Ceremony at Swell) but, the girls were well prepared with brollies and boots and the wander down to swell was still full of smiles.   Check out these gorgeous bright succulent, billy ball and rose  blooms! Even with the clouds in the sky looming, theres plenty of sunshine emanating from these bouquets! Kates raw silk and lace tea-dress with hints of grey and yellow perfectly complimented her classical vintage look.Another quirky and personal touch to this wedding was the tardis ring box, with a nod towards this couples favourite scifi series-  craigs wedding ring engraved with the words ‘Time Lord’ and Kates inscribed with ‘companion’.Some very brightly coloured confetti lit up the afternoons celebrations and made everyone forget the clouds in the sky! So many sweet seaside touches adorned the tables and surroundings in the Swell cafe and created the perfect relaxed atmosphere for Kate and Craigs wedding breakfast of yummy fish n chips!A very talented bridesmaid created this AMAZING Cake complete with beach huts and Bride and Groom joined by their beloved pooch! After a yummy fish n chip supper the sun made an appearance so we took a stroll through the gorgeous streets of Robin Hoods Bay, down to the beach for a little dance in the sand :) A lively first dance led to guests dancing the night away..  This was such a fun wedding to be a part of, and I’m so grateful and honoured to have had the opportunity to capture it! Thanks Kate & Craig! Heres wishing you a long and happy life together xxx

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