WEDDINGS

Coastal chic weddings at The Gallivant

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Oh, hello Friday!  It’s been a whirlwind of shoot, brides, beautiful blog posts and inspiration at b.loved HQ this week, and I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend with Mr B this weekend.  We’ve not made any plans yet but are going to venture out of London and spend a day chilling and having fun, a bit of a rarity in our world right now.  Have you got plans for a lovely weekend, or ideas for me? Leave a comment below!

Speaking of relaxing weekends, a few weeks ago we ambled down to the South coast to visit The Gallivant in East Sussex, a quirky hotel and beach bistro just off the white sandy beach of Camber Sands.  As well as being a  lovely treat for a few days out of the city, The Gallivant is a real hidden gem in your search for the perfect coastal-chic wedding venue!  More about that in just a tick.

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We arrived at this former retro motel, on possibly the coldest, windiest day of the winter {it actually snowed!} Instead of sharing my rather dismal instagram pics of our stay, the wonderful Anneli Marinovich has kindly shared her pics of a rather more glorious summers’ day at The Gallivant to inspire you throughout this post!

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It was lovely to be greeted by warm, friendly faces and ushered into our New England styled room.  One of 18 rooms, the sand-friendly sisal flooring, timber clad bathroom and ‘gone to the beach’ sign all added to the relaxed, holiday feel of our stay.  Camber Sands is well known for it’s atmospheric light {a favourite with artists and photographers}, so we wandered across the road and over the dunes to the beach, windswept and beautiful.  A totally perfect spot for your newly wed couple shoot!

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Back inside, we whiled away the afternoon slouching on comfy sofa’s, sipping on delicious local beers and wine and admiring the gorgeous coastal decor, from starfish and shells, to rope-covered votives, lobster pots and windworn timber.  For a wedding at The Gallivant, the decor is done, just add flowers!  Big Trev, the infamous head chef, created an exquisite five-course tasting menu of local seafood {the scallops were to-die-for}, fish and lamb paired with English fizz and wines from the vineyard at Chapel Down.  The finale, a deliciously sticky and decadent tarte tartin, served family style on a wooden board, was an oozy gooey delight and would be the perfect finish to any wedding banquet {especially paired with a delicious brandy!}.

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A visit to the ‘beach hut marquee’, set up for a wedding that day, was a real inspiration!  With driftwood tables and lime washed chairs, coastal striped linen and bunting, and scavenged beach shells and finds as decoration, the team have worked hard to create a wedding venue with a relaxed, but stylish beach-y vibe even including activity packs for the kids in buckets!  Couples & their guests are treated to exclusive use of the venue for the day, set up of the New England room for your ceremony or help finding the perfect ceremony location nearby {from country churches to lighthouses!}.  Treat your guests to cocktails on the beach – flip flops provided! – before heading back to the marquee and terraces for a meal from Trev’s locally sourced menu, served as sharing platters, a summer barbecue or fish ‘n chips depending on your style.

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I may have let you into this secret before, but there’s a part of me that always wanted a beach wedding.  If I’d known about The Gallivant it would have been on the top of the list on my W-day venue search!  For a relaxed but chic summer wedding vibe, The Gallivant offers it all, and more!

To find out more about weddings at The Gallivant visit www.thegallivanthotel.com or email Alice [email protected] for a brochure or to arrange a visit {why not book a night and experience it for yourself?!}

Discover more coastal-chic wedding inspiration on b.loved here.

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Image Credit: Anneli Marinovich
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Louise

After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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