real wedding: coastal calm {ariane & david}

Hello my lovelies! I’ve such a real wedding treat for you today!  Ariane and David’s dreamy blue & green beach wedding is full of meaningful details, from stones collected on their favourite beaches used as place settings and table signs, to jars and bottles collected by their friends and family to use as vases.   If you’ve been considering baby’s breath for your wedding then the beautiful arrangements (made by the bride and her Dad!) are sure to confirm your choice!  In fact, all the pretty details are bound to inspire! Thanks so much to Helen Lisk Photography for the gorgeous photo’s!

Over to Ariane ~

David and I met in 2008 in France at my colleague’s leaving do. David was on a surfing holiday with his friends and stayed at our common friend Barbara’s, who introduced us at the party.  I already knew back then that I was about to move to London after finishing my degree as a Graphic Designer I thought it was great to be chatting to someone who lived and knew the city and could maybe be a good friend. The next day he drove back to England  and I finished my degree in Germany. During that time we briefly stayed in contact via Facebook. When I finally moved to London 7-8 months  later, David took me out for a steak dinner…

Three years after this first date in London, David and I went on a yearly snowboarding trip which this time brought us to Chamonix in France. David asked me overlooking Mont Blanc if I would marry him. He had the perfect engagement ring in his pocket and I was still wearing my snowboarding helmet… I said yes!! We celebrated with a bottle of Corona each still overlooking Mont Blanc and went for a beautiful French dinner in a little alpine restaurant. It was perfect.

I wanted a very simple dress, bought my shoes first and luckily the sash of my dress matched the colour of my shoes.  David bought a new navy blue Gieves & Hawkes  suit, but forgot it at home in London and wore his work suit he had accidentally brought down to Devon instead!  I only noticed this in the car after church to the venue when David asked me if I liked his suit, and my only comment was ‘wasn’t your new suit supposed to have three pockets and not just two on your jacket?’ That’s when he explained that he only realised an hour before the ceremony that he had brought the wrong suit!  He also thought for a couple of minutes, that he had no trousers, luckily they just had fallen off the hanger and to the bottom of the suit bag!  I would have married him wearing board shorts…

We tried to combine the places that mean a lot to us – Hossegor and Bigbury-on-sea. We love the sea and surfing so the wedding was in a nautical place, we choose pale blues, greens, browns and roses, which all also (by accident!) matched my dress and shoes.  I’m a graphic designer so the invitations, all stationery and the decoration concept were my job.  All our friends and family got involved, with fabric David’s aunt brought over from Cambodia for the chair sashes and everyone collected jam jars and bottles to use as vases.  My Dad and I made all the flower arrangements, and he did the buttonholes.  He should have been a florist!  We collected sticks and stones from Hosseggor and Bugbury beaches to make the table signs and use as place settings.

My favourite part of the day was the moment when David’s 90 year old grandma winked with a great smile acknowledging at me at church after we said our vows and exchanging our rings. She had been poorly the weeks before and we weren’t sure how much she was able to follow things and process, but when she smiled at me and winked I knew she had understood everything!

What was your first dance, and how did you choose the song?

Dream A Little Dream of Me – suggested by our band and a relatively easy foxtrot we could learn in time and not look too bad together on the dance floor.

Do you have any advice for couples currently planning their wedding?

Don’t stress over anything and keep a close eye on your budget. Enjoy every part of the preparation and the day, don’t fight, after all you’re getting married to the person you love and want to spend the rest of your life with and you should try to start this long journey on a good note! Also make sure both partner are involved in the planning and execution process, because you don’t want to feel like a guest at your own wedding and neither does your partner. It’s not just one person’s day but a celebration of the love two people have for each other.



Dress: Fairytale London // Shoes: Nine West // Bridesmaids dresses: Ted Baker // Stationery: A Design Studio // Venue: Cliff House // Flowers: Bride & Father of the Bride // Hair: Floc // Catering & Cake: Red Earth Kitchen // Music: Hamer and Isaacs // DJ: John Cudlipp


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.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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