real wedding: vintage travel beach wedding {kerry & chris}

Morning brides-to-be!

When photographer Joanne Withers, of Nine Photos submitted Chris & Kerry’s vintage travel-inspired beach wedding a few weeks ago, I actually did a little dance at my desk!  Their day is packed full of beautiful, and personal details inspired by their story, and their love of travel.  They used vintage maps and travel-inspired details to make their day a true reflection on themselves, with everything from the bridesmaids bouquets, to the grooms cufflinks tying in with the theme.  I love how Kerry chose fresh, tropical orchids in white and pink to contrast with the vintage map decor in a nod to their meeting place on the other side of the world.  I also love how Kerry admits she loves vintage, but wanted to try something different to the traditional English tea party, creating something more personal to them with her vintage travel theme.  The stunning setting for their ceremony on the rocks at Tunnel Beaches in Ilfracombe, Devon provides the perfect setting.  A calm and peaceful location (despite the sea breeze!), gives their day the feeling of another time, and another world.  Kerry’s choice of a simple and elegant wedding dress, with vintage-inspired lace touches and fur jacket add to the timeless appeal.

Here’s lovely bride Kerry to tell us their story ~

We met whilst we were both travelling on round the world trips in New Zealand 10 years ago; we happened to be staying in the same white water rafting lodge, in Taihape on the North Island, called River Valley and ended up working in the lodge together for 3 months before deciding to continue on our trips together to Australia as well. After that we separated to continue travelling but made up our minds to move in together when we got home and we’ve been together ever since.  Chris kept the proposal completely secret from everyone and chose the diamonds and designed the ring himself. He blew up and printed pictures from when we met in River Valley and our travels and stuck them all up around the dining room for when I came home. He spoke about how we met, how incredible it was and then how amazing that we had come home and built a life together. After getting down on one knee, we went out for dinner and he had arranged another surprise by asking our family and friends to meet us at the restaurant, but they didn’t know why, so we could share the news straight away.

We wanted a beach wedding to reflect where we met and our love of New Zealand and after searching for beach venues on the internet, I fell in love with Tunnels Beaches and read all the testimonials about how lovely it was. It was the only venue we visited and we just knew it was perfect for us.  I loved looking around at everyone when the speeches were happening and whether people were laughing or crying they were all having so much fun. We wanted a wedding which was relaxed with great people, great food and at Tunnels that’s exactly what we had.

Not being particularly girly I wanted a very simple, elegant dress and on finding my dress, with a few alterations it just felt perfect – floaty enough and romantic for a beach wedding and with the halter neck a slight nod at old times.

We love the vintage look but didn’t want a vintage tea party theme. We wanted to reflect how we met travelling and how we still love to travel so we came up with a Vintage Travel theme.  We tried to DIY as mush as possible! We handmade our invites in the style of vintage postcards, made map cones for the confetti and covered large C & K letters with a vintage map. We used an old suitcase that we lined with the map and hung luggage labels as the table plan and filled the bottom with the RSVP postcards from our guests. We asked them to recommend a song for the playlist so it was a great way for people to find out what everyone else had picked. The chocolate muffins had broken up Bourbon biscuits on top as they are Chris’ favourite and they were all made by Kerry’s Mum. We asked our artist friend to draw a colouring map for the children with travel pictures on it and the colouring pencils were decorated with map pin wheels. The bridesmaid’s paper flower bouquets were homemade by my aunt and we made more to dot around the venue. I love things like this and enjoyed every minute! I always have ideas of things I’d like to make but life gets in the way and often don’t have time, so it was lovely to be able to make a lot of things for our wedding.

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

We decided not to have a first dance, quite last minute actually, as we love so many songs we ended up dancing to quite a few! I walked down the aisle to Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles and we walked back together as husband and wife to You Make my Dreams Come True by Hall and Oates.

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

If you want to do DIY projects it’s a good idea to get some close friends and family involved to help share the workload. And something that every couple is told but always take for granted is that the day will go really REALLY quickly. Try to plan some time together for just the two of you to take it all in. We were given this advice and managed to grab a few private moments throughout the day together.



Photography:  Joanne Withers, Nine Photos // Dress: Bradgate Brides // Shoes: Rachel Simpson // Jacket: Coast // Cuff Bracelet: Monsoon // Bridesmaids dresses: Monsoon // Stationery: Home made // Venue & Catering:  Tunnel Beaches // Florist:  Offshore Blooms // Hair:  Tangles // Cheese Cake: The Westcountry Cheese Co // Cake: Mother of the Bride


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Wow, it looks like you had a spectacular wedding day. Love the seaside theme. Congratulations guys – you both look so beautiful!

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