Isn’t Karen and Richard’s English seaside wedding so charming – I mean, what’s more romantic than a sweethearts’ boat ride from the ceremony to the reception?!
Karen and Richard were married at the same church as the bride’s parents and grandparents.
Says Karen: “Our plan to transport our guests to the reception by boat was totally weather dependent. We had lots of rain in the days leading up to the wedding and even on the morning, things were looking dubious. Then, while we were in the church the sun magically came out so the boat trip turned out to be an extra special part of the day for everyone.”
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? It is where Karen grew up and just a few miles from Richard’s home town. Karen’s family has run a boat building business on the same spot since 1922. We also wanted our wedding to showcase the harbour which is very special to both of us.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? The novelist Daphne du Maurier was a big inspiration. She was married in the same church and traveled by boat to and from her wedding. Also her first novel, The Loving Spirit is written about a boatbuilding family and was based on Karen’s family’s boatyard. Karen also drew a lot of inspiration from American wedding blogs – Snippet and Ink was a daily read!
What was the best advice you received as a bride? The best advice we were given was to organize the party of our lives. We took that very much to heart and it was the driving force in our plans. I would also tell other brides to savor the planning process. It does get stressful at times but it is such a special experience to plan your wedding that you should savor every moment. Also, make sure you look after your guests. Our wedding venue was quite isolated and we organized all the travel arrangements so our guests didn’t have to think about them. The fact that no one had to worry about getting from A to B helped create the relaxed atmosphere that was so much a characteristic of our wedding.
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