Real Wedding: Sue & Jon
Today we have Sue and Jon’s wedding at The East Quay, Whitstable on the blog. Photographed by Livvy Hukins Photography (who captured my day too!). If you like Ice cream, fun egg races and the seaside then this wedding is for you!
Sue & Jon Wiles
Wedding Date: 25.03.16
Wedding Venue: The East Quay Whitstable
Describe your wedding in one line... A fun-filled seaside, scrabble, Easter fusion!
How did you Save the Date? We made little cards. My dad took a photo of our hands in the sand making a heart shape and we held scrabble tiles spelling out, ‘save our date.’ The engagement ring was the o!
Whereabouts did the inspiration for the wedding come from? It started with our engagement. Jon had booked a surprise trip to stay in a 1920’s wagon. It had been raining and so we ended up playing scrabble which was one of the games on the shelf. While I was looking back at the other couple’s entries in the book, Jon suddenly announced ‘I’ve just found this!’ He had spelt out ‘Marry me’ in the tiles. A scrabble theme made sense and as we got married by the sea on Good Friday - a seaside, scrabble Easter theme was born!
Did you create pinterest board? I did (I think it might have been created the very next day…) Click here to view Sue's ideas
Did you both and/or your guests get creative for the wedding? Both Jon and I got creative. I designed the invitations which were beach huts with little doors that opened and inside was a photo of us sitting inside a beach hut. Jon made scrabble name places for each guest painted in different pastel shades. I made centre-piece Easter trees by painting twigs white and gluing on pastel coloured jelly beans these went in glass jars with a sea glass heart. We also made little messages in a bottle, each with a different quote filled with tiny shells, sand and tied with small sea-themed charms. Jon drilled shells and we painted these in different pastel colours and tied them round napkins. The children I work with got involved too and made salt dough egg decorations to go on a big Easter tree for the card table. The card box was a treasure chest with pastel coloured scrabble lettering inside. We also made a sign from a big piece of driftwood that I found on holiday in The Isle of Wight. Jon carried it all the way back to where we were staying on his bike!
What did you wear? I wore a gorgeous Alfred Angelo dress – ‘Snow White 2015’ (not what I had originally planned at all!). Jon looked very handsome in a royal blue Ted Baker suit. Jon had guitar themed cuff links, one of which was a pick saying ‘I pick Sue.’ He gave me a matching pearl bracelet with a pick saying ‘I pick you’ as a wedding gift.
Memorable moments of the ceremony: I had arranged for a friend’s Four String Quartet to play ‘Pachabel’s Cannon’ as my bridal party went down the aisle which then switched to Jon’s favourite song – Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ as a surprise! Jon was actually too taken aback to notice (aww) until I said ‘do you like the music?!’ During the ceremony Jon read out his own poem that he’d written about meeting me on Plenty of Fish. It was so sweet and funny too! The end of the ceremony was also very special as my choir ‘Ashford Sings’ sung ‘Uptown Funk’ and the whole congregation was up dancing (registrars included!)
Memorable moments of the reception: Our first dance which was ‘Do you Want to Go to the Seaside?’ by The Kooks. Jon and I had several early dates to the seaside and would always sing it to each other! Jon learnt some ceroc moves (modern jive) and freestyled. I was so proud of him! He also sang another Nirvana song with the band.
Award for best moment goes to... Saying ‘I do!’ to my best friend …and being able to go inside the ice-cream van and make our own ice-creams!
What did you have for music and entertainment? Earlier in the day we had an Easter Egg Hunt and an Easter Egg and Spoon race. During the evening we had a band (one of Jon’s friends whose band reunited just for our wedding!) and a DJ
What did you do for Food, favours and drink? We had fish and chips for our main and then the ice-cream van arrived for dessert! The evening buffet was made by Jon’s mum and sister. My mum made mini ice-cream cakes. We also had a sweet cart with seaside and pastel sweets. We had bucks fizz for the reception.
Favours were the messages in a bottle, personalised bottles of wedding ale and sparklers for the evening
Would change anything if you could do it all again? I honestly wouldn’t change a thing about our day!! It was the happiest day ever!
Who were your ‘SUPER’ suppliers?
Photographer // Livvy Hukins Photography
Venue // The East Quay, Whitstable
Shoes // Etsy - Thatfairytalefeeling (they were embellished with lace and little roses round the top)
Hair and Makeup // Gina at Bambi Salons
Groom Suit //Moss Bross
Entertainment // The Purple Ladies Ashford Sings // Carried by Twelve Paul Everett (DJ)
Flowers // Rosemary, a family friend who is a retired florist
Vehicles // VW Beetle (a friend’s car!)
Ice-cream van // Tonibell
Cake // The wedding cake was made by one of the parents of a pupil I teach – Kalonjicakes.
Accommodation // The Seaside Escape – Whitstable, where I got ready