Today I’m taking you to the beach. I’d like to help you escape this bitterly cold weather, and think of summer. I’m not talking about the beach of a tropical island though; oh no. We’re going to a beautiful beach at Daymer Bay in Cornwall, the perfect setting for this beach wedding inspiration shoot.
When I first saw these pictures I fell in love. Not only with Cornwall, one of my favourite places in the UK, but also the styling ideas the creative team worked so hard on. Blue and gold were the perfect colour choice for the styling, and the concept of creating a Mediterranean wedding right here in the UK.
The blue and gold colour palette looks great against the sea, sand and rocks. The styling has a rustic edge, especially the alluring tablescape. This is styled with fabulous patterned table runner, napkins, and plates, complemented with beautiful blue glassware, gold cutlery and candle holders and simple sprigs of flowers in small gold vases.
I adore the choice of flowers too, all white and blue. The air plants and succulents really bring the Mediterranean vibe out.
And what about the two sensational wedding cakes? The first is a two tier, blue and gold hand-painted square cake, and the other a four tier navy blue cake with delicately hand-painted flowers. They are both amazing.
The team used two brides to show different bridal styles; both are really beautiful. I can’t forget the groom’s outfit either – I really love his style, with his subtle patterned suit jacket and bow tie.
I hope these beautiful pictures by Michelle Cordner Photography really inspire your beach wedding ideas.
Wedding On the UK Coast
“This workshop, run by Liberty Pearl Photography and styled by Elle from inspire hire, was set at the St Moritz hotel, which is a stroll from the stunning Daymer Bay beach in Cornwall.
“The idea was to create inspiration for a Mediterranean/ocean themed shoot. With blue and gold complementing the sands and sea, Elle used stunning accessories to re-create the feeling of a Mediterranean wedding, on the UK coast!
“The couple (who are a real life couple and actually got engaged the night before the workshop) were great to capture. The genuine love and laughter between them made photographing them great fun.
“With so many beautiful details, from the ocean themed stationery, to the gorgeous aqua-cake, I think this styling will inspire any beach-bound brides!” – Michelle, Michelle Cordner Photography
“Although this shoot was designed for a photography workshop, I was really thinking about inspiration for brides and grooms to take away for their own styling.
“Our Pinterest boards are full of weddings from all over the world. We often look at beautiful images from Marrakesh, Greek or Balearic Islands, Spanish and Italian weddings, not to mention sunny affairs from across the pond and Australia and New Zealand. Sometimes recreating these details for a UK wedding can seem unlikely, and unachievable!
“I wanted to show how to inject your wedding with exotic influences from around the globe, right here on British soil… or in this case, the sand!”
Pattern and Texture
“Influence from the Mediterranean and Morocco, our styling included an exotic pallet of blues, aqua and green, finished with gold details.
“Although our shoot took place on the beach, these styling ideas would bring the same exotic feel to a marquee or indoor wedding venue, whatever the weather!
“Pattern and texture are very important when designing a look for your wedding, and you can inject colour with your linen, glassware and china. Gold or brass accessories like candlesticks and vases add a warm, luxurious feel
“Finally, remember that your stationery, and even your cake, can also be part of your décor. They are both as much a part of your design scheme as your flowers.”
English Beach Wedding Style
“We chose our beautiful dresses with suitability for an English beach wedding in mind. They were light, comfortable and had lots of movement and texture, yet still easy to pick up and carry if you fancy dipping your toes in the ocean or running along in the surf! I love the wedding jumpsuit featured; how perfect for a beach wedding, at home or abroad!
“We kept our hair and make-up choices relaxed and natural. It’s often windy at the beach, so something natural is more practical than having a hairstyle that should look immaculate.” – Elle, Inspire Hire
Photography: Michelle Cordner Photography
Styling and Props: Inspire Hire
Shoes: Charlotte Mills
Groomswear: Moss Bros
Jewellery: Sarah Drew
Furniture Hire: Virginias Vintage Hire
Flowers: Bloom and Flourish and Loulabel Floral Design