Essex Coastal weddings

Essex Seaside Wedding in the Sun: Helen Porter & Jack Stammers

03 Jul 2015

With a cupcake tower wedding cake, the sea meets sky horizon as their backdrop and the grace of the sun, this English beach wedding was the epitome of laid-back style. We take a closer look at their big day.

Photography by M D Harrison Photography

It was beautiful summer’s day in September 2014 when occupational therapist Helen Porter and tailor Jack Stammers were married at St Andrews Church in Essex, with a reception at Ocean Beach in Thorpe Bay. “We wanted to get married in our hometown with a relaxed 'beside the seaside' feel,” Helen tells Bride. “An intimate church service followed by a beachside reception reflected our love of the sea.”

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Was this a DIY wedding?
Friends and family helped with many elements of the wedding from designing the invitations to making the bridesmaids’ dresses. I had designed my own dress and as Jack is a bespoke tailor, he had no problem in making the perfect suit, using sunflowers for the buttonholes.

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What did you seek in your hair and makeup?
My makeup was really important to me as I didn't want to look overdone - Katie understood what I wanted perfectly and my bridesmaids and I were delighted with the natural and fresh look that lasted all day.

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What did you have as entertainment?
We drank and danced to singer Black Elvis as the sun went down on the water, followed by a spectacular fireworks display (which was slightly overshadowed by a friend running into the sea in just his underpants!). 

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Were you happy with the photographs?
The photographer captured the day perfectly; we were amazed at how thorough and creative he was in finding the perfect shots to reflect the whole feel of the day.

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Where did you honeymoon?
In Barbados!

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Steal their style:

Photography: M D Harrison Photography, www.mdharrison.co.uk
Venue: Ocean Beach, www.ocean-beach.co.uk
Dressmaker: Jane Smith, www.janesmithfabrics.co.uk
Bridesmaids dresses: Sarah Barlow, www.wealdhandmade.co.uk
Make-up artist: Katie Poole, www.katiepoole.com
Suits: by Jack Stammers at Thom Sweeney www.thomsweeney.co.uk
Invitations: Poppy Stammers
Flowers: Sophie Wilson, www.flowers-by-sophie-wilson.co.uk