05 Mar 2014
Gavin and Amy’s seaside wedding w as played out to the sounds of splashing waves and favourite songs
Gavin Berry and Amy McAlpine
Where: Ceremony and reception at Pennsylvania Castle, Portland, Dorset
Photography: Ed Peers
The best day of our lives started with a peek through the curtains to see beaming sunshine.
The men spent the morning raft building, while the ladies sipped bubbles in our ivory tower overlooking the sea and I opened my surprise from Gavin – a second honeymoon to New York.
Coiffed to perfection, my bridesmaids helped me into my dress. It was a traditional dress with a modern twist – a polka dot skirt, asymmetric hem and a hand-embroidered body.
We were married outside on the terrace with a backdrop of sea views and blue skies.
My dad walking me down the aisle to marry the man of my dreams is a moment I’ll never forget. As another surprise, Gavin had arranged for Matt Belmont to play Ed Sheeran’s Kiss Me. We couldn’t have wished for a more romantic service.
Our reception was in The Orangery Room, a simple yet stunning space, perfect for a relaxed atmosphere. A gypsophila ball hung above multi-coloured vintage crockery, Portland stone place settings and vases filled with flowers of every colour.
Following teapot cocktails and antipasti on the terrace, lamb was served by ‘head chefs’ in aprons and chef’s hats. For dessert we enjoyed a tea party; while the speeches had us all in tears – not only with touching words, but from how funny they were too.
Before the dancing started, it was time to cut the ‘cake’ – five wheels of delicious cheeses adorned with grapes and figs. We then snuck off for some sunset pictures five minutes away at Portland Bill where Gavin had proposed.
Our first dance was an acoustic version of Rihanna’s We Found Love. After a romantic start, our band ramped up the tempo for everyone to join us. The dancing started there and ended hours later to cheers of “one more song”.
WHO DID WHAT
Photography: Ed Peers, London, www.edpeers.com
Venue: Pennsylvania Castle, Portland, Dorset, 01305 820659, www.thepenn.co.uk
Dress: Choola, Sheffield, 0114 267 1303, www.choola.co.uk
Accessories: Eleda Hats, Guiseley, Yorkshire, 01943 876212, www.eledahats.com
Hair & make-up: Eden Beauty, Weymouth, 01305 789 818, www.loveedenbeauty.co.uk
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Simple Dresses, www.simpledresses.co.uk; Monsoon, www.uk.monsoon.co.uk
Groom’s outfit: Holland Esquire, www.hollandesquire.com
Flowers: Sunflowers, Weymouth, 01305 761663, www.fionapenny.co.uk
Cake & catering: Discerning Taste, 07882 485376, www.discerningtaste.co.uk
Venue Dresser: Oh How Lovely, Dorset, 07552 436938, www.vintagetabledecor.com
Entertainment: Matt Belmont, www.mattbelmont.com; Acoustic Roots, 0845 643 9384, www.warble-entertainment.com
Confetti: Shropshire Petals, 01952 691553, www.shropshirepetals.com
Favours: The Cove Gallery, Weymouth, 01305 767025, www.covegallery.co.uk