Claire & Mike

Claire & Mike's stunning seaside wedding took place in May. Claire was kind enough to share some gorgeous pictures and lovely words about their day.

Photography credit Kirstin Prisk -

"Our wedding day took place at Watergate Bay Hotel ( in North Cornwall. Neither of us are originally from Cornwall but we have spent many holidays there and fell in love with the hotel as soon as we saw it. The hotel overlooks the stunning beach and the décor inside is stylish and modern. It was an honour and a pleasure to have our 55 guests join us in this beautiful location.


For me, the day started with the hustle and bustle of the bridesmaids, hairdresser, make-up artist and photographer arriving. There was so much going on that I lost track of time and before I knew it, I was in my dress meeting the Registrars before the service! We wanted our day to be fun and easy going, so I really had to focus on holding back the tears and not being too emotional. This wasn’t as easy as I thought when my bridesmaid Chloe, presented me with a little gift box containing “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.” Inside were treasured items from within our family. Receiving this gift was a real highlight.


For Mike, his day stated with breakfast at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall ( which is a stone’s throw from the hotel. I think he had a Bloody Mary to steady his nerves!

When it was time for the ceremony, a real highlight for me was walking down the aisle and seeing the amazing décor courtesy of Elle at, who had a 6am start to achieve the vibrant, colourful and floral look. We loved our “living aisle” – a series of planters with lovely real flowers lining the aisle.


Later in the day, we also had fun seeing our cake for the first time – we had only seen it in sketch form up to that point. The cake was a gift from the Groom’s parents from Choccywoccydoodah in Brighton.

We had an amazing day and cannot thank the hotel and stylists enough for pulling it all together – we felt really special and honoured to have had such a beautify wedding.

A piece of advice we received was to try and take a few moments outside of the wedding celebrations to take it all in. This is great advice but we were having such a great time, before we knew it we had danced the night away!

The style of the wedding was “seaside chic” which we think Watergate Bay reflects perfectly. We didn’t want lots of matching colours or a colour theme so when we spoke to Elle, we talked about lots of bright colours and a funky but rustic feel for the decorations.

My dress was handmade by Joanne Fleming from her studio in Brighton. I had difficulty deciding on the dress for me but Jo really helped me find my style and tea length dresses are her speciality.

Although I had difficulty finding the dress, I always knew I wanted to show off my shoes and wear a statement headpiece rather than a veil.

For the headpiece, I found Rachel Trevor Morgan -

For makeup, I went for a vintage look with statement eyeliner – Sally Orchard was my make-up artist ( I knew I needed to keep my hair simple to show off my headpiece, so Rochelle did a simple side bun which stayed in all day despite my frantic dancing!

I first heard about Emmy Shoes on Facebook – I was seeing a lot of wedding related posts but Emmy shoes really stood out from other bridal shoes.

I choose the Cinderella Shoe – the fit and feel was perfect. They were so comfortable and even withstood a trip down to the beach for some of our photographs.

I love my shoes and will treasure them forever. Everyone commented on them - even the boys! My outfit would not have been complete without them and they will be cherished forever."


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