A shimmering seaside real wedding theme with aquamarine and turquoise, plus an Ocean’s 15 worth of bridesmaids…


WHERE: St Mary’s Guidhall, Coventry, West Midlands

WHEN: August 2009

PHOTOGRAPHER: Doherty Photography

The first meeting

“I never expected to meet my future husband on a girly weekend away!” says Jessica. “When we first met, I remember feeling for the first time really excited about the future”.

The proposal

Lee asked Jessica to marry him while they were taking a summertime dip in the sea at Swanage off the coast of Dorset. “I was very surprised – I was busy swimming!” says Jessica. “We go back there most holidays and visit the ‘engagement plaque’ we had made on the pier,” she adds.

The bride’s real wedding outfit

Jessica wore a Katerina Scola gown from Berketex Bride. “The real wedding dress was completely covered in tiny ivory sequins for a ‘Hollywood glamour’ feel,” explains Jessica. “I still get butterflies at the thought of putting it on.” Instead of a tiara, Jessica opted for a three-banded diamanté headband from Debenhams.

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“Lee proposed in the sea and to forever immortalise our engagement, we had a brass plaque made for the pier…”

The groom’s outfit

“Lee wore a midnight-blue suit with an ivory satin waistcoat in a textured criss-cross design from Nigel James,” explains Jessica. “He looked like a gorgeous model from a wedding magazine!”.

The bridesmaids

“I had 15 bridesmaids!” laughs Jessica. “I have no sisters so my close girlies are important to me – it was a case of all or nothing!” To match the shimmery seaside-inspired theme, and to suit their ages and styles, the girls certainly did make a Splash in their mermaidesque mix of fishtail, prom-length and taffeta dresses from Berketex.

The ceremony

“We played Elvis Presley’s Love Me Tender as we signed the register – both our mums adore Elvis!” says Jessica. “Our favourite real wedding photos are outside shots of us as just minutes-old newlyweds against the backdrop of Coventry Cathedral”.

The reception

Jessica and Lee held their reception at the Standard Triumph Club in Coventry. “I dressed the tables with mini metallic buckets full of turquoise, white and green sweets, and added displays from Double Bubble Balloons to bring height to the tables,” explains Jessica. “We gave turquoise and white-striped sticks of rock as favours from The Rock People with the line, ‘Lee loves Jess’ written through the middle”.

The honeymoon

The real wedding couple cruised their way around the Mediterranean aboard the Independence of the Seas. “What a brilliant way to see the world,” says Jessica. “I don’t think you can beat waking up to a new city every day.”