Now this amateur image taken on a Blackberry pre the start of the build of the marquee does not look all that fabulous does it! Well its purposefully included to show you what a transformation was created in some of the worst April conditions we could have imagined so read on!
Midway through the morning of day one of the build the sea is still progressing far too far up the beach for our liking but the sun had decided to make something of an appearance. The marquee team from Maidmans Marquees were working very hard to get this job completed as were the Bournemouth Council Seafront team – building a little sand wall along side the marquee to help with some of the wind and sea which was coming right for us!
So it was up! Against all odds the guys had managed to get the marquee up so then internal works could begin on day two for things to start to take shape. Linings go in next and then the coconut matting carpet overlay on to the hard all weather flooring – great for those ladies heels!
Linings are up, bunting starts to make an appearance and the guys are putting the finishing touches to the carpet.
And then the floristry begins! Emma and Jenny from Arcade Flowers arrive to start working their magic with all things floral!
Louise and Rachel from Coastal Creatives even managed to find time to squeeze in a coffee!
Our marquee company Maidmans Marquees who kindly supplied the marquee for the winning couple worked incredibly hard to ensure that the structure went up in the strongest winds. Working against all odds the team (kept happy with copious amounts of coffee, cakes and fish and chips late on Thursday night to keep them working!) pulled off this difficult job and made it look amazing. The wall of the marquee on the sea side was a complete window wall (as with all weddings) allowing a stunning view of the sea no matter what the weather. The rear of The Wedding Hut was enclosed last minute due to the unseasonal weather which would have prevented a clear sound signal for transmission of the ceremony live to the nation. This is something that we can add in to couples wedding plans if the weather does seem to look difficult in the future as well.
These are some images of how things were looking when the TV crews arrived on the beach the day before the wedding to set up their gear – and boy there was a lot of gear!
We cannot thank the team enough who helped put the marquee together and make it look beautiful who were Louise and Rachel from Coastal Creatives and Emma and Jenny from Arcade Flowers – both recommended and valued suppliers of Beach Weddings Bournemouth. The design scheme for the marquee agreed in advance and created by Coastal Creatives with floral designs and creations from Arcade Flowers and this was The Great British Seaside with an elegant feel and use of pastel shades and soft English flowers. Louise from Coastal Creatives (with her Mum!) made metres and metres of stunning bunting which adorned the marquee and this was put up on the Thursday.
Down on site after the rehearsal took place we worked late into the dark of the night to finish the marquee. The catering team were arriving to set up the kitchen and deliveries galore were being made.
What an exciting day of preparations this was but extremely hard work for all the team involved but so much excitement was in the air for the following day.
Huge and heartfelt thank yous go to one of our biggest supporters IanH for working so hard on shooting some of these images above in the rehearsal and then went on to cover the wedding itself for Kate and Frazer – but more about that in Part II.
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