THIS PRETTY PASTEL SEASIDE WEDDING PROVES MERMAIDS ARE REAL!
As wedding bloggers, many people make the assumption that we get to attend a lot of weddings, so it might come as a surprise to find out that we don’t get invited to as many as you might think. And we’ve certainly never attended any of the weddings that we’ve featured on Bespoke Bride… that was until today.
Some of you might recognize today’s beaut of a bride as YouTuber, Emily Fisher of Mermaid Gossip. Jess met Emily back in 2013 at Blogcademy, London and not long after Jess introduced us both at a local bloggers event in Bristol. We instantly hit it off, realizing we had tons in common and we’ve remained close friends ever since, celebrating friendsgivings, Birthdays and now even marriages.
We felt so honoured to have been part of Emily and Brads special day and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you…
Prepare yourself for some serious mermaid vibes!!!
“We chose Key West on Bournemouth pier because we wanted a seaside venue but didn’t want your traditional marquee beach style wedding.” Emily began
“We also wanted to keep the whole day in one place which meant finding a licensed venue too. Brad and I have a lot of memories at the beach on the south coast, it’s one of our favourite places to visit so it really was perfect to spend our big day there.”
The whole wedding was themed around Emily’s favourite mystical creature. Mermaids!!!
“Mermaid Gossip by name, Mermaid Gossip by nature!! When we first got engaged Brad originally vito’d any pink and we settled on mint green and gold as a colour theme with hints of Mermaid. As the planning process evolved I couldn’t help but throw in some pink along the way and the mermaid theme took over. I wanted it to be super colourful and pastel and the best under the sea mermaid wedding ever! ” She told us.
“Having worked in the wedding industry for 7 years, I knew a lot of suppliers that I wanted to work with. There were also a lot that I would have loved to have had involved, but udget just meant we couldn’t. We tried to keep costs down as much as possible by doing a lot of the decor ourselves. Ever since I met Laura Power five years ago I told her she would Photograph our wedding one day and there was no question when it came to choosing her. Photography was the first thing we booked after the venue. Best money ever spent.”
“I found Purple Monster cakes on a local Facebook group and liked her work. When I pitched her my idea of a mermaid cake which I found inspo for on Pinterest she was super excited to create it. It was the best value for money from the whole day, everyone LOVED the cake and I was so pleased!!”
“Originally I was going to try and fashion my own kind of DIY wedding dress by finding separates skirt and top and keeping it quite casual and super affordable. I tried a few options with sparkle skirts but in the end it just didn’t feel special enough. I had the dilemma of budget, and wanting something that made me feel special, yet in my style. I got in touch with Lisa Keating who I’d worked with a few years back on the weird and wonderful photo shoot. I knew she was local and could help me create something unique. Lisa made the Bespoke sequin corset for me and I chose a skirt from her collection. I wanted a pop of colour too so I DIY’d the ombré underskirt and my mum helped me sew the bows on!”
“The decor was such a big thing for me, I’m all about the photos! I loved styling and making everything. Mostly, Brad left me to it and I had a bit of help here and there. The 66 (because I ran out of time to get to the 77 needed!) Mermaid chair covers I made were a low point! I worked out how many streamers I’d need to make all the backdrops, how much sand we would need to fill all the table place name bottles and cover the table Center pieces, how many bags of shells we would need, and how much food coloring I’d need to dye them all. How many bottles, candles and pieces of coral.”
“With a year to plan the wedding we decided at the beginning of the planning process that all deposits for the main things were to be paidpaid, venue, Photographer, registrar. After that we didn’t do much for else, every now and then we’d have wedmin days sorting and planning and getting things ticked off. We had a spreadsheet of roughly what we needed to get and when. Then about 8 weeks before paying final balances it was time to DIY my arse off!” Emily laughed.
“I definitely took on a lot of DIY which took its toll on me pre-wedding. I wanted it to look perfect and I couldn’t relax until the Friday night set up. Come 11pm when it was all done and all my hard work was in place and it looked amazing, I cried a sigh of relief. From that moment I was the most relaxed bride. I had no doubts about marrying brad, ever! So once the decor was in place I had nothing left to worry about!”
And whats Emily’s advice for planning the perfect wedding!
“Do it your way! Have fun with planning! Work out a budget (and throw it out the window!)
Dress: Lisa Keating | Venue: Key West Bournemouth Pier | Styling: Mermaid Gossip | Make up: Naomi Lake | Photo booth props: Bespoke Bride | Balloons: Giant Balloon Company | Photography: Laura Power Photography | Videography: Electric Blue weddings |