Sack race at festival wedding

A Nautical Sparkford Hall Wedding with a Festival Vibe

We love a festival wedding, and this nautical Sparkford Hall wedding with a festive vibe is awesome. Sarah and Dan created a relaxed and fun wedding with fab nautical details throughout; the ship knots on the tables, nautical wording thrown in at every opportunity, whale cufflinks and even the master of ceremonies in old fashioned crew wear!

Sack race at festival wedding

For us the best thing about this wedding is the relaxed day everyone had, with the guests enjoying fun and games on the lawn, including a tug of war and sack race.

Our thanks go to Brian Robinson Photography for sharing these amazing pictures.

Rustic, Nautical Theme

“Dan and I work as yacht crew so we spend most of our lives at sea. We therefore don’t get to spend much time with our friends and family. Our Sparkford Hall wedding took place over the whole weekend, which meant we could spend some quality time with our loved ones.”

“We wanted the wedding to reflect our personalities, so we chose a rustic, nautical wedding theme with a fun, festival vibe. There were lots of activities for the kids and, of course, lots and lots of rum for the adults!

Sparkford Hall wedding venue

Napkins with name tags

Message hanging from LOVE sign

Sparkford Hall wedding order of the day

Sparkford Hall wedding ceremony seating

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Two brides stdning by wheel on the Tall Ship Elissa

A Romantic Wedding Shoot on the Tall Ship Elissa

Two brides stdning by wheel on the Tall Ship Elissa

Today we have something a little different for you, with this incredibly romantic styled wedding shoot set on the tall ship ‘Elissa’.

If you are sea lovers, boat enthusiasts, or have a passion for all things nautical, then you may well have just found the perfect wedding theme for your big day. The dreamy styling of this wedding shoot will give you lots of inspiration and leave you wanting to rush off and find the perfect tall ship for your wedding!

Archetype’s images showcase this romantic wedding perfectly…

“Take me to the ocean; Let me sail the open sea. To breathe the warm and salty air, and dream of things to be.” Erica Billups

“A ship captain’s daughter, planning her wedding alongside her childhood friend… choosing elements that highlight her favourite memories of the ship at sea. Tables draped with silk chiffon to blow in the breeze; coral plates with mother-of-pearl and fine crystal and sterling for the place settings; romantic floral hinting at the colours of an ocean sunset; and of course, guests would find their seats by reading the hand written calligraphy on the sails of a model tall ship!

“The Elissa is the last one left of her kind in the world… it’s hard to explain the feeling of stepping onboard – there must be magic in her sails… and there is certainly romance in her air!”

The Tall Ship Elissa

Statue on front of the Tall Ship Elissa

Nautical wedding stationery

Wheel of the Tall Ship Elissa with flowers

Two brides on the Tall Ship Elissa Two brides on the Tall Ship Elissa

Wedding table on the Tall Ship Elissa

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Bride and groom standing in front of boat at The Dockyard Chatham

A Nautical Themed Wedding Shoot at The Dockyard

Bride and groom standing in front of boat at The Dockyard Chatham

We have something really cool for you today with this fantastic nautical themed wedding shoot at The Dockyard in Chatham, photographed by Caroline Nicholson Photography. We love the air of Hollywood sophistication that the team created, and with the yellow, navy and white colour combination this shoot is bright and fun with the nautical details running throughout…

“The brief for the shoot was easy given our location – we wanted a nautical themed wedding shoot with the sophistication of a Hollywood classic. I’d done a couple of shoots at The Dockyard in Chatham which were hugely popular, and wanted to do something to pay them back for allowing me to shoot there previously. The aim was to create a classic Kent wedding while showing off an incredible venue, as well as being styled to create timeless images with a fashion edge. I wanted to do a creative shoot, but go back to the whole reason I started shooting weddings – to capture the elegance and glamour of a couple in love. We had a real life couple, Clare and Karim, who had just married and loved it so much that they were dying to do it all over again.

“The venue is amazing and has been used for filming numerous Hollywood blockbusters. It’s currently being used for filming TV, with Mr Selfridge and Call The Midwife in residence. Our groom was styled by the team at an incredible men’s fashion label, Hawkins and Shepherd (formerly Pin Collar Shirts UK), who are currently dressing people like David Gandy in their handmade pin collar shirts and tailoring.

“Our stunning bride wore Ronald Joyce and Alfred Angelo, and Kirsty McCall was our utterly brilliant hair and make-up artist. I’ve worked with her several times on wedding days and she never ceases to amaze me with her speed and creativity. Once she was on board and Carl Thompson from Hawkins and Shepherd had worked out his themes for his outfits, the flowers and cakes etc, just fell into place. Essentially we just all had fun and created some images I’m truly proud of – it was a wonderful team effort, with the Dockyard giving us free reign over where we shot – it was a photographer’s dream!”

Nautical themed wedding cake table

Nautical themed wedding cake

Gold wrapped sweets Blue cupcakes

Bride and groom on stairs

Bride and groom Bride and groom

Bride and groom on stairs

Picture of bride and groom taken from above

Picture of bride and groom taken from above

Bride laying on stairs

Yellow bridal bouquet

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Nautical Themed Wedding Ideas Mood Board

Nautical Themed Wedding Ideas

After all the rain we’ve had recently we started to think about water inspired themes for weddings.  This week our wedding mood board provides ideas for a nautical themed wedding.

Nautical Themed Wedding Ideas Mood Board

Bride and Groom – Lisa Dawn Photography

Lantern – Nordic House

Suit – Marc Wallace

Seaside Wedding Invitation – Not on The High Street

Yacht Decorations – Dorset Gifts

Stripe Place Mat – Nordic House

Wedding Flowers – Bouquets and Favours

Wedding Dress – Alfred Angelo

Mini Cakes – Couture Cakes

Key Ring Favour – Not on The High Street

Clock Decoration – Not on The High Street

Boat Picture Frame Favours – A Wedding Less Ordinary

Table Plan – Lovely Favours

Fish Place Name – Not on The High Street