Last Summer, Blume, were involved in a fantastic project with Joanna Bongard, an awesome Kent based photographer who recently relocated from London to Margate. We took ourselves off on a little day trip to East Kent to shoot a wedding ceremony on the beach with a gorgeous couple who had recently got married in Canada.
Margate has changed a little bit since we were last there. Our main memories of Margate were formed of day trips to Dreamland to ride rusty old rollercoasters (with questionable safety standards), eating our weight in candyfloss, and playing in the arcade for hours.
Nowadays Margate has a host of independent cafes and shops and is now home of the Turner Contemporary museum. Dubbed ‘Shoreditch-on-sea’ its no wonder quirky creatives are flocking to the seaside town.
When we discussed the brief with Joanna, she was looking for an unusual florist to provide the flowers for the cool couple. That was where Blume stepped in. We don’t do tradition.
We opted to source locally grown flowers to make the Summer-inspired bouquet and hairpiece for Megan. We wanted to create a bouquet that made a statement. We’d not met Megan before, but we were told “the bigger the better.” The bouquet was full of home-grown dahlias, clematis, echinacea, roses, cosmos, and dill, tied off with a sheer pink ribbon. The headpiece was created using dahlias and roses. Perfect for a Summer wedding.
The girls were dolled up by the wonderful hair and makeup artist Pippa from Be You Weddings. Once ready, we later headed off to Botany beach for some pre-wedding ceremony photos. The sky was marine blue and the cliffs were the perfect white backdrop for the outfits worn by Megan and Harriet. Joanna was seamless and made the couple seem so at ease as we looked on. We were very impressed by the commitment from the couple who rocked sky high heels on the slippery mossy stones.
The ceremony was in front of the old Lido, a Margate landmark which looks onto the sea. We couldn’t think of a more impressive and quirkier backdrop to read the vows. Super celebrant Sarah Powell read the most beautiful and personalised speech for the couple. We hadn’t ever been to a humanist ceremony before, but we were in tears within about 5 minutes having never actually met the couple. More on humanist wedding can be read here. Unfortunately, humanist weddings aren’t legal in England yet, but we are hoping that it will be soon!
Megan and Harriet invited lots of friends and family who looked on, as well as their gorgeous yet mischievous German Viszla. At one point we were nervous poor old Harriet was going to get pulled off her platforms as the cheeky pup, determined to meet his friends, dragged her to the front with all his might.
The ceremony was beautifully captured by the amazing artist House of Love Illustration who does live event illustration, perfect for creating personalised art of your wedding day.
We happened to think this was a pretty perfect way to read your vows, Margate is only an hour and a half from St Pancras on the train or a couple hours drive from London. Full of so many quirky places to go and drop-dead backdrops for the perfect wedding shot, getting married Kent has never been cooler.
Other venues to get married in Margate include Dreamland. Dreamland is considered the oldest surviving amusement park in Great Britain, and in 2015 it reopened its doors after extensive renovations to redefine the ‘day out at the seaside.’ A completely unique experience, couples can have their blessing on the Scenic Railway whilst guests can ride retro-inspired theme park rollercoasters and enjoy the roller disco.