When Dan and Claire told me they were having a music inspired wedding and were really looking forward to a big dance fest. I did an internal fist pump in the air. Yes I loved them instantly! Throw into the mix the gorgeous and quirky East Quay venue and you have one awesome wedding.

music inspired table names

Whitstable rawness

East Quay, also known as the Lobster Shack. Is one of my favourite venues. I’m probably bias having lived in Whitstable for a number of years but I just love everything about it. It’s positioned directly on the beach and sandwiched between a working harbour and brightly coloured beach huts. The industrial surroundings give it an urban feel and the ever-changing scenery of the pebble beach makes for the most amazing backdrop. If you’re lucky you will also experience the best sunset. Claire and her team run the venue meticulously with excellent attention to detail. Whether you choose to dress it in your theme or leave it in its natural glory the venue will never fail to deliver.

whitstable beach

venue setup

The girls just love to hang out

Whilst Dan and his friends were busy applying the final details to the venue, Claire had booked a boutique mews house for her bridal prep. Claire and her team of bridesmaids were like the cool kids at school. Tunes pumping, prosecco flowing, lots of laughter and her best friend and chief bridesmaid only happened to be the international shoe designer Sophie Webster! Amazing, check out these shoes.

directions post

sophie webster shoes

bride doing her make up

bride doing her make up

Bride getting into her dress

bride contemplating

groom looking at his watch

A beautiful ceremony

Claire and Dan chose to marry at All Saints Church in Whitstable. A very grand and welcoming church at the heart of the community. I think this completely sums them up as couple. Strong values and beliefs with a full religious ceremony but then walking out of the church to hardcore drum ‘n’ bass. The church grounds was a perfect backdrop for their group photographs and a very long confetti tunnel marked their exit to East Quay.

bridesmaids walking to the church

bride arriving at the chuch

bride walking down the aisle

bridesmaids watching ceremony

bride looking at groom

couple exchanging their vows

couple kissing

couple walking out of the church

bride with her flowers in the air

lady hugging bride

couple walking through confetti tunnel

bride getting into a car

best man looking at the camera

kid on a deck chair

groom kissing his bride

bride with her flowers in the air

groom with his groomsmen

bride and her bridesmaids

bride walking

The autumn light

Autumn and winter weddings can more challenging because of the shorter days and changing weather. We knew we wanted to make the most of the beautiful beach and surrounding area for their couple pictures and in Whitstable you have to time this to precision. Claire and Dan were really relaxed about this and completely happy for me to grab them after their meal to make the most of the evening light. It didn’t let me down. A very still, pinky hue illuminated their faces and bounced of the sea. Just perfect.

bride and groom on beach

bride and groom on beach

groom carrying bride

bride and groom walking

bride and groom by mussel shack

bride and groom kissing on jetty

bride and groom looking

Time to party

Oh yes and they knew how to party! Bob Marley’s, One Love started the night off with their first dance. After this the DJ’s spun the tunes all preselected by Dan and Claire and representative of their lives together.

wedding speecheswedding speeches

bride laughing whilst cutting the cake

bride and groom first dance

bride and groom hugging

bride singing

kids dancing

guests dancing

bride and groom dancing

little boy tired

east quay at night

Wicked wedding guys and thank you for looking after me so well. If you’re thinking of getting married at East Quay I would love to talk to you.


Clare x

1 Comment

  1. Chris Hill

    Brilliant. What a day. Love your comments.


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I can't tell you how much we love the photos. They really are just ‘fantastic’. Looking through them genuinely did take us back through all the excitement and emotions of the day, which was always what we hoped for from wedding pictures! I don't know how you manage to capture so much feeling and sentiment but you did and we have had so much enjoyment looking through them and reliving it all. Thank you for doing such a wonderful job, we couldn't be happier with them! We were overwhelmed with the slideshow too, what a generous and wonderful thing of you to do! It brings shivers down my spine watching it and - we absolutely loved it with the music!! We will really treasure that forever ‘thank you’!”

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