When Sam contacted me to appear on our real wedding blog, I jumped at the chance to showcase this amazing wedding and stunning venue to you all. Based in Whistable the beach cottage is dreamily titled “The Artists’ Beach House”. I knew straight away I had to share the love. You can find this beautiful wedding cottage and many others on the “Unique Home Stays” website. I can guarantee you’ll be looking up prices before you know it…. I was!!!

The couple first met on holiday in Crete 13 years ago in June. Love at first sight Sam saw Dan and said to her cousin that he would be the type of guy she would marry one day. Although initially refusing to speak to him “I thought he was arrogant”, Sam’s cousin did …. lol!! Nothing happened straight away, but due to Sam hurting her knee and being in a cast from thigh to foot, Dan ever the gent carried her around. On getting to know him Sam realised he wasn’t what she had first thought and the friendship grew. A relationship began when Dan came to my cousins 18th shortly after. The rest is history and they haven’t been apart since! With two children, Neve and Maya who are 9 & 7, they are very close and have a special bond – as sisters do!” Family is important to the couple and they try to ensure that they know that. With a love of socialising they have a handful of close friends that they tend to spend lots of time with! Whether it be drinking, eating (we love cooking), games nights, sports or just chilling out…

” Hence, why we chose to have a small wedding day. We had 35 adults and 17 kids! Our rule was, only people we saw once a month!”

Good rule and top tip as the guest list is usually the first stumbling block when planning your big day.

So without further ado here is the story of our wedding couple….

The Movie

The Couple

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The Venue

This Venue though……. its what your wedding dreams are made of. This excerpt, taken from website gives an idyllic description of the venue.

“On a private sea road with a unique outlook, the house is set above the beach in extensive gardens with wild flower meadows, with elevated pathways and ramshackle steps. Artists’ Beach House has an enviable veranda and decking where you can enjoy Whitstable Natives (the local oysters) and BBQ as you admire stunning sunsets across the Thames estuary. On sunny days enjoy the 180º sea views from the sofa on the wrap-around deck or enjoy Neptune’s freshest harvest and shuck your own oysters- to be enjoyed with Kentish bubbles of course. Opportunity for traditional days at the seaside are in abundance here.”

The Artists’ Beach House is just a short hop from London, you can easily make the transition from city to beach in the same day without the air price ticket. From the couple’s point of view “We loved this venue, not only because of the setting but also because of the relaxed way I could plan the day. I didn’t like being told when and what food we’d be having to choose and how to do everything – as many venues did. I could literally time and plan the day how I wanted. Having no sit down and just having a flow of food being served all day was always something I wanted. Katsina (home owner) cannot give you enough time and is very helpful with providing useful links, suppliers and ideas with what has worked and not so much. Her email is tranquil_beacon@hotmail.com.” I can’t wait for you to see the images they’re just stunning.



The Bride

WOW how beautiful is this dress from Lela Rose collection called Tompkins Square? I love the lace back piece and the originality, it looks like it was made for Sam. The hair was styled by Mel Monckton of Gregory Dean and the make up was applied  by Frances Gordon Make-up both located in Leigh on sea. Accessorised with this über cool headpiece and anklets from Grace bijou, whom I’ve been an Instagram fan off for a while, they finished off the bridal look completely. These images look like they could be straight out of a wedding magazine.

walking down the aisle





The Groom

Dan wore a custom made suit by Arthur Aprile-Smith, and can we just take five to look at the footwear from Loake English Shoes….. loving this super stylish groom.





The Bridesmaids

The girls dresses were made by Kim Cannon Studios in Southend.  The flowers on the girls arms were made by the cuttings off the bride and their own dresses – which is a really personal touch….love!! The anklets were from not on the high street…. #coolchicks



The Invitations

The invites were designed by Sam and came as a telegram. In a newspaper style they fitted the cool and funky brief. Job well done, I think its a great idea for those DIY brides who want to give it a go

invite collage

The Cake

A twist on your traditional sponge cake was this amazing “Wedding Cheese Cake” from the CheeseBox in Whitstable. Accompanied by a selection of crackers, breads and chutneys the cheese flavours included:

  • Winterdale Shaw 3″ deep ring – Kent Trad cave aged cheddar.
  • Bowyer’s Brie – full flavoured Kent rustic brie.
  • Garlic Yarg – wild garlic leaves infusing gentle cheese.
  • Cashel Blue – Creamy strong blue from Tipperary.
  • Lord London – Unique English light soft bloomed cheese.
  • Ellies Goat heart -plain feta style Canterbury goat cheese.

Decorated in cute “Just Married” bunting  the verdict…..”The cheese was to die for!!”

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The Decor

Decorated in bunting and floral canisters of baby’s breath, it was the perfect accompaniment to the stunning scenery. Beautifully put together the flowers were arranged by Jane at Graham Greener. Lighting was done by Flory in Whitstable high street – they worked together to arrange it so complimented each other.


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As you come out of the cottage you step onto the beach and  you can just feel the relaxed vibe this venue gives off.


The Entertainment

Samantha provided Cath Kidson suitcases for all 17!!! children filled with goodies for them to play with. Placed on picnic blankets this is a fabulous idea to keep them contained and entertained. A friend became the children’s entertainer for the day to keeping them busy ….. #greatmates




For the evening entertainment they had a band called Happy Hour. Playing all day and night they kept the mood right. In Sam’s words they were “phenomenal”. The beach bar kept the guest topped up with refreshments throughout the day.




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Photography – www.karencliffordphotography.zenfolio.com & www.scottmillerphotography.co.uk
Venue- The Artists’ Beach House – Unique Home Stays.
Dress – Lela Rose
Flowers– Jane at Graham Greener
Cheesecake- The Cheesebox Whitstable
Hairstylist –Mel Monckton of Gregory Dean
Accessories- Grace Bijou
Bridesmaid Dress Designer – Kim Cannon Studios
Tailor – Arthur Aprile Smith
Catering – The People’s Food Company.