The Soft Shades of Vintage Maps Set The Scene for Travel Loving Couple

by Michelle

Claire and Jake were delighted when they discovered their local sailing club at  Itchenor near Chichester, had been granted a wedding licence, with Claire describing it as “such a beautiful and relaxed venue.”

Taking the couple’s love of travel and the gorgeous complimentary tones of soft blues, greens and peaches, echoing the shades of vintage travel maps, the colour scheme for the day was set.

This was also the perfect fit for their August wedding capturing the elements of sea and land and the gentle tones of the season beautifully.

Such a lot of love and many hours’ work went into creating the wedding accessories to really ensure it was a family affair. Blog buddy Jan, proud mother of the groom and owner of the fabulous Atelier 19 boutique hand crafted the bride’s headpiece, bridesmaids hair accessories, sashes and neck pieces, in her signature romantic elegant style.

The beautiful wedding flowers, including the bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquets and gentlemens’ buttonholes were individually crafted by the bride and her future sister in law using maps and hand painted papers to compliment the scheme of the day.

Fabulous weather added to the relaxed, informal atmosphere with the band and wedding party able to move the celebrations outside for a while and enjoy the coastal delights of the venue in the summer sunshine.

Over to Claire and Jake now to tell us more about their day.

What was the style of your wedding?

Our wedding had a colour scheme of pale blues, greens and peaches (like those you find in vintage maps). The style was relaxed, intimate and coastal.

How did you make your day feel really personal to you as a couple?

The whole wedding was very personal to us as a couple and a real family event. We chose a location that meant something special to us both and was near where we currently live.

There were so many personal touches to our day. I created all the flowers made out of paper including hand painted crepe papers and maps to match our colour scheme. We had the wonderful help of my brother’s fiance to help us arrange the flowers into beautiful bouquets, buttonholes, chair ends and around the venue.

Jake’s Mum, Jan Knibbs, created bespoke embroidered pieces for my bridesmaids including hair accessories, sashes and neck pieces. She also made me a stunning hair piece that made use of my Mum’s veil from her wedding day, something I will treasure forever.

The music we had at the wedding included all our favourite songs and a fantastic band Steel Strum that we first saw busking in Chichester when we moved to the area. Jake and i have a passion for travelling and we chose our table names based on our favourite places we have visited so far. My older sister Kathryn is an illustrator and graphic designer and she put together our wedding stationery making use of a drawing i designed.

How did you decide on your venue?

We decided on our venue as it is a location where Jake and I walk and kayak frequently and when we discovered that the Sailing Club had just got it’s wedding licence we were so happy that we could hold our whole day at such a beautiful and relaxed venue that didn’t feel like a ‘wedding factory’. They also had rooms available for us and our family to stay in afterwards so it just made everything perfect.

Tell us about your wedding outfits

I instantly fell in love with my wedding dress ‘Ettia’ by Maggie Sottero. I loved the beaded detail, the dropped back and the little capped sleeves and was so excited when i tried it on for the first time and it was everything I had imagined.

For the bridesmaids we went with pale blue short flowing dresses that picked out the blue details at our venue perfectly. They were made unique by adding Jan Knibbs’ embroidered details. The flower girls wore peach dresses that Jan Knibbs embroidered beautiful flowers on to.

The groom’s men were in grey slim leg trousers and grey waistcoats. It was such a warm day that this combination worked really well. Jake chose a great suit from Ted Baker in a blue/grey that fitted him perfectly.

What was your standout moment of your day?

We had such wonderful weather for our wedding that meant we could make use of all the areas of our venue and have our band Steel Strum play outside after our ceremony. It was just so lovely to see all our friends and family all in one place and to celebrate with them. Seeing how everything that we created came together was just amazing.

What are your top tips for other couples planning their wedding?

Find a venue that means something to you as a couple. Use handmade finishing touches to add a personal and unique touch and create lasting keepsakes of your special day.


The Supporting Cast

Photographer- Sam Alexander- Pearce of New Forest Studio

Paper flowers, illustrations and signage- Clare Davies of Petal and Bird 

Bespoke embroidered details- Jan Knibbs 

Hair and Makeup-Charlotte at Polka Dot Hair and Make Up

Wedding dress- Proposals Chichester 

Invites and Stationary- Kathryn Coyle at Little Red Boots 


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