A look at Gemma & Ian’s stunning The Cove / Secret Seaview Chapel wedding in Robin Hood’s Bay.
Gemma and Ian’s seaside wedding took place in February 2018 at Robin Hood’s Bay, within the North York Moors. They got married at the The Cove, Secret Seaview Chapel, and had their reception in Flyingdales Village Hall. They wanted a natural wedding photographer for (in Gemma’s words): “the realness; the way it captures expressions and genuine moments that you miss with staged photos. We both love photography in general, but particularly like muted colours and soft focus.”
They chose these venues because they actually got engaged in Robin Hood’s Bay! It was also the first place they went away together, just the two of them, and they both love the sea.
The day began with bridal prep at a super cute blue and white painted picture-perfect cottage in the town. Gemma looked totally stunning in a floor length 60s-looking vintage dress, with little purple and yellow flowers tied up in her red hair. All the dried flowers and bouquets were really beautiful, and actually all done by the talented Gemma herself!
I loved the ceremony venue, with its unusual three-quarters in-the-round seating and completely white interior, giving the whole room a really nice and bright look. Gemma walked down the aisle to ‘Here Comes the Sun’ by the Beatles and after the ‘I dos’ we had drinks in the garden and group photos down by the seafront.
It was a super brisk day, but the sun was shining and the coastline backdrop was beaut. Robin Hood’s Bay is completely gorgeous, so we got loads of lovely photos. My favourite pics of the day are of Gemma and Ian by the seafront, and wandering around the town centre. It was a dream to photograph – everything looked perfect and they were so relaxed with one-another in front of the camera.
Shortly after we all trooped up the big winding hill to the village hall, which was worth the climb. The inside of the venue took my breath away (not just because of the huge uphill walk, ha). Gemma had got stuck in with the decorations herself with origami cranes hung on fairy lights, and copious amounts of dried flowers. It was truly stunning.
The fish & chip dinner was a nice touch for a seaside wedding. The table was laid with tartar sauce, vinegar, and the like, and plates full of bread and butter to make fish and chippy sandwiches. There were also home-made desserts and treats for after, as well as a beautiful wedding cake decorated with the purple and yellow flowers that featured throughout the day.
After dinner, all of Gemma’s three sisters gave speeches and paid homage to their parents, which was incredibly touching. Then it was on to more drinks, followed by some photo booth fun. A great ending to what was a perfect day.