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jersey wedding anniversary at beauport beach

Ellie got in touch and said she was looking for a photographer for her Jersey wedding anniversary session. It was just a few months after she and Tom got married in the UK but preparations were already underway for their anniversary. If there’s one bride who truly knows about organising and staying on top of things despite difficult times, it’s her!

Beauport Beach near St Brelade's Bay in Jersey Channel Islands, bird's eye view from the public parking lot

Ellie shared their mood board which had a muted pastel colour palette, flowy fabric, hints of French rococo, and loads of beautiful flowers. I was delighted to see it because it aligns with my style. It also helps that I’ve worked extensively with various UK wedding suppliers who have a similar style. I gladly recommended a few trusted wedding suppliers whom I thought were a great match for them and could deliver to Jersey.

JERSEY WEDDING ANNIVERSARY DETAILS

For this Jersey wedding anniversary, Lenka Calligraphy prepared a love letter, delicately calligraphed on Eliz Rosenkranz handmade paper no less! There were also luxury dinner menus, gift tags, and calligraphed place cards that complemented the overall theme. I’m sure you can tell how Ellie has carefully curated every little detail to make the celebration perfect.

Flowers as you know, are my absolute favourite. So, I was quite excited when Ellie mentioned they’ve gone for My Wild Thymes. Clara who owns My Wild Thymes is one of Jersey’s most respected wedding florists. Clara created a stunning bouquet of blush pink, old rose, peach, and cream roses styled with astilbe and dried bleached ruscus. She also worked on several floral table centrepieces that matched the bouquet perfectly.

If you’re a regular on my blog, you’ll know how much I love MonAnnie Cakes. Fen baked and iced the most scrumptious biscuits and macarons personalised with Ellie and Tom’s monogram. Seriously, the amount of work behind all these little treats is just amazing.

A BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL EUROPEAN BACKDROP

I once lived in the Channel Islands before I settled in the UK. And because of this, I knew several places that could provide a great backdrop for our shoot. From historic castles to amazing beaches and breathtaking cliffsides, we’re truly spoilt for choice.

I would love to capture a session (or a wedding) to show off Jersey’s beautiful landscape and seascape. But as we got closer to the date, the weather forecast made it tricky! Add to that Jersey’s strict travel restrictions because of Covid. I’m just so glad I made it to the island in one piece. A negative PCR test 48 hours before my flight saved the day!

We had St Ouen’s Bay (ah, that panoramic view of the dunes), Beauport Beach (intimate and private), and Plémont Beach (great wind cover) on our final list. Ellie and Tom went with Beauport Beach, a small and slightly hidden beach in the Southwest of Jersey and a popular choice among locals. You’ll need to trek down a long steep pathway from the public parking lot if you want to get there. In all honesty, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone with mobility difficulties. Getting to Beauport Beach is no mean feat but truly worth the effort.

On the actual day of Ellie and Tom’s wedding anniversary session, the weather in Jersey played hard to get. It was raining every few hours even when we were on our way to Beauport Beach. The skies were grey, so we were taking a chance. But it was the only day that week that Tom was available, so we had to make it work. Luckily the rain stopped, and the sun shone for about an hour or so. It gave us just enough time to trek down the beach, through the pebble bank, and finally to the golden sands. We wrapped up our shoot just before the tides rose and Ellie and Tom went home to a delightful dinner catered by Samares Manor with their families. What a day!

JERSEY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER TOP TIPS

As a destination wedding photographer, I highly recommend considering Jersey. Whether you’re hoping to have a grand celebration or an intimate gathering, this island offers lots of options. From stately homes, museums, castles, wine estates, historic chapels, flower farms, and luxury hotels, you’re spoilt for choice.

Already planning your Jersey wedding? Here are my top tips.

  1. Check the legal requirements for getting married in Jersey. Gather the documents and ensure you’re able to submit copies along with your application within 12 months before your wedding day.
  2. Work out the timings of wedding legalities. For example, you need to be able to sign your Notice to Marry at least two months before your wedding day. You can sign the notice in person or ask for the papers to be sent to you through post. Once you’ve signed this and after it gets published on the gov.je website, you can finally request a Marriage Schedule appointment from three to ten days before your wedding day
  3. Embrace the beauty of the island and consider having your wedding by the beach. Jersey is blessed with miles and miles of sandy beaches that provide the perfect backdrop for your spring or summer wedding. Take advantage of the beautiful views, stunning landscapes, and the quiet coves. But if you’re not keen on having a full beach wedding, why not consider having your newly married portraits by the beach?
  4. Overwhelmed by big crowds? Jersey was voted the top place to elope in 2021. Find out if having an intimate destination wedding is right for you. And if you want to break wedding traditions, you can elope and enjoy total privacy as you say I do.
  5. Planning where to honeymoon but not excited to get on a plane? Why not spend your first few days as a married couple in the city of love? Jersey is just a short ferry ride to St Malo in France. And St Malo is a train ride to Paris. Marvel at all the most beautiful places in Paris. You might even have time to have your newly married portrait while you’re there.

Planning your Jersey destination wedding and looking for a photographer? Get in touch to check my availability. Speak to you soon!

Cristina x

JERSEY WEDDING ANNIVERSARY HIGHLIGHTS

creative team

Photography: Cristina Ilao
Crockery: Duchess & Butler
Stationery: Lenka Calligraphy
Desserts: MonAnnie Cakes
Flowers: Wild Thyme
Location: Beauport Beach, Jersey Channel Islands

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