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jersey wedding anniversary session

Ellie first got in touch about her Jersey wedding anniversary session just a few months after she and Tom got married in the UK. They’ve just moved to the Channel Islands in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. Phew! 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 absolutely 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 can 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’re 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 backdrop

I’ve mentioned it previously here, but I once lived in the Channel Islands. 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 personally 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 sand 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 really 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!

I hope you enjoyed Ellie and Tom’s wedding anniversary session in Jersey! Excited for your turn?

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: My Wild Thymes
Location: Beauport Beach, Jersey Channel Islands