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Winter Beach Wedding with Traditional Hawaiian Flower Crown: Megan & Callum

Megan & Callum had a very intimate, winter beach wedding in East Mersea, England with only 15 guests. Their wedding venue was a quaint and quintessentially British 700-year-old church.

Megan wore a traditional Haku floral crown which was a nod to her Hawaiian heritage and paired with a pretty lace wedding dress and Michael Kors shoes she looked radiant and lovely.

Gorgeous images by Gemma Giorgio and words by Megan.

I wanted to have some of my Hawaiian traditions at the wedding, so I showed the florists tons of pictures of what a traditional Haku looks like and they nailed it! I was so amazed!

I wanted a simple wedding dress without any volume, a train or beading. I really liked the lace design and that fact that it was on the entire dress. My favourite part was the back with only the lace and the buttons.

We married in St Edmund’s Church in East Mersea, England. We chose this venue because the church was quaint over 700 years old. It was the perfect venue for our very small wedding, and near where Callum grew up.

We had our first date in March 2015 at the House of Parliament where Callum worked when we first met and he proposed on the terrace of the House of Parliament even though he doesn’t work there anymore in August 2017.

Before proposing, Callum had planned a scavenger hunt with clues to locations of memorable dates we had such as to the Tower of London, Borough Market, Shakespeare’s Globe, and ending with a private tour of the Houses of Parliament by a friend.

Our wedding photographer was Gemma Giorgio – She’s the BEST! She made every part of this experience as easy as possible while making my husband feel comfortable in front of the camera (which is not an easy feat!)

We took engagement photos with her as well and from the very beginning we hit it off which made it seem like a friend was sharing our wedding with us rather than a stranger. I would recommend her to anyone and everyone!

We didn’t have a tradition reception after our wedding – we went to a local restaurant and had a three-course meal.

The following day in London, we rented the top two floors of The Greenwich Tavern in Greenwich and invited our friends and family to celebrate with us in a casual environment with finger foods and dancing.

Callum and I went off to take our couples photos and we stood on the beach and read personal vows that we wrote for each other while Gemma, our photographer, captured it. It is something that my husband and I have that is all to ourselves from our wedding day.

We wanted to make sure the focus of our day was personal and about the love we have for each other rather than getting carried away with the need for a “fairytale” wedding.

If we could offer any advice we would say… Plan the day you want rather than the day that others tell you to. Invite only who you and your partner want to be there with you.

Above all else, remember that this day is meant to be about the love you share with your partner.

Such a sweet wedding – loving the incorporation of British and Hawaiian traditions. Planning an intimate gathering? Browse and super cute bijou weddings.

wedding credits / photographer: gemma giorgio / wedding venue: st edmunds church, mersea / brides dress: casablanca bride / brides crown and flowers: jardiniere florist / grooms tie & shoes: ted baker / brides shoes: micheal kors / hair & makeup: friends hair design

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