A Gallivant Hotel Wedding at Camber Sands ~ Lisa & Alex’s Beach Themed Big Day

Our first featured wedding of 2013 was held at The Gallivant Hotel at Camber Sands, East Sussex. Yes despite our pebbly reputation we do have sandy beaches in Sussex too and even better you can get married in The Gallivant right by the beach and then pop over on to the sand dunes for cocktails and a picnic. Heaven.

All photography in this post by Emma Lucy Photography

Lisa and Alex from Brighton held their beach themed wedding on a scorching hot day in July 2012. They are Brighton based but fell in love with Camber on a weekend away there.

Thanks to Emma Lucy Photography for sending over her gorgeous photos of Alex and Lisa’s amazing wedding.

Over to Lisa for more about their big beachy day at Camber Sands:

“The year before our wedding Alex surprised me with a weekend away in Camber Sands and proposed on the sand dunes. We loved the place and I liked the idea of having a beach themed wedding, whatever the weather!

We had seen The Gallivant Hotel while we were visiting Camber and decided to look at it online. It was a Mr & Mrs Smith hotel and the reviews from previous weddings sounded amazing. It was the only place we went to check out as a possible wedding venue and we booked it straight away.

We went for a beach theme with vintage decorations and mainly used blues and white for our colours.

I found inspiration on wedding blogs and from my home town of Brighton!

My dress was by Justin Alexander. I liked this dress as it had a very vintage look and feel.

I didn’t wear a veil as the dress was all lace so I purchased some roses to be clipped in my hair.

Jewellery wise I wore a bracelet made by my friend Gayle and earrings by Swarovski. My shoes were LK Bennett.

I did my own makeup and my hair was done at Rye Retreat.


The British weather was on form so we were slightly worried about a rainy day on the beach however, we completely lucked out.

All our family and friends live all over the country so many decided to make a holiday out of our wedding and stayed in cottages for the week. We had 30 degree heat on the day and couldn’t have hoped for better weather. Many of our guests changed into shorts and t-shirts after the ceremony, ready for the cocktails on the beach dunes!

This was my favourite part of the wedding, the fact that we could cross the road and walk up into the dunes was amazing.

We had a picnic waiting ready with cocktails. Our guests mentioned it was the most chilled and laid back wedding they had been too and felt like they could have been abroad.

The Gallivant Hotel already has beach themed décor which was perfect for what we wanted.

I decided to expand on the beach theme by having a retro sweet table but decorating this as if it was a shop you would see on the pier with windmills, rock and all the old sweets we used to have on holiday.

Following on from this we had shells and lamps on the bench tables and I hand-painted pebbles from Brighton beach as name holders.

As we had many children coming we decided to do bucket and spade goody bags with seaside drawing packs which kept them busy for hours…that and eating all the sweets!

Our table plan included art deco postcards from beaches in the UK that myself and Alex have visited as children.

The bits we made ourselves were the name holders and I also made the sweet table myself by asking around family for different glass and bowls we could use. It added to the vintage look!

As a few final touches, we made a life sized seaside cut-out, similar to ones you see on the pier which everyone loved and also made a ‘message in the lobster pot’ complete with lobster.

When planning the wedding I loved the idea that it was going to be slightly different from other weddings I had been to in the UK.

The Gallivant was a complete package which worked out really well and organized. You have the complete hotel to yourselves as there are only 18 rooms.

They transformed the restaurant/bar area into a beautiful ceremony room while I got ready with the bridesmaids in the bridal suite.

Once the ceremony was complete we crossed over the road with all the guests and went up into the beach dunes where they laid on a picnic with nibbles and cocktails.

After about an hour we headed back to the hotel to the marquee where all the food was served. We had sharing platters for the tables and the food was amazing!

After dinner the bar area was transformed back and we hired a band (Freddie and the Freeloaders) for the evening.

Our ceremony music was The Beatles ‘Here Comes the Sun’, and Zed Lepplin ‘Whole Lotta Love’ and our first dance was to Primal Scream, ‘Moving On Up’.

Our wedding cupcakes were made by Angel Food Bakery.

Our flowers were by Gunns Florists in Brighton and our photographer was Emma Lucy Photography.

For out honeymoon we are heading off for a Borneo adventure.”

Team Wedding:

Wedding Venue: The Gallivant Hotel, Camber Sands
Wedding Photographer: Emma Lucy Photography
Wedding dress: Justin Alexander
Bride’s shoes: LK Bennett
Flowers: Gunns Florists, Brighton
Wedding band: Freddie and the Freeloaders
Cupcakes: Angel Food Bakery, Brighton
Bride’s hair: Rye Retreat, Rye
Earrings: Swarovski

Wow! What a beautiful wedding and what a perfect day to have a beach wedding too!

Love the laid back feel to this wedding and the stylish New England beach cottage feel to all the decor, all so perfectly captured by the lovely Emma Lucy Photography.

Cocktails and a picnic on the dunes at Camber Sands looks like the perfect antidote to a cold and wet Sussex winter, roll on summer days on Sussex beaches we say!

Big congrats to Lisa and Alex and big thanks for allowing us to share their beautiful day. We hope they have an amazing honeymoon in Borneo.

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