Today I’m taking you to the beach. I’d like to help you escape this bitterly cold weather, and think of summer. I’m not talking about the beach of a tropical island though; oh no. We’re going to a beautiful beach at Daymer Bay in Cornwall, the perfect setting for this beach wedding inspiration shoot.

When I first saw these pictures I fell in love. Not only with Cornwall, one of my favourite places in the UK, but also the styling ideas the creative team worked so hard on. Blue and gold were the perfect colour choice for the styling, and the concept of creating a Mediterranean wedding right here in the UK.

The blue and gold colour palette looks great against the sea, sand and rocks. The styling has a rustic edge, especially the alluring tablescape. This is styled with fabulous patterned table runner, napkins, and plates, complemented with beautiful blue glassware, gold cutlery and candle holders and simple sprigs of flowers in small gold vases.

I adore the choice of flowers too, all white and blue. The air plants and succulents really bring the Mediterranean vibe out.

And what about the two sensational wedding cakes? The first is a two tier, blue and gold hand-painted square cake, and the other a four tier navy blue cake with delicately hand-painted flowers. They are both amazing.

The team used two brides to show different bridal styles; both are really beautiful. I can’t forget the groom’s outfit either — I really love his style, with his subtle patterned suit jacket and bow tie.

I hope these beautiful pictures by Michelle Cordner Photography really inspire your beach wedding ideas.

Bride holding out skirt of wedding dress as she walks on the beach

Wedding On the UK Coast

“This workshop, run by Liberty Pearl Photography and styled by Elle from inspire hire, was set at the St Moritz hotel, which is a stroll from the stunning Daymer Bay beach in Cornwall.

“The idea was to create inspiration for a Mediterranean/ocean themed shoot. With blue and gold complementing the sands and sea, Elle used stunning accessories to re-create the feeling of a Mediterranean wedding, on the UK coast!

“The couple (who are a real life couple and actually got engaged the night before the workshop) were great to capture. The genuine love and laughter between them made photographing them great fun.

“With so many beautiful details, from the ocean themed stationery, to the gorgeous aqua-cake, I think this styling will inspire any beach-bound brides!” — Michelle, Michelle Cordner Photography

Chair covered in foliage on the beach

White bottle with blue flowers

Wedding stationery with shells in sand

Blue and gold wedding jewellery

Groom holding light blue wedding cake


Groom with blue bow tie

Groom touching suit jacket cuff

Bride on beach looking down

Bride with open back wedding dress looking at sea Bride holding bouquet on beach

Exotic Influences

“Although this shoot was designed for a photography workshop, I was really thinking about inspiration for brides and grooms to take away for their own styling.

“Our Pinterest boards are full of weddings from all over the world. We often look at beautiful images from Marrakesh, Greek or Balearic Islands, Spanish and Italian weddings, not to mention sunny affairs from across the pond and Australia and New Zealand. Sometimes recreating these details for a UK wedding can seem unlikely, and unachievable!

“I wanted to show how to inject your wedding with exotic influences from around the globe, right here on British soil… or in this case, the sand!”

Bride holding large rustic bouquet with blue ribbon

Bride and groom touching heads on beach

Groom kissing bride on cheek on beach

Groom behind bride with arms around her waist

Bride holding rustic bouquet Open back of bride's wedding dress

Bride and groom sitting by rocks on beach

Groom kissing bride on cheek

Bride's blue jewellery

Bride and groom walking on beach

Bride and groom on beach

Bride and groom holding hands on beach

Bride by rocks on beach


Bride looking out to sea

Wedding stationery with floral detail

Wedding invitation with floral detail

Wedding menu with floral detail

Pattern and Texture

“Influence from the Mediterranean and Morocco, our styling included an exotic pallet of blues, aqua and green, finished with gold details.

“Although our shoot took place on the beach, these styling ideas would bring the same exotic feel to a marquee or indoor wedding venue, whatever the weather!

“Pattern and texture are very important when designing a look for your wedding, and you can inject colour with your linen, glassware and china. Gold or brass accessories like candlesticks and vases add a warm, luxurious feel

“Finally, remember that your stationery, and even your cake, can also be part of your décor. They are both as much a part of your design scheme as your flowers.”

Beach wedding table

Wedding place setting with blue and gold styling

Gold candlesticks with blue candles down middle of wedding table

Top table sign

Gold vases on wedding table

White flowers and thistle in gold vase Ship in bottle on wedding table

Macarons on wedding table

Menu on wedding table

Blue wedding cake on table on beach

Large succulent cake topper

Wedding cake by rocks on beach Blue and gold wedding cake

Bride walking on beach

Bride with afro holding bouquet

Bride sitting on chair by rocks on beach

Bride sitting on chair

Cactus in gold pot

Bride with afro looking down Bride with afro looking into camera

Smiling bride sitting looking down at bouquet

English Beach Wedding Style

“We chose our beautiful dresses with suitability for an English beach wedding in mind. They were light, comfortable and had lots of movement and texture, yet still easy to pick up and carry if you fancy dipping your toes in the ocean or running along in the surf! I love the wedding jumpsuit featured; how perfect for a beach wedding, at home or abroad!

“We kept our hair and make-up choices relaxed and natural. It’s often windy at the beach, so something natural is more practical than having a hairstyle that should look immaculate.” — Elle, Inspire Hire

Bride holding bouquet as she walks on beach

Bride holding out arms on beach

Bride sitting on beach

Bride walking by rocks on beach

Bride walking across beach

Bride standing on beach holding bouquet

Bride holding rustic wedding bouquet Rustic wedding bouquet

Bride wearing short bridal jumpsuit with skirt

Bride walking on beach Bride holding out skirt as she walks on beach

Bride sitting on chair on beach

Bride's gold necklace

Bride's gold bracelets and blue ring

Bride looking down at bouquet

Smiling bride holding bouquet

Rustic wedding bouquet with long blue ribbon

Bride walking on beach

Bride walking on beach carrying bouquet

Rustic wedding bouquet on beach

Bride looking out to sea

Photography: Michelle Cordner Photography

Styling and Props: Inspire Hire

Cakes: Suzi Humphries and Emily Hankins

Wedding Dresses: The Bridal House of Cornwall and The Bridal Room St Ives

Shoes: Charlotte Mills

Groomswear: Moss Bros

Hair and Make-Up: Make Up by Ione and Tamsin Siddiqui

Stationery: De Winton Paper Co and Lucy Morley

Jewellery: Sarah Drew

Furniture Hire: Virginias Vintage Hire

Flowers: Bloom and Flourish and Loulabel Floral Design