Remember when the sun was a thing, and we were getting to a point where we were actually, can you believe, sick of it? Well, you’ll be glad to hear we’ve found a way to ensure sunshine and good times all year around: get Joanna Bongard to be your wedding photographer, Sarah Powell to lead the ceremony and The House Of Love Illustration to illustrate it. WHAT. A. TEAM, and what a gorgeous, joyous beachside vow renewal they’ve created!

As Joanna is a wedding photographer based between North London and Margate, she wanted to shoot a gorgeous beach wedding ceremony and showcase the country’s coast’s full potential. “Megan and Harriet are a real couple that live in Margate. They got married in Canada last year, and when I got in contact about doing a shoot with them in their home town, they got really excited.” she explains. “I ended up getting the amazing celebrant Sarah Powell to actually do a coastal ceremony in the town’s lido and they ended up inviting all their friends! Their dog Hudson even came along!”

Where do we even begin with everything we love about this wedding? Firstly, those cliff shots – who knew Margate looked like LA? Secondly, the amazing outfits – I will never stop championing a bridal suit, and that dress has such a gorgeous cut. Megan and Harriet look the BOMB dot com, don’t they? So effortlessly cool! If you follow Sarah (and if you don’t, literally drop everything and do so now) you’ll know that everything she does is embued with warm, infectious, friendly energy, and it looks like her celebrancy ceremonies are no different. The location is super perfect, next to the infamous Margate Lido; those slightly fading tiles that have seen so many things are such a stunning backdrop.

The flowers, by Elspeth Louise, are full of dahlia with their incredible textured tubular shapes and a divine warm colour palette, as well as trailing wildflowers and leaves. Pipa at Be You Weddings ensured Megan and Harriet’s make-up would withstand both the British summer and the coastal winds, opting for bold and beautiful lips complemented by soft eyes.

Not only was this captured by The Wow Edit member Joanna Bongard, but it was also captured by wedding illustrator Megan Metcalf, the smiling face behind The House Of Love Illustration. As an artist in residence, Megan will draw your ceremony as it happens, resulting in a timeless, bespoke piece of art capturing a truly priceless moment.


Photography | Joanna Bongard

Flowers | Elspeth Louise Flowers

Hair & make-up | Be You Weddings

Celebrant | Sarah Powell

Illustrations | The House Of Love Illustration