01Dec 20
An Unexpected Devon Elopement Wedding For Sarah and Gareth

An Unexpected Devon Elopement Wedding For Sarah and Gareth

When Sarah and Gareth first visited Devon’s unique coastal wedding venue, Ocean Kave, in January 2020, they were planning a small, intimate wedding. Little did they know that 2020 had plans to make their wedding even smaller than they had initially planned! 

The couple were focussed that they wanted to get married by the Ocean in North Devon, they had visited a few other Devon wedding venues and fell head over heels in love with Ocean Kave. Despite the challenges that this year has thrown their way, the couple triumphed over adversity and forged ahead with their plans to marry in September of this year. They demonstrated their versatility and commitment to each other by changing their plans to ensure that, come what may, they would end the year as husband and wife. Sarah and Ocean Kave’s senior wedding planner Kathy had a great rapport, with Sarah loving Kathy’s calm yet in-control style, and Kathy just loving the way that Sarah and Gareth adapted every time a new announcement meant that they had to go back to the drawing board with wedding plans. Due to the Government Guidelines surrounding international travel and UK weddings in September 2020, it was impossible for all the couples’ much loved family and friends to attend.  The couple did not want the guests to miss them tie the knot so they engaged Chris Catullo from North Summit Wedding Films to capture their day.  Chris a well know drone expert and has a wealth of accolades for his incredible videography, he certainly pulled it out of the bag for Gareth and Sarah – take a look at their beautiful wedding video on our Ocean Kave Elopement Wedding page.

Saturday 26th September was a stunning autumnal day with glorious sunshine. Sam’s Hair and beauty arrived at Royal Celerity, our five-star bridal cottage, to give Sarah the full bridal pamper that she deserved, before meeting with the registrar and finally heading to the Kave to begin the next, beautiful chapter of the couple’s life together. 

The small handful of guests did nothing to detract from the splendour of the ceremony and beauty of the day, Sarah’s beautiful dress was complemented by a red shawl, which matched Gareth’s bowtie and the guests showed that face coverings can be worn in style.

After the ceremony, the couple and their guests enjoyed a private champagne toast served in crystal saucers on the lawn to stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and azure skies before heading to the beach at Westward Ho! for photos by the talented Michel Wells. Michel is a well-known local Devon wedding photographer and has captured many bespoke weddings at Ocean Kave over the years and is on our recommended suppliers list.

The couple’s photographer and videographer worked seamlessly together to create some breath-taking and magical wedding memories.

Due to the covid restrictions, it wasn’t possible to enjoy the wedding breakfast on site this time, however, Kathy helped them to secure a local beach front restaurant that was able to accommodate the party and give them a feast deserving of their nuptials.

If there is one thing that 2020 has taught us, it is not to take anything for granted. Some can see this as a negative thing but for some couples, like Sarah and Gareth, who wouldn’t let anything dampen their spirits, this year has been full of beautiful surprises and everlasting memories. Judging by the way the couple have triumphed over adversity, we think that they are very well equipped to cope with whatever married life throws at them, side by side, with a smile on their faces.

Congratulations, Sarah and Gareth, and thank you for entrusting your special day to us in the face of Boris’s ever-changing Government Guidelines and regulations!


Wedding Venue - Ocean Kave https://www.oceankave.co.uk
Photography – Michel Wells Photography https://www.michaelwellsphotography.com
Videographer – Chris Catullo North Summit Wedding Films https://www.northsummitfilms.com/
Hair and Makeup – Sam’s hair and beauty Westward Ho! https://www.samshairandbeautysalon.co.uk
Accommodation – Royal Celerity Cottage at Westward Living https://www.westwardliving.co.uk/royal-celerity-cottage-bridal-suite-honeymoon-cottage-north-devon