Real Weddings at The Boat House

Beth & Ben's Caribbean Dream Wedding

Award-winning Staffordshire cake designer Beth Tomasik of Beth Lauren Cakes is used to helping brides put the finishing touches to their perfect day. When she married fiancé Ben in Antigua last August, the couple followed their destination wedding with a party at The Boat House, Aston Marina – creating a little piece of the Caribbean in Stone – and featuring a show-stopping cake, naturally.

On their first meeting at Granvilles in Stone, Ben told Beth she was stunning before asking for her phone number. A whirlwind romance ensued, with Ben whisking Beth off for a day at the races for their first date and surprising her with a bottle of Champagne in the car before the couple dined at Cullen’s restaurant. Just seven months later, Ben proposed at the family holiday home in Barmouth, burying a wine bottle containing a love letter on the beach for Beth to find at sunset.

A dream destination

With the couple not having really thought about wedding venues before – Beth admits she’d never wanted to get married before meeting Ben – the idea of an intimate wedding in the sun began to appeal. Finding themselves rather spoilt for choice when it came to destinations, the Caribbean island of Antigua eventually won their hearts, with its reputation for friendly locals and amazing food tipping the balance. The venue was to be the beautiful Blue Waters Hotel, with the couple booking a suite which Prince Harry had once stayed in, opting for a laid-back Caribbean theme to their celebrations.

Bringing a piece of the Caribbean to Stone…

When they decided to get married abroad, Beth and Ben always knew they wanted to have a party back at home for those friends and family who were unable to join them in Antigua. When it came to choosing a venue, The Boat House was a clear favourite – even though it hadn’t been built yet, as Beth explains:

“We always loved Aston Marina, and even booked The Boat House before it had been built! I also make wedding cakes there and they’ve all become friends, I felt so relaxed having the party there.”

The evening reception for 130 guests took place in September, with the couple looking to create a Caribbean vibe with florist Alison from Flowers & Co in Stoke designing tall vases full of either Caribbean palm leaves or bright orange and pink flowers. The party then kicked off with Caribbean punch while a steel band played on the decking – the relaxed format seeing guests enjoy a Caribbean BBQ, designed by The Boat House’s award-winning chefs, including jerk chicken, marinated shrimp, brisket and rice and peas followed by a dessert table and sweet cart.

When it comes to picking the ultimate moment from two great celebrations, both Beth and Ben agree the ceremony itself was the highlight, as Ben eloquently explains:

“Marrying the most beautiful, sweet and talented girl in the world in one of the most beautiful corners of the world is more than I could ever have wished for.”


To discuss how your dream wedding day could become reality at The Boat House, contact our events team on 01785 819702 / info@asronmarina.co.uk. If you’d like to find out more about Beth’s fabulous wedding cakes, visit www.bethlaurencakes.co.uk or pop into her cake showroom and Cake & Coffee Parlour on Radford Street, Stone.

Photos provided by Jodie Brennan Photography – http://www.jodiebrennan.co.uk/