Tunnels Beaches is a historic venue located in Devon, England. The venue is situated on a cliff overlooking the sea and features a historic tunnel that leads down to a secluded beach.

The Tunnels Beaches venue was built in the early 19th century as a sea bathing complex. The tunnels were dug by hand through the cliffs and lead down to the beach, providing a sheltered area for people to swim and bathe in the sea. The complex also included a series of cottages that were used as accommodation for visitors.

In the 20th century, the Tunnels Beaches complex was used as a popular tourist attraction, offering facilities such as a café, shop, and changing rooms. In more recent years, the venue has been renovated and turned into a wedding and events venue, while still maintaining its historic charm.

Today, Tunnels Beaches is a popular wedding venue, offering couples the opportunity to exchange their vows in a unique and historic setting.

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Tunnels Beaches Wedding Photography | Ryan & Sophie

Tunnels beaches in Ilfracombe was one of the wedding venues I wanted to photograph . Situated by the beach with 2 privet beaches it creates beautiful backdrop for your wedding .

Things to know : One of the beaches opened for public until 5 pm but then empty for a sunset portraits . There are beautifully designed Accommodations for you and your guests check the link here . Food is fantastic tested myself :) .. with very good selection of delicious BBQ , fresh salads you can find more information here .

Thank you to my lovely couple Sophie & Ryan, that I had pleasure to photograph such a fun wedding at such a beautiful location. So excited to share with you images and also TIPS from Sophie & Ryan on how they planned their wedding . You will find lots of value here . Enjoy !!! :))

What was the most memorable moment from your wedding day ?

The most memorable was sitting on our ‘sweetheart table’ at our wedding breakfast, with the sun shining, hearing the waves behind us and looking out at everyone enjoying themselves. It was exactly how I dreamed of our day. 

Any tips, recommendations for newly engaged couples when organising wedding ?

I would say spend the money on the things that are important to you. I knew for me a cake wasn’t important and I didn’t want expensive wedding favours. Instead we got an ‘off the shelf’ cake and my Mother-in-law baked biscuits as favours. Everyone loved them and it saved us so much money. 

I kept table decorations simple to save money and to optimise the stunning view and made the table numbers. Absolutely use Facebook market place and Etsy to source items. So often we used all of our wedding items for just a handful of hours that you can get some great bargains, help the environment and buy local. 

What would you do differently when organising your wedding ?

I think try and enjoy the process more! It’s over before you know it and although it’s stressful it’s also a lot of fun, and unlike anything else you will probably do again! It’s about you and your partner and feel totally ok about doing what you want to do. 

What was the most hardest or challenging when organising your wedding ?

Your trying to remember so many components that need to come together. The bridesmaid dresses take weeks to be delivered, the alternations need to be booked in, you need to collect your cake and remember who is gluten free or allergic to shellfish. Keeping up with everything can feel overwhelming at times and you will forget something, for me I forgot to get groomsmen belts, luckily I sourced some with a week to go! 

I kept so many lists but your can’t help but forget some things. Just invest your time and effort into the stuff that matters. 

What apps /tools you used to organise wedding ? Was it helpful?

I used Hitched, they have a free app and website builder which I found so helpful. I’m useless at anything technical but I was able to put together a website for my RSVP’s. The app has so features and is really easy to use. 

Anything else you would like to share :)

The day is over before you even know it, I was so worried about not remembering each part of it. I kept practicing mindfulness throughout the day and honestly I remember so much!! At each stage- getting ready, the ceremony, the meal, the speeches- all of if, I kept really taking the time to see, smell, touch, hear and taste. It kept me grounded when I felt really nervous and reminded me to really pay attention to how amazing the day really was. 

Take time out to actually be together. Have your meal on your own or make time in some way that you can just be the two of you. It’s about you two. 

If you find shoes you love, wear them. Even if they aren’t really everyone’s cup of tea or they don’t really match the dress, wear the shoes. You will rock them. 

Do the speech. It’s empowering no matter how nerve racking. Tell your story. 

Don’t spend a year on a diet, you will feel amazing no matter what size you are on your day. 


Wedding Venue Tunnels Beaches in Ilfracombe

Ellie | Effortless Bridal Hair @theupdogirl

Emily | Makeup & Beauty Artist @emilygrosvenor_mua

Alex| Videographer @alexhaynesfilms

Natasha | Pumpkin and Pye | Florist @pumpkinandpye 

Paul | DJ Music @theweddingspinnerdjservices