I do have a special love for intimate and small weddings. After all it’s exactly the wedding ceremony we went for, so this day really resonated with me. Let’s begin at the end, with Megan’s advice for other couples; “Plan together and enjoy the whole process. Don’t get so caught up in the details that you miss out on the enjoyment of it all. It’s about the marriage, not the wedding.” I couldn’t have put it better myself.
Megan and Jay decided to get hitched on the 20th October 2015 at Supplier Love faves, The Green Cornwall, in a spectacular outdoor setting. With just their parents in attendance it made the whole vow exchange really poignant.
There are so many gorgeous ideas here today folks. From the amazing florals arranged by Megan to the outfits and décor. Megan looked incredible in her tulle skirt and ballet pumps, while Jay really rocked his bow tie. Amazing.
THE PROPOSAL | In Megan’s bedroom with a simple box on the bed. When I saw it, I gave him a hug before I opened it, and then realised what might be coming because I could feel his heart pounding through his chest.
THE VISION | We’re quite fuss-free, so we only had our parents there with us. It was also a reunion as they had all come over from Australia, and we hadn’t seen them in the 2 years since we moved here. Given that it was such a small ceremony, we wanted it to be relaxed, with beautiful scenery, greenery, and nature all around us.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Keeping things simple meant that it was all quite straight forward. We chose almost everything together, and shared lists with any wedding errands and payment reminders etc. I bought things from Etsy such as gifts for our parents, our initials in lights, cake topper, ring box, bouquet photo charm, and even my outfit!
BUDGET | We spent just under £5000 on the ceremony itself, 3 nights in a large farmhouse for 6 people, bespoke wedding rings, professional photographers, our clothes and accessories, flowers, wedding cake and food, alcohol, and trinkets and small gifts. We didn’t want to spend needlessly, but we also wanted to feel happy with all of our choices, so even though we only had 4 guests, we did spend money on wedding day treats like cake, and especially the professional photography, which was so worth it.
THE VENUE | The Green, in Cornwall. Formerly a dairy farm, with long views of lush rolling green hills all around. We had the large farmhouse for 3 nights with our parents. There were more bedrooms than people! We got married on the second day down by a lovely little lake on the property.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I wore a full white lace and tulle skirt, with a tight fitting 3/4 sleeved white blouse. My shoes were white handmade satin ballet flats, with ribbon lacing around my ankles. I wore no jewellery except for some diamanté drop earrings.
FINDING THE DRESS | I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted to wear, all I knew was that I wanted to be covered, comfortable, and feel like myself. I came across a gorgeous lace skirt on Etsy for £150, so I bought that, hoping it would look as nice on me as it did in the picture. Luckily it was perfect. I looked around for a top elsewhere, but ended up finding one from the same seller on Etsy. It all fit beautifully, and the two items are still relaxed enough to wear again separately.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Jay wore a crisp white button up shirt, knitted navy tie and dark green blazer, all from Ted Baker, and tan chinos from Hackett. He also wore leather braces from Asos and brown leather brogues.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had a civil ceremony, so we kept it pretty simple with some personal vows. Mum walked me down the aisle to “The Only One” by The Black Keys, which Jay also played when he proposed. We signed the register to “First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes, and “Sing” by Travis, and finished with “Home” by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros.
THE FLOWERS | I am a florist, so decided to make my own designs. I used white and green, to keep it fresh, clean and natural. I used avalanche roses, ranunculus, tulips, lisianthus, snowberry, ammi, poppy seed heads, eucalyptus, and lace fern. I made my bouquet, Jay’s buttonhole, a cake decoration, a garland for the shelter, pew ends, and some mixed bouquets. I also kept any spare flowers and put them in some mismatched jars, bottles and jugs.
THE CAKE | The most delicious two-tiered vanilla sponge filled with strawberry jam, and textured icing with white vanilla buttercream. It was divine! I found it hard to get some cake vendors to even reply to me, but when I came across Dollybird Bakes, I was so glad that we hadn’t booked elsewhere! Hayley’s attention to detail and professionalism made the process easy and she made the perfect cake!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We researched a few photographers in the Cornwall area, and immediately knew we had to book Keith and Abi Neda Riley as soon as we saw their work. It is far and beyond the most artistic, personal and natural wedding photography we’ve seen. Keith and Neda were easily contactable to help us with any questions before the wedding, and when they arrived on the day, we felt like we’d known them for years. They were both so warm and friendly, that both Jay and I, as well as our parents all felt like they made our day even more special. After the ceremony, we all spent time together, laughed, drank and explored the grounds of The Green. They perfectly captured the relaxed atmosphere of the day, and the beautiful pictures are memories we will be able to remember and look back on forever.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We kept the theme simple and timeless – white and green with neutral, textural elements in wood, steel and glass. We drank champagne and other refreshments on the lawn after the ceremony, reusing our flowers to decorate the area, as well as some wooden crates and picnic baskets, which held my bouquet, our initials in lights, candles and drink garnishes. There were also lanterns, wooden chairs and a large steel tub full of ice, champagne, beer, vodka, etc, etc. :)
THE HONEYMOON | We are actually going on our honeymoon in 3 days time, at Jumby Bay Rosewood Resort in Antigua for 2 weeks. We are counting down the days!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | As we were about to say our vows, a truck got stuck reversing on the driveway of the property and we had to wait and watch him for 5 minutes manoeuvring back and forth with the reverse signal beeping loudly. All we could do was laugh!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Plan together and enjoy the whole process. Don’t get so caught up in the details that you miss out on the enjoyment of it all. It’s about the marriage, not the wedding.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Rings | The Ring Studio
Cake | Dolly Bird Bakes
Honeymoon | Jumby Bay
Megan’s clothing, gifts, ring box, cake topper, light up initials | Etsy
How utterly magical.
Megan and Jay, thanks so very much to the both of you for sharing your wedding story xo Lou