A Homemade Outdoor Wedding in Cornwall

 

Jonathan and Shirley were married in March at the stunning location of Prussia Cove in Cornwall. They had the most relaxed and charming seaside wedding. I love the homemade feel to the day with family helping out with all the cute decorations and details.

I adore the subtle green theme to the day, which is fresh and vibrant. I have to also mention the super cute VW van, and those sunset portraits, simply sublime.

Thanks so much to One Thousand Words Photography for sharing their beautiful imagery today.

 

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Names…. Jonathan and Shirley

Wedding Date…. 14th March 2012

The Proposal…. Jonny proposed in Lake Annecy in France – a special place for us as we’d spent an impromptu Boxing Day there the first year of our 9 years together. We sat on a bench sipping champagne looking out over the beautiful moonlight lake! Jonny carved our names and a love heart on the bench. The proposal on the bench was Jonny’s second attempt. The first attempt, which I found out about later to comedy affect, was on a boat jetty overlooking the lake where he had produced a candle and a bottle of wine. It was a very romantic spot however a pleasure cruise with on-board disco turned up out the blue just as Jonny was about to pop the question. As you can imagine people raving two feet in front of us through the windows of the boat ruined the moment slightly, until the bench at least.

The Vision for the day…. A really personal, casual and homely feeling wedding, without the stiff traditions of shaking thousands of hands in reception lines or hours of ridged photos. We weren’t hung up on everything matching or expensive decorations and wanted the beauty of the place to do the talking! Which it certainly did! The most important thing for us was to have all or our family and friends around us for as long as possible and Prussia Cove allowed us to do that as we could hire the cottages and the main house for a whole week.

The Planning process…. 18 months, a lot of spread sheets and an incredibly long list of things to do list!

Budget….  Around £15,000

The Venue… A month after the proposal during a camping/kitesurfing trip to Cornwall, somewhere Jonny and I take love to take our VW camper, we popped into Prussia Cove on a recommendation from a friend. We knew instantly we had to get married there! Peter, the owner, showed us around the main house Porth-en-Alls and the stunning walled garden with stone archways under where the ceremony could take place – all with the sound of the sea crashing in the background. Prussia Cove itself consists of several private beaches, coves, sands and inlets all surrounded by unspoiled cottages packed with log fires and not a single TV in sight, bliss! We didn’t check out any other venues and booked it on the spot. The setting was perfect – the grand yet homely main house, teetering meters above its own bay,  was just perfect and the fact that there was enough accommodation on the grounds in all the gorgeous surrounding cottages made our minds up immediately as we could have our friends and family with us for longer than just the day.

The Dress + Accessories….. The wedding dress was sorted just as quickly as the venue, it was the first (and only) day of shopping, third shop, my Dad’s face said it all. I wanted something simple and floaty to suit the beachy feel of the venue and found a Sottero & Midgley which fitted the bill.

Groom’s attire… Carrying on the casual feel of the wedding the boys wore their own suits and hired cream waistcoats from Moss Bros. Jonny’s Mum Val made the ties and hankies from some gorgeous fabric sourced from Ebay.

The Readings + Music…. Jonny’s older sister, Rebecca Hunt, read On Your Wedding Day. Jonny’s Dad, James Hunt, read The Gift of Love (1 Corinthians 13). Jonny’s younger sister, Lucy Hunt, played What a Wonderful World on the saxophone as I came down the aisle accompanied by our music man, Alex Chapman, who was excellent. Alex came on recommendation from a friend. We had arranged to see him in a pub in Gloucester before we booked him and were blown away that one man and a guitar could sound so great. His music setup includes a loop station which turns him into a whole band, incredible stuff. Alex was there not just for the evening but the whole day, he played ‘It Must be Love’ during the ceremony and ‘I belong to you’ by Lenny Kravitz was the first dance. During the evening he was tapping out beats, sampling vocals, percussion and guitar rifts to layer entire tracks that he would then play and sing over to get the whole dance floor shaking. He also doubled as a DJ during his breaks. He worked so hard, would recommend him for any wedding and incredible value for money.

Beautiful bridesmaids….. The bridesmaid dresses were from Coast, long and short Allure dresses in thyme.

The Flowers… As the wedding was so far from our home, Bristol, and I didn’t know any local florists I though the easiest thing would be to go for silk flowers. It also worked out cheaper as I needed flowers for decorating the house as well as the usual bouquets and button holes. I chose hydrangeas as the main flowers as they have such lovely big heads of flowers and then runucculas added an extra touch.

The Cake… Made by Jonny’s Mum, the cake was a three layer fruit cake, soaked for days in brandy and packed with so much fruit it was so delicious and moist. We also chose a cake made of cheese to accompany the fruit cake which could be used later as the buffet. The wonderful caterers, The Round Kitchen, provided and dressed this beautifully.

Your Photographer…. Tom Wishart at One thousand words , an amazing wedding photographer and Jonny’s old school friend. How he managed to take so many stunning photos and yet we felt like he was barely there I’ll never know. His professionalism but relaxed attitude was spot on and he seemed so in tune with the feel of our wedding which shows through in the style of the photos… just magic! We’ve both been to weddings where the photographer seams to almost get in the way of the days proceedings. Tom had the right mix of authority to get the set photos taken then blended in to the party. This allowing him to take photos capturing the real essence of the wedding perfectly.

The Food… The caterers, Lucy and Sarah from The Round Kitchen, were fabulous. All food was locally sourced and wonderfully presented. The canapés were mini fish and chips, Cornish pasties, Yorkshire puddings and scotch eggs – the tastiest compliment to champagne and Pims by the sea. The wedding breakfast included mouth-watering Cornish Lamb for main and the evening buffet was a yummy selection of cheese and terrine.

The Details + Decor…. We had the Mum’s to thank for this one! My (Shirley’s) Mum made the favours, lavender hearts in matching material to the men’s ties and hankies which Jonny’s Mum had made. The colours were kept simple, all white and herby shades of green. Jonny’s Mum also made scores of paper lanterns which hung down from the ceiling of the reception hall in cascades. The aisle, which was the garden path, was lined with canes and ribbon bows blowing in the sea breeze! The most talked about décor was the mini version of our campervan which Jonny’s Mum made out of paper mache for our cards, it literally looked a spitting imagine of the real thing.

The Honeymoon…. Having taken a sabbatical from both of our jobs, we are heading off in our VW campervan for a 3 month trip around Europe. Going wherever the wind blows and the sun shines.

Memorable moments… The ceremony, Jonny had a tear in his eye during the vows which set me off. The food… so tasty and with such flawless service. The first dance, we learnt a few waltz dance steps which worked perfectly with the Lenny Kravitz tune.

Advice for other couples… Have an idea about what you want and don’t let other people persuade you into unnecessary extras.

Credit where credit is due…

The venue – Cove, Cornwall – www.prussiacove.co.uk
The caterers – The Round Kitchen – www.theroundkitchen.com
The photographer – Tom Wishart – www.onethousandwords.co.uk
The Music – Alex Chapman – www.alexchapman.co.uk

 

Thanks so much to Jonathan and Shirley for sharing their beautiful wedding with us today. Doesn’t their honeymoon sound amazing?! Have a great time you two :-) XOXO Lou

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