WWW readers Fraser and Emily are with us this fine Friday and what a delight their wedding day was. Their breezy beautiful coastal wedding was set in picturesque Cornwall, at Bre-Pen Farm to be precise on the 4th August 2018 following a church ceremony. Their focus was on a friends and family centred celebration plus a formal yet relaxed vibe, not to mention brilliant food, drink and music. All elements for a fantastic party and it sounds like a great time was had by all.
There is so much to love about their day, first and foremost the photographs captured by Nick Walker Photography are sensational and we are so thankful to be sharing them with you. The portraits of this lovely couple on the clifftop really are something else.
I also adore Emily’s tulle gown teamed with a long veil, which caught beautifully in the breeze. Her anklets really looked very cool too, I think you will love them. The flowers are also another element of their day that works perfectly, pale pink blooms were used in the lush bouquets and on the tables as well as in a copper arch backdrop. Wow!
Fraser and his groomsmen looked great in a combination of kilts, suits and tartan ties, there was also a super cool wedding car and pretty grey dresses for the bridesmaids. So much loveliness.
It was our 8 year anniversary. A rainy day threatened our planned picnic so we settled for a walk along the headland in Cornwall where we were staying at my family’s holiday home in Cornwall. He got down on one knee overlooking the sea and proposed with the most gorgeous ring he had designed and had made. My whole family were on holiday with us and his family came down later that day and we had an amazing weekend celebrating in the sun (that finally came out!).
I always knew that I wanted a more relaxed wedding but wanted to keep some traditional aspects. I trawled Pinterest and wedding blogs to decide on a colour scheme and kept changing my mind. In the end I realised as long as we filled our wedding with everything we loved, the colour scheme and décor would come together. Our main focus was on food, drink and music so that we could create a fun atmosphere for us and our guests.
The Planning Process
The planning process had its stressful moments for me but I still had the best time doing it! We knew we wanted to get married in Cornwall because it is such a special place for both of us. The Tipi was also a no brainer and from there we just built everything around it. One of my bridesmaids designed our invitations which gave me a starting point for colours and I had my sister who was married 2 years before us point me in the right direction for spreadsheets and all the sensible aspects!
I had a good idea of a budget when we started the process and we stuck with it as far as possible. I spent a lot on little items here and there that never made it onto the budget but we tried not to go overboard. Ultimately, whilst the wedding was expensive we both say that every penny was worth it (except maybe the polaroid camera which someone found at about 11.45pm just before everyone left!).
We knew straight away that we would be getting married in Cornwall where my family has a cottage on the beach. I wanted a church wedding so we settled on St. Merryn Church with a Tipi reception – we didn’t even view any venues.
We had trouble with our first choice location for the Tipi but we found Bre-Pen Farm which was the most perfect spot overlooking the sea and with Newquay in view in the distance. Wild Tipi provided our Tipis and they could not have been more accommodating. They listened to our vision and offered us options for décor as well.
Your Outfits & Accessories
I found dress shopping really difficult. I was torn between a very traditional big dress and a more boho style dress – this was made more difficult because we would be in a church one moment and a field the next. When I discovered Watters I fell in love with some of the more unusual designs they offered. When I tried my dress on I absolutely loved it but when it arrived it had much more lace on the bodice than when I had tried it on and I was devastated. Luckily I had ordered my dress through Emma Louise Designs and Emma also makes her own dresses so she adjusted the dress to get it back to how it was when I had tried it on. She also made me little pearl straps and made the skirt removable so that I had a floaty skirt for the church and a fitted dress for the evening.
I bought some accessories from Etsy and again met a lovely lady who made my earrings and made some very similar ones for my bridesmaids as gifts. My absolute favourite things were my anklets. I had fallen in love with them years ago but everyone thought I was mad to spend so much on anklets that probably wouldn’t be seen. In the end I asked our photographer to get a photo just of them!
My hair was done by a local hairdresser and make up was done by a friend of mine. I had a soft up-do and had some simple flowers in my hair. My make-up was subtle because I wanted to feel like myself.
Fraser and a couple of his groomsmen as well as his dad were in kilts and my dad and brother in law were in suits that best matched the tartan tie that they were all wearing. It worked perfectly. We agonised over matching the suits to the kilts but in the end no one would have even noticed.
The Readings & Music
A friend of ours did a short reading that we adapted slightly. I walked into the church to a piano and cello cover of Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years and we left the church to I Love You, Always Forever by Donna Lewis which is a special song to us. Our first dance was Shania Twain Still the One – everyone stood around us singing along to every word which was an amazing moment.
I spent what felt like forever agonising over the flowers. I absolutely love flowers but knew I didn’t have a big budget for them. We found a local florist who offered an option to order the bouquets and button holes but for me to bulk buy the rest of the flowers and make them ourselves. The day before the wedding there was a team of us making up centrepieces, milk churns and the most incredible copper arch that my dad had made at my request. The arch was one of my favourite pieces from the day and I loved decorating it and seeing our wedding guests have pictures taken underneath it with the sea behind – it was the perfect backdrop.
The Details & Décor
We were lucky that the Tipi needed very little dressing up. With the Tipis came fairy lights up each pole and we had the glitter ball over the dancefloor. Our ‘chill out’ Tipi had chesterfield sofas and pouffes for people to sit on around the fire pit. We had a lovely wooden bar which we had a little chalk board showing the drinks being served.
One of my favourite touches was the cake table with macarons, cookies, chocolate brownies and sweet jars on (all made by my mum and sister). I had pictured the cake table so many times and it took centre stage in the Tipi. Hailey, our on the day coordinator, set it out so well and it looked amazing. After dinner we had an old-fashioned ice cream stand outside (put on by our caterers) and the brownies, cake and cookies were moved outside to go with the ice cream. It was absolute heaven.
My mum made my absolute dream wedding cake. I was very specific with what I wanted and she took all of my comments on board without ever saying I was asking too much and made the most beautiful cake – and even better, it tasted incredible, 2 passionfruit and yuzu tiers and one chocolate tier.
I bought the bridesmaids dresses from ASOS. I committed very early on to these but because I wanted light grey I knew they would go with anything. I did have a little wobble a few months after purchasing them but they were perfect.
Our photographer was Nick Walker and he was an absolute dream to work with. We chose him for his documentary style approach. We wanted the focus to be on enjoying the day rather than on waiting for the next group shot to be called. Nick was great, he got everyone where they needed to be on time but we barely noticed he was there (in a good way!). We ended up with the most incredible set of photographs and it is the un-staged shots that are my favourites!
We had 2 weddings in the 2 weeks following our own so it was very difficult to squeeze in a honeymoon. In the end we did 2 nights in a shepherd’s hut in Dorset and then 5 nights in Kefalonia, Greece which was an amazing way to wind down after the stress leading up to the wedding. We did absolutely nothing for 5 days except eat, drink and relax and it was perfect!
Our first dance was one of the most memorable moments of the day. I was not expecting everyone to start singing along and it made a really special moment.
Our band were an incredible folk style party band and so the dance floor was never empty. One of my favourite moments was belting out a classic pop song with my best girl friends on the dancefloor.
Advice For Other Couples
If you do not get a wedding coordinator with your venue, invest in an on the day coordinator at the least. Hailey from the Little Cornish Wedding Company helped us so much on the lead up to the day with little suggestions here and there and on the day she was absolutely invaluable.
Also choose suppliers who you get on well with, you will have so much interaction with them leading up to the big day as well as on the day itself and it makes such a difference to know that you completely trust them all!
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Nick Walker Photography
On The Day Co-Ordinator
Little Cornish Wedding Company
So very gorgeous.
Fraser and Emily thank you both so very much for sharing with us your super special wedding story xo Lou