It feels like Spring was so long ago now, which is why I am loving these beach side images today. We’re in Cornwall with WWW readers Amy and Sam and their two pooches Ziggy and Coco. The lovely couple were married on the 28th May 2016 in a church ceremony followed by a marquee reception on a farm. The vision was simple; a county wedding with Cornish touches. Perfect.
There were pastel colours throughout, oodles of fresh blooms, tea cups, bunting and so many wonderful DIY decorations. The whole wedding was crafted by their nearest and dearest, which gave such a loving feel to their day. Amy’s lace gown was custom made and she chose a garter by WWW faves, The Wedding Garter Co. to complete her look along with a lace edged veil. Sam meanwhile donned a navy suit, bow tie and tan shoes, which looked very sharp. Let’s not forget those stunning bridesmaids too who wore pastel coloured Ghost dresses, oh the style.
Thanks so much to SLR Photography for sharing these extremely happy images with us.
THE PROPOSAL | My birthday in New York. He proposed at the top of the Rockefeller Centre. We went really early in the morning to avoid any queues and we actually pretty much had it to ourselves. The sky was gorgeous – it was perfect!
THE VISION | A country wedding with Cornish touches. We wanted the day to reflect us; to be all about what we love, having fun and of course our dogs! We knew we wanted a relaxed, fun day with as few formalities as possible. Most of our guests would be traveling a long way to Cornwall so we wanted their weekend to be well worth the trip. The vision for the décor was pastel colours, bunting and lots and lots of flowers!
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Planning our wedding was a lot of fun. Pinterest was my best friend for 18 months. We wanted to make the day as personal as possible, so we tried to make as much as we could ourselves. I spent many hours reading magazines, blogs and researching online to get ideas. We were very lucky to have so many fabulous friends and family who were willing to help and make all the extra touches possible. We kept lots of lists and spreadsheets, which were a huge help.
THE VENUE | St Mawnan Church, Mawnan Smith, and then to a family friend’s private farm near the Helford River in Cornwall. The reception was in a marquee surrounded by the gorgeous Cornish countryside; we knew it would be perfect for a rural wedding, the surroundings were beautiful and we loved having the freedom to do whatever we wanted with the space. We also loved the fact we could create such a unique wedding this way. We were only a few miles from the beach so we were lucky to be able to get some stunning shots by the sea.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was a bespoke piece by the amazing Emma Victoria Payne. It was made with an exquisite chantilly lace and I had a matching veil. My wedding shoes were by Rachel Simpson and jewellery was a wedding gift from Sam. Garter was from The Wedding Garter Co. I wanted to keep everything quite simple so I had fresh flowers in my hair.
FINDING THE DRESS | I certainly had a vision of what I wanted my dress to look like. I started off being very open minded and tried on lots of different styles which confirmed to me that I really did want lace; something elegant and classic. This is much harder to find than you might think. I visited around 10 shops and hadn’t really got close to saying yes to any. I was then recommended Emma Victoria Payne, her style was perfect! The whole experience was wonderful and her shop is beautiful! Emma’s knowledge and advice was amazing, I couldn’t have been happier with the end result.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | A three-piece navy suit from Slaters. Made to measure shirt and shoes from Charles Tyrwhitt and the bow ties were by Beau Bows.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Bride’s entrance – The Wedding March. Exit music –Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder (this was one of my favourite moments – dancing down the aisle to Stevie Wonder). Readings: Corinthians Chapter 13 read by my Maid of Honour. Union by Robert Fulgham read by Sam’s Father. We had a fabulous band in the evening that kept the guests dancing all night!
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My best friend Holly was my Maid of Honour, my bridesmaids were my two sisters Rosie and Katie and my lovely school friend Cleo. They all wore the Salma dress by Ghost. They each had a different colour, Sky Light, Boudoir Pink, Dusty Green and Oyster. They all looked absolutely stunning, and got so many compliments on the day. Their pearl earrings were by Sophie Cunliffe and they had Gypsophila in their hair. Our dogs also joined in on the fun, Ziggy was dressed with a bow tie and Coco had a flower garland. They looked adorable and came to the Church, which was so special.
THE FLOWERS | This was such an exciting part of the wedding for me – I love flowers! In my bouquet I had peonies, David Austin roses, astrantia, gypsophila, pink and white astilbe and sweet peas. The roses and the sweet peas made it smell amazing! The buttonholes had a little succulent, astrantia and rosemary and the corsages were very similar with a little rose added. A lot of the flowers came from Clowance, which included stocks, sweet peas, astrantia, nigella and ammi but a lot came from wild hedgerows. I wanted to create a natural effect, which looked like someone had run through a wild meadow and scooped up a bunch. All of the flowers were arranged by friends – they were called the ‘flower girls’. They spent days collecting, cutting, preparing and arranging the flowers. We had flowers everywhere! They arranged the fabulous milk churns, jam jars, ammi ball, heart wreaths and watering cans. We also had 100 shepherds crooks with jam jars that lined the entrance to the marquee; they were filled with wild flowers and looked fantastic. The ladies did an amazing job and everything turned out even better than I could have ever dreamed.
THE CAKE | Wow wow wow, what can I say! The cake blew us all away! It was literally a work of art! It was made by the super talented Emily Hankins and comprised of a tower of 120 edible tea cups. They were all hand painted by Emily and took around 3 weeks of constant work to make. Emily is so talented; her eye for detail is impeccable, each tea cup was beautiful and looked far too lovely to eat. In fact, it wasn’t until we cut the cake that the guests realised they were edible, they couldn’t believe it. The cakes tasted amazing; the surprise jam in the middle was delicious! It was certainly the talk of the wedding – and for months and months after.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The incredibly fun Shannon (SLR Photography). It was such a pleasure to have Shannon photograph our day, she made us feel so relaxed and captured our day perfectly. She even got on the roof at one point to get a group shot, this was one of my highlights!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Our vision was a country wedding with lots of personal touches which I think we managed to achieve. How lucky were we when so many friends, villagers and family willingly helped along the way! We had Grannies and my Maid of Honour making 1.5km of bunting (yes really!), we had a team of confetti growers and jam jar decorators. I collected 300 jam jars and myself, Holly and Cleo spent an evening decorating them with hessian and lace bought from eBay. Other handmade bits included the name cards, these were personalised tea bags hung from a china tea cup each guest had on their table. The seating plan was a step ladder from eBay decorated with jam jars and a heart wreath. We had two vintage bikes covered in flowers, one was used to direct guests into the venue. We had signs everywhere as the farm was in the middle of nowhere, these were made by handy man Mike and painted by my Sister who also created the order of the day. A friend crafted the wooden logs for the centrepieces; they looked so pretty with the jam jars. Other details included hanging lanterns, these were bought from The Hanging Lantern Company. We were so pleased with them, they really created that wow factor when you walked into the marquee. We also hired vintage crockery from the Creative Crockery Company, it looked so lovely with the Afternoon Tea. We had welcome drinks in ‘help yourself’ dispensers and an ice-cream trike, which fitted in so well with the vintage theme. The ice-cream was delicious! In the evening we had Cornish Pasties in personalised bags, which went down a treat. Flip flops for tired feet also proved popular, as well as selfie sticks. One of our favourite finds was our wedding car – a VW split screen Campervan. He was decorated with bunting and flowers and looked a million dollars! One of my favourite moments was driving down the Cornish lanes in our camper, beeping at everyone we drove past.
THE HONEYMOON | We had a minimoon in Cornwall directly after the wedding and we are off to the Maldives in October.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | We have so many happy memories there are too many to mention.
Sam’s face when I walked down the aisle.
Our Labradors all dressed up at the Church.
Driving down the Cornish lanes in the Campervan.
Photos on the beach with our bridal party.
The amazing smell from the stocks and sweet peas when we walked into the marquee. Now every time I smell these flowers it reminds me of our wedding day.
The fantastic speeches.
Dancing to ‘Isn’t she lovely’ by Stevie Wonder but the band had changed the words to ‘Amy’s so lovely’.
Seeing everything come together – all our little ideas had really come to life.
But mostly, having all our friends and family together in one place, seeing them having so much fun and dancing the night away!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | I read there are three things you shouldn’t skimp on when it comes to a wedding… food, band and photographer. We made a conscious effort to do this and I think it really paid off. Get friends and family involved – without their help our wedding wouldn’t have been half as good! It also made the wedding week so much fun because we had all our favourite people around us. Above all, try to take in and savour every moment as it really does fly by!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | SLR Photography
Venue | Unique Home Stays
Dress | Emma Victoria Payne
Cake | Emily Hankins
Shoes | Rachel Simpson Shoes
Marquee | Arena Group
Caterers | Beetham Food
Crockery | The Creative Crockery Company
Florist | Flowers by Clowance
Hair | Capella Cornwall
Make up | Make Up Artist Cornwall
Bridesmaid Dresses | Ghost
VW Hire | O Connors Campers
Bow ties | Beau Bows
Band | The Heat Music (you can find them on Facebook)
Ice Cream Trike | Cornish Ice Trike
Cheese Cake | West Country Cheese
Hanging Lanterns | The Hanging Lantern Company
Ekkk so pretty.
Amy and Sam, thank you both so much for sharing your gorgeous nuptials here with us at WWW xo Lou