Kate and Robin are conservation scientists and their wedding featured some eco friendly credentials, which we totally appreciate here at Whimsical Wonderland Weddings. They opted for sustainable options and nature inspired elements to reflect their love of marine and forest life. Isn’t that just wonderful? They were married on the 24th August 2017 at The Green Cornwall, which enabled them to marry outdoors in the woodland, before celebrating in the contemporary barns.
Living aboard in Cambodia and Tanzania during the planning, the pair opted to rely on technology and the assistance of those back home to organise everything, no mean feet, but it all worked so beautifully as you can see. Their vision was a bohemian low fuss style and it suited the location to a T.
Take Kate’s bespoke gown with floral top, so boho beautiful! I love that she went barefoot with sweet foot accessories as an alternative to heels. Robin’s relaxed look consisted of an open collar shirt and waistcoat combo, which looked really awesome. The hanging origami cranes on the walk from ceremony to reception really looked pretty and must have been just perfect to walk through. I am so grateful to be sharing these incredible shots by Ben Selway Photography, they really are remarkable. Thanks for sharing them Ben.
On an uninhabited island off the coast of Cambodia.
We wanted a relaxed informal wedding, surrounded by nature, friends and good vibes.
THE PLANNING PROCESS
Through their work, Kate and Robin spend a lot of time apart. For the first six months after booking the venue, Kate was in Cambodia, then for the next few months Robin was in Tanzania. The power of Dropbox and Skype allowed us to snowball ideas despite different time zones and 100s of miles of separation. The Green Cornwall, were a calm and positive presence throughout.
We budgeted carefully and managed not to deviate from our goal and ended up spending just under 15,000 GBP.
The Green Cornwall – we wanted an outdoor wedding surrounded by nature and The Green was perfect. The ceremony was held in a beautiful clearing in a wood next to a peaceful pond.
A beautiful converted farmhouse nestled in the Cornish countryside. The grounds are spectacular allowing our guests to spill out into the sunshine
We chose our venue whilst living overseas and the green had amazing 360 photos, plans and maps that gave us great insight into the space and layout and after speaking to the planners we were confident to book it. And seeing the place for the first time surpassed our expectations.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES
Accessories: Pearl drop silver earrings from my Mum and a silver bracelet with a blue sapphire to match my engagement ring (and something blue!) was leant by my bridesmaid Sarah.
FINDING THE DRESS
Anneliese is an Australian wedding dress designer based out of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. A friend had recommended her and as soon as I met her the first time I knew that she would understand what I wanted. I had tried on some designs in the UK which weren’t quite right so she worked with my ideas and incorporated my desire for a flowing skirt with a floral lace bodice. I was able to select the lace in Cambodia, then Anneliese made a cotton sample which after fitting was then made with the real material.
One of the key things for me (Kate) was not wanting to wear shoes. I hate wearing high heels and always feel like an idiot sinking into grass like a fork at posh do’s. Given we were very keen to be outside on the day, barefoot or pumps seemed like the best option. I’m always happier in bare feet. Anneliese kindly made some small decorative lace covers for me feet which fit around my toe and ankle. The effect was brilliant.
Smart casual waist coat, linen shirt made in Cambodia by Kool As U.
THE READINGS & MUSIC
We had readings by the Persi an Poet of love Hafiz.
Also Kate’s friend sung ‘All yours’ by Submotion Orchestra and there wasn’t a dry eye in the space.
My two bridesmaids wore dresses from Coast, my niece (5 y.o) wore a white dress with lace to match mine from Coast. My best man wore a blue linen shirt and chinos.
Beautiful bouquets by Fleurtations and pinholes flowers for groomsmen.
We opted for a cake of cheese provided by The Green, which was a great way to give people a snack mid-way through dancing!
We met Ben during a trip to Cornwall a few months before the wedding and came away feeling like we had met someone we’d known for years. Super communicative to deal with and on the day did a wonderful job of capturing family moments without being bossy or a dominant presence.
Such a great energy and presence throughout, fun and creative. We were delighted with his work. Would have loved to have him along as a guest too! Such a great guy.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR
Avoiding the village fete vibe we were anti bunting, we had 400 origami cranes – painstakingly hand made by Kate’s friend Hermione – decorating the walkway that winds up through the woods from the ceremony arbour, which gave the venue a fairy tale feel. Golden Chinese lanterns lining the steps to the dinning hall gave the venue an Eastern feel reflecting our time spent in Asia.
We wanted to reflect our love for marine and forest life (we both work as conservation scientists). We were able to sprinkle touches of this throughout, bay leaves with golden writing marked each place name on the tables, tables were named after different animals and plants, rather than flowers we opted for a more sustainable option of glass bowls filled with forest and ocean scenes.
At night the lanterns were illuminated with sneakily hidden fairy lights inside, 100’s of tea lights lit the walkways around the venue and a selection of exotic teas were served after dinner, with the option to take these into a chill out area.
Scuba diving in West Papua, crystal clear seas, snorkelling with rays, eating fantastic food and snoozing in hammocks.
The bouquet toss: Kate decided to make it male and female which in hindsight was perhaps a little risky! Some guests (even the married ones) got quite into it! Which did lead to a series of hilarious photographs and perhaps a less funny bruise for one friend.
Oh and Kate’s family gate crashing uninvited! Awks! But masterfully handled by Kate at The Green Cornwall and her team!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES
Create a budget early on and try and stick to it, include everything down to the gifts, last minute bits that will creep up in the final week!
Remember it’s your day and don’t be afraid to personalise.
Good food and enough booze and you can’t go too far wrong, worrying too much about little details takes up a lot of time and stress and you will end up thinking about that rather than enjoying it. People wont remember the free flip-flops or the wedding favours, they will remember you being happy and having fun!
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Oh so gorgeous.
Kate and Robin, thank you both so much for sharing your wedding story here at Whimsical Wonderland Weddings xo Lou