A bohemian wedding on the Cornish coast…
"Down a little lane on the coast of Cornwall sits an old military Fort with epic panoramic views of the sea. Here, I walked up the garden lawn in a pretty, lace dress to meet my soul mate at the alter. The harpist played and my family and friends smiled and cried. Our 18 month old baby boy looked adorable in his straw hat and floral dicky bow. Our cockapoo, Luna wore a matching bow. The sun shined as our vows were read and the harpist played 'beauty and the beast' as we walked hand in hand back down the aisle.
We laughed, drank, played giant Jenga and beer pong on the lawn, with the sea as a perfect background. Tom and I sneaked off down to the beach for a private moment and had our photographs taken. We had a summer feast in the grand Napoleonic Hall then ended the day partying to a soul band. We watched the stars from the garden twinkling over the ocean and took it all in. It was intimate, it was emotional, it was breathtaking and whimsical. It was our dream come true and I hope we live happily ever after…"
TELL US ABOUT YOUR WEDDING VENUE…
“Everybody asks what our connection is to Cornwall. Our answer: it is our favourite place to visit maybe two or three times a year just to relax. Tom and I feel at our happiest when we head down south and it’s the first one to spot the sea, so when we got engaged we knew that is where we wanted to be with all of our family and friends.
When driving to Polhawn Fort, you drive along a coastal road on top of a cliff. It has the most amazing panoramic views over Whitsand Bay and the beautiful fort is tucked away in the corner of the bay. Upon arriving at the fort you drive down a long lane until you meet the most breathtaking view of the ocean. As you walk along the draw bridge you instantly feel like you want to come back to this place again and again for the rest of your life (if only). The entrance to the fort is through a little wooden door that leads down a spiral stone staircase into the grand Napoleonic Hall. The hall has wonderful arches all the way through that are lined with twinkling fairy lights. There are windows lined down one side that have the most fabulous view of the gardens and the ocean. It is fabulous.”
DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR WEDDING…
“Bohemian, relaxed, creative.
Everybody has a Pinterest board right? Mine was full of bohemian, botanical, whimsical posts. We didn’t quite have a colour scheme as I wanted it to be botanical so I focused on different shades of pink and green I hoped guests would focus on the creative details. We used all local businesses and friends and family to create elements. The groom party wore floral ties by The Little Grey Hound. Emily Notman created a beautiful belt from lace and embroidery that was stitched onto my dress. I also asked her to make hair pieces for my mum and bridesmaids. I have one of Emily’s wall hangings in my hall at home, which was used as the table plan. My step-mum made order of the day fans for the guests and my sister painted an order of the day canvas.
We used gin bottles to decorate the tables that were filled with flowers, foliage and candles. Succulents and rose petals lined the centre of the rows of tables and origami map print hearts with a love quote inside were placed on each guests place along with Cancer Research favours. Jane Kent Studios embroidered our cake topper that had our first dance lyrics sewn on. I stitched a felt heart into the inside of my dads tie that said, ‘I loved you first’.
We threw all traditions out of the window and did what we wanted to do.When we arrived the day before the wedding a few of us walked down to the private beach. A few couldn’t help but dive into the sea. Then our family and friends arrived for the barbecue and we watched the sunset. It was so lovely to stand back, watch everybody mingle and get to know one another. I’m so glad we chose to have all the guests visit the evening before.”
WHAT DID YOU ALL WEAR?
“The wedding dress was The’Hope’ dress designed by Rebecca Ingram for Maggie Sottero. It was a flattering fit and flare style with beautiful lace all over. The back was a statement and small buttons ran down the back of the dress. To finish it perfectly an embroidered belt with pastel pinks and greens was stitched onto the dress. I wore a flower crown and carried a large floral bridal hoop, which was such a statement. The bridesmaids wore elegant, sage green dresses that had small, silk flowers that climbed up the back of the arm straps. Their hair was styled in an unusual plait and they carried smaller floral hoops.
The groomsmen wore discreet checkered, blue suits with Liberty print, floral ties, whilst Tom wore a bow tie. Our baby boy had a matching tie and wore little shorts and a straw hat. Our little dog, Luna also wore a matching bow. They both looked adorable.
Our jewellery was handmade on the Isle of Islay in Scotland by a very talented lady. I designed my wedding ring with botanical inspiration. Tom also surprised me with a beautiful necklace made by Sarah on our wedding day. my earrings were from a handmade craft fair that were glass studs with dried gypsophilia inside.
We focused on a botanical theme and although there was no colour theme as such, all the details pulled together perfectly. It was the perfect summer, coastal, garden style.”
WHAT DID EVERYBODY EAT AND DRINK?
“Our guests ate Cornish pasties and cream scone canapés before our summer feast began. We were served a collection of gins for reception drinks that had delicate, edible flowers in the drink. During the wedding breakfast we were served antipasti sharing boards for starters. The main was beautifully fresh salads that were dressed with edible flowers and hog roast with lots of crackling. Dessert was served on wooden boards dressed with lemon tart, salted caramel chocolate brownies, meringue and strawberries. We were full to the brim. later in the evening we tucked into our wedding cake, which was a real cheese cake. This was served with figs, grapes, crackers, chutneys and artisan breads. As well as this more Cornish pasties were served. There was that much food we took it back to our cottage in St Ives and ate the rest for the rest of the holiday.”
HOW DID YOU ENTERTAIN YOUR GUESTS?
“Ruth Wall – the most sweetest lady played the harp during the ceremony and reception. We played giant jenga (that Toby loved and Luna chewed up all the blocks, whoops) and beer pong on the lawn. We have great photos of the beer pong! In the evening we hired a four piece soul band called Soul Town who are based in Bristol. They were so accommodating and diverse. The guests paid the band so many compliments. I think the perfect entertainment was the guests, we laughed, sang and cried all day long. Who needs entertainment when you have such fun company? Our favourite part of the night was sitting outside, watching the stars twinkle over the ocean. It was so peaceful and perfect.”
ANY WORDS OF ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES & GROOMS?
“Toby Lowe, our photographer of all people advised us to ‘channel your adrenaline and focus on the now’. It was such great advice that I was very mindful of. I also made sure that I stopped several times during the day, took a step back and took it all in. I took many mental shots and wanted to remember them forever. I hope I do. Enjoy every moment and remind yourself how incredibly lucky you are!”