Well here it is, a peek at our wedding! I can hardly believe it was two months ago, but having the pictures now has brought back all of it's wonderful memories...A few peeps have been asking if I was going to show any of it here so I wanted to show a little bit of the hand made details (see HERE for the hand screen printed invitations I made) and some of the atmosphere. I have included links to the suppliers we used, just in case anyone is planning a Cornish wedding! (It's a long one, sorry but I loved it so much I can't stop waffling!)
We really wanted to get married outside, but English law being English law it isn't possible so we went for the next best thing, which was the stunning setting of the thatched summer house in the garden of Rosteague House near Portscatho, right on the South Cornwall coast. We were lucky in that it is only a 15 minute drive from my parent's house, where we had the reception in a marquee in one of their fields (Truro Marquees and Catering). Plus, through dressage connections, my mum and I know the lady who owns Rosteague which is a bonus. She oversaw the proceedings and it made for a much more personal experience.The setting of the summer house meant that guests could mingle in the garden during the ceremony and it gave the feeling of being outside, but the ceremony took place under the thatched canopy. It was touch and go whether the weather would hold for us but it did and no one got wet...we had brollies at the ready though, just in case...My beautiful bridesmaid was my youngest cousin Evie and we had a room at Rosteague to get ready in with my mum and our hairdresser Claire from Number 8 in Truro, who we have known for years. It was a wonderful place to prepare for the day with it's copper bath tub and four poster bed!
My dress was a real find. I had fallen in love with it online but on finding out it was by Jenny Packham and how much it cost (£?!£?!!!) I had kind of lost all hope of getting that actual one. But, lo and behold, County Cream Bridal House in Truro had a sample which they sold to me for half price, huzzah! My bright red shoes were from Office and the little sparkly hair comb was a snip from Accessorize...The flowers were just what I was after and they were done by Jane Adele in Truro. I went in asking for a 'country style' with little jam jars on each table filled with a few in season wild and garden flower type blooms each, and tied with raffia. She made us the most beautiful displays - Lots of pink and variety and just like someone had gone about the garden picking whatever took their fancy, just what I like!We wanted the wedding to have a personal touch and lots of the details were hand made by myself and our family and friends - The directions signs, the place settings and favours, the cake, my bridesmaid's dress, the painted seating plan and table numbers, the invitations, our photographers, even the field preparation and electricity supply! I also made mine and my bridesmaids jewellery. My dad and I had fun hanging the bunting in the days before the big day. It was really pretty and it was so admired, we are lending it to two more weddings this summer!
We didn't have any plans for entertainment other than a night of dancing fun, so Mark and I set about making the most amazing playlist we could. We asked our guests to request a song with their RSVP so there would be something for everyone. Mark set up a Spotify playlist which could be run offline from a laptop in the marquee and we had some great evenings picking stuff to go on it and dancing around our flat (losers!).It was a real mix of stuff from the Rolling Stones, JT and lots of Timbaland-esque noughties pop, loads of motown, Fleetwood Mac, Prince, Hall and Oates...you get the picture. We hired some speakers through a friend, which turned out to be a MASSIVE black band PA (not pretty, but functional!) complete with lights, and the playlist was a hit with the dancefloor being packed allll night. It was brilliant and we were so happy with the way it worked out as we had been worried that not having a band etc might seem a bit strange at a wedding.
It was such a great celebration and despite the weather not allowing for us to have our group pics outside - hence the quirky pictures of me with my girls and Mark with his boys! - we were just pleased it held off for the ceremony and actually, the rain meant everyone stayed in one place in the marquee and kept dancing till the small hours, ha!
Lots of guests camped over and the next day we invited lots of people back to the marquee where we had a lunch of cold cuts and salad and polished off the last of the bubbles and beer....nom!
I have mentioned it before but our photographers were our good friends Ashley Hampson and Tim Lawrence. Check out their portfolios, these guys are gooood...
Well, there you go, I really wish we could do it all again, it was such an amazing few weeks. I'm looking forward to the first year anniversary party now!!