However you’re feeling this morning, it’s time to smile – today’s wedding will lift your heart and inspire you with the loveliest decor and details, and such beautiful images of the Cornish coast… needless to say it’s already a favourite for me! I’ve already shared sneak peeks on facebook – I couldn’t wait!
Thank you to Keith Riley Photography for making my day with these amazing images. Congratulations and huge thanks to Claire and Ryan – the most inspiring and gorgeous couple imaginable! – for sharing their wedding report (which you’ll find halfway down this page).
I absolutely love this wedding, from the styling of the marquee (the palest pink roses; delicate touches and fabulous stationery and details) to the beach scenes and the most beautiful bride… I know you will too. Enjoy! Claire xxx
A beautiful wedding in Cornwall – Claire and Ryan
St Carantoc church, Crantock and Cornwall marquee venue, Crantock
Wedding photographer: Keith Riley Photography
How would you describe your wedding style?
Our wedding style was intimate, relaxed, elegant and traditional with a contemporary twist. We wanted a really personal wedding which we achieved through a small guest list (55) and handmade details such as the lavender heart favours which we made by hand in the months before the wedding and the traditional wedding cake which was baked and decorated by Claire and her mother.
A little about the wedding ceremony:
We had a traditional Church of England service in the village church. We had an awesome reverend in Steve Robinson who is a perfect reflection of Cornwall’s relaxed and ultra-friendly style. He instantly made us feel at home and really joined in the singing during the ceremony.
Which readings did you choose?
1 Corinthians 13 4-13 and Shakespeare sonnet 116
Tell us a little about your wedding venue styling and details:
The church is so beautiful it required very little, we wanted the traditional flower arch over the main doorway and flower teardrops as a welcome to the guests at the lychgate. Apart from that we just had two pedestals of flowers at the front of the aisle and some scented candles in the window sills.
The traditional marquee (with a pole) was an absolute blank canvas. We wanted a clean fresh and modern feel for the wedding so opted for white with splashes of very pale pink. The marquee allowed the scenery to be the focus and star of the venue utilising the outside space and the huge picture windows.
Invitations and wedding reception stationery:
We had a more informal style of invitation and stationery called winter flourish by American stationery company minted.com in petal pink.
Wedding music and entertainment:
Ceremony was traditional organ music, we had canon in d for the processional and the trumpet voluntary by Clarke for the recessional. We had three hymns, How Great Thou Art, Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer and Lord Of All Hopefulness (all good belters!)
Reception: we had garden games during the champagne and canapé reception with live saxophone music and then a live band (Maslu) for dancing after dinner. Their style of music is soul and funk from the sixties onwards.
What did you wear?
Ryan had a Baumler suit in light grey, with a shirt and tie from Pink.
Claire had a dress by Australian designers Ella, designed for outdoor weddings – it was light and fluid and perfect for the beach setting. Shoes were ivory courts from Harriet Wilde and a bespoke headpiece from Tantrums and Tiaras. Earrings were a gift from her parents and were diamond teardrops in white gold.
Memorable wedding day moments:
Walking to the sand dunes after the ceremony in the blazing sun after months of rain and seeing Crantock beach in all its beauty. This was 45 minutes of one on one time where we got to talk about the day so far and our experiences of the ceremony. This was a special place for us as it is near Claire’s parents house meaning we have spent many happy days at the beach and it was where Ryan proposed the previous October. The natural environment is breathtaking. There were very few people about even though it was the end of July so it felt very personal and intimate. Our photographers had visited the place with us before and had great ideas of where to get the best shots but they did not direct us and just allowed us to enjoy the moment without feeling like we were on a photo shoot.
Wedding day advice:
Claire: relax and let go of the little things you may be worried about like the weather or the flowers. All that matters is the people who are there to celebrate with you.
Ryan: take the time to slow down and enjoy the experience as it goes by so quick.
Recommended wedding suppliers:
- Keith Riley photography
- Absolute canvas marquees
- The Round Kitchen caterers
- Joanna Brenton wedding flowers
- Mark Mullin and his band Maslu