I can’t stop smiling. Seeing Hayley don her wedding wellies and climb into her special little seat on the trailer, while Joe drives his blue tractor along Cornish country lanes… it’s pretty much made my day! You’ll love this – today’s wedding blog has ideas aplenty for any countryside-inspired wedding and is guaranteed to lighten up your pretty face with a grin as well.
It’s really pretty special, this wedding. Hayley and Joe kept things simple, didn’t spend the earth, called on family and friends to help out and styled their day in a very personal way. Inspired by the countryside and the sea, they created a gorgeous wedding which was very, very ‘them’. And that’s all you need, right? So congratulations and thanks to a fabulous couple for sharing their day with us. All images are by the very lovely Mark from Evolve Photography. Do read Hayley and Joe’s wedding report at the end of the post for those supplier links if you’re planning your own wedding in Cornwall too!
Enjoy! Claire x
Hayley and Joe – a beautiful countryside wedding in Cornwall
The bride and groom:
Joe and Hayley (Now Mr and Mrs Christopher!!)
St Just In Roseland Church followed by reception at a Friend’s Barn (Newton Farm near St Mawes)
Mark Gawthorne from Evolve Photography www.evolvephoto.co.uk
How would you describe your wedding style?
Inspired by the countryside and the sea. We wanted to keep it simple and down to earth and for it to reflect the people we are and the lives we lead. We kept it very close to home throughout, pulling on favours from family and friends. This way everyone was included, we had a fabulous day and it didn’t cost us the Earth.
A little about the wedding ceremony:
Set in a beautiful church, the ceremony was simple and enjoyed by all. The small church was filled to the brim.
Which readings did you choose?
A Poem called ‘Love’ By Roy Croft and a bible reading from ‘Songs of Solomon 8:6 – 7’
Tell us a little about your wedding venue styling and details:
We wanted to keep the barn look and feel about the venue, after all this is where we were and what we had chosen but also wanted to add a look of elegance. The barn where the guests ate was dressed with white drapes and blue fairy lights and each table individually dressed to carry on the nautical theme with sand and shells.
The other barn where the bar and band were was a little more relaxed and had hay bales around the edge for seats with fairy lights and bunting hanging from the ceiling. We had a hot selection of curries and paellas for main food served with naans and popadoms followed by a cake buffet which, other than the main wedding cake, had been made by either myself or close family and friends a few days prior to the wedding.
Invitations and reception stationery:
These were both designed by a close friend of ours, Catie Brownlow, who was unable to be at the wedding but wanted to be part of the special day. Everybody loved them as they were so personal to us.
Wedding music and entertainment:
We had a band called ‘Strawdogs’ who kept our guests entertained for hours with both live band music and then a disco to finish off. They were great and really got everybody up and moving and enjoying themselves.
What did you wear?
Bride (dress, shoes, accessories): Fishtail style dress from in2connections in Truro with lace, pearls and diamanté. Lace shoes with ribbon laces from Jenjenhouse.com and Weddington boots for some of the photo-shoot. Fur jacket made by GOLD and pearl/diamanté necklace/earrings/bracelet all from Accessorize.
Groom: wore a suit and shoes he already owned and the rest of his accessories (tie/waistcoat/shirt) all from Marks and Spencers
Memorable wedding day moments:
Leaving the church in the back of a tractor! The rainbow over the church as we arrived.
Wedding day advice:
Make sure someone is taking lots of photos as it is all a big blur to the bride and groom and is lovely to look through photos after the day is over.
Recommended wedding suppliers:
- Food: Cornish Curry Company (They were absolutely fabulous – friendly, accommodating, organised and the food was superb!)
- Bride’s dress: in2connections, Truro. (Only a smallish collection but given 100% attention in a friendly and helpful environment. I tried on plenty of dresses which were all beautiful and was never rushed.)
- Cake: Brownmouse bakehouse Although she is a close friend of ours, Lucy Wyatt is a super choice for the wedding cake. We wanted to keep as much of our wedding close to home and therefore asked friends and family to help wherever possible but I would most certainly recommend Lucy’s cake to anyone else. Ours, a 4 tier chocolate cake, was so delicious and everyone commented on how wonderful it looked and how amazing it tasted.
- Photographer: Mark Gawthorne from Evolve Photography (easy to contact, understanding and friendly, he really helped the day go smoothly and took fantastic pictures that we will treasure forever. Most of the time we didn’t even notice he was there which was great as guest were able to totally relax.) www.evolvephoto.co.uk
- Barn Dressing: Richard Greenslade from Your Top Table (relaxed and easy going and made the main eating barn look outstanding. He supplied us with tables, chairs etc too which made it easy)
- St Just In Roseland Church: A most beautiful spot to be married with a friendly vicar.
- Toilets: Cornwall Conveniences (very important aspect to think about when at a barn in a field and everyone has posh frocks on. These toilets were lovely, with warm water, flowers and music. There was plenty of space and was all very clean.)
- Flowers: Amanda Taffinder Flowers (another friend but an amazing florist. Our bouquet’s were simple and elegant. Amanda listened to exactly what I wanted and made it a reality.)
- Crockery and other bits: Western Event Hire