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A few of our favourite things – Jake and Victoria’s vintage country wedding in Cornwall, with Evolve Photography

Jake and Victoria are a cool, great-looking and stylish couple with infectious smiles and a sense of fun! Their October wedding is full of sunshine – and oh, those sunflowers are just delicious aren’t they?!

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They married at The Green in Cornwall (on the edge of Bodmin moor) and took inspiration from country weddings and 1920s styling for their reception. It all looks fabulous. Special mention for the adorable cat table numbers (awwww!) and Victoria’s Dad’s help with the wellies and flowers which inspired their day.

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My favourite touch for this wedding is the dress. So, so beautiful… and yet it wasn’t love at first sight for this one-off original vintage dress. Victoria told me at first “the dress was dirty, had a hole in it and the beading was falling off. But, it was a handmade original 1920s net dress with the most beautiful beading on it and that’s what I fell in love with…” Read the wedding report at the end of today’s post to find out how she managed to restore it so beautifully.

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Huge thanks to my lovely friend Mark from Evolve Photography in Devon for submitting such a wonderfully sunny wedding for a cold January morning!

Find out more about the fabulous Evolve Photography here:

Big love to our stunning couple – and everyone: enjoy the wedding!
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Our wedding story: Victoria + Jake

Wedding photographer’s website

http://evolvephoto.co.uk/

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

We couldn’t have been more pleased with our wedding photographer. From start to finish he was friendly and professional. We absolutely loved the character of his website, and all his photos, and were so pleased when he said he was available on our date. On the big day he was calm, relaxed and friendly. We completely trusted him to get the photos we wanted and to take a beautiful record of the day – which he did! We couldn’t have asked for more.

Wedding venue

The Green, Cornwall.

http://www.thegreencornwall.co.uk/weddings/

We knew from the moment we saw the venue that it was the perfect one. The setting on the edge of Bodmin Moor is just stunning, come rain or shine. The staff in the run up were so helpful, and on the day we can’t praise them enough for making our day run so smoothly.

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

Relaxed, full of laughter and completely us.

What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?

There were lots of tears as we looked back at the day remembering all the lovely moments, and excitement at seeing the things we missed captured on camera

Your wedding style and theme

A little mixed as we didn’t really have one style or theme, we went for a mixture of our favourite things, but perhaps vintage country

The dress and stationery had a 1920s edge, whilst we took inspiration from country weddings for our flowers and table decorations. It seemed to work – hopefully!

Any happy tears on the day

Lots of happy tears during the day, and lots of tears of laughter – especially when Jake started mouthing my vows at me when I was trying to recite them. I couldn’t stop laughing and had to ask him to stop as he’d had his turn, and that was it, the congregation were in pieces.

How did the two of you meet?

On holiday, over ten years ago.

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

7 months!

Best bit of budget advice

It’s so easy to get carried away; there are so many beautiful – and expensive – things you can buy for your wedding. The best bit of budget advice we were given was once you’ve decided on your budget, stick to it and keep track of it.

There are two bits of advice on top of this that I would pass on about money and weddings: the first is to take a look at your plan and decide what is most important to you and what is worth spending the money on, the second is to tap into the skills of your friends and family. For example, we were very lucky to have a friend, Mary Key, who was training to be a florist and she created the most beautiful bouquets and button holes, and with the help of friends and family we did the rest of the wedding flowers ourselves which we bought from a local wholesaler. We got the flowers we wanted, but it didn’t cost the earth.

Wedding invitations and stationery

We designed the invitations ourselves and printed them using moo.com which was great because on moo you can print individually designed postcards so we personalised each one with our guests names. We did a little online research into the style and look we wanted, and then gave it a go.

We used a 1920s style font for our main lettering, downloaded from a free font website, and we commissioned Victoria’s dad to paint a sunflower and a pair of wellies which we used on everything from the invites to the favour labels. These two things then followed through to the wedding with the sunflower bouquet and button holes and the wellies we wore for our photos.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

I absolutely loved my dress on the day, but it wasn’t necessarily love at first sight. I bought the dress from a vintage shop in London, but it was in pretty bad shape so I bargained them down to £150! It was a bit of a risk as the dress was dirty, had a hole in it and the beading was falling off. But, it was a handmade original 1920s net dress with the most beautiful beading on it and that’s what I fell in love with. It went off to a textile restorer who did the most amazing job cleaning and re-beading it.

Also, because the dress I bought was made of net I needed an underdress so my mum painstakingly sewed a very lovely satin dress from a 1920s pattern for me to wear underneath. Because of the timescales I only saw the dress complete and together on the wedding day so it was a bit of a risk but one that was worth taking as I couldn’t imagine wearing anything else on the day.

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique

http://www.penniesvintage.com/

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories

For me, the wedding dress had enough glitz and sparkle so I wore my grandmother’s comb in my hair and that was it.

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in 2011 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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