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George and Sophia’s fabulously floral Trevenna Barns wedding, with Tracey Warbey Photography

I love Sophia and George’s wedding – Sophia is SUCH a beautiful bride. The flowers are gorgeous, George’s suit is fantastic, I love their little slate place names… and the setting and outdoors images are out of this world.

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Photographer Tracey Warbey told me it was a very emotional day: “there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Sophia walked down the aisle, she looked stunning.” And Sophia and George are thrilled with their images. They will be recommending their photographer and videographer to everyone they know: “An absolute investment!!!! Those are the two things I will encourage my friends who are getting married to invest in, the day comes and goes, but the memories last for ever, so ensure some one has captured them in the manner you envision.

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I love Trevenna Barns. This was my second wedding there in five months. It provides a beautiful backdrop for any wedding, as it is set in the wonderful Cornish countryside. I like the fact that the wedding party can hire the whole venue as well – it makes it more personal I think.

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Images are by Cornwall wedding photographer Tracey Warbey Photography. Visit these links to see more of her beautiful weddings and images:

www.traceywarbeyweddingphotography.com
Facebook.com/TraceyWarbeyPhotography
Twitter.com/traceywarbey

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The wedding cake was a labour of love by Pip, a friend of the family renowned for her amazing Victoria sponge! George’s Auntie Di helped transport and set up the cake on the morning of the wedding – and it looks fabulous! “If you have talented friends and family members, let them help you! The chances are, they’d love to contribute to your special day, and for us, it made the wedding so much more personal and special because so many people had helped in so many different ways.”

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The English Wedding Blog interview: George and Sophia

Wedding photographer’s website:

Traceywarbeyphotography.com

How did you choose your photographer?

Google!! We were drawn to the style Tracey uses in her photography, she was such a great help when we made enquiries, we knew we’d like for her to work with us.

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!

Tracey was so lovely, she was very attentive pre-wedding with ensuring she captured our vision, and during the wedding she was a pleasure to have around, our guests commented on how great and un-intrusive she was. It such a personal thing you know, a stranger capturing and being part of your special day, but Tracey was outstanding.

Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?

Tracey’s photos blew us away! You never really 100% know what to expect, because really you don’t see a photo of yourself all day!! When we flicked through the slide show, it bought back some incredible memories, and had us laughing our heads off, and shedding a tea or two. They’re perfect!

Wedding venue:

Trevenna, North Cornwall.

Wedding month:

January

Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

Wonderfully perfect. The best day of our lives.

Your wedding style or theme:

Country barn.

Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)

Google and every bridal magazine ever to hit the shelf in the past 18 months!

Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?

My wonderful, very talented brother is a graphic designer, and as our wedding gift made all our stationery. We were so lucky, he spent hours designing it exactly as we wanted, and all our guests loved the stationery.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

No… It was a slow burner. After visiting 5 wedding dress shops in 2 different continents and 3 different countries, Italy and Switzerland being part of the journey, I was beginning to get the reputation as a bridezilla, because I could not commit. But the long story short is- stick with your guns!!! I knew I wanted a long sleeve fishtail gown, and in every one of those 5 stores I went to, they didn’t have that to try on, so it turned into a lot of ‘imagining if this had lace here, and a sleeve there’. I knew I needed to try it on to confirm, but in the end I never got the chance!! On the odd occasion I should have a weekend off, I ventured to Minehead with my mum, and she’d mentioned this tiny bridal Boutique with maybe 20-30 dresses available. We went to have a look, thinking, it’s a Saturday, they’re not going to fit us in, and they certainly won’t have a long sleeved gown. Well… They didn’t have a long sleeved gown, but Karen the owner was amazing!!!!!! She found me a high neck fish tail gown, which my very super talented mum reassured me that she could easily attach a sleeve to (as she’s a seamstress) and although I didn’t have my dream vision of trying on a long sleeve gown, I said yes to that dress, and left the rest in my mums hands!

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Enzoani ‘Beautiful’ Gown, the boutique is Exmoor Brides.

Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!

My shoes ended up being a last minute purchase, we decided to do a whole kitchen extension and I landed my dream career in the weeks leading up to the wedding, so wedding planning took a bit of a back seat. I dreamt of rose gold strap sandals, but unless I wanted to fork out £700 for Jimmy Choos (which would have made me taller than my groom!) there weren’t any… We ummed and ahhhhed, and my wonderful now husband offered to buy them for me, but I knew I’d never get that chance to wear them again, and after having made some really strategic extravagant purchases (videographer and Flowers!) I decided that my shoes weren’t going to be another one! In the end I opted for a low heel dune court, in pale pink suede with a huge embellishment on the toe.

And what did the groom wear?

A gorgeous next 3-piece wool suit in grey tones, with a wool lilac tie. The groomsmen wore the same suit, but without the waistcoat, so George stood out, and it gave that casual feeling we wanted.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

After purchasing 3 multi-way full length dresses in lilac, I never got the feeling my girls loved it as much as I did. They were perfectly polite- but I never wanted to be the bride that made anybody wear something they didn’t want to wear. So round 2 consisted of high neck, sleeveless lilac floor length gowns from coast. I think they were much happier with this choice!!

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

Working in the make up industry, I am the person who does all my family friends make ups for everyone’s weddings, often starting at 6am to get myself ready, then doing as many as 7 people’s make up. Initially I had a conversation with my Maid of Honour- also in the industry- and very talented! About potentially, between us, doing everyone’s hair and make up. As time went on, I realised I didn’t want that for her, or me!!!! So my very clever friend Sophie offered her expert make up skills, as my wedding gift, and I quickly accepted! My gorgeous maid of honour did still end up doing a few people’s make up, but I hope to return the favour at her wedding next year. We enlisted the help of RedHair in Liskeard for everyone’s hair wishes, and a team of wonderful ladies to give everyone their blow-dries and up dos.

Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)

Wow- well I wouldn’t even know where to start. They were phenomenal, out of this world!!! When my brother got married, also a January wedding, in clevedon hall 2 years ago, he enlisted the help of ‘Tilly Tomlinson‘ through a recommendation from my step dad. Sonia Evans is the creative florist who pulled together the most beautiful arrangements, and all their guests made so many comments. I knew immediately I wanted her to do our flowers too! Luckily she accepted to the very far away destination, and made the 3 hour trip down the night before, stayed over night to tweak on the day. When I saw them boxed up, I knew how perfect they were going to be, but then when everything was finished, everyone was blown away.

The beam above where we said our vows was so heavily draped in the most gorgeous pastel shades, all you could smell among the wood fire, was flowers. Mine, and the girls bouquets were hand tied and wide, not tightly packed into a ball, but vintage looking, and I honestly didn’t want to put mine down. I also had an extra bouquet made for throwing, and I’m so glad I did, because it means I got to keep my wonderful bouquet as another treasured memory. As previously mentioned- working in the make up industry, one of the first pieces of furniture I bought when my now husband and I purchased our first home, was my dressing table. It’s my pride and joy, my absolute favourite piece of furniture. I shared with Sonia my vision of taking the dressing table to the venue,and having all the drawers stuffed with flowers,Monica created a mood board and pulled all my crazy ideas into the most gorgeous arrangements ever.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

Paper pom poms hanging from the draped material ceiling in the marquee, and then really it was flowers and table arrangements.

Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?

My amazing mother in law walked to the beach George and I got engaged on, hand picked 70 small slate pebbles, hand washed them, and then wrote on each one the names of every guest. After that she painted each one with PVA to give it a bit of shine, and stuck on lilac pearls to go with the lilac theme. An absolute labour of love, and we were so grateful, the guests loved their name places. My finest ‘Pinterest’ moment would have to be the table plan, which consisted of an empty photo frame, with string and the tables pegged on.

The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?

A 3 tier naked fresh Victoria sponge! George is the cake connoisseur, but doesn’t like fruit cake. As I’m not a massive fan of either, we knew we had one option- our good friend Pip. Pip is a friend of George’s aunty, and whenever we visit she always makes an array of desserts, but both our favourites, easily is her Victoria sponge. She stayed up until the early hours of the morning finishing the tiers, then carefully drove it, the 4 hour journey from the Forest of Dean to Cornwall, where her and George’s Aunty Di, carefully constructed it, on the morning of th wedding, into our gorgeous cake. With fresh (out of season!!) fruit, and beautiful ‘just married’ bunting on top, it was everything we could have imagined and more.

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

Our giant LOVE letters we hired from amazing days ice cream really lit up the venue, and were cause for lots of photos! Yellow Booth photobooth provided us with a ‘vintage VW camper van’ style photo booth, which our guests adored, some even qued for it, and many actually purchased additional photos!! The Velveteens– our amazing band, travelled all the way from Abergavenny in Wales to play at our wedding, and got every body up on the dance floor!!!

Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:

Steal moments together through out the day, to just wander off, and be in just each other’s company.

What’s the best thing about being married?

We were already a good team, but since then, were the A team. It just gets better and better!

Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:

Google!

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 November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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