You can win my heart a million times with beautiful lettering… and this is amazing!!! I’m head over heels in love with today’s wedding – it’s gorgeous, I love all the writing! The flowers are so pretty – the cake is perfect! And Jas & Will are so good together – their portraits are super sweet! Love this to bits 🙂
“We didn’t really have a theme, everything was very ‘us’. I suppose, understated, elegant, natural, romantic.
We made a lot of elements ourselves, we love that sort of thing. We made our wooden signs and painted them ourselves, including the menu and table plan which were made from wooden pallets, and the Bride and Groom signs on the backs of our chairs.
One of my favourites was the Welcome sign that we made from a slice of tree trunk. The bunting on the back of our wedding car, which was my Grandad’s Morgan, was made as a surprise by my Nanna, Aunty and cousins, such a lovely surprise. We made our place cards, using a calligraphy font, which were pegged on to sprigs of eucalyptus from my Nanna’s garden, with little wooden pegs. The table names on each table we made from a calligraphy font also, they were gold glittered and stood in little vintage glass bottles, with sprigs of eucalyptus. My Aunty, younger cousins and I made the ladies favours which were little heart shaped soaps with dried Jasmine flowers inside. The men were given little hessian bags with sweet William seeds inside to sow in their own gardens.
Making so much ourselves was one of the things that I cherished so much about our day, it really felt like something to be so proud of, and the whole day felt all the more us. Not to mention we enjoyed it along the way too!
Our wedding flowers were beautiful. We had flowers with a natural flowing kind of feel, whilst being glamorous and romantic. Colours ranged from champagne, creamy whites, through blushes and into deep wine colour. There was lots of greenery and foliage throughout, with such a mixture of textures and tones, they really were amazing. My bouquet and the table arrangements were my favourite! Our florist was Laura Hingston Flowers, from Newton Abbot, www.laurahingstonflowers.com.
There are so many details… grab a cuppa, get comfy and enjoy! Images are by www.AThingLikeThatPhotography.com (Photography by Heather Birnie, edit by Rebecca Rees) – discover more from A Thing Like That Photography here:
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
We had been to a few wedding fairs and seen numerous wedding photographers, but at Gwel an Mor wedding fair we found a gem. A Thing Like That Photography’s stand looked like wedding decor itself it was so beautifully presented, and we just fell in love with her style, it was what we’d been looking for. She has something different, which you can’t find everywhere, we were so lucky to stumble across a talent so special.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Heather was a joy to have with us, she blended into the day without making anyone feel the slightest bit uncomfortable, and managed to capture all the special moments that happened throughout. She is such a lovely person and we all felt she was like part of the family. Her unobtrusive way of working meant she made the most beautiful, natural images which we will treasure forever.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
Our wedding photos were ready by the time we got home from our honeymoon, and we were apprehensive and slightly nervous to see them, only because it’s an aspect of our wedding that was so important to us and we had thought about a lot, we wanted them to be perfect. And they are. We sat together on the sofa and went through them one by one as the memories came flooding back and it felt like we were doing it all over again.
The Green, Cornwall
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
magical, family, love, perfect, Best Day Ever.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
I loved reading wedding magazines and blogs, Wed magazine was a favourite. Thats where I found Stargazey Wedding Decor Hire, where we hired our beautiful restored vintage white wooden chairs from. We found our photographer at Gwel an Mor wedding fair, and our florist Laura Hingston by searching the internet.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
My top tip for saving money is not to get overwhelmed by the amount that’s on offer to buy or hire for your big day. It’s not about how much decor you have or having things because you’ve seen them on Pintrest and you feel they are compulsory, it’s about your friends and family being together to celebrate your love. Will and I saved so much by spending time on making our decor, thoroughly enjoyed it along the way, and felt so proud on the day because it was all a result of our partnership.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
One thing we did spend more on was our florist, that was something we felt we wanted an expert for. I was slightly disappointed with a couple of details which they hadn’t taken on board when I’d said what we wanted, but was over the moon with our centerpieces and bouquet. Also the venue was a big proportion of our expense, but that was definitely worth it as we couldn’t fault anything about it, and our guests loved it.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Our invitations were from Buffy wedding stationery who we found on Etsy. We bought the personalised PDF file and then had them printed at BJ printers in Truro. They were perfect. Then the rest of the stationery including Order of Service, Place Cards and Menu (wooden pallet sign hand painted) were made by ourselves, which saved us money, but also were great projects as we’ve both always been diy people.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I did fall in love with my wedding dress, but knew I wanted to make a few changes. I had the neckline changed and the back lowered, and as my seamstress did each alteration I fell in love more and more!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Designer – Naomi Neoh
Bridal Boutique – The Bridal House of Cornwall
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My veil was my mum’s that she wore for her wedding 25ish years ago, which felt so special. I was going to buy a new more simple one, but when I tried hers on with my dress it just felt and looked right, it was the one. My earrings were Accessorize and my shoes were M&S!
And what did the groom wear?
A textured navy slim fit 3 piece suit from Topman. Bow tie from Asos, and pure silk pocket square in champange from Simpsons of Cornwall, a local family run business.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My bridesmaid was my little sister, Alice. She wore a champagne coloured dress with bell sleeves and lace top, gold vintage style shoes and a flower crown, a glamorous boho look, she looked so beautiful!
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I did my own hair and had one of my best friends help me with my make up. I was so glad that’s what I had chosen to do, because I felt like myself and confident, which I think is really important.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The venue itself was beautiful without any decoration, fairly simple, but pretty perfect. We added our own touches with our handmade wooden signs, and the flowers, and some hanging floral chandeliers, and the feel that we created was a glamorous yet natural one. The over all look was elegant and clean and we were so happy with it.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
I actually made our wedding cake. I’ve always been into cakes and baking, and I thought it would be a fun challenge, which it was! I really enjoyed every step and it was much less stressful than people expected it to be for me, and it turned out as close to perfect as I’d imagined. I ordered flowers from our florist and used them to decorate it myself on the day. It was a vanilla Madeira 3 tier cake, with vanilla butter cream icing. Simple looking but elegant. oh, and I got lot of compliments on how it tasted too!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
My brothers run Tse_Sounds, and so they along with their friend did the Djing for us. Which was so fun and added to the family togetherness of the day! it also meant we came up with the playlist ourselves which meant we could have any songs we wanted.
After our first dance, our family friend did a surprise performance and sang to us, At Last by Etta James, which was a beautiful treat and soo romantic!
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Whilst planning, try and remember whats important to you, there’s so much out there available from different suppliers, its easy to get overwhelmed and confused about what you ‘should’ and ‘shouldn’t’ have at your wedding, but it is YOUR wedding and it should be however you two want it to be, and it’ll be perfect.
The day is about the two of you and your love, and family and friends, so on the day, make sure you leave all the planning behind you and relax and enjoy it, every moment! it really does go as quickly as people say, so take it all in.
What’s the best thing about being married?
The best thing about being married is that we are one, we are setting out on our life together and it’s so special!