Today’s gorgeous real wedding is all about beautiful bride Leigh and her gorgeous groom Karl, their minimal, elegant wedding with a divine bouquet, fabulous stationery and the most breathtaking coastal location you can imagine. Oh, and it’s hard to believe this is true, but they married in November. Just look at those endless blue skies…
We chose to get married at Talland Bay Hotel http://www.tallandbayhotel.co.uk. We looked at a few other venues around Cornwall but Talland was the perfect fit for our small wedding. It is a stunning Cliffside boutique hotel. We booked the whole hotel for 2 nights allowing our guests to travel down from the West Midlands and have plenty of time in Cornwall.
Talland is such an eclectic mix of paintings, pictures, ornaments etc that we didn’t need to style the rooms at all. I added the flowers and a few decorations around the fireplace only. We chose not to have a cake, but we did have delicious desserts and a Cheese Board at the end of the Wedding Breakfast.
Images are by lovely Cornwall based wedding photographer Alexa Poppe. You can discover more of her beautiful work here:
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
I hate having my photo taken so I was looking for a photographer that did natural photography that captured the moment rather than having to pose for hundreds of photos. I saw some of Alexa’s work in Wed Magazine and online and knew she would be ideal.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Yes, we were really pleased. We had an initial meeting with Alexa at the venue and you could tell straight away she was inspired by the location. I knew she would capture the day naturally and have a stunning backdrop to use for the more intimate couple shots.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
Really happy, seeing the photos brought back all the wonderful memories of the day. As Alexa’s work is so natural you didn’t know she was there so she captured some great moments. The couple shots which we knew she was taking but from a distance are beautiful.
The planning process with Stephen at Talland Bay was dealt with professionally and with welcome advice and assistance in helping us put the whole weekend together and seeing it through to the end, nothing was out of place or off plan throughout the event. Nick and his kitchen team created us some wonderful food, from the buffet on Friday night until breakfast on Sunday, every single item was a delight. The wedding meal was proper size portions. All the food was beautifully displayed and tasted delicious. Each room is decorated beautifully, most with fantastic views. Housekeeping do an exceptional job keeping the whole hotel spotless.The hotel really paid attention to the smaller details and made the day totally unique, personalised and focused around the Bride and Groom. They really went the extra mile to accommodate specific items we wanted and indeed added their own surprises for us to the day, which were so kind.
We have had many comments from all our guests at how wonderful the hotel was, the staff, food and the whole weekend.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Exactly what we wanted!
Your wedding style or theme:
We didn’t really set out to have a style to the wedding, we just wanted something that reflected us, our everyday life together and our love for Cornwall.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Wed Magazine was essential for me as I was trying to plan a wedding in Cornwall from the West Midlands. Apart from that I used a lot of review websites and recommendations from the hotel.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Create a budget and stick to it, I was obsessed with updating my excel spread sheet but it was worthwhile, we ended up under budget with savings left over! Also just because tradition says you should have something doesn’t mean you have to have it. If you can do some things yourself I would recommend it – we saved £800 by supplying our own fireworks rather than getting a company in to do them for us.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
As a Marketing Manager I use a local design agency – Denfield. They were very kind to design and produce all our stationery.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Instantly, I turned the page in a magazine and there she was – Leigh by Sophia Tolli – I though it must be fate for the dress to have my name!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Leigh, Sophia Tolli from Jessica David Bridal, in Stourbridge, West Midlands http://www.jessicadavid.co.uk/
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I kept my jewellery simple wearing some diamond earrings Karl had bought me and a bracelet from my parents from my 18th Birthday. My shoes were Christian Louboutin as I didn’t want a pair of traditional wedding shoes and these I can wear again. My perfume was ‘Something Blue’ by Oscar de la Renta.
And what did the groom wear?
The groom wore a gorgeous blue suit from Marks and Spencer’s and Barker shoes. He looked very handsome!
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
I didn’t like traditional bridesmaid dresses, I wanted something with more of an evening gown feel. We chose navy blue dresses from the Adrianna Pappell range in House of Fraser.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
We did our own make-up as I was keen to still look like myself on the day and wanted something very natural. Hair was by http://www.hairbyrochelle.co.uk. Rochelle was fantastic.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
I wanted modern, plain centre pieces and had found the image of what I wanted on Pintrest. The Flower Gallery at Liskeard http://www.flowergallery-liskeard.co.uk really helped me bring that vision to reality, the flowers, especially the centre pieces were stunning.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We chose the band The Choons, we had only listened to their website demo and never seen them live but they were amazing, plus they learnt our first dance for us – something that made them stand out from the other bands we contacted.
We had fireworks as we got married on November 5th, we purchased the fireworks ourselves and the hotel set them off for us, they were fantastic and a real talking point of the evening. Everyone then had sparklers as their favours.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Remember it is your Wedding and do what you want not what other people expect you to have or do.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Everything! I love saying ‘my husband’!
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
http://www.wedmagazine.co.uk this website and the magazine was essential in helping me plan a Wedding in Cornwall – especially when not living there.