Suzanne and Dan’s beautiful summer winery wedding in Cornwall, with Alexa Poppe Photography
I love Suzanne and Dan’s wedding – it’s relaxed, homemade, filled with DIY and the loveliest personal touches. It’s also at a winery… which ticks every box for me!
“My mum did our flowers as she’s a horticulturalist and I knew that no-one could do them better. We had Cornish wildflowers in a blue, pink, lilac and white colour palette, and they were arranged in sweet little jam jars.
The venue was a converted barn with beautiful exposed bricks, so we just added lighting, bunting, flowers on the windowsills, and the table decorations. The whole venue and setting was very picturesque, so we didn’t want to gild the lily.
I made the invitations, bunting, table plan display, and cutlery pouches, which also served as name place settings at the table. I did enjoy them as I allowed myself plenty of time to complete them – I’m sure it would have been much more stressful if I’d had to rush.
Wedding photographer’s website:
We really liked Alexa’s natural, reportage style of photography, and she had a good range of packages to choose from. Alexa was great – very professional and with a natural eye for a great shot. She was very unobtrusive and took lovely unposed shots as well as nice portraits. Seeing our wedding photos for the first time was very exciting! Alexa gave us all our photos in both colour and black and white, so we looked through both and reminisced about the day.
Discover more from lovely Cornwall based wedding photographer Alexa Poppe here:
Knightor Winery, St Austell, Cornwall
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Relaxed and fun, with all the best people.
Your wedding style or theme:
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We found Alexa and the venue through Google, and my mum did the flowers and cake, while the bride found and made the decorations.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Hand-make as much as possible – I spent a lot of quality time with my sewing machine making cutlery pouches which would have been pretty expensive to buy!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Definitely my dress, and the live band we hired for the evening.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
I designed, printed, cut and glued everything for the invitations and RSVPs – again, definitely worth doing if you have the time and craft skills because it saved a lot of money.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes – I actually ordered it online without having seen or tried it on in person; I had a specific idea of what I wanted, fell in love with pictures of the dress on the model and luckily when it arrived I loved it just as much on me, though it did need some altering. If I were to do it again, in all honesty I probably would go to a boutique, but I don’t think I’d have found a more perfect dress.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Justin Alexander, from Elderberry Brides
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I wore a Swarovski necklace and earrings, and flat Jenny Packham shoes.
And what did the groom wear?
The groom wore a very smart, dark grey three-piece suit, with a mulberry cravat. He looked very dashing!
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My bridesmaids wore light blue Elise Ryan dresses, with lace on the neckline, cap sleeves and the back, and a lovely swishy chiffon skirt.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I hired Lisa Poole, of Hair by Lisa, to do hair and make-up for myself and my bridesmaids, and she created such a fun and relaxed atmosphere on the day as well as making us feel very glamorous.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We had two sponges; one chocolate and one vanilla, decorated with white icing, ribbon and fresh flowers. We wanted light cakes to reflect the time of year, and because we associate the traditional fruit cake with Christmas too strongly!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had a live band (The Sparks, from Alive Network) for the evening entertainment, and they were brilliant! They played a wide range of music and got everyone dancing.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Allow yourself as much time as possible to plan everything so that you don’t end up in a stressful rush. Also, it helps to categorise things into “must-haves” and “would-be-nice-to-haves” in case the budget needs adjusting later, so you can see at a glance the things you could live without.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Being able to call him my husband, and myself his wife.