Nicola & Mike’s outdoor, festival & cider themed wedding in Cornwall, with Emma Stoner Photography
Weddings full of personality are the absolute best! Today’s gorgeous bride and groom had a relaxed, outdoor/festival style theme and being big cider lovers they incorporated this into the day. I adore the sunflowers and mixed wildflower bouquet and table arrangements – they add fun and sunshine in the loveliest way ever! And isn’t Nicola beautiful? Honestly, such a gorgeous couple and I’m thrilled to be sharing their wedding with you all today!
“We were privileged to have Kirsty Andrews from Escential Blooms do our flowers. An absolutely fantastic lady who is so great to work with and brings your ideas to life. We wanted wild flowers and Kirsty used those that were in season at the time. We didn’t want a set colour theme and Kirsty listened to this and used so many different colours with a range of beautiful smells! From the wedding arbour to the tables and the addition of flowers to the cake and table plan. Even some for my hair. Just stunning!
Wedding photographer’s website:
We knew from the outset that we wanted very natural photos; capturing our guests in conversation rather than in posed shots. We came across Emma’s work whilst researching online and knew instantly that she would be perfect for our day. Meeting Emma for the first time confirmed that we made the right decision; Emma is so laid back and she understood exactly how we wanted our day captured. Emma has photographed many outdoor weddings and even festivals which we love, so this was an ideal match! We communicated right up until the day and were able to share any ideas that we had.
Emma uses natural light in her work and this tied in well with the day; beautifully capturing the outdoors and relaxed vibe. Emma is brilliant to be around and she worked extremely hard to ensure that she got the right shots. Even mike who hates having his photo taken felt at ease and managed to break into a smile!
The photos were exactly what we had hoped for and Emma had worked extremely hard to capture every moment of the day. We have found it hard to pick a favourite as there are so many! It’s great to see photos of our guests enjoying themselves, especially as you don’t get the chance to spend a lot of time with each and every one throughout the day.
We looked at a few venues before making our decision, in the knowledge that wanted something outdoors with a more rustic feel. It was important to us that some of our close family and friends could stay on site and that our pet labrador would also be welcome! Cornwall is a special place for us and very much a home away from home, so we focused our attention there. As soon as we pulled up to The Green in Liskeard, we instantly knew that this was the place; a pretty venue in an idyllic setting. The house and cottages are simply stunning and the site had that tranquility that we wanted. I particularly hoped to find somewhere that I could decorate and put our stamp on and The Green gave you that option of a blank canvas to do just that. We stayed on site for two nights, so it felt much more like a little getaway too which definitely helped to ease the nerves before the big day!
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Sunshine, outdoor setting and relaxed rustic vibe, with fantastic company!
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
As we knew the type of wedding we wanted, we were able to narrow a lot of our searches down and in particular tried to find suppliers within the local area of Liskeard.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Definitely do as much of the decoration as you can and shop around, as it’s amazing how much money you can save! We asked all of our guests to save their jam jars which we used on the day for tea-light holders. We bought our own fabric to make the runners for the tables. It takes time but as long as you pre-plan!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
We asked a local lady where we live in South Wales to make our cutlery holders for the tables and she did such an amazing job! I wouldn’t have had the time to do these myself and they were so unique to what I could find online, making them specially to fit our theme.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
i made my own invites and table plan. I also bought pieces of bark to make the table numbers and to each toffee apple place setting I attached a leaf shaped name tag. I wanted it to be as much about our characters as possible and give that personal touch. Signs we made from scrap pieces of wood and paint – all little things but added to make it special for us.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
At first I didn’t know which style would suit me as I very rarely dress up! So went in with an open mind. I knew that i wanted a boho look that wasn’t over the top. On researching I fell in love with Rembo Styling. There were only a couple of shops in Wales that stocked this designer, so I set my sights on those. As soon as I tried the dress on I knew that it was the one – I did try on a few more but kept coming back to this one so knew that it was right.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Rembo Styling – Pleser Bridal & Wedding Wear, Pontarddulais
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
The shoes were probably the hardest thing to find as I have such small feet and didn’t want a ridiculous size heel! I ended up getting my shoes from Rainbow in John Lewis. Earrings I had handmade by a lovely lady on Etsy and my necklace from Pia. The rings we had made by Kate Pearse at Glasswing, who uses all recycled and fair-trade materials.
And what did the groom wear?
Mike wore a checked shirt and chino style trousers, along with a waistcoat and converse trainers. And a dicky bow! The waistcoats we bought from Wood’s of Shropshire.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
I had three bridesmaids altogether – two of them wore floral dresses from Jane Norman and one a plum dress from Debenhams.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I had Amanda Platt (www.newquayhairandmakeup.co.uk) do both my hair and makeup. Also my mums hair and makeup and two of the bridesmaids hair. Amanda was brilliant and knew exactly what styles suited and what colours to use in the makeup.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The venue was beautiful as it was, we just added our own little details to make it our own.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
As previously stated. In addition we had the sweet cart , which was handmade by a family member of Mike’s who is sadly no longer with us, so it made it all the more special. We decorated it with some of our favourite photos. My mum got personalised sweet bags made for us and I included photos of the dog in some of our wedding stationery – on the card table and for the bubbles!
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We decided to go for a naked style cake as same with the whole wedding, we didn’t want anything traditional and loved the rustic appeal. We chose Monica from Sweet Thought Cakes (http://www.sweetthoughtcakes.com) to create ours. We have been so lucky with our suppliers as everyone is super lovely, including Monica. We went to her family cafe for a tasting and they were all delicious! We ended up choosing 4 different flavours which was great, as we couldn’t decide on just one! Monica is so talented and all of her creations are incredible. Mike is a drummer, so we gave her a set of drumsticks which she used to make the bunting topper.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had Festival Nights perform at the wedding (www.festivalnightsband.com), a London-based band who got everyone up dancing! We were fussy with what band we wanted especially with Mike being musical, but these were amazing and played all the great songs that got people up on the dance floor.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Just relax and enjoy the day – a lot of people told me to make sure you take 5 minutes to yourself to just absorb everything; and they’re right because the day goes so quickly! And for you as a couple to take it all in, as at the end of the day it’s about you and your love for each other. A lot of people will tell you do to things in certain ways, but go with your own decisions and make it about the two of you, as that’s what matters!
What’s the best thing about being married?
To be honest it’s been non-stop since the wedding and we haven’t had chance to take it all in! Things are the same as before really; it’s still a learning curve but we feel like a team now and always have each others support.