Laura & Craig’s lovely English wedding at Lusty Glaze, with Alexa Poppe Photography
We’re beginning the week with a heartwarming story of gorgeous couple Laura and Craig. The day before their wedding in 2018, Laura was taken ill and at the last minute they had to postpone their day. In the days when postponing a wedding was a rare thing, all of Laura and Craig’s suppliers were amazing: they rescheduled for the summer of 2019 and this gorgeous day happened. Laura is stunning, Craig her perfect match. The location (Lusty Glaze in Cornwall) is breathtaking and the styling touches for their beach wedding are adorable! All images are by lovely Alexa Poppe Photography.
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How did you choose your photographer?
From speaking to the venue and looking through the tags they placed on social media. Alexa’s pictures stood out, so we headed to her website and loved the pictures she’d shared there. It was just what we wanted natural and to let the venue stand out, plus nothing too posed.
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We never met Alexa until the day. Not being local we only communicated through email. But she got us just through those few emails. We never had any nerves around this. Alexa shared great advice before and on the day, helped us keep on track and at ease through it all. We were in our own little bubble and having Alexa guide us was great. It helped her knowing the venue and that we wanted it relaxed. Definitely give her a call if marrying in Cornwall.
Tell us about your venue – what made this place special for you?
Lusty Glaze in Newquay was the venue. It was what we love. Sand, sea, family and most importantly dog friendly. We booked in 2016 for the 30th May 2018. We were engaged on the coastal path and holidayed every year in the area. Bringing our family and friends 6 hours drive the venue had to be something we could all enjoy and be sure it was worth the journey. Sadly I was taken ill the day before the wedding with a life threatening bowel obstruction. They supported our family by getting in touch with other suppliers to cancel and organised the wedding flowers to be delivered to our family. They supported us after, keeping in touch and Craig selected a new date for 28th August 2019. All money paid moved over without discussion. They couldn’t do enough. The day was just as we’d hoped and more. We can’t thank Naomi and the team enough. Always be a special place. Happy memories, despite the delay.
We were overwhelmed that 80 people made the journey once let alone twice for our wedding. We can’t thank everyone enough for making it the best day ever. Plus supporting us through a very tough time.
Did you love wearing your outfits? How was the dress / suit shopping experience?
As mentioned we had to delay the wedding due to surgery and recuperation. So I was longing to get my dress on. I went with both mums, sisters and our daughter who was just 3 months old to try on. I only went to one shop. We knew the family, plus my sister and Craig’s sister purchased their own dresses from there. I knew it had to be something I could walk down 133 steps in, walk on the sand and paddle in the sea in. We had lots of lovely visits and fittings. They helped after the postponement too. Craig’s suit selection wasn’t so glamorous. Good old click and collect from Next. We needed something comfy for all, as they were gifted to the groomsmen I wanted something they could use again. However finding ties not so easy. The kids had grown in the time between the two weddings so we had to buy new for them. Donated the originals. The little flower girls needed new and a few adjustments to the bridesmaids. But nothing too strenuous. God bless M&S.
Did you hire a florist? Tell us about any floral amazingness
We did go down to Newquay for a weekend for a wedding fair to hopefully find suppliers but they were all too formal for us. I wasn’t going to have flowers at first but then I saw the in-house flowers at Lusty Glaze and the lovely Rachel did ours too. Both lots were so lovely. I only saw photos from the 2018 ones but she didn’t disappoint on the second go. Plus lovely gifts for the mums.
As cake lovers here at English Wedding we’d LOVE to know who made your cake, and how delicious it was?
Our cake could only be one thing…. Scones. We organised them through the venue and they were the best scones. They went down a treat after a BBQ! We’d been to weddings where cakes were left either uneaten or gone to waste and we didn’t want that so a Cornish cream tea seemed the logical answer.
Tell us about any special personal touches, or creative projects you made yourselves
We had handmade bunting on display. This was made at my hen do by all my female friends and family back in 2018 for the first attempt. This is now hung up in our daughters room. Plus sticks of rock for the wedding favours.
Did you personalise your vows or have any wedding readings? What were they?
We chose not to personalise our vows, we knew it would be an emotional whirlwind without adding that in the mix. Instead the registrar read out a poem I felt fitting. Beach Chairs by Joyce Ebrecht.
What was your first dance song? Why did you choose it?
Our first dance was a Ben Howard song ‘Only Love’ performed by Phil Smyth and his great band. We chose this as we went to see Ben Howard at the Eden Project the day after being engaged. I also walked down the aisle to another of his songs ‘Old Pine’.
Favourite wedding suppliers
Other suppliers are my talented & patient sister for the wedding hair, my lovely friend Becky who runs No.6 Chic Retreat for my make up. Sam at Stargazey Wedding Decor hire, Rachel for flowers at Blossom & Kelp. Swoon at the Moon for the table planner. Happy Tails dog walking. The Park in Mawgan Porth where most of us stayed for both wedding weeks. Who put me and my family up free of charge until I was strong enough to travel. Sadly my bridal dress company closed otherwise I would be promoting them too.