Intimate, feminine and super stylish – that’s how I would describe the cornish wedding of Howard and Cassandra.
With not one but two stunning Philip Lim gowns, a pair of timeless Chanel pumps and a vintage feather Biba stole this is a bridal fashion at it’s catwalk best.
There were just 7 guests in a beautiful coastal cottage filled to bursting with pink peonies, does it really get any more personal or pretty than that?
After a trip to Cornwall last summer we fell in love with the place. We’ve always wanted to get married somewhere out of London and by the sea, so Cornwall was perfect. And who could resist the thought of coming back to explore Cornwall for our anniversaries? I stumbled upon a charming cottage called Fentrafriddle in Tintagel, and decided it was the perfect place.
Surrounded by rolling hills, panoramic views of the sea and across the beautiful north Cornwall coastline, the peace and quiet broken only by the occasional baaing sheep in the fields. The setting was cosy, intimate, full of charm and perfect for a small wedding of just seven guests. The owners, Mr & Mrs Scott were lovely. Nothing was ever too much trouble and they bent over backwards to make sure our special day was just that.
I did my own hair and make up as I wanted to keep things simple. A flick of eyeliner, natural blush lipstick, and loose tousled curls for my hair made up the laidback look I was going for. I got my nails done the day before at Margaret Dabb’s sole spa (their medical pedicure is great too).
Rock N Roll
My dress was from designer 3.1 Phillip Lim. It wasn’t a traditional ‘White’ wedding dress but I loved it as it was contemporary with a bit of a rock edge. The silk dress features leopard print embroidered shrug sleeves and a stunning low cut T back and floor length cascading draped panels at the back. My second dress was a vintage Phillip Lim piece, a cream hairpin lace mini dress, which I fell in love with instantly and bought off the fashion blogger Style Heroine last year.
I also borrowed a gorgeous vintage Biba feather stole (something borrowed) from a friend for photos after the ceremony, in case it got a bit nippy outside (which it did).
The groom wore a sharp three-piece suit from The Kooples, shirt from Sandro, and a vintage pocket watch from eBay. His tie and shoes from M&S (due to his comedy sized feet).
C For Chanel
My wedding ring was the camellia ring from Chanel. The beautifully crafted delicate flower shaped ring was a bit different and such a joy to look at every day. The groom’s ring was from a mate’s shop, Johnny Rocket in Greenwich.
My custom made pearl necklace with tiny skull pendent was from my favourite rock jewellers The Great Frog. I have a bit of a skull fetish so I loved the contrast of pretty pearls with the tough silver skull.
For my shoes, I chose a pair of classic Chanel flats. I live in flats so wanted something I could wear and enjoy after the wedding (very sensible, I know). I also didn’t want to be taller than the groom for the photos, hehehe.
Pretty In Pink
I didn’t have a particular theme in mind, I just chose things we liked and kept it personal and true to us. We only had a few hours the night before to decorate the room, so with some good teamwork and lot of strong coffee, the groom and I set off to work.
The DIY décor consisted of pale pink and white paper pom poms decorations from Miss Etoile, beautiful peonies in vintage blue Mason Ball jars, and handmade paper doily confetti cones. I commissioned East London Illustrator Victoria Sin to create a personalised wedding artwork consisting of our initials C&H and our favourite things, a skull, Gibson Les Paul guitar, pin up girl and a bleeding rose, which was framed and displayed at the ceremony. I also designed and screen printed the initials onto the wedding programs and menus.
For the flowers I ordered two dozen Sarah Barnhart peonies from the lovely local florist ‘Flowers From Bruallen’ which were just amazing, and arranged them in some vintage blue mason ball jars (bought especially from America) the night before. I had a hand tied pale pink blowsy country peony bouquet, bound together with a soft voil ribbon in ivory. Simple and elegant. And real dried peony petals for confetti too.
An instrumental piano version of Billy Joel’s ‘She’s Always A Woman To Me’ played as my Dad walked me into the room, courtesy of Mr Ipod and his mate, docking system. The ceremony was short and sweet and very informal as all our 7 guests were all over the room taking photos throughout, so the seats were empty most of the time. Everyone took turns to film bits, which was nice as it meant everyone could contribute to our wedding video. We also had an old super 8 cine camera too which was quite noisy, so the registrar had to speak up a bit.
After the vows Howard’s Dad gave us a lovely Jewish blessing, which was followed by a traditional Chinese tea ceremony where we offered our parents tea as a sign of respect.
After the ceremony our families chatted and laughed over a champagne cream tea by our fabulous caterers, The Harbour Kitchen. Dainty mini Victoria sponge cakes with edible summer flowers, and lavender scones with jam and lashings of Cornish clotted cream, served on my own collection of mixed matched vintage china, which I brought with me. The perfect way to end the ol’ wedding diet.
Emily Scott, head chef at The Harbour Kitchen in Port Isaac created a lovely rustic summer menu for our wedding supper, which we had in the cottage. This was our menu:
Halford Blue tart and Walnut bread
Whole sea bass roasted fennel, pea shoots, and lemon & salsa verde
Beef fillet & horseradish cream with a red onion & kitchen herb salad
French bean, mange tout & vine tomato salad
Baby spinach, viola, caper, lemon & French dressing salad
Hot new potatoes with butter & mint
Chocolate truffle cake & crème anglaise & Meringue, English strawberries, cream & mint
Her brilliant waiting staff provided a dinner service that was personal and professional. For the favours we had sweet jars filled with mini meringue kisses made by the Meringue Girls labelled with guests’ names.
As I love baking, everyone kept asking if I was going to make my own wedding cake. But with a never ending to do list, that wasn’t really an option. I had something in mind and found a local cake maker, Lynnette Hollett at Cakes For Dates. As we were only a party of nine, I wanted a small cake that would still wow the guests, so I went for a simple five layer cake covered in cream cheese vanilla frosting with a beautiful peony posy on the top, which when cut revealed ombre layers inside – shades of deep pink to pale pink which looked stunning and was absolutely delicious.
Lynnette nailed it, big time.
DO What You Want
I love a project, so my advice would be to try and enjoy the whole planning process, have a laugh if things don’t go to plan, and always try to put your own personal touch on things. Oh, and do what you want – it’s your wedding.
We had the most amazing photographer who captured some lovely moments during the day. After checking the weather a million times (as you do) leading up to the big day, we knew we were going to be treated to some famous Cornish ‘liquid sunshine’ on our wedding day, but we decided to head down to the rugged Trebarwith Strand beach anyway to try and get some photos.
Unfortunately, it was high tide and extremely windy. However, Lee Robbins made the most of the setting and got some stunning photos. An old ice cream stall, an old wooden shed, and the local beach shop made for the perfect backdrop, and we were blown away when we saw the photos. Lovely guy too.
Venue – Fentrafriddle
Brides Gown – 3.1 Philip Lim
Brides Shoes – Chanel
Brides Necklace – The Great Frog
Grooms Suit – The Kooples
Pom Pom Decor - Miss Etoile
Blooms – Flowers From Bruallen
Catering – The Harbour Kitchen
Cake – Cakes For Dates
Photography – Lee Robbins
Pretty much perfect if you ask me.
Big Cornish Love