We get all kinds of wedding submissions drop into our inbox on a daily basis, extravagant and opulent, budget D.I.Y, those with hundreds of guests, those with just a small selection of your nearest and dearest, the list is endless. And let’s face it, that’s what makes Rock My Wedding so much fun to work on.
And the teeny tiny seventeen guest three day house party of Michelle and Sean at The Trevenna in Cornwall is like nothing we have featured before in terms of venue or ambience.
Think the prettiest neutrals, the softest florals, the most delicate decor and a real humdinger of a delicious dress. Think cosy chic.
Oh and yet another beautiful hair-do to grace these pages, this is one I will definitely be keeping in mind for future events.
With thanks to Khalile Siddiqui for supplying the images.
We got married Wednesday 25th of August 2010 which was exactly 9 years to the day when we first got together.
We decided to keep our wedding small and intimate, with just us and 17 of our nearest and dearest for a 3 day house party style celebration.
Our venue was Trevenna, Cornwall. It is a beautifully renovated, family run old farm, set in the middle of the stunning Cornish countryside with completely uninterrupted views. Our package was for exclusive use for 3 days, so it was like having our own village just for us and our guests! It consists of various different cottages and can sleep upto around 26 (although they are currently expanding.) This enabled us all to be onsite, yet at the same time our guests had the luxury of their own cottages for some down time.
My dress was “Sorrento” by Jenny Packham. After opening my first bridal magazine and coming across these beautiful creations, I knew she was the designer for me! So after one brief visit to a bridal shop where I was told I had to try on big pouffy dresses- “Just to make sure!!” (At 5ft 2 and a size 6, I just knew they’d drown me!) Me and my friend Sophie headed to Jenny’s bridal boutique in London. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven! As we were taken around the shop, picking up all the dresses I had earmarked off the website (and afew more that caught my eye) I heard Sophie- “This is it, this is your dress!” I looked round and there she was with a dress I’d not seen before- “Sorrento”- A gorgeous grecian, floaty style with a vintage feel and plenty of sparkle. Perfect! and after that nothing compared and I had to have it! and that was it, job done!
My shoes were Louboutins! It always had to be Louboutins for me! In my head I had managed to conjure up exactly I wanted! (something I do in life quite often and then can never find what I want!!!) It was a simple round toe court shoe, nice and high. I knew I never wanted white as it’s not really a colour I tend to wear and I wanted to wear these gorgeous shoes again and again! So I decided to go for a colour which I love and wear all the time- a lovely vintagey, soft gold colour. This, along with my dress helped inspire the rest of our palette and theme. Finding such a “simple” pair of shoes however, proved to be rather difficult! So when Sean took me to their Mount Street store in London and they told me they could make my dream shoes in Paris especially for me, complete with blue insoles! I thought I’d died and gone to shoe heaven! I was so excited! and when they arrived on Christmas Eve they were just perfect!
I had 3 bridemaids, my baby sister and my two best friends. They wore a beautiful one shoulder dress by Alvina Valenta, in a lovely nude/champagne colour called “Cashmere.” I fell in love with this dress when I first came across it and I’m so glad the 3 of them agreed! All three could not be more different in their shape, size and colourings but they all looked stunning in it. I wanted them to be comfortable so they picked their own shoes and accessories and decided how they wanted their own hair and makeup.
Our florist had left extra flowers for my hair so when we were getting ready I told them to help themselves if they wanted. And when we were all ready I noticed they’d all decided to wear one! I thought they looked lovely!
Statement Jewels And The Sexiest Undergarments
I kept my accessories to a minimum as I didn’t want to take anything away from my beautiful dress, my shoes were my main splurge, along with some beautiful (and extremely comfortable) Agent Provocateur underwear. I decided for jewellery I just wanted a nice cuff or bracelet and after much research I came across “Flo and Percy” and again fell head over heels!
I emailed the brilliantly talented and ever so helpful Kirstie and told her which dress I was wearing and the kind of look I was going for. She got back to me with some brilliant ideas, and in the end I went for the “Lalique cuff”. I loved it! and everybody thought that it had been made specifically to go with my dress.
I decided not to wear a veil as it was just something I felt really wasn’t me or the type of wedding we were having.So instead I had real hydrangeas tucked into my hair.
To my bouquet I tied my “something old” which was my mum’s christening bracelet. My Grandmas Sapphire Eternity ring which she left to me when she passed away was my extra “something blue” (which I wore on my finger after the ceremony) and then as my “something borrowed” Sean’s mum kindly leant me her late mums wedding ring.
Last Minute Lovely
I loved my hair and makeup, but it was something I had left to book until pretty last minute due to being let down by other suppliers. So I felt very lucky to of found my lovely makeup artist Suzi Winter She was absolutely fab and I just loved the way she does a great “Smokey eye!”
I decided to keep it quite simple with just a natural base (with a hint of my staple makeup item the Bobbi Brown shimmer brick!) and a nice light smokey eye. During my trial with Suzi I told her of my dramas and that I still didn’t have anyone to do my hair, so she recommended Freya Colette another very talented lady who managed to tame my very thick wavy mop into lovely curls, beautifully pinned and swept to one side, just how I’d wanted it.
She also did a great job creating a Cat Deeley inspired updo for my bridesmaid Helen!
A Hydrangea Pouff
Our florist was Stephenie Aldworth who was really amazing and really got what I was trying to create during the planning stages. and when she arrived on the morning she didn’t disappoint! They were even more beautiful than I had ever imagined!
When I first started planning I had no idea what flowers I wanted! That was until I came across a certain Mrs O’Shea’s wedding report on another wedding forum. Then it was a white Hydrangea “Puff ball!” all the way! My bridesmaids had slightly smaller versions of mine.
Under the beam where we got married we had 2 large hydrangea pomander “puff balls!” which looked fab. On the table in amongst candelabras we had Birdcages filled with white hydrangeas, champagne roses and jasmine to add a bit of green! (This was the only bit of foliage our florist and Sean managed to persuade me on!)
My beautiful Grandma sadly passed away in April and I was devastated she couldn’t be there to see me marry Sean who she thought so much of. As a little reminder of her I bought a lovely cream watering can (she loved her garden) and Stephenie made an arrangement of red roses and lily of the valley, which were the flowers she had when she married my Grandad 54 years ago. It had pride of place just behind the registrar during the ceremony.
When budgeting for our wedding, we set aside a nice healthy amount for Sean to buy a beautiful designer suit, as I wanted him to have something that made him feel as special as I did in my Jenny Packham dress. We looked at Hugo Boss, Paul Smith and many other designers… and what did he come back with? Marks and flipping Spencers!!! I couldn’t believe it! But I must admit it fitted him better than any of the designer suits I saw him try on and he said he felt amazing in it.
His tie was from Alexander Mcqueen and it was a champagne skinny tie, with a splash of hot pink at the bottom! I loved it! It was such a shame I managed to ruin it with the jewels on my dress during our first dance.
I walked down the aisle to one of my favourites pieces of music- “Bella’s Lullaby” from Twilight! I am such a Twilight geek! (poor Sean has been dragged to the midnight release of every movie so far!) So it really made us both smile when this started playing. Sean burst into tears as soon as he saw me at the top of the stairs and I was desperately trying to hold it together as I negotiated the stairs! One of the (many!) pieces of great advice I got from Khalile our photographer was to pause a little and take a deep breath as I came down the stairs, just so I could take everything in. This worked great and I got to take a look at how great Sean really looked.
We weren’t originally going to have a photographer as we thought it would be a pointless for such a small wedding. But as soon as we started planning I soon became addicted to the world of wedding blogs and I wanted to have something of our own to help us relive the memories of our special day.
I did some research on the internet and found Khalile Siddiqui, we arranged to meet him and knew straight away he would be perfect! Such a nice guy and so laid back, and his beautiful photography just spoke for itself!
It rained the whole day of our wedding, ( a duvet day- where you just look at the sky and know that the rain is in for the day with not a single break!) but my only disappointment was that our beautiful venue was not going to be able to captured in its full glory. I needn’t of worried though, we loved our pictures and really think Khalile did an amazing job.
I didn’t really “need” a bag but when I came across a gorgeous Anya Hindmarch purse in exactly the same colour as my shoes with the slogan “upgrade me” printed on it (I am an air hostess.) I knew I HAD to have it! (There’s a little peek of it in the pic where Sean has decided to don a fez from our dressing up box!)
My lovely purse enabled me to carry a gorgeous gold pocket mirror my grandma had given me a few years ago, along with a silver mirror one of my best friends and gorgeous bridesmaid Helen had given me the night before our wedding, which she’d had engraved with my new name on the front and a personal message on the back!
Luckily I’d also decided to purchase a cute Cath Kidston umbrella and purple hunter wellies, just incase! I’m so pleased I did as I am absolutely in love with the pictures Khalile took of us with these on the driveway leading to Trevenna.
We are both really into our food, and I have a particular sweet tooth! So for me it always had to be chocolate cake! Again I did some research on the internet and came across Nicky Grant, She has won numerous awards for her beautiful creations and it’s easy to see why! They not only look gorgeous but taste absolutely divine too!
We went for a two tier “Ruffles and Wraps” cake, which was a Milk chocolate sponge cake, filled with chocolate ganache and covered in white chocolate. It was amazing! We served it as desert with Cornish clotted cream and raspberry coulis as there was no way I was letting any of it go to waste!!!
Warm And Welcoming
Trevenna is a stunning venue both inside and out. With uninterrupted views of the Cornish countryside and modern but warm and welcoming decor. So we decided to keep our decorations simple and only bought things which we thought would look great in our house afterwards.
Inspired by me falling completely head over heels with Jenny Packhams beautiful creations, the general theme for our wedding was a little grecian and a little shabby chic with neutral colours and a hint of soft gold.
My amazing bridesmaids and a few of my girlfriends decorated the venue whilst I was getting my hair and makeup done! and it looked beautiful! We bought letters from www.poshgraffiti.co.uk which spelt out “MR AND MRS D” and looked great behind the glass panel at the top of the stairs. (Another one of Sean’s great ideas!) We also had a beautiful sign on the fireplace.
For my job I am long haul cabin crew and my husband is a very talented head chef, so we have been lucky enough to travel the world together and sample it’s culinary delights! With this in mind in amongst the hydrangea pomander balls hanging from the beam we hung a vintage style globe from Cox and Cox.
Also on the seats for the ceremony we had little bags with name labels on (beautifully done by Abbie at www.sugalily.co.uk)- they contained heart shaped confetti made from maps which I’d seen on www.notonthehighstreet.com
We decided to have just one long table for our wedding breakfast and it was great! So we decided to keep our table plan simple and with Sean in mind we bought a menu style chalkboard again from notonthehighstreet and I just wrote it on with chalk.
As it was such a dark rainy day we put candles and lanterns everywhere, which helped create a lovely cosy atmosphere. I especially loved the tealights you can see in the wall.
We were initially going to just have an ipod playing in the evening but at last minute we decided to hire a Jazz and swing band to do just an hours set. On the recommendation of Khalile we booked Johanna Graham and her band www.johannagraham.co.uk and they were amazing!
Can’t Help Falling In Love
We picked The Elvis song “Can’t help falling in love” for our first dance as we just thought the words were perfect and really summed up our love for eachother.
Our wedding was extra special to us as we’d decided to have just 17 of the people we love the most in the world. This became really apparent to me as I looked around the table during the speeches and saw that every single person was crying! It really touched me and it made me really proud that we’d stuck to our guns and kept it small.
My amazing and very proud Grandad gave me away and our two Mum’s were our witnesses and this also made it extra special for me.
The only one thing I would do differently would be to of paid just a little extra and had our photographer stay into the evening, as although we have our guests pictures of our speeches, the first dance, our cocktail class and the fun we all had with our dressing up box- We don’t have the really amazing quality of Khaliles pictures to capture the atmosphere.
You see, sometimes size really doesn’t matter.
One of my favourite colour palettes this year, I REALLY really wanted to be a guest at Michelle and Sean’s cosy chic coastal wedding. Congratulations on such a personal, intimate and inspiring day.
Big Good Things Come In Small Packages Love