I can honestly say that I’ve not until today that is had the pleasure of blogging a wedding that combines the very best that Cornwall has to offer along with lighthouses, a bluey-green colour scheme and South Korean influences. On paper it looks like a somewhat eclectic mix but by jove it definitely works as the photographs from Travers & Brown below will show.
There are a couple of things that I’m smitten with in Ami and Chris’ big day. The first is the EPIC shot of the pair of them careering down the country lanes in their first journey as a married couple. If there’s one regret that I had from my own big day then it was not hiring a fancy vintage car to whizz around in as husband and wife. We didn’t need one per se as we had everything ‘in-house’ so to speak but it would have been so glamorous. Wind through our hair, veil billowing behind. Le sigh. Clearly Ami was a clever cookie and planned every detail meticulously.
The second item I’m lusting over is Ami’s dress. The lacy sleeves, the elegant silhouette and the delicate back are all exquisite. Oh and did I mention the thigh high slit? Genius. The merest suggestion of raunchiness for the fashion savvy girl about town. Definitely doing that next time!
Ami The Bride: We married at St Just church in Roseland, Cornwall and followed up the ceremony with a party at Chris’ parents’ home, near St. Austell, Cornwall. We chose St Just because it was our favourite church as well as being quite local for family. We chose to have the reception at home as we wanted to do everything ourselves and to give it a family/village fete feel and make it more personal.
Our decor was a mixture of traditional British influences as seen in the homemade bunting, sea colours, and Cornwall as evidenced in our table names which were nine Cornish lighthouses made by Chris’ father topped off with my own South Korean styles and customs.
I opted for a semi-empire style dress in champagne colors to match with my skin colouring. Classic, understated style.
Chris wore traditional British morning wear along with a blue tie to reflect our ‘sea/ocean’ colour theme. The Groomsmen which included Chris, Chris’ father, two best men, two ushers, my father and Chris’ grandfather, all had matching suits (black morning jacket, white shirt, sky blue tie, pin striped grey trousers and black shoes.)
Our first reading was Corinthians read by Chris’ grandfather. Another special moment for us was when our very close friends’ young son (who was born in Korea) ran up to give the rings to the vicar.
We had two bands, a wood jazz quintet during pre-reception drinks on the top lawn and in the evening there was a nine piece local band. The family dog was running around like a mad thing which everyone loved.
Our cake was made by Chris’ mother which we cut using my father’s naval sword. Our wedding favours (homemade chutney) also made by Chris’ mother. In terms of our Canapés we ate traditional korean ‘kimbap’, Cornish goat’s cheese and red pepper tartlets , spicy Cornish lamb and mint koftas with tzaziki , crab, chilli and ginger filo baskets and lastly mini smoked mackerel fishcakes with beetroot salsa .
Our main meal consisted of several cold meats including rare roasted Cornish beef , Coronation Chicken with apricots and almonds , slow roast pork belly with homemade pork scratchings, fish and salads. We finished the whole thing off with homemade Cornish strawberry cheesecake, double chocolate roulade and lemon tart.
Travers and Brown was hands down the best photographer we had found. The quality of his work was way beyond anything else we had seen online. He was very easy going, very accommodating and great fun on the day. The resulting photographs were far better than we even imagined. We cannot recommend him highly enough.
Don’t worry too much about your guests having fun – if you have fun, everyone else will. So long as you provide all the ingredients for success, it’s down to the people you invite.