There’s just something super sweet and pretty about todays big day and boy are we spoiling you all with seaside weddings right now!
Todays is a little different showing you yet another way of making it yours with Rock My Wedding reader Rebecca’s glamorous Cornish wedding to Dave.
Dave and I were married on the 25th September 2010, just over two years after we were engaged. I was a year into my nurse training when he proposed, hence the (what I consider to be) lengthened engagement. Two years gave us the time to save and gave me the opportunity to spend two years procrastinating on wedding activities rather than writing essays. Our tale began, rather romantically, in Tesco. I was a checkout girl for a summer when I was nineteen when he came through my till. It later turned out that he worked there too, as a runner, which I used to my full advantage to pursue him until he became mine. Nine months later he moved to Brighton to live nearer me whilst I finished my first degree. Seven and a bit years later we’re still in Brighton, but Cornwall is still considered to be as much our home, so it was the natural choice to get married there.
A Mousehole Bolt hole
One thing that we splashed out on, that caused doubts but was one of the best things we booked, was a holiday cottage for the week before. Both of our parents live in Penzance, and we usually reside at my folks on trips, but this time we knew we would want a hideaway. We booked The Old Stores in Mousehole. It’s an old store house for the old village shop with a roll top bath in the bedroom and floorboards made out of the old food storage boxes.
It was probably our biggest extravagance, but was worth every single penny and provided a lovely setting for getting ready on the morning of the wedding. Being a student, I had to carefully consider every purchase, but this was well worth the extra overtime we both had to do at work.
She wore a Pink Ribbon
The dress! Well, I bought this (much to the amusement of everyone I knew) about two weeks after we were engaged. I had taken one of my best friends to a dress shop just to try them on in an attempt to get the unruly dress thoughts out of my head. The plan was to swish about in a few and then begin some serious dress shopping in a years time. The universe obviously had other ideas that day. We went to Pronuptia in Brighton. Not my first choice of shop, but fine for some window shopping I thought. Most of the dresses seemed to be very traditional, silk dresses. They were nice but just not ‘me’. Then I found ‘the one’.
It was from their couture range, and should have been £1400, but luckily for me it was reduced to under £500. Seeing as my original budget in my head was about £300 this was way over but worth every single penny. It had everything I didn’t know I wanted. Ribbons, a small train, low back and lace. I paid my deposit and left it in storage at the shop. However, a few months later the recession started to take a hold and bridal gown shops were dropping like flies. So, for piece of mind I paid the balance and it came to live under my bed until it came to fitting time.
To veil or not to veil? Now, that really was a question! I originally decided to have a bespoke birdcage veil made for me by a local milliner. However, the finished product was not what I had asked for so that idea was out the window. In the end, my mum bought me a beautiful Amanda Wyatt headband from Bride in Penzance. The lady in there was so helpful, even though I was only spending a (relatively) small amount of money.
I wanted something to break up the large expanse of flesh I was showing off on my back, so my mum bought me a marabou wrap which I converted into a shrug. I finished off my outfit with a necklace and matching stud earrings that Dave had bought for me from an antique shop on a trip to Rye. They were new items, but looked antique and were the perfect bows I had been looking for.
An Irregular Choice
The shoes! A pair of Irregular Choice gold-edged sling backs that I picked up in a pop-up shop in Brighton.
I wanted shoes that I would wear again and they couldn’t be too high, (my mum’s one rule was I couldn’t be taller then Dave).
Pink to make the Boys Wink
The bridesmaids wore simple pink dresses from oli.co.uk. They were inexpensive, looked nice on all three of them and, because of the price, I wasn’t going to be too upset if they didn’t wear them again.
I left the shoes up to them. I wanted them to personalise their outfits as well as wear something they weren’t going to blame me for getting blisters in!
The hair and makeup. Due to the most disastrous make up trial, where the so called ‘make-up artist’ put makeup from the pound shop and Primark on my face, I ended up doing my own. Don’t get me wrong, I like cheap make up as much as the next person, it’s perfect for fancy dress and occasions where you are likely to wear that glittery lipstick once and once only, but not for my wedding day please. Needless to say I never ever communicated with her again and embarked on a mission to find the perfect products that were going to last on me all day. I ended up with an arsenal of products that did the job perfectly and spent as much as I would have done on a trial and artist for the morning with the added bonus of now having a rather lovely collection of make up.
Hair was done by Sarah Veal. She was a calming influence in the morning and did a beautiful job. My hair did not budge all day, and looked as good at the end as it did at the beginning.
Handsome as handsome can be
Now, Dave is a postman. He lives in shorts and t-shirts and has never worn a suit. We didn’t want to hire suits for anyone, it wasn’t the look we were going for, so everyone wore their own. Dave wore a suit by Jasper Conran at Debenhams and a bright turquoise tie, which he picked himself. His shoes were a pair of Rockports that we picked up in TKMaxx, which were the first pair of smart shoes he had owned since being at school.
As someone who is always told he looks about 12 he looked as handsome as handsome can be. There was no colour theme at our wedding, so we left the ushers and best man to wear what they wanted to.
Photography – Luna Photography
Cottage – The Old Stores in Mousehole
Dress – Pronuptia
Headband – Amanda Wyatt from Bride in Cornwall.
Shoes – Irregular Choice
Maids – Oli.co.uk
Hair – Sarah Veal
Grooms Suit – Jasper Conran at Debenhams
I am so adding that cottage to my travel hot list. What a brilliant idea. And if someone told you they would be wearing a dress with pink ribbons would you think it would work? It so works.
See you tomorrow for Part 2 ladies 😉