Right in the heart of Cornwall the beautiful and intimate winter wedding of Vicky & Tom took place at the charming Trevenna Barns.
Vicky & Tom decorated the rustic marquee with lots of lace, twinkling fairy lights & of course a Christmas tree! They added lots of festive fragrances, including cinnamon sticks & scented candles. I bet it all smelt AMAZING and will forever be a comforting reminder of their day. If only this page had scratch & sniff!
Warning, if you’ve skipped lunch it might be a good idea to continue reading when your tummy is a bit more satisfied as the mention of all the down to earth hearty food will have you drooling! I literally can’t stop thinking about all those pies – mmm yum!
This wedding will fill you with a warm, cozy & content afterglow. It’s simply beautiful in every way!
The Brides Fashion
Vicky The Bride: I knew from the start the style of dress I wanted, nothing fussy, simple ivory dress, long sleeved with lace detail. After searching around for ages and not finding anything that matched my criteria so decided to get my dress made for me! I found a lovely local lady who was happy to make the dress of my dreams and it was a fraction of the price of wedding dresses from all the bridal shops!! My dress was perfect, it gave the vintage and simple look I dreamed of. I matched the vintage theme with a 1940’s inspired head piece from Amica Bridal Boutique and my hairdresser fitted it in place on the day. With comfort on the day in mind the shoes came from New Look and were just plain sparkly flat silver dolly shoes. I bought a hand knitted ivory wrap from eBay for the evening when it turned colder (although it was not needed as the weather was so perfect, sunny and mild!) My hairdresser came out to the venue Saturday morning to style mine, my bridesmaids and mothers hair.
The Grooms Attire
Tom The Groom: As I am a bit unique in my personality and definitely my looks, I always wanted a different and funky suit. With no help from Vicky I took my best friend suit shopping and after just a few hours we had found his dream suit along with all 4 Groomsmen suits, all the shirts, shoes & bow ties (don’t know how women spend so long shopping!) I found my suit in Moss Bros, it was a bespoke designer suit that they only make one of for display and to showcase different ideas, I loved it when I saw it, tried it on and it was just my size so although was twice the price of Vicky’s dress I knew I wanted it so bought it there and then. The 3 piece suit with electric green lining and bow tie was finished off with my Great Grandfathers pocket watch that had been worn for generations before me. I also had bespoke wedding ear plugs made as a surprise for Vicky with a picture of us along with the date of our wedding set in resin. I visited the barbers on the Friday morning to have an old fashioned beard trim and shave and felt ready to go!
We searched high and low for months for our venue, with just 2 specific requirements in mind
Trevenna stood out to us, with its rustic charm, beautiful setting and amazing staff. The converted farm house and barns that sleep up to 40 guests we knew our guests would be catered for and looked after from the moment they arrived at 4pm Friday to the moment they left at 12 noon Sunday. We were married in the Threshing Barn and had our reception in the beautiful marquee that is a permanent extension leading on from the Threshing Barn. Our guests had all they wanted, from food, drinks, service and fun.
As we had picked a winter wedding we wanted to encompass that into out general feel of the wedding. We didn’t have a particular colour scheme as such but following on the wedding dress we followed a lace look throughout the wedding. Bridesmaids dresses, chair decorations, ribbons to tie the bouquets, covered jam jars all in ivory lace. We had an abundance of fairy lights and candles to give a romantic cosy feel, we also placed scented cinnamon Yankee candles around the venue to give a warm Christmassy smell and so that in future whenever we smell this candle we will be brought back to the happies time of our lives. Candles and fairy lights lined the stairs, the aisle, the table, the bar, every available surface or space. We had pine cones, apple and orange slices and cinnamon sticks to decorate the rooms and of course the Christmas trees!
Being a fully qualified florist for 10 years Vicky would only ever have done her own flowers and decorations! Supplied by a fellow Florist friend the bridal flowers were simple whites, creams and sliver foliages and consisted of seasonal white Hyacinths, Ranunculus, scented Garden Roses, Bloom Chrysanthemums, White Anemones, Silver Brunai, white Gypsophila and Silver Miller, bouquets tied with ivory lace ribbon. The Buttonholes were white Ranunculus and silver Brunia. We crammed the venue full of jam jars filled with flowers, potted Hyacinths, white Cyclamen and candles.
We had 2 Bridesmaids, Vicky’s twin Sister Beck and younger Sister Sarah. Their dresses were from Debenhams and we went for a grey colour full length dress with lace detailing to follow the lace theme of the wedding dress. Sarah had a vintage inspired head piece from Claire’s Accessorises and bright red lipstick to complete the look.
Vicky The Bride: The 4 Groomsmen – Grooms Father, Brother, best friend and Bride’s Father had brown plaid tweed look 3 piece suits with blue and white checked shirts and red polka dot bow ties from River Island. All with light brown shoes. We insisted on beards being grown for the wedding, with Tom having a substantial beard himself, everyone really took it on board and looking back on the photos we love the idea even more! We bought 3 pairs of wedding wellies which I tied lace and ribbon bows onto for myself and the Bridesmaids to wear for outside photos, which looked great and made a good prop for the action shots!!
We decided to write our own vows, we kept things as short as possible and just included the promises that had meaning to us. The memorable part of the ceremony has to be Tom fighting back the tears when saying his vows that in turn bought out the whole room in tears too! Our registrars were lovely and we had our very dear friends witness our signing of the register.
We decided early on against having a band, instead we opted for a vintage style Juke Box that included every number 1 hit from 1960 to present day, allowed playlists to be selected and also just looked fab!! We used a local company who came recommended by Trevenna called Kernow Groove, a really lovely couple who set up, cleared away the juke box and took care of everything. The Juke box was a real hit and everyone commented how different and unusual it was, it made an wicked attraction to look at with the lights and allowed guests to choose their own music, so much better than a DJ and at a tiny fraction of the cost!
We had an adult magician for our evening guests (at first we thought this was tacky) but after meeting him and seeing the amazing mind blowing tricks we were converted!! The guests were wowed by the tricks and it really gave the night a little something different and special.
Tom The Groom: Neither of us are a fan of ‘posh’ food so we wanted something we would enjoy at a pub, also being winter something warm and hearty. The venue were so accommodating with all our ideas and we later found out that our requests were new even to them and they embraced new ideas wonderfully! Friday on arrival our 40 guests received a Cornish Cream Tea served in their barns. Friday’s dinner was beer battered fish with chips and homemade mushy peas followed by pecan pie and clotted cream served all together in the Farm House. Saturday (wedding day) it was bacon sandwiches (egg option for veggies) with tea and coffee. Our Canapes were mini pigs in blankets, mini Yorkshire puddings with beef and goats cheese bruschetta’s. We decided to stay away from the usual of fizz or Pimms for our reception drinks and chose cranberry mojitos and pints of local Doombar ale (with mulled fruit juice for the kids and non drinkers) instead which all the guests loved!!
For our wedding breakfast we all sat down one long table as we wanted everyone together and didn’t want a top table, we chose a mixed Cornish meze for starters with homemade breads, olives, sundried tomatoes, baked camembert and chorizo cooked in sherry, this was served down the middle of the table for everyone to just tuck in! For the main course we went for pie and mash!! We had winter game pie, turkey cranberry and sausage pies and roasted winter vegetable pies. All served with mashed potato, seasonal sprouts, carrots and braised red cabbage and topped off with gravy. Dessert we decided we did not want anything too heavy with having a heavy-ish main so we went for a winter twist on a knicker bocker glory. Guests made their own ice cream sundaes choosing from a selection of Cornish cinnamon and vanilla ice creams, homemade marzipan, mince pie crumbs, Terry’s Chocolate Orange pieces, mulled fruits and clotted cream. This idea was a huge hit with both adults and kids!! As neither of us particularly wanted a standard fancy cake we saved money and decided on something different by making our own!!
Becky (Brides sister) made up huge vanilla baked cheesecakes which we decorated using flowers and sat them on a rustic hand made one off cake stand made from tree trunks with our initials carved in. The evening buffet was Cornish pasties and local cheese selection with chutneys and crackers. Sunday all guests received a full Cornish breakfast in the farmhouse where we could all chat and reflect on the day before (and nurse our Mojito hangovers!)
Our maid of honour is a vegan and another Bridesmaid is a vegetarian so it was really important that the venue we picked could cater for this as we didn’t want them to miss out with just a boring salad or sorbet option for their food!! Trevenna chefs were amazing making sure neither of them missed out and adapting variations on all our food to meet their dietary requirements. Our aim was that none of our guests went hungry or thirsty at our wedding and this was well and truly achieved!
We wanted a photographer that we knew would capture the feel of our day and seeing Ross’s previous work we knew straight away we wanted him! The photos were everything we imagined and we have had so so many amazing comments on how beautiful they are! We opted for minimal ‘posed’ shots and wanted more action shots to capture the day.
We always knew we wanted a wedding day that was different and unique to reflect our personalities, we saw our wedding as a chance to do what we wanted and to show that you can break away from the norm and people still have a great time! We tried in all aspects to make our guests both young and old happy but without compromising what we wanted for ourselves.
When we decided to not have a band everyone told us that guests would be bored and we had to have a band!! But we stuck to our guns and in the end every single guest commented on how good the juke box was!! With the adult magician adding a different twist on evening entertainment, the toys under the Christmas trees for the children we really tried to make sure everyone was catered for.
Instead of traditional wedding favours we picked 4 different charities and donated money to them in all our guests names, we then wrote a little poem to let out guests know who their wedding favour had helped and left it on all their table places.
For name places we tied together cinnamon sticks with ribbon and bought some luggage tags from eBay and put them on everyones table places. We didn’t want a normal wedding guest book for people to sign so we went for a handmade wooden tree jigsaw puzzle with guests to write their messages on a puzzle piece, we have then mounted and framed this to look back on in the years to come.
Instead of expensive vases and pots for flowers we got all our friends and family collecting all their used jam jars of all sizes for months before the wedding, we then used a glue gun to decorate the jars with ribbon and lace, we used these for candles, flowers and plants. We bought material from eBay and some old net curtains and Wendy who made the wedding dress made us loads of bunting for the marquee.
We draped the beams in the ceremony room with fairy lights and ivy and scattered the whole place with jars of flowers and candles. For chair backs we saved money on expensive chair covers and just bought rolls of lace organza from eBay and tied bows around the chairs ourselves.
We went to our local market and found a lady who sells vintage style games and toys and bought some old school card and puzzle gams for our guests to play and bought some photo booth props to put around the tables for picture opportunities.
Brides sister Becky made a selection of milk white and dark marzipan, ginger and orange flavoured mice using melted chocolate and plastic moulds which we put in jars, tied luggage labels around the jars with ‘help yourself’ written on them for our guests.
We bought wicker hearts and using a glue gun we glued cinnamon sticks, orange slices and pine cones to them for a rustic and wintery decorations to hang around the venue. We just bought wholesale bags of these cinnamon sticks and dried fruits from eBay.
We had a child’s indoor teepee that we had made by a woman on Facebook, we wrapped fairy lights around it and the kids used this as a play den and the loved it!! We then gave it to our little 8 month old niece afterwards so it will continue to be enjoyed.
For our special day we all pulled together to decorate and work hard to make the venue magical and the day perfect. We enjoyed every minute of our rustic, wintery cosy wedding weekend and wouldn’t change a single second of it!!
Photography by Ross Hurley Photography
- Bespoke Bridal Dress Wendy Bruce at Sew Nifty
- Bridal Shoes New Look
- Veil / Headpiece Amica Bridal Boutique
- Venue Trevenna Barns
- Florist Flowers Going Green
- Bridesmaid Dresses Debenhams
- Groomsmen Next
- Bespoke Groom Suit Moss Bros.
- Stationery Swoon at the Moon
- Magician IB Magic
- Juke Box Kernow Productiions