Adam here… Introducing the next w-day from our last bunch of lovely real bride ladies, today is the turn of Victoria who married Simon in Cornwall earlier in the year.
Victoria: Hello lovelies! Time has flown by since I last left you back in April – when it was probably still snowing!… For those of you that didn’t follow our initial story (catch up catch up!) Marathon Man Simon and I had been planning a Cornish wedding affair after getting engaged at Kynance Cove in 2011 during a day of coastal running (too-much-Lycra-warning) with our lovely spaniel Costa.
We went down to Mullion in Cornwall, three days before the wedding to set everything up which was fun and exhausting in equal measure – there were a lot of logistics to be considered with getting wedding HQ from London to Cornwall and bringing it all together (in a serene and stress-free fashion, natch). All the family and friends started arriving and pitched in – if you were tall enough and loitered you were passed a lantern or bunting to hang! We managed to have some lovely big ‘rehearsal’ meals out in our favourite places so we could all spend loads of time together.
Our reception was at the beautiful Bonython Manor Gardens. They had cottages on site that we could use for the wedding party which made it very easy during the setting up stage! It was only a little bit like a wedding sweatshop in each cottage….
Mum and I went for some girl-time in the spa on Thursday, Friday it was my turn in charge while Simon played golf with his boys. I had my humungous spreadsheet printed for everyone so we could work through the jobs. With a completely DIY venue, where essentially you have just hired some lovely grass for the weekend and everything else is brought in (!) then there is a LOT to do. I couldn’t have done it without my brilliant team of helpers, there is just too much to set up and decorate… Oh and HOW we decorated!!!
Hand Made Bunting
LPM Bohemia erected the Grand Pavilion, a huge canvas yurt with ash beams stretching high in the air. We hung my handmade bunting and filled it to the ceiling with hanging lanterns for a colour pop. The black and white central dance floor with its nautical star was surrounded by 12 bandstand like beams which we wrapped in fairy lights.
Gorgeously rustic wooden trestle tables and mismatched coloured chairs appeared from Virginia’s Vintage Hire – these we set up radiating out like a sundial with a top table of 20 of our closest family and friends in the centre of the dance floor. Virginia’s Vintage Hire also provided, amongst other things, a sweet French daybed and some lovely garden games and benches for outside.
I sourced additional vintage furniture from the fabulous Elle at Inspire Hire and we created a “chill out” area with some standing lamps and a curved velvet sofa, and tucked in some photographs of our grandparents’ wedding days – they would have loved it.
The Guest Book
We added an old console table, writing desk and typewriter for our “guest book area” and hung vintage postcard bunting we had collected above it. We then left instructions for guests to write us a postcard in lieu of a traditional guest book message. I had found a suitcase to collect our cards in, which my talented friend Romilly covered in pretty decoupage. Another suitcase stored a collection of flip-flops for “dancing feet” and we also provided a selection of pashminas for evening warmth!
Bottles Of L.O.V.E
Inspire Hire found the perfect window-like-mirror (!) for our table plan but the pièce de résistance was the amazing bar area we created. I knew I loved Elle when I told her I’d like to create a bar from wine crates, and she instantly got on board sending me pictures of the crates she was using as shelving and suggesting an old door across the top of them. Perfection! The top was covered with huge glass dispensers, coloured stripy straws and jam jars for Pimms, and we popped old books with little glass apothecary bottles and L.O.V.E lettering on display in the crating.
For setting up the tables my brilliant and amazing Mum handmade hessian table runners hemmed with pretty mismatched florals. These created a table mat for each couple and ran across the tables rather than along. RMW Real Bride Jo provided her collection of vintage tea cups and side plates. My clever Mother-in-Law Virginia handmade beautiful napkins for everyone which we tied with “happily ever after” cotton ribbon around the cutlery. In between these I stacked hardback books I had collected (with plenty of Enid Blyton), together with a mixture of vintage jugs, teacups, crystal, china and teapots to stuff with flowers. These we surrounded with crystal cut votives and hessian wrapped jam jars filled with tealights. We had wooden planting crates made with our table names on, that doubled as red wine holders and are now in our garden!
Our blonde bombshell florist George Mackay appeared on Friday afternoon and all of a sudden everything smelt INCREDIBLE. We had a mixture of soft pretty country flowers in fragrant whites, pinks and lavender – cezanne roses, peonies, sweet peas, gypsophila, ranunculus, chins, lavender, bluebells, bouvardia, stocks, and silver dollar eucalyptus. It was complete heaven. George was even able to create some stunning hanging flowers over the dance floor, strung with fishing wire through the flower heads.
I was so so pleased with all the things we had collected/made/sourced and worked so hard to plan and put together, it just looked magical. It really was our own little world that we created, everywhere you looked there were interesting corners with ‘things’ we love – ‘stuff we like’ really did become our “theme” in a way and I was so thrilled with how we pulled it off. EXCITINGLY what you see in our pictures can now be hired, sourced or made just for you (sewing fingers at the ready) through our new venture Show Me The Pretty. Now it was off to enjoy our final night as singletons with some prosecco on the clifftops before the biggest day of our lives….
Photographer: Naomi Kenton
Wedding Planning Show Me The Pretty
Videographer Reel Sixty
Dress Boutique Ellie Sanderson
Accessories Emmy & Sarah Morris
Makeup Suzi Winter Hair: Jodie Hanson www.JDHairstylist.co.uk
Groom & FOB Suit Regent Tailoring
Groomsmen Suits Anthony Hire
Reception Venue Bonython Manor Estate Gardens
Yurt LPM Bohemia
Décor Virginia’s Vintage Hire & Inspire Hire & Show Me The Pretty
Flowers George Mackay
Wedding Breakfast Round Kitchen
Desert Cornish Ice Trike
Cake Cornish Fancies
Our Victoria knows how to lay down a quality cliff-hanger doesn’t she 🙂
Not long people, not long before our story will have a conclusion… Tune in later today folks.