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Wedding On The Beach At Lusty Glaze Cornwall

If you’re dreaming of a coastal wedding, but are unsure of how you can make this happen, then I think I’ve found the venue for you. Privately owned beach wedding venue, Lusty Glaze, allows you to celebrate your wedding in your very own private cove, complete with gorgeous sandy beach, picturesque beach huts and incredible food. It really is a special place that needs very little dressing to make it magical. Gorgeous Emma and Scott chose the venue because they love holidaying in Cornwall with their family and wanted a laid back, beach BBQ wedding for their guests.

Emma looks utterly gorgeous in a bespoke gown (with pockets FYI), totally nailing the chic minimal silhouette that is going to be huge this year in bridal fashion. And her pony tail is just perfection. I haven’t even mentioned her ‘something blue’ tassled heels yet…you’ll be pulling out the credit card immediately.

The beautiful images come from the amazing Ross Talling, a RMW favourite, who you’ll not only find on our recommended supplier directory, but Ross also shot our very own Alice’s big day too! Coming to a blog near you soon 😉 But for now, let’s escape to the beach with Emma and Scott…

Wedding On The Beach At Lusty Glaze Cornwall

Emma & Scott: Scott and I started planning our wedding day almost immediately after getting engaged following a surprise birthday trip to Dubai together. We had been together almost 7 years at the time and had our two beautiful children Florence and Rex. I had never really imagined our wedding day prior to getting engaged, I just knew we would want something special and meaningful to us.
A laid back informal day to have fun, party with friends, family and of course our children. The meaning of our day was to “tie the ribbon” around our little family, and in the words of our then 5 year old Florence…“to have a nice time and for Mummy to be a Beasley too.”

We knew instantly the venue that was perfect for us, a place we had already made many treasured memories as a family of 4. A place we fell in love with as soon as we found it on our first family holiday to Cornwall in 2014. Lusty Glaze Beach, Newquay. With it’s laid back, beautiful, idyllic Cornish beach setting, it was the only place we considered. We immediately contacted the Wedding Team at Lusty for dates completely overwhelmed that the first date we picked was available.

I did wonder on several occasions were we doing the right thing getting married so far from home? How could I possibly plan it, how would I know who and what to book? Could our friends and family make the journey down to Cornwall? The team were so helpful in giving us advice and local suppliers contact details. Date was set, venue booked, no need to search for caterers as Lusty provide all delicious catering in house. Everything so far was falling into place. Despite having reservations about our decision to marry away from home I have absolutely no regrets. The one thing we did, following advice from other married couples was to plan our day to what we wanted. Not to worry about upsetting family/friends etc, and to do the right thing for us and not feel any stress with the decisions we made.

Planning your wedding is the most wonderful and exciting and short lived time, enjoy every moment. We found everyone we cared about made the huge effort to join us on our wedding day and days there after as they too planned a holiday on the beautiful Cornish Coastline. It was so special to have that time with our closest family and friends. Something we will be grateful for forever.

Cornish Ice Cream & Cream Teas

Food was one of the easy decisions to make, the wedding team at Lusty made it that way with their perfectly thought through wedding menu. We started the day post ceremony with Prosecco and beers…of course! Then to tide our guests over until dinner we chose delicious clotted cream and jam scones, well when in Cornwall…

Little tubs of ice cream were also handed out to the children because they couldn’t play on a beach and not have an ice cream.

Dinner was served after speeches and we decided on the BBQ buffet. A selection of meats and fish served with a selection of potatoes, salads, pasta, vegetables and breads. Everyone enjoyed the informal feeling of the BBQ and the food was amazing, especially the marinated tuna steak! Delicious!

We decided to have our wedding cake sliced and handed out after the bbq as we wanted to make sure everyone got a piece, I didn’t want any of the delicious cake to go to waste. The children all had yummy cheese pizza, and more ice cream! The flow of ice cream was endless. I made a big sweetie treat crate for the children to dip in and out of during the day. Evening food was typical beside the seaside, fish and chip cones. A favourite for everyone.

Bespoke Wedding Dress With Pockets

Having started shopping for a wedding dress I quickly realised that I actually didn’t like anything. Lace, sequins and sparkle just didn’t do anything for me, I struggled to picture myself in anything.

I turned to pinning on Pinterest. All were very relative in design, simple, plain and I liked pockets! The only thing with Pinterest was everything I pinned wasn’t available any where nearby or within budget. So that’s when I met Kate at Marieé Bridal Couture, Nantwich. It’s a beautiful local shop, five minutes from home so fittings etc were so easy to manage throughout the development of my dress.

After trying on more designers and not getting ‘the feeling’ in any dresses. I tried on one of Kate’s very own designs. I loved it, the colour, the fabric, the box pleated skirt that had pockets! I just wasn’t sure about the top part of the design. I made another appointment with Kate to discuss my ideas and what we could do to make my perfect dress.

Kate is such a talented lady, she was fantastic. She knew exactly what I wanted and was completely honest with what would or wouldn’t work with the design. Kate also made my little girl Florence a mini-me dress from the same beautiful silk mix mikado fabric as mine, to add a touch of fun and colour she lined Florences with a layered baby blue underskirt. I loved that we matched. I loved the whole bespoke experience, the designing, the fittings, seeing my dress develop each time, and working with Kate.

I kept all my accessories to a minimum, even my hair, a simple curled pony tail. I wanted my look to be all about my dress and my shoes. My best friend Andrew gave me some Tiffany pearl drop earrings as a gift prior to my wedding day, they were absolutely perfect with my dress. I also wore a classic Tiffany blue heart pendant bracelet that had been a gift from my parents. Mum and Dad surprised me with my shoes. A pair of bright blue scrappy Aquazzuras. I knew I wanted a blue shoe, something to add a surprise beneath my dress and these fit the bill perfectly.

The Groom

Scott too was very particular at what he wanted to wear. We wanted the wedding to have an informal feeling, but not too laid back as after all, it was our wedding day.
Scott also began to pin ideas of wedding suits for inspiration. I completely left him to it, I trusted him 100% to get a great suit and wear it well. Same as me, Scott struggled to find anything on the shelf so that’s when he made his appointment with Patrick at Crichton Bespoke Chester. Together they made the perfect, three piece, customised, coordinated suit, complete with bespoke shirts. He teamed this with accessories and suede sand loafers from Reiss. The colours and fabric choices were perfect for our wedding style and the surroundings. Patrick was superb and Scott too enjoyed his whole bespoke experience. Who ever said a wedding was all about the bride’s dress?! Not forgetting our little boy Rex who too looked just as dapper as his Daddy. Patrick made Rex some tailored shorts from the same fabric as Scott’s jacket. They tied in together wonderfully. Little touches like this meant so much to me.

The Flowers

Our florist was a totally lovely local lady, Mari from This Rugged Coast. Mari created everything, from centre pieces, my bouquet, buttonholes and the prettiest flower crown for Florence. I LOVE flowers, they were the key and most important decorations as they were the centre pieces for our tables. We had glass jars filled with the most beautiful spring time selection of white flowers. Roses, peonies with sprigs of gorgeous soft green foliage and eucalyptus, arranged in Mari’s rugged, Cornish style. So beautiful. I adored the flowers, and the smell.

We found Mari through a recommendation of another florist who was unable to do our date. Thank goodness this happened. Mari could not have created anything more like I imagined. They were absolutely stunning. The collection of white spring blooms and natural soft greens fit perfectly with our clean, classic coastal, mood. Mari herself was an absolute joy to know, we had a coffee together at Lusty during a visit prior to the wedding. She made me laugh so much.

The Decor

We kept decorations to a minimum, the fact we had to travel a 5 hour distance with 2 children in tow meant that space within the cars was limited. We didn’t feel we needed it, Lusty itself is a beautifully presented venue with the lanterns, twinkling fairy lights and most of all the stunning backdrop of the most gorgeous little Lusty Glaze beach. What more could we need?

There was one little touch that was made by our Aunty Janet. Some beautiful vintage lace doily bunting. She collected all the doilies from various places, I absolutely adored it. Aunty Janet, even popped down to the venue on the wedding morning to hang the bunting around the ceremony area. I have all the bunting to cherish forever and some is hung in Florence’s bedroom.

The Entertainment

Our DJ, Fistral Stereo, is Lusty’s very own Robin. He kept the party going playing all the current and classic indie, pop and dance. Robin even managed to mix in some classic sixties/seventies which pleased parents and aunties and uncles no end. The dance floor was never empty, really was a great party.

One of the most special parts of our wedding day was our very cool friend Graeme playing his guitar. He sang me down the aisle to Coldplay Yellow – a favourite of mine and Scott’s, and Graeme did a number of sets throughout the day. He was a hit with everyone…especially the ladies and my bestie Andrew as he was wearing his full traditional Scottish attire! We will forever be grateful to Graeme for his part in our wedding day.

We had a total of 30 children at our wedding, with ages ranging from 18m to 9 years old. Our photographer Ross Talling gave us the idea of arranging childcare for a few hours. Being a Daddy himself he understood our concern of entertaining the large group of children for the whole day. We didn’t want anyone feeling like they were taking it in turns to watch the kids. So that’s how we met Jo from Blissful Childcare. Jo and her team did a fantastic job with all the children. They supervised whilst the children all ate altogether. Then they were taken down onto the beach to explore, play games, paint pebbles and all kinds of fun things. The adults relaxed, enjoyed the food, wine and speeches. It gave not only the adults a break but the children too, they all had so much fun together. Blissful Childcare was an exceptional addition to our wedding day.

Cocktails

Scott and I never understood the point of a favour. So we treated our guests to cocktails after our first dance to get the party started. The team at Lusty handed out mojitos and a gin and elderflower selection. Safe to say, they were appreciated!

The Photography

Following booking the venue, the photographer was the next big important ‘to do’ on my list. This was something that had to be perfect, I love taking lots of photographs myself, capturing moments to remember and look back on. I found Ross Talling, another local, incredibly talented guy. I instantly loved Ross’s natural eye for moments, unposed pictures and details. He understood our desire to have un obtrusive natural photos and to capture the real moments. Ross completely blended in with our guests, a really nice guy and another fantastic addition to our day. I don’t think anyone even regarded him as the photographer he captured the whole day exactly as we wished and we were thrilled we chose him.

Author: Fern Godfrey
Fern spends most of her time dreaming about weddings and trying to convince her long-suffering boyfriend to propose. Lucky enough to live in sunny Cornwall, if you need her – you’ll find her at beach.

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