Good morning and a happy Tuesday to you all. Today I have a beautiful Cornish wedding to share from South West photographer Barney Walters. When you receive narrative from a bride that reads “I always knew that I wanted a spring wedding, and this informed so much of our day”…you know you’re in for a treat – a highly personal wedding (the Bride’s brother catered the whole day!) that’s seasonal and takes it’s lead from traditional, classic style choices. Brace yourselves, it’s a pretty one…
From Bride Megan: Our wedding day was inspired by the idea of a traditional English garden party. I really didn’t want a formal, stuffy wedding, as this just isn’t us. A lot of our choices were made with the reception venue in mind. An old vicarage, decorated in period style, it really helped to draw out the more ‘traditional’, old-fashioned elements of the day.
My dress was lace with a train, and my hair and make-up were quite Edwardian in feel. Jennifer at Cornwall Hair Stylist created a very loose, feminine look for me. Our wedding car was a classic Old English White Morgan, hired from Perranwell Garage, and we looked like we’d stepped straight out of a BBC costume drama.
But we kept things relaxed with soft colours and an informal set-up. The two main colours were antique pink, which was in the bridesmaid dresses, and a pale sage green, in the men’s ties. Our florist, Rae at Anwen Jones, created amazing bouquets of soft pinks, creams, and light greens. She offers clients the option of ‘DIY flowers’, where she delivers loose flowers at low prices so that you can arrange them yourself. So on the morning of the wedding, I filled jam jars with spring flowers as our table centrepieces. We didn’t have a formal seating plan or a top table; guests were able to help themselves from a buffet and sit where they liked.The food was amazing: my brother, Joe Westley, is a chef and prepared a wonderful selection for us. Rather than having a DJ, we opted for a vintage-look jukebox, supplied by Kernow Groove. Guests were able to choose the music from a selection of Top 40 hits, ranging from 1952 to the present day. The photography suited our day perfectly; Barney Walters specialises in relaxed, reportage-style images, and the end result was amazing.
A lot of the details of our day were made, rather than bought, and for me that was very important in creating the feel that I wanted. I made the confetti, invitations and orders of service myself, and sewed bunting and table runners for the reception on a Victorian Singer sewing machine. Benjamin’s mother made our wedding cake, and I and my bridesmaids assembled and decorated it on the night before the wedding. I’m glad that we didn’t spend an absolute fortune on our day – sticking with a personal, informal theme and making things ourselves created something that I’m very proud of. I never wanted the embellishments to detract from the main reason we were all there.
Pretty special huh?
//Credits: Photographer: Barney Walters//Dress: by Phil Collins, from Bride! in Penzance//Reception venue: The Old Vicarage //Catering: Joe Westley please contact – email@example.com// Hair and make-up: Cornwall Hair Stylist//Flowers: Anwen Jones//Suit Hire: Moss//Wedding car: Perranwell//Jukebox: Kernow Grove//Jewellery: Earrings by Olivier Laudus and pearl and silver sixpence bracelet by Esme Burton at Inkee & Deco