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County Cream Bridal House “The marriage of style & design”

County Cream is passionate about creating the perfect setting, a friendly and professional service and an amazing selection of bridal gowns, bridesmaids dresses and beautiful accessories. From informal vintage right through to romantic ball gowns they are all there to ensure brides can achieve the look they desire. For the “special” County Cream experience visit the showrooms where beautiful creations and a warm welcome awaits.

The Showrooms Penmount Farm, Newquay Road Truro, Cornwall TR4 9AA www.countycreambridalhouse.co.uk For your appointment 01872 262271

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WELCOME

STYLE 10. INTO THE WILD

Uber chic styles for hipster brides 16. HEAVENLY CREATURE Divine dresses embellished with beads and jewels 22. MATERIAL GIRL Gorgeous gowns tailored to your personality 28. WED’S BOUDOIR Bridal beauty tips and trends 30. EARTHLY TREASURES Finishing pieces inspired by nature 34. BREAK THE MOULD Contemporary wedding rings for modern couples 36. JUICY COUTURE Bridesmaid fashions with a hot citrus twist 48. HERE COMES THE GROOM Style special for the main man 52. THE GROOMING PARLOUR The lowdown on looking good, from facials to fragrance

Editor Rebecca Matthews

FEATURES 42. WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Chief features writer Hannah May

The great name debate discussed

Features writers

s n o i t a r b i v good Charity Wilson, Nathan Midgley,

Jo Lenny

Design

Matt Sanwell, Design UNLTD

www.designunltd.co.uk

Advertising & Management

51. I LOVE YOU, MAN The best man quandary: one man’s view 55. THE GREAT HEN AND STAG HUNT Dos with a difference, from pampering to partying 60. SEASIDE DELIGHTS Ocean menu ideas for a sea-themed celebration 62. SWEET DREAMS Tuck into the tastiest cake crazes

Brendan Sleeman

67. FASHION FORWARD FLORALS Hot trends for summer flowers

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72. GREEN IS THE NEW WHITE Inspiration for an eco chic celebration

wed Magazine F3 Champions Yard Causewayhead

We’re getting back to nature this issue. Revelling in colour, sunshine and the

Penzance

decidedly dreamy landscape on our doorstep, we’ve handpicked the most

Cornwall

glorious and utterly gorgeous wedding inspiration the county has to offer.

TR18 2TA 01736 368899 wed@cornwallwedding.co.uk

www.wedmagazine.co.uk Print Four Way Print, Launceston

From the exotic mood and sassy shapes of ‘Into The Wild’ to the floaty gowns and divine details of ‘Heavenly Creature’, we’ve got cutting edge hip to timeless romance covered in style. Fond of sand dunes and salty air? Then prepare to be seduced by our pick of Cornwall’s

County Cream Model Zoe Perry

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94. WHICH BRIDE ARE YOU? Holding up under the planning pressure? Find out in our quiz 98. HEAVENLY HANGOUTS Unique settings for a dreamy honeymoon

consider your seaside party palace found. And boys – don’t miss this issue’s grooms special. From suits to stag dos, we show you

104. BAKING BLISS Gift ideas for baking in style

fellas how to make your wedding rock.

107. FINE DINER Fabulous furnishings for your dining space

Pour ocean-inspired menu ideas, scrumptious cakes and uber cool florals into the mix

REGULARS 6. BRIDAL BUZZ

www.countycreambridalhouse.co.uk Photography Simon Green

78. SHORE THING Ocean view wedding venues explored

102. LISTS WITH A TWIST Green, vintage and charity gift list solutions

ocean view wedding venues – from chilled beachside bars to sleek contemporary hotels,

Cover image Dress Art Couture

76. LOVE FILM Why a wedding film is a must-have

and you have yourself the formula to a rather fabulous wedding. And don’t forget to have a break from the wedding planning to take our fun quiz on p.94 – are you a Princess Bride or Bridezilla? All will be revealed! Remember you can stay in the Wed loop by registering on www.wedmagazine.co.uk and

What’s new, what’s hot, what’s on 86. THE VENUE Licensed venues for civil ceremonies in Cornwall

joining our facebook group.

116. GOT WED Newly weds share a glimpse of their day.

Until next issue, enjoy the ride.

126. TROUBLE OR STRIFE? Your wedding dilemmas resolved

Rebecca

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z z u b l a d i r b BRIDAL BUZZ

Jazzy Johanna

Sultry sounds with a jazzy tone are a definite crowd pleaser and young songstress Johanna Graham will deliver such a set with cool gusto. The talented singer’s extraordinary ability to capture the essence of a range of classic recordings makes her performance a stirring, moving and undoubtedly toe-tapping experience. With a varied repertoire full of recognisable tunes – extending from Rodgers and Hart through to Astrud Gilberto’s Bossa Nova and ‘60s pop classics penned by Bacharach and David – you can guarantee a stylish and sensationally retro soundtrack to your celebration. Backed by guitarist Martin Bowie, choose from an intimate duo performance or send everyone onto the dance floor in foot tapping submission with the swinging blend of Johanna’s rich voice accompanied by a whole band. 01736 369396 www.johannagraham.co.uk

Stylish Stationery From invitations to thank you cards, Alice Crafts has got it classily covered. For fine finishing touches with a flourish, their handmade cards are available for any purpose and type of occasion, whether simple ceremony or lavish extended affair. Alice Crafts offers a consultation upon request and provides a full and friendly service at affordable prices, tailoring their ideas and creations to your specifications, from colourful and contemporary to understated and elegant. Consider your picturesque paperwork found. 01326 210306 www.weddingdaycrafts.co.uk

gorgeous gowns to hip honeymoons To commemorate their first year anniversary, Brides and Bikinis, based at 4, Savoy Buildings, St Austell, has both a new look shop and business partner. Claire Venton, a qualified nail technician, hair stylist, make-up artist and spray tanner, has joined Claire Randall to extend the boutique’s services. A one stop for all your bridal beauty needs, the shop now has a treatment room and mobile beauty service to ensure you look stunningly good in your dress and your bikini. In addition, the shop ow operates a travel agency service for all your requirements from hen and stag dos to destination weddings and honeymoons. And don’t forget the fabulous finds in store: you’ll find dresses from Benjamin Roberts, Tia Bridal, Amanda Wyatt and Forever Yours as well as bikinis from Selinas, Moontide, Gul, Caprice and Behind Bikinis. 01726 72776 www.bridesnbikinis.co.uk

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Pretty Perfect

BRIDAL BUZZ

Don’t forget the minutiae and seat your guests on something shabby. Dress your chairs with exquisite covers and contemporary designs – and transform your venue into a chic personal party setting in the process. Working in partnership with a range of corporate clients as well as continually wowing the wedding market, Sitting Pretty’s sterling service and attention to detail is illustrated through their illustrious work. Choose from an extensive range of colours, sumptuous sashes available in organza, satin and taffeta, table runners, table mirrors, and floral and butterfly sash accessories. From bespoke design through to immaculate presentation, prepare to be seated in superb style. 07736 945120 www.sittingprettysouthwest.co.uk

Glamour Puss Specialising in beautiful bridal accessories made from Swarovski crystals,

fresh water pearls and diamante, take luxe liberties with Miss Glam Bridal’s extensive range of bespoke jewellery. Adorn some truly stunning pieces or present them as personalised gifts to your special wedding guests, be it the mother of the bride or groom, bridesmaids or maid of honour. For the modern woman concerned with showcasing a contemporary yet elegant style, and with some uniquely exclusive designs, source your handbags, fascinators, feather wraps or jewels from Miss Glam Bridal and emerge the belle of your wedded ball. 01326 259726 www.missglambridal.co.uk

SMOOTH SOUNDS You simply can’t beat a cool jazz soundtrack for your wedding – whip out a selection of Rat Pack classics, courtesy of talented duo Tom Quirke and Ross Williams, and you’re guaranteed to get your guests swooning. This classy musical pair will provide a wealth of recognisable tracks, such as ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ and ‘It Had To Be You’, alongside requested songs to ensure an individual yet crowdsatisfying set. The duo is available as a piano and double bass combo or alongside other musicians for a big band sound that can be as bluesy mellow or live energised as you desire. Whether you’re looking to literally jazz up the ceremony, champagne reception or wedding breakfast, or strike an ambient chord for the evening do, for a smooth wedding soundtrack, they’re your guys. 07889 915109 / 07827 667984 www.cornwallweddingentertainment.co.uk

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z z u b l a d i r bhot dates BRIDAL BUZZ

Fancy a fix of inspiration to get you on your wedded way? Head to these fairs and get the party started.

Kingsley Village Wedding Fair, Fraddon Sunday 20 September 11am-4pm

Pentillie Castle

Prepare for a bewildering yet beautiful array of wedding musthaves from frocks to flowers at this wedding fair hosted by A Certain Style wedding co-ordinators. Complete with a catwalk show and delicious samples from local caterers and chocolate fountain suppliers, prepare for an inspiring and dreamy day out in the heart of Cornwall. 07922 105053 www.acertainstyle.co.uk

Pentillie Castle Wedding Fair Sunday 27 September 11am-4pm

Pentillie Castle’s first ever wedding fair comprises the perfect opportunity to discover the romantic interiors and magical grounds of this magnificent new wedding venue. Located in South East Cornwall, the exclusive hire venue offers receptions for up to 250 people and a choice of luxurious accommodation. Meet a selection of fabulous and stylish wedding suppliers, from florists to photographers, with whom you can chat in elegant surrounds. A friendly and relaxed day out, this event promises to be just the ticket for busy brides with a taste for style.

Greenbank Hotel

01579 350044 www.pentillie.co.uk

Hall for Cornwall Wedding Fair, Truro Sunday 11 October 10.30am-4.30pm

Step off the high street and into the Hall for Cornwall for one of the largest fairs in the county’s wedding calendar. Featuring a catwalk show and a wide range of exhibitors showcasing creative cakes, gorgeous dresses and stunning accessories through to venues and entertainment, prepare for a feast of fabulous ideas. Enjoy. 01637 876321

Greenbank Hotel Wedding Fair, Falmouth Sunday 8 November 11am-4pm

This winter wedding event comprises a perfect opportunity to take a look around one of Falmouth’s most idyllic and historic wedding venues. Perched on the water’s edge with panoramic views across the Fal estuary, drink in the picturesque location and ambient interiors as well as inspiration from a selection of local wedding suppliers. 01326 312440 www.greenbank-hotel.co.uk

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Wedding superstition

If a bride happens to see a grey horse on the way to her wedding, it is thought to bring good luck. It is thought to be luckier still if she rides in a horse drawn carriage pulled by a grey horse.

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Pentillie C E ASTLE AND

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Exclusive Wedding Fair at South East Cornwall’s newest magical venue. Sunday 27th September, 11am – 4pm In association with Wed Magazine

Pentillie Castle and Estate, St Mellion, Saltash, Cornwall. PL12 6QD

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BRIDAL FASHION: INTO THE WILD

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BRIDAL FASHION

Art Couture, County Cream

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BRIDAL FASHION: INTO THE WILD

Pronuptia Headpiece and pendant

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BRIDAL FASHION Art Couture, County Cream Headpiece Elements of Earth

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BRIDAL FASHION: INTO THE WILD

Alexia Designs, County Cream Headpiece and pendant Elements of Earth

Accessories Elements

of Earth 01736 732266

www.elementsofearth.co.uk Hair Kelly

Smart Kelly Anza Hair Design 01736 361878 Green www.suzannagreen.co.uk Model Zoe Perry Photography Simon Green 01736 366626

Makeup Suzanna

www.simongreenphotography.co.uk Dress stockists

County Cream Penmount Farm, Newquay Road, Truro 01872 262271 www.countycreambridalhouse.co.uk

Pronuptia Trafalgar House, Malpas Road, Truro 01872 273970 www.pronuptiacornwall.co.uk

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BRIDAL FASHION

Eternity Bride, County Cream Headpiece Elements of Earth

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HEAVENLY CREATURE

BRIDAL FASHION: HEAVENLY CREATURE

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Float down the aisle in a symphony of divine beading, dazzling jewels and luxuriously light fabrics

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BRIDAL FASHION

Pronovias, Vu's Bridal

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Ebony & Ivory, Bride!

Headpiece

Bride!

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BRIDAL FASHION

Essense, Vu's Bridal

Pendant Elements

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Je T'Aime, Bride!

BRIDAL FASHION: HEAVENLY CREATURE

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BRIDAL FASHION

Amanda Wyatt, Bride!

Accessories Elements

of Earth 01736 732266 www.elementsofearth.co.uk

Hair Jack

Britten Kelly Anza Hair Design 01736 361878 Green www.suzannagreen.co.uk Model Charlotte Lodey Photography Simon Green 01736 366626

Makeup Suzanna

www.simongreenphotography.co.uk

Pendant Elements

Dress stockists

Bride! 45 Market Jew Street, Penzance 01736 364500 www.brideincornwall.com

Vu’s Bridal Boutique

of Earth

Harbour House, Molesworth Street,Wadebridge 01208 815440 www.vusbridal.co.uk

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FEATURE: DRESSING FOR YOUR PERSONALITY

Let your personality shine from your tresses to your toes in the season’s dreamiest dresses

Jasmine, Bliss Bridal Gowns www.bliss-bridal-gowns.co.uk

Amanda Wyatt Bride! www.brideincornwall.com

words Hannah May Forget about your heart: your outfit should be showcasing your soul. This season and beyond, trends are paving the way for charismatic styling as the continual mixing of styles, fabrics, colours and contours give rise to unique looks that merge fashion with individual spirit. The key to self-styling is simple: consider your wedding dress as

Jade Daniels,

an extension of who you are and revel in a

Little Anne Maids www.littleanne-maids.co.uk

look that is timelessly yours. To help you get started, we’ve compiled

the Beach babe

a series of personality types to help

The coastline is an intrinsic part of our everyday

you pin down your style tendencies

life and as many of the venues – both wedding

and find the frock to suit your self.

and engagement – are likely to have an ocean

Not only will you be saying

focus, reflecting the space in your dress seems

‘I do’; you will also be

sweetly appropriate.

announcing, ‘I am’…

Whether you’re a surf goddess, coastal explorer or summertime beach barbecue fan, an affiliation with our surrounding sands often has a vital impact on our nuptial styling. Though it’s often a casual aesthetic, the beach look can take a variety of guises. Grecian and Roman inspired pieces are beautifully

Eternity Bride, County Cream

Ella, Vu's Bridal

www.countycreambridalhouse.co.uk

www.vusbridal.co.uk

en vogue; whether as a full on toga or simple sheath, the twist and wrap style is awash with potential as demonstrated in New York. Goddess gowns are replete on the runways, as are more skin baring, seductive styles such as figureclutching empire lines and baby dolls, which also signifies the influx of lingerie as outerwear trend. If you’re set on a beach wedding – either thematically or as a location – your laidback, water-loving personality will be in splendid form. A bevy of beachside colours was also carousing the New York catwalk: most notably an array of blues, greens and lavender by the likes of trendsetter Reem Acra. Shape wise, flared forms are ultra hip. Fitted neck to knee gowns that kick out either in a bell shape or waterfall silhouette are flying off the rails, otherwise classic mermaid shapes with exaggerated flaring or tiered ‘tails’ comprise an ethereal take on beachside style.

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FEATURE: DRESSING FOR YOUR PERSONALITY

Amanda Wyatt, Bride! www.brideincornwall.com

the Fashionista You’re so cutting edge you can detect the on-trend pulse before it even hits by your close à la mode monitoring. Drawing from your intuitive take on modern movements, you’re seeking to create a signature, ultra modish look. The limelight doesn’t faze you. In fact, you prefer heart-stopping showmanship to slinking in the shadows and love to rock statement styles fresh from the catwalk. Frock swapping midway through the day is a great way to incorporate several key looks; perhaps ditch the dress for a cocktail piece or a palazzo pantsuit for the reception. The latest wave of origami or architectural designs is perfect for the fashionista bride. Consider sculptured, multi-layered and tiered styles and boldly defined creations, such as Art Deco patterning, which ooze drama. Asymmetric lines are the height of chic, as demonstrated by New York’s recent Spring Bridal Fashion Week. Colour was also flashing down the catwalks with red igniting a statement of passion, whether through head-to-toe chroming or outfit alluring accents. Other fashion-forward shades include metallic marvels gold and silver, though in muted tones via greys and champagnes rather than brassy overstatement. Otherwise, concentrate on your silhouette. Beyond the swamping material mass of multi-layering and highly structured styles, shapes to vie for include

Girl A-line, strapless, sweetheart, v-necklines and trumpets. The cream of modern

Pronuptia,

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couture is torn between the charmeuse sheath and super short mini; whichever contour you favour, and however you individualise as you assemble it, your outfit will be assuredly and spectacularly ‘now’.

Art Couture, County Cream www.countycreambridahhouse.co.uk

Justin Alexander, Sophia Tolli, Bride! www.brideincornwall.com

Vu's Bridal www.vusbridal.co.uk

Ian Stuart, Fantastia Bridal

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Pronuptia,

FEATURE: DRESSING FOR YOUR PERSONALITY

www.pronuptiacornwall.co.uk

G Ronald Joyce,

the Boho bride

Bliss Bridal Gowns www.bliss-bridal-gowns.co.uk

Your personal style is less high maintenance and more laidback elegant. Concerned predominantly with the way you move and interact with your clothing and audience, you have a relaxed, yet aware approach to the material world. You’re not overly anxious about mimicking the top fashion houses’ apparel. For you, it’s about customised

Pronuptia, www.pronuptiacornwall.co.uk

Justin Alexander,

consideration and personal interpretation.

Vu's Bridal www.vusbridal.co.uk

As the leading lady must schmooze with ease, the comfort factor is a chief concern. For you, a ravishing ensemble is achieved through stripping down the fuss and flirting with a few frills. Apt dress types are floaty, drapey and floral numbers: anything akin to an earthy, hippy vibe to reflect your core chilled out ethos. The recently reinvigorated Southern Belle style is a further option for boho brides. Although full skirts teamed with a ribbon sash and bonnet may seem a little Bo Peep, if worn well the ensemble exudes romantic flair. Alternatively, consider the uber cool ethnic genre. Finding form through Indian type kaftans and saris, African print and safari style, exercise and borrow subtly with caution to avoid trend-tailored overdrive. Fabric wise, sheaths, sheer silks and chiffon are key elements to the boho bridal look and can be exquisitely offset by some delicious detailing. In particular, floral embellishments are staging a central role and rose and daisy blueprints are in popular demand.

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FEATURE: DRESSING FOR YOUR PERSONALITY

Sophia Tolli, Bride! www.brideincornwall.com

Amanda Wyatt, Bride! www.brideincornwall.com

San Patrick, Lavender Rose www.lavender-rose.co.uk

The Classic BRIDE Revelling in a seductive fusion of romance and nostalgia, you lust after a dress sourced from history. Whether it’s a modern take on a vintage design or a pre-worn family heirloom, you can customise and update or fuse features and vogues. Replicating past fads or wearing a piece of genuine history blends times and trends, smacking of romance and glamour: the hallmarks of classic styling. Your regard for the past may incite an opulent and regal air that affords a classy edge; but it also harks back to past decades – ‘50s flirty, ‘60s hippy, ‘70s retro or ‘80s glam – revealing not only the reinvigoration of a trend, but an entire cultural narrative. If you’re dreaming of decadence, lavish vintage gowns adorned with intricate beading and lace may satisfy your stylistic criteria. Think satin and velvet, long trains and sleek, uber chic contouring. For a fun take on classic, delve into the world of retro throwback. As an outfit change or for the main event, consider kitsch polka dot, ‘80s princess or crazy psychedelic cat suits – it needn’t be confined to clear-cut lines and modest minimalism. Otherwise, the detail can be the dealmaker. Feathers, beads, brocade and

Ian Stuart,

bows make decorative add-ons, embossing your dress with the finery for a

Fantasia Bridal

grand and delicate look. Embroidery, pleats, ruffles and ruching add texture whilst carefully elaborating to showcase the best of you.

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r i o d u o b s ’ wed FEATURE: BEAUTY BUZZ

s t c u d o r p p o t d n a s d n e r t , s ip t Bridal beauty Compiled by Rebecca Matthews

FACE FABULOUS Dreaming of utterly gorgeous skin for the nuptials? There’s no better place to start than Spiezia Organics’ Facial Starter Set. Complete with the likes of the soothing and softening Facial Cleanser, luxurious Rose and Vanilla Face Oil and beyond yummy Nourishing Moisturiser, this medley of organic, Cornish-made treats is the express ticket to healthy, glowing skin. Plus, it comes in a handy size to take on your honeymoon. www.spieziaorganics.com

SUN-KISSED Skin Release your inner beach goddess by teaming your white dress with beautifully bronzed skin. The Bronze Goddess range by Estée Lauder has got beauty fans raving; try the Sun Indulgence Lotion for Face with SPF15 for honey-toned and protected bridal skin, while a sweep of Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick on your arms, legs and décolleté leaves a sexy, silken glow. www.esteelauder.co.uk www.bobbibrown.co.uk

Hello sailor! Get down with the nautical trend in beautiful style. Bobbi Brown's sheer juicy lip colours give a hint of punchy colour, ideal for brides. All flushed cheeks and clean, defined eyes, the Nautical Collection is the perfect palette for a waterside wedding. www.bobbibrown.co.uk

HOT CHEEKS Sweep Benefit's Coralista on your cheeks and hey presto! Instant cheeriness. Not that you’ll need help in the merriment stakes on your wedding day of course, but a delicious hint of colour on your cheekbones simply screams gorgeousness. www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk

BODY BEAUTIFUL Fresh from Trevarno country estate’s fragrant workshop comes this gorgeous Organic Almond and Cocoa Butter Body Lotion. Blending an array of sumptuous ingredients such as rose flower water, vitamin E and jojoba oil infused with vanilla, and delicately scented with lavender and bergamot, this luxurious treat leaves your skin feeling silky soft and nourished. www.trevarnoskincare.co.uk

NATURAL BEAUTY Aloe vera has long been heralded as a natural beauty star – try Aloe Naturelle’s superb range and you’ll see why. Combining aloe vera, antioxidant vitamins, herbs and marine extracts, a spectrum of shades for eyes, cheeks, face and lips is available for the ultimate in nourishing beauty. Get in touch with Jenny Pheby who distributes the delectable range of skincare and cosmetics from her home near Bodmin – and enjoy. 07823 334743 www.aloenaturelle.vpweb.co.uk

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www.annadsouzadesigns.co.uk

Handmade Romantic Bridal wear Made to Measure Corsets Contemporary designs based on historical pattern cutting and vintage style

T: 01872 242360 E: Anna@annadsouza.com W: annadsouzadesigns.co.uk

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Company..... Supplying Bridal Wear Mens Wear Bridesmaid dresses plus an extensive range of accessories for all occasions

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FEATURE: HAIR ACCESSORIES

Cascading Waters tiara Elements of Earth

Winding a meandering path through your hair like a sparkling stream, this gorgeous tiara works perfectly with loose tendrils of bridal hair. Available in a spectrum of colours, tailor the crystals to your colour scheme for a personalised finish.

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Crystal Flower tiara Totally Tiaras

Crown your gown with a statement headpiece inspired by nature

A vision of opulent purples and clear crystals, this stunning Swarovski creation will complement a range of hairstyles, though looks particularly ravishing with romantic curls.

Vintage tiara Elements of Earth

ASURES

Crowned with an elegant Deco-style piece and statement feathers, this striking tiara oozes class. Wear it with a vintage-inspired dress for a look of pure romance.

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Fantasia Fascinator A feminine fantasy of baby pink butterflies, delicate feathers and a hint of Swarovski sparkle, this fascinator positively oozes romance. Team it with a flowing, goddess style dress for a statement of pure prettiness.

EARTHLY TREASURES Accessories

Elements of Earth 01736 732266 www.elementsofearth.co.uk

Totally Tiaras 01208 75816 www.totallytiaras.com Hair Lil

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TREASURES

COLLECTION 2009

Trafalgar House, Malpas Road, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 1QH.

Tel: 01872 273970 www.pronuptia.fr

Elements of Earth www.elementsofearth.co.uk

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BREAK THE MOULD FEATURE: RINGS

words Hannah May

t Fuse classic style with a twis of contemporary design and hey presto! You have yourself one ultra stylish wedding ring 2.

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cient for the A strip of metal is no longer suffi ement with fashion forward couple. Make a stat only look contemporary creations that not purpose too. for fit modishly different, but feel colour, slip on By considering texture, shape and the crown of something strikingly cool and claim wedding bands.

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als smacks of 1. A ring composed of contrasting met ponent visually yin/yang balance, offsetting each com d dimension to and physically. This design has an adde your spouse-inits structure, which – no doubt like waiting – is teasing to be touched.

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ly stylish. Wearing 2. A loose, lattice-like pattern is subt your palm is like expressive modern design so near to lines. Blinding and figuratively linking your life and love binding. solely for the 3. Cutting shapes shouldn’t be reserved h statement with dance floor. This design makes a stylis outlines. cool contours, sharp cut-outs and edgy

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futuristic and 4. Delicate yet bold, this stunner is both le reflective of nostalgic. Diamonds are a classic stap in a defined old world romance – but when set with ever. structure, they ’re more modern than

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diamonds have a 5. Feminine curves punctuated with h, updated by a regal charm and opulent quality, whic ed modern chic ribbed, textural outline are streamlin materialised. of tiny diamonds 6. Shine from all angles with a series ght edges embedded in a simple silver band. Strai e sleek and coupled with neat gemstone inlays evok understated style.

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with a modish 7. Combining a classically simple style y now. A element of design, this ring is timelessl ment for your textured and endlessly elegant state wedding finger. ly unique 8. Show off your mettle with a stunning tiny diamonds mould. A trio of bands connected by out originality. resonate geometric design and stand Beautifully bold.

Michael Spiers 82 Lemon Street, Truro 01872 272264

www.michaelspiers.co.uk

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BRIDESMAID FASHION

JU Choose luscious shades of lemon, cherry or tangerine

for summer bridesmaid style fizzing with colour

Belsoie by Jasmine, Vu's Bridal

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BRIDESMAID FASHION

D'Zage, Bride!

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BRIDESMAID FASHION

D'Zage, Vu's Bridal

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FEATURE: NAME ISSUE

Tying the knot means taking your husband’s name…right? wed wades into the debate words Hannah May Illustrations Cally Gibson www.callygibson.co.uk

The question has been asked for centuries. The great Bard himself immortalised the issue in one of his most famous plays. So what truly is in a name? Whether you’re grappling with the issue or still at the musing stage, the question of changing your name will require a degree of serious contemplation at some point. You may have already, instinctively, made a decision. But have you considered all the options? Though it is traditional for the bride to adopt her husband’s surname – and the majority of women still adhere to this convention – there is a number of alternatives that constitute a compromise or personalised marital mark of address. Don’t buckle under the pressure of cultural norms and make a decision that you’re uncomfortable with. The modern age supposedly encourages an independent mind across the genders,

changed my name to his, mainly because I knew we were going to have children and it is a lot easier having the same surname as your children.” Yet Rachel concedes that an element of societal

and familial expectation was also in play: “I guess too my parents expected me to change my name and it was kind of the ‘done thing’.” This may well beg the question as to whether a balance is indeed achievable or whether the issue will always be one of conflict – a potential marital minefield fraught with contention. For some, changing your name to your husband’s signifies an unequivocal dedication to him and your life together as a bona fide couple: “I believe a name is an identity which has unique

and personal meanings to the beholder – some good some bad,” remarks Felicity Woodrow. “I’m getting married in September and there was no question about me taking my husband-to-be’s surname. Becoming Mr. & Mrs. X shows that we are united, a pair, and surely isn’t that what marriage is all about?”

supporting autonomy with a vigour many previous generations were denied. The freedom to change your name – or not – is a choice and a liberty you should relish, not dread.

Her fiancé David is of a similar mindset: “Apart from it being traditional to take the husband’s surname, it’s visual confirmation of what makes you a ‘proper’ couple – Mr. and Mrs. So and So: a

Though the extreme ends of the debate source their arguments from feministic theory, citing patriarchal dominance and sex discrimination as the reasons why women are still socially

perceived by others.”

compelled to change their names, others perceive the matter as the ultimate expression of how far women have come in the struggle for equality. The mere fact that it is a choice – and something decided by women’s whims rather than male dominance – is the ultimate in female sovereignty.

For Diane Jobes, it was an easy decision: “I was proud to change my name. I think part of being married is becoming a family with your husband. Even if we had chosen not to have children,

I would have changed my name as I believe this is part of marriage.” The crux of the issue, then, may simply reside in ageold individual belief. However, Diane’s reference to the subject of children is a recurrent theme in the debate. Rachel Godwin agrees that assuming your husband’s name makes pragmatic sense: “When I married my husband ten years ago I

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statement celebrating the fact that we are married.  Some people with different views would say, ‘what’s in a name?’ But I feel it is an identity of how you are known, and how you want to be

The case can be a convincing one, and Kelly Simms was surprised to find herself in agreement: “I was brought up in a house full of women and I always felt very strongly that I would keep my name ‘Thomas’ if ever I got married. However, as the years went by, I began to reflect on how my Mum had raised us girls and thought that actually my Dad’s name didn’t mean all that much to me...”

Kelly’s ideas continued to alter when she met her now husband, David. “From the very beginning I felt so proud of him, of the man he is...I wanted his name and having lived with it for a year I am beginning to really feel like Mrs. Kelly Simms!” Though there are obvious advantages and an emotional solidification that can transpire from the traditional route, couples can achieve a unitary naming status in more ways than one. It is relatively rare and requires some record and document changing

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via Deed Poll, but the man can adopt his bride’s name. Nell Ruscombe-King married two years ago: “I was fairly sure I wouldn’t change my name if I ever got married,

and shared this with my then boyfriend to let him know it wasn’t personal to him and his name, just how I felt

about my name. I had spent 25 years getting to know Nell Ruscombe-King and I didn’t know Nell somebody else. My father died of cancer when I was nine years old and I cannot deny this probably had some bearing on how I

felt about my name. I told my boyfriend early on in the relationship I wouldn’t consider changing my surname and

that truthfully I was looking for someone to take on my surname when we married. So eight years later that is

exactly what he did!”  

“Giles signed his Deed Poll form just before we signed the marriage register, so just like a woman, he changed his name at our wedding. At that moment he became Giles Ruscombe-King.” Giles happily relates their reasoning: “I knew where Nell was coming from wanting to retain her father’s surname and not just memories. On the contrary, the sperm donor to my mother’s egg did little else for the four years he was with my Mum, brother and I, so keeping his name alive meant little to me. Giles and Nell Ruscombe-King are two people in love with two boys to bring up and send off into the world. I hope they find someone who they feel they’ll do anything for, big or small.”  On the flipside, getting married does not necessarily precipitate a name change of any kind. Whatever tradition dictates, changing your name is a legal right, not a legal duty or obligation, and many women opt to maintain their maiden name.

Work is a predominant reason for the decision, as Ruth Macpherson explains: “I had been who I am for 35 years and was very happy with that, and also felt as I had built up a business in that name, I was even more entrenched in it. When I broached it with my husband he was completely astonished. Initially I said that I would keep it for the business and change everything else – but in reality I haven’t actually changed anything. Our daughter’s surname is our married name, so where it comes to anything to do with her, I sign as my married name so as not to cause confusion.” Rebecca Jay had already been married before with a name change and decided to retain her reverted maiden name rather than Dessy change again: “I was knownThe WeddingJay Company as Rebecca professionally by then and the hassle of changing all the bank details and passport Shoes Ongaro just seemedModa too much! I discussed this with my now husband of 14 years and he was only too happy that I did not change my name, agreeing that Jay was simpler to pronounce (his name is Hough) and why should a woman feel forced to take her husband’s name anyway?”

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FEATURE: NAME ISSUE Enabling congruence and strengthening links between siblings is the reason why Aimee Blackman kept her maiden name: “I had two sons from a previous relationship who both had my surname as I was not married to the father. When my husband and I had another baby, we decided that the baby should also have my surname – this way there is no confusion with schools and it gives the boys a strong sense of family and belonging to each other, after all they will still be brothers after I am long gone.” Husband Mark Foster agrees: “Our children find it very important that they have the same name – it gives them a sense of identity and bonds them together. Their family will continue long after we’re gone so the bond set now is what will be carried for generations to come.”

In a similar vein, Kirsten Whiting chose not to change her surname. “I have in been married for nine very happy years and haven’t changed my name... fact it didn’t occur to me that it was ‘expected’ until people at work started asking what my new name would be. I have two small children who have to my husband’s surname and I did wonder whether I should change mine family a as ‘judged’ be would we avoid confusion. I also had concerns that if people thought we weren’t married but quickly came to the conclusion that other people’s preconceptions are not my problem! I just don’t feel comfortable taking someone else’s name, even someone I love dearly! I am sometimes asked about my decision and I show them this poem (see box-out) which I carry in my handbag.”

Kirsten’s husband Andy comments: “It didn’t cross my mind that Kirsten would change her name when we got married. After we were married, she just carried on being Kirsten Whiting – the same person

she had been for the eight years we’d been together before deciding to make a legal commitment to one another. I’m completely happy with her her decision – I’d have been equally happy if she had wanted to change name but it seems odd to me that marriage necessitates a change of identity for a woman. We married each other – it wasn’t a one-way transaction.”

as These reflections highlight the importance of ancestral links and heritage of two another aspect to consider. Not only is marriage regarded as the joining and individuals, but often signifies the merging of two families, two bloodlines te, or multiple histories. An apt way to reflect this amalgamation is to hyphena double barrel names. Having recently married, Pirate FM presenter Kathryn Le Jeune strived to resolve her personal conflict. “After 37 years it seems really odd to suddenly be changing my surname totally, especially from a professional

point of view – both on and off air I am known by my initials! My husband would like me to totally change my name, but when it came to practicing my signature it just felt too different so I’ve double barreled:

Le Jeune-Hearn. It’s a bit of a mouthful, but we are both happy with this and I can be Kathryn Le Jeune for work and Kathryn Hearn when I need to be – perfectly matching the Gemini that I am!” Her husband Sam is supportive of her decision: “As far as the debate goes I’m a little more traditional. I am happy if Kathryn wants to keep parts of her name. If she wants to be referred to as Le Jeune-Hearn that is fine or to keep her professional name the same, I have no problem.” Other ways to incorporate each other’s identities can be to use your maiden name as each other’s middle names or to create an entirely new name for the pair of you – either by using both your surnames to form one name, or by creating an entirely new one. Both options require a change by Deed Poll after marriage.

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Incorporating her maiden name as a middle part of her full name is the option

that Jessica May feels most comfortable with regarding her forthcoming nuptials to fiancé, Liam Kearey. “All my brothers and sisters have the name ‘May’ and

I want to keep that connection with them. It maintains a sense of identity and close sibling link.” She continues, “Also, my dad died when I was young and I feel it’s important to keep his memory alive. My children are already Keareys

and I feel that it’s important for me to have the same name as them whilst not forgetting who I am.” In some parts of the world, the name changing aspect of matrimony is

iden name disused. Marrying left your ma longer mean your face, Its five light sounds no variants of grace; Your voice, and all your thankfully confused For since you were so e, you cannot be By law with someone els as that young beauty: Semantically the same two words were used. It was of her that these

cable to no one, Now it’s a phrase appli t it, scattered through Lying just where you lef two, mes, a school prize or Old lists, old program with tartan ribbon Packets of letters tied olly ightless, strengthless wh Then is it scentless, we ering it slowly. Untruthful? Try whisp ne, since your past and go No, it means you. Or,

something of a non-issue. Susan Anthony explains: “Many European countries do not work the same way, for example in Spain your surname does not change when you’re married – children take both names. Also, in Iceland daughters take the mother’s name and sons the father’s." The fact that it is culturally inflected demonstrates that there is no Shangri-La regarding the debate. It is your choice and one that is only personally justifiable to serve your self, and no one else. Shakespeare’s lovers were divided by a name but, centuries later, there’s no reason for it to be the cause of a modern day drama.

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GROOMS GUIDE: FASHION

Choose your big day look‌ and rock it in smouldering style compiled by Rebecca Matthews

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Black Label white shoes Burton www.burton.co.uk

New & Lingwood suit House of Fraser www.houseoffraser.co.uk

Handmade cuttlefish cast cufflinks Joseph Lamsin www.josephlamsin.co.uk

BEACH Exude an ocean vibe in a chilled colour scheme of crisp whites, warm sands and dusty beiges. Strike that tricky balance between suitably smart and effortlessly laidback in a cool linen suit or a tailored blazer and looser fitting trousers. Finish the look with some choice oceaninspired accessories.

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CELTIC Embrace your heritage by donning a vibrant statement of Celtic colour. Choose from Cornovi's range of Cornish tartans, from the bold Cornish National Tartan with its colour scheme of black, white, gold, red and blue, to the subtler hues of the Cornish Hunting

New & Lingwood suit House of Fraser www.houseoffraser.co.uk Simon Carter silk floral meadow tie House of Fraser www.houseoffraser.co.uk

Tartan or St Piran Dress. Pick your perfect colour match, add some Celtic cufflinks and get those legs out with pride.

Designer cufflinks by Kyle Mcintosh Wedding cufflinks by Diana Porter Sterling silver cufflinks by Sarah Jordan Avant Garde Jewellery 0844 9911 101 www.avantgardejewellery.co.uk

CONTEMPORARY Take a traditional look, give it a modish twist and you have yourself one personalised and mould-breaking look. Play with colour – from pastels to brights – bold prints and quirky tailoring. It’s all about flamboyant mixing and matching and a daring, statement-making approach to accessories. Just don’t outshine your bride.

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Handmade bespoke rings Justin Duance www.justind.co.uk

Autograph suede Gibson shoes Marks and Spencer www.marksandspencer

Marc Wallace www.marcwallace.com

Marc Wallace www.marcwallace.com Classic morning suit Moss Bros www.mossbros.co.uk

NATURAL Assume the shades of your surrounds in a palette of neutrals and chocolate browns, rich textures and natural motifs. Mix in a twist of eco style for good measure.

CLASSIC Timeless, elegant and oh so suave, you can’t go wrong with a classic, tailored ensemble. Variations on the dashing theme include the tailcoat, frock coat and morning coat. Team with a matching tie and cummerbund in a regal shade of gold, red or vivid purple for a statement of sheer opulence. For a sleek black tie theme, slip into a

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sharp tuxedo finished with a traditional bow tie or silk necktie.

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Monaco waistcoat Moss Bros www.mossbros.co.uk Striped tail coat Pronuptia www.pronuptiacornwall.co.uk

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GROOMS: BEST MAN

MAN , YOU E V LO I

t n ta r o p m -i l l a e th s r e d n o Nathan Midgley p an m t s e b e th g in s o o h c f o n io is c e d

doing If you’re anything like me, ‘best friends’ is something you stopped in your later teenage years. As the adult world dawned, you began gig moving in networks: there were pub friends and work friends and and friends and sport friends and people you’d just known for years, suddenly ‘best friend’ was analogue in a digital world. taken That was as it should be. But where has your mastery of that adult world one you? To marriage, which forces you to reverse the whole thing and pick re: the repertoi male the friend to perform the most intimate and terrifying act in best man’s speech. s: picking So how do you choose your guy? Well, in theory you have two concern you Unless job. the the right person for you, and picking the right person for like a have a single A1 friend who is also an amazing public speaker, it sounds tough one. But theory has no place in weddings – occasions on which, remember, the in world goes topsy-turvy enough for women to look genuinely wonderful

your head-to-toe white. Despite all the conditioning of adult life, you know who who guy is, and his speaking ability doesn’t matter. I know a project manager twice proudly used a spreadsheet to plan his big day, and even he didn’t think about picking his oldest (and by no means most eloquent) friend. energy A smart groom lets his gut choose the best man, and uses the rest of his , to help the poor guy through it. Constant reassurance, rare books on rhetoric flat falls it if morale-building exercises in karaoke clubs, whatever it takes. Even on the day, you’ll have made the right choice – everybody wants the speech have to win plaudits, but what good are they if you know the man who should been speaking was sat on the sidelines nursing a scotch?

Personally, I have no hesitation: my brother, a man skilled with words but speech, capable of succumbing to stage fright in groups of six. He’d write a great the spend the best part of a year crippled by fear and only just muddle through honest. performance, but as the room applauded him I’d know my choice was And if you’re not going to be honest on the day you marry, you may as well never bother.

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GROOMS GUIDE: GROOMING

THE GROOMING PARLOUR A speedy shave and spritz of deodorant won’t cut it. Get buffed, scrubbed and looking good with these top tips words Rebecca Matthews

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SCENT-SATION Get your bride’s pheromones racing with these eau so sexy scents… For the classic groom…

Blenheim Bouquet by Penhaligon’s A timeless fusion of sharp citrus, warm lavender and fresh pine, Blenheim Bouquet smells every bit as sophisticated as it sounds. Perfect for an elegant manor house or castle wedding. www.penhaligons.co.uk For the adventurous groom…

Beyond Paradise by Estée Lauder A sensual and masculine potion blending Eden’s Mist, beachwood and patchouli: one waft and she’ll be putty in your hand. Evoking exhilaration and escapism, this sexy little number is ideal for a beach themed wedding. www.esteelauder.co.uk For the modern Romeo…

Amber & Lavender Cologne by Jo Malone A passion-stirring blend of warm amber, French lavender and myrrh, this decadent beauty is seductive yet subtle with a hint of spice. Evoking the romance of twilight, this scent is a must-have for an evening celebration. www.jomalone.co.uk

FACE THERAPY Take some time out at Fistral Spa and get your skin licked into tip-top condition for the nuptials. Specially formulated for the male complexion, the aromatherapy facial treatment for men will whisk away the telltale signs of a hectic lifestyle, leaving you to emerge a glowing and infinitely more chilled version of your former self. www.fistral-spa.co.uk

BYE BYE BLEMISH Give your photographer an easier ride and get down to some airbrushing of your own courtesy of Clinique. Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clear Blemish Gel is formulated to tackle blemishes, spots and redness in male skin, unclogging pores and controlling oil levels along the way. And if those dark circles are threatening to give away the level of toxic debauchery on your stag do, apply a touch of Clinique’s M Cover and keep those flaws and discoloured patches concealed all day long. And don’t worry – it’ll be our little secret. www.clinique.co.uk

GROOMING GOODNESS It’s organic, it’s made in Cornwall and – most importantly for the groom-to-be – it makes your skin feel and look pretty damn good. Spiezia Organics’ For Him range is chock full of natural fragrant ingredients from cedar wood to patchouli to invigorate, nourish and protect. The Shaving Oil is the perfect post-shave skin-soothing trick, while the Nourishing Face Balm is great for revitalising dry, weather-beaten skin. www.spieziaorganics.com

GET BOOTED Get buffed up alongside your missus-to-be at Bootylicious, a boot camp set in the heart of the Cornish countryside. You’ll be put through your paces over five days – the packed schedule involving activities such as surfing lessons, beach circuits, coastal hikes, kayaking and wall climbing – while top chef Kevin Viner will ensure your nutritional needs are met in luxurious and delectable style every evening at Viner’s Restaurant. The ‘mixed weeks’ are ideal for couples but if you fancy an oestrogen-free few days, the boot camp also runs selected ‘men only’ weeks. Prepare to meet a revitalised and healthier you for the nuptials. www.cornwallbootcamp.co.uk

MUST-HAVE MAN BAG If your blushing bride is likely to be tottering off on honeymoon with a super size Gucci bag swinging from her arm, make sure your bag of choice makes an equally stylish statement. Available from House of Fraser, this Paul Smith holdall (with matching wash bag) is coolly retro, while this luxurious leather Super Holdall from the Man Bag Company is a hip and spacious choice – ideal for carrying the overspill from her luggage. www.houseoffraser.co.uk www.manbagcompany.com

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FEATURE: HENS AND STAGS

THE GREAT HEN AND STAG HUNT

rymaking, Bid farewell to singledom in style. From massage to mer wed serves up a feast of inspiration for boys and girls words Hannah May

photo: St Moritz Hotel

Strippers and L-plates are so old hat. You might want to sling them into

Granny may not wish to partake in the bungee jump, she’ll undoubtedly be keen

your stag and hen repertoire for good measure, but exercise a little

for a spa session or gourmet garden party.

imagination and you need not repeat the pre-wedding celebrations of a million marrieds.

To initiate your party planning process, we’ve tried and tested a number of pursuits that should satisfy your merrymaking quota. Sweating it out on

Your best man may consider it a rite of passage for the stag to wind up naked

the massage couch and in the ocean in equal measure, we’ve been toiling

and AWOL with amnesia, but your guy gathering time needn’t be so predictably

ceremoniously hard to bring you some of the hottest stag and hen opportunities

stereotyped. Similarly, as classy as the devil horns and sex toys are, there’s

on offer…

an array of alternative thrill-seeking options that don’t involve baby oil and incriminating photos.

RELAX The run up to the day of ‘I dos’ is a hectic period so allow yourself some

Whatever your interests and however mixed the crowd, there lies a people-

quality chill out time with your nearest and dearest. Take some time out

pleasing solution for all your partying needs. Many stags and hens are opting for

at a country or waterside retreat, or, for the ultimate bliss fix, hit the

weekends of festivity and frivolity or staggered stages of events and activities.

spa for a day of massage and beauty treatments. There’s something for

That way, they present a variety of options for everyone involved. So whilst

every man and woman.

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Getaway Lower Barn Located amidst Cornwall’s stunning countryside, this boutique guesthouse caters for all your unwinding needs prior to your nuptials. With holistic therapies (in a tipi), a hot tub, divine food – not to mention a locale spoilt with stunning surrounds that beg exploration such as Mevagissey and the Roseland Peninsula – its sweet other worldliness is a luxury to lap up. www.bosue.co.uk St Moritz Hotel Standing atop a hill overlooking the ocean near Polzeath, St Moritz is a haven of escapist extravagance. With exquisite interiors and a restaurant boasting an innovative, locally sourced menu, the award-winning Cowshed Spa comprises

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the hotel’s decadent capital. Their scalp massage is to-die-for, releasing tension and inducing relaxation through infusing their sumptuous products deep into your scalp and neck. The spa offers a range of treatments and packages attending to the feet, the hands and all in between to beautify and unwind. Heavenly. www.stmoritzhotel.co.uk

Pamper Fistral Spa With views across Fistral Beach and beyond, Fistral Spa is the scenic antidote to your pre-wedding stress. Centring on your need for natural balance, their gorgeous range of Espa products (famed for their rich essential oils, seaweeds and natural ingredients) remove you from space and time whilst working their magic on your skin and senses. The back, shoulder and neck massage is a pure wonder, photo: Newnham Park

and only one example of the selection of spa, aromatherapy and thalassotherapy treatments available, which also include body wraps, scrubs and reflexology. www.fistral-spa.co.uk Penventon Park Hotel Health and Leisure Spa The outstanding service at this super chilled spa will cater for every stag or hen’s whim in spectacular style. Lavish your mind and body with a sauna, Jacuzzi or any of the diverse treatments that will mould you into the model of pampered peace. With facials so gourmet you could feast off the products afterwards (the organic facial comprises oatmeal, honey, organic yoghurt, avocado and essential oils), alongside a tantalising range of massage options from herbal compress to Thai, you could well coddle yourself sweetly unconscious. www.penventon.co.uk

ADRENALISE Up the ante and pick an activity that will get the pulse pounding and sweat pouring. There’s nothing like the injection of endorphins that comes from a blast of en masse physical tasking – be it anything from motor racing or paint balling to diving or water skiing. Mix up some Neanderthal style pain mongering with some sublime outdoors scenery and hit it as hard as you dare or desire. Clay Target Shooting Newnham Park canvasses 1550 acres of stunning woodland estate for its gun toting tricks. Situated between Plymouth and Dartmoor National Park, there’s no other place as bracing like it. Here, whatever your capabilities, you can shoot a range of targets whether it’s testosterone or oestrogen that drives your nerves. With exceptionally qualified and charismatic coaches to guide you expertly through their Sporting, FITASC and Sportrap courses toward the more tricky layouts, DTL, ABT, UT, Skeet, OS, Double Rise and Double Trap photo: Newnham Park

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FEATURE: HENS AND STAGS Surfing With some of the best surf breaks in the country, hitting the waves is a high like no other. Ladies may want to engage the services of female only surf school Hibiscus for their tailored approach, while Global Boarders offer excellent packages that have proven exceedingly popular for groups keen to ride a wave or two. Another bright surf business in the county covers everything from private and group lessons to surf tours, luxury surfing breaks and retreat holidays. Based in Newquay, Surfing Is Therapy plans your entire agenda whatever your requirements, ensuring all you have to do is kick back and zone out. www.hibiscussurfschool.co.uk www.globalboarders.com www.surfingistherapy.com Sea Kayaking Specialising in one-to-one guiding and tuition, Paddlecrest Coaching offers top notch kayaking in some of the county’s most sublime coastal locations. With safety as a priority, their highly trained professionals are on hand for all strengths and standards. Whether you fancy a slow, breezy loll around or wave popping white-water ride, get a sea faring rush and give yourself a work out in the process. www.seacornwall.com

PARTY No stag or hen do is complete without some form of party – but go for self-tailored fun. Rather than selecting an impersonal club or over-frequented watering hole, think beyond the box for something different. Whether it’s a themed tea party, cocktail evening featuring your personal mixologist, vineyard visit or private disco, the entertainment should ditch the old haunts and generate a whole new scene of frivolity. Private Party This can be literally anything. Hire out a venue from beachside bar to village hall and transform it into a personalised party palace. Consider big back gardens, private land or any suitable living space. Employ the industry’s experts to deck out the space in style, or maybe opt for a marquee and bespoke décor for a creatively cool party venue. www.absolutecanvas.co.uk www.yourtoptable.co.uk Disco Bus A mobile disco cunningly combines transport with entertainment to provide you with a moving musical shindig. Plan your route in advance to pick up your guest list as you go or drive wherever the beats take you. Safe and slow – you needn’t worry about motion sickness – just dance it out in your own private club land. Try the Super Stretch Party Bus, based in Helston, for a rollicking ride like no other. www.superstretchpartybus.co.uk Skinners A tour of the Truro-based brewery is available Monday to Friday with evening tours for groups available Monday to Saturday. Soak up a decent sampling of their alcoholic creations at the spanking new Visitor’s Centre, including their notorious Cornish cask-conditioned ales, lagers and cider for a proper Cornish knees up. If you can remain standing, that is.

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Sitting Pretty are the award winning premier chair cover specialists Our enthusiastic attention to detail and creativity will transform your venue and provide a magical ambience for you and your guests. Sitting Pretty’s immaculate covers are available in white, ivory, black & chocolate, with the most extensive collection of sashes in the South West to match your colour scheme. Our services cost £4 per chair, this includes the cover, sash, delivery, collection and full professional setup. A member of the Pretty team will professionally dress your chairs and finish off with our perfectly tied and symmetrical bow. If you would like to discuss your individual requirements for your special day, please contact Helen & the team. t: 01752 210015 t: 07736 945120 e: info@sittingprettysouthwest.co.uk

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FEATURE: SEASIDE FOOD

ELIGHTS SEASIDE D g the taste of

Brin the ocean to your celebration with a menu rich in the fruits of our surrounding waters words Rebecca Matthews

Freshly caught sea bass, luscious shellfish and mussels drizzled with sumptuous sauce... You can almost hear the murmur of the ocean and taste the sea breeze. The tantalising foodie solution for seafood junkies, a marine-inspired menu captures that summery, outdoor vibe for a beach themed wedding or brings a statement twist of decadence to a more traditional wedding breakfast. Opt for a show-stopping seafood platter as an ice-breaking starter or a series of marineinspired dishes, such as juicy scallops, succulent crab or tender langoustines. For a novel and tasty twist on the seaside vibe, serve a selection of canapÊs inspired by a classic beach hut menu. Bite size burgers, southern fried chicken and topped nachos are guaranteed to make a crowd-pleasing accompaniment to a glass of bubbly. The Round Kitchen has cooked up a menu of mouth-watering ideas to whet your palate. If the weather permits, serve al fresco with a side helping of fresh sea air‌.

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Beach Hut Style Canapés Fresh Ham, Sun Blush Tomato

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FEATURE: CAKES

Get stuck into the most delicious of decisions as wed SERVES UP THE TASTIEST CAKE Trends of the moment

Cakes By Design photo: Kiss Photography

words Hannah May Once upon a time, the centrepiece of the wedding feast invariably comprised neat tiers of fruitcake encased in sleek icing. Not any more. These days, the wedding cake is anything but predictable, as couples increasingly seek to pour their ideas and sweet fancies into an endlessly personal creation. There’s a world of sumptuous options out there; whether you tailor them to your tastes or create something new, you’ll be sure to have the crowd gasping with pleasure and drooling to devour…

Just Desserts photo: Tara

CHEESE Don’t forgo the cake if sweet stuff’s not your bag. Couples with more

Beach

savoury tastes are opting for a cake comprised of tiers of cheese. Yarg

Extend the beach feel or theme of your wedding through some

makes a quintessentially Cornish, not to mention delicious, choice for

inventive marine-inspired designs. Sand and sea coloured cakes are

one of the tiers. Now available in heart shapes from Lynher Dairies, the

popular ideas, as are edible seashell, pebble and pearl decorations.

nettle wrapped cheese also comes in a perfect size for presenting to

Consider seaside kitsch, ocean brights or coastal cool, or mix it all up

each table of guests.

to create a modern piece of art.

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Just Desserts

Cakes By Design

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Cakes By Design photo: Kiss Photography

Clare's Cakes

Nature Nature is still reigning supreme as a thematic and aesthetic inspiration.

Themed

Fresh or sugar flowers can be subtly placed atop the cake or amongst

Whatever’s your bag: eat it. Imagine anything – whether it be your

a more intricate design for patterned prowess. Alternatively, go hell

lovers’ meeting place, your cultural roots, the song of your first dance

for leather and create a canopy of earthy design that incorporates

or favourite TV show – and feature it as your personal take on cake

your garden’s latest harvest – just remember to remove prior to eating

couture. So whether it’s sentimental, sublime or strange, throw it into

(unless that’s part of the entertainment plan)…

the cake mix and feast with all your senses.

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Clare's Cakes

Cornish Cupcakes photos: Simon Green

Cupcakes As a bite-size homage to the masterpiece itself or as stand alone nibbly treats, cupcakes are a cute solution. They can take many forms: neatly iced squares, indulgent high-rise cups, sweet-like mouthfuls or doughy balls; chock full of cream, sugar or chocolate, your guests will salivate more than Pavlov’s dog at the sight alone.

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Cakes By Design photos: Kiss Photography

Contemporary Whether you fall for chromic clash or coordination, anything goes so long as it’s colour. For a modish statement, opt for three or four separate cakes within one sky-scraping mass with different designs on each tier. And don’t be shy on the shape front: forgo squares and circles in favour of an innovative sculpted creation.

Cakes By Design 01209 717717 www.cakes-bydesign.co.uk Clare’s Cakes 01736 755581 www.clarescakes.co.uk Cornish Cupcakes 07967 404556 www.cornishcupcakes.co.uk Lynher Dairies 01872 870789 www.lynherdairies.co.uk Just Desserts 01209 712366 www.justdessertsweddingcakes.com

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This innovative fusion of mellow lilacs, soft yellows, lush greens and muted pinks, combined with peacock feathers, shells and drift wood, is an uber cool take on an ocean-inspired theme. Epitomising the zenith in contemporary bridal style, this bouquet from Wheal Sara Flowers is a super chic statement for a beach themed wedding.

Seaside:

FASHION FORWARD FLORALS

FEATURE: FLOWERS

Make a statement with the hottest trends for summer flowers

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Cornish: Sleek, dramatic and endlessly elegant, this arrangement of locally grown flowers from eco florists Daisy Roots echoes the traditional Cornish colours in style. Immaculate arum lilies combine with black aeonium plants and yellow marguerites for Cornish, sustainable and utterly beautiful impact.

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Country Garden:

Floral arrangements don’t come much prettier than this. A charming blend of delicate chamomile daisies and bluebells, combined with soft lilacs and fresh greens, this rustic bouquet, created by Stephenie of Designer Wedding Flowers, echoes the colours of a country hedgerow. Team with a romantic vintage inspired dress for the ultimate in country garden wedding style.

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Daisy Roots 07727 002043/07717 418057 www.cornwallecoflorist.co.uk

Designer Wedding Flowers 01872 520005 www.designerweddingflowers.co.uk

Wheal Sara Flowers 01736 797788 www.whealsaraflowers.co.uk Confusing your chrysanthemum with your camellia? For the low down on seasonal flowers log on to www.wedmagazine.co.uk

Tropical:

A molten medley of citrus shades, from juicy tangerines and hot pinks to zesty limes offset with elegant purples, this exotic bouquet from Wheal Sara Flowers oozes a rich and vibrant summer vibe. Tangerine continues to be a hot floral trend for brides craving a bold splash of colour.

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GREEN IS THE NEW Forget the saying, ‘Something old, something new…’ For the modern wedding, ‘Something recycled, something home grown…’ is more apt. Whether you’re a seasoned anti-carbon crusader or have the slightest stirrings of an eco conscience, there’s a number of ways you can minimise your impact on the planet without compromising on style and fun. Let us get you started…

The dress Eco chic needn’t be a tasteless bore. You don’t have to don a brown bag or burlap sack to be environmentally friendly with your gown, as designers are stylishly working bridal wear with natural fabrics, sourcing some of the most luxuriant materials the earth has to offer. Anna D’Souza is one such lady. Based in Cornwall, she proffers a made to measure service and alongside the usual traditional fabric choices, has been utilising eco fabrics and vintage finds. A bride can choose to have her designs made up in whatever best suits her style and ethics, which could include organic/peace silk, hemp, vintage fabrics and trims. From grass roots to production, everything is considered. For example, for the organic silk, the worms are fed on organic mulberry leaves and the peace silk worms are left in their cocoons so that the silk is removed after they come out naturally (instead of killing them in the cocoons), making the silk more textured. What’s more, the prices of these ethical fabrics compare well to other fine silks, making an eco conscious gown more affordable than you may think.

Bring a touch of sustainable style to your wedding with wed's guide to a planet-friendly party

To top if off, Anna has a small collection of vintage fabrics and trimmings that can be reused – another tick in the low environmental impact box. She is also

words Hannah May and Rebecca Matthews

prepared to recycle fabric or garments brought to her by customers if they are appropriate for the job. Current examples of her work include a peace silk bolero with vintage buttons and a hemp satin bodice with vintage mother of pearl buckles on it. You’ll be a stunner with scruples. Anna D’Souza Designs 01872 242360 www.annadsouzadesigns.co.uk

The underwear Ecological undies aren’t restricted to fig leaves. Add an environmental edge to your lingerie by sourcing from a company with a conscience. You’ll be looking red hot but feeling green with environmentally sound lingerie from Enamore. Made of 100% organic silk, hemp and silk charmeuse and soya jersey, whip on their eye-catching smalls and you’ll be delectably good enough to eat. With Japanese and French inspired designs and luxurious to the touch, this truly is naughty but nice materialised. www.enamore.co.uk

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The flowers You might assume that you’re naturally going green just by having flowers at your wedding. But by importing out-of-season exotica from the other side of the world, you’re doing the earth a disservice. Opt for seasonal, locally sourced bridal blooms in the knowledge that they’re fresher, more apt and altogether better. You’ll find that most good florists will be worth their earthy salt, and will do their best to tailor your colour theme and ideas to locally sourced seasonal flowers. Cornish eco florists Daisy Roots prepare beautiful bouquets of home grown, organic and fair trade flowers that can be sent by post or delivered by bicycle. In addition, by using only biodegradable or recyclable packaging, they’re pushing their service the extra mile – without actually going there. Daisy Roots 07727 002043 / 07717 418057 www.cornwallecoflorist.co.uk

The food and drink With a bounty of glorious produce from vineyards and vegetables to cattle and cider, Cornwall can supply a good deal of your dishes. If you ensure that your caterers are using fresh, locally sourced produce, then not only will it taste better and undoubtedly cost less – but it will be environmentally expedient, too. Consider meat from cattle reared locally, fish caught off nearby shores

Daisy Roots

and vegetables grown in fields nearby and formulate a mouth-watering and moralistic menu that will taste all the sweeter for your eco-savvy spending. There’s simply no need to fly in wines from the other side of the planet when we have so many fruity and full-bodied trophy winners produced so close to home. Sample Polgoon and Camel Valley’s range of sumptuous wines, ciders and juices and prepare to sup in celebratory – and emission-free – style. Polgoon www.polgoon.co.uk Camel Valley www.camelvalley.com

The photography By its nature, modern digital photography is relatively eco-friendly. On negotiation, many photographers will be happy to supply your images on CD, and, if you decide to print them out, the paper usage can be restricted to the number of images you select. Green Photographic is an eponymously eco-friendly wedding photography

photo: Andrew Hawker

business working throughout Cornwall. The chief photographer, Sarah Amy Smith, is a freelance photojournalist whose unobtrusive and candid style will bring a contemporary touch to your wedding day. She will spend the duration of the day capturing vital images, flitting from the bridal party’s preparatory time to the reception’s dazzling denouement. And the best bit? It won’t cost you the earth. As well as offering competitive prices to customers, the company offsets their fuel and electricity consumption with an annual donation to a carbon-offset charity for tree planting and use 100% recycled stationery. Green Photographic 07966 613086 www.greenphotographic.com

The transport If your entourage is travelling in electric, hybrid style vehicles, then brownie points all round. Increase the conscientiousness by car sharing or even go as far as cycling, rickshawing, horse riding or mini marathoning – whatever tickles your fuel saving fancies. If you’ve got a fair distance to cover, perhaps consider offsetting your carbon emissions through Climate Care. Forgoing the feet, another option is to enlist the transporting service of local,

Other top tips to investigate… Venues ipiholidays.co.uk Cornish Tipi Holidays www.cornisht venues.co.uk Crasken Farm www.greenerthangreen Trevenna www.trevenna.com Favours any.co.uk Tiny Box Company www.tinyboxcomp

eco-friendly companies such as Trenance, who have converted their selection of Mercedes S-class cars to LPG, so that all you have to do is breathe easy and arrive in style. 07792 901830 www.trenanceexecutivetravel.co.uk www.climatecare.org

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Natural Light Photography Contact Russell or Tracey Sinkevicius Local to Newquay, South West England Tel : 01637 873847 Email : tracey.sinkevicius@btinternet.com

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At the newly refurbished, award winning St Michael’s Hotel & Spa, Falmouth, we have a dedicated wedding team whose sole aim is to make your big day magical. • Spectacular sea views and four acres of sub-tropical gardens. • Fully licensed for civil ceremonies. • Honeymoon suite overlooking the sea. • Heated indoor pool, Gym, Jacuzzi, Sauna. • Spa offering a range of Wedding health and beauty treatments.

Please call our Wedding Co-Ordinator on 01326 312707 and come and have a look around.

St Michael’s Hotel and Spa Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 4NB Photo Andrew Hawker

01326 312707 info@stmichaelshotel.co.uk www.stmichaelshotel.co.uk/weddings

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LOVE FILM Umming and ahhing over the wedding film issue? Let wed convince you… words Rebecca Matthews On compiling each issue of Wed, I talk to a number of couples still buzzing from their wedding day, and ask them to offer a piece of advice for brides and grooms to be. The overwhelming response? Capture the day on film. The appeals of a wedding film might seem obvious: the combination of visuals and sound plunges you back amidst the events and sheer emotion of the day like nothing else. It’s a wonderful record of those seemingly

insignificant moments that would otherwise be lost in the mists of time. And, of course, it’s a great excuse for a family moment huddled around the TV when your gin-addled Gran demands a screening on Christmas Day. – But cast aside those visions of the cheesy wedding videos of yesteryear the results today are something else entirely. The advance of technology has upped the must-have factor of the wedding film, as Mike Dutton from st Visions UK testifies: “The cameras today give results as good as broadca Blu-ray and and DVD quality is excellent. We now have High Definition and editing on the latest computer programmes can produce stunning artistic work.” Now comes the decision: do you hire a professional or do you risk a touch of the shaky cam courtesy of your well-meaning uncle? “Decide what you ily want,” advises Mike. “If it’s something very casual that doesn’t necessar capture everything, then perhaps a friend or relative is the answer. Remember it is difficult to both work at a wedding and be a guest. If you want to guarantee that all the main events are covered then consider

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employing somebody experienced.” You also need to consider the final product: “A professional will have the editing ability to produce a highly watchable film with high quality sound and visuals – a far cry from a dozen tapes of random footage.” Once you’ve decided to book a professional, you need to know what to look for. “Ask to see examples of actual weddings,” suggests Mike. “Also, recommendations always inspire confidence. All TV production today is

widescreen so a good way to check they have modern equipment is to ensure they film in true widescreen.” Also consider advances in digital technology: “It is worth having your film available in High Definition, even if you don’t have the technology to view it yet. You’ll want to watch the record of your wedding in years to come and we’ll all have moved on from standard definition by then.”

A series of trends are emerging in the fast moving world of wedding film, from Big Brother style video booths where guests can leave messages to the revival of cine film. Currently wowing fashion forward couples, dynamic company Reel Sixty produce slickly edited Super 8 cine films with a coolly retro twist. Consider the vast array of options and look forward to starring in your very own movie masterpiece. Visions UK 07866 596943 www.visionsuk.co.uk Reel Sixty 020 8099 5532 www.reel60.com

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VENUES: FISTRAL BLU words Rebecca Matthews There are the towering cliffs, tiny coves and endless stretches of golden sand. Then there’s the rich maritime history and enchanting tales of young lovers from Tristan and Isolde to the love-struck Mermaid of Zennor. The sea has indelibly shaped Cornwall’s landscape and culture, infusing this corner of the country with a unique, soul-stirring romance. It’s hardly surprising, then, that couples flock to the coast to celebrate their nuptials. Cornwall boasts some of the finest oceanic wedding backdrops in the world: from dramatic hotels on lofty cliff tops and chic hotels tucked into atmospheric coves to coolly laidback beachside bars. We’ve taken a peek inside four such settings to provide you with some oceanic inspiration.

SHORE THING If you’re dreaming of locking lips and lives before an Atlantic backdrop, prepare to fall hook, line and sinker for these ocean view wedding venues

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VENUES: FISTRAL BLU

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You want a beach wedding? You got it. Wedding venues don’t get much closer to Cornwall’s sandy shores and Atlantic breakers than Fistral Blu. Hugging the edge of surfing hot spot Fistral Beach, the chic beach restaurant fuses a chilled surf vibe with fine food and first class service.

With a choice of three different suites to hold your celebration, there’s a setting to suit your every waterside whim. An airy and contemporary space, The Blu Room is flooded with natural

light, the huge windows ushering in mesmerizing 180-degree views across the beach and the ocean beyond. Quite possibly the finest viewing

point for one of Fistral’s spectacular sunsets, this sublime space can accommodate up to 110 guests.

The Fistral Suite serves up an intimate solution for those envisioning a

smaller wedding. The stylish room, which can accommodate up to 70 guests, opens onto a balcony which makes an achingly romantic spot to

watch the sun slip behind the Atlantic.

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As for that all-important personal factor, the chef is happy to devise a feast tailor made according to your requirements, from an informal buffet to

a sumptuous sit-down meal. Put your personal stamp on the venue by decking it out according to your theme or colour scheme and utilise the

venue’s plasma screens to show home movies or childhood snaps for the amusement of your guests. Groove the evening away to a live band or DJ in either the Fistral Suite

or the Blu Room. With the Atlantic surf breaking at your feet, you’ll be finishing off the ultimate beachside bash in exhilarating – and utterly

dreamy – style.

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For nautical luxury…

VENUES: ST MICHAELS HOTEL

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ST MICHAEL’S HOTEL

Nestled amidst lush sub-tropical gardens on Falmouth’s picturesque sea front, St Michael’s Hotel is a coolly contemporary sanctuary, combining marine inspired design with a lusciously laidback ambience. After a £3.5 million refurbishment, the hotel is now one of the few hotels

in the county to boast a four star rating, the chic interiors, top notch service and fine food epitomizing the zenith in Cornish seaside luxury. The extensive facilities include an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, steam room,

sauna and gym alongside a full range of spa and beauty treatments. Take advantage of the specially designed pamper packages for bride and groom,

and look and feel rejuvenated and utterly ravishing on the day.

A wedding at St Michael’s is a relaxed yet decadent affair. For the ultimate in dreamy arrivals, a stroll through the gardens to meet your groom and

guests will set the swoon factor to maximum. Ceremonies may take place either in the Regatta Suite for up to 80 guests or the Gallery for up to 50

guests, both rooms boasting an abundance of natural light and idyllic views. Toast your nuptials and nibble on canapés in the gardens, and pose for photos on the sands of Gyllngvase Beach. A high standard of cuisine comes courtesy of St Michael’s AA Rosette

awarded restaurant, The Flying Fish. The personal factor is paramount and the chef welcomes your input in designing a bespoke wedding menu. As evening falls, party on down in the Regatta Suite alongside up to 150

guests or throw the wedding bash of the decade by hiring out the whole hotel for over 200. Retire to a modish and supremely comfortable honeymoon suite

overlooking the sea – and wake up in one of Cornwall’s most vibrant settings to commence the first chapter of married life.

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If you’re dreaming of locking lips and lives before an Atlantic backdrop, prepare to fall hook, line and sinker for these ocean view wedding venues

VENUES: THE ESPLANADE HOTEL

THE ESPLANADE HOTEL Fusing mellow ambience, contemporary styling and some of the most astounding ocean views in Cornwall, The Esplanade Hotel is an endlessly seductive setting for a wedding. Perched on the southern edge of Fistral Beach, the hotel is perfectly positioned to lap up the sheer beauty of the north coast away from the bustle of Newquay.

The family-run hotel takes a highly flexible approach to weddings, tailoring

their service to the individual tastes and requirements of the bride and groom. Whether you envision an intimate celebration or a big bash, there

will be a function room to suit, many of which boast panoramic sea views. From The Esplanade Ballroom, which can set up to 80 guests, to The

Ocean View Restaurant, which can seat up to 250 guests, you can expect a stylish setting blending modern design and classic values. Expect a similar treat from the wedding breakfast: the wide and delectab

choice of sit-down meal and buffet options is guaranteed to satiate those

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taste buds.

With the beach on your doorstep, there’s ample opportunity for al fresco

frolics, whether it’s a pre-wedding surf, swilling champers in the sunshine or kicking off your heels and feeling the sand and sea beneath your feet

mid-celebration.

Complete a dreamy day by dancing the night away as darkness falls over the Atlantic, then retire to one of the plush ‘best rooms’ – complete,

naturally, with ocean views – to spend your first night as Mr and Mrs.

Heaven.

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VENUES: THE PHEONIX ESPLANADE HOTEL

For a chilled out celebration…

THE PHOENIX It takes quite a beach to stand out amongst Cornwall’s boundless stretches of spectacular sands. But Watergate Bay is one of them. From the moment you descend the cliff road into the bay, the view can knock the breath out of the most seasoned travellers. A vast expanse of sand edged with high rugged cliffs, this popular north coast surf spot has it all: dramatic beauty, swell, silken sand and the chic factor in abundance.

If you’re dreaming of New on the wedding scene, The Phoenix is nestled amongst the few locking lips and buildings in the valley, a stone’s throw from the beach. From the racks of lives before surfboards at the door and the open nature of the building to the mellow an ly laidback lantic sea blue walls, the venue exudes that welcoming and deliciousAt backdrop, beach bar vibe. prepare to fall This surf hangout ambience comes with a slick approacho ok,and line and h to service top-notch food utilising local produce. Tuck into a threesin course ke meal, r for these buffet, hog roast or, perhaps most appropriately, a barbecue. Just imagine ocean view the heady fusion of barbecued meat flavours merging with the sea breeze wedding venues and the champers.

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While the lower bar opens onto an al fresco eating area, the light and airy

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upper bar allows celebrations to spill out onto a roomy balcony with views across the bay. This floor can accommodate 70 guests inside or up to

11≠–0 using the balcony, which can be weatherproofed by erecting canvas

walls on each side – ideal for an atmospheric winter wedding.

After photographic frolics on the beach and a sumptuous feast with a side

serving of salty air and ocean views, party the night away to a live band while the sun sets over the Atlantic. Bliss.

The Phoenix, Watergate Bay, Newquay 01637 860353 www.phoenixwatergate.co.uk

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RE THING

THE PENVENTON PARK H O T E L

www.penventon.co.uk

West End, Redruth, Cornwall, United Kingdom. TR15 1TE. Tel : +44(0)1209 203000 Fax : +44(0)1209 203001 email : info@penventon.com

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The Venue Castles

Gardens

Falmouth 01326 310106 www.english-heritage.org.uk

Upper Castle Road, St Mawes 01326 270800 www.lamorrangardens.co.uk

Polhawn Fort

Trelissick

Military Road, Rame, Torpoint 01752 822864 www.polhawnfort.com

Feock, Truro 01872 862248 www.nationaltrust.org.uk

St Mawes Castle

Trevarno Manor

St Mawes 01326 310106 www.english-heritage.org.uk

Trevarno Estate and Gardens, Helston 01326 574274 www.trevarno.co.uk

Country Clubs

Hotels

Pendennis Castle

Cape Cornwall Golf and Country Club St Just 01736 788611 www.capecornwall.com

China Fleet Country Club Saltash 01752 848668 www.china-fleet.co.uk

Lamorran

The Bay Hotel Esplanade Road, Pentire, Newquay 01637 852221 www.newquay-hotels.co.uk

Alverton Manor Hotel Tregolls Road, Truro 01872 276633 www.alvertonmanor.co.uk

Situated overlooking Fistral Beach, The Bay Hotel offers idyllic ocean views from the restaurant, lounge and many of its 92

Atlantic Hotel Dane Road, Newquay 01637 872244 www.atlantichotel.co.uk

bedrooms. Enjoying a glowing reputation for its stylish interiors, delicious food and premier Spa, The Bay offers a professional and friendly wedding service and can cater for up to 160 people. Call The Bay for

Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club

more information on civil ceremonies and evening celebrations.

Lostwithiel Road, Bodmin 01208 262570 www.lanhydrockhotel.com

Budock Vean Hotel Mawnan Smith, Falmouth 01326 250288 www.budockvean.co.uk Perched on a cliff top above Newquay and boasting dramatic ocean views, the location

Your wedding ceremony may now take place in the stunning surrounds of the family-run Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club. Situated in the heart of Cornwall’s rolling countryside, the lush rural backdrop makes a simply spectacular setting to say ‘I do’, while the luxurious and stylish

of The Atlantic Hotel takes some beating.

Carnmarth Hotel

With a large function room and glamorous

Headland Road, Newquay

ballroom, as well as Silks, a contemporary

01637 872519 www.carnmarth.com

styled bistro for intimate weddings, celebrations large and small can be catered for. Choose from the hotel’s traditional suites and luxury balcony suites for an experience that epitomises comfort.

new hotel offers a supreme standard in cuisine and service for your celebration.

Lakeview Country Club Old Coach Road, Lanivet, Bodmin 01208 831808 www.clubdomaine.co.uk

Lostwithiel Golf and Country Club Lostwithiel 01208 873550 www.golf-hotel.co.uk

St Mellion Hotel Golf and Country Club Saltash 01579 351351 www.st-mellion.co.uk

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Barrowfield Hotel Hilgrove Road, Newquay 01637 878878 www.cranstar.co.uk/barrow

Bedruthan Steps Hotel Mawgan Porth, Newquay 01637 860555 www.bedruthan.com

The Beeches Hotel 60 Charlestown Road, St Austell 01726 73106 www.thebeechescharlestown.co.uk

Boscundle Manor Tregrehan, St Austell 01726 813557 www.boscundlemanor.co.uk

Overlooking Fistral Beach, The Carnmarth Hotel combines a relaxed and personal wedding with a stunning location. New addition ‘The Marquee’ offers the flexibility of a marquee setting with the amenities of a hotel. Large numbers can be catered for, whether it’s a sit-down dinner or alfresco BBQ before sea views on the terrace. Cool and contemporary styling is blended with a beachside vibe for a chic celebration. wedmagazine.co.uk


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The Venue Camelot Castle Hotel Atlantic Road, Tintagel 01840 770202 www.camelotcastle.com

Carbis Bay Hotel Carbis Bay, St Ives 01736 795311 www.carbisbayhotel.co.uk

Carlyon Bay Hotel St Austell 01726 812304 www.brend-hotels.co.uk

Chy-an-Albany Hotel Albany Terrace, St Ives 01736 796759 www.chyanalbanyhotel.com

Cliff Head Hotel Sea Road, Carlyon Bay, St Austell 01726 812345 www.cliffheadhotel.com

The Cove Lamorna, Penzance 01736 731411 www.thecovecornwall.com

Crossroads Lodge Hotel Scorrier, Redruth 01209 820551 www.hotelstruro.com

Falmouth Beach Resort Hotel Gyllngvase Beach, Falmouth 01326 310500 www.bw-falmouthbeachhotel.co.uk

The Falmouth Hotel Castle Beach, Falmouth 01326 312671 www.falmouthhotel.co.uk

Fowey Hall Hanson Drive, Fowey 01726 833866 www.foweyhallhotel.co.uk

Glendorgal Hotel Lusty Glaze, Porth, Newquay 01637 874937 www.glendorgal.co.uk

Godolphin Arms West End, Marazion 01736 710202 www.godolphinarms.co.uk

Hotel Riviera Lusty Glaze, Newquay 01637 874251

Hotel Tresanton Lower Castle Road, St. Mawes 01326 270055 www.tresanton.com

Hotel Victoria East Street, Newquay 01637 872255 www.hotel-victoria.co.uk

Hustyns St Breock Downs, Wadebridge 01208 893700 www.hustyns.com

Lanteglos Country House Hotel Lanteglos-by-Camelford, Camelford 01840 213551 www.lantegloshotel.co.uk

Lowenac Hotel Greenbank Hotel Harbourside, Falmouth 01326 312440 www.greenbank-hotel.co.uk

Basset Road, Camborne 01209 719295

The Old Custom House Hotel South Quay, Padstow 01841 532359 www.smallandfriendly.co.uk

Eagle House Hotel   3, Castle Street, Launceston 01566 772036

Land’s End Hotel

The Falcon Hotel

Sennen

Breakwater Road, Bude 01288 352005 www.falconhotel.com

www.landsendhotel.co.uk

01736 871844 Perched on the side of a harbour

The Esplanade Hotel

with views across the Fal estuary, The

Esplanade Road, Pentire, Newquay

Greenbank Hotel boasts a dreamy setting.

01637 873333 www.newquay-hotels.co.uk

Dating as far back as 1640, the historic building is rich in character, its interior styling typified by a rare level of elegance. Complete with a glowing reputation for supreme cuisine, a private quay and small beach and a fine standard in service, expect a ravishingly romantic celebration.

Green Lawns Hotel One of Newquay’s premier 3 star hotels, The Esplanade is situated a stone’s

Western Terrace, Falmouth 01326 312734 www.greenlawnshotel.com

throw from Fistral Beach and offers

Hannafore Point Hotel

awe-inspiring views from its restaurant,

Marine Drive, West Looe 01503 263273 www.hannaforepointhotel.com

lounge and bedrooms. The hotel is an ideal venue for both your civil ceremony and reception, and can cater for up to 250 people. Combining contemporary interiors with a relaxed charm, it makes a supreme setting for a stylish wedding celebration.

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Headland Hotel Newquay 01637 872211 www.headlandhotel.co.uk

Get wed before the infamous granite cliffs of Land’s End, one of the planet’s most dramatic backdrops. From a celebration for two to a party for 500, The Land’s End Hotel will deliver a wonderful wedding tailored to you. With a vast choice of menus, a heady dose of atmosphere and

Hotel California

an incredible sunset, you’ll be hard pushed

Pentire Crescent, Newquay 01637 872798 www.thehotelcalifornia.co.uk

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The big house by the sea. An idyllic coastal retreat on the roseland, in two acres overlooking Gerrans Bay and Portscatho. Wander down the lane to the secluded sandy beach. For a totally private wedding, the house with its 12 guest apartments/suites can be booked exclusively. Larger parties can be catered for in a marquee or tipi in the grounds. House chefs serve modern rustic food.

Secluded location in the heart of Cornwall with stunning countryside views Ceremonies in a beautiful barn or outdoor under the arbour Barn or Marquee receptions with gastro style farm house catering Contemporary accommodation for 26 guests within a cluster of barns Inspirational photo opportunities

Call Kim 01579 320013 www.trevenna.co.uk

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The Venue Old Quay House

Penventon Park Hotel

28 Fore Street, Fowey

West End, Redruth

01726 833302

01209 203000 www.penventon.co.uk

www.theoldquayhouse.com

Widemouth Manor Hotel Widemouth Bay, Bude 01288 361263 www.widemouthmanor.co.uk

Windward Hotel Alexandra Road, Porth Bay, nr Newquay 01637 873185 www.windwardhotel.co.uk

Whitsand Bay Hotel Portwrinkle, Torpoint 01503 230276 www.whitsandbayhotel.co.uk

Wringford Down Hotel A spectacular converted Georgian mansion Combining sleek, contemporary style with

set in acres of parkland, Penventon Park

awe-inspiring waterside views, The Old

Hotel makes a dreamy backdrop for a

Quay House is a chic and alluring wedding

wedding. Whether it’s an intimate wedding

venue which caters for up to 100 guests.

for two or a lavish celebration for up

The ceremony and delectable wedding

to 200 guests, the hotel’s experienced

breakfast from the Remy Martin award-

team can offer a package tailor made to

winning restaurant take place before the

you, allowing you to relax and enjoy the

tranquil estuary waters. With each room

luxurious surrounds and superb facilities of

typifying comfort and style, a stop over is

this exceptional setting.

recommended.

Pedn-Olva Hotel

Cawsand 01752 822287 www.cornwallholidays.co.uk

Manor Houses Boconnoc House

Lostwithiel 01208 872507 www.boconnocenterprises.co.uk

Godolphin House Godolphin Cross, Helston 01736 763194 www.godolphinhouse.com

Mount Edgcumbe House Sands Resort

The Warren, St Ives 01736 796222

Watergate Road, Porth, Newquay 01637 872864 www.sandsresort.co.uk

Penmere Manor Hotel

The Seiners Arms

Mongleath Road, Falmouth 01326 211411 www.penmeremanorhotel.co.uk

Beach Road, Perranporth 01872 573118 www.ccinns.com

Penmorvah Manor Hotel

St Michael’s Hotel

Cremyll, Torpoint 01752 822236 www.mountedgcumbe.gov.uk

Pencarrow House Washaway, Bodmin 01208 841369 www.pencarrow.co.uk

Pentillie Castle and Estate St Mellion, Saltash 01579 350044 www.pentillie.co.uk

Budock Water, Falmouth 01326 250277 www.penmorvah.co.uk

Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth 01326 312707 www.stmichaels-hotel.co.uk

Polurrian Hotel

The Slipway Hotel

Scorrier House

The Lizard Peninsula, Mullion 01326 240421 www.polurrianhotel.com

The Harbour Front, Port Isaac 01208 880264 www.portisaachotel.com

01209 820264 www.scorrierhouse.co.uk

Porth Avallen Hotel

Trenython Manor

Sea Road, Carlyon Bay, St Austell 01726 812802 www.porthavallen.co.uk

Tywardreath, Par 01726 814797 www.trenython.co.uk

Porthminster Hotel

Tregenna Castle

Scorrier, Redruth

The Terrace, St Ives 01736 795221 www.porthminster-hotel.co.uk

Treloyhan Avenue, St Ives 01736 795254 www.tregenna-castle.co.uk

Queens Hotel

Watergate Bay Hotel

and parkland, this 18th century house

Watergate Bay, nr Newquay 01637 860543 www.watergatebayhotel.co.uk

offers splendour, romance and plentiful

Well Parc Hotel

offers a highly individual celebration com-

Mithian, St Agnes 01872 552202 www.rose-in-vale-hotel.co.uk

Trevone, Padstow 01841 520318 www.wellparc.co.uk

plete with a sense of timeless elegance.

Royal Duchy Hotel

White Hart Hotel

ing in the en suite accommodation in the

The Promenade, Penzance 01736 362371 www.queens-hotel.com

Rose-In-Vale Country House Hotel

Cliff Road, Falmouth 01326 313042 www.royalduchy.co.uk

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Church Street, St Austell 01726 72100 www.smallandfriendly.co.uk

Surrounded by 450 acres of idyllic woods

backdrops for photographs. Adopting a flexible approach to weddings, Scorrier

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Castle or country club? Historic home or hotel? The choice of approved premises in Cornwall is vast. Here’s a rundown.

Prideaux Place Padstow 01841 532411 www.prideauxplace.co.uk

The Millhouse Inn Trebarwith, North Cornwall 07767 341234 www.themillhouseinn.co.uk

Trematon Hall

Roserrow Golf and Country Club St Minver, Wadebridge 01208 863000 www.roserrow.co.uk

Saltash 01752 842351 www.trematonhall.co.uk

Trerice Kestle Mill, Newquay 01637 875404 www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Restaurants & Inns

The Mill House is set in a beautiful secluded

The Bowgie Inn

beach at Trebarwith Strand. It was once an

West Pentire, Crantock, Newquay 01637 830968 www.bowgie.com

18th Century corn mill and the restaurant,

Bullers Arms Hotel

millstream. The Mill is licensed for wedding

Marhamchurch, Bude 01288 361277 www.bullersarms.co.uk

The Boardroom Blue Bar, Porthtowan 01209 890329 / 777 www.blue-bar.co.uk

The Edgcumbe Arms Cremyll, Torpoint 01752 822294

valley half a mile from the stunning surfing

with a capacity of 120, is set alongside the ceremonies, including outside on the front terrace and receptions are designed for individual requirements. The hotel has eight stylishly furnished rooms and live music or entertainment may be organised. For further details, please contact the owners Mark & Kep Forbes on the phone number above or by email: mailto:mark.forbes@tesco.net

Nestled in 400 acres of unspoilt Cornish countryside, Roserrow’s Brasserie has spectacular views to Polzeath Beach, which is a perfect backdrop for your wedding photography. A variety of menus is available to suit every palate; up to 80 people can be catered for in the restaurant or larger parties can celebrate in a marquee on site. Located in a fabulous setting within easy reach of St Enodoc, St Michaels and St Minver Church, Roserrow also offers a choice of luxury accommodation on site.

Fistral Blu Fistral Beach, Headland Road, Newquay 01637 879444 www.fistral-blu.co.uk

The Smokehouse The Harbourside, Porthleven 01326 562407

Trevenna

The Spaniards Riverside Inn

St Neot, Liskeard www.trevenna.com 01579 320013

Fore Street, Cargreen, Saltash 01752 842830 www.thespaniards.co.uk

Rural Locations & Private Estates Fistral Blu captures the essence of a chilled beach atmosphere alongside fine food and slick service. Flooded with natural light, the Blu room boasts 180 degree views across the bay and awe-inspiring sunsets. Over 90 guests can be accommodated here for the wedding breakfast, while the Fistral Suite offers a cosy solution for intimate celebrations. Party the night away with the Atlantic surf breaking at your feet.

Broomhill Manor Poughill, Bude 01288 352940 www.broomhillmanor.co.uk

Fentafriddle Trebarwith Strand, Tintagel 01840 779190 www.fentafriddle.com

Porth-en-Alls House Prussia Cove, Penzance 01736 762014 www.prussiacove.co.uk

Tregoddick Farm The Liscawn Inn Crafthole, Torpoint   01503 230863 www.liscawn.co.uk

The Port William Trebarwith Strand, 01840 770230

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Madron, Penzance 01736 361301

Upton Farm Delabole 01840 770225 www.upton-farm.co.uk

…And Something A Little Different Carnglaze Caverns St Neot, Liskeard 01579 320251 www.carnglaze.com

Jetty Cottage St George’s Island, Looe 07812 009384

Poldark Mine Wendron, Helston 01326 573173 www.poldark-mine.co.uk

Trevigue Farmhouse Crackington Haven, Bude 01840 230418 www.trevigue.co.uk wedmagazine.co.uk


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WHICH BRIDE ARE YOU?

WHICH ARE

THE ‘W’ WORD HAS A FUNNY EFFECT ON SOME WOMEN. TAKE wed’s QUIZ TO FIND OUT WHETHER YOUR PRE-NUPTIAL PREPARATIONS ARE TURNING YOU NICE, NAUGHTY OR DOWNRIGHT NIGHTMARISH! words Charity Wilson

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FEATURE: QUIZ 1. Weddings involve a lot of big decisions for both partners to consider. Your attitude towards this is: You are about to commit to share your lives, so you should share these decisions too. It’s 50/50. Any decisions you can hand over to him or anyone else would be one less thing for you to worry about. You’ve listened very carefully to all his ideas. Listened and then done exactly what you please. Of course he’s involved. He’s invited, isn’t he? 2. Your dress is… more than you agreed to spend, but you wanted it. everything you could wish for, on a budget. fabulous, like you! Damn the expense, you will be the belle of the ball. still a fantasy. If you get five minutes, you’ll go and try some on.

ask her to join the congregation. You will not be overshadowed today. thank the heavens it’s not your dress. Now that would be a disaster. If one goes slutty, we all go slutty! That’s the motto. 6. The minister has been taken ill and there’s only one other person who can conduct the service. You’ve met him, unfortunately. He’s more dramatic than an Eastenders special and he’s threatened to sing you a love medley during the signing of the register. You decide to… go on with the show. It will make for a good story in years to come. position the singing minister directly in front of a few select relatives. That will teach them for ordering the napkin rings from the gift list. cry on the inside. Your monster wedding is slowing eating your will to live.

Go with the flow. You always knew you’d have to be flexible. Has anyone seen what he looks like? You’ll reserve your verdict until you know whether or not he’ll spoil the photos. 9. Disaster! You arrive at the reception venue, ready to mingle and tuck into a well-deserved snack, but the room isn’t ready. Your response is… to renegotiate the venue price. alcohol. panic, obviously, followed by a few deep breaths, a quick word with the staff to organise some sort of holding pattern and then relaxation – it will all work out fine in the end. litigation. Nobody ruins your perfect day.

H BRIDE YOU? 3. There’s only a month to go until you need to squeeze into your gown, but you’ve not quite stuck to your ‘fabulous figure’ plan. Obviously you…

purge the house of ‘naughties’ and stock up on anything bland, cardboardy and horribly healthy. start getting up at 5am to fit in a morning jog.

cut down on the chocolates, but resist the urge to panic. A month is plenty of time to shape up, if you decide you need to. surreptitiously fatten up the bridesmaids: a chocolate box here, a doughnut there. As long as you’re thinner than them in the photos…. 4. Some of your guests are allergic to nuts, so…. there goes the hen night! you’ve uninvited them.

really? Is it too late to change the menu? Just add it your never-ending list. This wedding is trying to finish you off… you’ve come up with an alternative menu that will suit everyone.

5. One of the bridesmaids has ripped her dress and now looks a bit ‘tarty’. Forget page boys – you’ve ended up with page three. There’s no time to stitch it up, so you…

use your connections to sort out a more preferred choice. You will not tolerate this sort of unprofessionalism.

7. Your husband gets so nervous at the reception that he can’t get through his speech. A quick “I love you” is all he manages before he retakes his seat at your side. Naturally, you…

10. A friend of the groom has one too many sherbets and makes a pass at you…

so you lure him to a cupboard and lock him in. He’ll find his way out when he’s sober… probably. which is your cue to leave!

obviously, he’s only human.

return his sentiment and enjoy the fact that he said the most important bit!

which you tactfully rebuff and never mention again.

take comfort from the fact that he’s feeling a bit of the pressure too. It’s a relief to know this day means as much to him as it does to you.

11. You’ve hired a fab DJ and given him an extensive track list, perfectly arranged to speed things up and slow things down, according to your schedule. Unfortunately, the DJ forgets your list and all his LPs. He may, however, have one copy of ‘Ghost Town’ by the Specials, stowed in the boot of his car. Your feeling is:

pick up the mic. You’ve got a few words of your own to share with the crowd: some kind, some not so kind, some outrageous. Better share them before you finish the champagne. give him a moment to gather himself, and then help him up. This is his one job and he’s going to do it properly…

8. The guest list has already been cut and you’ve had to make some tough decisions about who to invite. At the last minute, your stroppy cousin asks if she can invite her new boyfriend. You know that a refusal will cause ill feeling in the family. What do you decide to do?

Great! Who doesn’t love ‘Ghost Town’?

Time to raid the guest cars too. You might drum up a classic collection.

He can keep driving: it’s better to wait in silence for the perfect play list than compromise on taste.

Kick off the party with an a cappella karaoke session (while the ushers are sent out for some floor fillers).

Burn the table plan and consider a buffet.

If the boyfriend can stand her tantrums, maybe she will get a wedding of her own one day – then she can make demands. But not today!

laugh it off. None of it matters today.

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Mostly blue – The Princess Bride Your thoughtful attitude and willingness to compromise on the small stuff is testament to your relationship. This is true love and you are a true bride: sweet, serene and selfless. If everyone else involved in the ceremony had your attitude, this wedding would be more stress free than a Swedish massage convention. Little mishaps matter not and you will manage the day with your usual good sense and style. Have you thought about running for government?

Mostly red – Bride of Chuckie My my, you have got a wicked side, haven’t you? There are no sleepless nights for you leading up to the big day. No minor mishaps can trouble you, because you are safe in the knowledge that the party revolves around you. And you are right. Your control and confidence will ensure that the wedding day will run as smoothly as a freshly waxed Usain Bolt. No one could say no to you (as if they’d dare), but if anything does go wrong, you won’t despair: it’s all a case of priorities… and you are at the top of the list.

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Mostly orange – The Runaway Bride Ah, the blushing bride… or is the flush in the cheek the result of a gruelling pre-wedding schedule that has you over-worked and under-supported? Rule number 1: don’t panic! You’re in danger of forgetting why you are doing all this. Rule number 2: get some help! You can’t act like Wonderwoman and look like her. Assuming you want to enjoy the day, try delegating a little; it’s scary at first (handing over the control) but necessary. This is your day, and you need to focus on your needs. Rule number 3: relax and take it all in! You’ve already worked so hard – now reap the rewards.

Mostly green – Bridezilla Did you hear that? It’s the sound that induces a wave of nausea over the bridesmaids, a bead of sweat on the top lip of the groom, heart palpitations for the mother-in-law – it’s a bride on the warpath… again. As Bridezilla, you are both terrifying and awe-inspiring. Your ability to get your own way is magnificent, but be careful not to tread on your intended guests! With standards so high even Peter Crouch riding a giraffe wouldn’t catch sight of them, your wedding is guaranteed to be a spectacular event. But, of course, you already knew that.

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The team at Lanhydrock Hotel & Golf Club is celebrating! We have just acquired our civil ceremony licence You may now enjoy your wedding ceremony and reception in the heart of Cornwall’s rolling countryside...

Our luxurious new hotel combines contemporary style with rural relaxation. Boasting sensational views, ďŹ ne cuisine, chic accommodation and warm hospitality, Lanhydrock Hotel & Golf Club is the idyllic venue for your wedding.

Lanhydrock Hotel & Golf Club, Lostwithiel Road, Bodmin

01208 262570

www.lanhydrockhotel.com

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heavenly hangouts you’ve decided to honeymoon the eco way and spend your first days of wedded bliss in Cornwall. Now you just need to find a personal and utterly unique setting… words Rebecca Matthews

The tipi Wooded valleys, secluded lakes, a simple existence where life reflects the rhythm of nature… If such visions stir your romantic soul then get in touch with the natural world and spend your honeymoon beneath some cool and kooky canvas courtesy of Cornish Tipi Holidays. The series of authentic style North American tipis, adorned with lanterns and warm Turkish rugs, are dotted in secluded settings across a fairytale valley blanketed in ferns and bluebells. This utterly enchanting experience is tailor made for the couple yearning to spend this most unique of occasions a world apart from the hubbub of modern life. Just imagine waking up to the sweet sound of bird song, taking an early morning dip in the clear waters of the lake and returning to your love shack to cook breakfast over an open fire. Be still my beating heart! Cornish Tipi Holidays 01208 880781 www.cornishtipiholidays.co.uk

The campervan If you’re a pair of free-spirited souls with a passion for the open road, you’ll fall hook line and sinker for the charms of some campervan lovin’. Cornwall Campers hire out a range of funky and fully equipped classic VW campervans for the ultimate in flexible and mobile honeymooning. Whether you want to follow the surf, discover Cornwall’s hidden charms or simply chill out off the beaten track, you can plan your trip as the mood takes you. Lap up the pure romance of firing up the barbecue and supping on a cold beer as the sun sets, and wake up to sand dunes, salty air and the roar of the ocean for an indisputably exhilarating way to kick off your marriage. Cornwall Campers 01872 571988 www.cornwallcampers.co.uk

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The caravan Can you imagine anything more idyllic – and deliciously kitsch – than spending your first days of marriage in a classic caravan? Love Lane Caravans provide a small but perfectly formed collection of 1950s and ‘60s caravans which have been lovingly restored and kitted out for the ultimate nostalgic holiday. The 1967 2-berth caravan is a particularly dreamy option for newly weds. Decorated in chic retro style and lit by gaslight, it comes complete with vintage kitchenware, barbecue equipment and outside seating. And the real beauty? Without the need of an electric hook-up, the love nest can be set up at a remote beauty spot for an evening of good old-fashioned romance. Don’t forget your bucket and spade. Love Lane Caravans 01326 340406 www.lovelanecaravans.com

The cliff top hideaway If dramatic coastline and sumptuous interiors are the stuff of your starry-eyed dreams, then consider your fantasy wedding night setting found. A boutique bolthole nestled on the cliffs above Lamorna Valley, The Dovecote blends contemporary gothic styling with luxury, comfort and a supremely relaxing vibe. Let me set the scene. You’ll be greeted on arrival with Champagne, chocolates and rose petals scattered across the four-poster bed. Perhaps you’ll chill out in the al fresco hot tub and sup on the bubbly while you watch the moon and stars appear above the sea. Then you’ll retire to your chamber, lit by the soft glow of chandeliers and lanterns. Now that’s amore. The Dovecote 01736 732266 www.2lamorna.co.uk

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The waterside boutique

The chic retreat

If your wish list contains the terms ‘luxury’, ‘comfort’, ‘atmosphere’

Nestled amidst a beautiful stretch of landscape close to Mevagissey

and ‘sea views’, then consider your ideal honeymoon setting found.

and The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Lower Barn is a dreamy retreat for

Located amidst the historic heart of fashionable Fowey, The Old Quay House

honeymooners with a taste for boutique style and rural relaxation. The

is a small boutique hotel boasting charm, character and supreme comfort in

charms of this rather distinctive guesthouse lie in its sumptuously designed

chic abundance. Perched on the water’s edge, the winding streets of the town

rooms, the warm sense of personality and service and the heavenly hot tub,

lie to one side and the idyllic estuary to the other. Mouth-watering cuisine is

a blissful spot to lie back and gaze at the stars. There is also a gym, a range

served up in the intimate hotel restaurant, Q, while the interiors embrace

of holistic therapies available in a tipi and the cosy ‘Shack’ where you can

contemporary styling with a generous touch of quirkiness. Each individually

tuck into a delicious candlelit meal before an open fire. A love den with a

designed room exudes a rare level of ambience, but the Penthouse Suite is the

laidback beach hut feel set in its own garden, ‘The Hideaway’ is perfect for

jewel in the crown, with opulent styling, sleek furnishings and huge windows

honeymooners. Fusing vibrant design, a freestanding bath and a super king size

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commence married life if ever I saw it.

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lists with a twist So you don’t need another pillowcase nor the hideous orange bath mats your mother has her eye on? Consider a gift list with an eco, retro or charitable edge words Jo Lenny A few years ago, I was invited to a wedding with a difference. The

whether it’s giving an Ethiopian child a healthy start in life or paying for a British

crisp white envelope glided onto the mat, its gilt edging glinting in the

child with additional needs to go out for the day. Gifts start from as little as £12

sunlight. Tucked inside was the routine information: recommended

and can go into the hundreds, so there is something to suit all pockets. Have fun

hotels and B&Bs to rest our dancing feet, directions to the church and

compiling a list from these sites and make your wedding a day to remember for

instructions concerning the gift list. Except this couple didn’t want any

someone else.

gifts – at least not for themselves.

For eco warriors Instead, they invited everyone to donate to Cancer Research. Being in their

Maybe you could do with some items for your home, but you’re determined

late thirties and having lived together for some time, they had everything they

not to rattle your eco conscience. Try one of the growing number of ethical and

needed. Couples like this have paved the way for a new trend: today alternative

eco-friendly online shops that provide beautiful and sustainable wedding gifts.

gift sites are popping up all over the web, with vintage, eco and charity being the buzzwords.

EcoCentric offer stylish gifts that are made from recycled and ethically sourced material. The tempting selection includes fair trade photo frames, organic

It makes sense, doesn’t it? The average man is 36 when he marries and the

cotton linen, wine glasses made from recycled glass and – my personal favourite

average woman is 33. Most of us have set up home long before we marry. Who

– a cue ‘n’ 8 salt and pepper set made from used and bruised pool balls.

needs another toaster? Biome Lifestyle caters for the ethical and design-savvy shopper. Check out their For the couple who has everything

fantastic recycled classic thermometer and wall clock, which is handcrafted from

A number of charities, such as UNICEF, Christian Aid, Save the Children and

vending machine coffee cups.

Practical Presents, offer ethical and alternative gifts for weddings. The choice is wide and far-reaching: training for a community nurse, child vaccinations or a

Maybe you want to act locally and globally. Giveit.co.uk invites you to compile

fluffy duck to help an impoverished family generate income are amongst the list

your own list supporting local environmental projects or more global causes,

of benevolent gifts.

such as campaigns to save baby orang-utans or stopping the illegal pet trade.

Living Generously offers an extensive range of options for charities based in the

For retro lovers

UK and overseas. You put together a list of organisations that appeal to you,

If you’re partial to eclectic and nostalgic style, then a vintage list could be the

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Cushion made from fair trade cotton from Biome Lifestyle Recycled clock and thermometer handcrafted in the UK from vending machine coffee cups from Biome Lifestyle

from a department store and three from eco and ethical stores,” says Niki. “We wanted to make it less stressful for our guests and ourselves, so we set up our own website. It has to be easy for everyone.” Coran lampshades made for energy saving light bulbs from EcoCentric

Wedding Notebook’s system is similar to a department store list but you won’t be tied to one shop. You reserve your gifts with your chosen stores, add links to them on your wedding template and your guests can select the items. They

perfect route for you – and it’s eco-friendly to boot. Style your home with

can then either arrange to have the items sent or bring them on the day.

charming and unusual antiques such as patchwork quilts, eiderdowns and ceramics from The Vintage Wedding List or try Steptoes Dog Vintage Wares for

So you can have it all: gifts for you and gifts for the world.

a treasure trove of items, such as antique toast racks and tableware.

You want it all?

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All the sites offer the facility to set up a gift list in the same way you would for

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like me, you want to reserve gifts from a number of these great sites? Maybe you want to donate some gifts to charity as well as reserve some eco gifts for your home?

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Fear not. Newly wed and planning savvy Niki Clarke is about to launch Wedding

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Notebook, a website which will provide an interactive to do list as well as an independent gift list. “When my husband and I married we had four lists: one

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This Kitchenaid mixer and blender come in a series of ice cream shades as delicious as the heavenly foodstuffs they’ll be blending. What’s more, this superb domestic style comes with a benevolent edge: for every pink mixer sold, £50 goes to Breast Cancer Haven. Available from Artisan Cookshop.

01872 261040 www.artisancookshop.co.uk The fact your granny probably wore an apron like this when she was a newly wed makes this Cath Kidston must-have more adorable still. Team it with these matching textured rose oven gloves for chic and coordinated kitchen style.

01736 798001 www.cathkidston.co.uk Dip into ‘50s housewife mode and cook up some sweet treats in this Le Creuset mini muffin tray, while this teal dish is perfect for hearty fruit crumbles. Available from Artisan Cookshop.

01872 261040 www.artisancookshop.co.uk Whisk up some doughy delights with these cute heart-shaped cookie cutters and baking tins from Dexam. Available from Artisan Cookshop.

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Max out mealtime with these delicious dining room ideas words Rebecca Matthews

Staying in is the new going out. Since the economic gloom first nibbled at our finances, cultural analysts have been banding the statement about and recent research reveals it to be true. According to a survey by Internet search engine Ask Jeeves, 45% of people are eating more meals at home. As the home replaces pubs and posh restaurants as the setting for social activities, dinner parties are making a huge comeback. You know what that means, folks: yes, it’s time to spruce up your dining space. In recent years, the time-deprived nature of modern living, together with a dependence on quick fix microwave meals, has seen this essential space neglected. Until now. With the recent cultural shift and new found respect for quality time – not to mention quality food – the dining room is back to where it should be: the heart of the home, the setting of your allimportant couple time and the backdrop to your social life.

Furniture The table and chairs comprise the heart and soul of your dining space, so look for a set that fuses functionality, quality and style. Rozen Furniture design bespoke pieces, beautifully crafted to suit the contours and styling of your room. Blending a sleek, timeless design with optimum comfort, this stunning set will look fresh season after season – the perfect setting for feasting into the small hours. Rozen Furniture www.rozenfurniture.com Choose distinctive pieces of furniture that harmonise with the style of your room. This Textile Side Unit from acclaimed designer Jethro Macey fuses a solid oak base with contemporary materials for beautiful yet subtle impact. Jethro Macey www.jethromacey.com

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Lighting It’s a crucial component in creating the perfect atmosphere, so choose your lighting with aesthetics – and practicality – in mind. If the ceiling height allows,

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a large light suspended above the table will heighten it as the focal point of the room. Don’t shy away from some of the flamboyant lighting solutions on the market: this Glass Teardrop Table Lamp makes a contemporary and colourful choice for a modern dining space, while this innovative Cage Light from designer Tom Raffield creates intricate shadows for optimum ambience. For a romantic and striking centerpiece for your table, you can’t beat candlelight – this Twisted Candlestick Holder and Glass Hurricane Vase will stylishly set the swoon factor to max.

Walls Warm your walls up with a bold splash of colour. A stimulating shade of red

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Leading Westcountry hoteliers, Brend Hotels, was founded by Hannah’s grandparents more than 50 years ago. As part of the third generation of the family to work for the company, Hannah chose one of the company’s eleven hotels – the four-star Royal Duchy Hotel in Falmouth – as the opulent setting for her wedding to Alex. Hannah and Alex met over seven years ago. Their first date was a picnic on Exmoor and, as Hannah comments, “From that day on, we never looked back.” As the setting of family holidays, romantic breaks and the marriage proposal, Falmouth and The Royal Duchy Hotel have always been very special to both Hannah and Alex, and marrying at Pendennis Castle was a dream come true. The celebration was elegant and classical in style, befitting the setting: a horse and carriage, harpist and colour scheme of soft ivories and whites, golds and browns contributed a sense of grandeur to the day. The journey to the castle with her father, Peter, in the carriage was an unforgettable and “extremely emotional” moment for Hannah. On arrival, the beautiful flowers, candles and a harp providing ambient music enhanced the sense of romance. The civil service was followed by a blessing from The Reverend Barrington Bennett. After enjoying Champagne and canapés in the castle’s Chemise, the wedding party made their way to the Royal Duchy Hotel for a delectable wedding banquet which included grilled Falmouth Bay lobster, fillet of Beef Wellington in madeira and truffle sauce and Tahitian vanilla panna cotta with champagne rhubarb. The guests received Cornish fudge as favours plus a gift bag in their rooms, which included goodies such as personalised pens and tins of mints. The evening entertainment took the form of live band Geneva, a disco from Tim Coleman and a series of casino tables which went down a storm with their guests. After a day that Hannah and Alex describe as “incredible”, the couple jetted off to the exotic climes of The Maldives, followed by three nights in Dubai. “I took a year to plan our wedding, which was perfect. I was able to book suppliers early and then take time to decide on the detail later,” says Hannah. “I’d advise other couples to try and finish the arrangements two weeks before the wedding so you can start to unwind and pamper yourself. By this time, suppliers and your venue will be doing the hard work – put your trust in them and relax.“

The venue Pendennis Castle, Falmouth 0844 824 6727 www.english-heritage.org.uk/pendennis The Royal Duchy Hotel, Falmouth 01326 313042 www.royalduchy.com The dress Pronovias from La Bella Bridal, Exeter 01392 201174 www.labellabridal.co.uk The flowers Designer Wedding Flowers by Stephenie 01872 520005 www.designerweddingflowers.co.uk Photography Andrew Hawker 01637 877228 www.andrewhawker.co.uk

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Sam’s path crossed Krishan’s when she went to stay with friends in London back in 2004, and the couple began a long distance relationship between the capital and Cornwall. After 18 months, Sam swapped the Cornish beaches for the grass of Blackheath and Greenwich in South East London.   Keen to embrace their sense of cultural heritage, Sam and Krishan’s wedding was a fourday extravaganza with a rich variety of entertainment, top-notch food and festivities. As a considerable number of guests traveled from London for the occasion, the couple was eager to ensure everyone thoroughly enjoyed their time. The celebrations began on the Thursday evening with a dinner for those staying in the hotel. The next day, many of the party went for a surf before the English wedding took place before 80 guests in the afternoon. After the ceremony, guests tucked into canapés and Champagne while a jazz band provided the soundtrack. A gorgeous three course a la carte wedding breakfast followed, which included dishes such as Cornish lamb glazed with sundried tomato stuffing and white chocolate cheesecake with Cornish clotted cream. As the evening guests arrived, the relaxed day finished in style with a live band and party atmosphere, though the newly weds were aware that they had to do it all over again the next day! The celebrations continued on the Saturday with an enormous Indian wedding witnessed by 180 people. Drawing on the resources and skills of family and friends, Sam and Krishan constructed a ‘Mandip’ in which the Indian ceremony took place. The couple both wore traditional wedding outfits, though Sam designed her top to give it a western twist. After the ceremony, a three-piece band played while guests tucked into nibbles. The exotic wedding breakfast comprised a sumptuous array of samosas, kebabs and curries supplied by The Cornish Curry Company, which was served on each table as a twist on the traditional buffet. The food was a surefire success. The after dinner entertainment included casino tables and dancers performing both traditional Indian and fusion songs. A Birmingham-based DJ stoked up the party vibe, playing Bangra beats into the night. After their phenomenal wedding, Sam and Krishan spent a luxurious honeymoon in Singapore and Malaysia where they had a tree planting ceremony to commemorate their marriage at a stunning five-star resort in Tanjong Jara. “It’s your wedding so do things your way. Plan well ahead and call in favours,” the newly weds recommend. “It was so important to us that everyone had fun at our wedding. Holding it in Cornwall meant all our London guests really made a weekend of it and it felt like a holiday – so much more fun than it all being over in one day!”

The venue Carnmarth Hotel, Newquay 01637 872519 www.carnmarth.com The dress Maggie Sottero from The Bridal Sweet, St Blazey 01726 812919 www.bridal-sweet.co.uk The flowers Sam’s mum Photography Chris Burgess 07989 744421 www.insightweb.co.uk

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Bo knew that Dave was the man for her as soon as their eyes met – and the pair celebrated their union with a personal and relaxed wedding in the Cornish sunshine. The day began in a laidback fashion, with Dave heading off for a round of golf with the boys while Bo spent a fantastic few hours at home with the girls, “we dipped strawberries in chocolate, painted nails, drank fizz and cried a lot!” says Bo. However, the morning wasn’t without its dramas. On realizing he’d mislaid his suit trousers, Dave mentally retraced his steps to Hayle Co-op. Anxious to avoid him turning up at the ceremony in a pair of jeans – or worse, his pink check golfing trousers – Bo was delighted to discover the trousers had been handed in and one of the best men drove to the store to pick them up! The couple chose a striking colour scheme of red, gold and green for the day. A simple ceremony at Falmouth Register Office was followed by a fizzy Cornish cream tea in the sunshine at the couple’s garden in Portreath. One of the centrepieces of the party was a heavenly three-tiered chocolate delight cake made by Dilly, one of Bo’s best friends – and it went down a storm. Cloud 9 Cornwall, The Cornish Sky Lantern Company provided the magical entertainment. The dramatic backdrop of Carn Brea Castle was the setting for the evening bash, where guests tucked into a Middle Eastern banquet, “fit for royalty” followed by dancing till the early hours of the morning. After what Bo describes as “the best of days,” the newlyweds enjoyed a romantic honeymoon in Rome. Bo and Dave advise other couples to take a laidback approach to their day, “Relax, have fun and don’t feel pressured to spend a fortune.”

The venue Falmouth Register Office Carn Brea Castle Restaurant 01209 218358 The dress Monsoon www.monsoon.co.uk The flowers Chloe Creations 01209 610698 chloe-creations@live.co.uk Photography Kiss Photography 01736 794168 www.kissphotography.co.uk

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CELEBRATION Soraya and Ross Jackson-Hicks

Romance blossomed between Soraya and Ross at Truro’s Toni & Guy salon seven years ago where Ross worked as a stylist and Soraya as a receptionist. They are now the owners of a Toni & Guy salon in Falmouth, which they opened four years ago. Having always loved the panoramic views across St Ives bay, Ross and Soraya chose to tie the knot in the beautiful church of St Erth before heading to Tregenna Castle Hotel. An elegant theme of black, white and crystal was reflected in the flowers, the beading of the bride’s bodice, the bridesmaids dresses and the St Piran tartan worn by the groom’s party. After the ceremony, the newly weds were whisked away in a vintage Bentley Beaumont while the bridesmaids and mums enjoyed a ride in a white Hummer. The guests also had a treat in the form of a red Double Decker coach, which transported them to and from the church. On arrival at Tregenna Castle, the wedding party was greeted by Cornish trio Bagas Degol who played bagpipes, flute and drum while they sampled the delights of a Champagne fountain and canapés. The wedding breakfast included such delectable treats as cream of Cornish root vegetable soup, traditional roast topside of beef with Yorkshire pudding and profiteroles. As darkness fell, the evening reception kicked off in superb style with a buffet supper, chocolate fountain and tunes provided by DJ Joe Fabian of Northern Lights. After a dreamy day, the wedding party danced the night away. Soraya advises other brides, “Get someone to go to the wedding fairs with you for helpful opinions and search the internet for some really unusual personal favours.” She adds, “Have a ‘rehearsal’ a week or two before with all your accessories, and a wedding videographer and photographer who understands your style is a must!”

The venue St Erth Church followed by Tregenna Castle Hotel, St Ives 01736 795254 www.tregenna-castle.co.uk The dress Vu’s Bridal Boutique, Wadebridge 01208 815440 www.vusbridal.co.uk        The flowers Wedding Flowers in Cornwall 01872 540660 www.weddingflowersincornwall.co.uk Photography Nick Bailey 07816 251838 www.photobailey.com

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Despite meeting in their French A-Level class at Penwith College, it was some years later that Charlotte and Simon bumped into each other again – this time it resulted in a romantic proposal on Carbis Bay beach. After Charlotte’s acceptance, the wedding date was set for Easter Sunday 2009. Despite storms and torrential rain during the week prior to the wedding, Easter Day dawned with glorious sunshine – this proved perfect for the Spring theme which was reflected in the seasonal flowers and favours: miniature buckets of chocolate eggs. A beautiful wedding ceremony took place at Phillack Church near Hayle; the newlyweds then enjoyed a moment to themselves on the way to Tregenna Castle Hotel in a Rolls Royce. On arrival, the guests supped on Champagne in the sunshine overlooking panoramic views across St Ives Bay. The delights continued with the wedding breakfast: a sumptuous feast of Cornish root vegetable soup, roast beef and Eton mess. A special dance routine from the bride and groom kicked off the evening fun. Keen to avoid an awkward shuffle around the dance floor, Charlotte and Simon had attended a series of Latin and Ballroom lessons at Tanner-J Dance Zone in Plymouth. The routine to Take That’s ‘Rule the World’ and Girls Aloud’s ‘Love Machine’ was kept a secret until the evening when Charlotte discovered, “it’s much more difficult dancing in a full-length wedding dress with a train than it is in jeans!” The tunes continued courtesy of Kernow Groove who played a tailor made track list of guest recommendations – ensuring a packed dance floor all evening. Charlotte and Simon jetted off on a mini moon to Paris shortly after the wedding which will be followed by a tour of Canada later in the summer. “Enjoy every minute of the planning,” Charlotte advises other couples. “You don’t need to leave the county to find excellent stockists and wedding suppliers.”

The venue Phillack Church followed by Tregenna Castle Hotel, St Ives 01736 795254 www.tregenna-castle.co.uk The dress Charlotte Balbier from Bride!, Penzance 01736 364500 www.brideincornwall.com The flowers Designer Wedding Flowers by Stephenie 01872 520005 www.designerweddingflowers.co.uk Photography Life Photographic 01326 377187 www.lifephotographic.com

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