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CORNWALL’S

FABULOUS WEDDING MAGAZINE

perfect partners Matching food and wine made easy

HOT STUFF Gorgeous gowns, cool cakes and fab flowers DOWN BY THE SEA

Cornwall’s chic coastal venues explored

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WELCOME

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12. WELCOME TO PARADISE Chic gowns teamed with a twist of nature 22. LIGHT FANTASTIC Divine dresses simply made for moving 28. FLASHBACK Bridal gorgeousness through the ages

Photo Simon Green

36. SUPPORT ACT The low down on bridal lingerie 40. WED’S BOUDOIR Bridal beauty tips and trends 42. DIVINE DESIGNS Palladium rings for discerning duos 50. WORKING THE GROOM Style special for the man of the moment

FEATURES

45. HEN HEAVEN Wed road tests Retallack Resort’s hen package

BRIGHT&BEAUTIFUL 48. THE GROOMING PARLOUR A stag do at the spa 52. A stag do... at the spa Dos with a difference discussed

Editor Rebecca Matthews

Chief features writer Hannah May Features writers Charity Wilson, Nathan Midgley Design Matt Sanwell, Design UNLTD www.designunltd.co.uk Advertising & Management Brendan Sleeman Publisher wed Magazine F3 Champions Yard Causewayhead Penzance Cornwall TR18 2TA 01736 368899 wed@wedmagazine.co.uk

www.wedmagazine.co.uk Print Four Way Print, Launceston Cover image Dress Martina Liana Vu’s Bridal www.vusbridal.co.uk Model Charlotte Lodey Photography Simon Green www.simongreenphotography.co.uk © wed magazine. All rights reserved. Nothing in this magazine may be published without written permission. While reasonable steps are taken to check the accuracy of the content within this publication, wed magazine cannot take any responsibility for any mistakes or omissions or the views of our contributors or advertisers. All views expressed in wed are not necessarily those of wed magazine.

54. A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN Food and wine: the jargon-free guide

58. THE BRIGHT STUFF Punchy palettes for cakes, flowers and décor 64. FABULOUS FAVOURS Inspiration for your guest giveaways 68. MY DIGITAL ROMANCE A guide to a very modern marriage 72. INTO THE BLUE Coastal wedding venues explored 86. CREATIVE CANVAS The low down on a magical marquee wedding

As the long balmy days of summer beckon, here at Wed, our thought s have turned to sun-kissed days, parties by the sea, zesty colours and funky details. With sunshine on our minds and a long Cornish winter an all too recent memory, we relished the chance to spend a day in the heavenly climes of the Eden Project’s Rainforest Biome, shooting ‘Welcome to Paradise’. From these gorgeous visions of standout big-day style to the dreamy array of floaty frocks in ‘Light Fantastic ’, you may just find ‘the one’ within these pages.

92. SEVEN MARITAL MISDEMEANOURS An ancient moral code spell the secrets to a happy marriage

historic houses to boutique boltholes. See p.72 for an inspiring showcas

96. EASTERN PROMISE Honeymoon hotspots in Southeast Asia

Read up on the magic of a marquee wedding and match your menu to your

The Cornish coastline simply can’t be bettered where it comes to blissful

backdrops – we’ve nosed around some sublime venues nestled close to

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our simple guide. Pour colourful cakes, flowers and décor into the mix and

wine with you have

101. GIFTS WITH A CORNISH TWIST Unique gifts inspired by our surrounds

one jam-packed issue full of dazzling wedding ideas.

105. TAKE IT OUTSIDE Inspired ideas for al fresco living

Unbelievably, it’s been three years since we published the first issue of Wed

REGULARS

6. BRIDAL BUZZ What’s new, what’s hot, what’s on 80. THE VENUE Licensed venues for civil ceremonies in Cornwall 114. GOT WED Newly weds share a glimpse of their day 126. TROUBLE OR STRIFE? Your wedding dilemmas resolved

Magazine. Over endless saffron buns and cups of tea, our tiny team have worked tirelessly to create a high quality, independent publication, with a fresh and creative approach to weddings. We are endlessly grateful to all our fabulous readers and advertise rs who have supported us. Thank you. We look forward to bringing the best of wedding world to you long into the future. As usual, feel free to drop us a line and tell us about your wedding plans, angst or queries. We’re ever so nice. Until next time, Rebecca

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boutique on the move Although the owner of County Cream Bridal House, Carol Ellis, has recently retired, the popular business is set to continue – with a new owner and new premises. Headed by Elaine Rawlings, the boutique is now located in Cathedral Walk, Truro, and continues to stock an array of to-die-for designer dresses by the likes of Jenny Packham, Ellis Bridal, Eternity, Art Couture and Helen Marina. In addition, there’s a fabulous range of mother of the bride fashions and a bevy of bridal accessories and shoes. We advise all budding brides to swing by and swoon over the dreamy designs at this premier bridal house. 01872 262271 | www.countycreambridalhouse.co.uk

floral fantasies With a fresh new website and a beautiful purpose-built studio for clients, Anna Sawle of Wedding Flowers in Cornwall is continuously developing to provide superior customer service. Forget the stress associated with wedding planning – venture to St Agnes and relax amidst the surrounds of her spanking new studio where you can privately view her extensive portfolio undisturbed. Anna’s ethos of fresh floral design is sure to inspire as you discuss your ideas and whip up visions of petal perfection, perfectly matched to your theme or colour scheme. 01872 553080 | www.weddingflowersincornwall.co.uk

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BRIDALBUZZ BUZZ BRIDAL

CELEBRATIONS AT LITTLE ANNE MAIDS Marking their fifteenth year of business,

Camborne-based bridal shop Little Anne Maids continues to provide an extensive range for all your wedded needs. Hosting an exquisite selection of wedding dresses from the likes of Jade Daniels, D’Zage and Alfred Sung, formal menswear hire, bridesmaid and flower girl attire, evening and prom wear and accessories, their showroom is fully stocked to ensure that you are literally spoiled for choice. Drop in for some expert advice, ogle a variety of designs and see for yourself why proprietors Anne and Alan Walker are breezing through two decades of dedicated and renowned service within the county’s wedding industry. 01209 613366 | www.littleanne-maids.co.uk

YES CHEF! Can’t or won’t? Despite what you may think, there’s a chef in all of us. Convinced that everyone can cook, culinary experts Sarah and Lucy from The Round Kitchen Catering Company have launched a new merchandise range to encourage the inner chef in us all. Borne out of children’s word play, the ‘Yes Chef’ range is a first-rate collection of pieces designed to boost the fun factor in the kitchen, from aprons and chef hats to serving boards and coffee mugs. Their products are the perfect choice for marrieds-to-be seeking to brush up on their cooking, newlyweds to sink into domestic bliss or even veterans to whip up an anniversary storm or classily update their kitchen. So – ready, steady... 07968 206116 / 07968 385392 | www.theroundkitchen.com

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UNDER CANVAS

Having recently opened a branch in Rock, North Cornwall, esteemed tent company LPM Bohemia has brought its distinctive and endlessly versatile range of tents to the Cornish market. Their marquees and tents come in a gorgeous range of designs and sizes from the top hat, traditional and vintage tents, to a vibrant selection of Indian and exotic tents – each creating a welcoming and entirely weatherproof setting for a wedding.  The real pièce de résistance comes in the magical form of their Mongolian yurts, while the breathtaking Grand Pavilion, which can accommodate up to 2000 people, claims the title of the largest yurt in the world. With maximum dimensions of 60 feet in diameter and 25 feet high, it’s an impressive example of global architecture – and perfect for a party. LPM Bohemia can also provide accommodation to ensure that overnighters are catered for in superb style, suitable to fit and maximise any outside space. A series of thematic interior styling options will make the venue all the more beautifully bespoke. 01208 869484 | www.lpmbohemia.com

SPECIAL OFFER FROM DOVE FILMS WORDS OF LOVE… ‘Life is the flower for which love is the honey.’ Victor Hugo

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Contemporary, innovative, artistic: these are the hallmarks of Cornish wedding film company, Dove Films. Brothers Alex and Joel have built up over a decade of dedicated experience within the industry, gaining an innovation award and extensive portfolio in the process. Their work is highly creative and professional, and they use the best equipment with expertise and flair to ensure that every moment is captured in high definition clarity and charismatic detail. Using enhanced filming techniques, their productions play out like feature films - making you the star of your own mini movie at reassuringly affordable prices. The company has teamed up with Wed to offer readers a superb offer - in order to receive a free additional package to your wedding film, simply quote Wed Magazine. Visit their website for details. 07828 747945 | www.dovefilms.co.uk www.wedmagazine.co.uk


the sanctuary

BRIDAL BUZZ

Fancy a pre-wedding wind-down? Then make a date at St Michael’s Hotel for an

indulgent spa day by the sea. A new range of packages is tailor made for brides, grooms and bridesmaids, affording you the perfect opportunity to relax, revitalise and beautify, ready for the ultimate moment in the spotlight. Utilising products from Espa and Cornish skin stars Spiezia, the packages range from complexion-boosting and body-polishing to a selection of manicures and pedicures for polished nails to complement your colour scheme. Your body will be pampered into tiptop big-day condition from your brows to your toes with the Bridal Smoothie package; treatments include the deep-cleansing, pore-cleansing wonders of the ESPA lifesaving back treatment, a half leg wax and a series of finishing touches to your eyebrows, hands and feet. Bridesmaids can get in on the act with the Picture Perfect package which includes a series of prettifying treatments and, for the man of the moment, there’s the heavenly delights of Groom The Groom: a day of relaxation complete with an ESPA Lifesaving back treatment, express facial and St Michael’s holistic hand treatment. Go on, treat yourselves! 01326 312707 | www.stmichaelshotel.co.uk

THE FINISHING TOUCH Not just a service for the posh and privileged, having a Toastmaster at your big bash is gaining popularity as couples increasingly seek an individual stamp on proceedings. Not only present for toasting time, Keith Kneebone will be in full consultation almost two months before the wedding date to ensure that his role is played out to your specific requirements. Ensuring everything runs smoothly on the day, Keith’s professionalism, public speaking and organisation skills and protocol experience will mean a well managed, superbly presented affair with a Cornish twist. www.kernowcourtesy.com

STATEMENT SILVER  If you’re looking for that fabulous finishing touch, we suggest you make a visit to St Ives Silver in Truro or St Ives and cast your eyes over their spectacular new range. An exquisitely designed variety of knitted silver pieces showcase their signature style as they continue to offer modern, bespoke jewellery that will complete any wedding outfit. From dazzling necklaces to delicate earrings and dainty bracelets, their gorgeous range of jewellery can be mixed and matched for a beautiful and highly individual look. Offering sets as well as commissioned items using the highest quality materials, you’ll be acquiring admirers at every turn with some show-stealing silver. 01736 793724 | www.stivessilver.co.uk

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

THE PENVENTON PARK HOTEL WEDDING FAIR Sunday 11 April 10.30am-3pm Make a trip to this one-stop wedding extravaganza for an extensive selection of wedding suppliers from cake designers and photographers to bridal wear and entertainment. Sup on a complimentary glass of bubbly, explore the venue and enjoy inspiration aplenty for all your planning needs. Free entry 01209 203000 | www.penventon.co.uk

LANTALLACK WEDDINGS OPEN DAY Sunday 16 May 12 noon – 5pm From dresses to cakes, flowers to favours and all else in between, you’re guaranteed to collect wedding ideas aplenty at Lantallack, Cornwall’s new and utterly idyllic wedding venue. Explore the stunning surrounds and chat to a fabulous array of suppliers all in the name of an extremely good cause: every penny will go to The Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Entry £2.50 (children under 14 free) 07791 960419 | www.lantallackweddings.co.uk

FAIRYTALE FROCKS If you’re still searching for ‘the one’ (the dress, naturally), we suggest you take a trip to Vu’s Bridal Boutique in Wadebridge. The stunning new range from Pronovias is now gracing the rails of the bridal

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emporium, which also stocks Justin Alexander, Sottero & Midgley, Essense, Ella and Martina Liana. Each gorgeous gown is a vision of exquisite design, oozing fashionista flair via on-trend asymmetric silhouettes, dramatic ruffles and luxe fabrics. 01208 815440 | www.vusbridal.co.uk

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Beautiful Wedding Gowns for Every Ceremony Destination Gowns And Maternity Bridal Bridesmaid/Flowergirls, Accessories LARGE SALE RAIL 50% OFF WEDDING GOWNS By Appointment Please Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 9pm The Showroom, Goonhavern, Truro.

PRONUPTIA 01872 273970 PRONUPTIA

Trafalgar House,273970 Malpas Rd, Truro 01872 (off Tralfalgar roundabout) Trafalgar House, Malpas Rd, Truro Online brochure at www.pronuptiacornwall.co.uk (off Tralfalgar roundabout)

Online brochure at www.pronuptiacornwall.co.uk

Lavender Rose Bridal Wear  For your personal appointment call 01326 379138

14 Andrewartha Road Penryn TR10 8QW

Monday— Friday 6pm-9pm Saturday and Sunday 10am— 5pm www.lavender-rose.co.uk

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Welcome to P Photography Simon Green

Bask in the spotlight swathed in a glorious gown with radiant accents inspired by nature

Martina Liana, Vu's Bridal

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Sweetheart, Vu's Bridal Headpiece Sarah Drew

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Bonny Bridal, Little Anne Maids Tiara Sarah Drew

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Trudy Lee, Lavender Rose Tiara Sarah Drew

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Location Eden Project 01726 811911 | www.edenproject.com Hair Marcia Voyzey and Tom Bowden,

Craig Chapman Hair Design 01566 775777 | www.craigchapman.uk.com Makeup Suzanna Green 01736 366626 | www.suzannagreen.co.uk Model Charlotte

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Photography Simon Green 01736 366626 | www.simongreenphotography.co.uk Stockists

Lavender Rose, Penryn 01326 379138 www.lavender-rose.co.uk Little Anne Maids, Camborne

01209 613366 www.littleanne-maids.co.uk

Sarah Drew

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Vu's Bridal Boutique, Wadebridge

Sweetheart, Vu's Bridal Headpiece Sarah Drew

01208 815440 | www.vusbridal.co.uk

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Prudence Gowns WELCOME TO PARADISE

~DESIGNER WEDDING GOWNS~ Maggie Sottero, Sottero & Midgley, Hollywood Dreams, My Lady ~BRIDESMAID & FLOWER GIRL DRESSES~ Raylia, Kelsey Rose, Forever Yours, Ebony Rose, Alexia, Sacha James ~MOTHER OF THE BRIDE/GROOM & SPECIAL OCCASION WEAR~ Linea Raffaelli, Sarah Danielle, John Charles, Montage, Cameron Blake ~MEN’S FORMAL HIRE WEAR~ ~EVENING & PROM DRESSES~ www.prudencegowns.com PAYMENT PLAN AVAILABLE 2 Saltash Road, Keyham, Plymouth, PL2 1QT 01752 558858

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Photography Eliot Siegel

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Ebony Rose, Vu's Bridal Choker, bracelet and ring Sarah Drew at The Wedding Company

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Jasmine Collection, The Wedding Company Tiaras Tiara Rose Garden Accessories

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White Rose, The Wedding Company Tiaras

Earrings Totally

Hair and makeup Josie Lock 07722 358425 | www.josielock.co.uk Model Debbie

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Photography Eliot Siegel 07768 816749 | www.eliotsiegel.com Stockists

Flo & Percy

01277 637143 | www.floandpercy.com

Rose Garden Accessories www.rosegardenaccessories.co.uk

Totally Tiaras

01208 75816 | www.totallytiaras.com

The Wedding Company, Bodmin 01208 75544 | www.weddingcompanycornwall.co.uk Vu's Bridal Boutique, Wadebridge 01208 815440 | www.vusbridal.co.uk

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FLASHKCAB words Hannah May

Let the icons of a bygone and beautiful age inspire a fabulously individual dress with a stylish twist of nostalgia

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FLASH BACK

You may have a specific picture of what type of dress you want to marry in, but have you considered the character? The feel? The look? The history? Rather then racing to a house of haute couture and allowing the rails to decide, scour the styles of decades past and the people who wore them, infamously defining not only their age, but timeless beauty itself. With vintage styling still the height of style, a brief history of fashion may well prove just the food for thought you need, especially if you’re at a stylistic standstill. Let us lead you through the most definitive decades and fashion idols,

Pronovias, Vu's Brid al www.vusbridal.co.uk

firing your imagination with some stunning ideas.

Greta Garbo The post WWI climate was one of liberation and experimentation. The roaring ‘20s saw the birth of the flapper – young rebellious women intent on self-expression and fashion forward flair. Louise Brooks, with her slick bob and vampish appeal, represented the Bright Young Things who cast off their corsets in favour of legbaring, knee skimming dresses and boyish lines. Jazz and Art

Jenny Packham, County Cream www.countycreambridalhouse.co.uk

Deco informed the emerging fashions, which transmuted into the stylish ‘30s where figures such as Garbo, Jean Harlow and Marlene Dietrich reigned supreme. Wedding wear and fashion generally became softer. Satin, bias cut gowns were de rigueur, with a bevy of luxuriant fabrics featuring at the top all paved the way for the look of the time: long and sleek lines oozing sophistication. Cloche cap headpieces and soft picture hats completed the look of ultra feminine allure as the idolatry of actresses gained greater influence on popular culture – the pin-up and her style became as ubiquitous as it was deliciously imitable. With another war to contend with, fashion evolved accordingly. Rationing

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of every bride-to-be’s wish list. Charmeuse, crepe, voile and taffeta

caused a scarcity of materials and though the silks from the pre-war period were still hotly in demand, they were incredibly rare – prompting the era of Utility Clothing. Men wore uniforms they already owned and women had to adapt old dresses or create imaginatively with whatever was available. Still, a determination for design combined with the enforced ‘make do’ attitude saw a plethora of stylistic features and fresh looks being generated. Sleeves were pivotal, with long, point sleeves and voluminous topped Gibson sleeves with narrow wrists as the template for many a gown. The emergence of the scallop and sweetheart necklines, and then the V-neckline, was evidence of the unrelenting desire for feminine detailing, and the basque waist and long veils were further evidence of the female fashion-forward psyche. Rayon was the most widely used material as women tried in vain to mimic ‘The New Look’ of greater austerity as personified by the likes of Veronica Lake and Rita Hayworth. Broad shoulders and a slim waist was the silhouette of choice as fashion was about to leap to another stratospheric level.

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Marilyn Monroe

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Still the epitome of Hollywood Glamour Girls the world over, Monroe looms high and goddess-like in the upper echelons of aspirational beauty. Her enduring fame decades after her death stands as testament to her infinite ability to inspire and drive-wild all genders and ages in admiration. Alongside a bevy of beauties such as Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren, she redefined the female form and revamped the fashion realms. The hourglass is synonymous with the screen siren’s form and style. Nipped waists with a strapless – mostly sweetheart – bodice cut a curvaceous silhouette and daring, flesh-flashing aesthetic. In keeping with a more demure and modest appearance, women would don a lace

Ella, Vu's Bridal www.vusbridal.co.uk

bolero for the ceremony and remove for the lace and skullcap headpieces were popular with brides as fashion once again became more readily accessible, marking the era of Ready to Wear or ‘Prêt-à-Porter’. The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and Grace Kelly’s marriage to Prince

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more informal reception. Flutter hems, Chantilly

Rainier II popularised regal weddings and prompted the resurgence of Elizabethan style. Elizabeth Taylor embodied the look, and her gown from ‘Father of the Bride’ was the most mimicked style of the decade. The attitude of daring gained momentum into the late ‘50s and ‘60s where non-conformity and individualism were the historic hallmarks. Women morphed from Glamour Girls to Femme Fatales courtesy of screen sexpots such as Ursula Andress and Sophia Loren. The ‘Swinging ‘60s’ saw the genesis of the supermodel, mini-skirts and Pop Art, where geometric and monochrome

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Little Anne-Maids 01209 613366

Cornwall’s leading independent bridal house

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

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Ellis Bridals, Pronuptia www.pronuptiacornwall.co.uk County Cream www.countycreambridalhouse.co.uk

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Jade Daniels, Little Anne Maids www.littleanne-maids.co.uk

Jenny Packham, County Cream www.countycreambridalhouse.co.uk

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Ronald Joyce, Elegant Brides www.elegantbrides.co.uk

Hollywood Dreams, Prudence Gowns www.prudencegowns.com

Diana, Princess of Wales The age of New Romance dawned and a Princess captured the hearts, look and hopes of a world captivated by her story. The most photographed woman in the world, Diana was adored for her doe-eyed innocence and rising sense of fashion, ambition and character. Her fairytale wedding gown was the most replicated style of the decade. Theatrical, ostentatious and romantic to the core, the sleeves were bigger than her head and the 25-foot long train more dramatic than anything previously seen before. The fantasy was made real, and chiffon, sheer fabrics, lace and organza materialised the dream. By the mid-‘80s, sparkle succeeded. Sequins, satin and beads with wreath style headbands were in demand, and puffball, tiered, ball gown styles were uncompromising statement makers. The politics of punk and eventually grunge lapsed into the ‘90s, imposing various aspects on wedding attire from neon brights to range of movements, whereby wedding fashion was simplified via clean lines, neutral tones and understated design. Various trends prevailed. Boho hippy was the ‘90s version of the ‘60s/’70s and other decades were rehashed and revamped in a similar vein. The noughties encapsulated an ‘anything goes’ fusion of fashions, from origami to eco, architectural to futuristic. This year looks set to continue with previous trends such as

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Goth-like darks. The last decade of the millennium contained a

asymmetry, rough cuts and layering but with an added emphasis on fabrics – specifically organza, tulle, chiffon, satin and taffeta. The idea is to mix multiple styles and materials and to create shape and style through folding, gathering, pleating, ruching and layering. Gold leaf printed skirts, especially paisley and calligraphy, are very en vogue, and metallics are mainstream hip with gold and platinum making a reappearance. Necklines, corsets (think underwear as outerwear) and sleeves are all in the spotlight, ensuring personalisation is paramount whilst modern brides continue to bask in the bygone.

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Pamper yourself before the big day with this indulgent and effective top to toe package which will leave you feeling relaxed, pampered and glowing. Package includes a welcome foot ritual & consultation, full body brushing & exfoliation, de-stressing face, scalp & body massage with ESPA essential oils, eyebrow wax & shape followed by a manicure & pedicure. Plus, healthy spa lunch & use of the spa, pool & leisure facilities. Cost £120

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This indulgent day is the perfect way to celebrate your hen party in style and luxury. Includes welcome foot ritual and consultation, ESPA mini aromatherapy facial, immaculate manicure, glass of champagne and chocolates to enjoy in the bar. Plus, healthy spa lunch & use of the spa, pool & leisure facilities. Cost £75

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Bridal gorgeousness starts with the right lingerie. Undress to impress with some sassy underwear perfectly matched to your body shape words Rebecca Matthews

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Ahh, lingerie. The frilly knickers, the silken cups and curvaceous corsetry which hugs the body and positively oozes womanly allure. Seductive as it might be, lingerie isn’t just about titillation on the

Developments in underwear technology has seen an explosion of stunning shape wear solutions hit the market in recent years, as innovative fabrics and design have evolved to create lingerie which controls and stays in place all day long. In minimising, flattening and enhancing your body shape, well-chosen underwear can create your fantasy silhouette.

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wedding night – your bridal underwear has to work very hard indeed.

Underwear plays another essential role. As the bride, you'll want to move freely and confidently, from the walk down the aisle to the late night shapepulling on the dance floor, without worrying about flashing your nipples or your knickerline. The right underwear is crucial for your comfort and confidence. In short, if you want to look your most gorgeous and feel utterly at ease on your wedding day, the mantra is simple: invest in the right lingerie. Before you raid your local lingerie boutique and emerge with enough lacey lovelies to rival the collection of Katie Price, consider your body shape and decide which bits By Caprice Lingerie

you want to show off and/or hide. Let us lead you through the modern world of bridal underwear and tickle your frilly fancy.

sexy mamma You might be a new or expectant mother – but you’re a sexy woman too. And maternity lingerie doesn’t have to spell bland boulder holders and granny pants – especially not on your wedding day. Embrace your curvalicious frame with underwear which supports in all the right places but also looks super sexy too. Whether you’ve recently been blessed with a bundle of joy or you’re waiting for your little one to arrive, the HOTmilk range has a sensual solution, fusing comfort and practical design with luxurious fabric, stunning detail and a sumptuous dose of sensuality.

small and sassy Longing for a bit of oomph on the cleavage front for the big day? There’s a multitude of bust-enhancing bras on the market and it’s all about finding the right one to suit your dress and body shape.

HOTmilk Lingerie

Filled with liquid to give your bust a beautiful boost, the Atlantis gel bra increases the appearance of your asset s by a whole cup size. With its smooth lines and sleek design, this bra is perfe ct for a sheer fabric or sheath style wedding dress. Team the simple whit e bra design with a pair of pretty statement knickers for a va va voom twist. Check out the range from By Caprice Lingerie for some sexy uplif t solutions in a range of distinctive desig ns, from chic and simple to statement style s.

beanpole beauty

If your body shape is more Cameron Diaz than Kelly Brook and you long to rock some curves on your wedding day, the right basque can work won ders. Don a sumptuous silken basque from Masquerade for an instant hourglass shape, embellished with a pretty satin ribbon for a chic vintage twist. For those lacking in the posterior depa rtment who want to shake some serious booty à la J-Lo on the big day, there's a whole world of simple bott omenhancing solutions to explore. Try the Padded Pants from Magic Body Fashion, which come with foam padd ing for a firm and bootilicious derrière to complete your hourglass.

killer cleavage

So you've been blessed with a lovely pair of lady lumps. And you're looking for lingerie which whispers 'sexy' while supporting your generous bosom, ensu ring your comfort from the dressing up to the dressing down. With sizes up to a KK cup, the Confetti Basque from Panache is perfect for bigger busts, with the added appeal of holding you in around the stomach and up around your assets. The pretty desig n allows you to go strapless, while the matching suspender belts and separates finish the vision of gorgeousness.

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your If you’re one of the squillions of women who feels self-conscious about ar underwe modern of general stomach area, take heart. For the wonders design means every woman can revel in their lifted, enhanced and supercontrolled shape. The Magic Slimshaper from Magic Body Fashion is every curvy lady’s dream, a multi-faceted wonder which controls stomach, bottom and thighs, giving of you a defined waist and smooth, streamlined shape. Whatever the style for , Slimbody and s Slimdres suit; to your dress, the range offers a product example, incorporate cleavage control with the tummy trimming magic.

dress distress

Your dress might be daringly distinctive, but it’s proving a challenge in the ar underwear department. Thanks to these little tricks, there’s an underwe solution to suit. Backless dress So you’ve fallen in love with a stunning backless number – but setting your boobs loose is simply not an option. Slip on Eve’s Bra, with its stick-on bra cups with a push-up effect, or Magic Lift It’s, which raise and reshape sagging breasts, and you can wear your divine dress in comfort, minus the visible nips.

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Plunging neckline Don’t let underwear anxiety put you off that uber glam dress with the outrageously sexy neckline. The V-Bra creates a seductive cleavage with optimum comfort, so dispel those visions of flashing the vicar and rock the slashed-to-the-navel look in style. Stressful straps and niggling necklines Ever wondered how Angelina and co manage to regularly defy logic, gliding up the red carpet with no sign of a nipple sliding out of a daringly revealing neckline or a strap sliding out of place? The trick is celebrity favourite,

Fashion Tape from Magic Body Fashion, which holds clothing in place or wherever you need it. If your dress comes with the risk of a boob flash ce even the annoyance of a sliding strap, it’s a must to ensure your confiden on the day. Looking for a sexy splurge? Let’s face it – there’s never going to be a better excuse to indulge yourself (and your other half) with some luxurious lingerie. For classic and opulent French lingerie, the Aubade range is glamorous, sensual and très sexy.

Lingerie love Prepare to fall for LovebySusie’s gorgeous visions of luscious silk, sheer chiffons, vintage ribbons and delicate lace. Based in Padstow, the beautiful handmade corsets, knickers and garters are available in a range of colours your and style, while the sheer silk chiffon babydoll is begging to be worn on honeymoon or wedding night. | www.lovebysusie.co.uk

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Tips, trends and top products for beauty junkie brides

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We love nothing better than a new Cornish beauty product here at wed and the range from new Cornwall based company Mary’s Shed is already a firm favourite. Handblended in a Padstow workshop, each of the natural aromatherapy skin care, hair care and bathroom products is a potion of nourishing goodness and 100% natural essential oils. Try the Stimulating Shampoo and Conditioner duo for your bridal hair care regime and soak away the pre-wedding tensions with the Relaxing Foam Bath. As if that wasn’t enough, the packaging is super chic. www.marysshed.com

3 marvellous mascaras Sumptuous Bold Volume Waterproof Mascara by Estee Lauder Forget the lingerie. Apply this thickening and lifting mascara and the slightest flutter of your ravishing and flirtatiously curvy lashes will spell pure seduction. And you can get as emotional as you like during the ‘I dos’ – this little beauty won’t budge. www.esteelauder.co.uk

high lengths mascara Thanks to a fine-toothed comb which reaches even the tiniest of lashes, this little wand is just the ticket for a look of long, luscious and wide-eyed loveliness. www.clinique.co.uk

larger than life lengthening mascara Length is everything – at least when it comes to mascara. This NARS formula is enriched with Vitamin E and macadamia nut oil for luxuriously long lashes with a sculpted and sexy twist of drama. www.narscosmetics.co.uk

natty nails It just so happens that the hottest nail trend of the season makes a pretty perfect shade for a blushing bride. Hailed as the new cult colour for every selfrespecting fashionista, Gray Suede by Revlon is a gorgeous creamy nude for effortlessly chic wedding day beauty. Get your mitts on a bottle in June. www.revlon.com

dream cream Give lack-lustre skin an instant boost with this treat from Soap and Glory. A medley of moisture-rich apricot kernel, aloe vera and face firming ingredients, Bright Here Bright Now is the perfect pick-me-up for a dull complexion, leaving your skin with a luminous and radiant glow. www.soapandglory.com

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feature | RING SHOWCASE

divine designs It’s light, lustrous and bound for your wedding finger. Prepare to fall in love with palladium words Hannah May

You’re dreaming of a wedding ring with a rich and opulent lustre – but you don’t want to shell out your annual wage to pay for it. Step forward palladium. Named after the asteroid Pallas, which is itself an epithet of Greek goddess, Athena, palladium is a historical hallmark of quality. This metal is hotly in demand for its luxuriant feel and look – and, of course, its affordable price tag. Along with its pricier cousin, platinum, it forms a group of elements known as the platinum group metals. The least dense of these precious metals, palladium is revered for its lightweight properties and durability. Furthermore, it doesn’t tarnish. Lighter, whiter and slightly harder than platinum, its popularity surge in recent years is testament to its malleability both in form and design. Science aside, its naturally white appearance makes it a perfect choice for a stunning piece of statement jewellery. Add to that its association with the goddess of wisdom and craft, and choosing palladium for your wedding band couldn’t be more poetically apt.

These palladium rings are available from Michael Spiers 82 Lemon Street, Truro 01872 272264 | www.michaelspiers.co.uk

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HEAVEN Cast aside those visions of L-plates, whipped cream and dodgy dares at your local pub or that costly trip abroad. Head into the heart of Cornwall for a luxurious girlie break at Retallack Resort. The wed team pays a visit words Rebecca Matthews

Arriving at Retallack Resort, a glade of luxurious escapism nestled amidst a sublime corner of Cornish countryside, I felt the chatter of the working week subside as a weekend of fun, indulgence and relaxation with my gal pals beckoned. The cluster of lodges overlooks a lake, a stretch of fields and the heights of Bodmin Moor beyond. There was a chorus of “oohs”, “aahhhs” and “OMG – Iook at the view/hot tub/bedroom!” as we explored our eight-berth lodge, marvellin g at the delicious luxury of it all. Contemporary, stylish and endlessly comforta ble, there were two large living rooms, a series of plush bathrooms, snug beds piled with crisp linen and huge windows flooding the rooms with natural light. Mod cons included flat screen TVs and DVD players, a kitchen diner (stocked with supplies) and a hot tub on the decking, making it the cosiest of boltholes for some downtime. We had barely been there for ten minutes before the chink of wine glasses

could be heard emanating from our balcony as we fired up the barbecue and toasted our arrival with a feast of beef burgers and hot dogs washed down with wine. As night fell and the stars punctuated the velvety darkness, we ran across the decking in our bikinis amidst a fair amount of shrieking – it was winter, after all – and slipped into the heavenly bubbles of the hot tub beneath a full moon. Perfect. After a restful night’s sleep and a cooked breakfast, we were ready and raring to go to Lusty Glaze Adventure Centre in Newquay the next morning. Well, perhaps raring to go might be an exaggeration. Despite partaking in a fair few adrenalin e activities during my post-university travels – sky diving, glacier hiking, kayaking and the like – now, at the grand age of 30, I’ve found I’m somewhat less willing to throw myself from great heights or enter roaring rapids. But the team at Lusty Glaze brought a fun and light-hearted spirit to the morning’s activities and we found ourselves abseiling down an 80 ft cliff (admittedly with a jitter or two on my part) and then, most exhilarating of all, zip wiring off the cliff and hurtling across the beach – a shot of fresh air, elation and adrenaline shooting through my veins, with awesome views across the spectacular coastline to boot.

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HEAVEN The Luxury Hen Weekend

The package includes a three night break in the Padstow lodge, use of the leisure facilities and a barbecue and breakfast pack. The hen receives a free Decleor treatment up to the value of £50 and all guests can enjoy

a tension therapy massage for a discounted price. Price £69 per person based on eight people sharing

Retallack Resort and Spa St Columb Major, Cornwall 01637 882400 | www.retallackresort.com

With a varied programme of activities, such as coasteering, surfing, rock climbing and the ‘I’m a Sea’lebrity’ package, Lusty Glaze Adventure Centre has a challenge for anyone who wants to test their fear factor, while the hip new bar provides a chilled spot to sup on cocktails and ocean views for the less adventurous. With heads and lungs coursing with fresh salty air and the cobwebs safely cleared, we returned to Retallack for the part of the weekend I was most looking forward to: the spa session. I opted for hot stone therapy and, as the therapist kneaded my muscles into delicious submission, my mind slipped into the mellow climes of pure relaxation. Followed by a dip in the resort’s swimming pool and a recline in the sauna and steam room, an afternoon of shameless indulgence was had – and thoroughly enjoyed – by all. Despite the supposedly non-girlie nature of the group, that evening we found ourselves indulging in an obligatory game of ‘snog, marry, kill’ after a few glasses of Pimm’s, munching on pizza over dating game shows and Jake Gyllenhaal movies and a singsong of Take That and Les Misérables classics in the hot tub beneath a blanket of stars. After a blissful weekend, a cloud lingered over my mind as we reluctantly packed up the next morning and made our way back to reality – and it wasn’t just the alcohol. This heavenly hen package should come with a warning – cliché-ridden as it might be, you won’t want to leave. The wed team’s activities session took place at The Adventure Centre Lusty Glaze Beach, Newquay 01637 872444 | www.lustyglaze.co.uk

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GROOM ING THE It’s a stag do in Newquay – but not as you know it. wed sends a group of spa-virgin stags on the ultimate do with a difference: a pampering session at Fistral Spa

It’s not paintball? Every bloke is partial to a bit of stag action but the

Having said that, I’ll try most things once. And some time out with the lads is

thought of a male bonding session involving candles, oils and bathrobes

always a welcome break, even if it involves near-nudity and sweet smelling stuff…

rather than dirt, pain and bad backs, admittedly, made my manhood shrink a little. I’m a man of the times – but massage with the lads? It

Fistral Spa is located in The Bay Hotel, which meant that we could tuck into

sounded dubious, to say the least.

some decent food in the company of great views before stripping down to the bare essentials. Whilst each of us was led off one-by-one like petrified sheep to

Groups of guys migrate towards strip joints, bars, clubs, sports events and any

slaughter (otherwise known as the treatment rooms), the others chilled out in the

outdoors activity not involving animals unless we’re shooting them. If there’s

spa – a nice pool area that also features a Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna.

machinery available that we can all pretend to be experts with, then that’s a bonus. Sweating out the week’s stresses and strains, my muscles soon lost their ache as We enjoy banter and adrenaline – even if it involves joysticks (steady on), a couch

we relaxed, catching up on news. Before long, it was all becoming a bit deep and

and games console. A relaxing night in usually involves a couple of beers, curry

meaningful as we morphed our way into something out of a comic sketch: a group

and a DVD or – if I’m feeling really daring – a bath minus the bubbles and ambient

of (relatively) young, (relatively) fit men in Speedos glistening wet in steamy, close

music my fiancée insists is integral to the ‘mood’, whatever that exactly means.

quarters, discussing feelings and doling out relationship advice to each other. It was refreshingly good fun, to be honest.

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PARLOUR

The spa offers a range of packages and treatments especially designed for men.

The acupressure face massage relieved tension and the mask was as purifying as

From the lifesaving back treatment to the Quiksilver surfer’s massage, there’s

promised. The session was rounded off with a deep shoulder and scalp massage,

something to suit every requirement – and thankfully, none of it involves make-up.

which really loosened the muscles – definitely to be recommended.

Lying prostrate on the massage couch in near darkness, you feel a bit vulnerable.

The aromatherapy body massage is equally as relaxing. Blended essential oils

The thought of a strange woman touching you is a bit unnerving, not erotic – but

combined with massage really banishes stress. If that isn’t enough, it also aims to

within moments, you feel completely at ease as you instantly relax and your

strengthen the nervous system and restore lost energy, which is a must for every

conscious switches off toward slumber.

man – especially if he’s about to get hitched. The overwhelming response of the day? This one really isn’t just for girls…

The men’s purifying facial with scalp and shoulder massage does just that. It’s a slightly different type of exhilaration from having your face smashed into a rugby pitch on a cold January afternoon – but the products are just as stimulating,

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working the groom

king th Style tips for the man of the moment words Hannah May

suits you Stuck for grooms wear inspiration? Make a trip to Little Anne Maids in Camborne for an extensive selection of formal hire options. With the latest ranges from The Ultimate Formal Hire Company, Etiquette and Peter Posh in stock, you can choose from tailcoats, dinner jackets and Highland wear, waistcoats in a wide spectrum of colours and designs, and those all-important coordinating accessories from cravats to cummerbunds. Whether it’s dashingly debonair or smouldering Bond-esque, rock your chosen look in effortless style. 01209 613366 | www.littleanne-maids.co.uk Photo Dixie Pixel www.dixiepixelphoto.com Styling Colleen Moore of White Orchid Bridal www.whiteorchidbrides.com

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smooth hues You want to wear neutral tones on your wedding day – but you don’t want to look like the Del Monte man gone wrong. Fret not. When layered with colour, such as this navy polka dot print, or combined with geek chic accessories, the effect is oh so dapper. Try this silk linen jacket from M&S for a smooth summer look. www.marksandspencer.com

he gr smarty pants

We’re not suggesting you replicate current female fashions and don your underwear as outerwear, but give your lady a sweet surprise on your wedding night with these perky Björn Borg pants. Bright, retro and bang on trend – pack some prints and please your woman.

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classic charm

Nouveau rat pack is where it’s at. A modern twist on Sinatra style

with dashes of colour, skinny silhouettes and smart tailoring is all

the rage right now, and this Kenneth Cole combo is just the ticket. Borrow from the fashion for individual flair on the big day. www.houseoffraser.co.uk

grooming gorgeous Get down with Soap and Glory’s funky range of men’s grooming products and enjoy silky smooth skin on the big day. Sporting the pun-tastic titles of the sassy ladies’ selection, the products come in retro red packaging with a surprisingly affordable price tag. Slap on A Shave To Love, a shave gel fused with moisturising goodness and menthol for a cool and clean shave minus the razor-stress, followed by A Man’s Got To Dew, a post shave facial moisture balm to soothe and moisturise for a super smooth finish. www.soapandglory.com

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We all want our wedding to stand out from the rest. But how far do you take it? One man ponders words Nathan Midgley

Billy Bragg reckoned that “Marriage is when we admit our parents were right”. That may be going a bit far - my parents put goats milk in their coffee, and they’re definitely wrong about that - but there’s some truth in the idea that having a wedding at all means you’ve got one eye on convention. Convention is all well and good for me, up to a point. I don’t want mum, dad and assorted other relatives wondering why the maid of honour was juggling

swans’ hearts, or how much the jelly helter-skelter cost, or whether it was a real wedding at all and not just ‘One of those flash mobs’. But most people

harbour an urge to stand out - and if they don’t feel it most of the time, they soon do when they start planning a day that’s about them from dawn until dusk. So my latest job, as the creative one who’s always Doing His Writing, was

to

come up with a twist. A hook. Something that gives us a safe and managea ble edge. That a safe edge is a contradiction in terms is irrelevant: I’m the creative

one, and those were my orders. So I put forward several excellent ideas for themes and activities, like ‘Gentleman Explorers’ and Zorbing. But they didn’t get much traction, on the grounds - if I’m any good at interpreting withering

I turned to TV, which seemed to be good for a few ideas: on one reality show they ditched the reception buffet for a fish and chip van, which is only just shy of genius; on another, the groom, best man and ushers performed a Bollywoo d song-and-dance routine, which is perhaps a little further away, but still close enough to get people talking. Then I realised both of these things had happened on a programme where

the whole point is to not run things past the bride first, and that if I’d been given

that kind of power our guests would be rolling around in giant plastic balls dressed like Dr Livingstone. It’s touch and go whether our relationship could have survived that.

After about a week of wholly unsuitable ideas she took pity on me and suggested that a colour theme might work – at which point I remembered that my mum walked down the aisle in a brown dress and a huge, floppy brown hat, and that nobody in our family has ever forgotten it. Turns out my parents were right after all.

looks - that I didn’t seem to be taking it 100% seriously.

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feature | FOOD AND WINE

The question of whether your wine complements your wedding breakfast may not even figure on your mile-long todo list. Let these perfect pairings change your mind – and tantalise your taste buds

MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN words Rebecca Matthews photos Simon Green

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And the most important aspect to consider? “Think about the body, or power, of the wine,” advises Lauren. “Try to match it with the most powerful parts of your food, watching out for tannins and sweetness levels which can do strange things to wines. The matter of matching food and wine might seem the domain of the Jilly

Fish can work well with light and subtle red wines, meaning the old traditions are

Gooldens, Oz Clarkes and other highly sophisticated palates of this world –

long gone. The one rule to remember is there are no rules!”

a foreign realm peppered with social faux pas and stuffy rules. You’re far too busy trying to match the cummerbunds to the cupcakes so you’ve decided

Often dismissed as tricky to match, desserts are frequently served without a wine.

to ignore the matter – after all, the fish dish and dry white will do.

“This is a real shame as there are some stunning wines and liquors which can be brought in to complement the end of the wedding breakfast,” says Lauren. “Look at

Well, quite possibly, it will. However, consider a few basic principles concerning the

the ‘Jago’, a rich and creamy vodka-based liqueur from the Shetland Isles. Served in

matching of tastes and flavours, and you can almost guarantee a dining experience

a small shot glass alongside a naughty pudding it is incredible – it keeps costs down

which triggers a chorus of “divine!” and “absolutely delicious!” to echo around your

and impresses guests with an interesting twist.”

reception venue. And why limit yourself to wine? After all there is a wealth of drinks producers on Lauren Prideaux of Experience Wine in Truro sums up the central principle:

our doorstep. “We are incredibly lucky in Cornwall to have a wide ranging host

“It’s really all about balance. Imagine you’re cooking a dish, and you add another

of drinks producers. I’m a great believer that there is a food for every drink, and

ingredient. It has to work with and complement all the other elements of the dish,

weddings are a great excuse to have fun and push boundaries.” So what does Lauren

and it’s the same principle with wine. Look at all the components of your chosen

recommend for the adventurous bride and groom? “Cider can prove a winner for

food, and think about the dominant flavours. It could be lime juice, in which case

most foods, and the Polgoon Aval is a great example of dispelling myths. Unlike a

your wine should be fairly high in acidity, with citrus notes. It could be a redcurrant

regular cider, it has full flavour and body from its traditional Champagne method

sauce, in which case the wine should carry similar flavours of red fruits. Remember

production – a million miles away from the rustic ‘scrumpy’ image! The Raspberry

that the two should stand alongside each other, with neither the food nor wine being

Aval is particularly good for puddings, as the hint of raspberry juice gives a touch of

overpowered by the other.”

sweetness, perfect with red fruit filled meringues for example.”

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SEASONAL TIPPLES Lauren gives her tips for a spot of seasonal swilling

autumn/winter As the weather cools and the nights draw in, look to wines with hints of spice and dark black fruits. Young Rioja’s provide great structure and fresh fruits without being too heavy. The Medievo Seleccion Especial proves this perfectly with subtle oak ageing and juicy fruits. The Rhone Valley is another great place to look, home to Grenache and Syrah amongst other varieties, which have fantastic rich

The team from the Round Kitchen and Experience Wine have dreamed up a stunning selection of seasonal dishes and

complementary drinks. Let these delicious ideas whet your

appetite…

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characters and notes of red-spiced berries. For whites, you can look to slightly fuller wines with elegant

Dessert: Bitter dark chocolate and strawberry layered

honey and almond touches. Italy has a fantastically quirky grape to watch out for: Pecorino, which

mousse

demonstrates this – still with a clean finish. Viognier also makes a fine choice with peach and apricot

Served with a toasted chestnut and a fig cream topped short

flavours – a great match for spicy foods. The Mont Auriol is a great example and good value too.

bread

spring/summer

The drinks Polgoon Raspberry Aval Jago

Light and fresh is the order of this season, serving as refreshment to (hopefully) sunny wedding days. Think of citrus fruits and subtle red berries, which will keep your party cool. It’s always good to stand out from the crowd and try something new. There are literally hundreds of grape varieties out here, and it’s great to bring in interesting wines that will surprise your guests. Portugal has some quaffable examples and the Lagoalva Talhao 1, with Alvarinho and Arinto, is filled with delicate aromas and a zesty finish. On the red front, it’s a good idea to keep them light in style with subtle oak (if any at all). Pinot Noir is the king of this style, and the Nostros Pinot Noir is perfect, keeping it smooth with cherry and raspberry flavours.

The dish A Selection of Cornish Cheese Cornish Blue Camembert Village Green Goats Cheese Yarg Served with a spiced grape and apple chutney, pickled celery,

fennel and onion

And seared brandy soaked apricots The drink Quinta de Ventozelo L.B.V.

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The dish Starter: Indian spiced root vegetable broth With turnip, squash, celeriac, parsnip, potato and swede,

finished with toasted pumpkin seeds and served with a

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Fish course: Roast sardine fillets Sat on a bed of sautéed lemon buttered asparagus and

shredded lobster, finished with a morel mushroom dressing The drinks Stoneburn Sauvignon Blanc Nostros Pinot Noir

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The dish Main course: Pan seared nectarine, sage and Cornish sea salt

cured duck breast

Sat on a peppered pecan nut brittle, finished with a loganberry, cherry and Cointreau sauce The drinks Medievo Seleccion Especial Gouguenheim Malbec

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THE FIRST DANCE DILEMMA songs top right hand corner, is a cakewalk – grab two bottles of wine, argue about to see The crowd don’t care much about the first song – they just want final the make to for six hours and go head-to-head on Rock Band or SingStar best you smooch. So unless you have taste of Birdie-Song awfulness, you’re decision. It’ll be like an ordinary Friday night. may be advised to please yourselves. Easy, right? You wish. The audience statement. indifferent, but you know you’re choosing a relationship mission different taste. you feel Down in the bottom right corner? Equally strong passion, totally how and This is a chance to tell everyone what you think about love, for the Dolly hers by That’s a wild card. If your enthusiasm for Bach is matched which is about your partner – and a chance to do so by playing pop songs, like table Photography Janine Hall Photography Rockers, you might be best off forgetting it and arranging something else, how men communicate best. tennis or snake-charming. yet You want something edgy yet accessible, sentimental yet subtle, famous says Lou surprising. You suggest Lou Reed’s ‘Perfect Day’, which sounds ideal; she At least the Reed is weird, and points out that it’s actually about hard drugs anyway. begin you board, drawing the to ‘Birdie Song’ is straight with you. As you return a pin stick simply to envy couples with no interest in music whatsoever, who can and the in Classic Love Songs Vol. 46 and get on with weighing up the panna cotta chocolate fondant. Cornish Cupcakes 01872 279650 | www.cornishcupc ilitykof your taste (x) against your akes.co.u If it helps, imagine a graph plotting the compatib Dresses e Prudence Gowns music (y). Similar taste and similar enthusiasm, up in the enthusiasm for respectiv

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by Talking But you might also surprise one another. I want ‘This Must Be The Place’ I left her Heads, and expected to be writing about how my girlfriend disagrees. But arms around listening to it while I made breakfast, and she came downstairs, put her music neither that show to goes Which me as I fried an egg, and said, “I loved it!” simple be can song first a nor women must ever be second-guessed, and that picking

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FABULOUSFAVOURS Spoil your guests with a sweet send-off. From handmade mementoes to indulgent treats, let wed inspire some favours with flair words Hannah May

Sugared almonds may seem par for the course when it comes to wedding favours, but trace their history back and the tradition originates from the aristocracy. It is believed that the first wedding favour was the ‘bonboniere’, a small porcelain or crystal box containing sugar or confectionery, which were given by upper class families at weddings, christenings and other special occasions. Sugar was an expensive commodity at the time, but as its availability increased, the tradition became more widespread until it was replaced with almonds – five would be given to symbolise wishes of happiness, health, fertility, wealth and long life. The thirteenth century saw sugar coated almonds being introduced, which has maintained popularity since. Today, the sky’s the limit. Decorative, functional and individual, favours are a unique way to express your thanks whilst extending your theme.

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THE KEEPSAKE Badges Both kitsch and classic, these ultra funky badges from Gingerspin are a novel gift idea. Handmade in Cornwall and with each one boasting a unique design, your lady guests will love to individualise their clothes, hats and bags with these cute accessories. Gingerspin | www.gingerspin.com

Cornish daisies and mini dotty stars Hand painted wooden daisies and dotty stars make endearing offerings for your nearest and dearest. Full of character and Cornish crafted, you’ll be spoiled for choice with the creative range of keepsakes, available in a range of colours. Lillies | www.designsbylillies.co.uk www.wedmagazine.co.uk


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THE INDULGENT Willie’s Delectable Cacao dark chocolate bars

chocolate favours serve up a real tasty treat whilst beautifully complementing your

Deliciously dark and classically packaged, there’s a storm of popularity raging

personal theme and colour scheme in the process.

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in-the-mouth goodness - just make sure you over order so you can feast on the luxurious leftovers. Willie’s World Class Cacao | www.willieschocolateshop.com

Little boxes of love filled with two champagne truffles and white engraved chocolate heart Stunningly packaged, these decadent truffles come with a cool champagne kick,

Handmade chocolate shapes, chocolate truffles and favour boxes

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OUSFAVOU THE CORNISH Milk chocolate pasty Remember the mantra: pasties must make an appearance at a proper Cornish wedding. And nothing beats a solid chocolate pasty for a moreish homage to your homeland. The Candy Company | www.cornishfudge.com

Cornish Lust strawberry and cream liqueur Smooth, creamy and fruity – not to mention Cornish – treat your guests to some Lusty liqueur for a fix of pure indulgence. www.cornishlust.com

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Imagine looking out to sea, soaking up the atmosphere in the grounds of a country house or sipping your champagne as the sun sets over the Cornish landscape . With a marquee from Truro Marquees, you choose the location. Marquees allow you to create your own space: magical, romantic and exclusively yours.

Truro Marquees and Catering provide a range of all inclusive wedding packages, including midweek and winter wedding discounts. Call us now to discuss your wedding plans on 01872 278593 email on frandagnall@talk21.com

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Perched on the edge of Fistral Beach, a wedding at Fistral Blu captures the essence of that chilled out surf vibe alongside fine food and slick service. And, with a choice of three different suites for the Eighth Wonder of the celebration, there will be a setting to suit whatever your waterside whim.

Described as the World, the Eden Project offers ceremonies with a difference in a venue like no other. Contact Rebecca Le Boulanger on 01726 811988 or rlboulanger@edenproject.com

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MY DIGITAL ROMANCE chnology is te e g ed g in tt cu e, b tu From Blu-ray to You dinate weddings. or co d an rd co re e w ay revolutionising the w n matrimonial er od m ry ve a r fo y vv wed gets techno sa words Hannah May

Technophobes, fear not. The very terms ‘high definition’ and ‘content the management systems’ might be enough to prompt a hasty turn of the page before you break out in a cold sweat. But dip your toe into on dimensi new whole a and wedding technical world behind the modern you. before in personalising and capturing your celebration opens Granted, back in the day, all you needed to think about was hiring a ous, photographer if you didn’t rely solely on family snaps. For the more adventur wave a in camera candid various uncles took the liberty of capturing the event on into of ‘You’ve Been Framed!’ style filming. Today, as we notch up double figures the millennium, new forms of media and digital recording are all the rage.

from Cataloguing every moment – not just on the day itself but various times birth through to post-wedded life – is a movement fast sweeping popular culture. Whether you opt for artistic, sentimental, edgy or comedic, the or possibilities are virtually endless as you can manipulate practically any genre style to personal effect. Modern wedding photography has made a huge leap in quality, style and versatility and, for many, it’s all you need. However, many couples are making . moves towards alternate recordings of their nuptials by a multitude of mediums If you’re keen to jump on the bandwagon, then you need to consider the from options – and clue yourself up with the jargon – in order to create anything e innovativ an it is only Not video. a ‘mockumentary’ to an MTV style music l and process of personalisation, it ensures that all areas are covered in individua bang-on-trend style.

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New video technology The modern wedding film has come a long way from the fuzzy frames and shaky shooting of yesteryear. The idea is for clean, crisp and professional footage to be expertly transformed into perfectly stylised material. As technology evolves, the range of video products and service grows. Here’s a taster.

Super 8 Super 8 with high definition mixes modern technology to provide sharp pictures with a nostalgic aesthetic. Presented as reel films but without the skipping scenes or clouded images, ‘60s-style cine films can be created with high definition clarity for a stunning vintage style portrayal of the wedding party.

Marryoke For pop lovers, Marryoke may be the trend to opt for. Clips of the wedding party miming to a select song, which are then edited into a pop video, is a fun foray into digital technology. Distinctive and memorable, the moment is captured and edited into a musical montage of the day’s events and faces.

Wedding CAM Another option is to take the recent fly-on-the-wall theme as a guideline and book a wedding CAM. A miniature camera is passed around guests to individually and collectively film the ‘real wedding’. Using experimental film in this way also captures the characters of everyone involved in the wedding, evoking a more raw and trueto-life depiction of events. It can then be edited according to the couples’ style and Mark Tattersall

requirements, be it reportage, interviews or simply spontaneous and random as shot – this method allows great freedom for a candid collection of recorded real time.

High Definition and Blu-ray Whatever specific mode you choose, high definition is an important aspect to consider for a sharp, contemporary record. Blu-ray – which allows ten times more data storage than a standard DVD – stores high-definition video and is a safe bet for super clarity of picture and future preservation of data. Dove Films 07828 747945 | www.dovefilms.co.uk Memories on Film 01637 852464 | www.memoriesonfilm.co.uk Memories Videography 01326 340150 | www.memories-to-treasure.co.uk Visions UK 07866 596943 | www.visionsuk.co.uk

Photo Booths A retro solution to off-the-cuff candid photography, who doesn’t remember racing into your local post office or supermarket with a pile of friends or a lover to take some impromptu snaps of an excitable and/or inebriated moment? KissPhotography

Weddings are no exception: an event that allows you to reconnect with others and recapture your youth whilst all the while taking pictorial evidence of it all. Along with Polaroids and disposable cameras, photo booths are a cool, throwback kitsch mode of moment capturing. Most companies provide an on-hand attendant to help users and some will supply crazy hats and props to jazz up the images. All images are digitally collated and uploaded to an online gallery for everyone to view, creating a novel wedding album and memorable feature to the day. Kiss Photography 01736 794168 | www.kissphotography.co.uk Groovy Booth 0800 612 0331 | www.groovybooth.co.uk

Wedding Websites On the outside, it may appear a touch extreme. However, consider what a wedding Groovy Booth

website can accomplish and it’s actually an extremely pragmatic and imaginative idea. Not only does it relay all information to all parties involved – saving the time, money and resources involved with reaching the masses through mixed means such as writing letters, emails, Facebook threads, and so on, it stands as a lasting memory of the entire event.

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On the outside, it may appear a touch extreme. However, consider what a wedding website can accomplish and it’s actually an extremely pragmatic and imaginative idea. Kiss Photography

and Practically speaking, once the basic website is built, it is easy to maintain period, ding update. Over the course of the preparations through to the post-wed tly – it’s relatively cost effective, environmentally friendly, and – more importan accessible to all, wherever their location in the world. suit your With a variety of different packages available, you can create a website to Adobe taste, needs and knowledge. Using Content Management Systems (CMS), ease. with website a manage and make Photoshop and HTML, you can ent Companies offering the service walk you through the set-up and managem ation. administr stages so that you won’t be bamboozled by the terminology and photo Typical basic packages may include emails, photo and file storage, blogs, and advanced more a For albums, e-newsletters, music and technical support. gift books, guest comprehensive site, you can incorporate wish lists, U-stream, downloads, lists, stories, polls, quizzes, mailing lists, online RSVP, family and friends, ion direct audio/video, directions – anything that informs and funnels the informat to the desired recipients. or The number of elements and exact content is up to you – it can be as simple detail what over control total have you that is e extensive as you like. The advantag relieve doubt no will which and information is shared and exactly with whom, ‘to do’ some of the pressure whilst multi-tasking your way through the string of lists in a unique and – dare I say – enjoyable way. For wedding website inspiration, check out www.ewedding.com  www.wedsimple.com www.wedshare.com

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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. Rosevine, Nr Portscatho, Cornwall TR2 5EW Tel 01872 580 206 visit www.rosevine.co.uk

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From historic houses to boutique boltholes, Cornwall’s coastline has a seductive choice of venues nestled on its shores and perched on its cliff tops. Let these spine-tingling backdrops inspire… words Rebecca Matthews

Your wedding dreams may be painted with visions of sun-kissed

celebrations, the fresh breeze filling your senses while turquoise waters lap the nearby shores. Or perhaps you long for the drama

of a candlelit winter wedding snuggling with your spouse before a roaring fire, while steely skies and restless seas rage outside. From the balmy heights of summer to the storm-lashed days of winter, few settings can rival the drama and sheer beauty of a coastal wedding

in Cornwall. Photo Laura Buffery

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For stirring character…

ROSTEAGUE Tucked away on a secluded corner of the Roseland Peninsula, Rosteague is one of Cornwall’s hidden jewels. The charms of this distinctive manor house lie beyond its medieval origins and striking Elizabethan façade: its rich sense of character is enhanced by hidden stairways and smugglers tunnels, exquisite gardens and surrounding rural glades which stretch down to a shell-strewn beach. Rosteague offers a series of diverse settings for a civil ceremony. Whether within the light and airy White Drawing Room, with its intricately plastered ceiling, or the potent historic character of the Long Hall, with its ancient granite archway and antique furniture, the reception rooms of the house make for atmospheric and intimate settings. Set amidst the elaborate parterres of box hedging in the French Garden, the thatched Summerhouse makes an utterly unique place to exchange vows should the weather prove favourable. It also makes an idyllic place for your guests to wander during the drinks reception. If you take the marquee route, you have a choice of two equally romantic settings to stage your reception; both the Croquet Lawn and the Front Lawn boast sea views to one side and equally magnificent vistas of the house to the other. Alternatively, the Music Room provides a superb venue for the celebrations. Converted from an old Cider House and opening onto the French Garden, this room can accommodate up to 70 seated guests and boasts a resident baby grand piano, its superb acoustics making it the ideal space for live music and dancing. Expect decadent luxury when you retire to the endlessly romantic bedroom. Furnished with an opulently draped four-poster bed, the room opens onto an elegantly styled bathroom where a copper bath is perfectly positioned for drinking in sea views with a celebratory glass of bubbly – quite simply a breathtakingly beautiful place to commence married life. Rosteague | Portscatho | Truro | 01872 580346 | www.rosteague.co.uk

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For boutique style…

THE Old Quay House Don’t let the title ‘Old’ Quay House mislead you. The building might be 150 years old but the interior of this waterside stunner epitomises sleek and contemporary metropolitan style, with a vibrant element of quirkiness thrown in for alluring measure. Located in the historical heart of fashionable Fowey, the luxe hotel boasts an idyllic view of the landscape that so enchanted a certain Ms Du Maurier, while the winding streets on one side and passing boats on the other exude a typically Cornish charm. There can be few more tranquil nor beautiful settings to get married than before the hotel’s waterside terrace. Perfect for small, intimate weddings, flexibility is the buzzword at The Old Quay House and every aspect of your day will be tailored to your vision. Book out the whole hotel and you can assure the exclusive use of the facilities for you and your guests. The award winning restaurant and its 2 Rosette winning chef offer a scrumptious choice of top quality dishes. Whether you want an informal buffet of canapés or a sitdown three-course meal, you are assured a banquet of a delectable standard. Retiring to your room after the celebrations will prove a treat in itself. Many of the twelve individually designed rooms – each demonstrating painstaking and tasteful attention to detail – boast awe-inspiring views over the Fowey estuary from their balconies and the soothing soundtrack of the lapping waters below. The distinctive style of these elegant sanctuaries ranges from opulent luxury through to seaside serenity. In short, you won’t want to leave. The Old Quay House | 28 Fore Street, Fowey 01726 833302 | www.theoldquayhouse.com

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For breathtaking views…

Gonwin Manor Wander along the meandering footpath to Gonwin Manor’s lake and prepare for a sharp intake of breath at the astonishing vista that lies beyond. Edged with a lawn and wooden decking, the lake boasts one of the dreamiest locations in Cornwall. There, in a glorious fusion of deep blue sea and creamy shoreline, lies St Ives Bay, with Godrevy Lighthouse at its heart, and beyond, the dramatic contours of the north coast. A short stroll through the gardens leads you down to the silken sands of Porthkidney Beach. But there’s more to Gonwin Manor than a deliriously picturesque location. The venue comprises a splendid family home, a cluster of luxurious barn conversions and eight acres of sprawling Cornish countryside. Specialising in personal celebrations tailored to your vision, a wedding in this exclusive setting is conditional on your party booking all six cottages. Linked by a quaint path and pretty gardens, the cottages are a stylish synthesis of old and new. The original character of the barns is retained in the exposed beams and granite walls, while modish flourishes such as flat screen TVs, iPod docking stations, under floor heating and vibrant contemporary fabrics make for a series of comfortable and chic rural hideaways. Although Gonwin Manor is not licensed for civil ceremonies, the idyllic church of Lelant is just a short distance along a country lane. The lawn alongside the lake makes a beautiful setting for a marquee celebration which can accommodate 120150 guests; opt for a marquee with windows and allow your guests to drink in those mesmerising views throughout the feasting and frolics. Gonwin Manor is made for a weekend-long celebration. Just imagine: arrive to cream teas served by the lake, lap up the privacy and sheer luxury of your wedding day in this exclusive setting, then wind down the morning after with games and a barbecue on the beach. This is wedding utopia wrapped up. Gonwin Manor | Carbis Bay | St Ives 01736 798858 | www.gonwin-manor.co.uk

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THE VEAN Take a winding lane deep into the Cornish countryside and, as you near the sublime beauty of the south coast, you come upon The Vean, a sanctuary from the hub-bub of the modern world. Nestled in the Porthluney Valley, the frontage of the elegant Georgian country house overlooks a tranquil stretch of woodland; sheep graze the surrounding landscape, while the odd peacock struts across the gardens. Set in the heart of the Caerhays Estate, a choice of fairytale vistas lie on the doorstep, from the sheer drama of Caerhays Castle and its magnificent gardens of camellias and rare rhododendrons to the sands of Porthluney and Portholland beaches, which are less than a mile from the house. A wedding at The Vean is bespoke, private and luxurious. Civil ceremonies take place in the dining room with its mellow palette of pale gold and soft green, Georgian furnishings and exquisite crystal chandelier. Church ceremonies may take place in the picturesque church of St Michael Caerhays, which is situated nearby. The dining room makes an ambient backdrop for the wedding breakfast for intimate weddings of up to 25 guests. For parties of up to 60 guests, the terrace may be covered by a marquee to create an extra room for the reception; this creates a perfect vantage point to enjoy a meal served with glorious views across the valley and castle gardens. A marquee reception for up to 120 guests may take place on the lawn, while the castle grounds comprise the backdrop for larger celebrations. Rich in late Georgian style and individual character, the eight bedrooms allow up to 16 people to stay in the house and enjoy the rural ambience. The Master Bedroom is a chic bolthole for the newly weds; flooded with natural light, idyllic views across the valley come with antique furnishings and a snug bed piled high with crisp linen. The estate boasts a choice of further accommodation, from the Old Village Hall, a stylish retreat situated in the castle gardens, to the recently opened Fish Sheds, which open onto the sands of Portholland – allowing an endlessly personal wedding to finish in luxurious and truly distinctive style. The Vean | Caerhays Castle | Gorran 01872 500025 | www.thevean.co.uk

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The Venue North East Cornwall Bowood Park Hotel and Golf Club Camelford | 01840 213017 www.bowood-park.co.uk

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

Bullers Arms Hotel Marhamchurch, Bude | 01288 361277 www.bullersarms.co.uk

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

Cornish Tipi Holidays St Kew | 01208 880781 www.cornishtipiholidays.co.uk

Eagle House Hotel   3, Castle Street, Launceston 01566 772036

The Falcon Hotel Breakwater Road, Bude | 01288 352005 www.falconhotel.com

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

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

Juliots Well Holiday Park Camelford | 01840 213302 www.juliotswell.com

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

Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club Lostwithiel Road, Bodmin | 01208 262570 www.lanhydrockhotel.com

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

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

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

The Mill House is set in a beautiful secluded valley half a mile from the stunning surfing beach at Trebarwith Strand. It was once an 18th Century corn

Cornish Camels

Polurrian Hotel

St Martin, Helston | 01326 231302 www.cornishcamels.com

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

mill and the restaurant, with a capacity of 120, is set alongside the millstream. The Mill is licensed for wedding 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: mark.forbes@tesco.net

Falmouth Beach Resort Hotel

Royal Duchy Hotel

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

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

The Falmouth Hotel

St Michael’s Hotel

Castle Beach, Falmouth | 01326 312671 www.falmouthhotel.co.uk

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

The Long Cross Hotel Port Isaac | 01208 880243 www.longcrosshotel.co.uk

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

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

The Old Custom House Hotel

The Smokehouse The Harbourside, Porthleven 01326 562407

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

South Quay, Padstow | 01841 532359 www.smallandfriendly.co.uk

South West Cornwall

Pencarrow House

The Boardroom

Washaway, Bodmin | 01208 841369 www.pencarrow.co.uk

Pendragon Country House Davidstow, Camelford | 01840 261131 www.pendragoncountryhouse.com

The Port William Trebarwith Strand, Tintagel | 01840 770230

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

Blue Bar, Porthtowan | 01209 890329/777 www.blue-bar.co.uk Perched on the side of a harbour with views across the Fal estuary, The Greenbank Hotel boasts a dreamy setting. 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 Roserrow Golf & Country Club St Minver, Wadebridge 01208 863000 www.roserrow.co.uk

Western Terrace, Falmouth | 01326 312734 www.greenlawnshotel.com

Nansloe Manor

The Slipway Hotel

Helston | 01326 558400 www.nansloe-manor.co.uk

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

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Trevigue Farmhouse

Discovery Quay, Falmouth | 01326 214557 www.nmmc.co.uk

Crackington Haven, Bude | 01840 230418 www.trevigue.co.uk

Pendennis Castle

Upton Farm

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

Delabole | 01840 770225 www.upton-farm.co.uk

Penmere Manor Hotel

The Well Parc Hotel

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

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

Penmorvah Manor Hotel

Falmouth Area

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

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

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

Clowance House Clowance Estate and Country Club, Praze-an-Beeble | 01209 831111 www.clowance.co.uk

The Coppice Inn Lanner, Redruth | 01209 216668 www.thecoppiceinn.co.uk

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

Land’s End Hotel Sennen | 01736 871844 www.landsendhotel.co.uk

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

Poldark Mine Budock Vean Hotel Mawnan Smith, Falmouth | 01326 250288 www.budockvean.co.uk

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or hotel? The choice of approved premises in Cornwall is vast. Here’s a rundown.

The romantic Land’s End Hotel sits proudly on 200ft granite cliffs where Cornwall meets the mighty Atlantic Ocean.

views across the Atlantic towards the Isles of Scilly, the Longships Lighthouse and beyond.

Your wedding day should be a day to remember and the

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Land’s End Hotel can provide one of the most romantic

en-suite bedrooms, including Four posters, and together with

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a quality menu offering the finest local ingredients and a

Fully licensed for civil wedding ceremonies, the hotel offers a number of function rooms which command spectacular

carefully selected wine list, all combine to make it the truly perfect setting for the perfect day.

For further information about tailored wedding packages call 01736 871844 or visit www.landsendhotel.co.uk The Land’s End Hotel • Land’s End • Cornwall • TR19 7AA • Fax 01736 871599

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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.

Shun Lee Hotel

Port Eliot Estate

Trelyon Avenue, St Ives | 01736 796777 www.shunleehotel.co.uk

St Germans, Saltash | 01503 230211 www.porteliot.co.uk

Scorrier House

Polhawn Fort Military Road, Rame, Torpoint 01752 822864 | www.polhawnfort.com

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 more information on civil ceremonies and evening celebrations.

Crossroads Lodge Hotel

The Spaniards Inn

Bedruthan Steps Hotel

Scorrier, Redruth | 01209 820551 www.crossroadstravelinn.co.uk

Saltash | 01752 842830 www.thespaniards.co.uk

Mawgan Porth, Newquay | 01637 860555 www.bedruthan.com

Godolphin Arms

Trematon Hall

Carnmarth Hotel

West End, Marazion | 01736 710202 www.godolphinarms.co.uk

Saltash | 01752 842351 www.trematonhall.co.uk

Headland Road, Newquay | 01637 872519 www.carnmarth.com

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 an incredible sunset, you’ll be hard pushed to find a more romantic setting.

Lowenac Hotel Basset Road, Camborne | 01209 719295

The Old Vicarage Hotel St Ives | 01736 796124 www.oldvicarage.com

Pedn-Olva Hotel The Warren, St Ives | 01736 796222

Scorrier, Redruth | 01209 820264 www.scorrierhouse.co.uk

Surrounded by 450 acres of idyllic woods and parkland, this 18th century house offers splendour, romance and plentiful backdrops for photographs. Adopting a flexible approach to weddings, Scorrier offers a highly individual celebration complete with a sense of timeless elegance. Extend your exquisite experience by staying in the en suite accommodation in the property’s recently converted stables.

Penventon Park Hotel

Tregenna Castle

West End, Redruth | 01209 203000 www.penventon.co.uk

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

Tregoddick Farm

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

Wringford Down Hotel Cawsand | 01752 822287 www.cornwallholidays.co.uk

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

Madron, Penzance | 01736 361301

Trereife House

The Esplanade Hotel

Penzance | 01736 362750 www.trereifepark.co.uk A spectacular converted Georgian mansion set in acres of parkland, Penventon Park Hotel makes a dreamy backdrop for a wedding. Whether it’s an intimate wedding for two or a lavish celebration for up to 200 guests, the hotel’s experienced team can offer a package tailor made to you, allowing you to relax and enjoy the luxurious surrounds and superb facilities of this exceptional setting.

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

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

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

Rosewarne Manor Connor Downs | 01209 610414 www.rosewarnemanor.co.uk

Royal British Legion St Ives | 01736 796294

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The Edgcumbe Arms Cremyll, Torpoint | 01752 822294 www.edgcumbearms.co.uk

Esplanade Rd, Newquay | 01637 873333 www.newquay-hotels.co.uk Perched on a cliff top above Newquay and boasting dramatic ocean views, the location of The Atlantic Hotel takes some beating. With a large function room and glamorous ballroom, as well as Silks, a contemporary 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.

Holland Inn Hotel Hatt | 01752 844044 www.hollandinn.co.uk

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

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

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

St Mellion International Resort

Glendorgal Hotel

Great Western Hotel

Mount Edgcumbe House

Newquay | 01637 872010 www.greatwesternnewquay.co.uk

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

St Mellion, Saltash | 01579 350044 www.pentillie.co.uk

One of Newquay’s premier 3 star hotels, The Esplanade is situated a stone’s throw from Fistral Beach and offers awe-inspiring views from its restaurant, 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.

Lusty Glaze, Porth | 01637 874937 www.glendorgal.co.uk

Saltash | 01579 351351 www.st-mellion.co.uk

Pentillie Castle and Estate

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.

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The Terrace St Ives Cornwall TR26 2BN, T. +44 (0)1736 795221 W. www.porthminster-hotel.co.uk, E. rebecca@porthminster-hotel.co.uk

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

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

Boscundle Manor

Porth Avallen Hotel

Jetty Cottage

Tregrehan, St Austell | 01726 813557 www.boscundlemanor.co.uk

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

St George’s Island, Looe | 07812 009384

The Jubilee Inn

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

Porthpean Golf Club

Pelynt | 01503 220312 www.jubilee-inn.co.uk

St Austell | 01726 64613 www.porthpeangolfclub.co.uk

Landaviddy Manor

Rose-In-Vale Country House Hotel

Landaviddy Lane, Polperro | 01752 812178 www.legendholidays.co.uk

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

The Old Mill House Inn

The Rosevine

Mill Hill, Polperro | 01503 272362 www.oldmillhouse.i12.com

Portscatho, Truro | 01872 580206 www.rosevine.co.uk

Tremardt House

Rosteague

Looe | 01503 262766 www.tremadart.co.uk

Portscatho, Truro | 01872 580346 www.rosteague.co.uk

The Well House

St Mawes Castle

St Keyne | 01579 342001 www.wellhouse.co.uk

Carnglaze Caverns St Neot, Liskeard | 01579 320251 www.carnglaze.com 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.

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

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

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

The Fowey Hotel Fowey | 01726 832551 www.thefoweyhotel.co.uk

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

Hotel Riviera

The Seiners Arms Beach Road, Perranporth | 01872 573118 www.ccinns.com

Lusty Glaze, Newquay | 01637 874251

Lamorran Trelissick

Hotel Victoria

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

Lostwithiel Golf and Country Club

Trenython Manor

Lostwithiel | 01208 873550 www.golf-hotel.co.uk

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

The Lugger Hotel

Trevenna

Portloe, Truro | 01872 501322 www.luggerhotel.co.uk

St Neot, Liskeard | 07872 647730 www.trevenna.com

Marina Villa Hotel

The Vean, Caerhays Castle

Fowey | 01726 833315 www.themarinahotel.co.uk

St Austell | 01872 501310

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

Porth Veor Manor Hotel Porth, Newquay | 01637 873274 www.porthveormanor.com

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

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

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

Old Quay House 28 Fore Street, Fowey | 01726 833302 www.theoldquayhouse.com

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

Boconnoc House Lostwithiel | 01208 872507 www.boconnocenterprises.co.uk Cornwall

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

Vertigo St Mary’s Street, Truro | 01872 276555 www.vertigotruro.com

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

South Coast

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

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White Hart Hotel

Central Cornwall

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Combining sleek, contemporary style with awe-inspiring waterside views, The Old Quay House is a chic and alluring wedding venue which caters for up to 100 guests. The ceremony and delectable wedding breakfast from the Remy Martin awardwinning restaurant take place before the tranquil estuary waters. With each room typifying comfort and style, a stop over is recommended.

Barclay House East Looe | 01503 262929 www.barclayhouse.co.uk

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Looe | 01503 263709

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CREATIVECANVAS Imagine your dream venue. Imagine situating it in the location of your choice. And imagine being granted the freedom to design every last detail, from the lining to the lighting. Welcome to the beautifully bespoke world of the marquee wedding… words Rebecca Matthews

difficult Wedding world has a bit of a canvas crush right now – and it’s not vivid with swathed yurt a of to see why. Whether it’s the exotic vibe drapes and glowing lanterns, the sophistication of a classically styled the marquee crowned with glistening candelabras and chandeliers or and tables trestle with setting themed fete rustic ambience of a country ly fabulous and l persona y colourful bunting, there’s something endlessl flexible about celebrating under canvas. on, The modern couple is increasingly seeking to abandon the formulaic celebrati a As ity. personal of sense potent and choosing to infuse their wedding with a to the result, the marquee has emerged as an irresistible option. From the shape on which colour scheme, the layout to the furniture, a marquee is a blank canvas having a you’re if town to go really can you And venue. you can paint your perfect themed wedding – the options are endless. wedding. Of course, there’s another highly seductive reason to choose a marquee A marquee affords you the freedom to celebrate your wedding in the location of your choice. With miles of dramatic coastline, lush countryside and rugged to site moorland, Cornwall boasts an abundance of simply spectacular settings your marquee.

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MARQUEES Absolute Canvas

Which marquee?

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There has never been so much choice and flexibility. Here’s a rundow the hottest options…

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Traditional pole marquee

al pole Picture a marquee in your mind’s eye and you’ll probably see a tradition natural marquee. A classic and elegant style, this synthesis of wooden poles and ity opportun endless affords option This arrival. upon canvas makes a stirring sight or rs chandelie dazzling it’s to put your unique twist on the design, whether opulent drapes. Supplied by Absolute Canvas Coast2Coast Marquees LPM Bohemia Truro Marquees and Catering

Clearspan marquee

ing This is another popular marquee option, largely due to its flexibility. Compris pole and a framework of aluminium poles covered in white PVC, a lack of centre difficult guy ropes means a clearspan marquee can be erected on hard ground and to resilient rly particula is and inside locations. It also offers unrestricted space art, counterp al tradition extreme weather conditions such as strong winds. Like its

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a clearspan marquee can be decked out according to your wishes. Supplied by Absolute Canvas Coast2Coast Marquees Truro Marquees and Catering

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Geodesic dome

series of With a distinctive, futuristic appearance from the outside and an elegant makes vaults and arches from the inside, a series of interlinking geodesic domes sizes various offers quees Geo-Mar theme. marquee the for an inventive twist on of geodesic domes.

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Mongolian yurt As beautiful as it is practical, a domed Mongolian yurt comprises a wooden trellis frame, slatted wooden ceiling and waxed cotton canvas. Available from LPM Bohemia, the striking appearance smacks of bohemian style while its versatile design allows for the gaps in the walls to be opened should it be sunny.

Tipi The ideal choice for those who want to bring a Native American vibe to their wedding, LPM Bohemia has brought the ancient tipi design bang up to date to create a truly dramatic party setting.

Indian tent Embrace the exoticism of India in a tent from LPM Bohemia, which is made to Rajasthani design. Capture the vibrancy of the culture with a hot fusion of colour, from brilliant fuchsia to vivid purple, and enhance the vibe with a series of options, from Indian linings and antique ornamental wooden

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doorways to wooden or pictorial panelling.

Indoor marquee An increasing number of couples are choosing to set up a marquee interior within the setting of an established venue. The swags and drapes of a marquee undoubtedly bring a flourish of elegance to any venue, and this way you can customise the function room to your tastes or theme. The Carnmarth Hotel and Hotel Victoria in Newquay are amongst the venues now offering this option.

tHE BASICS There’s more to it than canvas. A successful marquee wedding lies in the detail. Let these pointers help you on your way…

Location, location, location

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You may opt for a marquee wedding in the grounds of an established venue. Or perhaps you have your heart set on a location with panoramic views or even a place with sentimental attachment. Although the ideal plot will have level ground and easy access for vehicles, if you’ve fallen for a

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setting that falls short of these requirements, contact a marquee company to assess its viability. If you have no idea where you would like to site your marquee, again, speak to a marquee company who will provide you with food for thought.

Pick your palette A marquee affords you the opportunity to go crazy with colour. Swags and décor can be matched to your colour scheme, whether it’s chic black and white or a vibrant medley of royal blue and canary yellow. The seasons comprise a further source of colour inspiration: think pastel shades for spring, a carnival of bright colours for summer, brown and gold for autumn and silver and white for winter.

Floors for thought Don’t underestimate the important of the right flooring. While matting is the cheapest option, wooden flooring is particularly effective for difficult surfaces and gives a sense of walking into a building. Alternatively, carpeting is available in a rainbow of shades to coordinate with your colour scheme. It is worth considering wooden decking for the exterior of your marquee, thereby extending the celebration space and allowing your guests to spill outside without the hazards of stilettos sinking into soil.

Right light Effective lighting is crucial for evoking ambience. Candelabras make a dramatic statement of grandeur, while tea lights in glasses or painted jam jars have a magical and equally atmospheric effect. Perhaps opt for a marquee ceiling of starry lights and hang fairy lights and lanterns from surrounding trees to cast a romantic spell at dusk.

The question of cost If you think a marquee is only for those with limitless funds, you might be in for a pleasant surprise. The cost depends on a number of factors, such as interior choices, caterers and whether the location will necessitate hiring toilets. If you’re pondering the question of affordability, get in touch with a marquee company who will suggest a canvas solution within your budget. Not only does the country style theme happen to be super hip at the moment, it’s a great example of a cost-slashing option. Choose a traditional marquee with green matting, wooden chairs and fairy lights rather than linings, drapes and lavish décor and you have yourself a budget marquee wedding with a rustic and laidback atmosphere.

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THE THEME Let these ideas kick start a personalised and truly memorable marquee wedding…

Fete Take the marquee back to its roots and hit the retro pulse simultaneously with a fete themed wedding. Keep your guests entertained with games such as hoopla, roll a coin and hook a duck. Decorate the marquee with coloured décor and bunting embellished with vintage style floral motifs, polka dots and stripes. Set up a traditional cake stall with fairy cakes and Victoria sponges, which can be washed down with homemade lemonade.

Cornish

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You could go in a few directions with this one. Opt for a Cornish Blue colour scheme and bring a mellow seaside ambience to your celebration, the muted blues and creams signifying the sea and sand of Cornwall. Adorn your marquee with The Big Beautiful

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Bunting Company’s tailor made Cornish Blue bunting and decorative arrangements of driftwood, netting and lobsterpots. Adorn tabletops with engraved pebbles for place settings and centrepieces filled with sand, pebbles and shells. Alternatively, choose a black and white colour scheme – an achingly hip combo which represents the Cornish flag of St Piran. Hang black and white swags and drapes, mirrored in crisp white table arrangements with chic black accents. For a flourish of zesty colour, let the colours of Cornish tartan inspire your palette. Colour schemes aside, Cornish cream teas and local tipples, from wines and juices to ales and ciders, are a must.

Circus The perfect theme to infuse your wedding with colour and top-notch entertainment, amuse your guests with face painters, clowns, stilt walkers, dancers, magicians and fire-eaters. Organise a series of snack stands with cones of popcorn and burgers and hotdogs. For a real festival atmosphere, erect a series of bespoke flags, waves and streamers from Big Wave Flags, which can be coordinated to your colour scheme. Team with coloured up lighters for an amazing night-time effect.

Fairground Indulge your inner child with a fairground theme. Adorn the exteriors and interiors sumo suits. If your budget will stretch, hire a hoopla game, Victorian carousel or helter skelter. Opt for a tasty assortment of toffee apples, candyfloss, retro sweets, chunky chips, gourmet kebabs and roasted vegetables served on skewers. For a vintage fairground feel, hire a 1920s’ style ice cream trike from The Sweet Indulgence Company and treat your guests to Roskilly’s ice cream in a delicious choice of flavours from hokey pokey to apple crumble, as well as sorbets and yoghurt ices.

Moroccan The colour, cuisines and rich culture of Morocco makes it a rich source of styling inspiration. Infuse your marquee with the ambience of a luxury Bedouin tent with authentic lanterns and drapes, and create comfortable lounging areas by scattering big cushions on vibrant rugs. Add some ornate baroque silverware and serve a feast of tagines, couscous and mint tea. You could even hire belly dancers to kick-start the party.

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of the marquee with colourful bunting and hire a bouncy castle, surf simulator and

Arabian Tents 078941 370241 | www.arabiantents.com Big Beautiful Bunting Company 01326 281390 | www.bigbeautifulbunting.co.uk Big Wave Flags 01209 891819 | www.bigwaveflags.co.uk Candy Floss Crazy 07973 429663 | www.candyflosscrazy.com

THE FINISHING TOUCHES A fabulous flourish of greenery is a colourful way to decorate your marquee entrance. Temporary Topiary supplies a variety of foliage from bay trees, spiral topiary and waxy Cornish palms to complement your colour scheme

Coast2Coast Marquees 01872 580153 | www.coast2coastmarquees.co.uk

and spruce up your canvas.

Geo-Marquees 01288 356077 | www.geo-marquees.co.uk

Make your bar a focal point. Deck out the space as a lounge area with sofas or comfy

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sloth (in other words, laziness)

Making an effort for your partner may seem obvious, but are you sure your efforts are diverse enough? Don’t settle into a routine too quickly According to Marius Panzarella, in his report ‘Ten Deadly Relationship Mistakes that Cause Breakups’, losing the spontaneity of a relationship is almost guaranteed to put out the fire! There’s a big difference between having a favourite haunt and going there every week. We all know couples that have fallen into the ‘routine’ trap, silently sharing the same table in the same meadery, every Friday night at 7pm (not that we don’t love the occasional meadery, but a habit like It seems the Seven Deadly Sins have all but fallen out of fashion, which is no bad thing if, like

us, you would rather not occupy your mind with thoughts of eternal ruin and damnation. For most of us in this liberal society – which revels in

celebrity culture and social drinking – the idea of being labelled a ‘sinner’ is almost archaic, but is it possible that by ignoring these medieval moral codes, we are overlooking some ultra-modern,

this can only be bad). Fortunately, there is a remedy: Spice things up (try a curry instead!) go somewhere else, do something else, say something else, just as long as it’s not with someone else…

gluttony (on the subject of food…)

practical advice?

Traditionally, couples in love are prone to putting on a few pounds (that’s why they call them ‘love handles’), but is this a sign of trouble ahead? The couple that plays together, stays together

Trawling through the Internet, it is possible to find an array of relationship advice sites. Hundreds of doctors, therapists, columnists and amateurs are only a click

Panzarella believes that a big part of couple’s success depends on ensuring the chemistry doesn’t

away for those in need of a spot of guidance. Other than organisations such as Relate, which do fantastic work helping couples to resolve specific problems, the

‘net is awash with advice so general, that we, at wed, wondered if any of it still held true to the essence of those original sins: the first pillars of popular advice. For each of the seven sins, we have compared modern marital advice to find out whether our ancestors knew best…

fizzle out. He advocates making an effort for each other and sharing activities that keep the romance alive. Some of these activities have the benefit of working off a few ‘love pounds’… Give a sensual massage Do all your partner’s chores and spend the free time doing something more fun Take up a physical activity with your other half (like dancing) Failing that, don’t refuse the side order of chips then eat all of his!

greed (or materialism) Don’t lose yourself

This is a tough mantra to follow in a society that values getting rich quick schemes and flashing that material wealth as often as possible, but money never bought love. Some therapists believe that couples often bring out the worst in each other, so if you are dating an unscrupulous, money-hungry business-type, the chances are, you’ll go the same way. What’s so bad about that? If you need to ask, maybe you should ignore this bit… How to hang on to yourself: Keep old friends Maintain interests outside the relationship Socialise separately and together Don’t feel pressure to change – you are perfect just the way you are!

wrath (or anger)

Possibly the most obviously destructive sin, anger is still one of the ultimate, undesirable traits. Relate offers lots of useful guidance about dealing with anger and its consequences, such as: Take time to calm down It seems communication is the key to resolving heated disputes. Here are the basics: Respect your partner’s wishes, even when annoyed Start discussions amicably Try to understand your partner’s reactions Take responsibility for your own emotions Be prepared to compromise Keep an eye on your physical reactions, which might indicate a flaring temper (crying, knotted stomach, breathlessness) For more info visit www.relate.org.uk

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lust

In Dante’s Divine Comedy, sinners guilty of excessive lustful desires are damned to an eternal hurricane, representing their own lack of self-control. These days the general consensus is that lust is an appetite which should be kept healthy, as long as it is satisfied with the right person… Don’t cheat! That about sums this one up.

pride

This is traditionally considered the original sin – a desire to be better or more important than others, to take comfort from the failings of others: Don’t be too full of yourself Nobody likes a big head. If that’s you, here’s how to address it… Compromise Take turns putting the other person first A little humility goes a long way

envy

The green-eyed monster visits us all from time to time, but how we act on it can make the difference between a happy relationship and sleepless nights in a cold bed. Don’t act jealous Panzarella advocates challenging jealous thoughts and examining how

So the Seven Deadly Sins were actually not bad as far as early moralising is concerned. In fact, they were surprisingly good, considering they date back, in some form or other, over 1700 years. If you prefer more modern advice, visit www.relate.org.uk or you can read ‘Ten Deadly Relationship Mistakes That Cause Breakups’ at www.datingsupportcenter.com. Alternatively, for a more

feelings of insecurity can lead to unhappy consequences:

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Admit that it may be your problem not your partner’s

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wed savours the sumptuous sights and sun-kissed shores of South East Asia. A hip honeymoon begins here… words Hannah May | photos Thomas Foreman

EASTERNPROMISE Asia. The word alone emerges from the mouth like a purr. It conjures an assortment of images, from exotic realms to the manic bustle of the city streets and stunning array of unspoilt sands. Encompassing a vast area that houses a huge mix of geographical and cultural lands, the continent boasts some of the world’s most breathtaking islands, mountains, rivers, beaches and lakes – not to mention, wildlife, climate and people. If that’s not enough to whet your wanderlust, the food, arts and religious artefacts are amongst the most coveted and revered the planet has to offer. Deciding on a specific destination is tough with so much choice. But in one area, you can sample many sides of the vast continent and experience a country in its own right. Whatever your travel agenda, South East Asia will deliver it with charm and gusto. If you want a different destination but maximum convenience, there’s a pick of resorts. If you seek adventure, the scenery reads like a Tabula rasa for you to draw your own itinerary and imagination upon. Awash with honeymoon destinations of all varieties, it’s especially apt for the intrepid. But whether you wish to loaf, pilgrimage or busy your way through your newly wed period of downtime, consider a selection of Wed’s top-pick places of eastern delights…

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Sri Lanka Located in the Indian Ocean, on the southeast tip of India, the island of Sri Lanka presents as a laidback version of its continental mainlan d, yet it has its own distinct personality and unique set of qualities. Colourfu l, hospitable and achingly beautiful, Sri Lanka is a coolly charming honeymoon destination full of flavour – from food to palm-fringed beach escape. The area south of the capital Colombo is replete with postcard pretty beaches

that will instantly transport you into holiday mode. Head south to Hikkaduw a, which maintains a relaxed feel and relatively uncommercialised vibe, despite being one of the island’s most popular destinations. Surfing is especially good here (alternatively, venture west to Arugam Bay), otherwise you can fish, snorkel, dive, shop, loll, eat, stroll and sunbathe your time away in sheer splendour. Mirissa is a quieter, more upmarket spot that is ideal for unspoilt, romantic relaxation. The sweeping bay offers good snorkelling and there’s even a small beach break in the corner for a wave-riding fix. Other recommended coastline

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include Unawatuna, Matara and Tangalla, where you may observe turtles

the Turtle Conservation Project in nearby Rekawa.

The inland area is not to be missed. Venture to Kandy and wander round the beautiful lake, visit the infamous Temple of the Tooth or take an excursio n to the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnewala. This area of hill country encompasses a range of sights and places, from the countryside seclusion of Ella through to the ancient cities and ruins such as Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. Adam’s Peak (or Sri Pada) is one of the most famous places in Sri Lanka. At 2224m high, this holy mountain is sacred to Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christian s alike. It is an epic pilgrimage site that sees the elderly, young and incapacit ated embark upon the arduous climb to the summit to pay homage to the revered footprint. Time your climb to coincide with a sunrise from the peak and the humbling view will certainly steal your breath if the 7km climb fails to.

South Korea

A hugely underrated country of striking beauty and pristine natural

landscapes, South Korea is refreshingly free of tourist tracks. A land as lively as it is lush, the country is a formidable fusion of mountains, islands, temples, coastline and countryside that all betray its ancient history and spiritual values. The southwest peninsula epitomises much of the country, and the province of Jeollanam-do hosts over 2, 000 islands, three quarters of which are uninhabit ed. Wando is a quaint fishing county from which you can explore the oceanic isles, jump on the ferry or fly to picturesque Jeju – a favourite honeymoon destinati on for locals. Other places worth visiting include Suncheon – a boat trip around Suncheo

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you can wander around the maze-like plantations and sample some of the world’s finest green tea. Seoul is more than just a stop over. Classed as an Alpha World city, Incheon International Airport has been voted as the world’s best airport since 2005. It’s cosmopolitan, but still Zen-like in feel, offering the shopping, dining and

nightlife of an Asian capital city but with a skyline as nostalgically ancient as it is strikingly modern. Architecturally, Seoul is home to the ‘Five Grand Palaces’ and a series of

impressive walls and fortresses from the Joseon Dynasty designed to protect the city from intruders. With a plethora of Confucian shrines, Buddhist temples, museum s and parks in the mix, it’s definitely worth scheduling a few days’ exploration.

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Thailand There’s a place for everyone in this cosmic, charismatic and often confusing country. Searching for it is part of the allure: that perfect beach that secretly exists around the next towering limestone cliff may well transpire as an elusive dream, or lucky reality. Whatever your niche, Thailand aims to deliver. Finding your feet in jungle, concrete or sandy terrain, its eclectic fusion of influences, histories and culture is a mesmerising mix. Most visitors proceed south. Despite its tourist population, there’s such a plethora of places and activities that every experience is automatically individualised. The abseiling and diving locations here are world class. Take base in Krabi or nearby Ao Nang for easy island and beach hopping. Hitch a long-tail boat to any of the host of stunning islands or beaches or hire a kayak for self-exploration. Railay Beach is exquisite and features exclusive first-rate accommodation and gorgeous panoramas. Alternatively, Phuket lingers to the west, providing another convenient location for island exploration. The north and inland areas are less frequented and untouched, otherwise the south and southwest areas are best avoided by solace seekers. The north is practically the polar opposite in many respects. Bangkok is a vast city, minus the oceanic reprieve or dramatic vistas. However, the shopping is amongst the best in Asia, whether you experience it at infamous backpacker frenetic Th Khao San, any of the surreal floating markets or labyrinthine Chatuchak Weekend Market. Must-see historical monuments include the Grand Palace, Thailand’s most renowned monastery Wat Phra Kaew and the country’s largest reclining Buddha, Wat Pho, though a huge assortment of equally striking temples await your awe. To the north, the jungle and lush interior awaits. From Bangkok, organised excursions to Chang Mai or even Burma, Laos and Cambodia can be arranged. However, public or private transport offers independent travellers the opportunity to explore these less popular areas, literally, to their hearts’ desires.

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gifts with a cornish twist Forget the toaster and tin opener. Let these distinctive wedding gifts make a coolly Cornish statement

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The Day That framed photograph Can you imagine anything more achingly romantic than a framed photograph of the sunrise on your wedding day? The Day That’s talented team of photographers capture the dawn from the Cornish coast every morning, creating a unique and personalised memento to treasure forever. 01736 758109 | www.thedaythat.co.uk

Tea Time cushions Fans of all things vintage and retro will love the creations of new Cornish company Betty Boyns. The range of products features a glorious medley of prints, and these handmade cushions are just the ticket for a kitsch and covetable wedding gift. 08450 219550 | www.bettyboyns.co.uk

Love Monkeys Get crafty and create a funky pair of love monkeys with these fab new kits from Sock Creatures, based in Truro gift shop, Inhabit. The kit includes all the necessary bits and bobs to make the monkeys, including two pairs of stripy socks, a love poem and Love Heart sweets for an offbeat and outrageously cool wedding pressie. 01872 222231 www.sock-creatures.co.uk

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Chuchi-cakes From new Cornish company Balms and Crafts, chuchi-cakes make a pretty, practical and thoroughly bespoke wedding gift. Take a series of luxurious towels, tie them with ribbon and insert a selection of presents and accessories artfully into the design. The result? A creative and personal present. 01209 890039 | www.balmsandcrafts.co.uk

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TAKE IT OUTSIDE Bring a touch of innovative style to your outdoor space with these dining and seating solutions words Hannah May

Dada chair It’s time to get rid of those unsightly plastic chairs. Proving comfortable can be beautiful, these hand-shaped seats from Iroka imbue your garden with eastern vibes and effortlessly stylish edge. Also suitable for indoor use, choose from a variety of colours to coordinate inside and out. www.iroka.co.uk www.iroka.co..marksandspencer.com

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A five-foot ball of wicker has never been so deliciously tempting. Suspended or freestanding via four wicker legs, the nest can be moved to any area you desire - and with synthetic wicker flanked by a powder coated aluminium frame, it can remain outdoors all year round. Accommodating one, two, or more people, the weatherproof mattress and cushions ensures cloud-like comfort in semi-concealed surrounds. Contact Debbi for information on the Ampersand Lifestyle wedding list. www.ampersandlifestyle.co.uk

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the bespoke celebration Naomi and Steve Australian-born Naomi and Cornish-born Steve were brought together by a mutual passion for TV series ‘Angel’; having attended a series of fanrelated events, their first date in 2003 culminated in a proposal on a trip to Brighton in 2008. The couple envisioned a wedding day full of fun – and that is undoubtedly what they got at their traditional English wedding with a highly personalised twist. A pink and chocolate colour scheme signified Naomi’s favourite colour and Steve’s favourite food, while a series of Hollywood and TV references and fun, quirky touches featured throughout the day. The wedding party had the run of Pentillie Castle from a Thursday to a Sunday in November. Harpist Elizabeth-Jane Baldry played classical and contemporary music during the ceremony, which saw the couple exchanging self-penned vows, a mixture of comical and meaningful readings and a Kernewek blessing. “It was such a fun and happy time and didn’t feel like an official wedding ceremony at all with people laughing, cheering and crying in equal measure.” Eclectic entertainment ideas amused guests and provided unique mementoes of the day. The ‘PentillieWood’ photo booth area allowed guests to strike a pose and leave comments on Polaroid-style photos, while WeddingCAM, a tiny video camera from Dana Video Productions, captured the ‘real’ wedding footage. Naomi and Steve made a comical arrival at the reception: wearing boxing robes emblazoned with ‘Mr and Mrs Manser,’ they bobbed and weaved their way around tables crowned with spoof DVD covers to the ‘Rocky’ theme tune. The English Table served up a scrumptious feast of posh fish and chips (with the stacked chips, mushy peas and roasted root vegetables arranged in quaint watering cans and bowls) and white chocolate and ginger cheesecake. Brilliantly rejecting the wedding formula once again, the first dance began with the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ theme (complete with obligatory Bruce Forsyth impression) and high octane twisting to classic Blues Brothers and Pulp Fiction tracks. Friends provided guest DJ spots during the disco and the hardiest party animals, including Steve’s 87-year-old nan, rocked out to Guitar Hero into the early hours! On the Sunday, many guests reflected on the wedding over Cornish cream teas in the bathing hut by the lake. Their personal wedding has inspired plenty of advice for other couples. “Don’t be afraid to think outside the box – put your own twist on things to give your wedding day a truly personalised feel.” They add, “Make sure you get a video produced – it’s worth every penny to capture those precious moments.” And finally, “Buy a perfume and aftershave you’ve never worn before. Wear it at the wedding and the smell will forever bring back happy memories of the day.”

The venue Pentillie Castle, St Mellion 01579 350044 | www.pentillie.co.uk The dress Imogène International from the National Wedding Show and altered by The Sewing Room in Wadebridge Photography Sorcha Holloway 01752 662801 | www.sorchahollowayphotography.com

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the cornish wedding Laurie and Rob A Celtic theme set the tone for Laurie and Rob’s wedding celebration. Having originally met through friends, Rob popped the question three years later and proceedings were swiftly under way for a beautifully bespoke affair. Much of the style was self-directed and Laurie not only made all the decorations, favours and invitations, she even single-handedly designed her own wedding dress, which was then made by an auntie. Lilac was the main thematic colour, encompassing a range of features from the flowers and bridesmaid dresses through to the décor, and much of the minutiae was gathered and crafted by friends and family members to ensure an individual and highly personal event. Intending to be early, Laurie was over half an hour late for her walk down the aisle, arriving in style via horse and carriage with the bridesmaids following in wedding cars. Following the moving service, which also included the christening of their son, everyone congregated at a marquee at Rob’s parents’ home farm. Cocktails greeted guests on arrival and children were treated to a bouncy castle whilst adults were entertained with casino tables, musicians and entertainer, Jack Glanville, in the evening. A bountiful buffet, incorporating all from cooled meats and pasta to pavlova and cheesecake, was followed by another one later in the evening – giving everyone their belly fill of pasties and pies, which was cordially rounded off with dessert and a chocolate fountain. Laurie and Rob forwent a honeymoon in favour of a family holiday a few months after the wedding. Their advice to other couples is to, “Enjoy the day – it goes by so quickly. Take lots of photos as, when the day is over, these (and of course memories and a dress that is probably never going to be worn again) is all that is left!”

The venue St Columb Church followed by a reception on Rob’s parents’ farm The dress Designed by Laurie and made by her auntie The flowers Ginny’s Flowers, St Columb Major 01637 881472 Photography Urban Sugar Photography 07507 525747 | www.urbansugarphotography.com

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the personalised party Naomi and Louis From a night out with friends to a big bash with guests from all over the world, Naomi and Louis’ union was a marvellous match. Owing their meeting to a mutual friend, the couple ensured their wedding day incorporated every personal touch from the people in their lives. No moment was left untouched by sentimental value or individual flair. Their close friend, Gaye Lush, painted two pictures for them: one of the reception venue, the Rose in Vale Country House Hotel, which was used on the wedding invitations, and another of Ladock Church, which they used on the Order of Service. The noon ceremony saw 80 guests attend Ladock Church, where Naomi dazzled in a Catherine Davighi gown. The signing of the register had a stirring musical backdrop courtesy of Naomi’s cousin’s choir, Callington Gospel Choir, who also sang a lively rendition of ‘Oh Happy Day’ during the couple’s exit. Despite the forecast of torrential rain, the weather was sunny and drinks were quaffed on the lawn at the Rose in Vale before the sumptuous wedding breakfast was served. Guests were spoiled with the likes of smoked mackerel pâté, salmon and crab fishcakes and chicken tian for starters, pan-fried breast of chicken, medallions of beef fillet and whole roasted sea bream for the main course, and desserts of bitter lemon tartlet, double chocolate tart and fresh strawberries and cream. Live band ‘Jazz Breakdown’ provided the evening entertainment, playing ‘We Have All the Time in The World’ for the couple’s first dance. 25 Chinese wish lanterns were later released into the night sky to everyone’s delight. With guests travelling from as far as Italy, the Cayman Islands, Spain and America – and the Vicar, Reverend Andrew Wade, having known Louis from childhood – the day was a highly memorable and personal affair. A honeymoon of two halves took place on both Praslin Island and Dennis Island in the Seychelles, before Naomi and Louis returned to married life to reflect upon the day. “We had the perfect day and wouldn’t change one thing about it,” Naomi comments. She advises others not to get flustered by the small things: “It’s really not worth worrying about them. Our bell ringers didn’t turn up and I didn’t even notice until Louis pointed it out to me – I was too busy enjoying the moment!”

The venue Ladock Church followed by Rose in Vale Country House Hotel, Mithian 01872 552202 | www.rose-in-vale-hotel.co.uk The dress Catherine Davighi from College Green Bridal, Bristol 0117 316 9132 | www.collegegreenbridal.co.uk The flowers Wedding Flowers in Cornwall 01872 553080 | www.weddingflowersincornwall.co.uk Photography Rob Frost Photography 01579 346878 | www.robfrostphotography.com

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the beach bash Simone and Mark After the all-important question had been popped, Simone and Mark – who met on a blind date set up by a mutual friend – looked into the option of marrying abroad. It was important, however, that their beloved dog, Bug, was part of their day and when Simone suggested Cornwall, it seemed the perfect solution. As regular visitors to the county, a backdrop of stunning scenery and beaches appealed to the couple – and, as it turned out, the glorious weather on the wedding day meant their guests saw Cornwall at its best. Simone enjoyed a drive across the sun-kissed coast in a VW camper van to the ceremony at the Glendorgal Hotel. Vows were exchanged before ocean views and Bug, who was the ring bearer, barked his approval at the very moment the registrar pronounced Mark and Simone man and wife! The newly weds headed out into the sunshine at Porth Beach to capture some beautiful photographs as well as some rays, while the party headed to Lusty Glaze Beach to await their grand entrance. After a series of safety checks and more snaps, the couple zip wired down to the sands amidst huge cheers. As the adrenaline subsided, the barbecue was fired up and the mellow beach vibe took over. The party tucked into a three-course meal before sublime views across the coast, which included rump steak kebabs, chicken marinated in garlic and oregano, classic seafood paella and local Pollack steaks steamed on the barbecue. As the sun slipped beneath the horizon, guests had great fun on the shoreline, running into the sea and getting bowled over by the surf – watching the antics proved a stand-out memory for the couple. After their sun-drenched wedding, Simone and Mark departed for an exotic trip to Kenya where a five-day safari followed by a six-day beach holiday made for an adventurous and relaxing honeymoon. “The weather was fantastic and it made for a crazy day,” the pair reflects. They advise others, “This is your day and if someone can’t provide what you want at a price you can afford, go somewhere else. As we found, there are always other options – some of them not what you had in mind at all – so keep an open mind.”

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the camels celebration Rachael and Dominic Rachael and Dominic dreamed of tying the knot in a place that was special to them surrounded by their friends and family - so they took the novel step of licensing the family’s organic farm and created a unique, romantic and relaxed atmosphere for their wedding. The ceremony took place in a sixteenth century thatched corn chamber. Rachael arrived on the back of a vintage tractor beneath perfect blue skies; her father then escorted her through an arch of tree branches and down the aisle to music from the Edgerly Quartet. After a highly personal service, the newly weds exited under an arch formed by skis held by Dominic’s friends. The wedding party enjoyed homemade elderflower cordial, Pimm’s and canapés on the lawn of Rosuick Cottage, before weaving their way through the orchard towards the Camel Centre where the reception followed. A beef and a vegetable goulash were served with salad and crusty breads followed by a mouthwatering array of traditional puddings and strawberries and cream. As the camels looked on, guests relaxed in the sunshine whilst the children played in the giant sand pit. A traditional farmhouse afternoon tea, together with an organic hog roast during the evening reception, ensured appetites were satisfied. Live band the Blues Connection kicked the revelry off with a swing and everyone partied into the small hours. As Rachael comments, “It was the perfect way to round up a perfect day.”

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Nikki and Ben Thanks to the support of their fantastic family and friends, it was a case of all hands on deck to ensure Nikki and Ben had a wonderful wedding day. A whole community of helpers came together to help decorate the marquee for a celebration with a creative and highly personal twist. The ceremony took place in Feock Church, a hugely significant setting for Ben, who was christened there. The marquee site was equally idyllic: close family friends, Tim, Mary and Flo from Feock Garage, kindly permitted the use of their land – an idyllic spot with views across Devoran and the river. Opting for a ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ theme, the marquee was decorated with a colourful medley of pinks and lilacs, and a bountiful array of wild flowers arranged by Ben’s godmother. The effect was pure fairytale: strings of bunting and hundreds of butterflies, handmade by Nikki, added to the charm, while the vivid hues of the foxgloves tied in with the magenta pink of the bridesmaid dresses to stunning effect. The wedding breakfast was plentiful and delicious: guests tucked into a fish barbecue alongside a variety of meat and deli dishes, vegetable kebabs, couscous and falafels. Live band Kabasa set the tone for an “amazing party”, bringing incredible energy and a funky feel good vibe with their Latin American grooves, a twist of Jazz and smouldering Flamenco. After their “amazing party”, the couple jetted off to the sun-kissed shores of Bali for a holiday of surfing, diving and relaxation. Nikki has wise words for couples at the planning stage, “Make sure you have a really good team around you – it’s so important.” She adds, “Expect at least one thing to go wrong, but stay calm. Just let everything unfold and trust that it will sort itself out.”

The venue Feock Church followed by a marquee reception The dress Lavender Rose 01326 379138 | www.lavender-rose.co.uk Photography Life Photographic 01209 860101 | www.lifephotographic.com

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Q: We have quite a few children coming to our wedding and I can’t decide if it’s best

to seat them all together or split them up

around the room during the meal. What do you recommend?

A: If you seat them with their parents then make sure you have something to occupy them, as

the meal and speeches can seem endless to a

child. Give them all a goody bag with activities

Q: I have lots of ideas about how

I want my reception to look, but as we’re on a tight budget I am doing most of it mys elf with family members pitching in. My siste r thinks I should get some help. What do you think?

A: It is brilliant to do it yourself and get your family and friends involved, but make sure you don’t overdo it. Sometimes it can work out cheaper (and far less stressful) to get some expe rienced outside help, as you don’t want to be up until midnight on the eve of your wedding finishing the favours. If you give me a call, we can discuss ideas and come up with a plan to make sure everyone is involved and you get what you want , without the stress and within budget.

appropriate to their age, which you could have made up by a number of local companies. Or

why not hire the services of a wedding crèche? wedding Q: My fiancé and I can’t agree on le? rings. Should they be plain and simp uld they Should they be unique to us? Sho h an reac we can be silver or gold? How

The children can be looked after all together at a table during the meal, which means they are still part of the occasion but their parents get to

Q: I don’t normally wear make-up , but I would like to for my wedding day. Do you have any advice on style?

relax. The children can then be entertained for a

agreement?

while after the meal too. Contact Pop’N’Candy

e that it’s A: There is so much choice out ther ael Spiers Mich . start to difficult to know where variety of a in offers an extensive range of rings e Smooch metals and designs. Or you could invit ultation Rings to visit – they offer a home cons of sorts all try can you service, which means you suit ones h different rings and find out whic e an mak to and your partner. Call 01895 825900 e. Or if appointment with a local representativ act Ed cont then , idual indiv you prefer something listen can who Ives Wilson at Gauge Gallery in St for ial spec g to all your ideas and design somethin 07 or visit the two of you. Contact 01736 7951 www.gaugegallery.co.uk

experienced Tracy Courage on 01872 562947.

Wedding Crèche which is run by the very

A: If you don’t usually wear make-up then I would advise you to employ a make-up artis t and to go for a simple, natural look. Your mak e-up artist will do a trial run to create a look that you are comfortable with, which looks very natural on the day.

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