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14. SUMMER LOVING Dreamy dresses with a twist of retro romance 22. BODY TALK The perfect wedding dresses for your body shape 32. WED’S BOUDOIR Bridal beauty tips and trends 34. LOVE SHACK Colour-pop looks for fashion-forward bridesmaids 42. GLAM METAL Two-tone wedding rings for distinctive duos 54. WORKING THE GROOM Style tips for the man of the moment

Photo Kirstin Prisk


44. STRESS LESS Avoidance tactics for pre-wedding panic

groovy kind of love We’re revelling in fun and colour this issue. From delicious summer bites and fabulous flowers to celebrations before jaw-dropping panoramas, prepare for a feast for the senses. We ventured to a wonderfully secluded spot on the Lizard Peninsula for our retroinspired bridal fashion spread ‘Summer Loving’. The Love Lane Caravans campsite was an idyllic spot to showcase a dreamy array of dresses, from short and flirty styles to gorgeous gowns with a twist of classic glamour. Our bridesmaid fashion special ‘Love Shack’ serves up a dazzling selection of punchy colours and fashion-forward shapes – the perfect fix for your bridesmaid dress dilemmas. Flowers are a staple of every wedding. In ‘Flower Power’, we reveal the latest floral trends, alongside some top tips from some of Cornwall’s foremost florists. And, as the trend for whirlwind weddings hits the wedding scene, we meet three couples that have fallen for the charms of a short engagement on p.48. Then there are the venues. We’ve scoured the county to offer you a glimpse of some of Cornwall’s most glorious vistas. See ‘Room With A View’ for some spectacular inspiration. And that’s not all. With our biggest ‘Got Wed’ section ever, prepare for the cockles of your heart to be well and truly warmed at some wonderful love stories and truly distinctive celebrations. Remember, you can keep up to speed with the latest in Wed world on wedmagazine. and, for the latest wedding inspiration and news, join our facebook page. Till next time, happy wedding planning! Rebecca

48. THE RISE OF THE WHIRLWIND WEDDING Wed meets the ‘why wait?’ couples

Editor Rebecca Matthews

Chief features writer Hannah May Contributors Nathan Midgley Design Matt Sanwell, Design UNLTD Advertising & Management Brendan Sleeman Publisher wed Magazine F3 Champions Yard Causewayhead, Penzance Cornwall TR18 2TA 01736 368899 Print Four Way Print, Launceston Cover image Dress Dessy Little Anne Maids Model Stephanie St Clair Photography Simon Green © 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.

56. BOOZE, BLINDFOLDS AND BRATISLAVA The modern stag do undressed 58. FLOWER POWER Tips, trends and fabulous floral creations 64. SUNNY DELIGHTS Summery tastes for a dazzling and delicious wedding menu 66. EAT, DRINK AND BE MARRIED Tasty restaurant reception venues for foodie couples 74. ROOM WITH A VIEW Say ‘I do’ before one of these beautiful backdrops 88. GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Inspiration for a sensational wedding soundtrack 94. GORGEOUS GETAWAYS Unique settings for a dreamy honeymoon 100. LOVE ART Creative wedding gifts from Cornwall’s rising stars


6. BRIDAL BUZZ What’s new, what’s hot, what’s on 82. THE VENUE Licensed venues for civil ceremonies in Cornwall 110. GOT WED Newly weds share a glimpse of their day. 126. TROUBLE OR STRIFE? Your wedding dilemmas resolved


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PURE INDULGENCE Take the fountain trend to another level and opt for some Bailey’s indulgence at your big bash. Not only will you be able to treat your guests – and, more importantly, yourselves – to some of the creamy tipple, add into the mix a fully edible chocolate cup for collecting the smooth booze and a delicious new craze is yours. Why not host a selection of fountains for all your guests’ tastes (leaving more liqueur for your quaffing), or substitute the punch for this delicious free-for-all drinks feast? However you incorporate it, Absolute Chocolate will provide the dipping snacks and flowing liquid for a very heady evening’s entertainment. 01872 540650 |

fabulous florals If you’re stuck for floral inspiration, Designer Wedding Flowers’ brand spanking new website is a fabulous place to start. Browse the extensive new gallery for a stunning array of floral ideas for brides, bridesmaids, buttonholes and venues. Furthermore, the business now offers clients a new wedding service. A wide range of glassware is available for hire, whatever your budget and style, from elaborate and artistic pieces to simple and subtle designs. Book an appointment to visit the workshop where all wares are on display and suss all your floral needs with one savvy box-ticking trip. 01872 520005 |



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AISLE STYLE stock. Calling all brides-to-be! County Cream is chock full of stunning new style vintage of n collectio new e exquisit With the likes of Diane Hassall’s shoes, the Truro bridal boutique is practically dripping in divine wedding Pretty wear. If you’re seeking bridesmaid fashion inspiration, the entire is Maids bridesmaid collection, which comes in a wide range of colours, ‘Kelsey range aid bridesm Ellis chic the now available in store, as well as are Rose’. On the bridal gown front, 20 new dresses from Eternity Bride . website now gracing the rails, all of which can be viewed on the shop’s designer ’s And Jenny Packham fans, prepare to get very excited. A selection of the on a eyes your feast to you new collection will be in store in September, allowing Cream’s fabulously stylish array of dresses. Make a date in your diary for County will Jenny Packham Designer Day in October, when 20 top-of-the-range samples . fuss-free and travel ly complete r, pre-orde to be on special show for your perusal Keep an eye on the website for details. 01872 262271 |

art and soul Why go mass market when beautifully bespoke is so much better? Enlist the artistic aid of illustrator Yvonne Hacon to individually design your wedding invites for an inspired and thematic result. Not only will she provide a stunning and sensitive service – producing personal images to introduce your family and friends to your unique wedding vibe – she will ensure that they are created with the highest standard for inimitable quality. Whatever your style and mood, materialise it with original and professional artistry for a memorable memento to one of the most important days of your lives. 01872 553511 |


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CHARLOTTE BALBIER PREVIEW Bride! will be celebrating its third anniversary in sensational style with a special preview evening of Charlotte Balbier’s 2011 collection. As one of the first stores in the UK to stock the new collection, this exclusive evening is, quite simply, a must for Cornish brides. Charlotte Balbier is building a glowing reputation for her exquisite designs, which blend lace, intricate beadwork and fabulously feminine detail to create utterly gorgeous gowns. The date is yet to be confirmed so keep an eye on for details and be amongst the first to feast your eyes on these glittering visions of gorgeousness. The Penzance boutique, which is the only Charlotte Balbier stockist in Cornwall, also stocks bridal gowns from a wide range of other designers including Sophia Tolli, Benjamin Roberts, Amanda Wyatt, Ronald Joyce, Phil Collins and Stevies Gowns. 01736 364500


WORDS OF LOVE… ‘Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.’



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glam gowns Calling all curvy bridal beauties! Bliss Bridal has recently welcomed the Sonsie collection by Veromia into stock. The new range of gowns is designed for voluptuous brides, combining luxe fabrics with gorgeous detail for a stunning fit. Bliss Bridal offers an exquisite collection of dresses in a range of sizes from Impression Bridal, Ronald Joyce, Lola Gray, Jasmine Bridal, Wendy Makin’s Bella Donna Collection and The Maternity Collection from Madeline Isaac James. Add to this a choice of bridesmaid dresses from Impression Bridal and an extensive selection of accessories, and you have a fabulous one-stop for all your bridal needs. 01872 573377 |


Elegant Brides One of Cornwall’s Premier Bridal Stores

46 Killigrew Street, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 3PP Tel: 01326 313029

Bride! Super Sale Week

Starting at Kingsley Village Wedding Fair on the 11th July and running all week at Bride! until the Saturday 17th July. Amazing sale prices on discontinued styles and ex-shop stock from all our designers including Sophia Tolli, Benjamin Roberts, Ronald Joyce, Mori Lee and Amanda Wyatt. For more information or to book an appointment contact

Bride! 44-45 Market Jew Street, Penzance, TR18 2 Hy 01736 364500


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Not only can you peruse the rails at their Falmouth boutique, you can now purchase your wedding attire via Elegant Brides’ new online outlet, which houses a huge selection of wedding accessories, from sparkling tiaras to colour-coordinated cravats. Labels such as Alfred Angelo, Mori Lee, Ellis Bridal, Ronald Joyce and Veromia are available in store, whilst grooms are catered for with the likes of Cameron Ross Formal Hire. An array of bridesmaid dresses from top designers, as well as shoes, veils, jewellery and services such as shoe dying, makes for an extensive and convenient catalogue of beautiful bridal wares. 01326 313029 |

BOUTIQUE ON THE MOVE The Wedding Company is relocating to a new, spacious two-floor store in Bodmin. This means more room for the wide range of dresses from designers such as White Rose, Hilary Morgan and Venus and bridesmaids collections from Dessy and Alfred Sung. Add to this a stunning selection of jewellery by Totally Tiaras and Sarah Drew and a formal hire range from Etiquette – and the company is a wedding world within itself. 01208 75544 |

wonder about a winter wedding? Does the idea of a magical winter wedding stir your romantic soul? Think a ceremony at dusk, torchlit lanterns lining the driveway, antique white flowers and a roaring fire. Serve your guests warming comfort food, mini cups of butternut squash soup, roast rib of Cornish beef and hot apple and cinnamon crumble.

There’s still time to book your wedding for this winter and, as an added bonus, a winter wedding can be as much as half the price of a summer wedding. The Rosevine, on the pretty Cornish

Roseland coast, has one weekend available in October, any weekend in November and two in December. As owner Hazel Brocklebank comments, “Autumn and winter is a wonderful time to get married, and we have arranged some of the most beautiful weddings at this time of year.” Tickle your fancy? Then have a chat with Hazel and the team at The Rosevine. 01872 580206 |



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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

Hall for Cornwall wedding fair, Truro 12 September 10.30am-4.30pm Step off the high street and into the Hall for Cornwall for one of the largest fairs on the Cornish calendar. Featuring a variety of suppliers offering everything from photography and entertainment to bridal gowns and jewellery, prepare for food for thought aplenty and a fabulous day out. 01637 876321

PENTILLIE CASTLE WEDDING FAIR, St Mellion 26 September 11am-4pm Spend a glorious day in the stunning surrounds of Pentillie Castle and soak up wedding inspiration aplenty along the way. After last year’s hugely successful event, the team at Pentillie are planning a bigger fair this year, which will see the finest wedding suppliers, from florists and bridal boutiques to caterers and photographers, alongside a programme of entertainment. A fabulous and relaxed day out, this event promises to be just the ticket for busy brides with a taste for style. 01579 350044 |

TREREIFE WEDDING FAIR, Penzance 10 October 10am-5pm Trereife is a Queen Anne manor house of striking grace set in a classic Cornish garden. Stroll the gorgeous grounds amidst the resident horses, mares and foals whilst admiring views across Mounts Bay and perusing some quality wedding suppliers and services for the ultimate, tailor-made Cornish wedding. After a fantastic wedding show in February, which offered a superb programme of entertainment and a distinctive range of wedding attractions, this event is set to be even bigger and better. With foodie delights, wedding gowns, jewellery, photography and more, it’s quite simply a must for brides and grooms-to-be. 01736 362750 |

Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club wedding fair, Bodmin 17 October 11am-4pm Featuring a host of representatives from the Cornish wedding industry, Lanhydrock Hotel proves a spectacular site for a fabulous fair. With a red carpet welcome greeting every guest, relax and enjoy the pretty panoramas of the Cornish countryside. What better way to sample the offerings from photographers to florists, caterers to dress stockists, than within the lush surrounds of Lanhydrock? Definitely a date for the diary. 01208 262570 |

VIVA LA VINTAGE! If you love beads, buttons and beautifully bespoke creations, you’ll fall hook, line and sinker for the distinctive designs from Vintage by Freya Colette. Handmade to order in her workshop in Cornwall, Freya incorporates all manner of pretty finds to create vintage

WEDDING SUPERSTITION According to Cornish culture, a bride is not allowed to sew her wedding dress, for every stitch represents a tear in her marriage. 12


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wedding bouquets, corsages, tiaras and hair accessories. From flowers, feathers and jewellery to precious objects such as a locket containing the image of a loved one, look forward to a truly unique creation to be treasured forever. 01208 871600 |

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Romance is in the air with dreamy dresses for sun-kissed celebrations

Photography Simon Green



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MMERLOVIN Dessy, Little Anne Maids Young Hats Necklace Vu's Bridal

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The easy part has been accomplished – you’ve got your man. Now you need to pick the dress to match. This is no mean feat, but with a few practical hints and some careful consideration you’ll have him busting out of his tux with pride as you strut towards him. And the trick resides with body shape. Now is the time to celebrate your shape and maximise its features of glory. The easy secret to looking your best is to emphasise your strengths and match style to shape. Follow our simple guide on how to achieve your best look by shaping up against a number of styles to find one that fits, flatters and boasts. All eyes will be fixed on you – for all the right reasons… Step 1 - To begin with, think about undergarments. An all-in-one body shaper will give you a smooth line but never substitute comfort for shape – there’s no point in squeezing yourself into a smaller size if you’re going to pass out or not be able to utter your vows through the wincing pain of crushed organs. Instead, opt for something that feels supportive, fits like a second skin and that you can actually move in with ease (not to mention grace). An easy way to accomplish this is for your underwear to be built into the dress via a seamstress, so it’s more seamless and natural feeling. And don’t forget to wear your intended underwear to all dress fittings: it’s never attractive to have too much lacy brassiere on show or to create a loosefitting dress as a result of stomach-sucking pants. Step 2 - The next aspect to think about is your neckline. A square or princess neckline really

The question has been popped, but another big one remains – which dress? Before you get caught up in your beading and lace trimming, consider the body basics and let your assets do you proud.

opens up your chest and provides a great way to showcase your cleavage (and detract from a thicker waist or a generous posterior). Décolletage is always a sensual feature to accentuate. Often overlooked, it can provide a place to showcase some statement jewellery or alternatively house a delicate necklace or jewelled bodice. Exposure really is best – so long as it’s not distastefully gaping – as your neck, shoulders and cleavage can be an absolutely stunning feature. Step 3 - Beyond the underwear and neckline, the single most important thing to consider is your whole body shape. Once that is attended to, all other details can be coordinated accordingly. It is the equivalent of a good base coat of paint and the point from which all else follows and agrees.

words Hannah May

Step 4 - Once you’ve sussed out your style, you have to remember that there’s more to bridal best than merely donning the dress. You have to wear your gown, and the only way to do that is with attitude. Looking your best is feeling your best, so Ella, Vu's Bridal

remember your posture and pride. It may seem like a sound bite from a motivational coach, but your wedding is one of the rare occasions where you are the star of your own show, so play the part with pride.



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High waisted, with a long skirt starting from just beneath the bust

Body Type:


Essense, Vu's Bridal

Desired Effect: To appear taller Style Suggestions: A dress with an empire waist combined with a high or off-the-shoulder neckline works well. Short sleeves/sleeveless dresses with long gloves are elongating.

Bonny Bridal, Little Anne Maids

Avoid: Something busy like ruffles or large veiling Cosmobella, Lavender Rose

with too much fabric will overwhelm your figure. Mid-calf length hemlines will only shorten your frame. Trend Tips: Fitted, ‘50s/prom style dresses (just above knee length) with killer heels and long gloves, or body-con with long (vertical) lines for petite forms.

White Rose, The Wedding Company

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Eternity Bride, County Cream

Desired Effect: To appear fuller Style Suggestions: Fitted, padded bodices encrusted with sequins/diamante detail adds dimension. A body-hugging dress such as the sheath style, or dresses with heavier fabrics such as satin, velvet or moirĂŠ will visually add a little volume. A gathered waist and narrow sleeves will have a similar effect. Avoid: Swamping your figure within volumous


layers of fabrics i.e. origami/architectural styles

Narrow, bodyhugging style that shows off the bust, hips and waist

and overly big ball gowns. Also, clingy columns and sheaths are best avoided by those with more boyish figures. Trend Tips: Opt for lingerie-inspired designs, backless numbers, monochrome/metallics/ colour and patterning such as embroidery, paisley or floral prints or brocade. Ruffling and

Ronald Joyce, Bride!

Cosmobella, Lavender Rose

Charlotte Balbier, Bride!

White Rose, The Wedding Company

Ella, Vu's Bridal

gathered fabrics add an illusion of curves.


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Slim fitting at the top and widening towards the hem, forming a shape that resembles the letter ‘A’

Body Type:

Big bustline Desired Effect: To minimise cleavage Style Suggestions: A scoop neck, V-neck or high neck with keyhole detail is best. Straight or full skirts with a fitted bodice are highly becoming, as is the A-line dress. Avoid: Empire or cinched waists. Flimsy, unstructured and unsupported bust lines are a risky business. White Rose, The Wedding Company

Trend Tips: Flaunt a fitted bustier with boning (vintage elegance, old school glamour). Experiment with corsetry and try different contours such as baby doll.



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Bonny Bridal, Little Anne Maids

Charlotte Balbier, Bride! Pure by Romantica, Little Anne Maids

Body Type:

Full figured Desired Effect: To appear slimmer Style Suggestions: Scoop necks can work well. Vertical lines are the classic narrowing technique that can be incorporated into the style. High waistlines, such as with the princess style or an A-line dress will suit you well. Sheer fabrics are very forgiving, especially on the arms. A bolero jacket over a strapless or spaghettistrapped dress is a classic, flattering look. Avoid: Anything with too much fabric or fuss will appear frumpy, so avoid ruffles, bunching and puffed sleeves. Something that clings unforgivingly to your body will not complement your figure so avoid body-conscious styles. Trend Tips: Classic ball and goddess gowns with a subtle twist such as pleats, bows or ribbons for self-tailored ‘New Romance’ (including black, gothic inspired designs). Art Couture, County Cream


Benjamin Roberts, Bride!


Ronald Joyce, Elegant Brides

Ellis, County Cream

Body Type:

Tall Desired Effect: To deduct height Style Suggestions: Open, low, off-the-shoulder necklines are ideal. A drop waist, thick belt, or ruffle detail will detract from your height. If you are also slim, mermaid and sheath shaped dresses will complement your figure. Avoid: Amazonian styling such as accentuated shoulder padding, or high hats/veiling will only serve to make your height an imposing factor. Trend Tips: Flared silhouettes (fluted/tulip), asymmetric

Justin Alexander, Prudence Gowns www.prudencegowns–.com

cuts, mini skirts (or any hemline for that matter), tiered skirts.


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Ronald Joyce, Bride!

Body Type:

Wide hips Desired Effect: To minimise hips Style Suggestions: A-line, princess, flared and ball gowns all look great with your figure. Concentrate on your upper body and waist with details such as lace, beading or a bodice. Avoid: Body conscious styling, especially fitted on the hips/

Ball Gown

Fitted bodice and waist with full skirt

derrière. Trend Tips: Mermaid, Grecian/maxi dresses and ‘80s style Art Couture, County Cream

shoulder-enhanced styles or asymmetric silhouettes.

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words Rebecca Matthews

LUSCIOUS LIPS We’ve fallen hook, line and sinker for Bobbi Brown’s new Treatment Lip Shine. Not only does the fabulous formula enrich your lips with luscious colour, a medley of moisture-rich ingredients rejuvenates, conditions and reduces fine lines. With no need for lip balm plus added SPF 15, what’s not to love?

PRETTY IN PINKS Treat yourself to a Try Me Kit from nicely natural beauty specialists Pinks Boutique and meet your latest not-so-guilty beauty pleasure. Licking your bridal body into shape from your face to your feet, the wholly natural products combine a glorious medley of organic ingredients for a luxurious and fragrant pampering experience. We love the pedicure set, a divine medley of balms and oils, which leaves your feet soft and scented.

PICTURE-PERFECT Flash a whiter set of gnashers on your wedding day thanks to Clinique’s specially designed range of lip colours. Choose from a variety of formulas, whether it’s the rich, creamy tones of the Colour Surge Butter Shine Lipstick or the durable Long Last Lipstick, for a delicious palette of colour from flattering nude to colour-pop pink. Slap it on and hey presto! Say hello to a brighter bridal smile in an instant.

3 FABULOUS FAKE TANS If you’re going for a glow on the big day, remember a few golden rules. First, experiment with different products and methods to find the perfect tanning solution for your skin tone. Then it’s a case of practise, practise, practise – well in advance of the wedding. Wear white clothing after application so you can find out whether it’s likely to come off on your dress. And, of course, there’s the classic pre-tan mantra: exfoliate and moisturise those dry areas such as elbows and knees. After all, streaky oompa loompa is not a good look to be working on your wedding day.

Lavera Self Tanning Shimmer Spray From organic beauty stars Lavera, this perky potion combines plant and sugar based tanning ingredients with rich moisture and a hint of shimmer for a natural tan – minus the sun.

Bronze Goddess Golden Perfection Enriched with an exotic scent and conditioning fruit and floral ingredients, this luxurious spray gives your skin a radiant colour, which deepens with repeat use.

Soap and Glory Glow Getter This powder spray is the instant ticket to bronzed and beautiful skin. Spray it on lightly prewedding, enjoy the rub-resistant colour and wash off afterwards. Easy.

PURE PERFECTION Check out the Pure and Balmy range from new Cornish company Balms and Crafts for luscious and lovely local beauty treats. Free of dastardly chemicals, each product is a potion of nourishing goodness rich in the finest and freshest natural ingredients. Enriched with pure essential oils and available in a handy wind up tube, the deliriously decadent Butter Balms make rich and fragrant moisturisers, ideal for taking on honeymoon.



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A plain wedding band is both classic and chic. But if you fancy something a little more distinctive, then experiment with a splash of colour. You might fuse the luxe white sheen of platinum or palladium with the warm tone of yellow gold. Or combine contrasting shades of gold for a stunning statement with a twist of designer style. The choice of design is endless. A sleek strip of contrasting colour across a plain band is a simple yet stylish take on the theme, while a graphic pattern makes a bold, contemporary statement. For real wow factor, opt for an intricate array of interwoven metals. Feast your eyes on these captivating examples.

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STRESS Don’t crack under the strain of the pre-wedding pressure. Go from stressed out to chilled out with wed’s tension-busting tips

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I recently made the mistake of exclaiming to a friend who is shortly

marry, “Not long now, is it?” Her face tightened. Her lips pursed

due to

a little.

Her eyes sharpened and shot a rather unimpressed glance my way.

Though it’s an everyday occurrence, it can become chronic rapidly. And the consequences can be dire.

Usually a paragon of laidback calm, she explained that I had unwittingly repeated the same rhetoric uttered by everyone else who had crossed her path at this sensitive junction in time. I meant it as an innocent expression of interest, but it translated to her as a red tinged reminder of everything yet to do and that could go wrong. I also asked her how she was coping with the stress. “I’m drinking my way through it”, she informed me. Issued with a dose of tonguein-cheek inflection – even though she was aware of the irony as she threw me a characteristic cheeky smile – I couldn’t help but notice that at the time she was, in fact, armed with a pint. It got me thinking. We’ve all had dealings with stress, such is the pace and

pressure of modern living. But what do we actually do about it? Though it’s an everyday

occurrence, it can become chronic rapidly. And the consequences can be


National statistics report that stress at work costs the UK economy over

£7 billion

a year. Over half a million people in Britain are afflicted so badly that they

becoming ill – leading to an average of 30 days off work, which accumula


tes to the region of 12 million annually. In short, stress leads to decreased producti vity and morale, as well as increased absenteeism and litigation in the workplac e – so imagine what it can do to your relationship. Linked to a range of illnesses such as depression, high blood pressure, migraine , asthma, allergies, skin disorders and rheumatoid arthritis, there is a range of physical, emotional, behavioural and psychological symptoms and repercus sions associated with stress.


The marital build-up is undoubtedly a highly stressful time. The move and

often protracted period from engagement to wedding day requires some serious stress management, so we’ve compiled some advice and ideas to help you stay stressfree and loved-up toward your nuptials – and, with any luck, for long after...


Communication is crucial for a happy relationship. How many times have you heard that the cause of a breakdown is because people just ‘stopped talking’?

The pre-wedding period is one of the most testing times of your relations hip and sharing your woes and worries is paramount. Not only will they be resolved more quickly – leaving you less time to brood and build up resentment – you can achieve a unitary force of action that will ensure hurdles are tackled together, minimisin g stress in the process.

Of course you will come to blows. Accept this. It’s not the mark of a doomed relationship, just a signifier of the fact that you are different people with different opinions – and under duress. Your differences are vital to the relationship’s dynamic and, so long as they complement each other in the right way, should serve to strengthen your bond. If you have an issue, approach your fiancé. If you fail to achieve a resolutio n, seek counsel elsewhere – family and friends know you well and can lend you an objectivity often unavailable from within your romantic realms. With a little outsider perspective, you can return to the situation calmer and fortified with the compromise required to advance. Counselling is an extremely wise and vested option. Again, this is not tantamou nt to your inadequacies as a couple, but rather the opposite. It demonstrates a determined willingness to openly address and reconcile any concerns that arise, strengthening your confidence and understanding of each other and yourselv es as a unit.



Go alone

ence. One of the biggest impediments to a couple’s relationship is a lack of independ and Wanting to share your life with someone is entirely normal; separation anxiety part inability to do anything alone isn’t. Being in love is being vulnerable – that’s there absence, art’s sweethe your in of the fragile nature and beauty of it – but the mere stands a support system that should lift you during the darker days with acknowledgement of it alone. other half When you simply cannot cope with the most menial of tasks minus your to step need simply you without spiralling into paralysed indecision and inertia, then if couple a away and reboot – alone. After all, how can you possibly form one half of you are not ‘whole’ yourself? be a lone Take time out for yourself to reconnect with the ‘inner’ you. Whether it on cup of tea poring over the pages of a gossip magazine, a spa session, a walk to time, the beach or a shopping trip – it’s paramount that you fly solo from time stifling. g becomin are especially if the stress and co-dependency

Be well

the simple When stress dominates, rationality disappears. It’s difficult to firmly grasp to blast the things but having an awareness of them will stand you in the best stead blues out of your system. mitigation: A large part of the battle is focusing on the three basic elements of stress closely sleeping, eating and exercising. Your physical wellbeing is conducive and things will these to attention your ng bound to your psychological health, so redirecti instantly ease the pressure. onto We’re not talking about transferring the OCD from your wedding planning of tenants basic the over control your everyday affairs – just exercising a little physical welfare. Doctors and health professionals all repeat the same mantras. Try to achieve on factors between six and eight hours of quality shut eye every night. Dependent equates (which glasses such as weight, climate, physical exertion, drink eight 8-ounce low fibre, to approximately 1.8 litres) of water a day. Eat a varied and balanced (high fat) diet and exercise regularly. m Specifically, increasing your intake of vitamins B, C and E and minerals magnesiu to consume and zinc strengthens your nervous and immune systems. The best way seeds, fruit nuts, fish, Oily ents. supplem to them is through fresh food, as opposed dietary promote that and vegetables are lauded as some of the best ‘super foods’ s. health, but the trick really is to opt for a colourful mix of fresh foodstuff more Don’t miss meals or leave more than four hours before refuelling for a better, deplete efficient metabolism that helps to release mood-enhancing chemicals and stress hormones. betaExercise increases the blood flow to the brain and body, flooding them with ry endorphins and stimulating the nervous system. Your heart, bones and circulato least at of minimum for aim should system all profit. Guidelines state that you n 30 minutes, three times a week. Whether this means signing up for a maratho hip or increasing the frequency of sex – a brilliant stress buster (and relations engaging on reinforcer) – the idea is to tailor to your needs and lifestyle rather than an impossible regime.

The sunshine boosts vitamin D levels and serotonin fills the brain with a feel good factor that naturally mimics months of Prozac – without any of the negative side effects. People that work or spend time outdoors generally lead happier and healthier lives, so whatever the weather – go alfresco for an instant uplift. Try to maintain this ethos in as many aspects of your life as possible. It doesn’t

mean morphing into Swampy and living in the trees, but by replacing manmad e with Mother Nature, you may be surprised at the transformative results. Lay off the artificial stimulants. If you’re subsisting on caffeine, booze, sugar,

cigarettes and fast food, then do you think you’ll be a glowing goddess or handsome hunk on your wedding day? Chances are, you won’t.

Replace coffee with herbal tea, burgers with salad and beer for water and

will the pounds probably drop, but your more relaxed and youthful self

not only

will return. Toxins and chemicals actually ‘stress’ our body and strain our internal processe s and we externalise this through poor skin, nails, and hair – not to mention mood. Remember that being mindful of your diet doesn’t mean you can’t indulge. It’s about consciously avoiding the extremes, such as self-denial and gluttony, which disrupt your biorhythms, metabolism, chi – or whatever you want to name your natural, working optimum. Indeed, you want to look your best but being on a weight loss programme should mean a sensible schedule of gradual slimming, not shedding two stone in two weeks through starvation, sleeplessness and nervous energy. You may want to consider alternative therapies. There’s a vast range to pick from, such as Reiki, massage, meditation, Ayurvedic medicine, dream therapy, acupuncture, naturopathy, hypnotherapy, shiatsu…as well as a host of other ‘New Age’ methods that can promote relaxation, boost immunity and release negative thoughts and emotions. Practice simple relaxation techniques such as breathing, music and humour.

Surround yourself with things and people that make you feel good, avoid those that don’t, accept that there will always be obstacles and difficulties but try to deal with them with as much composure as you can muster. Beyond that, rememb er to...


And delegate. Choose together how you want things to be done, do them

accepting help) and then relax – together. You have a lifetime of ups and



ahead of you, but by dealing with them collectively you will be better prepared

a successful wedding and winning marriage.

Go natural

surrounds Get outdoors. Just 10 to 20 minutes of being in the fresh air and natural gical can substantially increase natural endorphin and immune levels and psycholo wellbeing.



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Forget the two-year engagement and the never-ending wedding planning process. For an increasing number of couples, it’s a case of ‘why wait’? wed investigates love in the fast lane words Rebecca Matthews

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tion Something is happening in wedding world. Forget the endless delibera g agonisin the and plan over the lace trimmings, the shuffling of the table for and, in over the cupcake decorations. An impulsive new vibe has crept shorter. many couples, the interval between “I will” and “I do” is growing seen a The industry testifies to this ‘get on with it’ attitude. Wedding venues have in late rise a surge in enquiries for last minute availability; suppliers have reported to the bookings and dress shops are selling more off-the-peg dresses. In response while launched have s wedding d whirlwin to d trend, a series of websites dedicate ns. promotio y availabilit the industry have jumped on board with special late a Why the rush? Wedding planner Sasha Wilkinson ( draws average the and s wedding d whirlwin of y parallel between the growing popularit a little later age of couples tying the knot. “People are now deciding to get married need to the feel so they feel sure that they have made the right decision and don’t wait.”

When you consider the advantages of a fast track wedding, it does seem rather appealing. Normally it costs less, as you don’t have time to plan all the extras in.

Wedding planner Sarah Vaux ( agrees, “I think shorter want. I engagements have become more popular because people know what they forties have organised quite a few weddings recently for people who are in their wait.” to and fifties and they see no reason and The increased average age means that offspring are often involved, “More “They like more couples are having children before they get married,” says Sasha. in years of indulge to time the have don’t and to include the children in the wedding planning.” a fixed There’s also financial factors, “Couples seem to be getting married with ts commen years,” of couple a over cost the g budget in mind and not spreadin most in and, longer work in been Sarah. Sasha adds, “Many of these couples have cases, do not have to spend so long saving in advance.” rather When you consider the advantages of a fast track wedding, it does seem in. extras the all plan to time appealing. “Normally it costs less, as you don’t have to deal a you do Plus, you can make savings on some of your suppliers, as they may y offers,” get the unexpected work,” says Sasha. “A lot of venues have late availabilit asking!” adds Sarah, “if they don’t, it is worth don’t A last minute wedding demands a decisive planning approach: “You simply And the have time to constantly change your mind over the details,” says Sasha. mad family and friends your drive won’t “You huge bonus for those around you? with all the wedding talk!” Vegas So that’s it – you’ve decided to take the fast track to the altar. But this isn’t of face the in order tall a seems wedding a planning – and the momentous task of manage ly reasonab can you what a ticking clock. Where do you start? “Decide on and to fit into your time span,” advises Sasha. You’ll have to be pragmatic, flexible have to willing to compromise. “If you have a specific date in mind, you may well of guests number the on decide first, venue your compromise on your venue. Book your get and reply to chance a and then invite them straight away to give them numbers to the caterers/hotel.” of people Sarah advises, “Stick to what you want and make decisions quickly!  A lot is anything but – time enough isn’t may try and say things are impossible as there for suppliers right possible.” She adds, “Of course, a wedding planner will know the all your ideas.” the Finally, be positive and don’t panic. “It can be done, just be organised at you give sure make beginning,” says Sasha. “If you are not using a wedding planner, be more jobs to friends and family – but ensure they are well organised as it will tly, importan most Perhaps them!” on checking of a headache if you have to keep “Keep it simple and enjoy it!”


feature | WHIRLWIND WEDDINGS Astra and John

Three couples tell us the stories of their whirlwind weddings…

Four months… After getting engaged in March 2010, Katherine and Dan married on 9th July 2010 at Bedruthan Steps Hotel, Mawgan Porth. “Dan and I decided to get married within a short timeframe as, once we had made the decision to tie the knot, we did not want to wait over a year for the big day! I think this is largely because we have been together for ten years. We wanted a simple, low-key wedding, which fitted well within the short timeframe. The big advantage is that you are forced to make decisions and not ponder endlessly over them. With limited time and lots of decisions to make, you are forced to be very realistic and pragmatic. If I had a year to make some of the decisions, I can imagine I would go round and round in circles and never make a firm decision. We also found we had more bargaining power. Wedding planning is both stressful and exciting at the same time. By doing it within a short timeframe, you could argue that you increase that stress – but you also limit some of the possible decisions and options, thereby making it less stressful. I don’t think you have to compromise on quality either.   I would advise other couples to separate the planning into sections: venue, date, dress, suits and vows, followed with the less important decisions and, finally, the optional ones. Once the first category is done, then you are almost there. With less time, there is less opportunity to spend a fortune on gifts and favours or make things unnecessarily complicated. It is too easy to get bogged down with a seemingly endless list of jobs and tasks.    My advice: do what you want to do as everyone has an opinion on how weddings should be organised and what should be included. Keep it simple – most people really don’t care if they have a box of sugared almonds on their table or whether the chairs are decorated in the same colour scheme as the tablecloths. And don’t be afraid to be different.”

Two months… Megan and James got engaged in late February 2010 and tied

Astra and John

the knot on 15th May 2010. A wedding ceremony at St Columb Minor Church was followed by a reception at The Esplanade Hotel, South Fistral. Megan and James

“Megan and I had been together for almost six years when I proposed. We have known each other since we were 12 and became a couple when we were in sixth form. I was planning to propose to Megan on an upcoming holiday when we found out she was two months pregnant. We decided to have the wedding before the baby was born so we could make the day more about ourselves and celebrate that part of our life ahead of the birth of our son this winter. It’s a lot more exciting planning a wedding in a short time as everyone pulls together. All your spare time is filled with wedding preparations, which is definitely a great way to get the groom involved and excited from day one! With less time to wait till the wedding, you have to be a lot more organised. You’re not able to be indecisive or change anything as trends change, which means your budget isn’t open to abuse.



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The disadvantages were having little time to research venues, service options and prepare and send invitations. It did put a lot of pressure on our brilliant friends and family who worked very hard on helping us prepare everything for the day. Both my best man and father-in-law were sent into a complete panic at the prospect of preparing a speech within two months! The team at The Esplanade was absolutely fantastic in helping us with the planning and preparations. Watching the sun set as we were finishing the meal was the perfect end to an amazing day. Despite organising everything at short notice, both Megan and I have said we wouldn’t have done anything differently had we had more time or a bigger budget and we didn’t feel that we’d sacrificed anything on our special day.”

Three weeks… Astra and John met in 2001 and, although John proposed in September 2008, it wasn’t until mid-May 2010 that they decided to organise their wedding. They married at Penzance Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception followed by a marquee reception at St. Just Rugby Club just three weeks later on 4th June 2010. “After over-thinking the whole wedding thing, on 14th May 2010

Astra and John

we decided to just get on with it. We almost randomly agreed to get married on 4th June and started to organise. By Monday 17th, with a little help from our friends and families who called in a few favours, the wedding was essentially arranged. Father Dyson agreed to fit us into his hectic schedule, St. Just Rugby Club was booked and Tony of Penwith Marquees bent over backwards to get us something appropriate on his busiest day of the year. What else did we need? Nothing. Job done. Over the next week we were helped to fill in the missing pieces. If you ever try to get married in three weeks expect the reaction to be a surprised: “Are you sure you mean THIS year?” This is rapidly followed by an overwhelming generosity of spirit to help you make your day happen. The dress was bought and then altered by Bride! of Penzance amidst much bride-to-be and bridesmaid giggling. Ross and his fellow musicians of ‘The Wedding Band’ took the job of providing live music. My brother Ian organised a Morgan from Perranwell as the wedding car. A family friend of my wife, Gavin Hicks, agreed to do the photography. My colleague Kat insisted on doing the wedding cake as her gift to us. And two delightful girls called Freya and Indigo offered to play some choral music to add a touch of class. Stag night. Hen night. And suddenly it was the wedding day! The greatest benefit of a quickly organised wedding is that you just don’t have the time or the options to argue with anyone about details. All you can do is focus on being ready and having a brilliant day. The service was wonderful and the reception was amazing. It was not formal and that was what made it special. All 150 guests had a party. It was brilliant. We’ve got pictures and memories that will last a lifetime of married life. My advice: decide on a date and go for it. Men, don’t be put off by either the cost or the stress as it isn’t so bad so long as you relax and go with the flow. Women, remember to include your fiancé in the decision making process, with the obvious exception of the dress. Don’t refuse anything offered to you even if at first it doesn’t fit your master plan because it will be those gifts of time and effort that will make your day have that little bit of extra special sparkle.” Astra and John



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Style tips for the man of the moment words Rebecca Matthews

the right stripes Add a flash of colour to your wedding attire with a bold stripe detail. A great way of jazzing up a classic suit, a striped accessory personalises your look while adding a twist of coolly contemporary style. Feast your eyes on our top patterned picks. New and Lingwood suit from House of Fraser Multi stripe cufflinks from Marks and Spencer Light multi stripe socks and vivid stripe tie from Marc Wallace

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cornish creations Grooms with a strong sense of Cornish pride can now wear their heritage on their wedding finger thanks to a stunning range of rings crafted by jewellery designer Ed Wilson. Ed, of the Gauge Gallery, St Ives, has woven the Cornish colours of black and gold into a stylish contemporary design to create a unique statement ring – the perfect match for your Cornish tartan. 01736 795107 |

shades of grey Grey is proving to be one of the hottest grooms wear trends of the moment. A classic and smouldering choice, light tones of grey work well with pastels, while slate and charcoal greys offset bold colours with style. For a daringly dapper look, team a grey suit with a black shirt and silver tie. Peter Posh and Etiquette offer an extensive choice of grey suits, from tailcoats to tuxedos. Head to Little Anne Maids

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wed considers the trauma of the modern stag do words Nathan Midgley

BOOZE, BLINDFOLDS AND BRATISLAVA A friend recently told me he was going to Bratislava. “Stag do?” I asked. And he nodded sheepishly, because that’s why people of my age

and my sex go to places like Bratislava, unless they’ve won a job at the

Slovakian Finance Ministry in a special pack of Walkers crisps.

Most stag groups go to them not because stag parties have changed, but

because they haven’t. The focus is still overwhelmingly on beer, pranks and

strippers. The appeal of disappearing to an Eastern or Central European city is that things are cheaper, so you can have more beer, pranks and strippers ; and that the party lasts longer, so you can have more beer, pranks and strippers . In a way that resistance to change is surprising, because the traditional stag do is at odds with the mood of the times. The premise seems to be that getting

married to the woman you love is a dreadful misfortune, and that drinking

10plus pints of repulsive fizzy stuff and sicking curry over a half-naked woman is the kind of life-affirming fun which your union will put beyond reach. To hell with that. Call me a metrosexual prude, but I prefer being with my fiancée to being in a room of rowdy puking men.



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But stag I must, so I’ve left my friends three rules:

1) No strippers 2) At least one outdoor activity (no guns) 3) At least one decent sit-down meal (no strippers or guns) I don’t want to spoil their fun entirely, so I’ve left pranks on the table – though there’s an unsettling arms race going on in that department. Now that stag

weekends away are big business there are specialist tour operators all over Europe, and in a market for organised wind-ups you have to be more extreme

than the next guy.

Result? Take a guess. This is a bona fide quote from a Poland-based company


“If you can’t think of anything better than having a team of thugs bundle your stag into an unmarked vehicle, have him blindfolded and interrogated Russian

mafia style, and then delivered back for a comforting beer and striptease, then you need our Crazy Gang.” Yikes. If that’s the best thing you can think of, you probably are the Crazy

I think I’m ready for those strippers now...


simon green photography

Messack, St Just in Roseland, Truro, Cornwall TR2 5JL

01736 366626 tel.01872 580153



FLOWER POWER Kick off your quest for beautiful and bespoke wedding blooms with wed’s top tips and trends words Rebecca Matthews Photography Kirstin Prisk

A wedding without flowers is like a cake without icing – lacking that crucial ingredient of embellishment and sensory satisfaction. While more couples choose to pour their personalities into ever more distinctive celebrations, the tradition of flowers is one element that remains a constant.

Think budget

After all, what’s a wedding without flowers? Wedding flowers come with numerous symbolic

Flowers in season not only look their best –

meanings – the bridal bouquet, for example, is representative of fertility – and many brides choose their flowers on the basis of their associations with love, respect, happiness and

are gerbera, which are fun, contemporary, cheap

beauty. Floral design is also a key factor in conveying a sense of individual style, the wedding theme or colour scheme. And then there’s the scent; from sweet lily of the valley to spicy

they’re cheaper too. Other flowers to consider and available in a range of colours, and lilies, as you don’t need many to make a statement. Designer Wedding Flowers Choose one or two luxury flowers like orchids or calla lilies, which can be your focal point, and combine them with local and seasonal flowers.

chrysanthemum, the aroma of the blooms can really add to the ambience of a wedding.

This will keep costs down as well as ensuring

However, strip it all back to the bare essentials and most brides choose flowers for one reason: those visions of silken petals can’t be beaten for

Try and book your flowers in plenty of advance.

sheer prettiness.

flowers in season means that the price is often

good quality. Wheal Sara Flowers   

This way, your florist can get the best price on whatever stems you wish to go for. Choosing much lower than flowers that are being forced


But where to start? Let Wed fire your floral imagination with our tips from some of Cornwall’s

to grow out of their natural growing time.

foremost florists.

highest quality and freshness. Daisy Roots


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Buying locally grown material also ensures the


If you’re going for a modern look, choose an eyecatching contemporary design with minimal flower content. Try a bouquet made of steel grass with flowers wired and glued on or a modern A-line style bouquet. You can have as little as seven flowers and structural foliage, which can create an amazing effect. Wheal Sara Flowers    Most florists rent out the glassware for table arrangements at a fraction of the cost of purchasing them. We also hire out freestanding trees and other structures, which can be decorated to match the wedding and returned afterwards to minimise costs. Daisy Roots Consider using your larger arrangements in both the ceremony venue and the reception. Archway garlands, pedestal arrangements and pew end flowers can often be repositioned later on. You could also use your table flowers as wedding favours or thank you gifts. Daisy Roots

Think seasonal

Some of the stars of the seasons… SPRING Anemone Daffodil Freesia Lily of the Valley Ranunculus Hyacinth Tulip SUMMER Rose Lily Lavender Peony Sunflower Magnolia Sweet pea Chrysanthemum AUTUMN Rose Gerbera Orchid Dahlia Calla lily Hydrangea Gladiolus WINTER Hyacinth Tulip Freesia Amaryllis Euphorbia


Indulge in a palette of pretty pastels, with muted shades of pink, blue,

cream and peach, for fabulously feminine wedding flowers. Taking inspiration from an ice cream theme, these artful creations by Wheal Sara Flowers ooze delicious designer flair.

Rose Wheal Sara Flowers 01736 797788 |



Think shape

Think bespoke

Consider your height and style of

Personalise your bridal bouquet by

dress when you’re choosing your

adding a special piece of jewellery

bridal bouquet. For example, if

such as a string of pearls or a

your dress is very detailed keep the

brooch. This is particularly poignant

bouquet simple and hand-tied. A

if it belongs to someone special such

dress with a long train worn by a

as your grandmother.

tall bride looks lovely with a trailing

Designer Wedding Flowers

shower bouquet. For shorter brides, an elegant teardrop bouquet

Whether it’s shabby chic, fairytale

will add height. Designer Wedding

or seaside, a wedding theme gives


you a great basis to work from and helps with choosing your colour

If your bodice is particularly

scheme, favours and table displays.

detailed, there’s no point having

Wheal Sara Flowers

a huge wild bouquet that would conceal it; a long and elegant

Choose place names that are

bouquet to carry over one arm

special to the bride and groom and

would work well. If the dress is

incorporate them into the design

simple and fitted, choose a clustered

of the reception flowers. Designer

posy or a long teardrop bouquet,

Wedding Flowers

which would follow the lines of the dress, enhancing the shape.

Include a favourite flower in your

Smaller women often suit a smaller

bridal bouquet that reminds you of

bouquet, whereas a tall bride can

your childhood and decorative items

carry off an arrangement with a lot

such as butterflies and diamante

of length. The style of the wedding

initials. Wheal Sara Flowers  

also inspires the shape of your wedding bouquet. If the day itself is

Message trees are becoming very

very informal, then a rigid set design

fashionable. I use a large urn filled

would probably look out of place

with twisted willow and decorated

whereas a loose natural piece would

with flowers to follow the theme.

carry the theme well. Daisy Roots

Small tags are then tied to ribbon and guests are invited to write a message for the bride and groom and hang on the tree. Designer Wedding Flowers


Choose snow-white flowers with a dusting of sparkle for simple and

timeless elegance. These stunning creations from Stephenie at Designer Wedding Flowers combine classic white blooms with mirrors and diamante detail to dazzling effect. Designer Wedding Flowers 01872 520005 |



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Trereife Exclusive use wedding venue

Historic manor house set in the heart of Southwest Cornwall with stunning views over Mounts Bay and Newlyn Range of bespoke packages including midweek and winter weddings In-house wedding planning and catering service Call Keith or Georgie now on ...01736 362750 0777 9928390



HOT TROPICS Be bold with bird of paradise bursts of yellow and green with a twist

of pink. These inventive arrangements from Daisy Roots combine juicy shades and waxy textures, Rainforest Certified exotic flowers and

biodegradable copper wire for an eco and playful twist on the theme. Daisy Roots 01872 270510 |

Think trends One of the current trends is to use a lot of British varieties of seasonal flowers to create a real ‘garden party’ style. Scent is very popular so we’ve been using lots of sweet peas and stocks. We’ve been mixing large headed blousey blooms with hedgerow foliages and herbs in clustered and natural hand-tied designs. Eclectic selections of containers, such as teapots, cake stands and jugs, are also proving very popular. Daisy Roots I have noticed a growing trend for simplicity, keeping flowers natural with herbs added for scent. Pastels are big news for 2011, with lots of lilac and purple shades. Designer Wedding Flowers It’s all about pastel shades and the vintage look at the moment. Soft pinks, blues and whites are a real winner with classic English flowers such as peonies, stocks, hydrangea and roses. Lace is replacing ribbon to give a vintage feel, and the most popular design is still the hand-tied bouquet but the classic shower bouquet (with an up-to-date twist) is slowly catching up. Naturallooking bouquets are another growing trend, while bright yellow sunflowers and bright blue delphiniums are becoming a popular table design combination. Wheal Sara Flowers



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Scorrier House

was built in 1778 by the Williams family and seven generations have been there ever since.

Historic manor house set in a beautiful flower-filled garden and acres of parkland Spacious reception rooms High quality accommodation Exclusive use

Tel: 01209 820264


feature | SUMMER FOOD


words Rebecca Matthews photography Simon Green

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It’s summer. And, whether you’re planning a dreamy waterside wedding or a garden party in the sunshine, you can’t go wrong with a light and delicious menu, which utilises the rich bounty of the season. We’re talking fresh fish caught in local waters, cheeses churned on nearby farms and vegetables nurtured in Cornish soil. A menu of soups, salads and sandwiches is a classic choice to tickle your guests’ taste buds. Soups are a versatile and crowd-pleasing option, packing a variety of fresh vegetables and flavour into one uber colourful dish. Follow the soups with salads bursting with zesty tastes and textures, from crispy squid to smoked salmon and crunchy peppers to tender chicken. Serve up a scrumptious array of sandwiches alongside the salads, filled with succulent beef, creamy cheese, fresh vegetables and delicious dressings. For maximum impact, choose ingredients that look as colourful as they are delectable to whet your guests’ appetites. Catering dream team, The Round Kitchen, have devised an appetising array of ideas to get you started. Remember to keep your menu light, luscious and oozing with fabulous flavour.

Soups Roast tomato, red pepper and basil Garden pea, ham hock and spinach Lightly curried butternut squash and sweet potato, finished with coconut cream

Salads Smoked salmon, deep fried crispy marinated squid and lime and garlic tiger prawns Smoked paprika, garlic and lemon griddled chicken, with crispy bacon and soused spaghetti carrot Grilled mackerel fillet nicoise, finished with a lightly poached egg Seared Mediterranean vegetables and Gevrik goats cheese, finished with a whole-grain mustard, balsamic and olive oil dressing

Sandwiches Rare roast fillet of beef, with red onion, horseradish, watercress and Cornish Blue cheese Classic 100% beef burger, with whole grain mustard mayonnaise, tomato and lettuce Pan seared pork loin steak, with caramelised onion, griddled apple and old smoky Griddled courgette, red and yellow pepper and Cornish Brie, finished with brandy soaked apricots

The Round Kitchen 07968 385392 / 07968 206116




Wasn’t it over a plate of spaghetti and meatballs that Lady and the Tramp fell into a dewy-eyed reverie? Wasn’t it in the setting of one chic Manhattan eaterie after another that Carrie and Big’s relationship blossomed in Sex and the City? Perhaps your own romance was nurtured over a series of

Indulge your inner foodie. Choose an exclusive restaurant reception with a menu of lip-smacking delights words Rebecca Matthews

Sunday roasts and Indian takeaways. The deal may even have been sealed with a proposal over a candlelit dinner. Suffice to say, the act of eating is intrinsically interwoven in the wonderful web of courtship and romance. Given the rich history shared between food and l’amour, what better place could there possibly be to celebrate your nuptials than in that Elysium of foodie delights: a restaurant? The foodie scene has exploded here in Cornwall and the county is awash with chic diners. One of the outcomes might be an increased number of Lloyd Grossman types debating the merits of the scallops starter, but it also means – my peckish brides and ravenous grooms – that you have the pick of some supreme restaurant settings to enjoy an intimate and delectable wedding celebration. Here’s a taster…



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SAMPLE WEDDING MENUS Wedding buffet Anti pasti: platter of Parma ham, salami, olives, foccacia, prawns, oysters and dip Lemon and dill poached salmon with salsa verde mayonnaise Wild fennel and new potato salad Roasted pine nut and basil stuffed pork loin Beef carpaccio with Parmesan and rocket Potato, onion and thyme gratin Hand battered cod goujons with homemade tartare sauce Butternut, chilli and sage risotto Lemon and herb roasted chicken Indaba smoked fish, prawn and bacon pie Hand cut chips Chef’s green salad Desserts Strawberry pavlova Chocolate trifle Lemon, vanilla and raspberry cheesecake Fresh fruit platter

Wedding menu Starters Tempura calamari with chilli jam Smoked haddock chowder Cornish scallops either pan fried with Parma ham or grilled with a sundried tomato and chilli butter Tempura vegetables

For seafood delights…

INDABA ON THE BEACH Perched on the edge of a secluded and insanely beautiful corner of Cornwall, Indaba on the Beach is a sensational setting for a waterside wedding reception.

Main courses 10oz sirloin steak with roasted root vegetables, Portobello mushroom and a red wine and port jus Duo of sea bass and scallops on a bed of risotto finished with lemon butter Cornish monkfish pan-fried on sautéed new potatoes with steamed leeks and a crab and champagne sauce Crab and crayfish linguine tossed in olive oil, lemon, garlic and chilli Butternut squash, sage and chilli risotto Desserts Banoffee pavlova with Cornish banoffee ice cream Bread and butter pudding with lashings of custard Chocolate fondant Crème brûlée

Just a stone’s throw from the sands of Swanpool, Indaba’s sun terrace is a blissful spot to lap up the views across the water towards Pendennis Castle, while the tide licks the rocks below and ducks take flight from the nearby marshes. Inside, the vibe is contemporary and comfortable, the light and sunny space boasting views across the terrace and the ocean beyond – a distinctive setting for an utterly bespoke wedding reception. Up to 50 guests can be seated in the main restaurant with an additional 30 in the heated awning; for larger parties, a further marquee can be added for an extra cost. Wedding receptions at Indaba tend to be informal, casual parties with an emphasis on sumptuous and plentiful food. In the evenings, many couples opt for freshly prepared gourmet pizzas such as crab and crayfish, smoked tomato and goats cheese and Mediterranean vegetable, which are cooked in the log fired pizza oven on the terrace. With the setting lending itself so perfectly to alfresco eating, barbecue receptions are also popular – just imagine a mouthwatering array of fresh tastes and smoky flavours filling your senses. Feast on a decadent and delicious feast of lobster, crab and squid and wash it all down with a heady fusion of bubbly and fresh sea air. And you don’t have to scrimp on food if you’re on a tight budget: good rates are available for mid-week and winter weddings. Indaba on the Beach, Swanpool 01326 311886 |

Fish barbecue wedding menu

Goan curried prawn kebabs Cornish mackerel fillets Butterflied sardines Garlic, chilli calamari Fish goujons Garlic and parsley prawns Salmon fillet Salsa verde mayonnaise Avocado and pepper salsa Honey mustard dressing Steamed vegetable salad Greek salad Potato and horseradish salad Roasted Mediterranean vegetable with chilli and garlic oil Green beans with almonds and balsamic reduction Buckets of hand cut chunky chips Baskets of homemade focaccia bread Desserts Homemade tiramisu Indaba strawberry cheesecake Coffee and mini chocolate brownies



SAMPLE WEDDING MENU Starters Homemade watercress and potato soup with herb croutons Spiced chicken and vegetable spring roll with a sweet and sour cucumber salsa Pan-fried St Mawes scallops with a cauliflower puree and crispy prosciutto Smoked salmon, Cornish crab and cream cheese gateaux on a bed of crisp salad and sun blushed tomatoes Citrus fruit cocktail salad dressed with a light chilli syrup

Main courses For contemporary cuisine…

Nineteen Bistro and Bar Located amidst the stylish interiors of Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club, The Nineteen Bistro is a minimalist and coolly contemporary space for a small and lavish wedding party. A fusion of rich toned leathers, dark polished woods and sumptuous fabrics gives the intimate setting a luxurious ambience, while a dramatic wall of glass beckons in views across the golf course and rolling countryside. Should the sun shine, celebrations might spill out into the alfresco dining area and lush rural surrounds. Nineteen has a glowing reputation for its fine brand of contemporary English cuisine, utilising quality local produce and fresh ingredients. Tuck into the likes of Westcountry sirloin steak, pan fried St Mawes scallops and Cornish crab cooked to succulent perfection, together with a range of unique Lanhydrock signature dishes created by the chef. Lanhydrock Hotel prides itself on an ethos of ‘affordable luxury’; your guests may retire to a stylish and comfortable room, many with views across the countryside. What’s more, the hotel’s St Hydroc Suite is licensed for civil ceremonies, allowing you to do the deed and get down to some serious dining – and celebrating – in one glorious spot. Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club, Bodmin

10oz Westcountry sirloin steak with hand cut chips, flat field mushroom, roasted vine tomato and onion rings peppercorn, mushroom and brandy sauce, Stilton butter sauce Green pepper and goats cheese pasta garnished with pine nuts Westcountry breast of chicken roasted with sweet peppers and pancetta, served with milonnaise potatoes Pan-fried Cornish pork fillet with winterberry sauce, served with nutmeg, almond roasted cauliflower and crushed new potatoes Baked fillet of salmon with black olive dressing, lemon mashed potato and rocket salad Mushroom and spinach risotto served with caramelised shallots

Desserts Lanhydrock rich toffee fudge pudding served with a toffee sauce and Cornish clotted cream Southern pecan pie with Kelly’s Cornish honeycomb ice cream Rich chocolate torte served with fresh red berries Lemon and amaretti Cheesecake served with a clementine compote Homemade ‘rocky road’ bread and butter pudding served with triple chocolate Kelly’s Cornish ice cream Chef’s individual pavlova with Cornish clotted cream and fresh strawberries Selection of Kelly’s Cornish ice cream Lanhydrock cheese board: a selection of cheeses served with homemade chutney, fresh grapes and a selection of biscuits

01208 262570 |



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One location, three venues

just 200 yards from fistral beach civil licence

a unique indoor wedding venue

overlooking the beach and golf links

‌great value deals on weekday weddings headland road fistral beach, newquay cornwall tr7 1hn tel. +44 (0)1637 872519 web. 69


SAMPLE WEDDING MENU For eclectic flavours…

SILKS BISTRO, Atlantic Hotel Crowning a cliff top with panoramic views across the rugged scenery and rolling seas of the north coast, the location of the Atlantic Hotel is nothing short of spectacular. Although nestled amidst the Victorian splendour of the hotel, Silks Bistro exudes a wholly more contemporary appeal. Flooded with natural light, which pours in from large windows framed by lavish drapes, the décor is a modern fusion of monochrome fabrics, sleek polished floors, waxy greenery and swirly metallic furnishings, while a grand piano adds a touch of splendour. Then there’s the food. Prepare for a medley of Continental tastes inspired by the sun-baked tastes of the Mediterranean. Perfect for seafood lovers, fresh fish caught in local waters is a speciality. From tapas rich in chorizo sausage and stuffed aubergine to more traditional dishes such as sirloin steak and lamb shank, the wedding menu will be designed around your requirements, using as much local produce as possible. Also a renowned Champagne bar, Silks is an ideal setting to kick back and sup on some of the finest bubbly around – all before those awe-inspiring views. The hotel offers a choice of accommodation so your party won’t need to go far to crash out in style. Silks Bistro can cater for a party of up to 80 guests. The bistro can be booked out exclusively for a hire charge; otherwise, it will be open to the public, although the hotel will endeavour to make your celebration area as private as possible. Atlantic Hotel, Newquay 01637 872244 |



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Starters Duck liver parfait with toasted brioche and red onion marmalade Newlyn brown crab fish cakes with homemade tartar sauce and endive salad Deep-fried goats cheese and beetroot salad with mixed leaves and walnut oil Char grilled chicken Caesar salad with gem lettuce, Parmesan and ciabatta croutons Pan-fried wild mushrooms in a garlic herb butter served on char grilled tiger bread

Main courses Whole plaice simply grilled with Cornish sea salt caramelised lemon and new potatoes Pan-fried cod accompanied with a fricassee of crustaceans (clams, scallops, king prawns and mussels) Fillet of Westcountry beef with a sun blushed tomato, rocket salad and skinny fries and a choice of pepper, Diane or béarnaise sauce Botathan rack of lamb with sautéed Lyonnaise potatoes, and pear and mint sauce Stuffed aubergine with Mediterranean vegetables, couscous and tomato sauce

Desserts Chocolate fondant with clotted cream Classic crème brûlée with homemade biscotti Croissant and brioche bread and butter pudding with fresh raspberries and double cream Selection of sorbets and ice cream Selection of Westcountry cheeses with red onion chutney and biscuits

The perfect setting for the perfect day.

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

This atmospheric Victorian hotel also features beautiful

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

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

settings to make this day the one you’ll cherish forever.

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 The Land’s End Hotel • Land’s End • Cornwall • TR19 7AA • Fax 01736 871599




For cuisine with a Cornish flavour…

The Bay RESTAURANT, Hotel Penzance Nestled in the heart of Penzance, this Edwardian townhouse hotel is a stylish fusion of glorious views, luxury accommodation and fabulous food. The Bay Restaurant is a light and contemporary setting, designed to revel in its beautiful location high above the Penzance rooftops. A wall of glass offers sublime views across the lush Mediterranean style garden, the harbour and, beyond, the majestic expanse of Mounts Bay. White walls, chic, comfortable furnishings and local artwork make for a contemporary backdrop – the perfect setting to enjoy a fabulous menu of inventive and delicious cuisine, which utilises the high quality produce on the doorstep in west Cornwall. The menu changes according to the season and availability of produce; fresh fish comes from nearby Newlyn, meat and dairy produce from local farms and the vegetables and herbs are grown especially for the restaurant. From delectable prime cuts and fresh shellfish to luscious desserts, you can look forward to sumptuous flavour and fine attention to detail. Then there’s

Soup of the day Steamed River Exe mussels in a shallot, garlic, and Cornish cider cream sauce Sesame seared tuna, sauce vierge and mizuna leaves Pan-fried breast of wood pigeon, pea purée, black pudding with rosemary and juniper oil Oxtail terrine with duck rillettes, root vegetable dressing Pan-fried wild mushrooms tossed in fresh cobnut, lemon and thyme with beetroot compote and apple and calvados jelly

Main courses Pan-fried free-range Westcountry duck, chicory with prosciutto ham, pickled plum and red wine jus Slow roasted primrose herd belly pork with monkfish, roast cauliflower, apple and cumin Roast cod fillet with wild mushrooms, truffle oil and a confit of tomato and lemon Grilled halibut, white radish, cucumber and ginger salad, oriental reduction Roast loin of wild rabbit, orange caramelised fennel with figs and Cornish hogs pudding Vegetarian assiette, tempura mushrooms, fine bean chutney, cheese wontons, spring onion and poppy seed dumpling with smoked tofu

the extensive cellar of wines from around the world – including Cornwall – that is sure to


delight the most discerning wine critic.

Pistachio and olive cake, honey-roasted blackberries Plate of chocolate, dark chocolate tart, Ricard chocolate mousse, sorbet Selection of homemade ice cream with Florentine Coffee mousse with bitter chocolate fudge, raisin purée and cumin shortbread Lemon and pine nut iced parfait with orange and pink grapefruit in a black peppercorn syrup

The hotel specialises in small, intimate weddings, serving lavish wedding breakfasts for a select group of guests. It also makes a stirring venue for a pre-wedding dinner. In good weather, you might sup champagne on the outdoor deck and drink in the romantic views across the harbour, St Michael’s Mount and Lizard Point. The hotel is particularly suited to winter weddings: tuck into a sumptuous candlelit feast, relax in the cosy lounge and enjoy the drama of the restless seascape. After the feasting and frolicking, retire to one of the individually styled bedrooms, many of which boast views across the sea.

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Hotel Penzance, Penzance 01736 350970 |



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ROOM WITH A VIEW Seeking a soul-stirring backdrop for your wedding? wed showcases Cornwall’s sublime venues with vistas words Rebecca Matthews

Despite the charms of our delicious Cornish fare – the hearty pasties, the fresh seafood and velvety clotted cream – there’s another, more crucial factor that draws people to Cornwall in their hordes: the sea views. Whether it’s the easy-living beachside vibe, the sense of timelessness or the sheer beauty of a backdrop of deep blue and aquamarine, there’s something about an endless stretch of ocean that inspires. And it is utterly seductive for couples dreaming of a romantic wedding with a twist of drama. From hotels crowning lofty cliff tops to beachside venues licked by the breakers, a variety of venues – from classic to contemporary – are nestled amidst the rugged folds of the north coast and the idyllic charms of the south. Lock your eyes on these stunning venues for the ultimate do with a view.



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For fairytale factor…

The Royal Duchy Hotel The Royal Duchy Hotel boasts a formidable location. From the sun terrace and neat lawns dotted with waxy palms, to the sweeping views across Falmouth Bay and the dramatic sight of Pendennis Castle on a nearby headland, the setting is about as dreamily distinctive as they come. The hotel’s interior is easily a match for the beauty of the setting, all lofty ceilings, twinkling chandeliers and huge windows ushering in those wonderful sea views. The terrace lounge and bar, together with many of the bedrooms, have recently undergone refurbishment, ensuring the hotel continues to offer a classic blend of stylish interiors and modern comforts. The venue enjoys close ties with Pendennis Castle. Couples seeking the unique atmosphere of this dramatic castle backdrop might choose to have their ceremony in the Tudor keep and a reception in the hotel; alternatively, The Royal Duchy might even provide catering in the castle barracks. If you decide to hold your ceremony in the hotel, there is a series of licensed rooms to select from, depending on the size of your party. Choose from a cosy ceremony in the Coleman Room, the elegant ambience of the cocktail bar or the spacious Terrace Restaurant, a light and airy room typified by a sense of grandeur, which can accommodate approximately 150 guests. The Royal Duchy prides itself upon a traditional sense of hospitality. This sense of service, combined with its setting, demands top-notch cuisine, and the team of AA Rosette-winning chefs are passionate about delivering just that. Utilising fresh Cornish produce, the hotel is fast earning a reputation for its eclectic range of lip-smacking dishes, which can be tailored to your tastes. On a sunny day, the celebrations may spill onto the terrace, allowing your guests to drink in the views with their champagne. A series of options are available for the evening party, whether it’s getting down to a live band in the dining room or moving onto the hospitality wing of Pendennis Castle where the hotel can arrange outside catering. After the celebrations, retire to the seductive sea views and comforts of a deluxe room, its colour scheme a mellow medley of mint green and clotted cream. Couples seeking an exclusive two-night extravaganza might book the hotel for an entire weekend for a minimum of 70 guests – allowing an extended and utterly private celebration. With a range of treatments and bridal party packages available in the hotel beauty salon and the sandy beach of Gyllyngvase a short stroll away, The Royal Duchy makes a luxurious setting for relaxation and celebration – within a truly sublime location. The Royal Duchy Hotel | Cliff Road | Falmouth | 01326 313042 |



For cliff top grandeur…

Hotel Victoria Perched high on a cliff top in the heart of Newquay with magnificent views across Cornwall’s rugged north coast, the location of the Hotel Victoria positively oozes romance. Whether it’s the serene seascapes of summer or the sheer drama of the ocean vistas in winter, a staggering backdrop to your nuptials is guaranteed. The striking Victorian building exudes an historic character, from the grand entrance and dark polished woods to the opulent leather furnishings and high ceilings with glittering chandeliers. Three rooms are licensed for civil ceremonies, and whether you envision an intimate celebration or a big bash, there will be an option to suit. La Rochelle is a large room typified by a sense of decadence; lit by chandeliers and huge bay windows beckoning in spectacular views across the coast, it makes a romantic backdrop to the ‘I dos’ and offers seating for up to 160 people. The sun lounge is a superb space flooded with natural light, which also boasts views across the hotel gardens and the bay. If you love the idea of an alfresco wedding, with the murmur of the tide as your soundtrack and the fresh sea air filling your senses, the wedding pergoda is an utterly dreamy setting. With stunning views across the Atlantic Ocean, this unique spot can seat up to 70 guests with additional standing room. As many as 300 people can tuck into the wedding breakfast in the hotel’s romantic show piece restaurants. Alternatively, a marquee reception can be held in the hotel gardens, allowing you to create a bespoke party setting in an idyllic location with photographic opportunities aplenty. Come nightfall, the hotel ballroom becomes the party setting, a large space made for celebrating. After the shenanigans, retire to a suite with a four-poster bed and sea views. Hotel facilities include an indoor heated pool, spa bath and solarium, which are available for pre and post-wedding relaxation and rejuvenation. With a series of sandy beaches on the doorstep and incredible views across the ocean, the Hotel Victoria is perfectly located to enjoy the beauty of this infamous Cornish setting. Hotel Victoria | East Street | Newquay | 01637 872255 |



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For beachside style…

FISTRAL BLU Wedding venues don’t get much closer to Cornwall’s sandy shores and Atlantic breakers than Fistral Blu. Hugging the edge of surfing hot spot Fistral Beach, the venue is the ultimate vantage point to gaze out at the elements, from white-tipped waves and wind-lashed shores to gentle seas and jaw-dropping sunsets. With an ethos inspired by its spectacular setting, the chic beach restaurant fuses a chilled surf vibe with fine food and first class service. There’s a choice of two rooms to hold your celebration. A spacious and contemporary space, The Blu Room is flooded with natural light, the huge windows ushering in mesmerising 180-degree views across the beach and the ocean beyond. This room can accommodate up to 110 guests. The recently refurbished Fistral Suite offers an intimate solution for those envisioning a smaller wedding. The stylish room, which can accommodate up to 70 guests for a formal meal, opens onto a balcony that makes a romantic spot to watch the sun slip behind the Atlantic. The bespoke factor is central to Fistral Blu’s approach to weddings and the chef is happy to devise a menu tailored to your requirements, whether you opt for an informal buffet, a barbecue or a sit-down meal. You are encouraged to put your personal stamp on the venue by decking it out according to your theme or colour scheme; the venue’s plasma screens can also be used to show home movies or childhood snaps for the amusement of your guests. With the sands of Fistral a matter of footsteps away, there’s ample opportunity for alfresco fun, whether it’s an exhilarating pre-wedding surf, supping champagne in the sunshine or kicking off your heels and feeling the sand beneath your feet for some photographs on the beach. As dusk falls, groove on down to the soundtrack of your choice in either the Fistral Suite or the Blu Room. With the surf breaking at your feet and twilight over the Atlantic your backdrop, you’ll be rounding off the ultimate beachside bash in truly unforgettable style. Fistral Blu | Newquay | 01637 879444 |



For waterside charm…

THE GREENBANK HOTEL Perched on the side of a harbour with its own 17th century granite quay, the Greenbank Hotel is virtually licked by the waters of the Fal estuary. The hotel has its own private sandy beach and breathtaking views across the maritime town of Falmouth, the huge harbour and beautiful estuary. It is a blissful spot to sit and watch boats bobbing on the rippling waters, the seabirds taking flight and the ferry chug across to the pretty village of Flushing. Dating as far back as 1640, The Greenbank is the oldest hotel in Falmouth; the interiors exude a stirring sense of character while offering guests modern and comfortable flourishes. On arrival, the vivid shades of purple in the upholstery, the polished mahogany and wrought-iron staircase at once convey the hotel’s synthesis of classic character with boutique chic. The numerous shipping artefacts throughout the hotel are a salute to the location’s rich nautical history, adding to the drama of this unique wedding venue. The retro lampshades and vibrant touches of colour in the lounge complement the magnificent mahogany bar perfectly, fusing old and new in effortlessly chic style. The lounge opens onto a terrace – an exceptional alfresco spot for the wedding party to sip champagne and enjoy views across the harbour. Intimate weddings take place in The Sundeck, a light and cosy room at the water’s edge, which can accommodate up to 25 people. For a larger party, The Riverbank Suite offers the same sweeping views across the harbour, as well as a dance floor and balcony. 90 people can be accommodated in this room. You can look forward to a delicious wedding breakfast. The Greenbank is renowned for its supreme standard of cuisine, a speciality being fresh seafood caught in local water. When the party is over, spend the night in a stylish room, complete with all mod cons and views across the estuary. Wake up to your first day as newly weds in this idyllic setting, with its rare and achingly romantic charm. The Greenbank Hotel | Falmouth | 01326 312440 |



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The Venue North East Cornwall Bowood Park Hotel and Golf Club Camelford | 01840 213017

Broomhill Manor Poughill, Bude | 01288 352940

Bullers Arms Hotel Marhamchurch, Bude | 01288 361277

Camelot Castle Hotel Atlantic Road, Tintagel | 01840 770202

Cornish Tipi Holidays St Kew | 01208 880781

Eagle House Hotel   3, Castle Street, Launceston 01566 772036

The Falcon Hotel Breakwater Road, Bude | 01288 352005

Fentafriddle Farm Trebarwith Strand, Tintagel 01840 779190 |

Hustyns St Breock Downs, Wadebridge 01208 893700 |

Juliots Well Holiday Park Camelford | 01840 213302

Lakeview Country Club Old Coach Road, Lanivet, Bodmin 01208 831808 |

Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club Lostwithiel Road, Bodmin | 01208 262570

Lanteglos Country House Hotel Lanteglos-by-Camelford, Camelford 01840 213551 |

The Millhouse Inn Trebarwith, N. Cornwall | 07767 341234

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

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Polurrian Hotel

St Martin, Helston | 01326 231302

The Lizard Peninsula, Mullion 01326 240421 |

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:

Falmouth Beach Resort Hotel

Royal Duchy Hotel

Gyllngvase Beach, Falmouth 01326 310500

Cliff Road, Falmouth | 01326 313042

The Falmouth Hotel

St Michael’s Hotel

Castle Beach, Falmouth | 01326 312671

Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth 01326 312707

The Long Cross Hotel Port Isaac | 01208 880243

Godolphin House Godolphin Cross, Helston | 01736 763194

Greenbank Hotel Harbourside, Falmouth | 01326 312440

The Old Custom House Hotel

The Smokehouse The Harbourside, Porthleven 01326 562407

Trevarno Manor Trevarno Estate and Gardens, Helston 01326 574274 |

South Quay, Padstow | 01841 532359

South West Cornwall

Pencarrow House

The Boardroom

Washaway, Bodmin | 01208 841369

Pendragon Country House Davidstow, Camelford | 01840 261131

The Port William Trebarwith Strand, Tintagel | 01840 770230

Prideaux Place Padstow | 01841 532411

Blue Bar, Porthtowan | 01209 890329/777 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

Western Terrace, Falmouth | 01326 312734

Nansloe Manor

The Slipway Hotel

Helston | 01326 558400

The Harbour Front, Port Isaac 01208 880264

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Trevigue Farmhouse

Discovery Quay, Falmouth | 01326 214557

Crackington Haven, Bude | 01840 230418

Pendennis Castle

Upton Farm

Falmouth | 01326 310106

Delabole | 01840 770225

Penmere Manor Hotel

The Well Parc Hotel

Mongleath Road, Falmouth | 01326 211411

Trevone, Padstow | 01841 520318

Penmorvah Manor Hotel

Falmouth Area

Cape Cornwall Golf and Country Club St Just | 01736 788611

Carbis Bay Hotel Carbis Bay, St Ives | 01736 795311

Chy-an-Albany Hotel Albany Terrace, St Ives | 01736 796759

Clowance House Clowance Estate and Country Club, Praze-an-Beeble | 01209 831111

The Coppice Inn Lanner, Redruth | 01209 216668

The Cove Lamorna, Penzance | 01736 731411

Land’s End Hotel Sennen | 01736 871844

Budock Water, Falmouth | 01326 250277

Poldark Mine Budock Vean Hotel Mawnan Smith, Falmouth | 01326 250288



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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


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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

St Germans, Saltash | 01503 230211

Scorrier House

Polhawn Fort Military Road, Rame, Torpoint 01752 822864 |

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

Saltash | 01752 842830

Mawgan Porth, Newquay | 01637 860555

Godolphin Arms

Trematon Hall

Carnmarth Hotel

West End, Marazion | 01736 710202

Saltash | 01752 842351

Headland Road, Newquay | 01637 872519

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

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

Scorrier, Redruth | 01209 820264

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

Treloyhan Avenue, St Ives | 01736 795254

Tregoddick Farm

Whitsand Bay Hotel Portwrinkle, Torpoint | 01503 230276

Wringford Down Hotel Cawsand | 01752 822287

Newquay Area Atlantic Hotel Dane Road, Newquay | 01637 872244

Madron, Penzance | 01736 361301

Trereife House

The Esplanade Hotel

Penzance | 01736 362750 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

Porthminster Hotel The Terrace, St Ives | 01736 795221

Queens Hotel The Promenade, Penzance 01736 362371 |

Rosewarne Manor Connor Downs | 01209 610414

Royal British Legion St Ives | 01736 796294



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South East Cornwall China Fleet Country Club Saltash | 01752 848668

The Edgcumbe Arms Cremyll, Torpoint | 01752 822294

Esplanade Rd, Newquay | 01637 873333 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

The Liscawn Inn Crafthole, Torpoint | 01503 230863

Barrowfield Hotel Hilgrove Road, Newquay | 01637 878878

The Bay Hotel Esplanade Road, Newquay | 01637 852221

St Mellion International Resort

Glendorgal Hotel

Great Western Hotel

Mount Edgcumbe House

Newquay | 01637 872010

Cremyll, Torpoint | 01752 822236

St Mellion, Saltash | 01579 350044

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

Saltash | 01579 351351

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.

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

Headland Hotel Newquay | 01637 872211


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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 celebration, there will be a setting to suit whatever your waterside whim.

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Perfect Day at St Michael’s where romance & relaxation become one • Spectacular sea views & four acres of sub-tropical gardens • Honeymoon suite overlooking the sea • Spa with indoor pool, sauna, Jacuzzi & steam room • Spa Wedding Packages & luxurious treatments • Fully licensed for civil ceremonies Please call our Wedding Co-Ordinator on 01326 312707 photo: Simon Green

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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.

Boscundle Manor

Porth Avallen Hotel

Jetty Cottage

Tregrehan, St Austell | 01726 813557

Sea Road, Carlyon Bay, St Austell 01726 812802

St George’s Island, Looe | 07812 009384

The Jubilee Inn

Carlyon Bay Hotel St Austell | 01726 812304

Porthpean Golf Club

Pelynt | 01503 220312

St Austell | 01726 64613

Landaviddy Manor

Rose-In-Vale Country House Hotel

Landaviddy Lane, Polperro | 01752 812178

Mithian, St Agnes | 01872 552202

The Old Mill House Inn

The Rosevine

Mill Hill, Polperro | 01503 272362

Portscatho, Truro | 01872 580206

Tremardt House


Looe | 01503 262766

Portscatho, Truro | 01872 580346

The Well House

St Mawes Castle

St Keyne | 01579 342001

Carnglaze Caverns St Neot, Liskeard | 01579 320251 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

Cliff Head Hotel Sea Road, Carlyon Bay, St Austell 01726 812345 |

Fowey Hall Hanson Drive, Fowey | 01726 833866

The Fowey Hotel Fowey | 01726 832551

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

Hotel Riviera

The Seiners Arms Beach Road, Perranporth | 01872 573118

Lusty Glaze, Newquay | 01637 874251

Lamorran Trelissick

Hotel Victoria

Upper Castle Road, St Mawes 01326 270800

Lostwithiel Golf and Country Club

Trenython Manor

Lostwithiel | 01208 873550

Tywardreath, Par | 01726 814797

The Lugger Hotel


Portloe, Truro | 01872 501322

St Neot, Liskeard | 07872 647730

Marina Villa Hotel

The Vean, Caerhays Castle

Fowey | 01726 833315

St Austell | 01872 501310

East Street, Newquay | 01637 872255

Porth Veor Manor Hotel Porth, Newquay | 01637 873274

Sands Resort Watergate Road, Porth, Newquay 01637 872864 |

Trerice Kestle Mill, Newquay | 01637 875404

Watergate Bay Hotel Watergate Bay, nr Newquay 01637 860543

Old Quay House 28 Fore Street, Fowey | 01726 833302

The Beeches Hotel 60 Charlestown Road, St Austell 01726 73106

Boconnoc House Lostwithiel | 01208 872507 Cornwall

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Feock, Truro | 01872 862248

Vertigo St Mary’s Street, Truro | 01872 276555

Church Street, St Austell | 01726 72100

South Coast

Alverton Manor Hotel Tregolls Road, Truro | 01872 276633

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White Hart Hotel

Central Cornwall


St Mawes | 01326 310106

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

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Looe | 01503 263709

Hannafore Point Hotel Marine Drive, West Looe | 01503 263273

events & hospitality Marry in the Mediterranean, among the citrus trees. Tie the knot in the tropics by the waterfall overlooking the Rainforest. A whole new world of weddings awaits you at the Eden Project. Described as the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Eden Project offers ceremonies with a difference in a venue like no other. Contact Rebecca Le Boulanger on 01726 811988 or The Eden Project is a charity. Monies raised underpin our programmes and projects on education, research, conservation and sustainable futures.

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A love poet once wrote that, ‘Music is the best means we have of digesting time.’ W.H. Auden wisely observed that memory is largely recalled by music. Consequently, the melody to a moment can spark the such a barrage of emotions that coordinating it correctly can make and vital difference between an impassioned and lively affair and drab . nondescript disappointment day and Compile a personal medley of tasteful tunes to be played throughout the , of your wedding will be remembered with sentimental awe. Be mindful, however ed wed-craz where ’ Wedding ‘Muriel’s think – obsessive displays of wedding fever Scary. Do.’ I Do I Muriel floods the aisle with Abba’s ‘I Do I Do I Do playlist Don’t just leave it for the DJ. At the least, you should be hand picking a track make to advance in guests asking or decks of your favourite songs for the result tic charisma and leasing suggestions, which will make for a definite crowd-p to remember. There’s an array of alternatives to the corny pop standard. Why not combine and your theme or dress code with a specially selected sound for added harmony in moment personalisation? Many couples speak of ‘their’ song (from a pivotal wedding, their relationship), and by incorporating some melodic meaning into your it will be all the more poignant and pivotal for years to come. So, if music be the food of love, play on…



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MUSIC Pam Adams

Strings Pam Adams Celtic Harp For an enriched wedding atmosphere, experienced harpist Pam Adams creates a stirring soundtrack to the guests’ and bride’s arrival, the signing of the register and the bride and groom’s exit. Her Salvi Electroacoustic Egan provides an unrivalled acoustic ambience and natural sound. With an extensive repertoire from Celtic to contemporary, classic to Christian, she can also arrange the music of your choice to ensure an individual and melodic event.

Classical Strings

Classical Strings String specialists Classical Strings can arrange your favourite song to be played by a string quartet, a trio or solo violin. With the ability to perform practically any song, they have arranged a mix of music by Adele, Abba and even film tracks from Star Wars and Jurassic Park. Merging modern music with a classic framework, they continue to impress audiences with a range of genres from Lionel Richie to Tchaikovsky. You can also enlist the vocal skills of soprano, Maria Heseltine, whose widespread and notable operatic roles have fine-tuned her captivating talent.

Retro Kernow Groove Jukebox

Kernow Groove Jukebox

Get nostalgic and hire out a classic centrepiece courtesy of Kernow Groove. Redefining jukebox technology for the 21st century, their Wurlitzer style sound system contains an enormous library of music. Fusing the past and present within one dazzling Digital Nostalgia box, it boasts every UK Top 40 track since 1952 to the current charts, which amounts to in excess of 32,000 songs. Featuring cutting-edge sound quality and tantalising touch screen, the jukebox also boasts all the good looks required of a cool retro wedding vibe, with beautiful built in solid wood and stunning atmospheric internal lighting and bubbles. For uninterrupted dance floor entertainment, browse a range of categories from year, artist, genre or track – or programme a seamlessly blended and personal playlist for the ultimate party.

Jazz Tom Quirke and Ross Williams For uber cool Rat Pack vibes, jazz duo Tom Quirke and Ross Williams deliver in supreme style. With their smooth tones, these talented musicians perform energised sets to a variety of classic toe-tapping tunes. The duo is available as a piano and double bass combo or alongside other musicians for a big band sound that can be as mellow or energised as you desire. The distinctive live sound appeals to all ages as they effortlessly drift through Tom Quirke and Ross Williams

classics spanning six decades with assured and quality zeal.

Johanna Graham

Johanna Graham Velvety vocals carry a repertoire of sounds as Johanna Graham coolly works the crowds with her unique and dazzling voice. Richly resonating the classic likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Julie London and Stacey Kent without imitating, her range of original performances from Rodgers & Hart through to Astrud Gilberto’s Bossa Nova or ‘60s pop classics penned by Bacharach & David will captivate all in her wake. Available as a duo for a more intimate sound, or in a trio, quartet or quintet featuring some of the best UK jazz musicians for a bigger band sound, she sensitively tailors her sets according to every client’s taste and personal preference.


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The Grace Notes

The Grace Notes Sassy songstress Ley Adewole and accomplished pianist Richard Penrose make a formidable musical force. Award-winning singer Ley has worked alongside the heady likes of Stevie Wonder, George Michael and Diana Ross whilst Rich has performed in concerts with James Morrison and Tommy Smith, internationally supporting artists such as Courtney Pine and Alan Barnes. Whether performing as a duo for a stripped back, soul-stirring sound for the ceremony and drinks reception or fronting The Grace Notes – a quartet incorporating bass and drums – for the party, their stellar smooth sound presents a wide repertoire of moving Motown, funky disco and slick jazz. The Grace Notes

Folk/Gypsy Braga Tanga Internationally flavoured, Braga Tanga delivers an original upbeat gypsy style within an unparalleled and gripping performance. Presenting an exotic mix of world folk music, Eastern European gypsy tunes and mesmerising melodies, their eclectic and stylised sound emanates from four well-travelled and well-seasoned musicians with considerable musical and theatrical experience. With French waltzes, Tango, Finnish Polskas, and songs from Sicily, Turkey and Africa in the mix, their passion and vibrancy will infuse oomph and spirit into any wedding.

TAILORMADE TUNES Why not go the extra mile and have a song commissioned for your wedding? Phil Hulse of Songs To Suit You specialises in writing personalised songs as a truly unique gift idea. Whether you wish to surprise your bride or groom with a song, or you’re a guest who would like to delight the happy couple with something more exciting than a towel set or bath mat, accomplished musician and songwriter Phil will utilise the information you supply to write the song, record and mix it using state of the art recording equipment and send the completed CD. Hey presto! An utterly bespoke and surprisingly affordable Rich and Ley

gift to cherish forever. 07884 465840 |

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The day just for you... ...whether you decide on a Civil Ceremony or Wedding Breakfast and Evening Reception, here at the family run Lanhydrock Hotel we will provide all the services and support that we can to make your special day truly perfect.

The Grace Notes

To discuss your requirements please call: 01208 262570

LANHYDROCK HOTEL and golf club

Lostwithiel Road, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5AQ

Perched above one of the most spectacular golden beaches in Cornwall, The Porthminster makes a beautiful setting for your special day.

Take your vows against a backdrop of golden sands, open skies and clear blue waters. Sip Champagne with your guests in our private gardens and head down to the beach for your photos. Whether you are looking for small and intimate or large and lavish, here at the Porthminster we have the skills and experience to make sure that your special day runs perfectly. Our rooms have uninterrupted views over the bay, which offers a stunning background for photos even when the weather isn’t on your side. Our Executive Chef, formerly of the Ivy, London, has created fantastic menus to compliment your day and with such an accomplished team behind him we can guarantee an eating experience you will never forget. We know your big day with us will be everything you want and more.

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THE PLAYLIST Stuck for tuneage inspiration? Let these ideas get you started, as recommended by Wed's musical experts, suppliers and readers.

THE PRELUDE AND PROCESSIONAL Set the tone for the day with a moving piece of music. Pick something stirring, whether it’s a song that is rich in meaning for you as a couple, a selection of emotive lyrics or simply a piece that sums up the moment. ‘Trumpet Voluntary’ ‘Canon in D Major’ Pachelbel ‘Carolan’s Welcome’ Turlough O’Carolan ‘A Moment Like This’ Leona Lewis ‘The Nightingale’ Deborah Henson-Conant ‘The Flower Duet’ Leo Delibes ‘One Day Like This’ Elbow ‘Adagio for Strings’ Barber ‘Cavatina’ from ‘The Deer Hunter’ John Williams ‘Fields of Gold’ Eva Cassidy First Movement of ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’ Mozart

‘Moondance’ Van Morrison ‘Have I Told You Lately’ Van Morrison ‘Nessun Dorma’ Puccini ‘Better Together’ Jack Johnson ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’ Mascagni ‘Brandenburg Concerto in G Major’ Bach

THE PARTY The music really takes over now. Whether you envision a classic cheese fest, a groove-tastic funk band or even a selection of Cornish folk tunes, choose music that reflects your tastes as a couple, while appealing to a good cross section of your guests. ‘Let’s Stay Together’ Al Green ‘Good Times’ Chic ‘Celebration’ Kool & The Gang ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ Stevie Wonder ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’ Aretha Franklin ‘Higher and Higher’ Jackie Wilson ‘I’m Yours’ Jason Mraz ‘Into Your Arms’ The Lemonheads ‘Sway’ Bic Runga

THE INTERLUDE Music during the ceremony will aid the flow of proceedings, enhance the atmosphere and entertain your guests while you’re signing the register. Make it personal and ambient. ‘Amazing Grace’

‘Paragon Rag’ Scott Joplin ‘The Entertainer’ Scott Joplin ‘Over the Rainbow’ Eva Cassidy ‘Mamma Mia’ ABBA ‘I’ve Had The Time of my Life’ Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes ‘You Never Can Tell’ Chuck Berry ‘White Wedding’ Billy Idol

‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ Stevie Wonder ‘I Say A Little Prayer’ Aretha Franklin ‘You’ve Gotta Friend’ James Taylor ‘Chasing Cars’ Snow Patrol ‘Thank You’ Led Zeppelin ‘Angel’s Hymns’ Rhett Barnwell


Top tuneage tips from newly weds…

‘Make You Feel My Love’ Bob Dylan ‘Air on a G String’ Bach ‘Meditation’ from ‘Thais’ Massenet ‘Celebrated Minuet’ Boccherini ‘Ave Maria’ Schubert

“We walked into Barbara Streisand’s ‘Evergreen’ – the words are beautiful – and walked out to Dolly Parton’ ‘Love is Like a Butterfly’, which worked really well.

music that reflects the emotions of the moment; from classical strings to

I would recommend playing music during the wedding breakfast as it really adds to the atmosphere. I also think the choice of second song is as important as the first and should be something funky that will get

classic rock, make sure it’s a sound that typifies you and your love.

everybody up to dance with you.” Sarah Wright

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‘Sheebeg and Sheemore’ Turlough O’Carolan ‘Water Music’ Handel ‘Music for the Royal Fireworks’ Handel Final Movement from ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’ Mozart

It was spine-tingling in that setting, with all the guests stood in between the small box hedges and my soon-to-be hubby waiting for me. When I listen to it now, it instantly transports me back to that moment – silence

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apart from the soft crunch of gravel under mine and my dad’s feet as we slowly walked through the garden to the beautiful acoustic sound.”


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Now the fun really starts. Play some upbeat music as your guests mingle and sup on bubbly. Whether it’s jazz and blues, gospel and soul or a selection of classic love songs, the smooth sounds will set the tone for a chilled and celebratory atmosphere.

“Our guests chose the music which we played in the background during our wedding breakfast.

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We had several friends (with good musical taste!) make us mix CDs, and the songs ranged from opera and classical to a bit of Billy Idol and some old Motown. We loved every track and listened to them all again on our drive to Gatwick the next day for our honeymoon.” Esther Davenport

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Honeymooning closer to home is the new far-flung holiday. wed picks out Cornwall’s most romantic hideaways words Rebecca Matthews

Let’s face it – with all this talk of volcanic ash clouds, cabin crew strikes and carbon emissions, there’s never been a better time to honeymoon in Cornwall. And, given the choice of utterly idyllic places to stay, you can look forward to long dreamy days of relaxation with your new spouse without the headache of airports and endless journeys. Who needs the tropics anyway? From beach shacks to converted ale wagons, the choice is as hip as it is achingly distinctive. We’ve scoured the county to bring you the most inspired settings for some loved up downtime. Prepare to fall hook, line and sinker…

The beach hut hut is Welcome to your very own love shack. Built in the 1920s, this cosy beach own nestled in a wildly romantic setting, affording you exclusive access to your coast. north the of cliffs lar spectacu the private wilderness of sea, sands and by Seductively close to the elements, the clapperboard exteriors are licked rds, the sea spray and pummelled by the breeze; inside, the stripped floorboa whitewashed wood walls and simple furnishings ooze laidback seaside style. the Wile away a few heavenly days pounding the coastal path and reclining before asleep fall sea views, enjoying candlelit dinners and stargazing on the deck – and every night to the sound of the surf. Bliss. Unique Home Stays



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The chic retreat Nestled amidst a beautiful stretch of landscape close to Mevagissey and The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Lower Barn is a dreamy sanctuary for honeymooners with a taste for boutique style and rural relaxation. The charms of this rather distinctiv e guesthouse lie in its sumptuously designed rooms, the warm service and the heavenly hot tub, a blissful spot to lie back and gaze at the stars. There is also a gym, a range of holistic therapies available in a tipi and the cosy ‘Shack’ where you can tuck into a delicious candlelit meal before an open fire. A love den with a laidback beach hut feel set in its own garden, ‘The Hideawa y’ is perfect for honeymooners. Fusing vibrant design, a freestanding bath and a super king size bed, this makes a gorgeous setting for your modern love story. And the breakfast? One word: amazing. Lower Barn 01726 844881 |

The ale wagon Spend your first days of wedded bliss in the novel setting of a 1940s GWR ale wagon. Once used to ferry goods back and forth on Britain’s railways, a Maiden Ale Wagon has retired to a pretty corner of Cornwall to provide truly unique holiday experience for couples with a taste for the offbeat. The wagon has been lovingly licked into shape to create a romantic garden bedroom complete with an original cast iron double bedstead and oak furniture. Maiden comes with her own sunny cottage which boasts a roomy open plan kitchen and lounge with patio doors, a wood-burner and comfy sofa. Located in a pretty garden, you are afforded total privacy to enjoy the delights of the surrounds: toast marshmallows on the campfire, watch for shooting stars and fall asleep to the hooting of owls and the rustle of grasses as rabbits return to their home beneath the nearby hedging. Quirky Holidays Cornwall 01579 370219 |


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The boutique B&B Blending historic character with contemporary comfort, Coswarth House is a stylish retreat for newlyweds lusting after a seaside break. Worlds

away from the bustle of Padstow ’s nearby harbour, spend a heavenly few

days soaking up the tranquility of this secluded setting and its panoramic views across the Camel Estuary to Rock. You might even take a day trip in a classic VW campervan with a picnic hamper full of local produce and a

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The Brunyee Suite is the perfect love nest for honeymooners. Fusing a palette of soft blue and cream and French shabby chic inspired décor, it makes for a stylish and soothing setting to unwind. The stunning bathroom

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The retro caravan The star of this issue’s bridal fashion spread, ‘Summer Loving’, Love Lane Caravans’ boutique classic caravans make cosy bolt holes for couples seeking romance and escapism. Each caravan is lovingly restored and kitted out for the ultimate nostalgic holiday, complete with vintage kitchenware, paraffin lamps, mismatched china tea sets and games. Located near St Keverne on the edge of the Lizard Peninsula, the Love Lane campsite has beaches and acres of farmland nearby, while the close proximity of Roskilly’s Farm means delicious ice cream is never in short supply. Relish the joys of simple living: explore the tranquil beauty of the surrounds, catch a snooze on a hammock and, as night falls, fire up the barbecue and cuddle up next to the fire. Love Lane Caravans 01326 340406 |



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The gatehouse getaway me landscape of the Caerhays Estate, Steeped in history and set in the subli ded setting to chill out and discover a seclu Bottom Lodge offers a truly unique corner of Cornwall. and nally one half of the castle gatehouse Built in 1808, Bottom Lodge was origi ll you’ , ever how e, character today. Insid the exterior retains its stirring historic plan open from the king size bed and find contemporary style and comfort, gs and chic furnishings. lounge/diner to the handcrafted fittin of beautiful Porthluney beach, the cosy Just a stone’s throw from the sands le – en and idyllic views of Caerhays Cast retreat comes with a large private gard on hes ion. With a choice of walks and beac making for an achingly romantic locat a taste paradise for outdoorsy couples with the doorstep, this chic hideaway is a for life’s little luxuries. Niche Retreats 01872 870600 | www.nicheretreat

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A work of art makes a truly distinctive wedding gift to treasure. Let wed inspire with this captivating collective of creative talents words Hannah May

JASON WALKER One of only about 50 in the country, Jason is a member of The Royal Society of Portrait Painters – an honour that alludes to his boundless talent and wondrous work. Eyeing everyday objects and sensitively transforming them into characterised and subtle statements of awe and grace, Jason infuses a rare light, adding dimension and detail to produce precocious paintings. Jason originally trained at Falmouth College of Art and now works from the Trewarveneth Street Studios, which is part of the The Borlaise Smart and John Wells Trust in Newlyn. Taking private commissions, Jason’s distinct depictions and resulting variety of portraiture has seen his acclaimed career continue to flourish. Following a number of notable exhibitions, he has amassed a tally of awards, including prizes in the Discerning Eye Exhibition, the Hunting Art Prize, the Holburne Portrait Prize and for the past five years he has exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery’s BP Portrait Award. Whether you desire a portrait or a depiction of your wedding gown, Jason takes private commissions to create a bespoke work of art, celebrating the beauty of your union in sublime style.



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Fed up with fine china sets and kitchen appliances? If you’re struggling with the gift list issue, then step outside the box. These days, many couples cohabit before marriage and, by the time they reach the altar, they’re already well stocked with all the domestic goods they need. Of course, if your kettle is kaputt or you fancy some new bed linen, it’s a savvy step to create a gift list accordingly. However, if you’d rather not deliberate over the merits between a classic and a deluxe, then why not consider something altogether different and utterly bespoke?

Cornwall is a renowned artistic centre. From St Ives to the Newlyn School and all in-between

Art is not just for galleries and museums – something to momentarily muse upon as you rush on by whilst mentally writing your to-do list. It’s a palpable and powerful entity that can serve as a stunning gift from (or to) your guests and loved ones. Whether you believe, like Oscar Wilde, that life imitates art or you just possess an appreciation for beauty, selfexpression and individual forms of representation, there is a space for it not just in the mind or heart, but in any household. It needn’t be a rare collector’s item or historic artefact. Encompassing a practically infinite range of disciplines and eras, a multitude of mediums and forms – whether you wish for an ornate and one-off vase, statement piece of jewellery or pop-art print, invite art into your newlywed world. Cornwall is a renowned artistic centre. From St Ives to the Newlyn School and all in-between, a rich and diverse collective of artists continually create timeless and personal pieces that will serve as an instant and perpetual reminder and testament of your love.

CALLY GIBSON Cally’s inimitable style of illustration seamlessly blends her original design with professional purpose. Covering a wide range of subjects with her storybook style, her wedding illustrations make for a defining and diverse record. Cally’s images are inspired, spirited and imbued with personal flair, while covering a selection of concepts. Her handiwork has a colourful and kitsch element, whilst capturing the magical and romantic aspect of marriage within modern media. Producing portraits on demand, Cally has an aptitude for people portrayal that is both realistic and artistically aspirational. Whether you wish to illustrate your wedding venue, spouse-to-be or anything that conveys your coupledom – have it sketched with style for an enduring image of love.


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STEPHANIE PACE Attributing her new range of porcelain pieces to her “love of design and


ceramic forms”, Stephanie Pace has engaged in lengthy research and experimentations to create a stunning selection of contemporary art.

Debbie Lord’s captivating range of finely produced fused glass art will brighten any wall space. Capturing colour and light with a focus on contemporary and cheerful

Stephanie’s unique collection of finely textured ceramics, entitled ‘Cubes &

creativity, Debbie’s simple ethos is evident in every individual offering.

Bottles’, echoes 1950s’ design. A combined colour palette of cool but strong blues, greens, limes and turquoises, contrasts against a white and luxurious

“I create pictures that make me happy and hope they evoke a positive feeling in

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others, either as a memento of a special place, or simply as a colourful picture to escape a grey day.”

A focal aspect to the designs is the use of crude black or white outlines with 1950s’ inspired designs applied using a combination of different techniques

Self-taught, her innate gift for glasswork communicates her adoration for

and firing processes. The porcelain forms that result include tall sculptural

Cornwall, where she relocated to raise her family 14 years ago. Conveying

jugs, plates and wall art, whose shapes have a sensuous quality, betraying the

calmness with a vibrant style, Debbie’s bold colouring and simple shapes vividly

juxtaposition that lies at the core of Stephanie’s alluring aesthetic.

reflect a county and culture with inspired energy.

Each creation makes a stunning focal point for your living space. Browse

Sourcing ideas mostly from British seascapes and coastlines, place and light

Stephanie’s work at the Lighthouse Gallery in Penzance for some fabulous gift

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a cornish celebration Alex and Erica Alex and Erica first met during their second year at the University of California Santa Cruz. “We were distant friends for over two and a half years before we figured out that we fancied each other!” Erica remarks. Soon after they became a couple, Alex moved home to England and Erica moved to Los Angeles. Apart for a year to the day, the pair travelled between London and Los Angeles, Cornwall and Siskiyou County to be together before Erica moved to London in January 2009. In April of that year, they became engaged.   The ceremony was held at The Fowey Hotel and was followed by champagne and strawberries in the tea garden overlooking the river. An afternoon tea with “lashings of clotted cream” and Cornish storytelling by Will Coleman preceded the arrival of the Town Crier who led the pair on a procession through Fowey. Alex and Erica strode to Gallants Sailing Club, followed by Cornish bagpipes and the wedding party. “The procession was much more powerful and moving than any of us expected. Not only having our family and friends walk behind us, but having the Town Crier ring us through the town as people came out of the shops and cheered us on!” With dark purple tulips as the inspiration for their colours, the scheme was simply carried in the flowers, the details of the outfits and the best men’s ties. The evening buffet included Italian and Spanish meats, a ‘cake’ of cheeses, fresh quiches, stuffed peppers and fine breads. Alex’s best man and brother was the MC for the evening, and a series of special performances by family and friends ensued while another family friend assumed the role of DJ.   The Icelandic volcanic ash cloud scuppered the couple’s plans for a honeymoon in Dubrovnik, Croatia; they’ve since decided that the trip will mark their first anniversary. They did, however, manage to escape for a few days’ respite at a friend’s Cornish farmhouse.  Their favourite moments include, “seeing each other for the first time and having a few minutes to ourselves before walking down the aisle” and “escaping to take photos and then being invited onto a sail boat to take photos posed behind the wheel.” And their top advice for other couples? “There is no right way to do it – do what’s meaningful to you and it will make the day so much more memorable for everybody.” 

The venue The Fowey Hotel, Fowey 01726 832125 | Fowey Gallants Sailing Club 01726 832335 | Erica’s dress Jenny Yoo from The English Department, Portland USA Alex’s suit Gresham Blake, Brighton Photography Cornish Wedding Photography 01872 553350 |



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chic by the beach Victoria and Mike A collusion of fate triggered Victoria and Mike’s first meeting when their worlds collided during a night out that neither should have been attending. Numbers were exchanged and romance flourished, culminating in a vibrant waterside wedding. Victoria, her parents and bridesmaids spent the morning of the wedding preparing in style, enjoying some pampering and champagne. The pretty party was ready for the off in a cream Daimler whilst the groom and best man arrived in similarly cool mode via an Aston Martin. The service was held at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Falmouth where family friend and Deacon, Paul Reddington, conducted affairs. “It was personal and perfect”, comments Victoria, who wore a show-stopping Maggie Sottero gown. The newlyweds headed off for a photo shoot on Gyllyngvase Beach before meeting and greeting guests at St Michael’s Hotel and Spa for a lavish reception. The venue was vibrantly tied into the purple colour scheme, where floral arrangements by Designer Wedding Flowers stunned everyone with an artistic array of enormous orchids and vivid hues. The wedding breakfast consisted of a trio of melon or tomato and basil soup, roast Cornish beef with Yorkshire pudding, vegetables and red wine jus, roasted salmon with crushed potatoes, spinach and saffron beurre, and blanc cumin roasted butternut squash and sweet potato with fruity couscous and tzatziki. Sticky toffee pudding or glazed lemon tart with clotted cream was the feast’s finger-licking finale. Speeches followed the food, where Victoria’s father, the groom and best man Carl delivered emotive orations, despite their nerves. There was some time to mingle before the evening party began, which allowed the couple to step out and schmooze with their loved ones. Kernow Entertainment provided the pair with Jay Washington and Baseline DJ. “Both were fantastic and had the guests dancing all night. Jay was outstanding and a few guests thought it was a CD!” Mike and Victoria honeymooned for two weeks in the Dominican Republic, “We switched off completely and enjoyed the relaxation after the busy build up! It was pure paradise.” Victoria offers some advice to other couples: “Spend time researching photographers, make up artists, cars, florists, entertainment etc. We were delighted with every single person that helped make our day so special. They were all so helpful during the planning and at the wedding, which meant we could just completely relax and enjoy the most special day of our lives.”

The venue St Mary’s Catholic Church, Falmouth followed by St Michael’s Hotel and Spa, Falmouth 01326 312707 | The dress Maggie Sottero The flowers Designer Wedding Flowers 01872 520005 | Photography Life Photographic 01209 860101 |



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rural romance Laura and Dave Having been together since the tender age of 18, Laura and Dave maintained a long-distance relationship throughout their university years before finally tying the knot nine years later. A low-key, country-themed affair saw Trevenna as the perfect backdrop to their blush-coloured nuptials. With exclusive use of the venue for the entire weekend, the couple staged a barbecue with bubbly for 40 guests on the Friday evening, allowing all to relax and mingle before the big day. The next day, guests gathered around the small arbour for an “incredibly beautiful, intimate ceremony” as the sweet smell of pink and ivory peonies with ranunculi and roses wafted through the air. A Pimm’s reception with canapés allowed guests to further bask in the glorious sunshine before the wedding breakfast was served under an adjoining marquee. A mouthwatering menu was created and cooked by Richard Nicholls at Trevenna, where goats cheese mousse with red onion chutney or Cornish mackerel in thyme and ginger butter was followed by Cornish neck of lamb or salmon and roasted fennel. Dessert was either a delectable duo of chocolate mousse or baked raspberry cheesecake. “All the food was locally sourced and absolutely delicious,” Laura comments. The day was personalised in a number of ways. The two best men gave a laugh-out-loud speech accompanied by a slideshow of various photos from Dave’s past. Flipbooks of the images were placed on each table for additional amusement. The couple’s iPod provided the background music for the ceremony and the reception; in the evening, guests partied to live band, The Talent, and feasted on cupcakes made by a bridesmaid. “A particular memory was being in the middle of a surging crowd stomping around to the band’s rendition of ‘Five Hundred Miles’ by The Proclaimers: priceless!” recalls Laura. After the wedding, Laura and Dave spent a few days of indulgence at the Dart Marina Spa in Dartmouth. They are in the process of planning a break next year in the Caribbean. They are eager to offer advice to future bride and grooms. In particular, they highlight that it’s worth investing in “an amazing photographer – worth every penny! An awesome band, again, is worth every penny.” “Remember to take advice from your venue – it’s obviously important to keep your own ideas and individuality, but the team at the venue are in the best position to advise whether something will work or not. The attention to detail at Trevenna was incredible – nothing was too much to ask for.”

The venue Trevenna, St Neot 07872 647730 | The dress Justin Alexander from Vu’s Bridal Boutique, Wadebridge 01208 815440 | Photography Kirstin Prisk 01209 211821 |



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fun in the sun Rachel and Frank Although Rachel and Frank first met ten years ago, it wasn’t until six years later that they got together. Hailing from Southampton, their guests decamped to Roserrow for their wedding and spent a glorious few days in the Cornish sunshine. The styling was as pretty as it was stylish: the stationery through to the flowers carried a butterflies theme, while the colour scheme blended sage green with soft pink accents. Rachel was delighted to wake to blue skies on the wedding day. Making her entrance through a stunning archway arrangement of flowers, Rachel and Frank took their vows in the atmospheric church, scented by an abundance of lilies and gerberas. After an emotional ceremony, the couple took some time out to themselves on Daymer Bay and paddled in the shallows before returning to Roserrow. The food went down a treat. Roserrow’s head chef Ryan Tomkins more than cut the culinary mustard with the delectable array of dishes, which included the likes of breaded Cornish brie with sweet chutney and dressed leaves to start, rib eye steak and pan-fried local sea bass with basil beurre blanc for the main course followed by Eton mess and a to-die-for chocolate fondant. Then there were "the most scrumptious cupcakes we've ever tasted!" made by Marie at Rock Bakery. “The view over the golf course out to sea was amazing,” reflects Rachel, “and the sunset cast a gorgeous orange light on us during our first dance.” A “brilliant set of speeches” and a groovy party, which saw some “memorable dance moves” from the grooms’ party, rounded off a fantastic day. “Don’t worry about the tiny details,” Rachel advises. “A friend commented that it wasn’t the beautiful little touches that made the day – it was the setting, the company, the atmosphere and the love that they saw between us on the day – something I’ll remember forever!” She adds, “Video the service and the speeches. I picked up on so much that I had missed or forgotten so it’s lovely to have that to relive it for years to come.”  The venue St Enodoc Church, Trebetherick followed by Roserrow Golf and Country Club, Polzeath 01208 863000 | The dress Phil Collins from Josephine’s Bridal Collection, Southampton 023 8063 2341 | The flowers Country Flowers, Lostwithiel 01208 872043 | Photography Apple Photographic 01637 852762 |



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winter magic Rosie and Jay One of Rosie’s work pals set her up with Jay and a mutual attraction translated into a series of dates. Several months later, he proposed at twilight on the tropical sands of Koh Samui, Thailand. When Rosie discovered that she was pregnant six months prior to their November wedding, the happy news prompted a dress dilemma. Her Jenny Packham dress didn’t allow room for her growing bump and, after much deliberation, she bought a second Jenny Packham dress, which proved a flattering cut for her shape. The wedding styling was classic and simple; the bridesmaid dresses, cravats and stationery were turquoise (Rosie’s favourite colour), which coordinated perfectly with the décor at St Michaels Hotel. The flowers had a classic theme with a vintage twist, combining white roses, Mexican daisies and ivy. Rosie shimmied down the aisle of Kea Church to ‘Pachelbel’s Canon’ on the acoustic guitar. “As I walked down the aisle, I felt a bit worried as Jay didn’t turn around,” she reflects. “When I got there, even his eyes were smiling and he told me I looked the most beautiful he’d ever seen me. I later found out that it’s supposed to be bad luck to look down the aisle at your future bride.” Dire Straits’ ‘Romeo and Juliet’ played while the newly weds departed to the peal of church bells. “To be honest, I don’t even remember hearing them as I was so busy being Mrs Durber!” comments Rosie. King Harry Coaches whisked guests to the waterside reception, while Rosie and Jay enjoyed a ride in an Austin Sheer Line Convertible. Mulled wine, cream and jam scones and warmed fish cakes made for a lip-smacking arrival, while the hearty sit-down dinner included warm asparagus salad followed by roasted lamb shank and warm sticky toffee pudding. DJ Kris Cool revved up the party atmosphere, with a play list that saw everyone dancing into the night. Due to their imminent arrival, the couple honeymooned two months prior to the wedding in the Maldives. Now proud parents to baby Poppie, they have fond memories of their day. “It took us a year and a half to plan the wedding, which was a perfect amount of time – we didn’t have to rush and explored lots of options from the invitations to the venue.” Rosie adds, “However, we always had in mind that as long as we were both there to say ‘I do’, what else did we need?”   The venue Kea Church near Truro followed by St Michael’s Hotel and Spa, Falmouth 01326 312707 | The dress Jenny Packham from County Cream, Truro 01872 262271 | The flowers Izella Rose, Falmouth 01326 313139 | Photography Andrew Hawker 01637 877228 |



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love on the quayside Katie and Liam Katie and Liam met while studying at Oxford Brookes University. Seven years of co-habiting, a dog and two cats later, Liam popped the question in inspired style: after paragliding off a mountain during a skiing holiday in France. A fusion of seaside elements and spring colours set the tone for their May wedding. Katie made the centrepieces with shells, sand and flowers and hand engraved the guests’ names onto pebbles for a personal touch. The floral arrangements were visions of seasonal flowers, including white avalanche roses, lilac and lily of the valley. The wedding took place in the stunning setting of Feock, the local church making for a beautiful backdrop to the ceremony. “Canon Peter Walker and the choir made the service extra special,” reflects Katie. “And walking out of the church to the bells ringing was wonderful.” With the bride looking resplendent in a pair of white wellies, the newlyweds crossed the creek by boat and arrived at the marquee reception to the cheers of their guests. Despite the many challenges of the historic quayside location, the team from Absolute Canvas ensured the marquee was an absolute stunner with views out to sea. The Round Kitchen served a delicious feast. The canapés of sweet and savoury scones proved a particular crowd pleaser. For the starter, a tiger prawn and Cornish crab salad tickled taste buds followed by a steak and Skinners Cornish ale puff pastry parcel served with vegetables and a rich red wine sauce. Individual lemon and white chocolate cheesecakes made for mouthwatering desserts. Entertainment was a priority for the couple. They created a series of CDs to play during the drinks reception and meal, while Luke Warm Caricatures amused guests with his artwork. Spectrum Party Band, a six-piece from Bristol, revved up the party atmosphere with their programme of old and new hits, while Liam surprised guests with a special line-dancing performance, which the girls had learnt on the hen party. “We had the most wonderful party with all the guests dancing, singing and having a truly brilliant time. We really didn’t want it to end.” Despite the threat of volcanic ash and cabin crew strikes, the loved up pair jetted off to Thailand for their honeymoon. “Relax. Take each task as it comes and make the decisions that you want.” Katie advises other brides. “I lost so much weight the week before the wedding my dress didn’t fit on the day! Make sure you try it on at least the day before.”

The venue Feock Church followed by a quayside marquee reception Absolute Canvas 01326 375747 | The dress Roz La Kelin from Bliss Bridal Gowns 01872 573377 |   The flowers George Mackay Flowers 07852 405311 | Photography Platinum Wedding Photos 01637 818065 |  



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down by the sea Jasmine and Gareth A mutual passion for the surf united beach lovers Jasmine and Gareth, whose utterly unique proposal carried the theme of the day. Having originally met in a bar, it wasn’t long before they realised that their love for the deep sea extended toward each other, providing a poignant place for their Porthtowan proposal. It was just the two of them out back at the Flat Rocks’ break and Jasmine was paddling back toward Gareth as he unveiled an engagement ring attached to a fishing float that he had concealed in a waterproof bag in his wetsuit. “It was the most perfect way that someone could have proposed to me,” Jasmine recalls. She awoke on the wedding day to discover a gift from her fiancé in the form of a bottle of pink champagne alongside a new surfboard shaped by Gareth and his friend Dave. The groom’s party went for a surf at North Fistral whilst Jasmine and her maid of honour did their hair and make up at the apartment. Following a spring theme for their March wedding at St Agnes church, the local spring flowers created a natural yellow and purple scheme that was complemented by the bridesmaids’ buttercup gowns. At the church, friends Hannabeth and Ben sang an acoustic set before the newlyweds left under a guard of honour from the couples’ underwater hockey team holding their hockey sticks. After photos at Wheal Coates, the pair headed to the reception at the New Harbour Restaurant. Delicious dishes on the menu included fish cakes, chicken soup and a goats cheese tartlet followed by roast pollock, roast beef or vegetable risotto. A personalised play list provided the entertainment for the wedding breakfast and the choreographed first dance, whereupon their friend’s band took to the stage. A surfing trip to Costa Rica was extended by a week due to the volcanic ash cloud, where the pair rented a car and worked their way up the west coast – a fitting way to round off such an oceanic affair.

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modern fairytale Carly and Ali Carly and Ali met in a bar in Falmouth four years before Ali’s romantic Parisian proposal in a restaurant on the Champs Elysées. Their wedding was all about the fairytale factor with a twist of exotic style. White lanterns and fairy lights cast a magical glow around Pendennis Castle; the white theme continued with the flowers: Carly’s bouquet was a fusion of white ranunculus and gypsophila, while the table arrangements comprised big balls of gypsophila cascading from tall clear vases. Wrapped in white chocolate ruffles, Nicky Grant’s show-stopping cake was a vision of indulgence, while the bridesmaids’ long black evening dresses and the groomsmens’ black suits and skinny ties proved the perfect contrast. The wedding took place on “the windiest and coldest day you could imagine,” reflects Carly, the backdrop of Pendennis Castle and restless seas heightening the sense of drama. Stevie Wonder’s ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ and Florence and the Machine’s ‘You Got The Love’ played during the beautiful ceremony, after which champagne was supped in the castle barracks before a King Harry coach whisked the guests to the Greenbank Hotel.   Guests were treated to a surprise interlude during the feast, which included smoked salmon, lamb shank, potato gnocchi, apple pie and chocolate torte. In celebration of Ali’s Moroccan heritage, a belly dancer wowed the guests to Moroccan music. “It was wonderful to see everyone’s faces!” says Carly. Female guests were even given traditional slippers as favours from Ali’s home city of Marrakech. The dancing and feasting continued into the night with a disco and a hearty evening buffet of curry and rice and chips served in a cone. Buzzing from their “amazing” honeymoon in New York, Carly reflects, “I really wouldn’t change a thing about our day. I advise future brides and grooms to plan the day that you want. In years to come, all you’ve got is memories and you want them to be amazing.”

The venue Pendennis Castle, Falmouth 0844 824 6727 | The Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth 01326 312440 | The dress Pronuptia, Truro 01872 273970 | The flowers George Mackay Flowers 07852 405311 | Photography David Sterratt 07525 618369 |



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