Saturday, 8 August 2015

My English Country Garden Wedding in Cornwall

For those of you who don't know, I got married three months ago to my best friend and fellow troublemaker, Mark. To not sound like a total cliche it was the best week of my life. I loved every, single second of it and it was even better than we could have predicted or planned. Sorry it's taken me so long to post about my vintage inspired, English country garden style wedding, but it's been an incredibly chaotic few months since the wedding and honeymoon.

The day wouldn't have been as memorable or as fun without all our wonderful friends and family who came down to Cornwall to celebrate with us. We extended the celebrations to a full week with our loved ones that included fun days on the beach, holing up in local pubs and having gigantic house parties.

We knew immediately that we wanted to have the celebrations in Cornwall, as all of my mum's family are from the small village of Kingsand and I've spent so much time there over the years.It's also the place that Mark proposed and over the seven years we've been together has also become a special place to him. While looking at venues, it was quite an easy decision to go with Mount Edgcumbe. I've been rolling down the hills and eating ice cream in The Orangery for as long as I can remember. So while it might look like another stately home in the UK, it was my ultimate setting for our wedding.

Q&A about the Wedding

Entrance music: Glenn Miller - Moonlight Serenade
Readings during ceremony: The Hands CeremonyMarriage Joins Two People
Favours: Sunglasses were handed out at the drinks reception and a mix tape (well, CD) of our songs from throughout the day was everyone's place setting at dinner
Menu: Antipasti, roast lamb and a trio of desserts
First Dance: Louis Armstrong - La Vie En Rose (as a nod to our New Orleans honeymoon!)
Funniest moment: That has to be between the photobooth madness, the 'Red Wine Bandits' on the dancefloor, going to the reception on a golf cart or the best man's speech, which involved a flip-chart with Mark's fashion crimes!
Favourite moment: There were so many, but it has to be when everyone had the left and we made our way to the honeymoon cottage on the grounds. We were the only ones left in this huge park and just strolled through the moonlight while stargazing
What was worth the headache: The DIY photobooth, the sunglasses and the CD favours
What wasn't: I can't think of a single thing!
Planning advice: Do your research! I was planning a wedding 300 miles away from where I live, so didn't ever meet a few of the suppliers face to face. Take time to find suppliers you like and plan in as much as you can. My day was made even more amazing by all the wonderful suppliers who worked together to create exactly what we'd asked for.
Honeymoon: New Orleans and Mexico - both thoroughly recommended!


Venue: Mount Edgcumbe Country House and The Orangery
Flowers and theming: Escential Blooms
Photographer: Richard Skins
Videographer: Electric Weddings
Hair & make-up: Rosie Finnigan from SalonX
Bride's dress: Silk + Satin
Groom's suit: Reiss
Bridesmaid dresses: M&S
Ushers suits: M&S
Stationary: Maya Moore
Cakes: Juicy Lucy Cupcakes
Lights: Glow Love Lights
Balloons: BubbleGum Balloons


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