Emma & David’s Marquee Wedding at The Beach Meadow, Caerhays Estate
Cornwall is a stunning part of the UK, from lush green countryside to the wild waves and sandy beaches which line the coast, it is an outdoor lovers paradise. Emma & David embraced what they love about Cornwall with all the wonderful things they enjoy doing as a couple, and compacted it into their very own special day to share among family and friends. We could not be more happy to share with you today the award winning photography of Ross Talling, who captured Emma and David’s wedding with all its personality and Cornish delight. Enjoy!
Emma says “We both love living in Cornwall and spend as much of our free time as possible outside, on the water, in the water, cycling and running. We didn’t want to have a ‘theme’ as such but gravitated towards using a traditional a Cornish sign post that we regularly cycle past as a motif on our stationary and went on to make a life size replica that was used as signage at the reception. We also majored on our passion for cycling and used bikes on our stationary and reconditioned two old road bikes and suspended them from the ceiling of the marquee as a centre piece. We used a lot of copper to keep the detail modern and fresh. We made candlesticks for the tables, place settings and a concrete cast cake stand with copper frame. Finally, there was a strong blue and white stripe presence throughout the wedding: striped bunting, striped ties and stripes appearing on all of the stationery. If I was to sum up the look we were going for it would probably be ‘relaxed elegance.’”
Tell us a little bit about your dress and its details?
My dress was predominantly lace and had no structure. I wanted something simple but still bridal. I was conscious that our reception was in a field and didn’t want anything too formal.
Who was your dress designer and boutique?
My dress was a Claire Pettibone (Cheyenne) bought from the Bridal hoise of Cornwall in Truro.
Could you give us a little detail about any of your accessories?
I borrowed my sisters veil, used an old pair of pearl and diamond drop earrings and had simple Rainbow club shoes. When I took my veil off I had a slide with fresh flowers on to put in my hair.
Tell us a little bit about your bridesmaids/ groomsmen/ flower girls/ page boys.
My sister was my matron of honour and we had 3 other bridesmaids – David’s sister and two of my close friends.
David had his best friend as his best man and then 3 other groomsmen: my brother, my brother in law and another close friend.
David and all the groomsmen suits were all French Connection. David wore a Reiss waistcoat.
Who did your make-up and hair?
I had Inkfish Hair Design do my hair and the bridesmaids and Stacey Cremin did our makeup.
Did you work within a Budget? If so how did you allocate it?
We had an initial budget which was revised on several occasions! We were resourceful where possibly with decoration and detail but had a number of key elements that we were prepared to spend on to ensure quality: catering, cake, flowers, photography, videography and entertainment.
Could you describe your ceremony and details?
We had a traditional church ceremony with some personal touches. Our good friend did the address and another led the prayers.
I walked down the aisle to ‘Forces of Attraction’ by Johann Johannsson from The Theory of Everything.
Did you have any specific readings?
We had a Song of Solomon for our bible reading and an extract from Winnie the Pooh as a second reading.
We designed all of our stationery which David particularly enjoyed. For our save the date we created a film that we filmed ourselves with the help of some friends and a drone. We filmed ourselves cycling to the beach at Caerhays (Porthluney) where we wrote ‘Join us here 24-06-17’ in giant letters in the sand. The drone captured it all from above and it looked epic!
We sent the save the date postcards to all of our guests with a link to our website that had the video saved on it.
For our invites we used used a similar style design that we had used for the save the dates and also designed and made branded tote bags with our signpost motif that we branded as ‘official flip flop carriers’ for the wedding. The invites and bags were sent in slimline boxes to all of our guests.
On our wedding day it was lovely to see that many of the guests did actually bring their bags with their flip flops.
As well as all of the usual stationery that you would expect on the big day we also designed stickers to stick on the plastic glasses used at the bar and for our personalised bags of confetti.
Can you tell us about your reception venue?
We had a marquee supplied by Coast to Coast marquees at the beach meadow, Caerhays.Opting for an un-lined marquee with festoon lighting and long trestle tables for a rustic feel. Caerhays is an area that we regularly cycle through and the beach below the meadow (Porthluney) is one that we both have come to since our childhoods.
We hired deckchairs from Stargazey Hire and bought hay bails which were all placed outside the marquee. We bought a variety of beach games, buckets and spades and even striped towels for guests to use.
Other details and decor, were there any personal touches?
We made a lot of signage for the day using wooden signs and letters laser cut by Cut by Beam. For the table names, bar sign and cake sign we used concrete and copper piping to secure the wooden signs too. David designed and had laser cut bike cuff links for the grooms men and himself.
What did you do for entertainment?
We had David’s uncle play the guitar whilst guests arrived and enjoyed arrival drinks and canapés. For the wedding breakfast we put together our own playlist, and In the evening we had the band Skin Tight Funk alongside a DJ who played in between their sets.
What did you do for food?
We used Jane Meredew for our catering. She completely embraced our picnic vision (in homage to our engagement) and made an array of delicious picnic goodies accompanied by salads, home made chutneys and dressings. The picnics were served to the tables in large hampers which guests shared between themselves. The wedding breakfast was fun and plentiful. For dessert we had a cream tea served with fresh strawberries….In the evening we served pasties (obviously!) and cheese.
What was your cake like?
We had a very simple cake designed and made by Peboryon.
The cake consisted of two different types of sponge spread over three tiers – lemon and elderflower and a cherry and amaretto.
The cake was iced white and a subtle striped bow was added with a copper tag with the date of the wedding.
Where did you save money and how did you splurge?
We did a lot of the creative elements of the wedding ourselves which reduced costs in some ways.
Tell us briefly how you both met as a couple?
We met initially whilst at primary school as we both played violin in the same orchestra. We both moved to a different orchestra as we grew older. Our first date took place after David ditched the violin at secondary school for playing rugby. After he left the orchestra I found his number and sent him a text message…13 years later we were getting married!
Please share a little bit about the proposal?
We holidayed on the Isles of Scilly together with my family early on in our relationship and in particular had camped on Bryher a number of times. For his proposal, David emailed my boss to arrange a days holiday and organised a surprise trip back to Bryher. He proposed on our favourite beach, Rushy Bay, over a picnic of rings (party rings, hula hoops and haribo rings) with a book of photos covering the previous 13 years. We stayed at the Hell Bay hotel that evening, it was PERFECT!
What are your top tips for other couples getting married outdoors?
Don’t stress about the weather! It’s something you will obsess with up until the day of the wedding but try not to. We didn’t have the best weather on our day but I felt relaxed as I knew we had a large supply of umbrellas and I had a pair of striped wellies on standby just in case.
What were your three most memorable moments from the day?
1. When I walked into the church and we saw each other for the first time.
2. The drive between the church and the reception – we were alone for half an hour having just got married, it was quite overwhelming sharing our feelings on the day so far.
3. The speeches – I love a good speech and the trio of speakers did not disappoint!
A special thank you to Emma & David, we wish you a life time of happiness together as you go forward into married life. As well as a big thank you to Ross Talling who was kind enough to share his beautiful photography with The Outside Bride.
Photography: Ross Talling
Videography: Foster Filming
Church: St Hydrocs church – Lanhydrock
Venue: Coast 2 Coast Marquees
Bridal Designer: Claire Pettibone
Bridal Boutique: Bridal house of Cornwall in Truro
Grooms Attire: French Connection
Hair: Inkfish Hair Design
Make up:Stacey Cremin
Flower: Mari at This Rugged Coast
Entertainment:Skin Tight Funk
Deck chairs: Stargazey Hire
Sign post: Cut by Beam