Mark and I met when he became my lodger, 10 years ago. We quickly became more than just housemates even though Mark disappeared to Australia for a year shortly after we had got together.
Seven happy years later Mark proposed on a Cornish cliff top, and our own wedding plans commenced. During the time we were planning our own wedding we were also renovating our new house, selling our old house, working full time...... oh and setting up Inspire Hire. So wedding planning didn't feature very highly on our to do list. It had to be simple!
We nearly opted for an Italian wedding, but after returning from a week in Italy on a planning trip, we took a stroll down to our local St Enedoc Church in Trebetherwick, and sat in the church yard. We looked at the view of our favorite beach, (Daymer Bay) and then at each other, and simultaneously said "It has got to be here".
We set about planning a simple seaside wedding. We wanted our guests to experience more than just a wedding! We hired a big holiday house, so that we could have our friends and family around us for the whole week of the wedding. We planned welcome drinks the night before the wedding at a local hotel, and a chose to have our wedding on a Friday, so that we could host a BBQ the day after the wedding before all our guests had to head home to the four corners of the world!
We found the brilliant Absolute Canvas and their lovely team who provided our modern framed marquee. They also provided our Bar and as a surprise with an Italian twist for Mark - The Mini Cam! The adorable Fee Turner, (who lives just around the corner) created a lovely Italian menu for us. We chose the talented Rickie Staple Photography to capture our day for us. Ricky not only takes amazing photographs, but has a lovely easy going manner, it was just like having an extra friend at the wedding snapping away! My hair and make up team (my dream team) were Sarah Hooper from Capella Cornwall and Ella Butler Make up.
We were keen to keep decor and work for ourselves to a minimum, so I chose simple scheme taking inspiration from my beloved Granny's aqua marine engagement ring. We used simple storm lanterns to decorate the tables. Two large vases graced the top table filled with blue delphiniums and topped with seafoam like babies breath. We injected the aqua colour with the paper lanterns, glass buoys and coloured water glasses. I scattered sea glass collected from beaches around the world along the tables. Simple but effective. We used beautiful oyster shell candles made from locally as favors for our guests.( Inspire Hire now stock these beautiful candles, which make great economical gifts.) Of course the marquee was finished off with the amazing Ghost Chairs!
I wanted hydrangeas to feature in the wedding as they remind me of my Granny's garden, and I love them! On the morning of the wedding I added hydrangeas and scallop shells to the floral arch at the church and rustled up some bouquets adorned with mother of pearl shells.
We walked to the church wearing our wedding wellys! My dress was blush pink from an Italian designer Le Sposa Di Gio. Mark wore a tailor made pale blue suit from Marc Wallace. My three best friends from school were my bridesmaids, dressed in navy blue dresses with aqua sashes. And Evie Rose, my dear friend Dani's daughter, was my perfect little flower girl.
St Enedoc Church is in the sand dunes behind Daymer Bay beach. After the ceremony we walked across the dunes and golf club for photos with our family. (Off came the Jimmy Chos, and on went the wedding flip flops!!)
The rain started as the Jazz band played on the lawn, and we all had to run up the garden to the marquee. We made a snap decision to do our first dance whilst the Jazz band played, and the rain hammered down. We followed it up with New York New York complete with the high kicks......and this was all before we had even sat down for our wedding breakfast. After our meal, we were entertained by Marks family. Three generations of Winsors resurrected the family band, as a suprise for us and entertained our guests.
Our day was very personal, relaxed and easy. We focused the small budget on the three things that were important to us. Location, Food and having our loved ones around us. Mark and I enjoyed every second of our wedding day, and would do it again like a shot! The wedding tips that I pass on to my clients are:
1) Don't take on too much yourself, the wedding week will be busy and you wont have as much time as you think. (Allow 3 times as long for each wedding related task as you think it might take!)
2) Consider DIY projects carefully, they dont always save you money, and they take up lots of time!
3) Give keen family members specific roles and jobs to do to keep them busy!
4) And finally If I was going to do it all again, the only thing I would change would be to use an On The Day Co-ordinator, to allow me to totally switch off on the day and not have to worry about timings, deal with suppliers etc!
I hope you enjoyed reading about my own wedding. Look out for lots of real wedding on the blog soon!