I have a stunningly beautiful wedding to share with you today. Rebecca and Mark said ‘I do’ last Spring in rural Cornwall in the hopelessly quaint church of St Endonoc. It was a magical day, full of traditional values and was perfectly captured by the incredibly talented photographer Alan Law. The photos of Rebecca getting ready are so dreamy and utterly ethereal in her gorgeous dress and veil! I’m sure the couple will treasure these timeless images for many years to come! I just adore the beautiful floral arch outside the church and those bouquets…
‘My dress was from Morgan Davies in North London. I knew it was the one because I instantly felt relaxed when I put it on. I wasn’t fiddling with it or trying to adjust any part of it, it just felt so right. I wore a full length veil with a lace trim, also from Morgan Davies. I loved it as much, if not more, than the dress! My hair was very simple; it was styled in a bun with daisies in (my second name is Daisy!).’
‘The heel of my shoe got stuck in the grids right by the church and it took my four bridesmaids and my uncle to dislodge it. My bridesmaids were panicking but I was laughing; at that point I couldn’t have cared; I just wanted to see Mark and I was ready to walk down the aisle bare foot!’
THE CAKE: ‘Fee Turner made us a tier of chocolate brownies which she decorated with flowers -it looked amazing!’
REBECCA & MARK
DATE: 11th May 2013
THE PROPOSAL: Mark proposed while we were on holiday in the Lake District. It had rained all day but as we were driving back to our hotel after a meal out, Mark suggested we stopped by the lake and had a walk. Initially I tried to dissuade him (we had eaten so much at dinner and I was hoping we could get straight back to the hotel so I could get into my pyjamas!) It was a beautiful evening; the sky had finally cleared and no one else was about. Right by the lake, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was perfect. He had asked my Dad’s permission the week before too which was something that was very important to me.
THE VENUE: Mark and I are both quite traditional so a Church service was the obvious choice. We were married at St Enodoc, Trebetherick, Cornwall. My parents were married there (35 years ago) and I was christened there too!
Our reception was held at Trefelix (a private garden) a 2 minute walk from the church. We had hoped to have the marquee in the garden of my holiday house nearby but due to the slope of the garden, this wasn’t possible. I did however stay in my holiday house the week leading up to the wedding, wake up in it and get ready there so that was very special!
STYLE/ THEME: We were keen for a marquee rather than a hotel, barn or manor house because it meant we had control over the layout and general look and feel of it all. It made it more personal for us. We didn’t have a specific theme or style but we simply hoped to create a relaxed fun wedding with lots of good food and drink!
PHOTOGRAPHY: I found Alan Law online and he was coincidentally also the wedding photographer for a friend of my brothers the very weekend I spotted him online. He was brilliant; so unobtrusive on the day. The photos were beautiful; we have so many framed!
HAIR: I had a family friend do my hair. Fortunately she is a hair dresser so knew what she was doing! Initially I didn’t know how I wanted to have my hair styled but she was great at giving me ideas. I normally always wear my hair down so I was a bit apprehensive about having it up. However after careful consideration I decided it was probably wise to have it up as the Cornish wind has a way of messing your hair up very quickly! I loved the final result and think (or hope!) it gave me the classic look I wanted.
THE FLOWERS: I wanted classic, pretty flowers including bluebells and daisies rather than anything extravagant. Fiona Hammond was recommended to us and she completely understood the look we were after.
DECOR + DETAILS: Mark and I wrote personal messages to each of our guests and these were also used as their name places and wedding favors. They took a long time to do but it was our way of thanking each and every guest for being a part of our day. Each table was named after a beach in Cornwall (Mark grew up in South Cornwall so he chose the beaches he grew up on, in and around there and I chose beaches I spent most of my summer holidays on, in North Cornwall) We printed pictures of each of the beaches on one side of the card and the name of the beach on the other side.
FIRST DANCE: Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton.
THE ENTERTAINMENT: We had a band called Electric Planet. They were brilliant; so many people asked us how we found them.
CARRIAGES: Due to the church being on a slope and in the middle of a golf course, arriving in a vintage car wasn’t possible, so my uncle drove me in his 4×4. He put a cream ribbon across the bonnet of the car and it was really lovely being driven by him!
THE HONEYMOON: Isle of Skye – it’s one of the most beautiful places!
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: Most of the morning rushed by in a blur but I do remember standing in front of the mirror, after my Mum and all the bridesmaids had left for the church, waiting for my Dad. It was such a surreal moment; I felt like a little girl and yet I was about to walk down the aisle – such a grown up thing to do! I remember feeling really excited and emotional as my Dad called from the landing if he could come in. I started faffing with my veil, telling myself not to cry. It was such a special moment between the two of us and I will remember it forever. I also remember when I first saw Mark’s face as I walked down the aisle; he looked so happy and I couldn’t wait to stand next to him and say our vows!
OUR TOP TIPS: Just enjoy it, the day goes by so quickly! There probably will be a few things which go wrong in the lead up (the weather in the days before our Wedding was awful; strong winds and rain which resulted in our marquee blowing away the day before the wedding! Luckily the marquee team managed to get a new one and put it up in time!).
Also, don’t lose sight of what the Wedding is all about; marrying the man you love.
Photography: Alan Law Photography | Church: St Enodoc | Venue: Trefelix | Florist: Fiona Hammond | Dress: Morgan Davies | Groom: Moss Bros | Bridesmaids: Coast | Catering & Cake: Fee Turner Catering | Entertainment: Electric Planet
Such a pretty day and so charming!! Congratulations to Rebecca & Mark, wishing you every happiness and thanks for sharing your special day with us!
Don’t you just love the shots of the guests walking on the hill at sunset too?! A huge thank you to Alan Law for sharing the beautiful images and congratulations on your recent award of ‘Best Reportage Wedding Photographer 2013′ too – very well deserved!
Love, Mrs White x