As you know, I love, love, love rainy weddings. There’s something about the rain that far from ruining a wedding day actually adds a drama and a gorgeous effect where a dark sky lights up everything under it. It’s actually sort of perfect for a wedding day! It also lends a cosy feeling to the indoors aspects of the day, with everyone huddling in the warmth and dry. Don’t ever be afraid of rain on your big day: there are a thousand positives when you actually think of it. And you’ll see them here.
This is a wedding full of modern elegant style, with a palette of beautiful dusky pinks, blues and muted tones. The styling details combine vintage with innovative personal touches, such as tree trunk segments for the cake stand. I love that!
The photography is by Andrea Pennington. It’s just beautiful.
Chris and Lianne were married on March 28th, 2014 at Trevenna, St Neot, Cornwall.
We were originally going to get married in Cyprus, but when my parents said they were going to drive all the way there with their dog, we thought we might as well have a little look closer to home! Trevenna was the first and last place we went to see. We fell in love with the venue, the views, and the hosts were so welcoming we knew we had found the right place to get wed. The fact that 40 of our nearest and dearest could stay overnight with us was a bonus!
Chris proposed to me on Christmas Day 2010 when I was six months’ pregnant with our third child and already the size of a small whale. It was about 7 am while we were mid-present opening with our other two children. Chris cried and I laughed a lot! It was hardly romantic, but it was very ‘us’!
The DIY/Thrifty Bits
- I wanted to add a few personal touches, so I made the favours myself. They were mini jam jars with dusky pink and lace jar covers with sweets inside.
- I made the confetti cones out of vintage music sheets, and my friends Kerry, Gemma, Sam, and I had a craft session making hessian and lace jars for the tea lights that were put out in the evening. I also made the tags for the wishing tree.
- A lot of the décor was made up from vintage items bought from eBay and car boot sales, such as the 1950s Kodak camera and Remington typewriter, the silverware for the sweet buffet and battered suitcase for our wedding cards.
Other Lovely Details
- As a nod to Chris’s being a tree surgeon, we used tree slices as our wedding cake stand and as part of our display on the guest book table. The tables also had Latin tree names.
- We also had a kids’ corner where they could make paper chains and play with vintage games such as tiddlywinks and dominoes in case the speeches got too boring! (They didn’t, thankfully!)
One of the disasters to happen along the way was when my first wedding dress I had chosen was ordered, and four months later it arrived ill-fitting and badly made, so was sent off for alterations, and two more months later it came back even worse! So, at just four months before the wedding, I had to find a new one! Luckily for me, the fabulous Bridal House of Cornwall had just opened, and I found the dress of my dreams in there and bought it off the peg. It was meant to be!
- Start planning early: before you know it, the big day will be looming and you still have loads to do. If you’re well prepared, you’ll enjoy the run-up much more
- Get willing friends and family involved in the preparations. Not only does it help cut costs, but it really helps them to feel a part of your day
- Let any negativity from anyone go in one ear and out the other!
First dance – Will Young, Who Am I
Last dance – Chris Isaak, Wicked Game
Down the aisle – Ellie Goulding, How Long Will I Love You
Photography – Andrea Pennington Photography
Venue – Trevenna, St Neot, Cornwall
Bride – Justin Alexander dress from The Bridal House of Cornwall
Groom and best men – Next suit
Bridesmaids – Jenny Packham dresses from Debenhams
Pageboys – Next suit
Flowergirl – Lilly dress from The Bridal House of Cornwall