Wedding at Nancarrow Farm, Cornwall
Double the Fun
There were two dresses, two ceremonies, and one amazing day of food, foliage and fun for Kia and Harry Kia and Harry’s love story goes all the way back to sixth form college, when they sat next to each other at lunch, and became best friends. Going on their first date aged 17, it was an emotional day when 12 years later they walked up the aisle as husband and wife.
“Having spent a lot of time during our relationship in Cornwall we knew we wanted to get married down here and be close to the sea,” says Kia. “We found Nancarrow Farm and it was perfect. We knew straight away that we wanted to get married there.”
Keeping the décor simple and letting the beauty of Nancarrow Farm sing out, Kia and Harry’s big day was a pared-back affair that made the most of the natural surroundings. “The farm buildings and courtyard were covered in foliage, which was just coming into flower, so we didn't need to do much in the way of extra decorations.” Keeping to a simple theme of white with green, the couple hung foliage in the barns and dressed the tables with simple flowers, with guests given a succulent as a wedding favour (which also served as place name holders).
Choosing to get “legally married early in the morning with just the main wedding party as witnesses”, Kia and Harry then celebrated with a champagne breakfast, pastries and smoked salmon blinis.
“With a couple of hours to kill before our guests arrived, our families relaxed, the ushers all watched the Lions play rugby on the TV and the bridesmaids got ready in the bridal suite,” remember Kia, of their stress-free morning.
By the time their guests arrived for drinks on the front lawn, Kia had changed into a beautiful Halfpenny London full-length frock, and walked up the aisle of what’s affectionately known as the ‘Rusty Barn’, for a celebration of their vows.
“The second ceremony was led by a very close family friend, which meant the service was incredibly personal,” says Kia, of the ceremony that was followed by champagne and canapés in the courtyard.
Then it was time for the main reason Kia and Harry booked Nancarrow Farm: the wedding breakfast! “The food is a big part of what makes Nancarrow Farm so special,” explains Kia. “Six months before the wedding, we went to one of their feast nights and had a great evening tasting the amazing food, so we knew it would be brilliant. They put together an insane menu for us – from squid with nduja and stuffed courgette flowers to roast lamb grilled over an open fire – and lots of the food came directly from the farm’s kitchen garden and livestock.”
A three-tier cake, deliciously flavoured with vanilla, lemon drizzle and banana, rounded off the evening’s fine food, before it was time to hit the dance floor. “The DJ put together a cracking playlist for us,” says Kia. “We also had a caricaturist called Tony's Toons who was great.”
And for those planning their own weddings, who better to take advice from than the bride who had two ceremonies and still had factored in some downtime?
“Don't rush around trying to speak with every one of your guests. Take your time and you'll see everyone,” recommends Kia. “And most importantly, make sure just the two of you escape for five minutes and take it all in. Find a spot that is quiet where you can watch all your guests having a great time.”
Photography Lizzie Churchill lizziechurchill.com
Venue Nancarrow Farm nancarrowfarm.co.uk
Dress Halfpenny London halfpennylondon.com
Groom’s suit Reiss reiss.com
Hair Ro Hair rohair.co.uk
Make-up Gigi Dey
Flowers George Mackay Flowers georgemackayflowers.com
Cake Georgina Davies Food georginadaviesfood.com
Entertainment DJ Andy H at Stylish Entertainment stylishentertainment.co.uk
Caricaturist Tony's Toons tonystoons.co.uk
Copyright Wed magazine 2018