Wedding at Potager Garden, Cornwall
The Enchanted Forest
A sun-dappled ceremony, armfuls of wild flowers and a Palestinian foodie feast came together for Sarah and Jamie’s magical woodland wedding After five years in Malta, where both Sarah and Jamie were at medical school, the couple moved to Cornwall. After getting engaged last December, they planned their wedding for just three months later, deciding instantly on Potager Gardens as a venue, which is close to their home.
“We love that they grow their own vegetables on-site and the relaxed vibe it has,” says Sarah. “The bonus was the woodland attached to it, which is what I always wanted as a ceremony setting.”
Settling on a relaxed, bohemian, woodland vibe, Sarah and Jamie set to work making a lot of the décor for their wedding. “Jamie made the signs out of wooden pallets and I painted the calligraphy,” says Sarah. “We made home-made candles using old jars and Jamie also made the framework for the ceremony arch, which was later decorated with wild flowers by Jamie’s brother. My sister made dreamcatchers, which were hung around the woods, and smaller ones that we gave as favours. We then used bunting and fairy lights, and decorated the tables with gypsophila and lavender in different sized jars. I loved that my bouquet was personalised to include flowers for different purposes, such as lavender to soothe any anxiety when walking down the aisle.”
Being driven to the ceremony by the best man in her own decorated Mini, Sarah arrived to see the sun streaming through the trees. “The guests walked through the woods where they found a tray of shots halfway up!”
The ceremony was short and sweet, with the couple’s dog, Luna, as ring bearer, before the newly-weds and their guests enjoyed champagne and canapés.
“Food is a big part of our lives, and it was important that it was plant-based and delicious,” explains Sarah of their menu that included spiced green pea dip with mini pittas and crispy spinach triangles. This was followed by a sit-down lunch of Maqloubeh, which means ‘upside down’. “It’s a Palestinian dish and has a great story behind it of the dish falling upside down on the street and people sharing it,” explains Sarah. This was accompanied by tahini sauce, roasted almonds, cucumber in coconut yoghurt, watercress salad with pomegranate, pomegranate molasses, home-made chutney and seeded flatbreads. A three-tier cake boasted layers of pistachio and lemon, chai latte, and raspberry and vanilla.
“After lunch, we enjoyed acoustic guitar playing in the greenhouse, while our guests helped themselves to the gin bar,” says Sarah. Guests danced and relaxed in hammocks and, as the evening wore on, huddled around the bonfire, enjoying s’mores and whiskey.
“Enjoy the little moments,” says Sarah, looking back on their beautiful day. And her advice for other couples is brilliant. “We discovered our wedding singer by going out and listening to live performances at a local café,” she says. “It's a great excuse to have a date night in the midst of wedding planning.”
Photography Enchanted Brides enchantedbrides.photography
Venue Potager Garden potagergarden.org
Dress Needle & Thread needleandthread.com
Seamstress Roamer Rose roamerrose.com
Coordination The Little Cornish Wedding Company littlecornishwedding.co.uk
Groom’s outfit Trevails of Truro
Groom’s shoes and belt Will's Vegan Shoes wills-vegan-shoes.com
Flower bouquet, flower crown and buttonholes Roamer Rose roamerrose.com
Videography Shirt & Tie Productions shirtandtieproductions.com
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