Wedding at The Green, Cornwall
The Great Outdoors
Anna and Joe embraced autumnal hues – plus champagne and pasties! – as they took inspiration from the Cornish countryside for their outdoor celebration Anna first met Joe during a fortuitous trip north to Liverpool when they were introduced by a mutual friend. “Within months we were in a serious relationship and very much in love. I was meant to be returning home to Cornwall after a couple of months, but eight years later I am still here!” says Anna.
Having jointly decided to tie the knot, it was while back on Cornish sands enjoying a music festival in Perranporth that Joe stunned Anna with his beachside proposal. “We got some cider and sat in the dunes watching a beautiful sunset and listening to the music when he pulled out my engagement ring and proposed – even though the venue was already booked!” reveals Anna. “He didn't want me to feel like I was missing out!”
Their brief was simple: “We wanted a small wedding in Cornwall with lots of greenery around and somewhere to be married outside.” The Green instantly emerged as the perfect venue.
Selecting a gorgeous 1920s-inspired gown, the event took an autumnal boho theme, featuring soft hues punctuated by deep red accents everywhere from the ties and seasonal bouquets to Anna’s make-up.
“Both mine and Joe’s favourite moment of the day was saying our vows!” she recalls. “With John Lennon singing me down the aisle, hearing the birds in the trees as the sun beat down on our necks as we said our vows under the trees. It was a fantastic, special moment that we will never forget.”
Champagne and pasties greeted guests after the ceremony, while the newly-weds disappeared for a brief photo shoot before returning for the three-course wedding breakfast. As all their guests were staying at The Green, some then took advantage of a late siesta while others tucked into the wedding cake with tea served in vintage china in the wedding barn.
Vintage swing band Some Like It Hot introduced Anna and Joe’s first dance to James Brown’s ‘Try Me’, which was followed by a lively set that saw the dance floor packed throughout.
Having painstakingly compiled an iPod playlist for the remainder of the party, Anna recalls a particularly rib-tickling interruption to proceedings. “Our elegant playlist got hijacked by the ‘Beverley Sisters’ – the groom’s mum and her three sisters!” she reveals. “We had renditions of Tina Turner and Diana Ross, but they really got the party started and it was one of the funniest moments of the whole day!”
Midnight signalled the end of the celebrations, when Anna and Joe embarked upon a private victory tour of the fairy light-bedecked venue before following the tea lights toward their cottage for the night.
“Relax and enjoy the day!” Anna implores. “It goes way too quickly! You will usually get some sort of planner on the day that comes with the venue so leave everything up to them!”
And camera-coy brides don’t forget to take note: “If you’re shy like I was, just remember to look up! Don’t look at the floor: this is your day!” she adds.
Photography Liberty Pearl Photography libertypearlphotography.com
Venue The Green Cornwall thegreencornwall.co.uk
Dress Hope by Phase Eight phase-eight.com
Bridesmaids; dresses ASOS asos.com
Hair Aruba arubahairgroup.co.uk
Make-up Kim Catchpole
Groom’s outfit suit Calvin Klein calvinklein.co.uk shoes Ted Baker tedbaker.com/uk
Flowers The Flower Mill theflowermillcornwall.co.uk
Entertainment Some Like It Hot somelikeithotuk.com
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