Marquee wedding in St Agnes, Cornwall
There Will Be Time
Emma and Charlie's flower-filled marquee wedding in St Agnes
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It was when Charlie and Emma relocated to the City of Love for work that they got engaged. “On our first weekend together there, we went glamping in Normandy,” says Emma. “We were lying outside our bell tent one evening, looking up at the stars, talking about the adventures we had been on, and Charlie asked if I fancied another adventure…and asked me to marry him.”
They planned their wedding with one prerequisite: to get married in Cornwall. “Charlie grew up there and we have so many happy memories of it,” explains Emma. “Our only venue criterion was that we wanted to see the sea. Our friends and family were coming from all over the country (and beyond!) and we wanted them to see the Cornwall we love. We found Newdowns Farm in St Agnes, which has a field with the most amazing coastal views, and we hired a beautiful sailcloth tent.”
Keeping the décor simple meant that the setting became the focal point, with flowers chosen as the main decoration for their “romantic and relaxed” event, featuring an incredible floral arch that framed the sea views.
Blush pink and dusky blue was the perfect colour pairing to reflect the setting and season, and was carried in much of the minutiae such as the groomsmen’s ties, Emma’s bow, and the blue/pink seashell patterned pocket squares handmade by Emma’s mum.
Following a ceremony at nearby St Piran’s Church, Emma and Charlie travelled to Chapel Porth for photos. “When we arrived at the field, everyone was there enjoying the sun, playing games and chatting. Our band played an afternoon set and there was a very happy vibe,” reminisces Emma.
Opting for a relaxed dining experience, guests tucked into sharing-style picnic hampers packed with mini pasties, cheese, chutneys, roasted ham, focaccia and salads. Ice cream was served in tubs with toppings including deconstructed cream tea, brownies, and fruit, while the evening continued to spoil guests with fish and chips.
“Our first dance was ‘There Will Be Time’ by Mumford and Sons,” reveals Emma of one of her evening highlights. “We had practised in advance to make ourselves feel more comfortable and it was perfect! We got everyone onto the dance floor to finish the dance with us and then we just danced all night!” Cocktails, a sweetie table and a mass singalong to ‘Cornwall My Home’ completed the night’s entertainment.
“Our wedding night accommodation was a wedding bell tent next to our marquee. It felt like the perfect end to the night as we were staying in one when we got engaged, and we had the extra bonus of waking up to the incredible view.”
Looking back, Emma fondly picks out her favourite memory as “driving up to the marquee when the guests were all there, seeing all the planning come together into a beautiful, happy scene with the shimmering blue sea in the background”, before adding: “Then dancing with all our friends and family as the sun set over the sea, with everyone singing Cornish shanties on the stage at the end of the night.”
As planning advice, Emma says: “Have a good spreadsheet, and if someone offers help, say yes! But most of all – take a step back and remember why you are doing this. Don’t worry about everything being ‘perfect’, just make it ‘you’.”
Photography Grant Lampard grantlampardphotography.com
Venue St Piran’s Church & Newdowns Farm, St Agnes
Marquee Sperry Tents sperrytentssw.co.uk
Bell tent Ysella Cornwall ysellacornwall.co.uk
Dress Essense of Australia, May & Grace mayandgracebridal.com
Bridesmaids’ dresses ASOS asos.com
Hair & make-up Ione Makeup & Hair Artist makeupbyione.com
Flowers Flowers With M flowerswithm.com
Catering Little Fish Hut facebook.com/littlefishhut
Cake Oona’s Cakes oonascakes.co.uk
Entertainment The Maida Vales themaidavales.com
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