'The first time I saw Rob was actually on TV,' says Emi. 'He swam at the 2012 Olympics ' little did I know I was watching my future husband!'
'It was a few years later when our paths crossed at university in Lancashire. We bonded over our favourite TV shows, our love of Cornwall, the sea and surfing. Rob planned an amazing first date, and we have been inseparable ever since.'-
A romantic yuletide proposal while walking the dog in St Agnes led to wedding planning, and ultimately choosing Tredudwell Manor as soon as they visited the venue. 'It has such an unbelievably picturesque setting, which meant minimal decoration was necessary,' explains Emi, who reveals that, thanks to Covid, it wasn't until their fourth date that they were able to get married. 'The venue and all our vendors were so helpful in the planning, going above and beyond to ensure we had the wedding we had dreamed of,' she says.
Opting for a 'classic style meets spring/summer garden' theme, much of their inspiration came from the natural and understated floral scheme. 'The soft summery colours with a small pop of rich red really tied together the classic and summer style we were aiming for,' Emi comments."
The soundtrack was another key component to creating the day's ambience, with a pre-ceremony acoustic set from singer Joe Francis followed by an afternoon performance with his band while the newly-weds had photos. 'Our first dance was to one of Joe's original songs 'The Lucky Ones',' says Emi. 'To have the actual artist sing our wedding song was so special. "
The food, comprised an entirely vegan affair, of roasted tomato and fresh basil soup, mushroom, squash, spinach and pecan wellington, and roasted heritage beetroot and red onion tart. Mouth-watering puddings of chocolate hazelnut and sea salt brownie, and exotic fruit salad with melon sorbet followed, while the sumptuous semi-naked cake completed the feast.
-'Our favourite moment was towards the end of the night. We had a minute where we sat outside on the steps just the two of us and reflected on how perfectly the day had gone, and how it truly was the best day of our lives, and just had a real sense of 'we did it',' says Emi.
-With a renewed sense of perspective after the event, she says: 'I remember getting really stressed and taking hours deciding between two almost identical cutlery options! It seemed so important at the time but, in hindsight, it mattered very little. Try to make small decisions quickly so you have more time to focus on the really important things that you and your guests will really remember.