Hayley and Nathan first laid eyes on each other at a Ben Howard concert in Gwithian. A very special proposal ensued on New Year’s Eve at Truro Cathedral after Nathan contacted the dean, who opened the beautiful building just for them for the momentous occasion.
“I had no idea,” confesses Hayley. “We walked around the cathedral and it was completely empty except for the lanterns, which were lit at the altar with the words ‘Marry me?’.”
The dean extended his generosity by organising for the couple to have special consideration to be married at the cathedral “after one cancelled date due to Covid and me finding out I was pregnant!” exclaims Hayley.
Falling for the elegant climes of Scorrier House for the reception, a beautiful palette of sage green and blush pink was incorporated in the day’s details, much of which was created and sourced by Hayley herself.
Clusters of cream and pink roses hugged by clouds of gypsophila added to the timeless romance of the scene, as did the arrangements of roses, foliage and pampas grass adorning the dramatic staircase of the country house. The cake, meanwhile, was a dreamy confection of cream tiers decorated with posies of gypsophila.
Post-ceremony photos in the cathedral were followed by a confetti shower outside, which was one of Hayley’s favourite moments from the day. From there, everyone relocated to Scorrier House where they were greeted by the melodic tones of a harpist alongside canapés and welcome drinks in the glorious sunshine: the perfect start to the celebratory mood.
A sit-down meal treated guests to traditional savoyard tartiflette and a Tuscan-style barbecue grill including pork, spicy grilled jerk chicken and summer vegetable wellington with a smattering of sides such as Greek-style salad and orzo pasta.
The speeches and the cutting of the cake ensued, paving the way for the memorable first dance to Ben Howard’s Conrad. “This was the most emotional part of the day for me,” reveals Hayley of the poignant music that signified the start of their life together.
More dancing and drinking were enjoyed throughout the evening, which also included sparklers outside, leaving the newly-weds to revel in the memories fresh from the day and dispense some words of wisdom.
“Don’t worry about the small details,” urges Hayley, who encourages other couples to adopt a relaxed approach to the itinerary and allow events to unfold naturally on the day. “I think I over-planned and there were parts of the day that got forgotten because there were so many organic moments happening. I didn’t remember to throw the bouquet and missed playing the wedding game I had planned, but this didn’t impact the day at all.”
Photography Olivia WR Fine Art Photography oliviawhitbread-roberts.com
Venue Truro Cathedral trurocathedral.org & Scorrier House scorrierhouse.co.uk
Dress Willowby by Watters from The Bridal House of Cornwall thebridalhouseofcornwall.co.uk
Hair Sally Clemens, Trenowin Retreat instagram.com/trenowin_retreat
Make-up Carly Angove carlyangovemakeup.co.uk
Flowers Cornish Cutting Garden cornishcuttinggarden.co.uk
Catering Dish Cornwall dishcornwall.co.uk-
Cake Sea View Kitchen instagram.com/seaview_kitchen
Entertainment Marie-France Riboulet harpmariefrance.co.uk
Lexi Dells facebook.com/lexidellsflute
Talking Bird Music talkingbirdmusic.net