Wedding at Boconnoc, Cornwall
Natasha and Francis' country house wedding of their dreams at Boconnoc"It was all a conspiracy!" laughs Natasha of her first meeting with Francis. "Our very close friends Lara and Joe took it upon themselves to set us up, convinced that we would make the perfect match!" They were right: shortly after being lured to dinner together, romance blossomed for the pair - and a starry-eyed proposal on a Cornish beach followed.
A welcome feast served beneath the twinkling fairy lights of the Stable Yard kicked off a weekend of festivities at Boconnoc. "Our close friends and immediate family stayed in the main house and surrounding cottages on the Friday and Saturday evenings which was so incredibly special," says Natasha.
Painting their day with a palette of soft spring colours and a natural, rustic aesthetic, pretty clusters of seasonal blooms spilled from vintage boxes on the tabletops, while a shower bouquet of pinks, peaches and foliage made the perfect accessory for Natasha's full-skirted lace gown. Her bridesmaids carried the colour scheme in customised dresses of peach, pale green, daffodil yellow and baby pink.
Surrounded by rolling hills and the sunlight glinting on the River Fowey, the ceremony at St Winnow Church could hardly have been more scenic - or memorable. "This was our favourite and most memorable part of the day," Natasha reflects. "A string quartet played as guests arrived and a choir and an organist performed during the ceremony." Leaving the church in a speedboat adorned with bunting, the newly-weds then rolled up to Boconnoc in equally impressive style in 'Alfie': a 1971 Alfa Romeo belonging to Natasha's late father, which the couple had specially restored for the day.
After canapes and cocktails in the sunshine to an acoustic soundtrack, everyone gathered in The Garden Room for spring pea soup, fillet of beef en croute with a rich mushroom sauce and monkfish, prawns and scallops with a white wine sauce. A 'cream tea with a twist' followed, comprising a medley of plain, chocolate and lemon scones with strawberry jam, marmalade, lemon curd and clotted cream. "The idea was to experiment and enjoy," explains Natasha. "This was all served in vintage china and looked incredible - the guests loved it!"
The evening unfolded in magical fashion: The Bangz performed a series of sets which filled the dance floor and guests relaxed in front of the fire in the Drawing Room while tucking into pasties, cheeses and midnight snacks of milk and cookies. The celebrations continued on the Sunday with a Downton Abbey themed affair featuring 1920s' music and fashions.
"Be prepared. Do as much as you possibly can before the eve of the wedding. We made sure that we had everything done by the rehearsal on the Friday so we could switch off and start enjoying the weekend of our lives," recommends Natasha. "Also, plan the morning of the wedding day so it's not a rush and you have plenty of spare time to sit back, relax and enjoy what's happening around you."
Photography Kirstin Prisk www.kirstinprisk.co.uk
Venue St Winnow Church and Boconnoc www.boconnoc.com
Catering Fee Turner Catering www.feeturnercatering.co.uk
Dress Justin Alexander at The Bridal House of Cornwall www.thebridalhouseofcornwall.co.uk
Shoes Rachel Simpson at The Bridal House of Cornwall
Bridesmaids' dresses Dress Moon www.dressmoon.com
Groom's outfit Tailor Made London www.tailormadelondon.com
Groomsmen's outfits Little Anne-Maids www.littleanne-maids.co.uk
Hair and make-up Lisa Poole www.lisapoole.co.uk
Flowers Wedding Flowers in Cornwall www.weddingflowersincornwall.co.uk
Entertainment The Saffron String Quartet www.saffronquartet.com
The Bangz at The Band Boutique www.thebandboutique.co.uk
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