Wedding at Boconnoc, Cornwall
Georgia and Jack's country house wedding at Boconnoc Georgia first met Jack - a scenic artist in the film industry - while working at the perfume counter of a department store that he was decorating. "He had spotted me and asked around to find out who I was before 'bumping into me' whilst I was coming down the escalator and giving me his business card," says Georgia. "We went for a drink that week and have seen each other nearly every day since!"
During a diving holiday in Mexico, shark enthusiast Jack arranged a sunset picnic by the sea for Georgia before popping the question to the soundtrack of their favourite song.
Boconnoc offered the couple everything they were looking for in a wedding venue: exclusive weekend hire at a picturesque rural location. "It is a beautiful restored stately home in the countryside where you are surrounded by deer and pheasants - it feels like something from a fairytale!" explains Georgia. "Our closest friends and family could stay in the cottages and join us for a pizza party the evening before - a great way for everyone to get to know each other before the big day."
A colour scheme of soft pinks, light grey and greenery with touches of gold, rose gold and copper was carried in a range of details, from the stationery to the decor - and even the cake incorporated edible gold. "Our florist created a beautiful flower arch outside the church filled with roses and hydrangeas in soft pinks and white, and we chose gold beaded charger plates and a selection of vintage brass candlesticks with soft pink and grey candles," says Georgia. "We did also have a slight shark theme running throughout the day - our table names were illustrations of the different sharks we have dived with!"
Georgia wore a vintage lace gown accessorised with a cathedral-length veil with scalloped edging, a delicate diamante headpiece and her mum's 'something borrowed' diamond earrings. "My 'something blue' was a garter, a gift from my nan. I also wore the most beautiful pair of Jimmy Choos - if you can't wear them on your wedding day, then when can you?" she laughs.
Not to be outshone by his bride, Jack wore a tailor-made navy suit contrasted with a tartan wine and dark blue waistcoat, completed in signature style with shark cufflinks and a shark tie pin.
It was the ceremony at Boconnoc's 800-year-old church that proved the standout moment of their day. "Our reverend made the service so special and personal. The string quartet were fantastic and walking out to Bruce Springsteen's 'Born to Run' as we left the church to get covered in confetti was a real highlight," reminisces Georgia.
Speaking of which, Georgia emphasises the importance of some carefully selected entertainment. "The string quartet let us choose a selection of our favourite songs to make the ceremony even more personal. Music is so important to the day as choosing the right songs is vital to setting the mood."
She also shares her tips on how to create your dream day on a self-funded budget. "We were determined to fund the wedding ourselves and made the decision it was going to be our focus for the year (and ate out a lot less!). I would recommend purchasing items as early as you can and doing a lot of research to look for the best prices," she says. "I'd also recommend speaking to your chosen venue for a recommended list of suppliers and looking for items locally. You can find lots in charity and antique shops!"
Photography Nick Walker Photography nickwphotography.com
Venue Boconnoc boconnoc.com
Dress Ronald Joyce from Aurora Bride aurora-bride.com
Groom King & Allen kingandallen.co.uk
Bridesmaids' dresses Vera Wang from David's Bridal davidsbridal.co.uk
China & candles Anthology Vintage Hire anthologyvintagehire.com
Keeping It Vintage keepingitvintage.co.uk
Pizza Kernow Forno kernowforno.co.uk
Cake Edible Essence edibleessencecakeart.com
Entertainment Saffron String Quartet saffronquartet.com
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