Wedding at Caerhays Castle, Cornwall
Can't Help Falling in Love
Emily and Richard's romantic celebrations at Caerhays Castle“Richard was my first ever Tinder date; he likes to claim that I was his too but this definitely isn't true,” laughs Emily of how modern dating paved the way for their romance.
“The kitchen floor of our London flat at 6am!” she announces when asked for the venue of her proposal story. “I like to tease him about this being not very well thought out but immediately afterwards we left for the airport for a lovely weekend in snowy Copenhagen. Richard is from Wales and proposed with a Welsh gold ring with a Welsh dragon’s tail on the setting.”
The stationery design of a wedding crest with their initials on the pages of an open book combined with literary inspiration from a few of their favourite books to set the characterful scene for their wedding at Caerhays Castle.
“We named our tables after our four favourite book characters and had readings from ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ and ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’,” elaborates Emily.
Opting for a wildly romantic ceremony under a stretch tent on the clifftop at the Coastguard’s Lookout, Emily walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ before a series of readings including ‘If-’ by Rudyard Kipling and a specially written passage by Emily’s former schoolteacher (who also spoke some Cornish) concluded the highly personalised proceedings.
“We had a friend ‘marry’ us as we got legally married a few days before. Mia was fantastic and I cried throughout – it was an absolutely beautiful ceremony,” reminisces Emily, before adding, “I think you put more planning into the reception, but in the end it was the ceremony that was my favourite.”
A bus transported guests down to the beach meadow for the drinks reception where they tucked into canapés of Cornish beef from Emily’s parents’ farm. Then they relocated to a clear roof marquee for dinner, interspersed with speeches toasted with homemade Cornish blackberry vodka and Spingo real ale.
“We danced to old school tunes until 12.30am and left about 15 minutes before the end,” says Emily of the evening’s events, which also included a pasty supper. “It was so nice looking at all our guests partying away through our clear marquee.”
Looking back, Emily dispenses some practical shopping advice for grooms keen to achieve a stylishly dressed day. “When looking at men’s suits, pick a tailor with a similar build to the men you are dressing,” she says before picking a few personal highlights from her W-day to share.
“We did the Helston Flora Dance for a father-daughter dance – it is close to my family’s heart and my dad only got emotional during his father-of-the-bride speech when talking about Flora Day!” she reveals.
“Walking into the marquee to 'The Pina Colada Song' with everyone clapping and cheering is another standout moment,” she says. “Whenever we have a tough day we now listen to this song!”
Photography Ben Selway Photography benselwayphotography.co.uk
Venue Caerhays Castle caerhays.co.uk
On-the-day coordination The Unique Cornish Event Company theuniquecornishevent.co.uk
Dress Morilee by Madeline Gardner morilee.com
Groom’s outfit Mr Start mr-start.com
Bridesmaids’ dresses Missguided missguided.co.uk Hair
Hair by Emma C hairbyemmac.netFlowers Twigs & Greens twigsandgreens.co.uk
Transport King Harry Coaches kingharrycoaches.com
Entertainment Tailored DJs tailored-djs.com
Charlotte Atkinson charlotteatkinsonart.com
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