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Wedding at Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate, Cornwall

Wedding at Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate, Cornwall

Golden Touch

Melissa and Rick's glam beach celebration on the shores of Carbis Bay

Brought together by their shared passion for dance music, Melissa and Ricky first met while attending music festival, We Are FSTVL. Ricky then proposed in the Alcázar Gardens during a surprise trip to Seville, setting the wheels in motion for their spectacular Cornish wedding by the sea.

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The dreamy beachfront venue of Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate adopted their gold palette. 'This was inspired by the surname 'Goldman' I was taking, alongside splashes of agate and marble to fit in with the sea and beach,' explains Melissa, who also cites 'bohemian style and 'Ibiza meets Cornwall'' as the cornerstones of the couple's wow-worthy wedding style.

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The glamorous tablescapes saw gold and white tasselled tablecloths dressed with wooden place names, marble-effect stationery, gold agate boxes and candles atop gold candleholders. Even the cake was crowned with gold macarons.

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Flanked by bridesmaids in boho-chic embellished dresses, Melissa wore a stunning, form-hugging gown for the ceremony in the Ocean Venue. Complete with a stirring harp soundtrack, the couple married before a floral moon arch bedecked with tropical leaves and a medley of peach, coral and deep purple blooms framing the white sands and blue seas beyond.

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Guests were then escorted onto the beach for the confetti throwing, toasts and a drinks reception complete with mini fish and chips, before relocating the short distance to the hotel's new Orangery 'with panoramic views of the ocean and skylight ceilings to indulge in the sea air'. 

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Here, they tucked into the three-course wedding breakfast featuring the likes of baked shoulder of lamb, chicken supreme and halloumi-stuffed baked peppers. Sticky date pudding, and almond and pear slice provided the sweet endnote. 'A saxophonist accompanied our wedding breakfast, which was an amazing way to create fun entertainment for guests having to be seated with Covid restrictions,' adds Melissa.

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The day then presented the couple with their favourite moment during the post-dinner 'golden hour', when they ventured onto the beach for photos and smoke grenades. 'This was magical and made so many amazing photos and memories that we will cherish forever,' says Melissa.

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It was back to the hotel for their first dance to Harry Style's 'Adore You' ahead of an evening with their guests that included a supper of Cornish pasties, golden sparklers and dancing into the early hours. 'The sparklers with all the guests were really special and was a great way of bringing everyone together,' reflects Melissa.

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'You can always over-plan the key wedding details,' she warns of the perils of obsessing over the minutiae. 'But not everything goes to plan and things can change quickly on the day.'

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She maintains that the trick is to remain as flexible and positive as possible. 'Keeping an open-minded approach and enjoying your special day with everyone around you is the most important of all.' 
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Photography Margo R Photography
Venue Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate
Dress Enzoani
Bridesmaids' dresses ASOS
Groom & groomsmen's suits Moss Bros
Hair Harriet Searle Hair
Flowers Wedding Flowers in Cornwall
Cake Jenna's Signature Bakes
Harp Katie McClaughry
Saxophone Daniel Costin
Photo booth Flicksbox

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