Got Wed - Real Weddings in Cornwall and Devon

Wedding at Carnmarth Hotel

Shore Thing

Katy and Robert's autumnal affair at Carnmarth Hotel

"It was at Christmas - a complete surprise. I thought I was getting a bike!" reveals Katy of her festive proposal. "I definitely got a very romantic Christmas present in comparison. I'm still waiting on my bike though!"

The couple, who met when they both worked at the same surf shop in their hometown of Newquay, opted for a coastal party at the Carnmarth Hotel. Their celebration saw a stunning blend of greys, silvers and blush pinks combine to create Katy's feminine and romantic vision. "I had my heart set on the beautiful 'Cafe au Lait' dahlias and mercury vases, so the colours worked wonderfully," she comments.

Adding to the pretty picture, the bridesmaids wore blush pink frocks and Katy wore a form-fitting, strapless gown. Travelling in style to Colan Church on a sunny autumn day, Katy and her dad enjoyed the elegant climes of Treverbyn Cars' 1930s' style open-top Beauford, while her bridesmaids arrived in a cream VW camper van.

The ceremony was a highly personal affair, featuring readings and music charged with special meaning for the pair. "Walking down the aisle with my dad was special, then seeing my husband-to-be welling up as I walked towards him hardly left a dry eye in the church. It definitely brought me to tears," reveals Katy.

The newly-weds then headed off to Watergate Bay for photographs, while the guests relocated to the Carnmarth Hotel for the drinks reception.

"As the wedding was in October we wanted some nice warming options, which from the comments all went down a treat," says Katy. A feast of 'posh' fish pie, butternut squash lasagne and pork belly was followed by the wedding cake - a four-tier creation incorporating carrot cake, lemon sponge, victoria sponge and chocolate fudge - which was served as dessert.

Katy and Robert enjoyed some private moments watching the sun set over Little Fistral together before returning to the spectacular evening scene, replete with atmospherically lit candle centrepieces, music, a pop-up photo booth and mini feast of pasties and cake.

The couple look back on their homespun wedding to impart their top pieces of advice. "Don't be afraid to have a go at wedding DIY. There are some fabulous websites out there bursting with ideas and we enjoyed making some of the features for our day," says Katy.

"Enjoy every second of it, from the planning to the big day," she continues. "Seeing all your hard work come together on the day gives you a fantastic feeling!"

Photography Tyron Craig McKenzie Photography
Venue Colan Church followed by Carnmarth Hotel
Dress Benjamin Roberts from The Bridal House of Cornwall
Bridesmaid dresses BHS
Groom's outfit Matalan
Hair Hair by Rochelle
Make-up Suzi Winter
Flowers Inspire Hire
Entertainment Stephen Panter
Transport Treverbyn Cars
The Cornwall Camper Company

Copyright Wed magazine 2015