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Wedding at Cosawes Barton, Cornwall

Wedding at Cosawes Barton, Cornwall

The Secret Garden

Anna and Stuart enjoyed a sunny garden soiree with their children, their dog and a dreamy carnival of softly coloured blooms and luxe accents

Anna and Stuart first met at the Grand Designs Live show. "We were both exhibiting and got talking to one another - we didn't stop. And here we are now, married, happily ever after," recaps Anna.

Stuart decided to pop the question during an evening out together in London. "He took me out for a meal at a Thai restaurant overlooking Tower Bridge," recalls Anna. "Afterwards, he suggested we go to the champagne bar at The Shard where - along with enjoying a glass of bubbly - we could savour the view of what was a crystal clear night. Several glasses of champagne later, he began to talk about us, his feelings and then, before I knew it, he was on one knee proposing: it was just magical and perfect."


Selecting Cosawes Barton as the venue for their intimate garden wedding, Anna and Stuart chose a soft blush and rose gold colour scheme to strike "a vintage shabby chic look with a modern touch."

The afternoon ceremony began with a memorable walk down the aisle for Anna. "I felt proud my son was giving me away, we had such a chuckle as he walked me down," she reminisces. Reaching the end of the leafy Lime Walk, the couple took their vows beneath a pagoda bedecked with soft drapes and flowers.

An ambient drinks reception followed, where the newly-weds and their children were treated to the stirring sounds of musician, Lucy Anna, as they savoured champagne, sunshine and the scenic garden setting. Then, after an early cutting of the cake, they ventured off to the beach in a Beauford 1930s' open-top tourer for some sun-kissed photos.

On their return, the four of them settled at a beautifully dressed table topped with flowers, pretty stationery and luxe metallic accents for the wedding breakfast. Following a sharing antipasti including Cornish cheeses, mini bruschettas of squash and feta and roasted beetroot houmous with baby vegetable crudites, the main course took the form of melt in the mouth beef, shallot clove confit and cavolo nero with roasted nectarines, toasted seeds and goat's cheese. Lemon cannellini cake with orange blossom icing, washed down with champagne, completed the sumptuous feast.


"The whole day was just so magical," says Anna. "It was such an intimate, special day with our children, including Marshall the dog!"

Reflecting on their meticulously planned day, Anna recommends enlisting the services of a particular person: "Use a wedding planner as it takes (most of) the pressure away. They organise everything based on your brief, bringing together all the different suppliers to ensure a day that runs smoothly and seamlessly." She adds: "And most importantly have the day exactly as the two of you want!"

Photography Nick Walker
Venue Cosawes Barton
Wedding planning & styling Jenny Wren Weddings & Events
Flowers & styling Wedding Flowers in Cornwall 
Catering Cornwall Chef
Dress Mori Lee from True Romantica Bridal
Bridesmaids' dresses Scarla from Revolve Fashion
Hair & make-up Sadaf Ahmad
Groom's outfit Richard James
Chairs & signs Stargazey Wedding Hire
Cake Nicky Grant
Stationery Knots & Kisses
Transport Treverbyn Cars
Lights Say it with Lights
Entertainment Lucy Anna

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