Wedding at Enys House, Cornwall
Art and Soul
Understated elegance and vintage grandeur was the backdrop for Matt and Dan's super-stylish wedding punctuated with personal touches and special gestures
Meeting 10 years ago on the internet - "Before apps and swiping left and right was a thing!" laughs Matt - he and Dan got engaged while at a bar at the top of The Shard in London in 2014. "It was a spur-of-the-moment, mutual thing - I blame too many Old-Fashioneds and vintage Mai Tai cocktails!"
Starting out by discovering the historic setting of Enys House, the couple knew they wanted to marry together the old, worn grandeur of the house and gardens with the sleek, understated elegance of a private members' club.
They set about sourcing the perfect furniture and details to create this stylish aesthetic, with Matt, in particular, getting creative with the styling. "I made the vases, candleholders and painted the art. Some of it had been lying around our flat in storage - the wedding seemed like a good excuse to get it all out and on a wall," he says.
Choosing flowers that were "natural and asymmetrical, like a Cornish hedgerow", the styling also incorporated large trees and impressive foliage to bring a nature-fuelled element to the antique feel of the venue; complemented by various vintage props the couple had sourced online.
After a civil ceremony at Penryn Town Hall, guests gathered at Enys for a beautiful and memorable humanist ceremony in the grounds. "It was the perfect setting - an intimate, personal celebration with all our family and friends," says Matt. After bubbly, canapes and mingling in the sun-drenched gardens, guests took their seats in the atmospheric and creatively styled party space. The wedding feast included the delicious likes of fresh tuna steak, goat's cheese and red onion jam tartlet, chicken breast with prosciutto, lemon and fresh herb stuffing, and a decadent trio of desserts comprising crème brûlee, meringue with clotted cream and summer berries and chocolate brownie with salted caramel ice cream.
During dinner, guests were surprised and delighted to be given a hand-written letter from the couple, in which they shared memories and lovely words about what their friendship meant to them. "Seeing all the guests reading their letters was one of our highlights. The response was well worth the effort," says Matt.
Punctuated with humour and heartfelt words, the speeches were delivered on the striking staircase before guests danced the night away to an infectious DJ playlist.
"Don't be afraid to put your individual stamp on everything; it makes it feel more intimate and all guests feel more valued and loved when they can see the effort you've put into looking after them," recommends Matt.
Matt's advice for others planning their wedding comes from his own experience. "Having a wedding planner on the day was the best decision we made," he says. "It allowed us to have a stress-free day and not worry about organising or dealing with anything that would distract from the enjoyment."
Photography & videography Harrera Images harreraimages.co.uk
Venue Enys House enysgardens.org.uk
Catering Beetham Food beethamfood.co.uk
Celebrants Cornish Celebrants cornishcelebrants.co.uk
On-the-day coordination Jenny Wren Weddings & Events jennywrenweddingsandevents.co.uk
Outfits Reiss reiss.com
Flowers Ruby Alice rubyalicedesign.co.uk
Furniture Virginias Vintage Hire virginiasvintagehire.co.uk
Vases Made By Therapy madebytherapy.com
Trees and large foliage Trevena Cross trevenacross.co.uk
Bar VIP Bar Events vipbarevents.com
Transport King Harry Coaches kingharrycoaches.comEntertainment Quartet Cornwall facebook.com/quartetcornwall
Harbottle & Jonas harbottleandjonas.com
Wedding Jam weddingjam.co.uk
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