Wedding at Freathy Farmhouse, Cornwall
Olivia and Joe's summer wedding at Freathy Farmhouse
“Joe proposed on an early morning walk on the beach in Cawsand where we were staying with my family for my birthday,” reveals Olivia. “It’s a busy village in the peak of August yet Joe managed to make the only witness my family’s labrador, Charlie! We celebrated with our close family that night in one of the village pubs and knew immediately that we were going to have a Cornwall based wedding.”
Falling for the rustic charm of Freathy Farmhouse, interior designer Olivia planned their day with a clear vision in mind. “We knew we wanted the day to be relaxed with a bit of a bohemian feel to it and always kept this in mind when looking for inspiration,” she says. Drawing on a warm colour scheme of oranges and greens, they used as many local suppliers as they could for the table décor, props and napkins, which Olivia styled the day before. “It was a lot of hard work, but I had so much fun seeing everything that had been in my head for two years come to life!” she beams.
“We wanted the day to be very ‘us’, with small nods to our relationship and to people that couldn’t be there,” says Olivia of the overarching theme of their day. Joe’s cufflinks featured a Welsh dragon to represent one side of his family and the Arsenal FC shield to pay homage to his grandad, while “my something old and blue was my mum’s engagement ring from my dad,” says Olivia. “It was all those little details that made it special to us.”
Unusually, their August bank holiday weekend date also happened to be one of the hottest of the year and, following their intimate ceremony, guests mingled in the gardens with Pimm's, bubbly and Cornish cream teas in the blazing sunshine.
Then came the wedding breakfast – an “amazing” assortment of street food including smoked vegan tofu, Cornish crab tacos, pulled pork rolls, and various sharing grazing and charcuterie boards. A trio of wedding cakes were served as dessert alongside a stack of delicious vegan doughnuts.
Olivia and Joe then headed to Rame Head for photos, allowing them time to bask in the moment. “When we arrived with our photographers we were greeted by wild ponies and incredible views! It was perfect,” reflects Olivia.
In the evening, a live band and silent disco – which proved to be one of their personal highlights – completed the day’s celebrations in memorable style. “We continued the party all weekend by having a beach party and campout on the Sunday night,” adds Olivia.
“It's hard to pick a particular favourite moment,” she reflects. “But walking down to the ceremony barn and seeing all our family and friends from all different parts of our life come together in a place that was so special to us was amazing. The song playing as I walked down the aisle was a pre-recording of Joe playing an Einaudi song on piano. Only we knew at the time that it was him, which made it extra special.”
“Try to focus on what you want and what represents you as a couple, rather than what you feel you ‘should’ do,” she says by word of advice. “This is your celebration!”
Venue Freathy Farmhouse freathyfarmhouse.com
Catering The Shellfish Pig theshellfishpig.co.uk
Dress Karen Willis Holmes karenwillisholmes.com
Groom’s outfit Reiss reiss.com
Hair Jenny Hair & Make-up cornwallhairstylist.com
Flowers Ruby Alice Design rubyalicedesign.co.uk
Table flowers Flora & Fern Floral Design facebook.com/floraandfernfloristry
Props & table décor Lo & Behold Bespoke loandbeholdbespoke.com
Props Keeping It Vintage keepingitvintage.co.uk
Table linen Beyond Vintage beyondvintage.co.uk
Candles Ester & Eric ester-erik.dk
Doughnuts Dough Eyes facebook.com/dougheyesdoughnuts
Entertainment The Stone Roots facebook.com/StoneRootsUK
See the full real weddings archive