Wedding at Hotel Tresanton, Cornwall
Picture-perfect St Mawes provided an idyllic backdrop for Emily and Will's waterside wedding at Hotel TresantonWith many of their guests travelling from the far corners of the globe, Emily and Will's wedding at Hotel Tresanton had a truly international flavour. "I am Australian and we live there so about half of the guests had travelled to Cornwall from Australia," explains Emily. "As well as many guests from England (Will is from Dorset), there were guests from France, America and Finland."
Having hired the chic St Mawes' bolthole for a weekend of celebrations, friends and relatives took the opportunity to enjoy some quality downtime with each other. "Everything about Tresanton is perfect - the rooms are lovely, the service is impeccable and the location is so picturesque," enthuses Emily.
Inspired by October's most beautiful seasonal blooms, the subtle palette that coloured the day was as pretty as the waterside location. Shades of dusky pink, ivory and soft peach carried from the flowers and the bunting - handcrafted from Liberty fabrics by Emily - to the silk chiffon bridesmaids' dresses.
Emily accessorised her stunning Jenny Packham gown (her symbolic 'something new') with a pair of sapphire earrings gifted by her parents as her 'something blue', and a veil lent by a friend for her 'something borrowed'. Emily's mum loaned her a ring as her 'something old', and a Jenny Packham cygnet feather wrap added a dazzlingly glamorous touch for the evening.
A vintage bus transported everyone to and from St Just in Roseland Church, where the ceremony took place. "Wandering down the meandering path to the 13th century church, the sunshine breaking through the trees with my mum, dad and bridesmaids was very special," recalls Emily. "Will's favourite moment was when I walked into the church and he saw me in my dress for the first time," she reveals. "It brought tears to his eyes." Walking back to Tresanton with her new husband, however, made for Emily's fondest memory of the day. "The sun was still shining and it was a very beautiful scene, wandering along with our nearest and dearest," she reminisces.
Guests mingled over canapes and drinks on Tresanton's sun-drenched terrace while The Swing Empire lent a toe-tapping soundtrack. A feast of Cornish crab, Ruby Red beef fillet with all the trimmings and wedding cake with clotted cream was served alongside sea views and Veuve Clicquot in the gorgeously styled restaurant, before the band revved up the tempo for the evening celebrations, kicking off with Emily and Will's first dance to Frank Sinatra's 'L.O.V.E.' "We both loved our first dance," she comments. "It was a bit silly and lots of fun."
Reflecting on her picturesque wedding, Emily advises, "Don't be too choosy with the type of flowers you want in case that particular flower isn't at its best during that season, week or month. Let the florist choose the ones that are looking the most beautiful at the time."
Photography Kirstin Prisk www.kirstinprisk.co.uk
Venue St Just in Roseland Church and Hotel Tresanton www.tresanton.com
Dress Jenny Packham www.jennypackham.com
Bridesmaids' dresses J. Crew www.jcrew.com
Hair and make-up Rococo Hair Cutters www.rococohaircutters.co.uk
Groom's outfit J. Crew www.jcrew.com
Flowers The Blue Carrot www.thebluecarrot.co.uk
Cake Nicky Grant www.nickygrant.com
Entertainment The Swing Empire www.theswingempire.co.uk
Transport Truro Falmouth and District Heritage Service
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