Wedding at Lusty Glaze, Cornwall
Here Comes The Sun
Danielle and Paul's sandy and sunny celebration at Lusty Glaze
Meeting at work in a local pub nine years ago, it was another two years before Danielle and Paul discussed dating. "We decided that the perfect test would be a camping trip to Cornwall; naturally it has been a special place to us ever since," says Danielle.
After a surprise beach proposal while holidaying in Cornwall again four years ago, there was only one place the couple would consider to say their vows. "Getting married in Cornwall was a given and for us, the venue was the most important part of our day," says Danielle. "Lusty Glaze encapsulated everything we love about Cornwall with the beautiful sandy beach, its fantastic sunsets and rustic charm."
Waking up on the morning of the wedding to clear blue skies after a week of mixed weather, Danielle and Paul couldn't believe their luck. "If we'd had a pound for every time someone had said: 'What will you do if it rains?', it would have paid for the wedding!" laughs Danielle. "There are certain things you can't control and we made a conscious effort not to worry about those things. It paid off and we got lucky with sunshine!"
It meant they could take full advantage of the amazing venue, with a sun-dappled ceremony, and their guests able to spill out onto the beach where a family friend played guitar on the sand throughout the day. Taking inspiration from the coastal venue, Danielle and Paul opted for a mint and peach colour scheme, in keeping with the natural and pastel-coloured decor. "We also wanted to keep everything quite informal." This carried through to the food: a delicious and relaxed barbecue-style menu, with Cornish pasties - of course - served in the evening.
"By this point, we had the beach to ourselves and people were either relaxing or playing beach games," says Danielle. "One of our ushers stripped down to his pants and swam in the sea halfway through the day and another guest actually put on his wetsuit and went surfing. Not many people can say that happened on their wedding day!"
As their guests danced the night away, the front of the marquee remained open thanks to the glorious weather. "During the height of the dancing, people were spilling out onto the beach as it was still really warm. The beach was literally an extension of the dance floor!"
With so many standout moments, it's hard for Danielle to pick a favourite part of the day, but there is one memory she keeps reliving. "Whilst we were having some photos taken down by the water, I remember Paul and I saying to each other: 'Is this really happening? Has it really turned out this perfectly?' We just kept looking at each other and laughing! It didn't feel real."
Photography Sarah Lauren Photography sarahlaurenphotography.comVenue Lusty Glaze lustyglaze.co.uk
Dress Martina Liana at Georgina Scott Bridal georginascottbridal.co.uk
Bridesmaids' dresses Jenny Packham at Debenhams debenhams.com ASOS asos.com
Suits Duncan James of Walsall duncanjames.co.uk
Ties Liberty London libertylondon.comHair Ro Hair rohair.co.uk
Make-up Suzi Winter makeupartistcornwall.co.uk
Flowers Kelly Ann's Flowers kellyannsflowers.co.uk
Transport Honey Bugs honeybugscornwall.co.uk
DJ Fistral Stereofistralstereo.com
Cake Sweet Thoughts Cake Design Cornwall facebook.com/sweetthoughtcakes
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