Wedding at Pentillie Castle, Cornwall
Natalie and Pierre's sun-spilled celebrations on the banks of the River Tamar
Natalie and Pierre’s paths first crossed in Dubai. “I was involved in a beach volleyball team and one of my teammates worked with Pierre. He convinced Pierre to come and play in our team, as we were short on players; he turned out to be a good asset, being 6ft 3! That’s where it all began,” reminisces Natalie.
The globe-trotting pair became engaged in Petra while walking through the historical city’s famous archaeological site. “The sun was shining, the views were fantastic and there were very few people around,” recalls Natalie.
Choosing Pentillie Castle as the venue for their travel-inspired wedding, the couple took the bridesmaids’ blush dresses as inspiration for the colour scheme, which was carried in an array of details including a gorgeous floral archway and bespoke cake.
“We named the tables after the favourite places we had visited and the table plan was a map of the world with luggage tags for each table,” says Natalie. Retro suitcases were filled with favours of local Cornish fudge and used as card drops alongside a globe for guests to sign instead of a traditional book.
Hiring Pentillie for three nights allowed Natalie and Pierre plenty of time to host some pre-wedding parties, which included a lavish five-course rehearsal dinner there for close friends and family two days prior to the wedding and a larger gathering at St Mellion International Resort the night before.
Classical Strings provided a stirring soundtrack to the ceremony and drinks reception, which took place on the lawn overlooking the stunning rural surrounds and river, after which the speeches were delivered ahead of the sumptuous three-course wedding breakfast.
Guests picked from starters of smoked salmon, goat’s cheese tart or pork terrine followed by mains of lemon sole with chorizo, Pentillie roast beef or Parmesan risotto with truffle. Apple tarte tatin with caramel ice cream, chocolate brownie and glazed lemon tart completed the fabulous feast.
“We had been going to dance lessons for nine months before the wedding,” reveals Natalie. “We started the first dance with ‘Stand by Me’. The music stopped and everyone thought the DJ had messed up, but it was always our plan! We then had a medley of about eight songs – from the tango and Gangnam Style to hip-hop and jive! It really was fun and everyone was so surprised!”
“To be honest, we loved every minute of the day and leading up to it!” she says while still in the throes of recalling her favourite moments. “I know it sounds cheesy, but it couldn’t have been more perfect. We had people from about 12 different countries at the wedding, so it was very international! Lots of love, fun and laughter was had.”
“Don’t stress or turn into Bridezilla!” she warns other brides-to-be who might be feeling the pressure to plan the perfect day. “The small things really do not matter! If your favours do not turn up, or you couldn’t get your perfect napkins – no one really cares! As long as your guests are well fed, the bar is stocked and you have good music to dance the night away, that’s all they will remember (and so will you).”
“The day goes by so fast, live and love every second of it and do what you want,” she continues. “It’s a day you should enjoy along with all your family and friends.”
“I would highly recommend booking a place exclusively if you can and having it for multiple nights,” she says as her final word of advice. “Your memories will be worth the extra money spent!”
Photography Noah Werth noahwerth.co.uk
Venue Pentillie Castle pentillie.co.uk
Marquee Hine Marquee hinemarquees.co.uk
Dress Sophia Tolli from The Bridal House of Cornwall thebridalhouseofcornwall.co.uk
Bridesmaids’ dressers Debenhams Debenhams.com
Hair Reds Hairdressing redhairliskeard.co.uk
Make-up Hands & Tans Beauty Salon handsandtansliskeard.com
Flowers St Mellion Flowers stmellionflowers.co.uk
Cake Edible Essence edibleessencecakeart.com
Entertainment Classical Strings classicalstrings.co.uk
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