Wedding at Porth En Alls, Cornwall
Sophie and Trav's week-long celebrations
Flamingos, flower crowns and fabulous food took centre stage at Sophie and Trav's week-long Australia-meets-England wedding celebrationsSophie and Trav first locked eyes during Trav's trip to Cornwall from Australia on a working holiday. "It was a trip that his family thought would only last a couple of weeks," reveals Sophie. "We met at a work cocktail-tasting night. Cue a Facebook friend request and the rest is history!"
It was during a trip to Australia that Trav spontaneously popped the question "underneath the washing line at his parent's house," laughs Sophie. "Trav assures me he planned to propose a few months later when we were in New Zealand, but he asked sooner!"
Falling for the sublime location of Porth En Alls in Prussia Cove, Sophie and Trav hired the venue for an entire week of festivities.
"Because we had family travelling over from Australia and all over the UK we wanted to extend our celebrations," explains Sophie. "We managed to have a surf competition on the Thursday evening using a surf simulator, the big day on the Saturday and a Sunday session with Bloody Marys, music, barbecue and an England v Australia cricket match on the beach!"
Their wedding took an "Australia meets Cornwall" theme, with a "tropical Palm Springs vibe". The decor was central to establishing the look and feel of their vibrant seaside wedding, which included stationery all designed by graphic designer Sophie. The flowers were also a focal point, and one of Sophie's favourite features. "We chose to incorporate some Australian flowers such as protea and eucalyptus as a nod to Trav's nationality," she explains.
Another idiosyncratic element was the post-ceremony performance by a flash mob. "One of my favourite parts of the day, I'd managed to keep them a secret from everyone!" says Sophie. "The Chorus were amazing and performed their version of 'All You Need Is Love' at the end of our ceremony. Everyone absolutely loved it."
Attention to detail continued with the food, which provided a further talking point for Sophie and Trav's guests as they tucked into 'off the grills' Thai yellow monkfish, octopus, sticky Korean pork, beef carpaccio and grilled asparagus with hollandaise. "We then went on to have grazing boards made up of charcuterie made by Trav and our friend Marc from Duchy Charcuterie using beef from my dad's farm, cheeses, hummus, sweet potato butter, burnt grapes, pickles and St Ives Bakery focaccia. We finished it off with a Krispy Kreme doughnut bar, complete with sauces, sprinkles and glitter spray for people to pimp their own!" says Sophie.
"While we did take other people's opinions into account, ultimately the day was very 'us'," says Sophie. "The weather will do whatever it wants, but be prepared for it," she reminds other couples of one of the common planning pitfalls. "The day before our wedding it didn't stop raining at all. On the wedding day, the sun shone and people got sunburnt! I'd designed my decorations to work either inside or outside depending on what the weather decided to do and that reassured me that even though an indoor ceremony wasn't my top choice, I was ready for it."
Photographer Josh Harkon joshharkon.com
Venue Porth En Alls prussiacove.co.uk
Tipi The Cornish Tent Co thecornishtentcompany.com
Catering Woodfired Weddings canteencornwall.com
Dress Chantel Lauren from The Bridal Room St Ives thebridalroomstives.co.uk
Bridesmaids' dresses ASOS asos.com
Groom & groomsmen's outfits Topman topman.com
Hair Emily Mander emilymanderhair.com
Make-up Natasha Flower natashaflower.co.uk
Flowers Twigs & Greens twigsandgreens.co.uk
Videography Rockingstone Weddings rockingstoneweddings.co.uk
Entertainment Broken Down facebook.com/brokendownquartet
The Chorus fxu.org.uk/organisation/thechorus
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