Wedding at Porthilly Farm, Cornwall
Wed by the Water
Flowers galore set the perfect scene for the coastal wedding of Katy and Jon, whose relationship began by the seaside
Jon first caught Katy's eye while she was working at a bar on Polzeath Beach, where he would drop in for drinks with friends. "I mentioned him to my flatmate at the time and he happened to be one of her brother's good friends," reveals Katy. "She helped to introduce us and it went from there!"
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The beach played an integral part in the pair's blossoming romance, with a string of walking, kayaking and sunset-gazing dates. "So it was fitting that our wedding was by the water," comments Katy.
Porthilly Farm provided the perfect venue for their coastal summer wedding, where keynotes of "romantic, elegant and relaxed" were subtly achieved by a gorgeous green and gold colour scheme with hints of pink.
Merging the rustic feel of the venue with their waterside theme, details such as Porthilly mussels on the stationery worked alongside a stunning carnival of floristry for a wonderfully unique aesthetic.
"The large floral arch was something I wanted from the beginning," says Katy. "The idea was for it to be a focal point and people could take photos standing in the middle of it. With the beautiful waterside backdrop, it was a really special feature and was mirrored with the three large, circular floral installations hanging from the roof of the marquee."
The entire scene spilled with blooms to spellbinding effect. Scandi-style lanterns set in eucalyptus wreaths adorned the tables, which were named after local beaches.
Following the ceremony, guests gathered in the field for a fabulous drinks reception courtesy of The Buffalo Bar, whose converted airstream caravan served Elderflower Collins alongside a selection of cocktails and local craft beers to the sultry sounds of singer, Joss White.
A selection of canapes, such as puff pastries with tamarind and coriander-spiced leeks and mac and cheese fries, did the rounds before sharing platters of chargrilled butterfly chicken breast, seared mackerel fillets, and harissa-marinated skewers of halloumi, aubergines, peppers and courgettes provided the mouth-watering mains.
"Our miniature dappled Dachsund Luna joined us for an hour in the marquee," recalls Katy of an especially fond memory. "Elle from Inspire Hire made her a floral collar. She was very excited by all the people there, and was happy as long as someone was throwing a ball for her!"
The evening featured a fitting finale: the lighting of the large firepit, with guests cosied up in blankets on vintage deckchairs toasting marshmallows.
Looking back, Katy shares two separate pieces of advice aimed at different members of the wedding party.
"For the bride and bridesmaids: however much time you think you have to get ready, it never seems to be enough!" she says. "Set a time to be ready by and then bring it forward an hour to ensure you aren't too rushed to fully enjoy the moments with your best friends."
"For the bride and groom: the day will be a magical whirlwind, but try to remember that this is probably the only day where all your friends and family will be in one place at the same time, so try and savour every moment."
Photography A Thing Like That Photography athinglikethatphotography.com
Venue St Michaels's Church, Porthilly Porthilly Farm
On the day coordination, styling & larger floral installations Inspire Hire inspire-hire.co.uk
Dress Anna Campbell from Blackburn Bridal Couture blackburnbridal.co.uk
Wedding ring Douglas Hughes douglashughesfinejewellery.com
Bridesmaids' dresses Coast coast-stores.com
Hair Lisa Gadsby Wedding Hair Specialist facebook.com/lisagadsbyweddinghair
Make-up Lindsay Adams lamakeupcornwall.co.uk
Groom's outfit Moss Bros moss.co.uk
Bouquet, buttonhole, jars & eucalyptus wreaths Wadebridge Flowers wadebridgeflowers.co.uk
Props Box & Cox Vintage Hire boxandcoxvintage.co.uk
Stationery Hooper & Shaw nicoleheidaripour.com/hooper-shaw-about
Transport Love Weddings Cornwall loveweddingscornwall.co.uk
Catering Fee Turner Catering feeturnercatering.co.uk
Drinks The Buffalo Bar thebuffalo.co.uk
Entertainment Joss White josswhite.co.uk The Zu Zu Men thezuzumen.com
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