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Wedding at The Castle Bude

Wedding at The Castle Bude

A Carnival of Colour

Emma and Jamie's personality-packed big day at The Castle Bude

After 20 years together and "two enormous baby boys", Emma and Jamie wanted to get married, but one thing had been stopping them. "We have always been slightly terrified of planning a wedding, which is why we never bothered," says Emma. "But thankfully weddings are changing! Now you can have colour! You can have pretty food vans and petticoats and funky wellies and no seating plan and whatever food you want. Hurrah!"

So with their starting point of colour, fifties fashions, a prosecco van and a beautiful spot in Cornwall, the hunt for a venue ended with Bude on the north coast.


"Our ceremony was at The Castle Bude, which we travelled to via an awesome vintage bus," says Emma, whose tea-length dress was complemented with a lace top, mint petticoat and mint shoes. "Dad and I came down the aisle to 'I'm A Believer' by The Monkees, and got everyone to sing along! Then my band, who I sing with, played a beautiful song called 'Bless Your Tombstone Heart', with our best friend and my brother singing."

Moving on to Milton Barn for their reception, Emma and Jamie created a pom-pom extravaganza for their carnival-style wedding. "I had seen a lot of pictures of wild looking flowers in vintage bottles and tins - and pom-poms! - and just thought that that was such an elegant, vintage look but also lots of fun and really pretty. I formed a 'pom-pom team' for the day before and somehow they just created exactly what we wanted. It was actually even more beautiful than I could have believed possible!" says Emma. "To see everyone's reactions when they went into the barn was such a special moment and made all the planning so worthwhile."

There wasn't a dull moment as the afternoon turned into evening, with the youngest guests enjoying carnival games, a magician and a photo booth - not to mention a prosecco van, ice cream van and gin bar to keep the grown-ups happy!


A feast of paella was followed by pasties and cheese in the evening, as well as a beautiful cake and edible teacups - then the night's entertainment took the celebrating to a new level.

"Instead of a DJ, Jamie organised a few friends and family to do half-hour DJ slots, and we also had a ceilidh, which was amazing and got everyone in the dancing mood," says Emma.

Ending with a silent disco at midnight, Emma and Jamie couldn't fault a single moment of their day. "We had the most amazing time with all of our friends and family together in the same place. It really is a day like no other and I just wish we could do it all again!"

And what's her advice for those getting married after years - or decades - together? "Just do it where you want, the way you want and enjoy every second," says Emma. "Of course, the best thing for us is that our two little boys got to share the day with us."

Photography Verity Westcott Photography
Venue The Castle Bude Milton Barn
Dress LouLou Bridal
Petticoats Doris Designs
Shoes Rachel Simpson
Bridesmaids' dresses Etsy
Make-up Suzi Winter
Groom's outfit T.M. Lewin
Props, games & tables The Prop Factory Stargazey Wedding Decor Hire
Flowers Church Park Flowers
Catering Buen Apetito
Photo booth The Little Red Bus
Prosecco van Bring Me Bubbles
Ice cream van Devon Vintage Ice Cream Van Company
Cake Emily Hankins
Hannah's Cornish Cakes
Magician Magic Martin
Crèche Hannah's Busy Bees Childcare
Festoon lighting & DJ supplies DJC Event Hire
Silent disco Silent Discomania
Transport Taw and Torridge

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