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Wedding at The Harbour Club, Cornwall

Wedding at The Harbour Club, Cornwall

A Roseland Love Story

The beauty of the Roseland, together with the shades of sunrise and sunset, inspired Holly and Nik's eclectic, beachside party at home

Holly and Nik's wedding was the ultimate in relaxed, imaginative and idiosyncratic, with renowned milliner Holly's industry contacts helping to fashion an eclectic and beautifully Cornish beachside event. "We wanted a wedding that reflected our lives. We moved to the Roseland in 2014 and many of our friends and family hadn't seen the area yet so we wanted to show them how beautiful it is," she explains.

Fittingly, they drew inspiration from the sunrise and sunset for their colour scheme. "Nik (who works at The Hidden Hut) often sees the sunrise at work, and our flat at the time had a wonderful view of both," explains Holly. "It felt symbolic of our new home and also gave us a lot of options, from the pinks and oranges of the bridesmaids to the greys and blues of the groomsmen."


Enlisting Elle Winsor Grime of Inspire Hire to help with the decor and floristry, the pair spent a day sourcing blooms before friends and family pitched in to help transform Portscatho Memorial Hall. Flamingos, mismatched chairs and personality-packed touches added to the colourful scene.

Customising her gown with the help of dressmaker Annalise Harvey, Holly added her own handmade accessories: a beautifully beaded cowl veil, a rose gold 1920s' inspired wire and vintage bead halo and a trio of floral hair combs.

The day began with a sunny ceremony on the balcony of The Harbour Club overlooking Portscatho Beach followed by a picnic on the sands complete with sea shanty singers, games and lunch boxes containing sandwiches and other delicious afternoon tea treats.

The incoming tide signalled the shift in venue and, after a brief walk up the hill to the Memorial Hall, guests were presented with the speeches followed by another culinary hit from The Hidden Hut: Moroccan chicken and vegetable tagine accompanied by jewelled couscous with pomegranate and feta, and a flavoursome smattering of salads.


Guests grooved to a special iPod playlist before gypsy folk band Biere De Lux took to the helm and kept the dance floor packed until midnight, with an after-party staged back at The Harbour Club.

Reflecting on her dream-filled day, Holly shares so many standout features, one of which was Emily Hankins' show-stopping cake, brilliantly styled with moss, flowers and a flamingo. "It was a complete surprise and was hand-painted with images inspired by our tattoos and the Portscatho seaside. It also contained a chequerboard of vanilla and chocolate sponge to represent Nik's love of two-tone ska music and anything to do with motorbike engines!"

Achieving the aim of making the day as carefree for their guests as possible did require some planning, however, as Holly comments: "Plan who is going to execute everything on the day so that none of your friends and family miss out on the fun." She adds. "Be yourself and be creative. Write down what the three most important things are and choose where you want to spend your money."

Photography Daniel Kingdom Gradwell
Venue The Harbour Club
Portscatho & Gerrans Memorial Hall
Celebrants The Cornish Guild of Celebrants
On the day co-ordination Eve Wedding Design
Catering The Hidden Hut
Flowers and decor Inspire Hire
Dress Needle & Thread
Alterations & remodelling Annalise Harvey
Garter Anna D'Souza
Hair Gold Bird Hair Design
Make-up Natasha Flower
Hair accessories & feather buttonholes Holly Young Millinery
Bridesmaids' dresses Oasis
Chairs Stargazey Wedding Hire
Cake Emily Hankins
Photo booth, games & props Box and Cox Vintage Hire
Bar Barflies
Entertainment Du Hag Owr
Biere De Luxe

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