Wedding at The Prince of Wales
Heaven on the Helford
Fiona and Tom's vintage country-themed wedding at The Prince of WalesOriginally meeting as medical students, Fiona and Tom's friendship blossomed into romance during a series of hospital placements. A proposal followed during a sailing trip on the Helford River. "I was tucking into a packet of crisps when Tom got down onto one knee and asked me to marry him," reveals Fiona. "I was petrified about losing the ring overboard!"
Their vintage country themed wedding saw both bride and groom dress the part. Flanked by bridesmaids donning oyster grey dresses, Fiona chose a silk Naomi Neoh gown accessorised with a vintage belt, cathedral veil and dazzling headdress. Meanwhile, Tom's charcoal grey suit and oyster grey cravat perfectly complemented the colour scheme of soft greys and pinks.
The palette made for pretty-as-a-picture floral arrangements including peonies, hydrangeas, roses, foliage and gypsophila.
Their ceremony took place at the idyllic setting of St Anthony-in-Meneage Church, a highlight being a reading from the novel 'Frenchman's Creek' in homage to Fiona's parents' favourite spot on the Helford River. The newly-weds then headed to the sun-drenched beach for photographs before moving onto The Prince of Wales.
They were keen to infuse their character through the details of the day. "As both of us are doctors, we wanted something unique at the wedding, and so we used vintage 1950s' medical equipment that my granny who was a GP used to use," says Fiona. A microscope and old medical books were displayed on an antique desk with a typewriter, while a seating plan handwritten on old medical record cards quirkily welcomed guests into the venue.
An old trunk filled with blankets allowed guests to wrap up warm in the evening, while a family rowing boat was transformed into an ice bucket for the champagne and Pimm's. "We sanded it down, gave it a fresh coat of varnish and then lined it with blankets and a waterproof lining to hold the ice, making a nice feature at the drinks reception," says Fiona.
Brimming with delicious local flavour, the wedding feast comprised a Cornish seafood platter, chicken Wellington and a Cornish cream tea served on vintage china. Meanwhile, the day's eclectic entertainment presented a mix of lawn games including croquet, Jenga, pick-up-sticks and swing ball, as well as a spectacular live set from Keiko Rise, which included an acoustic version of Tom Odell's 'Grow Old With Me' for the first dance.
A surprise fireworks display provided the perfect finale to the day, as well as Fiona's favourite moment. "The band asked all the guests to go outside - we had no idea why. Then, on the lawn, a heart lit up with T&F, with spectacular fireworks behind," she explains. "This is the time when I got to reflect on the whole day and really appreciate how lucky I was to be marrying such an amazing person, but also how much I love my friends and family."
Photography Ethan Elliot www.ethanelliot.com
Venue St Anthony-in-Meneage Church followed by The Prince of Wales www.princeofwalesnewtown.co.uk
Catering Mark Devonshire www.markdevonshire.co.uk
Dress Naomi Neoh from The Bridal House of Cornwall www.thebridalhouseofcornwall.co.uk
Bridesmaid dresses Dessy www.dessy.com
Groom's outfit Moss Bros www.mossbroshire.co.uk
Hair Inkfish www.inkfishhairandbeauty.co.uk
Make-up Sally Orchard www.cornwallmakeupartist.co.uk
Flowers G.R. & S.D. Mills Florists www.millsflorists-camborne.co.uk
Entertainment Keiko Rise www.keikorise.com
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