Wedding at Tredudwell Manor, Cornwall
Labour of Love
Bethany and Phil's romantic rustic wedding at Church of St Wyllow and Tredudwell ManorAfter first meeting while working summer jobs in Perranporth, Bethany and Phil kept in touch and romance blossomed while Bethany was home between a ski season in the Alps and a summer stint in Portugal. It was while the couple were inter-railing around Italy that Phil popped the question on the iconic Rialto Bridge in Venice.
"When we were in the middle of it, surrounded by hundreds of people, he suggested we took a photo together, and got down on one knee," remembers Bethany. "Before we knew it we were sat in St Mark's Square opening a bottle of champagne to celebrate!"
Taking their shared love of the outdoors as their starting point, Bethany and Phil's celebrations evolved into a gorgeously green, organic affair with a hint of 1920s' glamour thanks to her exquisite gown and headdress.
"Phil made all the wooden direction signs, a large 'order of the day' sign and seating plan; he sprayed all the terrariums and lanterns gold and made quoits, giant Jenga and a large ladder that was decorated for inside the manor," says Bethany. "It all looked amazing and added such a special touch to the day! We also designed and made our wedding stationery with the eucalyptus and sage green theme."
The flowers provided another focal point and pulled the entire look together, including eucalyptus wreaths on the tables, cake flowers and buttonholes. Bethany paired her gown with a bouquet featuring soft rose gold foliage, blush roses, peonies, hydrangea, sweet peas and lavender.
As well as a feast for the eyes, the day also provided a range of gastronomic delights, with guests tucking into canapes of roasted scallops, spiced crab cakes and goat's cheese tartlets ahead of roasted rolled sirloin of beef and hake.
"We had an amazing band called Still Dizzy play throughout the evening. For me this was very special as my dad is in the band! They even learnt a song we personally requested for them to play," says Bethany.
Looking back, it was such treasured moments that form the most memorable parts of their day, as Bethany explains. "We both agreed that we would spend 15 minutes by ourselves and made our way to the end of the lawn, sat on a bench and took a huge breath. The sun was still shining and we just sat there taking in everything that had happened. I would really recommend taking this time out as it grounded us both and made us appreciate everything all our family and friends had done for us."
And what is her wedding planning advice? "Take your time, plan early, budget sensibly, know what's important to you and enjoy the ride!" she offers. "Be realistic about what you can afford. You may have to forfeit one item to have another. And take time to step back and remember what it's all for - you're marrying the love of your life."
Photography Toby Lowe Photography tobylowephotography.co.uk
Venue Church of St Wyllow & Tredudwell Manor tredudwell.co.uk
Catering Blank Canvas blankcanvasweddings.uk
Dress Eliza Jane Howell from The Bridal Room St Ives thebridalroomstives.co.uk
Headdress Holly Young Millinery hollyyoung.co.uk
Hair Ro Hair rohair.co.uk
Make-up Suzi Winter suziwinter.co.uk
Flowers Cornish Cutting Garden thecuttinggardencompany.co.uk
Cake Jenna's Signature Bakes facebook.com/jennassignaturebakes
Entertainment Still Dizzy facebook.com/stilldizzyband
Hudson Taylor hudsontaylormusic.com
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