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Wedding at Trevenna, Cornwall

Viva Italia

Emily and Josh's intimate, Italian-inspired wedding at Trevenna

“Josh and I lived together for a year at university thanks to a friend bringing our two groups together, and were friends for a few years,” says Emily. “Our mutual friend was also the reason I decided to move to Cornwall for the summer a couple of years later. I decided to stay in Cornwall long-term and, shortly after, Josh and I started seeing each other.”

The couple were on holiday in Italy when they became engaged on the roof terrace of their holiday apartment overlooking the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. “Two of our best friends were also on the trip with us and it made it all the more special,” reflects Emily.

It was this event that inspired the theme of their wedding at Trevenna, which they chose for a myriad of reasons. “Though it's the grounds at Trevenna that make the setting so special, we wanted a venue that would offer a beautiful indoor space in case the weather forced the ceremony to take place inside, and Trevenna offered that,” explains Emily. 

The colour scheme was a reflection of their loved-up time together in Italy, specifically the day they spent in Positano. “The muted tones of peach, pink and white found in the flowers and bridesmaid dresses were inspired by all the colours of the buildings there,” says Emily. “Pairing them with lots of natural foliage such as olive leaves and eucalyptus was inspired by our time exploring the countryside around Florence.”

The floristry was one of the most evocative aspects of the day, with Emily’s stunning bouquet of Juliet David Austin roses, white ranunculus, peonies and mixed country foliage paired with beautiful buttonholes of delicate peach lisianthus, ranunculus, white veronica and eucalyptus cinerea wrapped in rustic twine. The decor featured many of the same florals, in addition to ivy trails for the arbour, hanging ladder, staircase and trestle tables, while olive wreaths adorned the back of the couple’s chairs to eye-catching effect.

As far as moments go, it was the ceremony from start to finish that clinches it as the couple’s most treasured part of their day. “We asked Josh's sister to do a reading – an extract from ‘Captain Corelli's Mandolin’, top and tailed in a very funny and heartfelt way that made it so personal and special to us,” smiles Emily. “Everything – from walking down the aisle with my dad to the music, Josh and I seeing each other for the first time, saying our vows, having our mums as our witnesses, and having our first kiss as husband and wife – was amazing.”

The laid-back and luxe affair continued with a feast including Caesar salad chicken, Cornish crab, ricotta and chive filo tart, slow-roasted beef brisket, and pan-fried sea bass … washed down with raspberry mojitos, Cornish gin and elderflower, and Camel Valley bubbly! 

Looking back, it was all the details along with a fortuitous last-minute date change that made the day, allowing them to increase restricted guest numbers from 15 to 30 – all of whom were able to stay on-site. “Though we couldn't have everyone we loved there, it was intimate and meant everyone at the wedding could stay for both the Friday and Saturday night. No one wanted to leave when it was all over!” she says.

“Get your core suppliers and venue booked in early!” advises Emily. “This takes so much stress out of the organisation as you'll realise you've still got loads to do in the weeks (and days!) before the wedding. Also, invest in a good photographer,” she urges. “You just want to relive the day as much as possible afterwards, so having beautiful photos that capture the natural moments is everything.”

Photography Paige Grace Photography
Venue Trevenna
Dress Paloma Blanca from Lace & Grace
Bridesmaids’ dresses ASOS
Flower girl dresses John Lewis
Groom’s outfit jacket Reiss shoes Loake trousers Marks & Spencer
Groomsmen’s suits Marks & Spencer
Hair Curious Hair
Make-up Studio 3 Make-up and Beauty
Flowers Milli Fleur
Cake Wadebridge Cakes