Ellie and John were enjoying a weekend break in Devon when John politely popped the question by artfully scribing it in the sand. "I was down by the water's edge and John wrote 'will you marry me please?' With such impeccable manners I could hardly say no and wrote in the sand next to it, 'yes'!" recalls Ellie.
A classic colour scheme of cream, navy blue and gold carried through their intimate family gathering at enchanting moorland venue, Trevenna.
Flanked by bridesmaids donning gold frocks, Ellie wore an elegant ivory lace gown and carried a bouquet reflecting the day's resplendent decor, featuring white phalaenopsis and dendrobium orchids.
Tall lily vases containing three stems of white phalaenopsis orchids with green fern were placed on the centre of each table, which were scattered with skeleton leaves in gold and blue. The children's table was a vibrant affair, topped with multi-coloured paper pompoms, individualised name settings and gift bags bulging with activities. "We gave 'fortune tellers or cootie catchers' with personalised questions about John and I as favours for each child, and catchers contained a hidden lottery ticket for each adult," says Ellie.
Their intimate civil ceremony took place at Trevenna with just a handful of guests present. Despite the weather forecast, the sun was shining when Ellie and John emerged as newly-weds, allowing them to venture to a nearby forest for photographs. On their return, the family gathered for a sumptuous sit-down meal, featuring Cornish sharing platters, slow roasted lamb shank, braised beef, sticky toffee pudding and chocolate mousse.
A wedding of two halves, everyone headed to St Neot Church later in the day where the newly-weds were joined with additional friends and family for a blessing ceremony before all returning to Trevenna for the evening reception.
Guests were treated to warm cider, mojitos and a bountiful buffet of Cornish pasties, parma ham and a cheese tower alongside a DJ playlist from a friend.
"The whole event was very special. We were very fortunate to spend a whole weekend with our close family and friends celebrating our wedding in such a stunning location," comments Ellie. "Everyone involved helped to make the weekend an event to remember."
Looking back, Ellie reiterates the importance of careful forward planning, but warns brides-to-be not to micromanage and allow themselves to relax on the day. "Plan and organise beforehand. Then on the day relinquish the control! Realise that you have done all you can and enjoy the day!"
Photography Barney Walters www.barneywalters.com
Venue St Neot Church and Trevenna, St Neot www.trevenna.co.uk
Dress Augusta Jones from Georgina Brides www.georginascottbridal.co.uk
Bridesmaid dresses Hobbs www.hobbs.co.uk
Make-up Ella Butler www.makeupbyella.com
Groom's outfit Individual Tailoring www.individualtailoring.co.uk
Flowers Sharon Mesher www.sharonmesherweddingflowers.com
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