Wedding at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Cornwall
Finally being together in Cornwall was such a highlight for Megan and Nick that they themed their wedding around their favourite parts of the county
Returning to Cornwall after a four-year long-distance relationship, what Megan believed to be a welcome home party on her first evening back actually transpired to be a surprise sunset proposal. "Nick packed a barbecue and champagne, drove me to Godrevy sand dunes and proposed. I thought he had organised a family party and was initially slightly disappointed when no-one else turned up!" laughs Megan.
Exactly a year later, the couple exchanged vows at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens during a sun-spilled ceremony in the pagoda. "The views of Mount's Bay and St Michael's Mount made a stunning backdrop," remembers Megan. Selecting a striking colour scheme featuring blues, silver and white ("like the Cornish sea"), the event took a relaxed "rustic/country/festival" theme, with details such as tables named after Cornish beaches and flowers with a 'just picked' look.
The reception was staged in tipis at the bottom of the gardens, where guests gathered to build their own burgers with the delicious likes of chilli and mint falafel patties, Cornish prime beef patties, pickles and various sauces and salads. The evening reception presented a feast of treats, including a chocolate fountain, sweet cart, champagne stand and cakes from Trevaskis Farm in fabulous flavours of blueberry cheesecake, Victoria sponge, forest gateau, banoffee pie and lemon meringue.
Departing from tradition, the canapes were served as a nighttime feast, which took the form of mushroom tartlets, salmon blinis, asparagus wrapped in Parma ham, chicken skewers and cocktail pasties.
"My favourite part was seeing everyone having some drinks and a good time on the dance floor, and smiling," reveals Nick. "Knowing everyone was having a good time and letting their hair down meant we could do the same."
Currently enjoying an extended honeymoon travelling for a year in south-east Asia, Megan and Nick have had plenty of time to reflect upon their day and offer a bounty of advice to other couples.
"Start planning early," says Megan. "Make good use of your ushers - unless you have waiting staff all day, they will definitely come in handy! Pack an emergency wedding bag for the day with tissues, a jumper, mints, pain relief, chocolate bar, flat shoes, lip balm, deodorant and plasters."
She adds: "Take a moment away from the hustle and bustle for yourselves just to take it in, and don't take it all too seriously. Timings will change, some things can't be planned - but it makes the day more organic; our first dance was not to the song we had planned."
Photography Nick Walker Photography.nickwphotography.com
Venue Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens tremenheere.co.uk
Tipis The Cornish Tent Company thecornishtentcompany.com
Dress Elaine Rawlings Bridal Boutique elainerawlings.co.uk
Suits Moss Bros moss.co.uk
Hair Diamond Hair & Beauty facebook.com/234307466722425
Make-up Charlotte Albert charlottealbert.com
Catering Tremenheere Kitchen tremenheere.co.uk/kitchen
Cakes Trevaskis Farm trevaskisfarm.co.uk
Flowers Ballooning, Buds & Bows ballooningbudsandbows.co.uk
Sweet cart & champagne stand Sweet Occasions facebook.com/sweetoccasions10
Chocolate fountain Absolute Chocolate absolutechocolatefountains.co.uk
Entertainment Joe Fabian from Northern Lights weddingdjdevonandcornwall.co.uk
Photo booth Cornwall Entertainment cornwallentertainment.co.uk
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