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Cheryl and Andrew’s magical woodland wedding with sand ceremony, handpicked wildflowers and a bouncy castle

Joanna / 15 November 2016

Family picture on wedding day with beams of light // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

This week’s real wedding is a magical woodland wedding full of natural decorations, mismatched pots, handpicked wildflowers and little green woodland creatures.

Cheryl and Andrew, whose two children played important roles on the day, got married at Sconner Down in Polbathic – a beautiful woodland venue with stunning views of Cornwall and their hometown, Plymouth.

Their informal, family-centred day radiates happiness and joy.  Ultimately, they wanted a relaxed, fun day for everyone they love and they undoubtedly achieved this wish: they even had a bouncy castle (for the children, of course).

Over to Cheryl to tell us all about this fairytale wedding

Wooden ivy covered woodland shed for wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride with veil and bespoke dress // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Pink and white wildflowers in mismatched pots // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Wedding cheese cake with mice cake topper // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride, groom and daughter at outdoor woodland wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom in field with long grass // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

This story starts and ends with family

The couple’s priorities are where the story of this wedding begins: “The most important thing for us was family. Our day was about us becoming husband and wife, but of us all coming together as a family, a united front.”  And Cheryl’s day began with just that, her family; as the finishing touches were put to her hair and dress, her children looked on.

Marquee in woodland // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and son wedding day // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride with daisies and veil in hair // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bridesmaid peach tutu // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bridesmaid in peach tutu dress blowing bubbles // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Son at wedding pageboy in wellies // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

A bespoke bridal gown and short veil

Cheryl chose to have her wedding dress designed and handmade by a lady she simply refers to as Christine in Callington, Cornwall. It is elegant and princess-like, perfectly at home in this fairytale woodland dream and her short veil allows full view of its delicate lace back.

Bride lounging on chair in woodland // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride with short veil looking across woodland // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride in white gown in woodland // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Marquee with flags // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and mum in royal blue on wedding morning // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Wedding camping in woods // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride in white gown in woodland // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and bridesmaids peach orange blush flowers // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Walked down a tree-lined aisle by her little boy

“My son walked me down the aisle and made everyone laugh with his funny faces, he wouldn’t let me go so he stayed with us whilst we did our vows.”

And what an aisle it was: the woods certainly provided a magical setting for the couple’s intimate outdoor ceremony and the young bridesmaids’ pixie-like peach dresses contributed to the whimsical nature of the decor.

The couple’s good friend, Paul, became their celebrant and friends Isabelle and Terry sang acoustic as the bride and her son walked down the aisle towards their guests who were gathered in a clearing in the dense woodland.

Bridesmaid peach blush tutu at outdoor wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride walked down isle by young son at outdoor woodland wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Outdoor woodland wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Groom waiting at wedding outdoor woodland // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride walked down isle by young son at outdoor woodland wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom kiss at outdoor woodland wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Guests at outdoor woodland wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom at outdoor woodland wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom at outdoor woodland wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Family at outdoor woodland wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

United as one

“Our ceremony was my favourite part of the day,” Cheryl told us. “I knew we wanted our children to be involved, not just a part of the wedding party, but having them up there with us.”

Surrounded by their friends and family, some sitting and many standing, the couple and their children took part in a sand ceremony: the blending of different coloured sand in a single vessel.

“I loved the idea that once the grains of sand were blended they couldn’t be separated, just like family – our family, always and forever.”

Cheryl and Andrew’s son and daughter participated in the sand ceremony too. “The moment felt so precious and will stay with me forever, even though we were surrounded by our family and friends, in that moment it was us, united as one.”

Bride and groom at outdoor woodland wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

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Sand ceremony at outdoor woodland wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Sand ceremony at outdoor woodland wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Sand ceremony at outdoor woodland wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Sand ceremony at outdoor woodland wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

The perfect alternative 

“Before we got engaged I knew what I didn’t want, I didn’t want a church, a hotel or registry office, so it led us looking down alternative routes. We knew we wanted it to be relaxed, kid friendly and just plain fun, not your traditional everyday wedding and something everyone would remember.”

Bride and groom confetti outdoor wedding

Bride outdoor woodland wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom woodland // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Groom holding young son // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride short veil woodland // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Peach blush tutu flower girl // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride short veil woodland // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride, groom and guests woodland // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Laughter filled day

“After the ceremony, we headed back to the field and games and fun. Of course the adult sized bouncy castle was in use by all the children, but as expected even the adults joined in!

It was great fun. Laughter could be heard all over, family and friends were relaxing, music was drifting up from the marquee and everything was perfect.”

Bridesmaid orange floral dress with ivy in hair // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom on bouncy castle // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Flower girl peach blush tutu on bouncy castle // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride on bouncy castle at wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom on bouncy castle // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Family wedding - bride groom and childern // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Groomsmen walking through woodland navy suits peach ties // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Peach blush tutu flower girl blowing bubbles // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Outdoor wedding guests // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

An Enchanted Bride

We have featured inspirational work by wedding photographer Enchanted Brides previously and photographer Jo certainly doesn’t fail to impress at this wedding; the stunning photographs capture both the adoration and happiness of Cheryl and Andrew against the naturally lit dark green backdrop of wild woodland.

Bride and groom holding hands in woodland // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom in woodland - bride short veil bespoke gown // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom look at each other in woodland with sunlight // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom in woodland // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom in woodland // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom in field with long grass // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom in field with long grass // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom in field with long grass // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom in field with long grass // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom in field with long grass // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom in field with long grass // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom in field with long grass // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride smiling back at camera outdoors // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Everything fell into place

Knowing what I didn’t want in a wedding was a huge step forward in searching for what we did want. We wanted to be able to invite all our friends and family and not be limited which led us towards an outdoor marquee wedding and when we found Sconner Down in Polbathic, we fell in love.

Once the venue was found, everything else fell into place: the woodland theme began to emerge.”

Marquee wedding guests // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Baby at wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Guests on picnic rugs and blankets at wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Guests outdoors at wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Wedding marquee in woodland // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

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Handcrafted woodland decor

“I wanted our wedding to be unique, so nearly all the traditional touches were at our wedding, in a non traditional way.”

Once Cheryl had decided on a woodland theme, she knew she needed to complement the surroundings, but in a fun way, “I hid woodland animals everywhere and in different forms. Used wildflowers for centrepieces and bouquets – which I subsequently left at home (ouch!) and a family of field mice even became our cake topper! It was a lot of planning but was so worth it.”

In addition to the carefully crafted magical woodland wedding decor, Cheryl thought of her guests too – providing flip flops for tired feet and blankets for the chilly evening, both presented in rustic woven boxes.

Rustic woodland wedding white garden furniture with wildflowers // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Wildflowers in mismatched pots // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

If love was a storybook we'd meet on the first page wedding book display // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Field mice cake topper // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Woodland wedding decor green bunny rabbit // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Wedding flip flop basket // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Wedding rug basket and rustic signs // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Rustic wooden pallet wedding order of day // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride holding chinese fan at wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Moss covered tree stump card box at wedding woodland // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Rustic wedding decor - wildflowers and ivy // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Getting everyone involved

“Nearly everything was handmade, I spent 2 years putting everything together; including the children’s games; decorations; signs and even my dress was handmade and my maid of honour made our cakes.”

In addition to the homemade cakes, Cheryl and Andrew decided to adopt an alternative wedding cake currently favoured by many couples – the cheese cake. Provided by Hanson Fine Cheeses, their three-tiered cake was made up of local Cornish cheeses and topped by a family of little field mice – an adorable finishing touch.

Homemade cake at wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Cake and cheese cake tower at wedding with field mice cake topper // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Cheese tower wedding cake // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Field mice cake topper wedding cake // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom cutting cheese cake tower // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Pebble guest book wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

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Sand ceremony sand jar wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

A relaxed celebration amongst friends

Inside their marquee, supplied by Really Good Marquees, guests sat on long tables and tucked in to an informal wedding breakfast.  After eating, guests basked in the sun and children played.

Wedding marquee // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom cutting hog roast // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride laughing // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

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Bride and groom whispering at wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

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Bride in bright sunshine walking through grass // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Wedding bride, groom and children // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride with white boots under dress // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Wedding guests in grass floored wedding marquee // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom first dance // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom first dance

bride and groom first dance // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

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Wedding guests // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Get help with the planning

Cheryl and Andrew’s wedding has an effortless, relaxed vibe but it took a lot of work to look that way.  When asked what advice she would give to those planning weddings she replied, “get people to help with the planning, don’t take it all on yourself and if you’re going DIY don’t do too much or you will end up being one stressed little bunny. Try to make sure everything is done and dusted at least 3 weeks before your wedding so you can sit back and relax.”

Bride and groom magical woodland wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom magical woodland wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom magical woodland wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom kissing in woodland with beams of light // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom magical woodland wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom magical woodland wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom magical woodland wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom magical woodland wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom magical woodland wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

A big thank you to Cheryl and Andrew for sharing their beautiful wedding with us, and to Jo from Enchanted Brides for sending it to us.

Bride, groom and children at wedding // Enchanted Brides // The Natural Wedding Company

{ Details }

Photographer: Enchanted Brides
Venue: Sconner Down
Marquee: Really Good Marquees
Bride’s Dress: Bespoke and handmade by Christine in Callington
Flowers: Handpicked wild flowers
Wedding Food: Black Lion Catering
Wedding Cake: Hanson Fine Cheeses
Decorations: Handmade by bride

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