Izzy Burton illustration

We’re kicking off the week with a lovely guest post from TNWC Real Bride Emma, who has been busy sowing wildflower seeds at her outdoor ceremony venue in Cornwall – what a beautiful idea!  She’s also been trying to decide on her wedding transport, so do read on and I hope you enjoy hearing about her wedding plans…

With less than four months to go we have been rapidly ticking off things on the seemingly never-ending wedding to do list, which has been brilliant fun!  We kicked this off with a visit to our venue to meet the event organiser at Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Lee, who was absolutely brilliant!  He made us tea (won me over straight away) and was happy to chat about our wedding for nearly two hours!  We also got to see the new bar that Tim, the custodian of the Eco Park, had built from reclaimed wood found in Plymouth.

Reclaimed wood bar

Whilst there we were able to scatter our collection of wildflower seeds on the site, which we hope will grow in time for our wedding.  Chris did the scattering and I took some photos.  It was a brilliantly sunny but very cold and windy day, so most of the seeds probably blew away!  We can but try.

Scattering wildflower seeds

This is Chris tucking the seeds, ninja style, into the area around where we hope to have the ceremony, the idea being that the flowers will grow up and around the bottom of the decked area.

Outdoor wedding ceremony Cornwall

Recycled tyre outdoor wedding ampitheatre

We are really hoping for blue skies so our guests can sit in this amphitheatre made from recycled tyres and enjoy the views across the Cornish landscape and out over Porthtowan beach.  Fingers crossed!

Cornish wedding ceremony view

Outdoor wedding amiptheatre

We also met some of the resident dogs, one of whom wanted to join in!


I just can’t wait to walk through this willow arch for the last time as Miss Richardson.

Natural willow wedding archway

As well as our visit to the Eco Park we met with our caterer, Shaun from Piglet Cottage.  He was full of really useful advice and was a really, really nice man.  He also gave us a massively useful tip, which I am going to share with you all: the major supermarkets do free glass hire – who would have known!  Sainsbury’s do a great deal, just have a little look here; it may save you a small fortune!

We have decided to use the Eco Park’s drink service so will not need to hire glasses any longer but I really hope that some of you will find this little bit of information pure gold.

Despite my original wishes to arrive (ahem) on a donkey, I decided it was not only impractical for all six bridesmaids to also ride donkeys, but it might take quite a while for us to get there from where we are staying the night before.  Instead I booked us an amazing campervan called Lola with Strawberry Leisure.  They are based less than six miles away so despite plumping for using a car over the eco-friendly convoy of donkeys, the impact on the environment is limited by choosing a very local company.

VW wedding campervan Cornwall

I love that Lola was from California – where we are going on honeymoon and she used to be a coral colour – like our wedding colours!

We still have quite a few things to do but gradually we are getting there, even if more things keep being added to the list!

Although I love Lola that VW campervan I would have loved to see Emma arrive on a donkey!  Don’t forget, if you’ve missed any of the TNWC Real Brides posts just click on the link to catch up, and on Thursday we’ll be hearing from Nik who’s planning a gorgeous coastal farm wedding in Wales.

Images: (1) Illustration by Izzy Burton; (2 – 9) Brides own pictures; (10) Strawberry Leisure


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