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Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding with an original 1950s wedding dress, homegrown flowers and a vegan feast

Charlie

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Vintage eco wedding

Such a pretty wedding today! Do I say that every time? But each and every wedding is beautiful, and yet so different and personal to the couple. Colette and Simon got married in August on the Cornish coast (you might recognise their wedding venue from last week’s wedding), with a real vintage-cum-eco feel.

Colette told me that for her and Simon, “it wasn’t too much about the look, rather more about the feel we wanted to create which was, beautiful, relaxed, sustainable, vegan and fun, fun, fun!”

I’ll let you see for yourselves – over to Colette and exquisite photography from Mark Tattersall (TNWC recommended wedding photographer and Colette’s brother-in-law!)…

Vintage bride in faux fur stole – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Homegrown wedding flowers in mismatched glass bottles – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Origami paper crane wedding ceremony decorations – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colourful vintage inspired baby bridesmaid dress – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

“We wanted a kind of a mixture between an eco wedding, a vintage themed wedding – 50s style and a handmade really relaxed wedding. This kind of just reflects our favourite kinds of weddings and our personal likes and dislikes. We wanted everyone to be comfortable and to have lots of fun.”

Homegrown purple and yellow bridal bouquet with buddelia and sunflowers – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Vintage inspired bride and groom with paper crane ceremony decorations – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Homegrown summer wedding flowers in vintage bottles – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

They chose Mount Pleasant Eco Park in Cornwall to have their wedding ceremony and reception: “We just really like the whole ethos of the Mount Pleasant Eco Park, the sustainable buildings on site and their support for sustainable communities.”

“Also the fact that the site is fantastic, amazing, loads of stunning, creative and useable spaces and breathtaking views across the Cornwall Coast. The venue also had a really laid back approach and encouraged a DIY wedding, which really suited us.”

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Purple and yellow fabric wedding streamers – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Willow ceremony archway – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Sunflower and verbena wedding flower decorations – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Handpainted wedding sign – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

“We set everything up the day before so it was all sorted, apart from the wind blew all the flags down during the night so Si had lots of work in the morning, mending signs and re-driving flag poles!”

“It was also quite hectic on the brides side. Madame Tashy worked a minor miracle getting all of our hair and make up done on time whilst also entertaining babies with her jewellery!!”

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette wore a vintage 1950s wedding gown that she found after a long search on the internet: “I knew I wanted a 50s dress and that it needed to be original. I must have searched every corner of the internet for around six months before I found it in an Esty shop and I had it shipped from the US. Not very sustainable but I fell in love with it.”

Bride in original 1950s vintage wedding dress – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Jade coloured wedding shoes – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Vintage 1950s wedding dress – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

“I just really liked the embroidered tulle, the shape and the pleated tulle details that were really unusual. I’d had my baby girl, Florence, almost a year to the day before we got married, so I couldn’t risk getting a very small dress in my usual size in case I didn’t shed the baby pounds!”

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Vintage wedding dress – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

“This dress was perfect cause it was a 30 inch waist…almost unheard of in terms of the tiny waist sizes of most of the original 50s dresses. Anna D’Souza, a dress designer in Truro did a fab job taking it in.”

Vintage 1950s wedding dress – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Flowergirls in floral vintage inspired dresses – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

“I found the accessories during two visits to my favourite vintage jewellery lady at the local flea market!! I don’t even know her name! This was a 50s diamanté flower broach to hold my wrap together and a 30s green cut glass beaded necklace, which was just gorgeous.”

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Green glass bridal necklace – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

“I found my 50s green diamanté hair combs in another Etsy shop in Canada (so naughty!). The best buy was the faux fur wrap which I’ll admit cost a fiver from eBay! Good old eBay!!

Faux fur bridal stole – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette’s bridesmaids wore vintage style dresses made from mismatched floral vintage fabric:

“The bridesmaids were all in 50s style vintage dresses. My two head bridesmaids and Si’s eldest daughter were in special handmade 50s style dresses lovingly crafted from vintage fabric by Dig For Victory in Brighton. The dresses were all mismatched, floral and plain but all to the colour scheme of mustard, bright greens and purple….They looked amazing!”

Floral 1950s inspired bride and bridesmaids – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

When asked what Simon wore for their wedding, Colette decided to ask him: “a hat, a shirt and some trousers!” was the reply she got! “Typical!! I loved his waistcoat and hat and his very cool blue (not) suede boots!”

Groom in waistcoat – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette grew all the flowers for their wedding: “I love gardening and I guess I just fancied the challenge. It was also a lot cheaper! I wanted bright flowers around the colour theme, sustainably sourced and with a slightly informal feel. I did pay for a few extra sunflowers from a local grower so we had enough to do everything, but most of them were grown in my pollytunnel.”

Homegrown wedding flowers with sunflowers and buddleia – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Floral 1950s inspired flowergirl dress – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Homegrown August wedding flowers – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

“I had a great day with a good friend of mine, two days before the wedding, going foraging for wild flowers. We struck gold on a disused factory site near Redruth and picked loads of lovely purple buddleia. We then put individual stems into about 150 glass vintage bottles for the table settings and I did all the bouquets. It was very hard work but so worth it!!”

Homegrown seasonal wedding flowers in purple and yellow – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Seasonal bridal bouquet with sunflowers and buddleia – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Sunflowers and buddleia wedding flowers – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

“The ceremony was held on site at Mount Pleasant Eco Park, in their amazing amphitheatre. This is a really high spot on site and the views are stunning! We found a load of jute cushions  so people could sit comfortably if it was a bit damp.”

Tipi – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Outdoor ceremony ampitheatre– photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Hessian cushions for outdoor wedding ceremony – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Mount Pleasant Eco Park wedding ceremony – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

“We decorated the ceremony structure with lots of flowers and a lovely curtain of paper cranes for luck! I began folding nearly 300 cranes from origami paper about a year before the wedding!”

I think the way Colette and Simon chose to decorate their ceremony space really complements the natural structure.

Eco-chic outdoor wedding ceremony location – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Floral bridesmaids dresses – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Eco-chic wedding ceremony with homegrown flowers and paper cranes – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

When Colette first saw Simon at their wedding ceremony, she told me, “I just felt really happy to see him and give him a big hug!! He looked very suave and sexy in his wedding outfit. He’s my best friend and I was just really over the moon to be marrying him.”

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Vintage inspired bride in 1950s wedding dress – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Relaxed groom in waistcoat and hat – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

“The weather wasn’t brilliant, but it wasn’t bad enough to force us inside luckily! We had a back-up plan for bad weather of getting married in the barn. I think it’s always good to have a backup!”

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Eco-chic outdoor wedding ceremony in Cornwall – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Eco-chic outdoor wedding ceremony in Cornwall – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

“We had two readings, one was a quote on love by John Lennon and the other was the passage on love from ‘The Prophet’ by Khalil Gibran. They had real meaning for both of us.”

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Mount Pleasant Eco Park wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Mount Pleasant Eco Park wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

“We had a few songs to play during the signing of the register…an eclectic mix of Bob Dylan, Iron and Wine and The Smiths to name but a few. We left the ceremony space to ‘Sticking with You’ by The Velvet Underground!”

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Vintage 1950s wedding dress – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

After their ceremony, Colette, Simon and their baby girl Florence headed to the beach for a few photos and to have some time just the three of them. “We took our little baby, Florence, with us. It was so nice! Gorgeous light.”

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Beach wedding photographs – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

They decorated the barn at Mount Pleasant Eco Park with more of those lovely homegrown flowers of Colette’s, along with bunting, ribbons and sheer fabrics.

Eco-chic Cornish wedding venue – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Bunting decorated barn – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Sunflower table decorations – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Homegrown wedding flower table decorations – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Floral napkins and seed packet wedding favours – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Don’t you love the tiny extra details like these paper cranes hung from the back of the chairs…

Paper origami cranes hung with ribbon off chair backs – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon had two meals for their reception, a buffet for their day guests and a ‘pot luck’ style meal in the evening where guests each brought a dish.

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Wedding cream tea – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Wedding sign – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Wedding scones and jam – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Homegrown wedding flowers in hessian covered pots – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

I love the children’s tent!

Childrens wedding tent – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Any favourite moments from the day? “We loved all of it! There were so many elements which were special, touching, moving and just downright funny!! I loved the Wedding Olympics, it really brought everyone together. I spacehoppered in my wedding dress and Simon split his trousers in his heat!! He had to change into his jeans!! It was so funny watching usually mild mannered relatives turning into competitive athletes! And the kids loved it!!”

Bride on a spacehopper – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Wedding Olympics – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Wedding Olympics – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Wedding Olympics – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Bride hulla hooping – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Wedding Olympics – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

 “We had a formal buffet for day guests – this was a completely vegan buffet by Fairfoods of Exeter. They make stunningly tasty vegan food. Everyone was stuffed and happy, even the most ardent of meat eaters. I’ve been a vegan for over 20 years and was always sure that my big day wouldn’t involve any exploitation of animals in any way.”

Salad with edible flowers – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Wedding cupcakes – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

“The day and evening guests also brought a little vegan dish that we scoffed later on before the band came on, so everyone could have an evening meal. It was a great way to save money and the guests really liked being able to contribute in that way.”

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Homegrown wedding flowers in vintage bottles – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

“I’m big into the vintage style and also both of us are really into sustainability. Wildflower seeds which people could plant that would be good for bees, just seemed like a really good way of spreading the love!”

Eco-friendly seed packet wedding favours – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Wedding photographer Mark Tattersall (who also took our wedding photos) is Colette’s brother-in-law: “Well, when you’ve got a nationally renowned wedding photographer for a brother-in-law and his pictures are always amazing, it’s a no brainer to ask him for a favour.”

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

When I asked what it was like working with him (seems a bit of a silly question in hindsight!), Colette told me: “We really didn’t work with him…he just turned up with his camera and took amazing shots. We didn’t have to do anything!! He’s brilliant! And the results were more than we could have ever hoped for. I’m paying him back now by designing his garden for him!”

Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

A huge thank you to Mark Tattersall for sending this beautiful wedding into my inbox, and to Colette and Simon for sharing their wedding day with us all.

{ Details }

Photography: Mark Tattersall
Venue: Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Cornwall
Wedding Dress: Vintage
Dress Restoration: Anna D’Souza
Handmade Rings: Stedman Fielder Jewellery Studio
Hair: Madame Tashy’s Beauty Boutique
Bridesmaids Dresses: Dig For Victory
Flowers: Homegrown by bride
Catering: Fairfoods

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Emma on 16. April, 2014

Beautiful! Just beautiful! I’m biased as I love the Eco Park!!

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lyssa on 22. December, 2015

Can someone help me with instructions or a tutorial on how the ribbon and origami crane are tied/wrapped around the chair?

Charlie

CharlieB on 23. December, 2015

Hi Lyssa, I haven’t made original cranes before, but looking at the picture it looks like the ribbon is either threaded through the crane somehow, or maybe a small hole made to poke the ribbon through, then a knot tied at the bottom. Then it looks like the ribbon has just been tied onto the chair so they hand. Charlie x

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