Ellie and Dean’s colourful Cornish wedding with stunning seasonal flowers and a garden party in a grand pavilion tent
Colourful Cornish wedding
There are so many gorgeous details to love about today’s wedding I wouldn’tknow where to start, and a bride that says she wished to look like a woodland fairy queen on her big day is a bride after my own heart!
Ellie and Dean’s relaxed, Cornish wedding features an abundance of colourful accents including a vintage peacock print shawl, emerald shoes and swoon-worthy blooms. Then there’s a beautiful old, flower filled church and a garden party in a spectacular tent, with shared roast lamb platters to bring guests together.
To top it all off the portraits of the new Mr and Mrs look like they are straight out of a fairy tale! All captured exquisitely on film by fine art film photographers Taylor & Porter, who you can find listed in the directory as one of our recommended wedding suppliers, and in the words of bride Ellie “are absolutely fantastic.”
So on that note lets delve in, with bride Ellie providing more information about their big day …
Ellie’s fabulous dress with beautiful back detail was by Charlie Brear, which she managed to find second hand, “I went to the shop in London with my mum, I loved about 8 of their dresses but this one felt the most comfortable and ‘me’. Then I found the exact same dress on a second hand wedding dress website and bought it from a lady in London.”
Ellie plans to be able to wear her dress again, “I’m keeping the dress and will dye it another colour and wear it when I’m invited to a fabulous party one day.” Such a great idea, who wouldn’t want to wear their wedding dress again?!
Ellie explains further the inspiration behind her wedding day look:
“I kind of wanted to look like a woodland fairy-queen… so I got some awesome flowers for my hair and then wanted something a bit colourful (green, my favourite) to add to the dress, so found the peacock shawl in Decadent Vintage in Angel.”
I just love a bride that rocks a colourful shoe with her wedding dress, and these emerald beauties are show-stoppers!
Ok, aren’t these blooms just to die for… Such a gorgeous, rich combination of shades and textures, and the tiny little strawberries (see if you can spot them) are such a lovely little touch! The very talented The Garden Gate Flower Company created the bouquets, buttonholes and exquisite hair flowers.
The Garden Gate Flower Company grow all their own flowers on an organic farm, and the beautiful natural bouquet they created for Ellie is just perfect for the relaxed feel of the wedding. I also can’t believe how perfectly they match her shawl!
Dean left finding his suit almost until the last minute, I think I would have been very nervous if I had been Ellie, but the suit was worth the wait, “He wore a brilliant vintage 3-piece suit that he bought about 10 days before the wedding and an orange cravat his friend lent him the day before the wedding.”
Dean had two best men his brother, Gareth and his best mate Gavin, with Ellie choosing not to have bridesmaids, instead opting for “lots of fabulous sisters and cousins and friends around me (and they all wore amazing dresses!).”
Ellie spent the morning before the ceremony surrounded by her family helping her put together all the finishing touches:
“I had lots of family around me helping with all the final bits and bobs that we hadn’t finished yet, and also making me coffee, helping look after our boy and keeping me very calm and happy.”
Ellie and Dean got married in a very old and tiny church called St Enodoc in Trebetherick in June which they decorated with flowers and ferns.
Flowers can just transform a space can’t they? Their church is definitely no exception, it looks as though a gorgeous wild garden has sprung up between the stonework!
The ceremony featured some lovely personal touches:
“Some friends sang ‘The grey funnel line’ arranged by the The Ballina Whalers, which was absolutely amazing. We hadn’t heard their version and it was just stunning. We also had brilliant readings by Dean’s uncle, an extract from Gabriel Garcia Marquez by our friend Aeryn and the lyrics to ‘The Power of Love’ by our friend Richard. He did it fantastically.”
Ellie said of the ceremony, “I really enjoyed the ceremony, I thought it would be nerve-wracking and all a bit serious but it wasn’t at all, it was great!”
I think many brides can feel this way, a bit apprehensive about their wedding ceremony, but like Ellie discovered there’s no reason to be!
After the ceremony the guests made their way back to Ellie’s parents house to celebrate in style, starting with champagne of course.
How fabulous is that walk from the church back to Ellie’s parents house?
The grand pavilion tent looks amazing in the garden setting, perfect for the relaxed and colourful feel they wanted for their day and a fab alternative to a marquee.
I love the relaxed garden party feel of hosting a reception at a family member’s house, and garden games are always a great way to entertain guests.
A picnic is a perfect way to cater for little ones!
Ellie and Dean also used the catering as a means to entertain and bring guests together and it is such a wonderful idea, “We had a shared roast lamb per table, we made aprons for our carvers and the idea was that everyone would muck in a share a big meal together.”
I adore uncovered wooden tables at a wedding, they have such a rustic charm, and the handpicked loose blooms provided by The Garden Gate Flower Company and arranged by the bride and friends helped create the perfect laid back tablescape.
“We used the option where we picked up a few buckets of flowers the day before then I had a crew of mates stuffing them in jars and arranging them on tables for us. It was a lovely way to spend the afternoon before the wedding!”
Ellie says there so many memorable moments that make her look back and smile, “I can’t list them all! But Dean singing ‘redhead girl’ in his speech was obviously pretty special.”
“The band (who are good friends) were just brilliant, and lots of friends and family got up and sang with the band which was great!”
“Also escaping for 15 minutes with Dean after all the speeches and everything were done, to relax and take a deep breath.”
I think that is some great advice for all those bride and grooms-to-be, remember to take some time out of the day to spend a few minutes together to reflect on everything and just be together as newly weds. Your wedding day can be such a whirlwind of love, laughter and emotion surrounded by your nearest and dearest, its good to be able to slow it down just for a few minutes to appreciate it all.
Wow! Aren’t those couple shots absolutely breathtaking!
A big thank you Ellie and Dean for brightening this autumn day by sharing your wedding day with us, and the beautiful fine art film photography by Taylor & Porter.
Any other brides out there planning on bringing a pop of colour into their wedding outfit? Or anyone going completely bold and not wearing white at all?
Photography: Fine Art Film Photography by Taylor & Porter (TNWC recommended supplier)
Dress: Charlie Brear
Shawl: Decadent Vintage
Flowers: The Garden Gate Flower Company (TNWC recommended supplier)
Stationery: handmade by bride
Tent: LPM Bohemia
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