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Wild Beach Elopement in Cornwall

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Wild Beach Elopement in Cornwall

The couple kept their wedding a secret from friends and family, eloping at Lower Barns in Cornwall, followed by an intimate celebration on the beach. 

Kayleigh always knew Zoe was the one, and that they would eventually get married. The proposal, although it was put together with so much thought, came at a spontaneous and authentic time. “I created a book of all the things I love about Kayleigh on the website Love Book Online, calling it The Story of Us. I knew I wanted to use it to propose but didn’t know when I’d do it, so would add pages to the book every day on my bus ride home from work. About 11 months and 69 pages later, I finally finished so I started thinking about the setting of my proposal.”

“I’m so bad at keeping surprises a secret from Kayleigh as I get overexcited and end up letting slip, so I knew organising something without giving anything away would be hard. I suggested a breakfast picnic at sunrise on West Wittering beach for my birthday, thinking with it being my birthday, she wouldn’t be suspicious of the extra effort. However, a few days before we were having one of our favourite evenings lounging on the sofa, eating and binge-watching Line of Duty and we were so happy and content that I realised that rather than try and create the perfect moment, this was the perfect moment.” 

“Whilst Kayleigh was getting ready for bed, I put the book and ring under my pillow and waited, trying to hide my excitement and not grin like a Cheshire Cat. Once she got into bed, I told her I’d bought her something and gave her the book. When she finally got to page 67, I started manoeuvring myself onto one knee with the ring in hand. She then turned the final page to a caricature of me asking “Kayleigh, will you marry me?”. Weirdly enough, and without knowing it, I started the book on 1st May 2018 and proposed on 1st May 2019. We were in our little love bubble, curled up on the sofa and I had no idea that I would be engaged by the time I went to sleep!”.

The wedding day started with breakfast brought to the couple’s room by host Janie at Lower Barns. “Neither of us were nervous, we’d kept it a secret for 14 months and were so excited the day was finally here! Our hair stylist and makeup artist then arrived and made us feel like absolute queens. As it was an intimate ceremony, with just the two of us (aside from Paul & Suz – The Twigs witnessing), there were no outside influences which may have caused any stress and the day was very chilled. Once we were married, and after some cream scones and Champagne, the four of us went on a mini road trip around Cornwall looking for places to take photos, ending the day eating burgers and drinking shakes at Hub Box.” 

The couples then arrived at Watergate Bay. “We continued to take photos, not realising it was high tide. We found a spot and started shooting but didn’t anticipate how quickly the tide would come in. For the most part we were stood on a rock so didn’t get too wet but poor Paul & Suz got soaked! As no one knew we were eloping we commissioned a Mrs & Mrs pennant and a vintage number plate saying ‘Happily Hitched’ with the idea of using a photo of them to announce our marriage to our family and friends.” 

“Just do you. It’ll be one of the most special days in your lifetime, which hopefully you’ll only do once, so it should be exactly how you want it to be. When you look back at your photos you want to be reminded of how perfect it was, rather than remember the things you had to compromise on to make others happy.” 

Suppliers: 
Photography: Twigs Branch Photography
Venue: Lower Barns
Flowers: Flourish Studio
Kayleigh’s Skirt: Sweet Caroline
Kayleigh’s Top, Zoe’s Trousers & Zoe’s Corset: Rose Savage Bridal
Makeup: Suzi Winter
Hair Stylist: Hair by Emma C
Rings: Baroque Jewellery 
Pennant: Oxford Pennant
Number Plate: Slates Plates

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An Elegant Wedding at Peckforton Castle / Jayne & Richard

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An Elegant Wedding at Peckforton Castle / Jayne & Richard

Jayne & Richard got wed at fairytale venue Peckforton Castle in January 2020. The theme was simple and elegant with neutral tones including white, grey and greens.

Photography by Madison Picture and Helen Williams Photography.

The Proposal

We were on holiday in remote Western Australia camping in our 4WD roof top camper. That day we had been snorkeling on the Ningaloo Reef and decided to finish off our day watching the turtles bob about in the sea at sunset from the top of a sand dune. Next thing Richard was on one knee proposing! We finished off our night star gazing with a bottle of bubbly and of course an aussie BBQ! 

Special Touches

I wanted to bring a touch of Australia to the wedding (Rich is Australian) and love the silvery greens and smell of Eucalyptus which influenced our colour scheme. Our registrar table and top table we dressed with Eucalyptus (cut from my mums garden and beautifully placed by Thornton Events). The room in Peckforton Castle we were married in had lots of drama and high ceilings which I felt I needed to fill, so the aisle was lined with candles and blossom trees for height and looked beautiful.

The general theme of our wedding was travel as this has played a big part in our relationship (we met in Qatar) and we named our tables after our favorite places we had been together. 

The Big Day

As we had a lot of friends and family visiting from all over the world (Australia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, America, UK) in Cheshire for our wedding, we had a get together the night before in a local pub (Hinderton Arms) where people could meet each other, have drinks and some dinner. We both then stayed over at Peckforton Castle and got ready there in the morning. Everything went relatively smoothly, Rich and his groomsmen hit the spa in the morning while us girls got ready with bubbly and breakfast in my suite. I was a little nervous but better than I thought id be! I walked down the aisle with my Dad to ‘Here, there and everywhere’ by The Beatles. Richard and I, and our families all love The Beatles and this song seemed to go perfectly with the theme of the wedding and the story of our relationship.

Any Mishaps?

Luckily, there were no major mishaps during the day! Of course nothing went exactly to plan, and we ran late etc but we were enjoying our day so much that we were completely oblivious and it didn’t have an affect on our perfect day

Top Tips

Don’t worry! I was worried about everything, who could and couldn’t be there, trying to please everyone and make sure everyone would have a good time. But in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t matter… you are there to do one thing only. Just enjoy it!

Suppliers

The wonderful local wedding suppliers that helped bring James & Jordan’s vision to life are as follows:

Photographers: Madison Picture and Helen Williams Photography.
Venue: Peckforton Castle
Flowers: Blooms Floristry
Venue Dresser: Thornton Events
Dress: Stella York
Stationery: Handmade 
Makeup : Thomas Jack Makeup
Hair: Kate Pierce
Cake: Made by a family member
Rings: Jeweller in Melbourne

We hope this special feature gives you inspiration for your wedding or event.

Want to feature your wedding our blog? Please contact claire@bouquetandbells.com.

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An Intimate Winter Elopement Style Wedding / Jess & Jamie

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An Intimate Winter Elopement Style Wedding / Jess & Jamie

Jess & Jamie had a romantic and intimate wedding day. Beautiful elopement style photographs by Sophie Renshaw Photography were captured in the beautiful grounds of their Welsh venue.

Photography by Sophie Renshaw Photography.

The story as told by the couple. 

We decided to have a Winter cosy wedding, based in Wales at Broneirion House. It was an evening affair, everything was lit by candlelight, the fireplace was roaring and mince pies and mulled wine awaited our guests on arrival. 

The main focus of the wedding was to make sure everything was either handmade or ethical and sustainable. I made my own invites then family members and friends chipped in anywhere they could to help, hand sewing napkins, making the wedding cake, handmade soap for wedding favours, setting the tables, even two handmade sewn mice inspired by brambly hedge wedding story stood with the cake.

The food was all vegetarian, cooked by Jamie and his best man for fifty people, all prepped the previous night. We wanted it to feel like an intimate family gathering, a large scale dinner party.

Jamie wore my father’s wedding waistcoat, a dark indigo, paisley embroidered velvet waistcoat, almost Darcy inspired from pride and prejudice. I wore a Monsoon embroidered dress with a train at the back, a simple gypsophila flower crown made by Hidden Botanics, a bouquet of wild flowers with eucalyptus, white Victorian style lace up boots, then I did my hair and makeup myself. The colour scheme was based on winter colours, dark berry, greens and soft earthy tones. My bridesmaids wore Berry, with lace up boots holding a small bouquet of gypsophila.

Sophie recently took some beautiful elopement style photographs around the grounds of Broneirion. We opted not to have a photographer on the day as we wanted the whole focus to be about spending this special day with with our family, but still wanted some photographs that we could treasure forever. We headed back to the grounds of Broneirion House, where Sophie captured everything I was looking for in my wedding photos. I wanted nature to feel close, and entwine within the images. The mood, colours and feeling Sophie captured in the photos are exactly what I was imagining in my head.

We were always referring back to Edwardian images, and english literature from Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Far from the Madding Crowd and anything poetic inspired by nature.

The golden sun was dancing through the tall grasses, and the wild flowers were growing all around the House, with the hills in the distance. Sophie captured this all, if not more!

Suppliers

The wonderful local wedding suppliers that helped bring Jess & Jamie’s vision to life are as follows:

Photographer: Sophie Renshaw Photography
Head crown: Hidden Botanics
Dress: Monsoon
Shoes: Marks and Spencer
Grounds in Photograph: Broneirion
Wedding favours: Jiraffgifts
Bouquet: Bloomers, Newtown

We hope this special feature gives you inspiration for your wedding or event.

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A Last Minute Wedding Day / Aishah & Paul

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A Last Minute Wedding Day / Aishah & Paul

Aishah & Paul organised their wedding in just one week so it was all hands on deck to get everything ready in time. They celebrated with a small selection of their closest friends and family with an intimate ceremony at Wrexham Town Hall followed by an outdoor celebration in Aishah’s garden.

Photography by Upon The Heath Photography.

The Proposal

Paul and I got together at the end of 6th form and had been together for almost 9 years when he proposed. Even though we always knew marriage was in our future, it was still complete surprise as we’d just bought a house, so thoughts of a proposal and a wedding were far away. On a beautiful, sunny August day in 2019,  he took me for a walk in the Elan Valley. After our picnic, he told me to stand in a clearing while he set up a camera on timer for a photo of the two of us. I looked down to straighten my outfit and when I looked up he was down on one knee. I was in complete shock but after I recovered it was the easiest ‘yes’ I’ve ever said.

How did COVID affect your planning?

Whilst we’d decided to postpone our big Humanist ceremony and celebration to November 2021, we really wanted to go ahead with our legal ceremony. We thought it would just be a simple, no frills event. Just the two of us and our two witnesses. A week before the firebreak lockdown in Wales was due to lift they announced we could have up to 15 people for a sit down reception. We managed to book a table at Lot 11 in Wrexham and our immediate families, two of my bridesmaids and our photographer who is also a good friend, were able to celebrate with us.

Theme

We didn’t have a theme. But my dress was heavily embellished and the stunning all-white Playa Blanca rose bouquet our florist designed complemented the contemporary and elegant dress work so beautifully. 

Special Touches

With a week to plan, the day was made so special by everyone who helped make the day happen. I work at a General Practice and they kindly loaned us a marquee for our garden and one of the practice health care staff provided us trestle tables and lots of decorations. A family friend baked our cake, Paul’s dad set up the entire marquee and my sister did my make-up on the day. We couldn’t have felt more loved. 

The Big Day

We both got ready at home. It was such a relaxed and enjoyable morning and I face-timed with the 5 of my 7 bridesmaids who lived in England, so could not attend. They still got to watch me get ready so that was wonderful. Paul and I did a first look in our garden and then went in the same car to Wrexham Town hall. There were no nerves, just excitement. We felt so ready to be husband and wife. 

Any Mishaps?

No mishaps, just lots of belly laughs and so much love. 

Top Tips

We were able to have so much more that we thought we would on this day so there is not a single moment we regret or wish went differently. 

The intimacy of the day, how loved we were made to feel by the people who were there and kindness of all those who helped us isn’t something we’ll ever forget. 

Suppliers

The wonderful local wedding suppliers that helped bring James & Jordan’s vision to life are as follows:

Photographer: Upon The Heath Photography
Venues: Wrexham Town Hall & Lot 11
Flowers: Emma Jane Floral Design
Cake: Family Friend
Brides Dress: ASOS
Bridal Face Mask: Bridal Reloved, Shrewsbury
Mother of the Bride Dress: Phase Eight
Suits: Moss Bros
Rings: Vashi

We hope this special feature gives you inspiration for your wedding or event.

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February, 2021

A Last Minute Wedding Day / Aishah & Paul

Aishah & Paul organised their wedding in just one week so it was all hands on deck to get everything ready in time.

November, 2020

A Small Celebration at Old Palace Chester / James & Jordan

James & Jordan brought their wedding forward due to looming tighter restrictions due to COVID-19.

May, 2020

A Beautiful Natural Themed Wedding at Longworth Hall in Hereford

Eilisha and Nathaniel held a beautiful, natural wedding at the stunning Longworth Hall, Hereford in September 2019.

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A Small Celebration at Old Palace Chester / James & Jordan

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A Small Celebration at Old Palace Chester / James & Jordan​