Food, Cake, Music & Merriment
As the evening drew nigh we gathered into the marquee. Air still warm, hanging candles lighted; my shoes off and feet bare by this point. The faces of everyone I loved around me; chatting and smiling and leaning in to giggle with people they’d just met. Speeches were made by my father, by Matt, by his sister Jenni and her partner Graham, and very briefly by me. We recalled fond memories and did our best to embarrass one another; toasting bubbly glasses and allowing for a just few touching tender words. Finally I stood and said grace and then we all ate.
All our food, soft drinks and wedding cake were done by Alex from The Garden Cafe in Newquay. And once again I find myself gushing, but she truly did the most amazing job. On the menu was… a tapas-like starter course, followed by a build-your-own-burger type mains – including falafel, pulled meats, stuffed mushrooms and salads. And finally a dessert round, of gooey brownies, pear and frangipane tart, blueberry macarons with an earl grey filling, wild berry cheesecake and a stacked cheeseboard of local fromages. Plus pasties for supper!
So many of our guests, asked afterwards for her details, stating it was the best wedding food they’d ever had. Admittedly I can’t quite back this up, as although I didn’t feel nervous in myself, I had zero appetite all day. Somehow any hunger-instinct or ability to taste had disappeared, so I really had to force myself to consume anything all day! Luckily at the end of the night, my Mum put some wedding cake in the fridge of our cottage. Which truly made for the best breakfast the following morning.
Our wedding cake was composed of alternate tiers of a nutty carrot cake and a spiced hummingbird cake; iced with a cream cheese frosting and topped with a salted caramel sauce. Seriously the best tasting cake I’ve had in my life. It sounds like hyperbole, it’s not – I should actually get onto Alex about that recipe! We later took some home to freeze, before heading off on our honeymoon – which is another top tip I would recommend to any bride-to-be! Coming home to frozen wedding cake, you’ve likely forgotten about, is a wonderful feeling.
On the night of our wedding a huge harvest moon rose up over the horizon into the sky. A number of us gathered outside, in this golden luna light, to watch perhaps the most spectacular moon-rising I’ve ever seen. We tried to take photographs, to capture even a fraction of its glory, but to no real avail. My goodness is it tricky to photograph both yourself and the moon! Yet this is a moment that stands out in my mind from our day. For me, it encapsulates so much of what I felt; of celestial forces beyond myself overwhelming those hours; surrounding us and saturating our day with all that is sublime and sacred and sincerely beautiful. Of dazzling sunlight and hazy warmth. Of divine fingerprints pressed into the heart of our wedding and blessing it with so much more than we were capable of.
Another of my very favourite moments from our day was our first dance. Just Matt and me and Dela by Johnny Clegg. This song (and the movie it’s from) are pieces of culture Matt and I hold dear for various reasons. But on that night, in those minutes there was so very little thought or reasoning behind my ludicrous, exultant joy. In Matt’s arm, with bare feet and messy hair; beneath twinkling lights and an indigo sky lit by the biggest moon the heavens could hold; this is absolute happiness as I know it.
Venue :: Kestle Barton. Bridal Dress :: BHLDN . Bride’s Shoes :: TopShop. Groom’s Attire :: Moss Bros. Bridesmaids Outfits :: Needle & Thread. Coast. ASOS. Makeup Artist :: Amy Pike. Flowers :: Cornish Cutting Garden. Bouquet Ribbon :: Pompom Blossom. Photographer :: Enchanted Brides. Cake & Catering :: Alex Garbett of The Garden Cafe. Music :: Josiah Mortimer.