On September 17th 2016 Matt and I got married.
I woke up early that morning. To sunshine and birdsong; to bare wooden beams above me and a big white bathtub beside me. All alone in a huge cloud of a double bed, in Kestle Barton’s Howthere, thinking what a way to start your wedding day.
Barely over 11 months ago Matt and I were sat down in Frenchman’s Creek – newly engaged – just a stroll from where I lay now. The significance of that place for us (and the novel that shares the same name) was a significant reason why we’d chosen Kestle Barton as our wedding venue. But more than that, this ancient Cornish farmstead turned gallery and gardens, also shared a sense of who we were. The nature of the place allowed for the kind of wedding we had in mind; an intimate, informal and laid-back affair. Simply a gathering of close friends and family in a beautiful part of the world.
We’d hoped to pick a warm hazy September day, falling neatly into that honey-sweet time before summer rolls into autumn. Hoping to capture that fresh easy simplicity of summer alongside the indulgent cosiness of the months to come, we settled on a palette of soft neutrals, alongside deeper jewel tones of indigo, teal and a mustardy gold. In our details and décor, we mixed natural white linens with jewel-toned velvet details. Incorporating seasonal artichokes and orchard apples; conference pears, blackcurrants, and wild blueberries. Big fuzzy bumble bees appeared on a number of occasions, as did dried herbs, spiced seeds and vegetable patches. An aesthetic Kestle Barton’s greenhouse fit beautifully into.
Not long after waking I got up, put some coffee on to brew, slipped into my wellies and went for a walk. Treading up through Kestle Barton’s gardens, through the field, checking in on the orchard and then up to our marquee. I wasn’t there long before Jo, our photographer and Amy, my MOA arrived. And not long after we’d all got to work, my bridesmaids started arriving: Philippa, my sister, Jenni, Matt’s sister, Katy, an old friend I grew up with in Birmingham and Sarah, a new friend I’ve made more recently in Cornwall. All beautiful women in my life who are sensitive and complex and thoughtful; intelligent, articulate and kind. And although only Philippa and Katy knew each other already, they all got on so well, climbing into the bathtub together within moments of meeting! For me, this darling morning of slow breakfasts and laughter and nail-painting and sweet anticipation, is among my very favourite moments in the day.
My dress was Annabelle by Jenny Yoo from BHLDN. Although I did the whole traditional-wedding-dress-trying-on-sessions with my Mum. We quickly found it was hard to come by anything in UK stores that wasn’t heavy or huge; really rather shiny or simply laden with all manner of jewels, sequins and glitter. Nothing I tried on was even remotely similar to what I had in mind. For our laid-back-field-wedding I was after was something lightweight and simple. Something really floaty, that I could easily go barefoot in; ideally with a natural waistline and sweetheart neckline and that fit like a glove (because in the same way that black makes you look smaller, white can sometimes makes you look bigger).
Luckily I’d already come across BHLDN and I think I knew when I first found the site, that my dress would come from here. I even showed Momma Barker the dress I’d had my eye on, the night before we hit the wedding boutiques and she was equally as amazed with the site and in love with the dress as I was – which maybe helped with glitzy-meringue-gown ordeal we’d have to go through the following day! So without having even tried it on, I bought my wedding dress online; ordering it from the States and making a few friends and family wince at the risk. But when it arrived (with Mrs hanger in tow) I was nothing but delighted. It was perfect for me; wonderfully simple and floaty and natural. Worn with deep blue velvet lace-up heels from Topshop, mixed metal jewellery and my flower crown made by Clare at the Cornish Cutting Garden, my dress felt like a second skin. I loved it – and actually can’t wait to whip it again for a beachy-“wreck”-my-dress or colourful-overhaul!
Venue :: Kestle Barton. Bridal Dress :: BHLDN. Bride’s Shoe :: Topshop. Bridesmaids Outfits :: Needle & Thread. Coast. ASOS. Makeup Artist :: Amy Pike. Flowers :: Cornish Cutting Garden. Ribbon :: Pompom Blossom. Photographer :: Enchanted Brides