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Emily and John’s gorgeous Tresillian House real wedding.

This completely beautiful set of images was captured by incredible local wedding photographer Debs Ivelja. Her story-telling eye and distinctive style are just perfection.

A huge thank you to Emily and John for not just allowing us to share the story of their day, but for taking the time to answer my endless questionnaire so we can really get a feel for it!

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The proposal

John proposed to me on my birthday in Greenwich Park, November 2015. He was very keen on capturing the day which was unusual for him, but I didn’t suspect anything and happily went along with my day and spent a lot of the morning on my phone replying to birthday messages. Little did I know, John had a beautiful antique ring burning a hole in his pocket. We walked almost all of Greenwich Park before John settled on the right place to pop the question. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him and I immediately burst into tears. We called all of our family and friends and spent the entire weekend celebrating with endless bottles of prosecco.

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Where it all happened

We got married at the beautiful Tresillian House in Cornwall. We decided on staying there because there was enough room to house all of our closest family and friends who were willing to help us create the perfect wedding. We arrived on Thursday and went out for fish and chips on the beach before getting cracking with all the wedding prep on Friday. The property had a beautiful barn that we created into the perfect dance floor/ dining area as well as an amazing hallway for our reception drinks and afternoon tea. On Friday the sun was shining brightly, but by Saturday morning the rain was well and truly coming down.

I had my own little cottage to get ready in and I spent the morning with my bridesmaids, making them breakfast and trying to settle wedding nerves. We were in the middle of getting our hair done when we found out that the florist had had an accident and was unable to make the wedding. Queue minor crisis that I was completely unaware of due to all my amazing friends and family jumping to the rescue and going out into the pouring rain and picking flowers from the gorgeous garden. My one of my oldest friends who travelled all the way from Australia and her Mum took charge and made me and my bridesmaids beautiful bouquets, my sister in law made the button holes and aunts and cousins created the flower arrangements and decorated the cake. Even though it took away a little from the morning of our wedding, it truly made me appreciate how amazing my friends and family really are. I don’t know what I would have done without them!

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The theme

We didn’t have a theme as such, we just decided on pieces of weddings that we liked from pintrest and weddings we had been to. Our entire family helped make about 500m of white bunting from old bed sheets over the course of a weekend, so we strung that everywhere it would fit. We used white paper lanterns and streamers as well as fairy lights as our main decorations. We kept everything relatively simple and friends and family put my ideas to life once we arrived before the wedding.

My friend from Australia actually created our invitations, menus and advice cards. I wanted something watercolored in blue, purple colours and they turned out absolutely beautifully.

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The cake

My Mum and mother in law made the cake. It was a big mission that took lots of meetings, googling and cake tasting. We had a three tier cake – the bottom was carrot cake and the top two were lemon drizzle. We used flowers from the garden to decorate it and it looked absolutely out of this world. We spent the day after the wedding eating left overs with cups of tea and I truly don’t think I have ever been so happy!

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What they ate and drank

Victoria and Dean from Chef in my Home created the most incredible food for us, they totally captured everything we wanted. We are total foodies and deciding on what type of food we wanted took us quite a long time. In the end we had a mixture of Ottolenghi inspired tapas food served on wooden boards that Dean and Victoria had carved themselves. This meant that everyone got to try a little bit of everything and it didn’t feel as formal as a 3 course sit down meal.

We had wild trout salad, chicken kebabs, roasted vegetables, wild garden salad and nettle falafel. For pudding we had salted caramel brownies with halva – totally out of this world. We also had scones and afternoon tea just after the ceremony to keep everyone satisfied until having an early dinner. They helped with everything and we honestly couldn’t have asked for a more perfect couple to help us create such great food!

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The photography

Debs Ivelja took our photos on the day. We met Debs a few months before for a pre-wedding photoshoot – something I totally recommend. It was really nice to meet Debs and discuss what we were looking for on the wedding day as well as having photos out of wedding attire by the beach to treasure forever. She put us at ease the second she got her camera out and captured all of the moments we wanted her to – even in the pouring rain! She has a really natural style and our family portraits came out looking absolutely amazing! My family are now talking about using her at all future weddings as the photos came out so beautifully.

After the dancing had started, we cracked out a polaroid camera and handed it round all of our family and friends. They are some of the craziest photos but I absolutely love them as people were really able to let lose after a really long day and few days of preparation. Everyone is smiling and dancing like crazy and some of my favourite shots are stuck up on my fridge.

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Where they honeymooned

We went to California this February for our honeymoon. We decided to wait a little while after the wedding as we wanted to plan it as much as possible, as well as saving up some money! We didn’t want to go away straight after the wedding and I’m glad we did as I can’t actually remember the few weeks after the wedding – everything felt like such a blur!
We started in San Francisco before driving down to Monterrey, Santa Barbara and San Diego. We stayed in Air BnB’s along the way and took it easy, eating lots of delicious food, drinking craft beer and going for lots of long walks. It was really nice to spend time together and we really appreciated being away together, just us, for the first time in about 7 years!

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Favourite part of the day

My favourite part of the day had to be dancing into the early hours of the morning. We  had absolutely everyone I cared about in one room with us and we really let loose!

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Advice to others

I think you need to focus on the details that matter to you, but try and not let everything consume you too much. You can get really worried about tiny details that ultimately don’t matter, but try and focus on the bits that really matter to you as a couple. For us, we wanted beautiful photography, amazing food and wine and to spend quality time with our friends and family. All the rest came together perfectly.

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