What could be more Cornish than a laid back beach wedding with a spot of surfing between the ceremony and reception?!
Leah and Matt did exactly that! Thanks to them both for sharing their fabulous day – and to Alchemy Photography for the fantastic images…
We were talking about it for a while and actually booked the honeymoon even before he proposed then one day in our living room I asked “so, when are you going to do it?” and he did it then and there on one knee with a gorgeous ring I had said I liked.
Where it all happened
We got married in the Blue Bar, Porthtowan where we had the ceremony, went for a surf and then had the reception.
We love each other and have created so many hobbies and interests together that we wanted to share these with our family, one of them being surfing. Porthtowan has a lovely beach known for surfing with a gorgeous venue on the beach itself. It was the perfect place for us. We wanted it relaxed, fun and informal.
We spent our wedding night in a caravan at Tehidy park with all of our friends & family nearby.
What they wore
Matt wore a relaxed beige linen trousers and waistcoat set from Rocha John Rocha which we got at Debenhams with flipflops. I wore an ivory Bella lace dress from BHS with sandals, and halfway through the day swapped to a beaded foot thong given to me by my godmother Trish. I also wore a flowery headband which, being a hairdresser (Hair by Leah Evans), I fitted and styled myself. The one and only bridesmaid, my niece Sophia, wore a gorgeous dress from Monsoon.
We aimed for a beachy wedding theme, laid back, light & stress free with soft white, brown & blue colours. Matt decorated the cake in a beach style, our table decorations were wooden tealight candles with shells around them and all the stationary was on brown card, kept simple with white writing. Lauren, the Blue Bar’s wedding coordinator, did an amazing job setting everything out & really helped to make the whole day as easy and enjoyable as possible, we couldn’t be more grateful for all her (and everyone else’s) efforts on our behalf. They all did amazing jobs, it really couldn’t have gone better (though Matt could have done without filing the wedding cake stand to fit on the morning – be warned, test everything before hand!).
My mum surprised me a couple of days before with a gorgeous handheld side bouquet she had made for me with synthetic wild flowers from ‘Petals’ (in the Plymouth Pannier Market)
We bought plain cakes from M&S and then Matt decorated it on the day with edible shells, edible sand and little white picket fences.
What they ate and drank
The venue supplied the food and we supplied our own drinks. We had Bucks Fizz for welcoming drinks and white and red wine on the tables for toasting. The venue supplied us with great bbq food including, halloumi, steak and chicken with salad and bread selections. It was the most organised buffet we’ve ever seen, letting everyone pick their own meal before returning to their tables. It kept things simple (no managing people’s meal requirements or the inevitable misorders!) and was really great food to boot.
We didn’t want to spend our day behind cameras and wanted to spend the day living in the moment so we only had professional pictures done by Alchemy Photography which came out amazingly. They were great at capturing the day as it played out and were never in the way or in your face. They’re a wonderful, charming couple who felt like guests themselves, professional and extremely capable. We’ve been so lucky to have found such talented, brilliant people, without them, our day would have taken a lot more effort and stress! They got a lot of natural pictures, which is exactly what we wanted.
We surfed straight after the ceremony which relaxed us all and got us in the mood to party. Then after the meal we had a DJ called Tilly of ‘Nite Flite Mobile Disco’ who, with his partner, did yet another amazing job, playing exactly the music we wanted. There was NEVER an empty dance floor. The ‘brain haemorrhage’ shots might have had something to do with that, supplied by the bartenders of Blue.
We had our honeymoon 48 hours after the wedding where we traveled to Fuerteventura and stayed with 7 Island Surf company. While staying here we went on a catamaran trip where we snorkeled, kayaked and had a lovely paella with Oby Catamarans. We also enjoyed a quad bike tour around the north of Fuerteventura, as well as sunset horse riding, surf lessons and more. We stayed here for 10 amazing days before travelling home to Plymouth.
What was your favourite part of the day?
Matt – Cant decide between Seeing Leah come down the aisle, the speeches or getting ready to go surfing (Trying to get Leah out of her wedding dress in the carpark)
Leah – Being so happy and seeing everyone else so happy.
What advice would you give others planning their wedding?
Matt – Keep it simple, don’t stress, its about you, let everyone else deal with themselves.
Leah – Don’t stress out too much with the planning, at the end of the day it is about getting married. Some people were a bit concerned about my plans for the day (as it was so relaxed) but everyone said how amazing and perfect everything was.
Anything else you’d like to add…?
Me and Matt wrote our own vows.
I was so emotional I cried most of the day right up until the party.
It was our friends birthday on our wedding day so the grooms speech involved singing happy birthday to him, which we’re pretty sure he hated but it helped take the pressure off the best men & father of the bride!