Amy & Dan’s Crantock wedding

Ohhhhh this beautiful wedding….!

Thank you Amy and Dan for sharing your day with Pasties & Petticoats – a stunning setting, so many thoughtful little details and a whole bunch of gorgeous photos…

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{the proposal}

Dan proposed whilst we were sailing around the Greek Ionian islands. He asked my Dad for his blessing before he asked me to which he agreed. This could have proved tricky as Dad and two other family members were on the sailing holiday with us!!! Dan chose a lovely harbour called Vathi to get down on one knee and ask me to marry him and gave me a beautiful diamond ring.

{where it all happened}

We decided to get married in Crantock, Cornwall as it holds special childhood holiday memories for me and my family. Dan fell in love with Crantock in the same way that I did when he first visited.  Crantock village has a beautiful old church, however as neither of us are religious this wasn’t quite right for us. My dream was to get married on the beach – however as its not legally possible and also very risky with the British weather we opted for the next best thing, a beautiful field overlooking the beach where we could pitch a giant blue and white circus tent aka our marquee with lovely wooden chairs inside and an archway of flowers at the front.

 

 

The field is not licensed for weddings so we chose to write our own humanist service. This was assisted and then expertly delivered by Julie Wright humanist celebrant.

We were lucky enough to have three beautiful poems read by close family members during our service. Our friend Nicol Cortese sang Songbird by the gorgeous Eva Cassidy as I walked down the aisle with my lovely dad at my side.  We also chose to write our own unique vows and kept these secret from one another until the day. They were heartfelt and humerous and very memorable.

Dan’s son Josh looked super cute and held the hugely important role of ring bearer for the day. Our wedding rings are unique to us as we designed and handmade these ourselves out of white gold with the help of the fabulously skilled Kim Styles.

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The most fun bit by far in regards to our wedding ceremony venue has to be our wedding transport. As we didn’t have far to travel and wanted something completely different to what is considered normal wedding transport we opted to arrive on segways to the ceremony.  Bride, Groom, best man, two bridesmaids and father of the groom. I have to admit we did have a practice before the big day so we didn’t take an ungraceful tumble straight over the handlebars!! It was great fun and totally unexpected for our guests. After the ceremony all of the guests had the opportunity to have a go themselves and compete in a segway races obstacle course. Segways came from Cornwall Segway.

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{what they wore}

The girls

I tried on loads of dresses – big ones, skinny ones, A-line, fishtail, lace ones, plain ones etc etc.  I’m sure every girl does the same, I had the added problem of making sure I could ride a segway in my dress though. In the end I opted for a stunning Sincerity full lace dress with a sweetheart neckline. I added a belt with a flower on from another dress in the shop and some lovely blue shoes to complete the look.

I knew I was having a veil as this is the only opportunity you get to wear a veil, however I also knew i didnt want a conventional veil, I really wanted a Juliet cap style veil like the one Kate Moss wore for her wedding. After a lot of searching of the internet, wedding dress shops and countless wedding fairs I found a lovely lady ([email protected]) who made me the most stunningly perfect and not ridiculously expensive veil I could have wished for identical to the one Kate Moss wore, I didn’t take it off all day.

Both mine and my bridesmaids jewellery was handmade by a Cornish jeweller Cindy Nicolls who gathers washed up sea glass and recycles it into the most beautiful pieces of jewellery

The bridesmaids wore floor length chocolate brown sweetheart neckline dresses also from Special Occasions.

The ladies had their hair and make up done by Hayley Richards from Halo Beauty and Amy had pre wedding pampering done by Meg Gordon.

The boys

Dan really wanted to wear a hat, he loves hats and looks great it them so it made sense on our special day, I get to wear what I want so should he. His navy blue suit with short sleeves was from Next as was the best man’s and ring bearers, he didn’t want jackets and I’m glad they didn’t it suited the relaxed style of wedding we were going for. He also chose smart/casual navy blue pumps for the three of them – controversial I’m sure but they looked great.

 

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{the theme}

Our theme for the day outdoors, vintage, rustic with duck egg blue and chocolate brown as the colour scheme. I love both of these colours and the other themes came from lots of research on Pinterest to get ideas.

Some of the things that helped us to achieve the theme for the day included:

Vintage china teacups and saucers for table centre pieces borrowed from a kind friend and all filled by lots of willing helpers with white flowers and foliage the day before the wedding
Chocolate brown and duck egg blue lanterns and honeycomb balls hanging from the centre of the village hall for the reception
Chocolate brown wedding cake
Vintage suitcase for cards and gifts
Slate plaques for a guest book
Lace on the button holes and bridal bouquets – recycled from Amy’s mums wedding dress and veil
Driftwood signs in the field and village hall handmade by Amys dad
Chocolate brown table runners
Duck egg blue bunny rabbit wedding cake toppers
White and duck egg blue bridal bouquets corsages and button holes
Bird cages, archway and milk churns floral decorations
Handmade Paper cones for fresh flower confetti
Lots and lots and lots of bunting

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{the flowers}

There were lots of flowers at the wedding. The bridal bouquets, corsages and button holes all included lace from Amy’s mums wedding dress and veil. The bridal bouquet of gerbera, gypsophillia and lisiathums, also included a small photo of those
family members including Amy’s mum who could not be there to share the day with Amy and Dan.

The button holes included rosemary for fragrance and thistles to ensure that they looked more “manly”

The archway outside the marquee and the birdcages were all dressed with gerberas, gypsophilia and foliage.

The tea cups and saucers and milk churns were all decorated by willing helpers on the day before the wedding.

Our florist Joanna Benton (Rafflesia Wedding Flowers) lives in Crantock and she created exactly what we wanted.

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{the cake}

Our cake was a three tiered chocolate ruffle cake from Marks and Spencer’s. It was delivered to the store and we collected it
ourselves. We decorated it with two wooden duck egg blue shaped bunny rabbits so that we ensured we included our house rabbits in the wedding celebrations, it was huge, absolutely delicious and lasted for days and days

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{what they ate and drank}

We really wanted to use relaxed local suppliers for our catering. we particularly wanted to use Crantock’s local tea room the
Cosy Nook as they make the best Cornish Cream Tea we have ever had. We have enjoyed many in the garden of the tea room over the years. Kerry and Jon from the Cosy Nook did us and themselves proud as they did their first outdoor catering in the field including delicious sandwiches, crackers and cornish cheeses, mini pasties and their famous scones with jam and clotted cream. They went down a storm!!

For the evening do we had a vast BBQ and a selection of four delicious puddings at the village hall, again using a local caterer – Flaming Great – and the food was fabulous.

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{the photography}

AnA Photography are by far the best photographers we know.  They come highly recommended if you want a relaxed couple who will listen to what you want and deliver that and more for you on your special day.

We had an engagement shoot before hand and this helped us to learn to relax in front of the camera as well as work out which photos were essential to be taken on the day. The photos, DVD and album they produced were stunning.

As well as the formal photos they took capturing the essentials they also captured the relaxed informal moments and some fun memories in the photo booth in the evening.

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{the party}

We held our wedding reception in the village hall in Crantock and decorated the inside of it like a marquee so that it felt like we were still in the marquee in the field. We hired TC Wedding Creches who provided qualified childminders for three hours whilst the food was being served and the speeches. The parents of the 20 children at the wedding absolutely loved it and it was a great investment. If you can afford it we would highly recommend it. The kids had a great time playing games and being thoroughly entertained by some very hard working ladies in their own little party.

Our photographers set up a photobooth in the village hall for the evening reception and with the added props got some great shots of all of the guests at the wedding. It was a real hit with the children attending the wedding particularly after the crèche had finished.

Our DJ (R2 Events) was brilliant, we cannot stress enough, choose a DJ early in your planning and choose wisely. Ours listened to exactly what we wanted and played the tunes we wanted all night from our carefully selected playlist. The dance floor was packed until gone 1am with people of all ages enjoying the music.

As well as Dan, Amy’s dad and the best man making a speech at the wedding, Amy decided to go against the norm and make a speech. Again controversial however Dan isn’t much of a fan of public speaking and Amy quite likes it so it made sense. It made the guests wager for the length of the speeches that was going on very interesting though!!!

We forgot to formally cut our cake, we weren’t that fussed to be honest, only problem with that was that it had to be done the next day and the cake delivered to everyone who was still in Cornwall!!!

Our first dance was Imelda May Inside Out.

We made the decision early on in the planning to provide a free bar at their wedding. We had seen this done before and though
quite costly to the couple it ensures a great party. Also as guests had travelled a significant distance to attend the wedding we didn’t want them having to put their hands in their pockets once there. The beauty of a village hall reception is that you just hire a bar and a bar man to serve it and you buy the alcohol etc from a supermarket.

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{the honeymoon}

After the wedding we stayed in Cornwall for a week to relax. We delayed our honeymoon until April when we went travelling
around China for 2 1/2 weeks, climbing the great wall, seeing the pandas and the terracotta warriors and much much more.

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{and afterwards…}

What was your favourite part of the day?

oooo that’s so hard, are we allowed to say all of it!!

The very personal humanist ceremony, the segways and the great party that carried on into the small hours afterwards.

 

What advice would you give to others planning their wedding?

On your wedding day take just a few minutes at various times of the day to stop whatever your doing and quietly look round at your guests and take it all in. The day will go so very fast that you will want to absorb as much of it as you can.

 

How did Pasties & Petticoats help you with planning your wedding?

Some great ideas gained from the site as well as links to potential suppliers.

 

 

Thanks Dan & Amy!

 

 

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