A romantic proposal, St Ives Harbour Hotel wedding and gorgeous photos by Keith Riley Photography… it’s Sally and Phil’s wedding!



{the proposal}

We were on a holiday in the Maldives and booked a trip to a desert island. We were dropped off by boat with a mini fridge full of beer and a three course lunch, then Phil popped the question with a ring handmade by a friend of mine!

{the venues}

Although we live near Oxford, we decided we wanted to continue our beachy engagement through to our wedding. So we finally settled on The St Ives Harbour Hotel which had everything we wanted, including a beautiful beach! We had the whole wedding here and our friends and family had a great time messing about on the beach while we had our photos done. The staff were incredible and the day ran like clockwork.

{the outfits}

After trying on around 50 dresses I finally settled on a Suzanne Neville dress in Oxford which felt amazing when I put it on! I thought it was missing a bit of lace though so we had that added on by a local dressmakers. I knew from the start I wanted a cathedral length veil so I found one edged with lace and my Mum stitched on 1000 sequins to make it sparkle! I bought my shoes from Debenhams and Mum & I embellished them with lace and blue “I Do” diamanté stickers.

The guys wore suits & waistcoats from Moss Bros including the extra small versions for the boys Dan and Ollie!

Mum was wearing a dress and jacket from Phase Eight and the bridesmaids wore short ivory dresses from Coast. They all looked gorgeous!
I wanted to give them something special and since I have my own silver jewellery shop Morning Mr Magpie on Folksy I decided to make their matching necklaces. I also made my bracelet (to match my beautiful vintage button jewellery from Oxford’s covered market) and the men’s cufflinks which all had their own message!


{the theme}

The theme was easy – we wanted the beautiful St Ives background to do all the talking so we kept to neutral colours with as much white and ivory as we could muster! We then introduced a few fun / vintage bits such as bunting, an old suitcase table plan and moustache and glasses on sticks! For table names we chose different knots which we stuck onto giant luggage tags.



I wanted to include a few special flowers in my bouquet so I chose Alstromeria (my fave), roses (which my mum and sister had in their bouquets) and of course some Cornish Eucalyptus! It was finished off with some gorgeous Lisianthus and Veronica to create a soft country look. The bridesmaids and table decorations were miniature versions, and we’re put into lace-decorated vases. These were all put together by the lovely Sue from Floral Cottage Designs in St Agnes.



Our photographers Keith & Neda were better than we could ever have imagined! It was such a pleasure meeting up with them before the wedding to plan the shots and then on the day itself they were so fun, yet calm and professional the whole time. They were a real asset to our day and provided us with so many fantastic pictures to remember our day.


{party time}

In the evening we had a live band called Alter Ego who came all the way from Reading! They were great fun and had everyone busting their moves on the dance floor! At 9pm we launched our lanterns over the balcony out towards the sea which was beautiful.


{the honeymoon}

We decided to wait a few weeks before going on our Honeymoon so we went on a Mini-moon to Cardiff first which was really lovely. A few weeks later we were off to Dubai which we loved too. So much to do there including Ferarri world, camel riding, sand boarding, dune bashing…and of course lazing by the pool!


What was your favourite part of the day?

Our favourite part of the day was having the photos taken on the beach, surrounded by our friends and family and watching them digging, paddling and having a laugh!

What advice would you give others?

The advice I was given was to try and take it all in as it flies by on the day! It’s so true and I would definitely pass that advice on – it’s the one day that you’ll have so many of your favourite people in the same room, so enjoy every second!

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