A Minimalist Rustic Wedding With Cornish Moors Backdrop: Katie & David
Katie & David knew they wanted a Cornish wedding and chose the scenic moors in Cornwall complete with lake backdrop to say their wedding vows – they opted for a minimalist, rustic wedding vibe with lovely Daisy, Lavender and Gypsophila flower bouquets and arrangements to match the idyllic surroundings.
I for one, particularly love Katie’s super pretty bridal hair (think braided updo with whimsical flowers) and her lace embellished wedding dress…
Words by Katie, Images by Barney Walters Photography.
Our families have a history of annual holidays in Cornwall, and since David and I met, we have continued the tradition. I always knew I wanted to get married in Cornwall, so when David proposed, I googled venues in the county and Trevenna popped up.
I fell in love with Trevenna straight away! It is a beautiful collection of barns set in the middle of Bodmin Moor near Colliford Lake. There is room for 40 guests to stay overnight and the 2-day package means guests can arrive the night before the wedding, enjoy dinner together and relax before the big day.
Everyone has breakfast together the morning of the wedding and can stay on site in the evening – No need to worry about Taxis!
We were on holiday in the area a little while after we got engaged and David suggested we call and see if we could have a look around.
My Dad tagged along too and (luckily for our budget!), he fell in love with Trevenna as much as we did. Jonathon, the owner, is an amazing host – nothing is too much trouble and the farm is so beautiful – set in the heart of Bodmin Moor – the views are incredible!
I went to the Wedding Show at Olympia and my wedding dress was one of the last dresses I tried on on that day. I knew I wanted something with a low back and this fitted like a glove!
It wasn’t quite as formal as I would have liked as it was very bare on the chest area, so I had some floaty lace sleeves added which were the perfect touch. The lace on the train is stunning – I’d never considered having a train before trying this dress!
What bride doesn’t love Rachel Simpson shoes? I fell in love with a few styles but eventually chose the Victoria style in Navy – as my something blue. They were super comfortable with a hidden platform to give height without the pain – David is 6’4 so I definitely needed the boost!
David had a grey tweed waistcoat made, with a yellow stripe to tie into the yellow in the girl’s shoes/necklaces. He and Jake (our son), also had matching tweed ties. David and the groomsmen wore matching tan shoes from Next.
The boys also wore navy suits & waistcoats to match David with yellow ties.
My dad gave me away – Only after we’d shared a glass of ‘pink fizz’ from Camel Valley Vineyard, which is his favourite!
I was supposed to walk down the aisle to a string version of ‘Falling Slowly’ by Glen Hansard from the film ‘Once’. Unfortunately, we had a speaker malfunction and our guests ended up clapping as I walked up the aisle which is quite funny – I felt a bit like Muriel!
My brother and best friend sang while we signed the register (It Must Be Love by Madness and You & Me Song by The Wannadies), which meant a lot – they are amazing musicians, and it made up for not having music to walk up the aisle to!
Barney our wedding photographer was recommended by Trevenna and when we saw examples of his work on his website, we were blown away.
He was also brilliant on the day, professional and great at directing our guests in a friendly way and the photos didn’t feel like a chore at all (I’d been dreading spending hours doing the photos!).
The pictures speak for themselves, I’d highly recommend Barney, awesome chap!
Sharon our florist was another recommendation from Trevenna, and she was brilliant. For the flowers, we wanted quite simple arrangements. For my bouquet, I chose Daisies (for our daughter Daisy) with Lavender and Gypsophila and the bridesmaids also had Lavender and gyp tied with twine.
The guys had Lavender and gyp for their buttonholes, and David and our son had daisies added to theirs. Sharon arranged the same flowers in varying sized vases and flowers on the tables and decorated the arbour with greenery for our wedding vows outside.
For the decor we went for quite a rustic style – I made our table plan using a photo frame I found in B&M and decorated it with pictures from our pre wedding shoot with Barney.
The tables were named after places near where we go on holiday in Polzeath. We also had canvases of quotes sourced from B&M scattered around the venue and lit the tables with Kilner jars filled with fairy lights.
We chose a Croquembouche for our wedding cake – neither of us like fruitcake and we wanted something a bit different!
Luckily, Mark at Trevenna was able to make us one, filled with cream and decorated with caramel and strawberries – Yum!
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wedding credits / photographer: barney walters photography / wedding venue: trevenna / brides dress: essence of australia, alterations by pure couture / brides veil: chinese website / grooms suit: impeccable wear / brides shoes: rachel simpson / bridesmaid dresses: tara startlet / bridesmaid shoes: various / flower girl dress: monsoon / hair & makeup: newquay hair and makeup / florist: sharon mesher wedding flowers / wedding cake: venue