Here we go then – part two of Sarah & Doug’s Cornish wedding and things are about to get colourful! On Saturday 16th June the couple hosted a humanist ceremony and reception at Rosewastis Manor in St Columb Major. They had a quirky tent marquee from Ashley Events which they decorated themselves. In fact the couple and some of their guests actually rented the manor for the whole week before to set up and just enjoy spending some time together before the wedding.
For this second part of the wedding, Sarah wore a Lisa Redman wedding gown which she found at a charity bridal sale in London. Her shoes were from Irregular Choice, her headpiece was made by her and a friend from vintage pieces and her ring was her Grandmothers.
“We love a good fancy dress party and usually put them on with a group of friends going to town on the decorations”, Sarah explained. “We have done themes such as Circus of horrors, Murder Mystery, Super Heroes, and 80s parties. We wanted our wedding to be just like a massive party for us and we took inspiration from blogs, magazines, our friends and our imagination.”
“We weren’t scared to do it our wedding our way and were lucky not to have had the traditional wedding pressures that some couples get. Our Save the Date’s were really unique. We hand delivered rhubarb chutney to everyone in boxes with a card for their fridge, plus magnets, pins and a sticker for their diary. This set the bar high and our theme! We wanted to make people realise that our wedding wasn’t going to be very traditional. Our wedding was just a mash up of all the things we love… A colourful, retro quirky village fete vintage inspired feast for the eyes!”
Brink & Meagan’s South African wedding is a gorgeous mix of floral overload and bohemian chic. I mean, what’s not to love?! I’m just dying over the location, the details and the bride’s awesome style. Orange flowers in her hair and a lace wedding dress that dreams are made of? Oh God yes.
“Our wedding was a reflection of all the things we love”, began Meagan. “So to make the day as real as possible we brought elements of our life into it. I didn’t want a predictable ‘white’ wedding. The things I love most in life are colour, texture, pattern, fabric and flowers – anything tactile. So the more colour the better. I love combining things together that contrast so combining colour and texture worked really well!”
Oh I love a surprise wedding! And a surprise wedding + pool party!? EPIC!
But this wasn’t actually a real wedding, it was set up as a recreation of the wedding of some friends of the photographer who were married 30 years ago. Jessie & Kenny had a wedding just like this one, in the exact same spot, in 1982 (some of their wedding photos are at the end of the gallery – how amazing are they?!) So to celebrate, and to have an their anniversary party with a difference, they decided to relive the whole thing. This is a styled shoot unlike the rest and, yes, they really had the big party afterwards!
Styled shoots have been wedding blog favourites for a few years now. I do like to feature them to share new wedding ideas with my bride & groom-to-be readers but I’ve always really preferred to publish real weddings. It’s not that I don’t like styled shoots, but I know real life examples always go down better than a ‘concept’ set up but a bunch of wedding industry professionals who think that it’s a quirky, cool (or in recent times – trendy) and very ‘blogable’ idea for a wedding.
Which is why I love this shoot. It is a new concept. It’s a recreation of a wedding, being sympathetic to the original inspiration while showcasing some awesome new ideas. Just like with Whit & Colby, I was initially disappointed when I realised that this wasn’t an actual wedding, but again like with Whit & Colby I love it because of the amazing creativity behind it. On reflection I congratulate the creative team for doing something that I wish everyone else would… actually being creative.