Good morning lovely ones, as you’ll be reading this, I’ll be in London spending time with good friends ahead of my birthday on Sunday. It’s a big one, so I’m making the most of having a few days left with an age that begins with the number 3! An evening spent with my dear friend Kate Halfpenny last night just reaffirmed to me what good friendship is all about, so I’m feeling on a natural high this morning and raring to share this sublime, summer seaside wedding with you.
Business partners Claire and Olly who own a barbershop called Gents Quarter in Baildon, West Yorkshire, got married on 21 June this year at the scenic Porthilly Farm, Daymer Bay in Rock, Cornwall. The combination of seaside, sunshine, smiles, colour and happiness make it a really joyful experience looking through these images shot by Jess Petrie, whose own Whitby beach wedding featured on Love My Dress recently.
“We wanted a little formality to our day and to keep the running fairly traditional. But we also wanted a relaxed feel which we definitely managed to achieve. Being by the sea and beach in the glorious sunshine helped with that one! We decided the day before the wedding that we should make use of the gorgeous weather that we’d been promised, so I asked the marquee guys to put the dance floor outside, under the festoons and under the stars – this still makes me excited now!! Spontaneous decisions are often the best.”
Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Jess Petrie
“Olly and I met in 2008. I had decided it was time for a new hairdresser and chanced it at my local hairdressers. Little did I know that it was to be the first day of the rest of my life! My next appointment with the new scissor wielder in town was memorable and we were inseparable. His smile changed everything. In fact, that smile still changes everything.”
“Over the last twelve months, anything pale blue and anything gold belonged to me! I bought pretty much anything in those tones. Right up until a week before the wedding, everything was being sprayed, wafted or glittered in gold – It was literally sparkly heaven.
The bridesmaid’s dresses were made by a local retired lady.. On the final fitting, we knew that the dresses were lacking some form of bling! A panic email to Katy from What Katy Did Next and two belts were designed, made and were bloomin’ perfect! The light blue dresses and gold leather belts are such a lovely combination.
My bridesman’s suit was from Next. His bow tie and pocket square were both from Ted Baker.”
“I am from Warwickshire and Olly is from Yorkshire which is where we live with our two children. We chose to get married at St Enodoc Church, Daymer Bay, Cornwall. I lost my Mum three years ago and her ashes are laid to rest at St Enodoc along with her Dad, my Grandpa. My family have been enjoying holidays on Daymer Beach for forever, well at least since the 50′s! Getting married at St Enodoc was the closest I could get to having my beautiful Mum, my best friend, at my wedding and I felt very close to her.
St Enodoc also happens to be one of the most beautiful beach-side churches ever. Situated on the headland above Daymer Bay beach, the views stretch over the Camel Estuary and I remember seeing boats sailing in he sea as we walked the across the fields dodging cow-pat (yes, really!) to the church. It’s a 10 minute walk from the nearest car-park but this little gem of a chapel is worth all the grass stained and muddy heels in the world.
From the 16th century to the 19th century, The church was buried amongst the sand dunes.”
“Our reception was held at Porthilly Farm, Rock, Cornwall. Porthilly is a working oyster farm and their estate extends onto the the headland which is on the Camel Estuary overlooking Padstow. The Marshall’s who own the farm couldn’t do enough for us. Because the weather was so hot, they were rallying round shifting oysters out of their refrigerated rooms so we could keep our flowers cool and keep the champagne chilled!
They don’t have a website, but Kate Marshall from Porthilly can be contacted via email: [email protected].”
“Yorkshire based florists, Emmas Weddings & Events, travelled 380 miles with a van full of flowers! Emma and Rebecca are sisters and they own the florist shop next door to our barbershop. They are of course great friends of ours too, I mean, who else would travel that far to do flowers! They used lots of pinks and peach tones which all looked stunning.”
“When they arrived in Cornwall, they were given an area of a cowshed to use at the oyster farm where we had our reception. They’ve labelled it as being the best office ever! They then had the task of carting all the flowers to the church across St Enodoc Golf Course – there really is no easy access to this little church in the middle of nowhere!
Emma and Rebecca really involved themselves in my planning. They knew exactly how it all looked inside my buzzing head and it all looked perfect. Stunning. Beautiful. Even more touching was that they’d made me a small version of my bouquet which I could leave with my Mum after we came out of the church.”
“I had two children from a previous relationship and I adored watching their relationship with Olly grow. I was smitten by his ability to make us all laugh and cry at the same time. We all fell utterly in love with him.
On June 6th 2012, my birthday, we had our annual family holiday in Cornwall (can you tell how much we love the place!). I was busy opening my presents when I noticed Olly on one knee with the children by his side. Yeap – the boy proposed! Apparently this was meant to happen on the beach, but Olly feared that the children couldn’t keep the secret any longer, so instead it all happened in a caravan.”