Morning all! I have a sweet wedding to share with you this morning, submitted by the very lovely Sarah Lafford of Assassynation Photogarphy and who is always so charming! Actually, that's not quite true, the lovely bride submitted her wedding on this occasion with support from Sassy. Regular reader Tara and Gavin tied the knot on 22nd December with a ceremony at St. Budock Church in Budock Water, Falmouth, followed by ceremony at the Scorrier House Estate.
"Ben and I met on an internet dating site! We chatted
online before finally decided to meet. Ben took the train up to Plymouth
and we enjoyed a perfect first date on Plymouth’s water front. Plymouth
train station, where we first met has always remained a special place.
In fact, we chose our first dance song Dean Martin’s ‘Winter Romance’ as
the first line contains the lyrics ‘I never shall forget, the station
where we met.
After two years, Ben popped the question on a gondola in
Venice as the golden sun set on a little back street canal. It was the
perfect moment and was accompanied by cheers from passers-by! We were
engaged for sixteen months before the wedding."
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"So many inspirational ideas came and went as we planned
the day. After a visit to art deco national trust property ‘Colaton
Fishacre’ we decided that we should like a deco feel which in turn
influenced my choice of dress. We combined the decadence of glamour with
our love of the season and woodland walks, creating in the end a
‘winter woodland meets art deco glamour’ feel. Ben’s main aim was for
guests to feel that they were at an extended, informal dinner party and
therefore a glamorous deco ‘country house party’ vibe emerged.
Marrying in a church was always of great importance for me having
grown up going to church, the values of a Christian ceremony were also
special for us and we were blessed enough to meet with wonderful vicars
both in our local parish where we had one set of Banns read and in
Budock with the Rev. Bennett who married us."
"My fur shrug was picked up on a weekend away in Oxford from a vintage store called ‘The Ballroom’."
"A close family friend who has wanted to do my flowers since I was a
little girl! We had always wanted a winter woodland feel to our day and
so took advantage of the beautiful foliage that is around at that time
of year. Sue collected larch-cone twigs frosted in grey-green moss and
bundles of mistletoe. We then added subtle colour with amnesia and
avalanche roses , dried hydrangeas and a colour pop of pink anemones.
As well as the table centres, Sue crafted two ten foot garlands to
encircle the banisters of the grand staircase and willow hearts which we
shall be able to keep forever.
I knew I always wanted sea
holly and cones in my hair too so sue created a spectacular larch cone
and sea holly crown to adorn my plaits."
"I’d always wanted fresh flowers in my hair, I had seen a feature on
Love my Dress featuring Tatty Devine jewellery. The model had
intricately plaited hair in the style of Frida Khalo so I got my amazing
hairdresser to recreate the style and accessorised with a floral crown
of larch cones and sea holly made by our florist – a family friend."
"My dress was the Martina Liana 294 design, purchased from Vu’s Bridal in Wadebridge. I designed the shrug myself.
Originally, I had envisaged a true vintage gown and went through
so many different eras from Edwardian to 1950s; however, so far down in
the south west, there is very little choice when it comes to quality
vintage and I didn’t want to travel. When I saw the Martina Liana dress I
thought it was so beautiful with its gold accent scalloped lace which
looked quite art deco and the style was very flattering.
As I am only 5 ft 2, I couldn’t wear a dress with too much
volume and the column style with scalloped train suited me well. I
didn’t buy it straight away as it was more expensive than I was hoping
to pay but I couldn’t resist gazing at it online so in the end I took
the plunge! I had always wanted to have my shoulders covered so I
ordered extra lace and went to my dressmaker with a rough design in
mind. She realised it to perfection. Margaret at Little Stitches in
Indian Queens was truly amazing and many people thought it was bespoke!"
"The little stone church where we got married, St. Budock Church, is
in my husband’s parent’s Parish – it is the oldest in Cornwall and is
so beautiful inside. Our reception took place at Scorrier House Estate –
after a long search, we fell in love with the venue straight away and
knew it would provide the perfect backdrop for our small winter wedding.
Ben had always wanted a tweed vintage suit and we found the perfect one at Trevails in Truro by Johnstons (their website only shows lingerie from the ladies’ department unfortunately!). He also wore an Italian vintage knitted tie found on ebay."
"On the day it blew a gale but tucked up inside the warm, candlelit
church it was just perfect as the wind howled while we recited our vows.
It couldn’t have been more special and atmospheric. We also savoured
the time we spent together (between rain breaks) on our favourite beach
drinking champagne and looking out to sea, just the two of us."
"The amazing Sassy from Assassynation was our wedding photographer. She has such a good eye and really made the most of the conditions on
what has to be the rainiest day of the year! She also totally won over
our guests who all commented on how lovely she was- in fact, she felt
like a guest!"
"We decorated the tables with a ring of winter foliage and roses,
using mercury glass votives to set a warm and cosy atmosphere as it got
dark. We provided vintage teacups for the teas and coffees, vintage
board games to play by the fire and a vintage suitcase served as a
postbox for the cards.
We had a sweetie buffet with glass jars and
decorated our cake with tiny china stags and deer. I also tracked down
on ebay a vintage perpetual calendar to set the date and most
significantly of all, photographs of our families and our beloved
grandparents which have passed away, we were able to source beautiful
1940s photo mounts and Georgian picture stands which were lent to us by
Ben’s father who owns an antiques business- many of ‘the little details’
came from his shop ‘Old School Antiques’."
"I asked my dear and talented friend Jane who is an artist to design
a front cover for us in the style of an illustration, featuring a stag
which was the motif of our day. She personalised it by creating drawings
of a book and mortar board for me as I am a teacher and a book and
quill for Ben who is a writer. She also cunningly hid little personal
details around the outside- some falling stones for Ben who is a massive
Rolling stones fan and a little UFO for me as I am a big sci-fi geek at
heart! She also created two doves, holly, ivy and church bells.
so delighted! I then designed the inside layout. We assembled the
invites on individual pieces of hairy manila card, tied with some
maroon nut scene string for a rustic homemade look. We then used Jane’s
image and format for the Order of services and menus too."
"My mother Christine walked me down the aisle, as my father died
years ago. She was amazing! She was so nervous before but was a
wonderful support on the day and her speech was blinding!"
"We had traditional vows. When it came to the
readings, we had Pauls letter to Corinthians as we feel that the words
spoke to us. We also had ‘A Birthday’ by one of my favourite poets
Christian Rossetti. The final lines read ‘For the birthday of my life is
come, my love has come to me.’ It summed up the whole sentiments of the
marriage for us- the birth-day of our new life together!"
"For the church we hired Pam Adams a Celtic Harpist to play as guests arrived and during the signing of the register. In the evening we hired The Swing Empire,
a 7 piece jazz band to entertain our guests. We ended the evening with a
‘decades disco’ put together on our ipod- in the invites, we asked
guests to send us their favourite song to add to the playlist!"
Words of Wedded Wisdom…
"Do not worry as everything goes so well on the day. Do not be
upset by the prospect of rain- it rained torrentially all week on the
lead up to our wedding with Cornwall on flood alert. Rain really
doesn’t spoil the day and you will be too wrapped up in events to even
notice! Don’t be too concerned with everything having to be styled to
perfection, guests will not have been scrutinising wedding magazines
like most brides for months and won’t notice if you’ve forgotten any
little details. Your wedding will be so pretty, so unique and so ‘you’
that your personality will shine through for all your guests to see and
remember they are there to see you not the details!
I just loved looking at all the pretty and inspirational images!
Part of my after-work ritual was to relax with a cup of tea and Love My Dress– it became a bit of a running joke with my husband! It is so well written and contains a wide range of features."
Beautiful! Thank you so much Tara and Sassy for sharing this lovely wedding with our readers.
You can see more from Assassynation on Love My Dress here by the way – and what's more, if you click here, you will find a cheeky little £250 discount to use when booking your wedding photography with Sassy – exclusive to Love My Dress readers only – amazing!
What do you love about this wedding.
With much love,
Photographer – Assassynation
Venue – Scorrier House Estate
Wedding Dress – Martina Liana 294 design, purchased from Vu’s Bridal in Wadebridge
Veil/Headpiece – family friend
Brides Shoes – Harriet Wilde
Grooms Suit – Trevails Truro
Flowergirl Dresses – Monsoon
Page boy outfits – Marks and Spencer
Flowers – Florist – Sue Kehoe
Rings – Argento + Mortimers Jewellers
Transport – Clive’s Classic Cars
Hair Stylist – David & David Hair
Catering Company - Food Glorious Food