We can’t get enough of this beautiful wedding in Cornwall! Bride Laura tells the story of her day…
How did Martyn propose?
“We were in Austria on a skiing holiday. It was Christmas Day 2017 and, as my Auntie put it; he got down on one ski! The day didn’t start so well because I wasn’t feeling great and wasn’t sure I’d ski that day (he must have been worried it wasn’t going to plan!). However, by the afternoon we set off on the slopes together. We came to a stop in a picturesque location. I was desperate to take a Christmas Day photo, and I thought that was why we had stopped. Martyn asked me to take my gloves off and I thought it was strange to do so just for the photo (and it was freezing!), and he proposed then and there on the slopes. It was very romantic! Buzzing from the moment, I skied (shakily!) straight into the nearest bar to celebrate with some fizz!”
What dress did you wear?
“My dress was by Naomi Neoh called Ivy, in the Oyster shade. I bought it from The Bridal House of Cornwall in Truro. Luckily it was off the rail because it was actually my second dress. I had changed my mind about my original one. I think this was because I bought my first dress too early. I loved this one and I’m glad that I trusted my instinct to buy the second dress, otherwise it wouldn’t have been perfect.”
And the accessories?
“I wanted to keep my accessories quite simple and understated. I ordered bespoke gold drop earrings and a matching bracelet from Laura Rhodes, a lace garter from Agent Provocateur, my shoes were from Merle & Morris, and my veil was bespoke from Sash + Veil in Colchester. I went to the shop to select the fabric and design the veil to complement the dress. The veil had hand-sewn dried flowers on it. I loved its romantic but understated look – perfect for an outdoors wedding. I wore my favourite perfume, Coco Chanel Mademoiselle, and MAC lipstick in the Velvet Teddy shade.”
What did Martyn wear?
“The groom wore military uniform (he is a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy) along with other guests who were invited to wear uniform for the wedding.”
How did you feel when you saw him up the aisle?
“It was an incredible moment. I was driven to the aisle by my brother and I remember feeling pleased that I was on time (I’m usually running late for events!). The anticipation was an amazing feeling as I reached the start of the lake where I would walk around to the aisle. I kept glancing over at him on the island on the lake and it was such a great feeling to get to him at the end! This included walking over the bridge across the lake, with me worrying my dress might dip in it!”
Who were your bridesmaids and where were their dresses from?
“My bridesmaids were two of my best friends, Rachael and Alicia, and my sister, Amanda. They wore matching dusky pink embroidered dresses from Frock & Frill.”
What was your theme?
“My wedding theme was ‘Romantic Vineyard’. I wanted to create a romantic, natural, outdoors-amongst- the-vines feel. I used Pinterest to save images I liked and took inspiration from other vineyard weddings.”
What was the highlight of your day?
“Having some time together as a couple to just revel in the moment – including having a preview of our wedding reception before the guests entered. It was amazing seeing my Pinterest board brought to life. I was so grateful to our on-the-day wedding planner (Jenny of Jenny Wren Weddings). She had completely understood the vision.”
What was your best buy?
“The candles and vases (which we needed in bulk for all the tables for the reception) were from Ikea.”
What’s your saving tip?
“Save as much as you can beforehand and use your planning time wisely! We had a year and a half before our big day but it really does fly by. Even if you have a shorter time frame, researching and planning is important. Planning in advance allows you to shop around for the best deal and not panic buy in the lead up to your day.”
Date: 18th August 2018
Photographer: Jo Clement from Enchanted Brides
Laura’s dress: Naomi Neoh
Martyn’s attire: Military attire
Bridesmaid dresses: Frock & Frill
Accessories: Merle & Morris, Laura Rhodes, Agent Provocateur, Sash + Veil