Lisa and James’s garden wedding in Cornwall was intimate, sun-drenched, informal and sentimental. It was really important to them that no-one felt like a stranger on the day. All of their suppliers were local to either their home in London or Cornwall as well as favours called in from their friends and family.
After a lifetime of special memories at James’s grandparents house in Rock, it was the natural choice for Lisa and James to have a garden wedding in Cornwall. The house and gardens have views across the estuary looking towards Padstow and is only a short walk through the garden to the sea front.
After taking a quick dip in the sea first thing, the wedding parties split off to prepare for the day. Lisa and her bridesmaids got ready next door at St. Enodoc Hotel, whilst James and his groomsmen helped to put together the final details to the marquee and gardens.
It was the perfect British summers day. The sun shone bright all day long, it was glorious! The gamble to have an outdoor wedding absolutely paid off as Lisa and James were married with their favourite people, in their favourite place. They had such an intimate and personal ceremony with sentimental songs and hand-picked/written readings from family. The ceremony was even lead by James’ brother-in-law. Every part of the ceremony was carefully and intentionally chosen, every detail thought about.
Lisa and James both love music and enjoy it so much as a family too, spending many nights singing round the table at home. Music was a hugely important part of the whole day. James’ sister and her guitar led the music for the ceremony. She played 2 songs beautifully as part of the ceremony: All I Have to do is Dream by the Everley Brothers, wonderfully harmonised with James’ Dad joining her (this was always a go-to song during the late night family ‘playalongs’), and then Moonriver as they walked down the aisle together: a particular favourite which perfectly captures their passion for travelling together.
Following the ceremony guests enjoyed drinks on the lawn soaking in the sunshine. Family photo albums were passed around, reminiscing on the good times spent over the years at this family home that has been passed down through the generations. Traditional summer holiday games of Twister, Ladder Golf and Giant Connect 4 were played as a nod to their Cornwall holidays spent at the house.
Lisa’s grandfather hand painted the table stationery with watercolours of their favourite Cornish coves and beaches. Friends home-made the fudge wedding favours and Lisa hand painted every guests name on a piece of Cornish stone picked from the local area. Banquet style tables filled the marquee, ready for a great celebration.
The Best Man was an amazing MC and hosted the evening, sharing stories of their 10 years together as a couple. He boasted of their accomplishments together and proudly told everyone how perfect they are for each other. The speeches were a beautiful X homage to Lisa and James and their relationship.
After an incredible meal shared together, the guests surrounded the dance floor. Lisa and James got the party started with some spectacular moves to God Only Knows by The Beach Boys as James whizzed Lisa around for their first dance together as husband and wife. Guests quickly joined the dance floor wearing fancy-dress clothes and crazy hats – totally amazing idea! Everyone looked ridiculous and it was so much fun!
Choosing their first dance song was really tricky as they have 2 absolute favourites. James later surprised Lisa with a beautiful performance of their other song – In My Life by The Beetles. It was such a special moment and the perfect way to end the evening.
We have always loved the South West and have many happy memories of our holidays and adventures over the years. It was so special to be able to capture this garden wedding in Cornwall and we cannot wait to be back again for another Cornish wedding.