Today I am excited to share this beautiful Cornish Winter Wedding with pretty cream & gold details.
The couple, Claire and Steve were married on the 29th of December 2016 on a crisp sunny day.
Images were captured by Khalile Siddiqui Photography.
Khalile says of the couples day…
“Shooting Claire and Steve’s Alverton Hotel wedding was a real treat for Tamsyn and I, as it felt we were catching up with old friends as we photographed Claire’s sister Hannah and her husband Martin’s wedding a couple of years back.”
“It really was lovely catching up with so many familiar faces.”
“Whilst Tamsyn headed off to be with the girls to do the Bridal Makeup I joined the boys at Claire and Steve’s house.”
“For those who’ve not come across us before, my beautiful wife Tamsyn not only performs as the second photographer.”
“Because she’s on hand all day she’s around to conduct makeup freshen ups and a change of look for the evening!”
“The boys were in good spirits when I arrived, and there was a hive of activity, with shirts being ironed, speeches being printed and Champagne corks being pulled.”
” I knew prior to the wedding that Steve and the boys were wearing black tie, but didn’t realise it was with the ‘Fred Astaire’ Tails supplied by Little Anne Maids, for a dark winters wedding I thought they looked PERFECT!”
“When I arrived the girls were equally busy with Tamsyn doing the Makeup and The Hair Boutique doing as you’d guess, the hair, so after catching up with everyone and saying hello I popped upstairs to photograph the dress and details.”
“I knew before I arrived that the dress was going to be stunning when Claire told me that she’d bought her dress from Vu’s Bridal in Wadebridge and I wasn’t disappointed.”
“It was so lovely seeing Hannah helping Claire getting into her dress, It took me back to Hannah’s wedding when the rolls were reversed.”
“I told Claire that I could describe her look in one word, EXQUISITE!”
“Before we knew it the beautiful car supplied by Celebration Cars of Cornwall had arrived to take Claire to the church via her Nan who lives nearby but was unfortunately not well enough to attend.”
“There were a few tears there, but it set us up for what weddings are all about, families, loved ones and connections, thinking of those who are dear to us.”
“When we arrived at Treleigh church the groomsmen were doing their best to keep the bridesmaids warm, and then it was time for the main event!”
“During a beautiful ceremony It was a real testament to Tams makeup as there were more than a few tears of emotion, but Claire always looked flawless.”
“With 180 guests the congratulations outside the church following the ceremony lasted quite a while despite the winter weather, and then the sun came out.”
“There were just a few group photos as Claire and Steve had the crooning talents of Andy Marshall waiting back at The Alverton Hotel along with loads of canapés and drinks.”
“While the guests were taking their seats for the wedding breakfast we made the most of the fading daylight to capture some couples portraits.”
“The Great Hall looked wonderfully festive and made a grand setting for three cracking speeches.”
“After the wedding breakfast and Tams had done a change of look for Claire’s makeup we did a whirlwind photo shoot around the hotel and then we drove Claire and Steve to Truro Cathedral for a quick shoot there before the evening guests arrived.”
“When we got back we had no time to hang around as the cake needed cutting and the band ‘Hit Pinch‘ were waiting for the first dance and to kick off the party.”
I hand over to stunning Bride Claire…
How did you meet?
“As with a lot of modern couples we actually met online! Tinder in fact.”
“Which given the fact that we are both very outgoing and very social people, many find hard to believe.”
“We arranged a date in Starbucks and spent almost 4 hours just sat chatting away.”
“We arranged a proper first date for the Friday and went out for a romantic meal at a local beach resort restaurant.”
“The date went very well and neither of us wanted it to end, so we carried on to another local pub before heading home separately.”
“We continued to see each other on a few dates and made our relationship official after a very enjoyable night spent at Carlyon Bay Hotel.”
Tell us about the Engagement?
“It was New Year’s Day, we had quietly celebrated our first New Years together and luckily had woken with clear heads.”
“Steve’s Birthday present to me that year had been to have a Spa afternoon at a local hotel in Falmouth so we were travelling there that day.”
“On our way to Falmouth, Steve pulled off the main road where I knew the hotel was located and headed towards Falmouth marina, I was eagerly asking questions as well as throwing a slight strop at the time!!”
“Steve told me that the hotel had contacted him stating that the car park was full due to New Year’s Eve and that we would have to make our own way on foot.”
“I remember complaining that I had no coat or jumper. Steve smiled and remained calm.”
“Once out the car Steve started walking towards the marina, he grabbed my hand and the jetty gates opened.”
“I continued to question Steve and his motives – he just stated that we were going on a boat.”
“We walked past small fishing boats, sailing boats but in the distance I could see a beautiful Sealine with red carpet outside.”
“I was still complaining at the at this point and told Steve that I hadn’t taken any travel sickness tablets (what a Nightmare I was).”
“Walking on board the Windana my suspicions became raised, this wasn’t any normal New Year’s Day.”
“However, Steve acted so calm and offered me a drink. Surely, if my suspicions were accurate there would be something in the form of bubbles on ice.”
“To my disappointment Steve offered me a glass of water. At this point I was thrown right off scent and sat down to eat our beautifully prepared lunch (Steve had organised my friend Nic to set the boat up before our arrival).”
“After a short while of talking I found Steve on one knee beside me. I can’t overly remember his exact word as I was filled with emotion but I answered his question with a big YES!!”
“A few seconds later I told him I was a little dissapointed not to be toasting our celebrations with a bottle of fizz.”
“He walked to the fridge and displayed my favourite bottle of champagne – what a lucky lady I was.”
” We continued our celebrations and stayed in Falmouth that night.”
Tell us about your wedding planning journey
“We had 2 years to plan our perfect wedding and in March of 2014. we booked the Alverton Manor Hotel in Truro to hold our reception and St Stephens Church Treleigh in Redruth (my mums’ family church and where I was christened).”
“We arranged things fairly early on, as we knew we were looking to buy our first house together before getting married.”
“Myself, my mum and sister had countless shopping trips to Truro and dress shopping and fitting trips to Wadebridge.”
“Steve knew exactly what he wanted to wear for the day and tried to keep it a secret from me, but I was having none of that but I accepted his choice of a full morning suit.”
“We spent a lot of crafty evenings once in our house creating stationery, slicing logs, sticking paper and mixing confetti for the big day. My best purchase was the glue gun!!”
“We had a wonderful wedding planner at the Alverton. She was so helpful and flexible in helping us organise our special day.”
What was the best bit of your day?
“It is hard to pick out specific things, the whole day went so well but, so quick.”
“The ceremony, although there were 150 people it still seemed so intimate.”
“I couldn’t stop looking at Steve and smiling throughout the whole ceremony.”
“The short journey from the church to the venue was a very special few minutes we could spend in each other’s company. The two of us couldn’t stop talking.”
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
“Our best advice would be to spend money on the things that will last and save on things you can do yourself.”
“Choosing our photographer was very important to us as we knew this would be the way we would remember our special day.”
” We were given also given the advice to make sure you don’t skimp on your wedding rings.”
“We all seem so happy to spend obscured amounts of money on the dress we wear once but remember the ring stays on your finger a lifetime!!”
“Finally, enjoy each second, the whole day went so quickly we would love to do it all over again, but just as a guest, to relax and enjoy it from a different perspective.”
Thank you so much to Khalile for sharing this gorgeous Cornish winter wedding day.
The contrast of the cream against the sparkle of the gold is truly lovely from the florals to the stunning gowns to the awesome wedding cake.
The styling gives such a warm seasonal look without being over festive.
Photographer Khalile Siddiqui Photography
Dress – Vu’s Bridal Wadebridge
Bridesmaid Gowns – Jenny Packham – Debenhams
Suit Hire, – Little-Ann Maids – Camborne.
Cake Maker – Sweet Thoughts Cake Design – Newquay
Florist – Clowance Flowers
Videographer – Emily Youlton (Bride’s Cousin)
Rings – Micheal Spiers – Truro
Stylist/Wedding Planner, Catherin Mills – Alverton Manor
Stationery – Self-designed
Wedding decoration – Special Days Hire
Make up – Tamsyn Siddiqui
Hair – The Hair Boutique – Truro
Singer – Andy Marshall
Transport – Celebration Cars of Cornwall
Band: Hit Pinch
To Contact Khalile Siddiqui Photography
Phone: 07773 282 319