Today I am thrilled to share this gorgeous Cornish winter wedding at Trevanna Barns with pretty rustic and green details.
Images were captured by Tracey Warbey Photography.
Tracey is a wedding photographer living in St Austell, Cornwall covering both Devon and Cornwall.
She offers beautiful, bespoke wedding photography, which is shot in a modern and artistic way.
She would describe her style as being documentary, therefore relaxed and generally using natural light with an aim to capture special moments between people.
Building a connection with the people that she meets, enables her to capture them at their very best – relaxed, happy and enjoying the moment.
Tracey says of the couples gorgeous rustic winter wedding day…
Last March I had the pleasure of photographing Kiersty and Simon’s pretty winter wedding at Trevenna in St Neot, Cornwall.
Thankfully the weather held for us all afternoon, which was fortunate as Storm Freya was due to hit Cornwall later that day.
The happy couple took their vows in the Threshing Barn which was beautifully decorated with spring flowers.
After the wedding ceremony Kiersty, Simon and their guests enjoyed drinks and canapes outside in the grounds before being seated later in the Garden Room for a sumptuous wedding feast.
I hand over to stunning Bride Kiersty to tell us the couples love story and their Cornish winter wedding…
How did you meet?
We met online. I had been on endless dates, some more disastrous than others; Simon was the opposite – I was his first (and last!) online match.
We went to a bar on the South Bank in London and discovered, over many hours of chatting and drinking, that we had loads in common.
Music was a big draw – I had used a song title from my favourite band as my profile name. Simon recognised the name and had high hopes that our taste in music would be complementary.
Did we kiss on the first date? Of course we did! Although it’s a matter of some debate who initiated it…
Tell us about the Proposal…
A number of years later, we were living in Cornwall with a Golden Retriever called Nell and a tabby cat called Lara.
St Michael’s Mount in Marazion is a special place for us, not least because I had touched the Wishing Stone there and made a wish six months before meeting Simon (can you guess what I’d wished for…?).
Simon wanted to propose to me there, but sadly it was closed for a major refurbishment.
So instead he took me (and Nell) on a walk we hadn’t done before, which involved getting lost, straying off the footpath, climbing over barbed wire fences etc etc.
Plus at the very moment he proposed, Nell started getting all excited, jumping up and yanking at her lead! It was hilarious…and, of course, I said yes.
The occasion was sealed with a lunchtime seafood platter and a glass of wine at the Holy Mackerel Café in Helford. Perfect!
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
We knew that we didn’t want a big traditional wedding.
In fact, originally we planned to get married in a registry office and celebrate in a cosy pub afterwards.
However, we also wanted to get married in Cornwall and, recognising that many guests would have to travel a long way to get here, we decided it would be more practical to find a venue where we could have the ceremony and celebration all in the one spot.
As soon as we saw Trevenna, a collection of beautiful barns overlooking Bodmin Moor, we knew it was exactly what we were looking for our Cornish winter wedding.
We loved its rustic charm and the natural beauty of the gardens and surrounding countryside.
The golden colours of the brick walls and the old wooden beams became the perfect backdrop to meadow flowers, flickering candles and twinkling fairy lights.
The other fantastic thing about Trevenna is they have a list of brilliant suppliers that they can put couples in touch with.
It was through them that we met Tracey Warbey, our incredibly talented photographer.
She captured our day with a natural reportage style of photography, including a hilarious sequence of pictures when the confetti was thrown and Simon got some in his eye and I choked on some!
Any special touches/DIY?
Oh I loved that aspect of the wedding!
I do sewing in my spare time, and so the wedding gave me a great opportunity to get handy.
I got a lot of inspiration online, chatted ideas through with Simon and then got to work.
We made favours, table runners, menus, table numbers and confetti packets…
Probably my favourite item was a seating plan made from a wooden crate, which had twine and bunting shapes strung across it to hang the seating plans from.
Simon was master of our playlists. Because we love music, we wanted to play loads of our favourite tunes.
He and I spent the fortnight before the wedding pulling together playlists for the ceremony, the dinner and the party.
My hair and makeup was DIY too. It was important to us both that I looked like ‘me’.
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
The wedding was very rustic in style, inspired by the beautiful barn venue.
This suited our preference for natural beauty, so there was no bling, just pretty meadow flowers in simple glass vases of different shapes, wooden trestle tables with hessian runners, and vintage pendant lighting and paper lanterns.
As for my dress, I never wanted the traditional ivory dress. Even before my brown hair turned to grey, I didn’t suit pale colours.
I prefer black, navy or bright jewel colours. Emerald green was a particular favourite at the time, but I tried on lots of dresses in different colours.
My best friend came shopping with me and I knew that I could trust her judgement and that she would tell me the truth.
The dress I bought was actually a bridesmaid’s dress from Phase Eight!
I loved the style of it, especially the halter neckline and the floaty panel that hung from the right shoulder.
My Mum gave me a lovely Celtic brooch that went perfectly with it.
The trickiest thing was finding a tie for Simon that would work with my dress colour without me actually telling him what colour my dress was.
It was important to me that it be a surprise, although Simon couldn’t understand why I was so insistent.
In the end we took a trip to London and visited all the men’s outfitters on Jermyn Street.
Simon had already bought a navy suit on a separate trip with his best man, so I just selected lots of ties that would go with his suit and with my dress, and then Simon whittled them down to the ones he liked.
Miraculously, his favourite tie during the shopping trip was the one that matched my dress perfectly. And we found it in half an hour of looking and with no arguments – amazing!
What was the best bit of your day?
There were two that stick out.
The first is during the ceremony when we had to say our vows. I was feeling quite overwhelmed and emotional.
Walking down the aisle with my Dad was such a special moment, surrounded by the love of friends and family who were crammed into the ceremony barn.
By the time I reached Simon, I was ready to burst into tears. Which is exactly what happened when I had to say my vows.
And Simon, with perfect comic timing, said, “It’s not that bad, is it???” Which was the best thing for the moment – it made me laugh out loud and get back on track.
The second favourite bit was the speeches – they were all fantastic and I’m so grateful that my brother had the foresight to film them on his iPhone. I know that we will listen back to them throughout our lives…
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
· Get style inspiration and decor ideas from Google images, Pinterest, Instagram etc.
· Enjoy your day and don’t stress about anything.
· Also wear waterproof mascara! I was surprised at how overwhelmed I was before and during the ceremony.
· Hire a professional photographer. We nearly didn’t, but a friend said we would regret it, and we are so glad we took their advice.
· Ask a guest to record the speeches – you won’t remember everything that was said and it’s great fun to watch them back later.
Thank you to Tracey and to Kiersty and Simon for sharing their Cornish Winter Wedding.
The styling beautifully compliments both the venue and the natural relaxed air of the day.
Cornish Winter Wedding Suppliers
Photographer: Tracey Warbey Photography
Venue & Cake – Trevenna Barns
Wedding Dress – Phase Eight
Suit – TM. Lewin
Florist – Sharon Mesher Wedding Flowers
Rings – Klimek Jewellers
Stationery – Bride designed & used local print shop – Brewers Group
Make up/Hair stylist – Bride
Videographer – Brides brother
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