Trevenna Alex and Sam
It had to be a wedding in Cornwall!
Alex was born in Cornwall, and the county holds a special place in her heart, so there was no other choice she had to get married in Cornwall in a charming Cornish venue.
What they loved about Trevenna
Trevenna is exclusive use and can accommodate 40 guests. Trevenna also provides local produce, so everything they were lucky enough to enjoy during their stay was made from local Cornish ingredients. The bar this is also stocked with all local beers and spirits too! This gave Alex and Sam the perfect opportunity to plan their own unique day and treat their guests to a true Cornish experience.
Their visit to Trevenna
"We visited Trevenna on a rainy, dreary day in October, and even though it was smashing down with rain, we instantly fell in love with it."
"We loved that you could get married outside, but we know how unpredictable the Cornish weather is, so we decided that we had to love the indoors as much as the outdoors, and sure enough, it rained the entire day of our wedding day! But this didn’t matter because the cosy, rustic vibe of the indoors and the beautiful garden venue room is so beautiful."
"Trevenna was SO accommodating and happy for us to make it our own, it really is a blank canvas, and you can decorate however you like."
The team at Trevenna were just AMAZING!
From start to finish, they made planning a dream wedding so easy. Anything Alex and Sam wanted or needed to make their day special was never too much to ask for.
"Sophie and the rest of the team on the day were amazing and made all our guests feel special, and well looked after."
Their Wedding Photographer was Wild Tide Weddings
Their wedding photography brief was relaxed with a casual vibe, and for their photos to show the real emotion and chilled vibe of the day. That's why they chose Wild Tide Weddings as their photographer and videographer.
"We didn’t want something too cinematic or dramatic and instead wanted something romantic, chilled and real. We had our engagement shoot with them and absolutely loved how the photos turned out. We loved how they lightly edit the photos to bring out the natural beauty without being over-edited."
Their theme was rustic, minimal, classic and timeless, and an authentic Cornish experience (with the local food, and drinks. They chose natural colours throughout, keeping the décor minimal and classic with greenery on the tables and just allowed the venues natural beauty shine through. It was important that it remained timeless, as I want to look back on these photos in 10+ years' time and still love the look of the day.
It was also important to both Alex and Sam to incorporate loved ones that weren’t able to be there with them, they reserved seat for Sam’s father on which they placed his buttonhole. Sam's father had also written a speech before he died which was read out. Alex had also bought a buttonhole pin with a photo of him for Sam to wear close to his heart.
Flowers. They had to move to plan B
The plan was to have florals outside on the arbour but it was raining so instead George of @georgemackayflowers managed to fix them inside creating a floral backdrop for their ceremony.
Hair and Makeup
"My MUA (@emmieemua) and Hairdresser (@hairbyemmac) were INCREDIBLE. They made me and my bridesmaids look insane. Emmie started at 6 am and did all thirteen of us by herself and all on time too! I couldn’t recommend them both enough."
Alex chose the D3247 from Essence of Australia. A lace top with a plain bottom, off-the-shoulder drop shoulder, and sweetheart neckline with a huge lace train and buttons.
"It was the FIRST dress I tried on"
"I ended up going to a number of wedding dress shops and tried on over 25 dresses before going back to the first one, and that was the one. I wanted something slightly sexy but not too revealing, with a bridal feel to it, and this was the perfect combination!"
Sam and his groomsmen wore a classic black tuxedo suit with black patent shoes.
Alex wore a simple veil from Serendipity brides, it wasn’t from the same designer but the lace looked very similar to my dress. Pearl earrings and a pearl necklace from Etsy. Her shoes were from BeMine Bridal from ASOS.
Favourite part of the day for Alex
For Alex, this was walking down the aisle towards her husband-to-be and sitting at their sweetheart table for the wedding feast. Spending time to just take it all in together as a couple and looking out at all their guests enjoying the day."
Favourite parts of the day for Sam
Incorporating his late father into the day as much as possible was also so important. It meant a lot to see his reserved seat at the ceremony along with his buttonhole and to wear the pin with his photo on that Alex had given to him. And listening to his fathers' speech read out by his uncle.
'This really was a special moment for me to hear from him, and made me feel like he was with us.'
All of this was closely followed by standing at the top of the aisle, waiting for the ceremony to start while watching all their guests take their seats and waiting for Alex to walk down the aisle.
Top tips and advice for other couples
Seriously, don’t sweat the small stuff, people really don’t care about tiny details, and neither will you on the day!
Be ruthless with your guest list; realistically, you can’t invite everyone you know. Think about the people you simply couldn’t imagine the day without. I worried a lot about this before our wedding, but looking back now on the day, I’m so glad we shared our day with the people who came.
Prepare for all weather. Do you want to get married outside? Choose a venue that has both an inside and outdoor space that you’d be happy with. What would your venue look like if it rained? Does it have enough inside space for people to gather? Would you be happy to get married in the inside option? Because let’s face it, our weather is very unpredictable, even in summer!
Organise all your wedding stuff into boxes and label them before you arrive at the venue; then, when you turn up you can know exactly which box needs to go where (Bride box, groomsmen box, table décor etc.)
Check out FB Marketplace or Vinted for 2 nd hand décor and outfits; I managed to pick up some wedding and hen-do bargains from there – many items only used once - which saved me lots of money rather than buying new.
If you can, go on a ‘mini moon’ or honeymoon straight after! We went on a holiday to Crete for a week and it was amazing and meant we stayed in our little wedding bubble for as long as possible. We’re planning a bigger honeymoon for 2023 so we have something to focus on to avoid the wedding blues!