a gorgeous pastel, rustic DIY wedding on the Cornish coast | uk wedding blog

facebook-profile-picture By Phoebe

Afternoon and a happy Monday to you! We have a beautiful Cornish coastal wedding on the blog today. Natasha and Jacob made all of their wedding decorations to stay in their budget, they filled their day with rustic pastel pretty from flowers to table decorations. Jacob’s beautiful suit is from a popular high street retailer and I think it looks so dapper on him. Natasha looks the epitome of beautiful bride in her Benjamin Roberts gown. Add the stunning settings of a beach in Cornwall and you have yourself a rather gorgeous wedding day!

photography | Holly Collings

After trying on lots of dresses, I found my perfect wedding dress, a strapless ivory and lace Benjamin Roberts wedding dress, bought from Truly Delightful, a lovely little bridal boutique in my hometown, Totnes . My bridal shoes were Pink Paradox London in Bon Bon ivory lace bought online from Debenhams. I had a light blue lace garter which I had a little blue heart charm attached to it, given to me by my cousin Emily as she was unable to make my hen do. 

Bride’s hair accessories/veil
I also bought a two tiered veil with subtle diamantes scattered across it. I had a light blue lace garter which I had a little blue heart charm attached to it, given to me by my cousin Emily as she was unable to make my hen do. I wore an Ernest Jones necklace with diamonds and sapphires, which matched my engagement ring.

The bride’s hair and make up was done by Jennifer Hill.  Natasha decided to have a natural look with minimal make up and a half up half down hair style, with the lower layers curled.

I had 5 bridesmaids; Gabrielle and Katie (my two sisters), Emily my cousin and Joanna and Susie (Jacob’s two sisters). Jennifer also did the bridesmaids hair and they all did each others make up. The bridesmaids dresses were from ASOS.

The flowers were done by Wendy Sylvester Sliwinski a local friend from Loddiswell, Vintage Finds – Blue Raku on facebook. We provided her with lots of ideas, milk churns and colour schemes and she did an amazing job.  Wendy filled all the wedding centrepiece jugs, milk churns and pedestals with beautiful pastel coloured flowers including some wild flowers. Wendy also created all the mens button holes, my bridal bouquet, bridesmaid bouquets, flower girl bouquets and flower wreaths. We had to transport all our flowers down to Cornwall from Loddiswell on the Friday morning prior to the wedding and Wendy even delivered all the bouquets and button holes down to us the morning of the wedding, so they were as fresh as possible.

I hand dried all my own confetti out of homegrown rose petals and these were placed into brown pastel coloured cones for the guests to throw as we left the church.

Our wedding ceremony was at St Just in Roseland Church, we had visited the church numerous times prior to the wedding to establish a qualifying connection. The location of the church was incredible, with a botanical garden overlooking water. As we got married in May, all the spring flowers were out, which made the whole area look very pretty.

We had our wedding reception at the Vean on the Caerhays Castle Estate. It is a beautiful venue with a terrace and we had a marquee on the lawn from Coast to Coast who also provided the tables and chairs, linen dinnerware and cutlery. We also had use of the house, including the kitchen and bar and lounge areas. The staff at the Vean, especially Luke and Nicola were so helpful from day one and they made sure everything went smoothly on the day (www.thevean.co.uk).

The bridesmaids arrived to the church in two classic minis, a Tahiti blue one, owned by Jacob and a red one, owned by Joanna’s partner Lex.  The bride and her father Mark, arrived at the church in a Black Daimler, owned and driven by Jacob’s Dad, John Smale.

My favourite moment was seeing Jacob waiting for me at the end of the aisle and listening to him do his groom’s speech, it made me cry!

The groom, Jacob Smale wore a wool blend grey suit from Next along with black Oxford shoes. Jacob had a pastel blue tie and pocket square, along with a pastel pink rose with gypsophila for a button hole.

Groomsmen’s outfits/accessories
Jacob had his four brothers as best men, Joe, Sam, David and Peter. Jacob had 6 ushers, all close friends, who were all dressed in black suits, each with pastel blue ties and pocket squares and pastel pink roses and gypsophila for their button holes. They were all very helpful and ensured the wedding went smoothly. 

Our photographer was the lovely Holly Collings Photography  – (@hollycollingsphotography on instagram – @Holly Collings Photography on facebook) who put us as complete ease from the word go and took beautiful photographs that have captured every aspect of our wedding in a natural and colourful way.

We had tree stumps up the pathway to the marquee with bottles filled with flowers and our two big light blue coloured milk churns filled with pastel coloured flowers at the entrance of the marquee. The milk churns, which were given to us by Mr Turner a client at the vets, were very rusty and Jacob sanded then down and painted them.  

Jacob and his brother David created a candy cart, which was painted white with bunting and stripy light blue material roof. We filled lots of pastel coloured sweet jars, with various sweets.

The tables were decorated with log rings, which were cut by Jacob, pastel blue jugs, vintage teacups which were collected from markets, ebay and car boot sales with homemade pastel coloured candles in each along with glass jam jars which Jacob decorated with pastel coloured ribbon and lace. We also had vintage sugar bowls with tongs and pastel heart shaped sugar cubes. 

Table name pebbles were collected and painted by me from our local beaches. The Tables names were our favourite beaches. Crantock was were Jacob proposed to me.

We used hanging lanterns in white, light blue and pale pink on the roof of the marquee, along with lots of pastel coloured bunting, which was handmade by Natasha’s mother Gerry Prior.

Jacob’s mother Tracey made our wedding cake, which was 3 tiered and pastel pink, blue and yellow, featuring us along with all our animals and had our two Dalmatians hiding in the different icing layers. It was amazing.

We had canapés, prosecco and pimms. We had little glass milk bottles with stripy pastel coloured straws with cloudy lemonade or elderflower presse for the children, which they could serve themselves from vintage glass drinks dispensers. 

We decided to do a vintage tea style wedding breakfast with cake stands with scones and jam, lemon drizzle cakes and chocolate brownies.  We then had a crepe stand in the evening, serving savoury and sweet crepes.  All the catering was provided by Pencoose Pantry a family run business. William and Nicola did a fabulous job of catering for our guests and were so helpful in helping us to decide on our wedding menu.

When we arrived back at the Vean for the wedding breakfast, we had Sam Fearon playing live acoustic music on the terrace.

In the evening decided to have a DJ for our evening reception and he did such a great job getting everyone dancing, all evening!! 

Our honeymoon destination was Croatia, we hired a lovely self catering villa with a pool and spent the week chilling out and relaxing from wedding planning in the sunshine.  

A few tips for any brides in the planning process, enjoy it, try not to get too stressed out, try and do as many homemade crafts/decorations as you can, as weddings can be very costly!  Make sure you do what you and your husband to be want to do and invite who you want to be there.  And lastly get all your friends and family involved in the preparations and setting up, more hands make light work!  Don’t worry everything will work out on the day and the little things you were worrying about you won’t even notice on the day!  Savour every moment, as the whole day goes by so quickly!   

Where did you find your inspiration?

We got our wedding inspiration from pinterest and ebay, wedding magazines and going along to wedding fayres.  We had a vague idea of the style of wedding we wanted right from the beginning but it just took a little while to gather everything to bring it all together!

We regularly go down to Cornwall for day trips and mini breaks and it was down in Cornwall, on the beach at Crantock where Jacob proposed which is why we decided that we wanted to get married down in Cornwall, with all our family and close friends. We fell in love with St Just in Roseland Church and after being told we would be able to have our marriage ceremony there, the wedding planning got into full swing and we decided on a pastel themed/rustic wedding.

We are both Veterinary Nurses and we met whilst working together. We had our two Dalmatian x Border collies, Jasper and Marley with us after the ceremony for photos outside of the church, as it meant so much to us both that our boys were there on our special day, they both had matching pastel blue collars, leads and bow ties to continue the colour theme and appear on our wedding cake.

As we were on a very tight budget, we tried to keep costs down by hand making our wedding decorations.