I love creating pieces for weddings. There is something so magical about designing a piece for the biggest day of a brides life and it never fails to make me feel grateful and so very honoured when I get chosen to express that bride so uniquely through fashion and design.
I like to feel inspired by the couple and their wedding choices. One of the first things a couple do is book their venue and I can often get a real sense of who they are and their wedding style from that alone. So I love escaping to check out some of the most beautiful wedding locations, seeking inspiration and a slice of what makes this couple and this wedding so special, I get to visit some pretty incredible places. To list them all I think would be a series of blog posts so for now, here are just a few of my personal favourites of places that I’ve fallen a little bit in love with myself…
Pretty, petite and private, Boho Cornwall is the dream elopement venue, situated in West Cornwall, near Lands End, making it quite literally the end of the earth. It is such a romantic place to escape to together for a romantic runaway wedding for two. Get married in the garden beneath the Wedding Arbour, within the walled gardens or inside the beautiful 100-year old country house in either the oak panelled hall, surrounded by candles or the picturesque Atlantic Room with magnificent sea views and original copper fireplace. Afterwards, explore the nearby coves and pretty Cornish landscape for photos and those private newlywed moments.
Potager is a hidden gem in the heart of the Cornish countryside, close to Constantine. Known for their organic ethos and delicious vegetarian cuisine, Potager is full of nooks and crannies, surprises and wild delights, with a real secret garden vibe. Amongst the woodland you’ll find two wonderful glass houses for hosting a wedding feast and the entire place has a really relaxed alfresco feel, somewhere to tie the knot then laze in a hammock and listen to birdsong.
Pengenna is an 800-year-old private family home set in over 300 acres of Cornish countryside. Hired out exclusively, the house is set in its own valley, surrounded by over 300 acres of woodland and countryside. You can tie the knot beneath the archway of the 450-year-old front door of the manor with guests sat on the lawn, inside the Grade II Manor House in the historic Drawing Room or (my personal favourite), in the feature summer house overlooking the valley and surrounded by an avenue of apple and cherry blossom trees, it’s utterly magical.
A 26-acre sub-tropical garden, Trebah has been named as one of the Great Gardens of Cornwall and also among the 80 finest gardens in the world. Approved for intimate ceremonies with up to 40 guests, the house overlooks the valley and the Helford beyond, making for spectacular views. Afterwards, head into the gardens, just the two of you and enjoy time on the private beach (why not enjoy a Cornish ice cream) and a must-have photo opportunity on the pretty Monet-style bridge that Trebah is famed for. I love Trebah so much that I even named one of the new pieces in my latest collection after this gorgeous garden.
The ultimate festival wedding venue, Tremorna is a picturesque three-acre meadow with sea views, set between Lamorna Cove and Mousehole, making it the dream backdrop for creating your day. A traditional working farm, Tremorna is the ideal site for a marquee, tipi or yurt celebration, it really is a blank canvas that each couple can project their identity onto and I love seeing how much it changes according to the vision. Peaceful, adaptable and close to many picturesque coves for capturing those post-wedding couple photos, there’s even camping facilities so everyone can stay overnight and turn it into a wedding weekend festival of your very own! Set in 65 acres of seclusion with only the cows, sheep and shire horses for company, one thing that makes this venue special is that, unlike many other marquee type locations, Tremorna actually provide on-site catering in the form of White Radish catering, full of local ingredients and artisan produce.
Mount Pleasant Eco Park
This 42 acre site is both informal yet dramatic with a beautiful grass covered amphitheatre, complete with willow arch, a timber framed barn and on site camping and bell tents. Eco-friendly and leaving as little footprint as possible, this is the venue for minimal environmental impact and maximum emotional impact, I fell in love at first visit. With 100% vegetarian/vegan menus and locally sourced ingredients, menus are designed bespoke for each couple providing a venue and a menu as individual as the couple.
These are just six seriously special venues but there are many others that I haven’t had the time to cover in one blog post. One of my favourite parts of the millinery process is that first chat and cup of tea, finding out all about the couple in question and their wedding day vision. I would love to hear all about your big day, the venue you have chosen and why. If you’re looking to have a special piece made, inspired by your relationship, your venue and your dream day, a personally crafted keepsake that will be passed through the generations long after your wedding has passed then please do get in touch and share your plans. I’ll get the kettle on!
Potager Gardens real wedding photography: Daniel Kingdom Gradwel
Tremorna Farm: Enchanted Brides Photography, styling by Eve Wedding design
Boho Cornwall real wedding photography: Thomas Frost
Mount Pleasent Eco Park
Headpieces featured can be found in my online shop in the Bridal department:
'Nevek' hair chain
'Kenynen' Ivory lace crown
'Aves' Blue feather headdress