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Real Brides - Phoebe & Dan's Wedding at Polhawn Fort

I love making special headpieces for brides, I endeavour to make something that truly shows off their personality and makes them feel a million dollars. When Phoebe said she wanted me to make her a bespoke flower crown in candy colours I knew this would be a very enjoyable commission.

Upon our first meeting she showed me pictures of her amazing hand made paper bouquet, complete with unicorn and ice cream charms. I loved her sense of style straight away and we had fun in the studio raiding my silk flower collection. We gathered a selection of peonies, ranunculus, berries, daisies and foliage and I took it from there…catching up later with emails and photographs as I made it.  

With Phoebe’s laid back attitude and sense of fun I knew her and Dan would have a wedding to remember and as you can see it was just that! I've asked her about her inspiration and the planning process to help couples thinking of getting married in Cornwall....I hope you enjoy! 

What made you choose your venue?

I had always dreamed as a little girl of getting married in a castle by the sea. Dan’s only stipulation was said castle must be in Cornwall and close enough to the beach for him to have a swim! Polhawn Fort was our perfect fit, complete with drawbridge & private beach :) 

What was the inspiration behind your styling, decorations and outfits? 

Everything that we love! Our table plan was a line of spinning records, our table center pieces were pineapples with flamingoes sticking out of them! We had guitars and surfboards dotted around, and lots of beautiful wild flowers, billowy peonies and bright sunflowers crammed in orangina bottles everywhere. I have a love of super kitsch things, so we had pineapples, flamingos and unicorns wherever I could sneak them into the day (my bouquet was made out of paper and covered in all my favourite things!), and everything was bright, colourful and joyous! 

What were the most important aspects for you to get right? 

A lot of planning went into making the day pretty spectacular but the main things for us were the ceremony, food and the music! 

What made you choose me to make your headpiece and how did it make you feel wearing it on the day? 

I had always seen myself wearing a huge flower crown for my wedding and the only thing I needed to choose between was having real flowers or silk ones. I chose to go with something that I could keep forever and that wouldn’t wilt on the day, and having searched the Southwest for someone who could make one as fabulous as I knew I wanted mine to be I came across you and knew you were the one! It was a good trek down to Cornwall but my flower crown was just incredible. I absolutely loved wearing it, and didn’t take it off all day - I felt like I was queen for a day. 

What were your favourite moments of your wedding? 

Apart from staring into each other’s eyes promising to love each other forever (it really does take your breath away), it has to be the flash mob of ‘Can’t take my eyes off you’ which my family had prepared as a surprise. It was one of the best moments of my life; we’d planned the day down to a tee and the one thing we didn’t just made me the happiest ever - watching everyone sing and join in - there was a fortress of kazoo’s!!! We now have a theme song! 

Anything else you’d like to add or any pearls of wisdom for future couples? 

Don’t stress ! It’ll all come together in the end. The people you employ to do their jobs do just that - their jobs. And they nail it. Let them shine and don’t fret. You should let yourself plan up to a point, then press play - enjoy it for everything it is, and whatever happens, laugh!


Venue - Polhawn Fort

Photographer - Christian Michael

Dress designer - Catherine Deane

Grooms outfit - mix

Florist - Ruth Andrews

Hair - Kyrelle Burton

Make up - Amy Elizabeth

Flower Crown - Holly Young

Bouquet - Rebecca Ephgrave @ PaperBouquets

Cake - Jen @ Edible Essences

Catering - Richard McGeown

Band - Ivy Drip & the Lidettes

Phoebe’s Instagram @mylittletanqueray