Gwel-an-Mor Kellie and Phil
The ceremony it had to be Mawla Chapel
Phil had always wanted to have the ceremony at Mawla Chapel, a beautiful little chapel in the middle of a quiet little village local to his family farm. His mum and dad and his nan and grandad had all married there so it meant a lot to Phil to also marry there.
“Revd. Carole Holmes married us, we had a couple of meetings with her and she was so lovely. She made me feel at ease as soon as I met her, I wouldn’t have wanted anyone else to marry us.
We also wanted to have our dog, Bailey, at the wedding and there was no problem having him in the chapel during the ceremony. He sat with our friends and was good as gold. Everyone loved having him there.
My dad’s auntie wanted to do the flower arrangements for the chapel and the chapel were more than happy to let her do this. All the flowers looked absolutely beautiful.”
When Kellie and Phil started thinking about their wedding reception they considered a marquee in one of the fields at Phil’s family farm. After looking into it further they decided an actual venue would probably be best.
Phil’s mum then mentioned that one of her friends had been to a wedding at Gwel-an-Mor and the photo’s had looked lovely.
“On the way home, we were driving through Portreath and decided to pop into Gwel-an-Mor on the off chance. We caught Lucy the weddings and events planner at the venue completely off guard, but she couldn’t have been nicer.
Even though she was busy getting ready for a wedding the following day she still took the time to have a quick chat with us and show us around.
That weekend we chatted and both said how much we liked it, we actually didn’t go and look anywhere else and organised a meeting with Lucy. After that meeting, we decided we wouldn’t want our wedding to be anywhere else.
We had a number of meeting’s with Lucy and on each one she was so friendly and helpful. We liked her more every time we met her. She listened to everything we wanted and helped us when we were trying to decide on a couple of things."
Kellie and Phil loved the look of Gwel-an-Mor, for them, it was exactly what they were looking for. A beautiful venue with a very relaxed vibe. Kellie loved the Barn - they did get their marquee reception! The added bonus was the Yurt and the Courtyard.
“We were so lucky with the weather so everyone was able to enjoy sitting outside on the benches.”
The wedding feast
For the food Kellie and Phil decided on a buffet rather than a sit-down meal, they wanted a chilled out day and thought a buffet was more in keeping with that.
“We gave Lucy and her chef the brief of ‘Boxing Day Tea’, which is one of Phil’s favourite meals. I cannot even express how amazing the meal turned out, all of our guest’s commented on how good it was."
Homemade cakes with tea and coffee after the meal all made by their family and friends served in the Yurt allowing their guests to move around and mingle.
Both Cornish born and bred there could only be one evening snack. It had to be pasties!
"We would recommend Gwel An Mor to anyone (and we have already). The venue is absolutely beautiful, the food was amazing and the staff were lovely, especially Lucy who we can’t thank her enough for everything she did.”
Victoria Walker Photography
Kellie looked online for a photographer and loved Victoria’s website and work.
“All the photo’s looked beautiful and I liked her natural style. She was so lovely and friendly when we met her and I knew we had made the right choice. I chose to go for two photographers for the day, I wanted to capture as much of the day as I could. Victoria spent the morning with myself and my bridesmaid while we had our hair and make-up done and Barrie (who I later found out was Victoria’s dad) went and met Phil at the chapel.
Victoria was with us all day and a lot of the evening and was so friendly throughout. They were not ‘in your face’ so they got some lovely natural shots of everyone.
As someone who hates having his photo taken she helped Phil feel relaxed and because of this we got some great photos. In between the ceremony and the reception we wanted to have some photo’s in one of our favourite fields, the photos Victoria took there are so beautiful and we are so happy with them. I would recommend Victoria to anyone.”
The Theme. It turned out a little bit rustic
They didn’t really have a theme as such but it turned out a little bit rustic. The bridesmaids were in navy so the chair ties were navy and Kellie’s bouquet was made up of many different bright colours.
“I love doing arts and crafts and luckily my mum is very talented and artistic so we got her involved in lots of the decorations.”
Kellie handmade all the day invitations and the orders of service. Phil cut wooden rounds from a large tree branch, for the table decorations and Kellie wrote the table names onto each and her mum then burnt the writing into the wood.
The look was finished off with a milk bottle with gerberas and gypsophila and a tea light. The guests each had a name card and a favour of either jelly beans or mints in a small Kilner jar.
“We also had a polaroid guest book which turned out really well.”
Out in the Courtyard was a wooden pallet with the order of the day and a milk churn which Kellie’s mum had secretly painted it was brimming beautiful flowers, from Stems Florists.
Around the Yurt my mum had painted large bottles with gerberas, which were beautiful (we have one in our living room now).
The Wedding Cake
“Our wedding cake was made by Phil’s talented mum. It was a three-tier fruit cake, with white icing and a navy blue ribbon around each tier. She handmade gerbera flowers to go onto the cake, not only did it look amazing but it tasted it too.”
Enjoy yourself. Have a nice relaxed day
The main thing for Kellie and Phil on their day was for everyone to enjoy themselves and have a nice relaxed day. They didn’t want anyone to feel pressured or feel like they were on show.
“We were so lucky this is exactly how the day went. We had a smaller day party of 60 but the evening we ramped it up to around 240.
Because we had such beautiful weather on the day, the day merged into the night, a lot of our day guests were outside when our evening guests started arriving so there was never too many people in one place at one time.
The Yurt was brilliant for our day because while some of our guests were tearing up the dance floor some could chill out in the Yurt.”
Kellie chose Stems Florists in Camborne.
“Tracy and Helen were so lovely I knew I wanted them to create the flowers for my wedding day and I am so glad I choose them.”
For her bridesmaids, Kellie wanted a bouquet of gypsophila with a band of hessian ribbon. For her bouquet, Kellie wanted a mixture of gerberas and gypsophila, and because her bridesmaid dresses were navy she decided to have a complete mixture of brightly coloured gerberas with a band of hessian ribbon.
“My bouquet was absolutely beautiful, I couldn’t have been happier.”
Phil and his groomsmen and dads wore white shirts, tweed jackets, blue chinos and burnt orange ties. So Helen and Tracy from Stems Florists made the buttonholes using a single orange gerbera and gypsophila. The mums wore gypsophila.
Stems Florists also made a beautiful flower arrangement for the dashboard of the van, the arrangement for the milk churn and beautiful gypsophila hair slides.
Victoria Jefferies Hair Artist
“I went and had a trial with my hair and thought I loved it then but on the day it was even better. I wanted my hair up for the day and she created a beautiful plait updo.
As I decided not to have veil I just wanted a few of the flower slides in my hair.”
Kellie’s bridesmaids had a half up and half down style, using a plait to put up part of their hair.
“Victoria is so lovely and talented.”
Long Lasting Beauty
When Kellie started planning the wedding she already knew she wanted Natalie to do her makeup.
“She did my make-up a couple of years before when I was a bridesmaid for my best friend. I don’t wear much make-up, never foundation, so I wanted a really natural look. This is exactly what Natalie created, I loved my makeup for the day.
My bridesmaids looked beautiful too. Not only is Natalie extremely talented but she’s also one of the lovely, funniest people you could meet. We had so much fun getting ready.”
The dress! Kellie is so proud of herself
Kellie had no idea what she wanted. She planned a dress shopping trip with her mum and soon to be mother-in-law.
“I have to admit the whole wedding dress shopping wasn’t for me, I’m not a shopper and didn’t really feel the excitement after trying the first couple of dresses on.”
A week later Kellie visited another bridal boutique she didn’t find the one but did get more of an idea of what she was looking for.
Kellie decided she would look online, she ordered a few and found one she liked.
“It fitted nicely and I decided I would keep it and assumed I had found my dress. A few months later in April, I decided to try it on again but this time when I put it on it looked awful (well to me it did).”
“I went into a panic and worried I wouldn’t find a dress I liked again. I made a last-ditch order from a website, before planning a panic visit to Exeter.”
Kellie ordered a further three dresses, the first dress she loved the top but didn’t like the bottom. The second dress was beautiful but just didn’t suit her, the third dress she liked.
“The more and more Kellie looked at it the more she liked it. The panic was over and she had found the perfect dress.
"And the best bit of the dress was the price…it cost £90! I'm so proud of myself”
The dress was a simple but beautiful which was exactly what Kellie wanted it required a few alterations which were done by a friend of the family.
favourite part of the day
I honestly think our favourite part of the day was just looking around seeing all of our family and friends together enjoying themselves. It meant so much to us to have so many people join us celebrating our special day. Our family and friends mean so much to us so to have them all together with us was amazing.
advice to other couples
My advice to other couples is to do what you want to do. Don’t worry about what others want you to have it’s your day. There are certain things you have to compromise on for family so for the rest of the day have what want you. If you want a buffet rather than a sit-down meal have it.
Try to be organised it makes the run-up to the day a lot easier. I put all the items for the table into separate bags and when it came to setting up the day before it only took us an hour to do everything which meant the rest of the day I could relax.
I would also recommend to start buying stuff when you see it, weddings are expensive but at least you can space the purchases out this way.