Newdowns Farm Peter and Tom
the dream wedding location
Having grown up in St Agnes, Peter has always loved the nearby cliffs at St Agnes Head. Having shared many walks with Tom across the cliffs between the coves and beaches, amongst the Cornish wildflowers, in the sun and sea spray.
Newdowns Fram offer fields overlooking the sea and heathland. A remote location but it was their dream wedding location.
Creating the perfect look with Sperry Tents
Peter and Tom chose Sperry Tents for their elegant, natural and nautical style every marquee is constructed from sailcloth fabric. They also chose to have their festoon lighting too which they loved.
Choosing such a remote location does come with certain challenges; the field has a drinking water supply, but otherwise, Peter and Tom needed to source everything else: electricity, toilets, even the kitchen sink!!! (a pop-up kitchen had to be arranged)
Their Photographer was Let Love Flourish
A Lancashire-based photographer, Let Love Flourish, documented their day. Amy-Leigh was chosen after seeing her work from a friend’s wedding.
"We loved the informal but beautiful style and were also reassured to see she had shot same-sex couples before. Generous and flexible when responding to our wishes and we were so happy with the photos created for us"
A Cornish Wildflower theme
With a love of gardening and the Cornish countryside, their theme was Cornish wildflowers. This, of course, informed their floral choices, but also the table names, and colour scheme.
"Heather and gorse are the most abundant wildflowers up on the cliffs, so our colours were yellows and purples"
Wedding Catering by Miss Tea chosen because of her relaxed approach and her personalised menus
"We were concerned about our caterer’s ability to provide vegetarian food but Miss Tea reassured us she had provided this and more before"
Their concerns were blown away by the amazing and ingenious tasting dishes she provided during which they discussed their mutual love of Mediterranean food and gardens!
"We chose Miss Tea because her food was delicious, she had a clear joy in catering and love of all food, and we got on so well. We really got the feeling she could’ve cooked the most classical wedding feast as well as the most experimental - whatever you wanted"
an unofficial wedding planner!
Miss Tea really stood out whilst her approach remained relaxed and super friendly, she was rigorous and so diligent in providing her creations for all their guests - including hundreds of homemade meringues!
"She was a force to be reckoned with! She was also indispensable in her extensive experience of catering and weddings in general - she was basically our unofficial wedding planner!"
Another supplier that really stood out was their celebrant, Nicola, of Cornish Celebrants
"From our first garden centre meeting to saying goodbye after the ceremony, she imbued us with joy and enthusiasm, whilst her extensive experience as a registrar lent her a gravitas that authorised the proceedings, as joyous as they were. She also had experience with same-sex ceremonies, which was important to us"
The grooms attire
Peter and Tom didn't like the idea of matching suits instead they wanted a more eclectic look to reflect the rambling Cornish garden feel!
"We each wore different pieces, some of which we already owned. We shopped together to support one another through the ordeal of clothes choosing and to make sure we complemented one another, with natural tones of earth and sea, picked out with yellows and pinks"
They wore: Loake, Ted Baker, Liberty, Topman, with tailoring from Clifton Tailors.
Floral pocket squares from Liberty fabrics and buttonholes from The Flower Shed at Trebilcocks
Favourite part of the day
"The heady happiness of the beautiful ceremony and the whirling joy of the ceilidh. Just having everyone together approving and celebrating love"
"Enlist the help of family and friends - they usually want to be a part of your day. It’s hard but you need to accept you can’t please everyone. Use online shared docs and spreadsheets...
And finally, take some time alone to stand back and appreciate during the day"
Floral crowns, buttonholes, and cut flowers: The Flower Shed at Trebilcocks
Stationery and signage: Joanna Lillie Illustration
Harpist: Katie McClaughry
Ceilidh Band: The North Cornwall Ceilidh Band
Sound system: Dymond Audio
Generator: Southwest Electrical Hire
Toilets: Cornwall Conveniences