Trelowarren Estate Jessica and Jamie
A traditional church ceremony
Jessica always knew she wanted a traditional church ceremony at her local church, St Bartholomew’s in Porthleven.
"I was born in Porthleven and lived there until a few years ago so it meant so much to be able to get married there. Luckily, I was christened in St Bartholomew’s, so I had a qualifying connection to the church. My late father’s resting place is in the cemetery there, so it also felt special to be near to him on my big day."
Something truly special
Everyone got goosebumps when a butterfly fluttered down at the front of the church as Jessica and Jamie said their vows! It is said to be a sign that a loved one is around.
A winter wedding with a stunning Marquee
"We were set on having a winter wedding, so it didn’t seem like the best idea to have a marquee on the cliff! A search for marquee sites near to Helston lead us to Trelowarren Estate"
Having been there before for coffee and woodland walks around the estate, they knew it would be perfect.
The small orchard offered the perfect sheltered location for a marquee in the event of bad weather, and with a car park and toilets right beside meant they didn't have to hire any.
The beautiful tree-lined drive into the estate was perfect for photo opportunities and with Jessica hired one of many holiday cottages at Trelowarren; staying the night before with her mum and bridesmaids and the night of the wedding with her husband Jamie.
"It was really cosy during Storm Deirdre, which luckily cleared up as we left to go to church!"
Big help from Absolute Canvas
Absolute Canvas provided their marquee and it looked fantastic, even before they started decorating.
"If you choose a hotel venue you have a wedding coordinator to plan most things for you, but if you go for a marquee you have more things to organise, which can feel a bit daunting."
Absolute Canvas are very helpful when it came to planning things like the layout and table sizes. If you like the idea of decorating a blank space to match your theme then a marquee is ideal; you get to customise everything from the style of chairs to the lighting.
Suzanne Johnson Photography
Jessica and Jamie met Suzanne at a wedding fair and instantly connected with her. Before getting engaged they didn't realise just how many styles of wedding photography there are, so looking around the fair and chatting to different photographers was really interesting and helpful.
"Suzanne stood out, not just for her beautiful photographs, but for taking the time to explain how she works and how she could capture our ideas for our day."
Jamie was concerned that there might not be enough light left after their ceremony in the middle of December, especially after one photographer they spoke to told them they should move it to the morning!
"Suzanne put our worries at ease and reassured us that we could work with whatever light we had"
After going away and looking through more of Suzanne’s portfolio, they soon realised that her style was exactly what they were after.
"We also entered a competition to win a free engagement shoot with Suzanne and were over the moon when we got the email to say we had won! We still love looking back through both the engagement and wedding photos as they captured each moment so magically"
The theme of the day...Christmas!
It was a Christmas wedding for several reasons. They both love Christmas so much! They met in December, got together in December and several of Jamie’s family members all got married in December — so it’s a special month.
"We wanted a glam vibe with elements of a woodland winter wonderland so we went for a colour palette of hunter green, gold and silver."
They had Christmas trees, fairy lights and snowfetti and Jessica had pine cones, spruce and mistletoe in her bouquet.
For the favours, they chose Christmas crackers which Jessica spent hours putting together and writing the guests’ names on the tags. The crackers all contained wildflower seeds – not Christmassy but a tiny part Jessica would have loved a spring wedding so this was her way of including it!
Baubles filled with sand from their favourite Cornish beaches as the table names and lots of festive flavours in the menu, including mince pies, gingerbread men and apple crumble flapjacks.
"We sang Silent Night in the church, exited to Joy to the World and had our first dance to Frank Sinatra’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. It was such an amazing feeling seeing all our ideas finally come together and it was everything we imagined and so much more."
GOING VEGAN with Miss Tea Wedding Catering. Vegan food is tasty and not weird!
"Sarah from Miss Tea did the catering and the food was incredible. Vegan food is tasty and not weird! Sarah worked with us to create a completely bespoke menu incorporating all our favourite foods and ingredients, allowing us to make as many changes as we liked"
The feast was a delicious vegan buffet one that everyone enjoyed. On the menu sweet potato and spinach curry, veggie shepherd’s pie, sausage casserole and herby roast potatoes. Desserts included tiramisu gateaux and brownies with salted caramel sauce.
"It was easily some of the best food we’ve ever had, although neither of us could manage to eat much of it on the day as all the nerves and excitement made us lose our appetite (thankfully we got to enjoy some of it during our menu tasting beforehand)!"
Susan from the Twisted Currant in Porthleven their favourite tearoom made their wedding cake and excelled herself.
"Susan makes the most amazing vegan cakes. We showed Susan a cake we’d found on Pinterest and her version was so much better, it looked truly magical and it went down a treat"
The cake requested was a naked chocolate cake with vanilla icing decorated with bits of spruce, pine cones, and cinnamon sticks.
Jessica wore the Allen by Sottero and Midgley and she absolutely loved it
"I wish I could wear it every day!"
Jessica's wedding dress shopping experience was a bit different to the traditional advice of trying on lots of different styles as you don’t know what will suit you until you try them on. Whilst browsing dresses on Pinterest, fairly certain she wanted a tulle ballgown with some kind of sleeve, she discovered the Allen and instantly fell in love.
"The skirt was just as I imagined, and it had a stunning bodice with elbow-length sleeves covered in Swarovski crystals and beads"
The bridal appointment
"I was so nervous as I wanted it to be my dress so badly, and I was worried that it wouldn’t suit me and then I wouldn’t find another one that I liked as much. I did try on quite a few other dresses first just to see what else was there and to enjoy the experience.
Most of them were lovely but as soon as I put on the Allen I just knew it was my dress and I became very emotional! I felt amazing in it and I received so many compliments, with some people saying it was one of the best dresses they’d ever seen and others saying it was me summed up in a dress!"
Jessica wore a long scatter crystal veil to go with her dress, and a diamante hair comb. For jewellery she wore a pair of statement earrings to go with her glam look and a simple silver heart bracelet from Tiffany to remember the day, the box was her something blue.
favourite part of the day
"The ceremony – it was such a magical, emotional and surreal experience. I remember feeling so calm as I walked down the aisle, taking as much in as I could, from the faces of all our loved ones to meeting Jamie at the altar.
We were both so happy when we were pronounced husband and wife, it was such a special moment that we will treasure forever. The whole day was amazing – we had so much fun having braved the wind to have our photos taken on the beach, and dancing the night away with our friends and family to lively Irish music"
Do as much as you can in advance and be super organised. After a productive start, Jessica had a lull in the planning where there wasn’t much to do. Thinking that it wouldn’t take long to buy the last few bits and pieces and that it would be fun to save the DIY bits for closer to the wedding day so that she could listen to Christmas songs while she made crackers and fill confetti cones!
"However, suddenly, I was down to the last few weeks and running out of time and it’s highly likely that there will be things forgotten no matter how many checklists you’ve studied.
I bought loads of Christmas decorations in the sale a year before and thought I was being organised. I hadn’t realised that the baubles didn’t come pre-threaded, so we had to spend a few evenings painstakingly tying strings onto hundreds of baubles!
Make sure you contact all your suppliers a day or two before the wedding to double check they have all the correct timings and information they need, as well as contact numbers for your bridesmaids and best man in case they need to get hold of you. I meant to do this, but it was such a manic week trying to get everything ready that it slipped my mind. This did result in a few mishaps on the day and I felt quite stressed knowing that I could’ve prevented them, but you live and learn!
Lastly, try and savour every moment as it really is true that the day will be over before you know it"