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Todays Gorgeous wedding featured the most stunning Cornish location with the best English weather you could ever wish for. When I first saw the photos sent into me by The Lusty Glaze in Newquay I actually thought it was a destination wedding. It wasn’t till I was putting the wedding together that I realised that it actually took place in the UK. Can you believe how much beautiful sunshine there is and how amazing this beach side location looks! Sammi and Tom really lucked out with the weather and the team at Lusty Glaze really pulled out the stops to make it the perfect day for them. Big thanks to James Evans Photography for these beautiful images.
Sammi and Tom were married on 31st July 2015 at The Lusty Glaze, Newquay, Cornwall. ‘We fell in love with The Lusty Glaze during a weekend away in Newquay the previous year for Tom’s Birthday. We kind of stumbled upon on it on the Sunday evening, we went down to see the sunset and it was chucking it down so we had to leg it down them steps! The sky did clear just as the sun went down and we noticed a couple surfing – the staff told us they had got married that weekend and that’s where the idea started I suppose, we booked it that week without looking anywhere else. Guest wise we had 70 in the day + about 30 more in the evening. It took a year to plan the wedding.’
How they met
We have been friends since we were about 15, we first met at a local club for under 18’s called Ego in Southend. We eventually got together during a group holiday to Zante in 2007.
Tom popped the question whilst in Barcelona 2 years ago. We were there with our good friends Jack Brown (our best man) and his girlfriend Sophie (who did my make-up on the day). We went to our favourite restaurant on the Saturday night and Tom asked Jack to take a photo of us, before I knew it, Tom was kneeling in the middle of the room and Jack was crying. Everyone was clapping and I was so shocked I just cried! It was all very emotional, we went out after that and celebrated! It felt like a crazy dream the next day.
How did you allocate your budget
The majority went on our venue and food and drink. The other 25% or something was split between what we all wore and décor. A large chunk was also put aside for our honeymoon to Bali, which we booked through Kuoni Travel.
Where did you splurge and where did you save
I think our guests spent a pretty decent amount behind the bar on the day, so that was quite a splurge for them! I saved by using my lovely, talented friends and family where possible and local businesses. I got my mini cacti wedding favours from Morley’s, which is a local garden shop. My lovely friends Sophie did my hair and make-up and Carly did my nails. I made most of the décor myself.
How did you choose your photographer
www.jamesevansphotography.com is a good friend of Jack and Sophie, so they recommended him. We wanted natural pictures and nothing cheesy so when we saw his portfolio we knew he was for us, we had a skype chat before and just got along! He’s a lovely guy and his style is just cool, they’re like film shots. I think he really captured the atmosphere of the day perfectly. He was also very discreet – I barely noticed he was there. I just love the photos he took of all my guests as he caught things on the camera that we would have never seen.
My dress was from a local vintage bridal shop called Rock The Frock, which is located in an antiques centre in a place called Battlesbridge in Essex. It was a sample dress that was designed on an old vintage dress. I went in to try that dress specifically as they posted it on their facebook page, I did try on some more as they have a great selection, but I went back to that one as it was exactly what I wanted. Kelly Anne’s flowers in Newquay made my beautiful flower crown. I wore my Nanny Pat’s antique necklace and some ‘barefoot’ sandals a good friend of mine bought for me.
The Suit and Bridesmaids
The suit came from Suit Supply (I didn’t know what he was wearing until the day!)
I bought the bridesmaids dresses from asos.com in the sale! Their little flower head chains came from New Look and I made their ‘barefoot’ sandals myself by threading lots of little beads on to clear elastic.
Theme or Colour Scheme
I worked towards ‘sunset colours’ – orange and pink is a favourite combination of mine and I thought that using some yellows and purples as well seemed quite apt. We were lucky enough to have a very colourful sunset on the day too!
Tom’s mum picked some flowers and grew her own lavender which we had on the tables. Kelly Ann prepared my flower crown using cream, pink and orange roses with a bit of gyp to fill in the gaps and she provided some larger cream and ‘Miss Piggy’ roses for me and the bridesmaids to hold and for the men’s button holes.
For the tables I bought some old lace doilies from eBay and dyed them pink, purple, orange or yellow. I also bought some polystyrene numbers on eBay and painted these in the same colours. I had some colourful paper lanterns and a large neon ‘H’ which I bought from a sample sale and Tom’s mum’s husband kindly re-wired for us. I wrote everyone’s names in to oyster shells so they guests knew where they would be seating at the tables and I made a table plan out of a kind of net design with lots of shells and luggage tags. I also had 2 giant balloons on either side of my head table from a company called ‘Love me Do’.
We had a BBQ buffet including King Prawns, Jerk pork skewers, Steak, Corn on the cob and a few different salads. It was a lovely casual affair, which was perfect for us. We then had lots of different flavoured mini Cornish pasties in the evening – I didn’t have one annoyingly, but heard they were delish!
My mum and Tom’s mum, Ann, made 100 scones, which we had instead of a cake! They bought the Jam and Clotted cream from a local farm shop.
A really talented guy we know from out and about in Southend called Nathan Abbott – he was amazing, even though we had seen him numerous times in local bars he really blew us away on the day, singing out on to the beach, I get goose bumps thinking about it. A good friend of ours, Tim, then DJ’d in the evening – he was spot on, everyone loved it.
Our wedding invites and thank you cards were designed by Richard, a friend of Tom’s.
Personal or Handmade Touches
Most of the décor was done by myself, I was still painting polystyrene numbers, writing on oyster shells and dying doilies a few days before. I really did enjoy doing it all though and Claire and The Lusty Glaze Team put it all together perfectly on the morning of the wedding, I was so grateful and really felt proud when I saw it all.
I loved the part just after the ceremony when all of our guests greeted us on their way out on to the beach. Also walking through our guests throwing the confetti and when Nathan first started to play. Plus our first dance… The whole day was special though!
Advice to other couples
Just stick to what you both like and try not to get too blinded by what you see others do. I think your wedding should reflect you as a couple.
Just how happy everyone was, the atmosphere was something I can’t describe.