Monday 16th April, 2018
Planning a wedding and want to know what it's really like getting married in our yurt or barn? Our Events Assistant, Leah, is here to take you through all the details of one of our gorgeous recent weddings...
Your first wedding when working in Events is always a big deal, it’s the wedding you will always remember and the one you learn and grow from.
For me, Charlotte and Stephen were the best couple to have as my first. They knew me from the beginning of my role here and fully embraced this, involving me in every way they could.
I booked their wedding after only a few days of being in my position (DAUNTING!!) and I couldn’t wait to get started. Knowing that we only had 4.5 months until the big day meant we had to get stuck right in. The date was set for November 2017 and the fun began.
So let’s just get into it…
The proposal story?
‘Our proposal story is so unromantic that it was perfect for the both of us! We were sat on the sofa one evening, Stephen was playing a game and I was reading my book, when he just turned to me and said, do you want to marry me? I simply replied…… YES, that night we went online and ordered an engagement ring. Totally unconventional but the proposal couldn’t have been more perfect for the two of us.’
This proposal story just sums up Charlotte and Stephen, their stress-free nature and laid back approach to everything really shines through, as long as everybody is happy and having fun then what more could you want? We tried to carry this approach throughout the wedding day to really make the day personal to them both and it worked perfectly.
Throughout the planning stages of the wedding, I regularly met with Charlotte to run through the ideas she had and to make sure we were all on the same page with her plans for the day. This meant catching up on whether she had made anything new at home. Charlotte is a DIY queen and really found her forte with the décor as you will read further on. Looking back on the months leading up her big day, Charlotte says that she loved the whole experience of planning her special day ‘Everything ran so perfectly there was no need to be stressed. The staff at Gwel made sure there was nothing for me to worry about, they really put me at ease.’
The wonderful Charlotte and Stephen were married on a wintery day in November 2017. After a short engagement, although they had been together for 12 years, the couple tied the knot in the glorious Yurt, later followed by their scrumptious wedding breakfast that was enjoyed by all of the guests, including the couples three Jack Russells. The couple weren’t able to pinpoint a particular part of the day that was their favourite, they said ‘Everything was perfect! The day ran flawlessly, every single one of our guests said how wonderful our wedding day was.’
Running through the wedding day was their laid back approach. The couple opted for a hog roast for their wedding breakfast which went down a treat with their guests and was a more relaxed way of dining that suited the couple impeccably. For their evening food, they chose a pasty supper, which gave their guests a quick refill so they were able to carry on dancing the night away.
As a sweet treat alongside the wedding cake, they created a doughnut tower - seven tiers of yumminess surrounded by an array of sweets for all of the guests to enjoy, including some delights for their four legged friends. This was such a great way to incorporate the whole family's love for scrumptious deserts.
Charlotte and her mum totally took over the decoration side of the wedding. From origami butterflies for the place cards to the cake topper and table plan, everything was made at home. Charlotte's Nan even helped with the flowers for the centre pieces, creating a truly bespoke look and turning the room into a flowery Eden which smelt amazing!
The couple went for burgundy tones throughout the décor, flowers and bridesmaids dresses, which was perfectly for the time of year, carrying the autumnal vibe throughout the whole venue, Charlotte recalls her wedding day being absolutely perfect, when asked if she would change anything her reply was ‘Everything about my wedding day was perfect, although due to it being a cold November day we didn’t get the chance to take as many photos as I would’ve liked. But we all have the memories.’ The couple’s photographer, Simon Winters, did a fabulous job of capturing the day with some beautiful candid shots of the pair.
The Groom also had a large role within the decoration, he swagged the yurt with fabric creating a beautiful area for the pair to deliver their vows. All these things helped the couple stay within their budget, because they wanted a short engagement they were realistic with their money, Charlotte recalls ‘Make sure you are clever with your money; spend the money on things that are a priority for you. Make sure you have a realistic budget to start off with and go from there.’
Following the wedding day, Charlotte and Stephen didn’t go overboard on a big honeymoon, they relaxed and spent time together staying in one of the beautiful, pet friendly lodges at Gwel an Mor for two nights with their dogs. Charlotte says ‘Stephen and I spent the weekend together with our three dogs. We didn’t really do much, apart from just celebrating our first few days of married life together. We also took a trip to Dartmoor Zoo for a fun day out.’ I asked if the couple’s life had changed at all, since becoming husband and wife, and they simply said ‘Life is no different! Everything is still as perfect as it was before we got married; Stephen and I were just truly meant to be together. After 12 years of being together we are pretty settled in life, marriage is what you make it, so enjoy every second!’
Advice for future couples
Charlotte says, ‘Have faith in your wedding planners, they know exactly what they are doing and nothing will ever be too much for them, for me Leah and Lucy were amazing, and I cannot recommend them enough. Everything about Gwel an Mor was perfect, the staff, the venue and the accommodation was out of this world. Stephen and I chose to have our dogs as a big part of our wedding day, the staff couldn’t have been better with them, they looked after them all night, making sure they didn’t escape, keeping them occupied during the speeches and most importantly, giving them lots of cuddles! Nothing was a problem for the staff and they were so laid back and relaxed it made the day perfect.’
Since Charlotte and Stephen’s wedding day back in November, I have grown into my role as Event Assistant wonderfully. I've been taking on tasks I didn’t think I’d be able to and creating a confidence I never would’ve had before. The pair will always be remembered by me and I will hold their wedding day close to my heart for the rest of my career within this industry.
Trevarno Marquee and Event Hire - Chairs
Simon Winters - Photographer
Christine Drinkwater - Cake
Flower Power - Flowers
I Do Bows – Chair Covers and Sashes
Jody Drone - Hair and Beauty
Bridal Elegance Cornwall - Dress